Monday, December 31, 2007

Well, here we are........ the absolute end of the year........and, yes, I am still here........ Christmas was not as I had imagined it would be................ however........ it was a delightful one........ filled with what I can only describe as Christmas Miracles........... beginning to end.......... And, instead of beating myself up about being late for everything, including the Virtual Holiday Home Tour, I thought, well, why not still do it? Perhaps I could still share a little with my friends........ perhaps, just perhaps, there is someone out there who is not absolutely sick of seeing Christmas decorating...... better late than never, and all of that you know.......... So, lest you think my poor tree is still in-a-box, (I will not tell you, however, WHEN it came out of the box~ some of you may not believe it, and some may even faint if I did!)...here is my Christmas tree........... ta-da!






It is, brand new ..... bought the day after Christmas last year..... 7 1/2 feet tall! I decided to decorate it very, very simply this year....... All of the decorations, except for the birds and snowflakes, were purchased from the Cancer Thrift Store, or Goodwill.......... some appear to me to be vintage..... I'm so glad I was able to give them a new home........... I hope you enjoy looking at them with me..........
A very pretty pink one with frosty swirls~




This one is gold with white frosting..........






very light purple-lilac with chickenwire-looking netting........

some pretty white snowflakes........... perfect on a white tree.........believe it or not....

Remember the Street-Faire I went to at my son's house? I bought these sweet little ceramic birds in a shop there, for just $1.85 each..........can you believe it? They are so adorable I shall have to find a spot for them all year round...... I couldn't possibly shove them into a box......

A sweet golden Angel ornie..............

And a pink frosted teardrop ornament........ just so pretty............

And, here is one of our Velveteen Rabbit Stockings........... I had purchased one for each child one year when they were small..... it was a year when the movie was very popular.......... and on Christmas morning there was one of these hanging up for each child....... they were thrilled!

And, for one of my newest and sweetest friends and a fellow-snowman-lover, Colleen, of Main Street Memories, I simply must include a picture of a Snowman Angel I made a few years back:

And, as a reminder to us all............ a special wreath, which was my Mom's........ with a very special message............. something we should all remember every day:

HA! You didn't know it snowed in California, did you? Ahhh..........well.......... you just have to BELIEVE............

On this New Year's Eve, I hope you are all well, and happy, and with someone you love..........I love you all............and I thank you for visiting me, and allowing me to get to know you this year...........And, tonight as the clock chimes twelve, and one year turns into the next......... I am beginning a new tradition........... and I shall remember you all as I light my candle of prayer.....

I wish you health................

I wish you peace..............

I wish you happiness.............

and I wish you LOVE..............

Sunday, December 16, 2007



I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.
~Harlan Miller

Wednesday, December 12, 2007



Oooh, how fun! Tracey from Notes From A Cottage Industry is hosting a Holiday Home Tour next week~ I'm in! How about you?


Tuesday, December 11, 2007


So...... what does a Mom do when Christmas is fast approaching, and she has like a bazillion and one things to do around here to get ready?????




Well, of course! She goes away to visit the eldest son for a few days!!!




What a fun weekend we had! Seems they were having a Dickin's Holiday Faire in his town on Friday night.....and, oh man, was it fun! The downtown area blocked off, and lots of street vendors and yummy foods, like chili & pizza!! And then there was the little shop that had all Christmas ornies for half~price!! And, of course those two words are my weakness.......

So much fun..... I can't wait to go again next year! Now, I would be showing you pics of the whole thing, but I left the camera in the car~ duh~
Oh well, you will have to settle for the above picture of son's pretty tree~ don't you just love Christmas trees? Isn't it wonderful how everyone decorates theirs with a different style? I honestly don't think I have ever seen an ugly tree, and I don't think I could ever tire of seeing them...... And, of course this would be where I would insert pics of my lovely Christmas tree.... but, ahem..... I don't think you would much appreciate a picture of a box, which is where my tree happens to still be right now...... ahem.....
Anywho...... it was a great time, and a nice break.......even if I do have so much to do here......



And, of course no trip to Son's is complete, without a trip to my favorite shop.....


the Cancer Society Thrift Store of course!!


