Dec 29, 2007

I Think I Have a Disease

Called "p.j.isitus".

Seriously, I am finding it hard to get out of my comfy pj's. With the kids not in school, I get up and do some surfing on the net (WHERE IS EVERYONE BTW?!) and time ends up flying by. The next thing you know it is noon and I am still walking around in my pyjamas. That is not good.

My hubby surprised me with a beautiful ring for Christmas and since then I have been waking up with swollen fingers (I have arthritis) and the ring is quite wide so it is uncomfortably tight. I'll be darned it that is going to stop me from wearing it -even though this pretty ring looks like it's perched atop a short, stubby cigar.

So, my New Year's resolutions for 2008 are:

1) Not to sweat the small stuff
2) Not to roll my eyes too much
3) To be more organized
4) Actually get dressed when I get out of bed

What the heck, there's no point in starting now. I'll wait for 2008 to officially start.

Dec 28, 2007

Thanks Karla!

That Karla is such a sweet gal! She has a giveaway every month on her blog and I was lucky enough to win last month's, can you believe it? She hand painted this beautiful sign and it's just gorgeous - the colors are warm and wonderful.

Christmas was lovely here. It snowed on Christmas Eve which made it so pretty and reminded me of years gone by. We stuffed ourselves full of great food for 2 days straight.

We're so excited here. Last night I booked a trip to San Francisco - for free! We've got tons of airmiles that need to be used up and were able to book 4 airline tickets - first class no less! And the kicker is we have enough left to book a hotel and a rental car. We've been accumulating points for years and feel like now is the time to use them all up. We're going in May and will be able to hook up with some old friends who live in Carmel as well, we can't wait! Best part is we will be there for my birthday.

I will be turning 27. Again.


Dec 23, 2007

The Hustle and Bustle

I don't know what I was asking Ellie to do the other day but whatever it was she did it to my surprise and her rebuttal to me was (she's 9):

"We children are capable of doing anything we put our minds to."

I came back with a witty:

"So then you should have no problem cleaning your room then."

"EXCEPT for that!" was her quick reply.

Blogland is becoming very quiet as everyone tries to tie up loose ends. Things have been so crazy here, I just can't believe it.

I have had SUCH A TIME in procuring hubby's 2 presents. One is a blue tooth phone and the other is an accessory for said phone which hooks up to your rear view mirror and displays the number of the person calling so you don't have to fumble for your phone and also enable you to speak hands free. I ordered this neat gadget from a company that rhymes with Bammacher - Schlammer.

I ordered it in plenty of time and even had it shipped over to NY state so it wouldn't get clogged through Customs. Well, the shipping company they use - which has three letters in it's name and starts with "D" and ends with "L" - LOST it. I was watching the tracking info on it online and saw it go from Ohio to Syracuse NY and then FLORIDA. What???? Yes, it went all the way to Florida and then they lost it. And lied about it. Arrggh!!!! So now Bammacher - Schlammer has sent out a new one (they conveniently over-nighted it) and I can pick it up on Monday.

I thought I was in the clear. Notsomuch.

In order for this unit to work one has to have a compatible blue tooth phone which my husband did not. I called our wireless provider and found he was eligible for a free upgrade. Terrific! They would sent it out right away and I should have it in 3 days. (this was well over one week ago) I called yesterday to see what was holding it and it turns out it was never sent. Perfect! The two gifts I got my husband just do not want to co-operate with me. I have to say I was a little miffed because this was obviously their mistake and they knew it. I told them to find a way to get it to me by Monday and they said that was impossible. Blood curdling, veins popping I told them nothing is impossible - be like Nike and just do it!

Long story short, they called a store in town and had them put it aside for me. Now, I am all done my shopping and really don't like having to fight with crowds but this seemed like a great solution so I went to pick it up yesterday. Had it in my hands and everything! Problem was they would have to automatically cancel my husband's phone (he is still out of town right now) in order to activate the new one. Bloody hell! Now I have to go back tomorrow - Christmas Eve day - and get it then.

A glass of wine is starting to look really good right now. And it's only 9:35 a.m.

