Sunday, December 25, 2011








Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Inspiration









Do you just love these huge pine cones? Their brothers and sisters will be for sale at the barn sale next year!!!



Where do you get the inspiration for your favorite Christmas decorations? I know many of you this year are turning to Pinterest. If you haven't checked it out, you really should. I really can't give a good description of what Pinterest is, but as I understand it, it allows you to create inspiration boards, pinning pictures from all over the Internet to your boards. It's fun to see different interpretations of style. The pictures included in this post are my version of things my daughter, Melissa found on Pinterest. She created beautiful vignettes, I tweaked them to fit the materials I had, and now you see my version. Hope you are having fun with your decorating projects, and getting to the finish line soon! Have a great day!

Monday, December 12, 2011



What is it about fresh greenery that really elevates a Christmas vignette just a tad above one with artificial? I'm not sure, but one thing that makes it SSSOOOOO much more attractive to me is the ease with which it tucks into its spot. I guess my thrifty side tells me not to cut store-bought garlands and picks into the size I need, because next time I might need a larger piece. And the real stuff seems to lay just right, wherever you put it. Not to mention, it's free!!! I emptied all the stuffy, English china I inherited from my Godmother (It really is beautiful, but I was ready for a change...it will go back in there one day!) out of my china cabinet the other day. Then I scoured the house for antique kitchen gadgets...they tend to get scattered, used for this display and that...



I filled that empty cabinet (um, amazing how dirty the dishes and cabinet shelves got, considering they were closed in behind glass doors) to the hilt with all things kitchen...




Tucked holly, pine and cedar here and there, and in a flash, it's done!








Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Christmas Spirit










How do you get into the Christmas spirit? Try this...have your four favorite nieces over. Plan to decorate the tree...they did a great job by the way, while I cleaned and re-arranged the family room...then decorate gingerbread men. These kits from Michaels are great. Eight naked gingerbread men (don't worry, not anatomically correct!), fondant that you roll out and cut with a knife or cookie cutters (what would make them want to cut out birds to decorate gingerbread men?), icing (pretty tasty, too), and a few decorations like beads and presents. And wow, let the fun begin!








I think they did a great job!



Have fun preparing, how ever you get into the spirit!!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

So, are you all finished decorating for Christmas? I've been working at it, but still have a ways to go. Seems like I start decorating, then realize I need to clean this, rearrange that. I am seriously housecleaning my family room today. Santa brought an early Christmas gift a couple of weeks ago. Since our kids had WAAYYY newer, better TVs than we did, we finally decided to take the plunge. Our old one weighs approx. 500 pounds, I think. It sat in the middle of the floor for awhile, and we finally got help to move it late last week. So now I need to rearrange EVERYTHING...new TV, new set-up, right?
We got the great idea on the last day of the sale that we should have been recording somehow what states people were visiting from. We knew we had some regulars from across the bay, but we really happy to see that we have customers from PA,

And the Empire State, New York...

And of course from Maryland...

We even had a guy from Florida visit the sale! I don't think he came all the way here just for the sale, but ya never know!!! Hope y'all have a great week. Get that Christmas decorating done now, ya hear?