I just always find the most delightful things there........ and, I am doing my part to "recycle" aren't I? And, helping such a good cause at the same time....



And, I have never come out empty handed......and this time was no exception! A new~to~me fleece sweater...... ball of crochet thread...... a few Christmas ornaments~which will look lovely on my tree (if it ever comes OUT of the box!)

And, books~~~ woohoo~ Books!!! At least one is a secret......ooooh, you'll just have to stayed tuned to hear more about it!! And, one on Angels........ and....... this delightful book~



Wow! what a neat book!! For just $3, thank you very much! It is filled with recipes to make from boxed cake mixes, 478 pages of over 150 Cakes!! And, oh so,yummy looking, I can't wait to try them all!! Don't worry...... I'll share with ya!! Well, not the cakes......but, some of the recipes!



Like this one......... which just happens to be the perfect one to take to a friends house when they have invited you for dinner, and of course, Momma always taught you that it isn't polite to go to dinner without taking something...... so, this was not only so easy to whip up, but it was delicious as well~ "try it........ you'll like it"!!!


From "easy~peasy" beginning........




To....... "tummy~yummy" end..........





And, here is the recipe:



*BLONDIES*



SERVES: 20



PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES



BAKING TIME: 20 TO 25 MINUTES



1 Pkg (18.25 ounces) plain yellow cake mix



2 large eggs



8 Tblsp. (1 stick) butter, melted



1 cup semisweet chocolate chips



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees



2. Place cake mix, eggs, and melted butter in mixing bowl, and mix on low speed untill ingredients are moiistened, about 1 minute. Stop mixer, scrape down sides of bowl with rubber spatula. Add the choc chips and mix on low another 30 seconds, just to incorporate. Mixture will be very thick.



3. Scrape batter into UNGREASED 9"X13" pan with spatula. Using spatula or your fingertips, press the batter out evenly over the bottom of the pan so that it reaches all the sides.



4. Pop in oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few crumbs attached.



5. Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool for 30 minutes before cutting into squares.



6. Go into garage and find your tree~in~a~box.....







Thursday, December 6, 2007



IT'S A "CODY" CHRISTMAS!

Isn't he just too cute!?!?


I found a really neat online photo-editing site..... this is how I shaped Cody's pics, and designed the Christmas Card......and most of the features are free! You can upgrade for a few more features, but honestly, the free ones are more than enough to have fun with! And, you can link to your Flickr or Photobucket site from it!

Take a look and play!

Picnik.com






I discovered another neat blog this morning...... It's wonderful, she is featuring one of my favorite blogs today, I have added a link on my sidebar, and here is a link for you:









I tell you, there are some of the most wonderful, beautiful, creative blogs now, and the Holiday crafts, and cooking, and decorating are just awesome! Talk about "eye-candy", I could just get lost...... like a kid in a candy store! Even when I wasn't feeling so hot, I was able to "window-shop" here from my room.... I just love it!







And, as if that were not enough...........
there are the Magazine sites with the most wonderful ideas as well!
Mags like:





who has this adorable feature of Snowmen to make!











And, I love their "tip of the day" which is:



Don’t worry about taking down
Christmas decorations on Dec. 26th.

Leave your snowmen decorations
up all winter long.






So, there are some cool things for you today........
it really is so good to be back!
I missed ya!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

I'm still here! Have been a bit "under the weather"..... but, am still here..... and doing better........ hoping to return to visit with you all very soon!

I hope you are enjoying your Holiday Season!





Tuesday, November 20, 2007



I just had to share these "works of art" from some of God's original

"thread-artists".....
Aren't they glorious? There were many scattered about the yard..... in the bushes.....on the garden tools...... even strung between two trees..... and each one glistening with the moisture of the morning's fog......... simply stunning they were!



God shared them with me....... and now I share them with you! I discovered them early Sunday morning, and had to run for the camera, you've taught me well, my blogging friends! ....... I had every intention of sharing them with you sooner, but life has a way of sometimes "getting in the way", you know?