I want to wish all of you ladies (and a couple of men) a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I am blessed to know such terrific bloggers who continually put a smile on my face by stopping by my little space in blogsosphere.

Happy Holidays!

Dec 19, 2007

Janet, No Peeking!

I'm always looking for new and interesting ways to wrap Christmas presents. For my BFF Janet this year, I used some vintage wrapping paper that I found at the thrift store. I just love old wrapping paper, the designs are so fabulous. For a tag I used one of these old office file labels that I picked up at a yard sale this past summer and blogged about here. I had no idea at the time what exactly I would do with them but they were neat and came in a box lot of junk. It gives them a second chance in life and I love second chances. I consider it my contribution to recycling! One the second present I used one of my vintage-style ornament cones as an embellishment, they're just too darn cute!

I wrapped ALL of my presents today. It took me over 3 hours. That has got to be worth something when I guilt hubby with my annual holiday speech which starts off with something like... "Do you KNOW how much work goes into decorating, gift picking and purchasing, wrapping...."

p.s. It's snowing here. Are you surprised?

Dec 18, 2007

Care for a Spot of Tea?

The just never stops. Please, someone make it stop!

Here's a fun and easy project I tackled during our snow storm on Sunday. I picked up these plain wooden teapots at V.V and decided to turn them into Christmas ornaments... (and when I say 'picked up' I really mean they - these seemingly innocent teapots - chased and harrassed me throughout the entire store and finally DOVE head first into my cart. There was literally nothing I could do to stop them)

I just painted them up in my old favorite stand-by - antique white...

...Added some gorgeous Cavallini stickers and lots of real glass glitter...

And voila! Not rocket science by any stretch, but fun. :)

Dec 15, 2007

What's YOUR Ugly Ornament?

Show me yours and I'll show you mine!

We all have them. Ugly ornaments that we keep dragging out every year. Where did they come from, why do we keep them? It's a mystery.

Here is mine:

I think he came in a box of vintage ornaments I found at a yard sale. He's so ugly, he's cute. I simply cannot throw him out because he's made of mercury glass. That was his saving grace.

So, I'm dying to know...

What's YOUR ugly ornament - and WHY do you keep it?

Dec 14, 2007

The Santas vs The Pixie's

Whew! What a party that Karla had - think I am still feeling a bit of a blog party hangover! All good of course. :) I want to thank all of you who stopped by for all of your sweet comments, they made my day!

Remember this pic of my Pixie's all snuggled up in the sleigh?...

Well, there's been some trouble a brewin'...

While out thrifting yesterday I found a bag of these old Santa's at V.V. I came home and the fight was on. The Santa's wanted the limelight on the kitchen window sill and demanded they get the sleigh...
(I think the one on the far right looks like that actor John C. Reilly)

The Pixie's were not impressed. But they're Pixie's and the Santa's knew they could take them. Sadly, they never stood a chance. Behold the carnage...

Had to share my most favorite find this season that I bought for myself. This beautiful wonderland was made by the most talented Dale at Sea Dream Studio. I just love it. In this hustle and bustle it's my Christmas present to myself!

Dec 11, 2007

It's Time!

...for Karla's "What Do you Love About Your Holiday Home" party! You can click on all of the photos for a closer look.

Santa's already here...

...and so are his reindeer! (do they look surprised to you?)

They've brought some old toys...

Which I'm sure Wilbur will love to get into...(he's already ate a large feather ornament of mine)

Luckily he hasn't knocked down my feather tree(s) yet!

Here is that HO HO HO banner I made last week...

And the holiday birdcage now sits underneath my home made ornament mirror...

Our cream cupboard is all decked out in white...

...and guess what my sister ended up giving me? :)

Love this old silver tinsel tree, almost Charlie-Brown like!

Another old-style Santa hides out in and amongst the silver...

The window above my sink is all decked out with vintage Santas and pixie elves. And look, the snow started to fall for a nice backdrop. Thanks Mother Nature!

Here is our main tree this year, decked out the those quadruple lights...

This smaller tree is called a Cashmere tree because it has a soft cream color on the tips...

