The Perfectly Series

Time to relax after the hustle and bustle of the holidays! If you need a laugh, try one of the Perfectly Series books! I think they’re funny, and readers and reviewers agree 😀

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Perfectly Christmas by Linda O’Connor

Angela Scavone

Linda O’Connor is here today with her latest release Perfectly Christmas. I love Linda’s Perfect series, this one looks as amazing as the others 🙂

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On the first day of Christmas, his true love said to him, “Sorry, I have to work.”

That’s the life of a surgeon, and Dr. Madison Hayes wouldn’t have it any other way.

Dr. Quinn Malone has another priority. In the countdown to Christmas, he needs to convince his old flame that there’s more to life – and love – than the job itself.

This time, his heart is in it for the long haul. Really.

Romantic and . . . complicated – it’s Perfectly Christmas!

Excerpt

Peggy, the clinic manager, stopped at the door. “Oh, one more thing. Did you want to be a part of the office secret Santa? We pick names out of a hat, and each day during the twelve…

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Secret Santa Table Setting

In Perfectly Christmas, the staff at the Medical and Surgical Clinic in Strathaven swap some cool homemade gifts for their Secret Santa. In case you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping, here’s an idea for a pretty table setting!

A gift of a tablecloth and napkins is handy all year round especially if you don’t limit yourself to the traditional Christmas colours. I love setting a table, it’s a hobby of mine, and thought I’d share some of my Christmas table settings.

 

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This is my table this year. I saw these pretty pink ornaments at Michaels and loved them. It’s such a soft and elegant colour. They paired it with gold, but I tried it with navy blue and silver.

 

 

table-setting-christmas-purlpe-and-bluetable-setting-christmas-purple-and-greenI found the glass presents in vibrant colours at The Christmas Shoppe at Riley’s Garden Centre. They’re great to use for birthday celebrations, too. The shimmering Christmas trees add sparkle and are a great size for a centerpiece. I’ve used the trees and presents with different coloured chargers.

 

table-setting-christmas-red-and-bluetable-setting-christmas-blue-and-red-2A red tablecloth is handy for Christmas, but also for Valentine’s Day and Canada Day. A red accent colour pops against white – and blue adds a bit of cool fun!

 

 

 

Raise a glass to family and good friends getting together to share love and laughter during the holiday season – no matter what the table looks like! 😀

 

 

Perfectly ChristmasGet ready to ready to read Perfectly Christmas – arriving Dec 18 (an early Christmas present ;D)!

On the first day of Christmas, his true love said to him, “Sorry, I have to work.”

That’s the life of a surgeon, and Dr. Madison Hayes wouldn’t have it any other way.

Dr. Quinn Malone has another priority. In the countdown to Christmas, he needs to convince his old flame that there’s more to life – and love – than the job itself.

This time, his heart is in it for the long haul. Really.

Romantic and . . . complicated – it’s Perfectly Christmas!

Secret Santa Picture Frame

In Perfectly Christmas, the staff at the Medical and Surgical Clinic in Strathaven swap some cool homemade gifts for their Secret Santa. In case you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping, here’s a picturesque idea!

picture-frame-yellow-bkgd-copyMy son made this picture frame for me and I love it! I’ve included a cool photo taken by photographer Nicolette McGraw of a Christmas winter on the lake. Beautiful! We weren’t big on getting the traditional photos with Santa, but we did take a yearly photo of the Christmas tree. The kids weren’t allowed to go in to see what Santa brought until Dad snapped a photo or two. Fun times!

 

Do you have a favourite Christmas photo?

 

Perfectly ChristmasGet ready to read Perfectly Christmas – available Dec 18!

On the first day of Christmas, his true love said to him, “Sorry, I have to work.”

That’s the life of a surgeon, and Dr. Madison Hayes wouldn’t have it any other way.

Dr. Quinn Malone has another priority. In the countdown to Christmas, he needs to convince his old flame that there’s more to life – and love – than the job itself.

This time, his heart is in it for the long haul. Really.

Romantic and . . . complicated – it’s Perfectly Christmas!

Secret Santa Playlist

In Perfectly Christmas, the staff at the Medical and Surgical Clinic in Strathaven swap some cool homemade gifts for their Secret Santa. In case you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping, here’s a musical idea!

playlist of Christmas favourites can lift your mood and get your toes tapping or provide a sing along while you trim the tree or get the holiday baking done (not that I have experience with the latter :D) I love What Christmas Means to Me by CeeLo Green. We dance to it at Zumba – I love its energy!

Here’s one I recently saw on Youtube. The voices of The Singing Contractors are rich and full.

 

 

Wow – music can be powerful! What songs would you include on a playlist of your favourites tunes?

 

Perfectly ChristmasGet ready to read Perfectly Christmas – available Dec 18!

On the first day of Christmas, his true love said to him, “Sorry, I have to work.”

That’s the life of a surgeon, and Dr. Madison Hayes wouldn’t have it any other way.

Dr. Quinn Malone has another priority. In the countdown to Christmas, he needs to convince his old flame that there’s more to life – and love – than the job itself.

This time, his heart is in it for the long haul. Really.

Romantic and . . . complicated – it’s Perfectly Christmas!

