Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Here's one of the most recent arrivals...
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Do you see it? It's right here..
It's one of those ornaments that have made it through years of Christmases in our house. I can't remember a single Christmas with out this and several other ornaments. My mom, just a couple weeks ago, gave us a box of stuff she had packed away with s ton of her handmade ornaments, this one single glass ornament and a couple of other odds and ends. I was so tickled to see this shiny little bauble! Too bad this is the only one of the glass ones that survived.
Thanks to Hoppo Bumpo for the topic! Check out some more bling over at Bug and Pop.
As a side note, a while back I said that since this is the first fireplace I've ever had I will make a point of making a fire and drink hot chocolate in front of the fire. So that's what I did. We were all cozy and warm with our frst fire in our new house with a nice big mug of steaming hot chocolate...
Friday, December 19, 2008
Sooooo....instead, my time is spent torturing my poor pets with things like this...
Please forgive me, I couldn't resist! I don't know if you can see it in the picture but the hat has little pointed elf ears on the sides. And let me tell you, poor little bub did not like that thing on his head. But after much hemming and hawing or at least the doggy version of hemming and hawing he finally sat still enough for me to get 2 pics squeezed out, both of which are blurry but this one was the lesser of the two.
Maybe next friday I'll actually be productive, or maybe not.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The story is a grandfather telling his grand kids about a town called Chewandswallow where all the food the town eats comes from the weather.
The weather comes three times a day
They have a roofless restaurant
And things were good
Things started to go uncontrollable
So the townspeople decide to leave Chewandswallow by making boats out of huge slices of bread
They go across the sea where they are welcomed but where they have to get used to things like grocery stores.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Yesterday's Eye-spy post made me want to write up a post about our Christmas tree. It's funny, a few years back we bought a fake, pre-lit tree because we both had gotten tired of the clean up and maintenance of a real tree. In fact, last year we didn't even put up the fake one. We got as far as taking out the ornaments but never got out the tree so we ended up pinning the light, non-breakable ones to the ceiling (one of my sister's kookier ideas).
However, as soon as we saw this house we knew we were going to get a real tree. The big picture window made it nearly impossible to resist. So over the weekend we went and bought us a 7 footer (2 feet bigger than any tree we had while living in the condo).
We both have a strong aversion to the shiny metallic garland and tinsel so for many years we used this giant chenille ric rac...
Unfortunately, since this is a much bigger tree we didn't really have enough to use on the whole tree and of course, I have no idea where I got it. So, we stopped about 3 feet from the floor but turns out that was a good thing because of this little critter...
So far she's been very good. She has climbed up the trunk a couple of feet but hasn't knocked anything off yet. But I just know that if that ric rac were closer to the ground it would prove too much of a temptation and we'd come home to a horizontal tree. That's why we loaded it up with non-breakables and kept all the pretty glass or ceramic ornaments that we've collected over the years tucked safely away in the ornament boxes.
So, we have mostly cloth and metal and a couple of plastic ornaments most of which were gifts, and a lot of which are handmade...
Our audience while we decorated the tree.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
This week's theme (by Flossy-P) was just plain hard for me to narrow down because of all the Christmas decorations that are floating around right now. I finally picked one of the ornaments on our tree. Made by mom. I love the colors of Christmas!
The preceding installment of eye-spy has been brought to you by BugandPop.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Today's (ok, really it was yesterday's, once again, I'm a day late) theme is brought to you by CurlyPops.
At the moment we don't really have a garden. We've been in the new house for a month now and haven't had time to focus on the outside of the house at all so here's what our yards (both front and back) look like right now...
Not much to choose from. I did try and get a picture of the neighborhood stray cat that I've been feeding (shh don't tell anyone) but she wasn't out there when I came out this morning. She's usually out there waiting for me every morning...I hope nothing happened to her.If you'd like to play along, go on over to Cindy's blog and sign up!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Today was the tea and here's how my version turned out...
Or how about this one...
Anyway, in person it was very sparkly. I scoured all the thrift stores in a 15 mile radius for just the right pieces. Almost all the candle holders were thrifted, except for one from Michael's and one from Pier 1. This dessert stand...
I made from plates and cups that I found at a thrift store. The things not from a thrift store were the two teapots
and a leaded crystal bowl that belongs to my sister. And the place settings
But the most popular thing on the table were these...
Bacon-and-cream cheese scones...yum!!!! I found the recipe here...a blog about bacon - makes me giggle. If you like to cook or even if you like to just eat, you should try it out. If you're a vegetarian, well I've never used the fake bacon so I don't know if it crumbles like real bacon but I would imagine just cutting it up into appropriate sized pieces would work. Anyway, I, and many of the woman at the tea HIGHLY recommend them.
So that's how I spent my Saturday afternoon, how about you?
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
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Saturday, November 29, 2008
Ahhh a pretty little tin
from Tinnie Girl! I had my eye on the pretty flowered tin the moment I saw it in her shop.
So I broke down and bought it. I picked the "surprise" colorway and what a pleasant surprise it was! Full of my favorite color...Purple!!
I urge all you crafty folks to visit Tinnie Girl's shop. It's one of the most unique shops on etsy. And if you like grab bags, you'll want to buy a tin.
Friday, November 28, 2008
We've been working like fiends around here to get everything ready (or as ready as possible) for Thanksgiving and our open house the day after. Basically, this consisted of moving boxes from the living room into any available space that isn't within public viewing. Which ended up being the small back porch and my bedroom - as long as I have enough room to lie down and go to sleep, that's all that matters. So here are some pics of the living room in its current state. We're working on getting some flooring but until then we've got throw rugs all over the place.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Photo credits: 1. Jois Handmade on Etsy Cashemere sweater
2. Anthropologie's Sylvan Scene Cardigan
3. Leaves from outside my office
4. Lemons from my lemon tree.