Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I made a set of cards for my mom for Christmas. She send out a million cards a year and i thought it would be nice to give her some so she didn't have to buy so many..and we all know handmade cards are the best!
this is the wedding/anniversary card, quite lovely! there were two of these...
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Wearing Pajamas all day...and maybe even getting a new pair!
Having several Christmas trees! all in one cozy house!
apple cider, my mom always has it!
New Calendars! yeah, i am a bit OCD and i love them!!! a whole new year to plan!
watching Christmas movies!!!
eating cookies for Breakfast!...or lunch...or snack...or anytime!
baking pies and cookies and all sorts of yummy goodies!
even better AFTER Christmas shopping!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Growing up when i had pets, even they had stockings!
Also i had a "special stocking" that would be on my door. When Santa came, he would slip a candy cane filled with M&Ms into it...so if i woke up during the night, i would know if he had been there or not yet! i had a BAD habit of getting up at 3 a.m. on Christmas morning! I know my parents loved that!
My kids thankfully, don't get up so early! i usually beat them up in fact!
Monday, December 22, 2008
These little goodies are what i sent to school with my kids for their classmates. I got the suckers at the Dollar Tree, 8 per package! I made the tags with SU! punches, ink and stamps. Added some glitter and ribbon! ta -dah!
These are the gingerbread people i made for the playgroup kids. Here's a close up of the tags...SU! again as well as some stuff that's just been hanging around! hope you all are almost ready for the big day!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
this is one of those treasures i have hung on to for quite a while and just last year found a truly GREAT purpose for them. OK, first i truly don't recall which Grandparent's stash these came out of but they are truly fabulous! there are 5 of these little girl choir angels: French, German, American, Spanish, Polish, and Swedish. On the fronts, they say "Merry Christmas" in their native language....
and then on the back it says "in German we say Merry Christmas" or whatever the language is so you know because unless you are fluent in those 5 languages or a linguistics scholar or the Big guy in Red himself...you'd never know what the languages are, especially the Swedish and Polish in my case!
Well, that happens to be ANOTHER of my favorite vintage things! It is a mistletoe ball, complete with a little elf sitting on top. This larger one was my Mamaw's and i have a smaller one that was my mom's and i loved it growing up! the smaller one i hang from the IKEA clothes line thingy with my Christmas cards. This one fits nicely right in the center of all those angles!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
All different sizes and sorts of beads. It is really beautiful! the little "feet" it stands on are oblong pearl head pins with and extra pearl added.
Last year i put this in my Daughter's room for the Holidays, but i was afraid she would be too curious this year at 4 to handle it. She has a great capacity for getting into and breaking things! I chose a safer spot in the living room this year!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
That's what Christmas Dinner looks like, right?
I suppose so in a Norman Rockwell or Currier and Ives painting. Certainly not in my house!
We use to have a more traditional Christmas dinner, with Turkey and dressing and all the fab sides. It was certainly never all of us at one table, none of us lives in a castle! the kids were usually at the "kids' table" and the adults if they were lucky, all sat together in an adjacent room. As the years went by and we got larger and larger....the more and more tables we needed! so now we may be in any number of rooms at any number of tables.
There were years when some china was used because we needed that many plates.
I think one of the best stories is that one year my Aunt who was hosting Christmas dinner, purchased some large heavy duty disposable plastic plates because she didn't want to have to wash all the dishes after the meal. Well, after dinner my other aunt or my mom decided they would wash the plates and reuse them on New Year's Day when we were back together; and thus the tradition started.
Those disposable plates were around for years! What ever family had the next holiday would wash the plates and take them home with them until the next use. On and on they went, around and around the family for years! I tell you i grew up eating on these things!
Now our Christmas Dinner looks more like this! My mom use to make homemade lasagna in December for the family birthday celebration. We no longer get together for that, so last year she suggested doing it for Christmas instead. We all agreed that we could do with out one more turkey!
so my mom makes lasagna for all of us and my aunts and cousins and all the rest of us do the salad and desserts.
I would love to tell you some great story about this being some family heirloom, but i don't have one. I purchased this several years ago from a company called ABC. I don't recall how much i paid for it, but it wasn't a whole lot.
hope you are having a great Holiday! this is the last week of school for my kids...y'all pray for me!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
1. yes, i made it
2. yes, those are mostly vintage decorations
3. in my grandparents attic, garage sales, and antique/junk stores...that's where they came from
This is supposed to be made on one of those cheap plastic flocked wreaths...and i had one, but it was too small, and eventually, after about 2 or 3 years died on me. I removed all the do-dads and put them on this wreath. If i FIND one of those flocked looking ones, I'll snag it, but until then this will have to do.
Here are some of my Favorite parts of the wreath....goodies on it!
Do you remember putting these huge lights on your tree indoors???
apparently Mother Goose says "Christmas". Isn't she cute though?
It actually holds up surprisingly well on the front door, we do have a covered porch though.
My Parents the Disney Channel
My two sweet children
My amazing husband and almost 10 years of Marriage
The REAL meaning of Christmas Christmas Carols
My home and all the family that visits it
Sinus medicine a dish washer and washing machine
Microwave Popcorn! Starbucks!
Scrapbooking and stampin’ supplies
Glitter and rhinestones
Hub’s job and his recent promotion! Gooooooooooooo team!