Hope you enjoyed the tour! But wait, one more thing, our holiday decorating just isn't complete without Santa stuck in the chimney!

I have to laugh at this pic below because when hubby finished putting up all of the lights on the outside of the house and turned them on, he realized they were blinky lights. And crazy blinky lights at that - they go all willy-nilly so that's why in the pic it looks like some are blown out! I just have to laugh. Although I am not a big fan of the blinking lights I am sure the kids who see them are - so up they'll stay. (for this year at least!)

Thanks for stopping by and visiting! If you have time, please feel free to leave a comment, I'd love to hear from you! :)

Dec 10, 2007

Roll With the Punches

I was designated to make the dessert for one of the parties we attended Saturday night so I chose to make a triple layer apple spice cake that is in the holiday issue of this month's Home Companion magazine. I had gone out Friday to buy some pecan pieces as they were to cover the entire side of the cake. I got the last two packages at the grocery store closest to my home and considered myself lucky to find them. (there must be a lot of bakers in this town as they go like hotcakes)

Notice how in this picture the pecans are only on the top? Well, I toasted both packages and managed not to burn them (I always do!) So proud of myself, I placed them on a plate on the counter to cool and then let Wilbur in.

Do you see where this is going?

I made the big mistake of getting sidetracked in the other room and then heard some noises from the kitchen. Both kids were outside playing and I instinctively knew what was taking place. Yes, Wilbur helped himself to ALL of those wonderfully perfectly toasted pecans. It was too late to go hunting for some more and luckily I had half a bag in my cupboard so the cake went from being 'totally encrusted' to 'sprinkled with a few measely pecans' on top. Needless to say Wilbur knew I was quite mad at him but I guess no-one really was the wiser. Roll with the punches!

My Shirley Temple hair-do took ALL DAY to calm down and even then I had to spritz it with some water. Unreal! Anyway, sorry no 'before' pics but here is an 'after'. These are our dear friends (hubby's college buddies from way back) They are such a fun group and we always get together for dinners throughout the year. We had a deep-fried turkey and was it ever tasty! 45 mins in the fryer and it was done to perfection.

I'm getting ready for Karla's "What Do You Love About Your Holiday Home" party on December 12th. Be sure and join in on the fun!

Dec 8, 2007

What A Sap!

... bucket, that is!

I found two original vintage sap buckets (the real deal) at V.V. the other day, they're quite large measuring 13 inches tall. I wasn't sure what to do with them but the pale pink paint that covered them had to go. It just wasn't the right pink.

So here goes...

And after!

All dressed up for the holidays!

I painted it an antique white, added a tulle handle and trimmed it with crocheted lace and some of those vintage mercury beads I salvaged from my feather tree.

I also modge-podged a page of antique sheet music with an appropriate title and added some of my fav glittered letters. I didn't want to go too Christmas-y so I chose the word HOPE as that has become my moniker of sorts. We could all use a little hope, don't you think?

Real glass glitter frames the sheet music and gives it that festive look. Because I have two, this one will end up in my shop.

So hubby and I have not one, but two parties to attend tonight. Go figure, we have no plans for the entire holiday season, and these two parties have to fall on the same night. I went to my hairdresser's this morning for a quick trim and had him curl my hair just for fun. Big mistake. Big! Let's just put it this way - Shirley Temple's got nothin' on me!

Dec 5, 2007

Feather Tree Makeover

This is more my style...

I love the look of silver ornaments with the cream color of the tree...these sweet cone decorations are available in my shop.

I sure am getting a lot of use out of these old milk caps!

I bought these old religious medallions at a yard sale this past summer. I think they make perfect little feather tree decorations....I hope that's not sacrilegious or anything?

The only thing that makes me nervous is the fact that these old feather trees are very lightweight. One bump from Wilbur and this baby's on the floor! Thankfully most everything on this tree is not breakable.

Well, I finally did it - I got the big Christmas tree up. I covered it in those lights that have four mini-lights where the normal strand has only one. Holy cow Clark Griswald - I think I've gone blind! There are so many lights on the tree that I swear it is heating the livingroom! More pics to come...