All things bright and beautiful,

All creatures great and small,


All things wise and wonderful:


The Lord God made them all.....









Day 17: Today, I give thanks for all of God's creations........



both the great .....



and the small.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

DAY 16: Giving THANKS today for sweet new friends......

especially when they post a comment here....

;-)

for dear old friends saying hello...


and, believe it or not,


for being so tired,


that the pillow begins calling your name....


because this kind of tired


means things are getting done around here finally....


and, Thankful of course....


FOR YOU!




G'night...


Sleep tight!

Friday, November 16, 2007


DAY 15:

giving Thanks this day for:

family...... friends.........home....

&

the holiday season....





Thursday, November 15, 2007


I


the

American Cancer Society
Discovery Shop!


it is a local thrift store,

and I love shopping there.


I love thrift stores, period. I love the concept, I love that I can find the most wonderful treasures while supporting a worthwhile cause....

you can find some of the most amazing things there....truly!


Often I just find myself in awe of my incredible luck finding things there, and sometimes I just can't believe that someone would pass along such wonderful treasures...


So, for the past couple of Saturdays DD & I have set off for the discovery shop.... and ohmy the bargains! They have the most incredible things set out for Christmas, we both have come home with some unbelievably cute stuff, and have not spent over $20 each time!


Just look at last weeks bundle of goodies:







The adorable snowman plate was just $4..... we will use it for cookies of course! And, there are two bags of ornies, the lavender colored ones I was going to paint roses on, but when I got them home I discovered they are covered in small "chicken-wire", but they will still be so sweet with ribbons on them! There are a couple of xmas hotpads in the back, which smell like cinnamon.... The pink bowls I just fell in love with....... I was thinking how pretty they would be with nuts, or candies, or even small Christmas ornaments displayed in them.......... And, the coffee cup & saucer, oh my, it has a heart on the bottom of the cup, and inside the saucer, and it is from STARBUCKS, and just $2! How could I possibly resist? Inside the cup is a very sweet Santa Bell who was just $1..... and not pictured were a pretty little turquoise necklace, a pair of aqua slacks, and a sweet pullover sweater to match! Uh, I tell you this shop is just dreamy..... I love it, love it! And, I so look forward to Saturday mornings now!!




The American Cancer Society is a wonderful organization, they are second only to Hospice in my heart..... {My dream is to actually open a Thrift store for Hospice one day} but the Cancer Society does such wonderful work as well...... I know that when Steve was first diagnosed, I called upon them when we were having transportation issues for him, and they jumped right in and helped us with whatever we needed! And the lady who talked with me on the phone just sat there and cried with me, a complete stranger, but, you could tell that when she said "I'm sorry" she really meant it....

They are an amazing charity, and honestly, if you happen to have a Cancer Society thrift store in your area, you really ought to check it out.......... Ours is having a clearance the 1st weekend in December when everything will be 50% off! I think I may camp outside the door the night before

:-)





DAY 14: I am giving thanks on this day for all of the wonderful, charity organizations who are there to help others, and those caring people who work for them and go "above and beyond" for us......


May God Bless you all..... today, and every day!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007



Be kinder than necessary....


for everyone you meet is


fighting some kind of battle.


Live simply


Love generously


Care deeply


Speak kindly....


Leave the rest to God.




DAY 13: Giving thanks this day for:

faith........ belief.......... kindness...

for believing that even if things don't quite go as planned,

tomorrow is a new chance to try again....

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I am just "TICKLED PINK"

I have received my VERY FIRST "award" for my blog...


from one of my newest, sweetest blogging friends...





She has awarded me with the


"Friendly Site Award"

How very sweet!
thank you so much!



DAY 12: I am Giving Thanks today for FRIENDS........ new friends, old friends, and those yet to be...... they are Blessings from God, and I am so grateful for them....

Monday, November 12, 2007


DAY 11: I am SO very thankful today for:
LAUGHTER!!!
And, of course...... it is..............
*MAKE ME SMILE MONDAY*!!!
So....... here is your smile,
and some giggles too!!

Sunday, November 11, 2007



Day 10:
For the most perfect
red rose....
Thank you God.....









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