Secret Santa Earrings

In Perfectly Christmas, the staff at the Medical and Surgical Clinic in Strathaven swap some cool homemade gifts for their Secret Santa. In case you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping, here’s a sparkly idea!

earrings-flowersYou can make earrings with just a few tools. I love being able to match my earrings to what I’m wearing. And they make simple gifts that people love!

I made these earrings, and I’d love to give them away. If you’d like to win, let me know.

 

 

If you’d like to make your own, here’s a great video showing the easy steps.

 

 

Perfectly ChristmasGet ready to read Perfectly Christmas – available Dec 18!

On the first day of Christmas, his true love said to him, “Sorry, I have to work.”

That’s the life of a surgeon, and Dr. Madison Hayes wouldn’t have it any other way.

Dr. Quinn Malone has another priority. In the countdown to Christmas, he needs to convince his old flame that there’s more to life – and love – than the job itself.

This time, his heart is in it for the long haul. Really.

Romantic and . . . complicated – it’s Perfectly Christmas!

Secret Santa Gift Tags

In Perfectly Christmas, the staff at the Medical and Surgical Clinic in Strathaven swap some cool homemade gifts for their Secret Santa. In case you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping, here’s a practical and pretty idea!

picture-christmas-gift-tagsChristmas gift tags with an adorable snowman, an impish elf (just look at those rosy cheeks), and a jolly Santa Claus.

How to make ~ call your sister. 😀

Karen Marcotte, the talented artist behind Cards by Karen, does an amazing job stamping and colouring!

Can’t go wrong with an adorable personalized gift tag! If you’d like to win a set, let me know. I’ll draw a name on Dec 18.

 

 

Perfectly ChristmasGet ready to read Perfectly Christmas – available Dec 18!

On the first day of Christmas, his true love said to him, “Sorry, I have to work.”

That’s the life of a surgeon, and Dr. Madison Hayes wouldn’t have it any other way.

Dr. Quinn Malone has another priority. In the countdown to Christmas, he needs to convince his old flame that there’s more to life – and love – than the job itself.

This time, his heart is in it for the long haul. Really.

Romantic and . . . complicated – it’s Perfectly Christmas!

Secret Santa Homemade Angel

In Perfectly Christmas, the staff at the Medical and Surgical Clinic in Strathaven swap some cool homemade gifts for their Secret Santa. In case you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping, here’s an adorably angelic idea!

picture-2-angels-copyMake a keepsake angel ornament for the favourite person on your list. Here’s what you’ll need:

White felt and coloured felt for the face and hands

Copper wire for the halo, copper thread for the string

Ribbon for the wings

3 white buttons, 11 gold beads, thread for eyes and mouth

stuffing batt

glue gun

 

picture-angel-pattern-copypicture-angel-face-copyUsing the pattern, cut 2 pieces of felt for the face, arms, hands, and body. Sew the buttons and beads one of the body pieces. Use a backstitch to make the smile and eyes on one of the face pieces. Match the pieces and using a blanket stitch, sew the 2 pieces together. Before closing the body and face, put a bit of stuffing inside. Before closing the arms, insert the hands. Glue the arms and head on the body.

For the wings, fold a piece of ribbon and glue onto the back of the body.

For short hair, snip a fringe in a piece of felt. For long hair, take 2 strips of felt, wet them and wrap them around a knitting needle until they dry. Sew the hair onto the head.

For the halo, shape the thin copper wire into a paddle shape and bend the end at 90 degrees. Poke the end of the paddle into the head.

Thread a piece of copper thread into the back of the head and tie the ends so you can hang your ornament on the tree.

You can make the angel ornament any size. A homemade angel made with love. It’s the perfect Christmas gift. 😀

 

 

Perfectly ChristmasGet ready to read Perfectly Christmas – available Dec 18!

On the first day of Christmas, his true love said to him, “Sorry, I have to work.”

That’s the life of a surgeon, and Dr. Madison Hayes wouldn’t have it any other way.

Dr. Quinn Malone has another priority. In the countdown to Christmas, he needs to convince his old flame that there’s more to life – and love – than the job itself.

This time, his heart is in it for the long haul. Really.

Romantic and . . . complicated – it’s Perfectly Christmas!

Secret Santa Truffle Tree

In Perfectly Christmas, the staff at the Medical and Surgical Clinic in Strathaven swap some cool homemade gifts for their Secret Santa. In case you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping, here’s a tasty idea!

Made some truffles and don’t want to use the usual boring box? Make a truffle tree!

truffle treebare truffle treeTake a Styrofoam cone and use toothpicks to attach the truffles. Decorate with leaf sprigs and little tiny ornaments – like a Christmas tree. Isn’t that cute? And tasty. You might even want to take those store-bought truffles out of the box. 😀

 

 

Does anyone have a favourite truffle recipe to share?

 

 

Perfectly ChristmasGet ready to read Perfectly Christmas – available Dec 18!

On the first day of Christmas, his true love said to him, “Sorry, I have to work.”

That’s the life of a surgeon, and Dr. Madison Hayes wouldn’t have it any other way.

Dr. Quinn Malone has another priority. In the countdown to Christmas, he needs to convince his old flame that there’s more to life – and love – than the job itself.

This time, his heart is in it for the long haul. Really.

Romantic and . . . complicated – it’s Perfectly Christmas!