Sunday, December 23, 2007
Today I will be finishing up the wrapping of the gifts, baking some cookies and packing for our trip. We are having a Christmas Eve dinner tomorrow night at my Mom's house. We are all bringing something so it won't be too much of a burden on any one person. I am bringing a brown sugar ham, grilled salmon, corn casserole, and vanilla sweet potatoes.
We will be flying south on Christmas day to spend a week with my dad and family members down there. I am hoping for warmish, dry weather as it has been pretty soggy here lately. We are going to go to the San Diego Wild Animal Park, and Hollywood for sure. The kids really want to see the stars on the sidewalk. My hubby and I have been there before. If anyone knows of a must see place we should go, let me know. We are open to anything interesting the kids might like. We were down there in June and went to Universal Studios, a water park and the beach. We have done Disneyland a couple times before.
Also, I am starting to plan our family vacation to Maui next June. If anyone knows of a good place to stay, I would love to hear about it. I have been online a lot looking at possibilities and I have a couple ideas, just thought I would ask my blog friends if you have any suggestions.
I hope you are all safe and cozy and have a wonderful time with your family this holiday season! Best wishes from our family to yours.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
I did manage a quick trip to the thrift stores on Tuesday. I didn't realize that Tuesday is .99 day at Value Village. That means anything with the special color of the week is just .99. I really didn't find anything fabulous, but as I was waiting in line, I noticed the lady in front of me had a really cute old pink bowl. I told her what a great find it was and she turned and handed to me and said, "I don't really need this, do you want it?" Well, yeah! It was marked on the bottom $49.99 but since it had a yellow tag and it was Tuesday, it was only .99! What a deal.
Here's a picture. I couldn't stop thanking that nice lady. Oh, and it says Redwing on the bottom of the bowl too. I haven't done any research on it yet, been too busy with other things. But wow, what luck!
Here is another little thing I got at VV. All of their Christmas items are only $1.00 so I picked up this little fabric tree. It didn't come with the vintage rhinestone buttons, those were courtesy of me. Pretty cute I think.
I also got a few of these cuties. I think they will be great for holding goodies to give to friends and neighbors. Wish I got more. They had a ton and they were only .49 each.
These tip trays were also found at VV. There are five of them, all the same. I have never seen any like this before.
This little wire chair came from Goodwill.
And while I'm still in the Christmas spirit, I thought I would share one of my favorite Christmas pictures with you. I just love this one. I bet lots of you have pictures that look very similar. That's me front and center. I'm about 2 1/2 years old. The kid with the drippy nose in the red and white pj's is my little brother, Devin and to the left is the lower half of my big brother Mike sporting his new cowboy belt and holster. Gotta love those footy pajamas.
I've been invited to attend the lunch lady Christmas party today. I feel a little weird going, as I am not a regular full time lunch lady, but my good friend Debbie says it doesn't matter and that I have to go. It's being held at a yummy thai restaurant so I know the food will be good.
I really need to get my rear over to Monticello. It has been awhile since I have gone to fluff up the booth and drop off stuff. I do have some things I need to take over so I will probably do that tomorrow. But before that, I am having blind coffee date with a fellow blogger. I will tell you more about that tomorrow. Until then, have a great day!
Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Here's the tree. Kind of a dark picture, but you can see it much better if you click on it. I probably put too many ornaments, but really I have a ton more that didn't make the cut.
An idea I stole from Joy. Sweet white crinoline for a tree skirt.
I got this vintage style tin wall hanging a couple years ago. Just love this Santa.
Another Santa with a fun curly beard hanging out on top of a newer little cabinet I bought on etsy recently.
This is probably my favorite Christmas item. This folk art Santa was made by a local gal and I bought it several years ago at a local shop I used to work at. I love it! The detail is so sweet. The deer I got at a bazaar a year later and I thought the two would make a great pair. Don't you think so too? So much cuter in person.
Another little spot in my living room. The blocks are suppose to say "Merry Christmas" but my son thought it would fun to mix them up. The nut doesn't fall far from the tree, does it?
On top of my birdcage. Some pottery, a tree, bottle with more buttons and mini tree and a repro girl chocolate mold I got recently.
Some cute ornaments. The glitter star purchased recently at Target.
We are so lucky to have a really neat Christmas store right in our community. It's called "Sleighbells." I made a quick trip there yesterday with my daughter to buy some much needed cedar garland for my mantel and a wreath for my front door. My mantel looks so much better now. Will try to get a picture for another post.
Today I am finally going to get my act together a do a little housecleaning. I really need to. I have been playing far too much lately. I did spend one day this week working at the High School, but for the most part, I have been goofing off.
Joy just emailed me last night to see if I would be interested in getting together to do lunch and some Christmas shopping tomorrow. Isabel is going to come too. So see, this is why I need to get some work done today.
If you haven't already, make sure to leave a comment on this post. I will be drawing a winner for a Christmas banner ornament (see last post) and a tin full of crafty goodies. I keep finding things to put in so it will be jam packed with fun stuff.
If you would like to take a look at the other homes in Karla's Holiday Home Party click here.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
I got to Monticello and checked out our booth to find that nothing big was missing and cleaned up a bit. And since I can't go there without looking around, I just happened to find a few Christmas items to bring home with me.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Anyway, I find that I am constantly inspired by so many artists I see on blogs. Their originality and talent just amazes me.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
I found a cute green wood tray with handles which I already put some vintage wallpaper on the bottom. A set of 4 candlewick like glass coasters that have roses on the bottom, a large glass jar, enamel pot, cool vintage mirror with a guilloche rose on it, silver and gold beaded garland, four tea strainers which I think will make cute ornaments on the Christmas tree. I might fill them with dried lavender and glitter them. Not sure yet. Roll of pink and white checked wallpaper, a cute little handmade barn and a pottery lamp base with flowers and a bird.
Thursday night I headed out to Joy's Holiday Sale and Open House. I took a ton of pictures so now is a good time to go get that cup of coffee or go to the bathroom, as this will take awhile. I have said in the past, I am not a very good photographer and my pictures don't do Joy's home justice. I got lots taken in the house, but I completely forgot to take any in the shop. Here they are in no special order.
On Saturday morning Isabel and I met Martha and Diane at Cindy's sale. It was so cute and of course, I forgot to take pictures. I was good and only bought a few little items. After that we all went to breakfast in our little town. Here is a picture of the four of us. I think Martha has a better one but look at the snow falling behind us. It was so lovely, but it didn't last. I had to hurry home to get ready for my daughter's first basketball game of the season. She did great and her team actually won! She was great on defense and even scored a basket. This is only her second year of playing and I'm so glad she is. She really seems to enjoy it and I think could be an excellent player. She really only plays for fun. After the game we hustled on over to the store to pick up her cake and other stuff for her 14th birthday party.
As I mentioned on a recent post, her birthday was last weekend, but since we were out of town, we postponed her "friend" birthday until this weekend. We ended up going to the mall to do a "scavenger hunt." They had to do things like take a picture of a person eating a hamburger, go to a store that sells girl stuff and buy $5.00 worth of items, etc. There were word scrambles and puzzles to figure out. They had a lot of fun doing it and it only took about an hour. After that we came home had cake and ice cream and they had a little hang out time before their parents picked them up at 10pm. One of the cool things was the items they bought on the scavenger hunt got divided up and were their prizes. But the best part was they all went home. I kind of put my foot down on sleepover birthday parties this year. I just don't want to do them anymore.
Well, that's it for now. I told you this was going to be a long one. I hope you enjoyed all the fab pictures of Joy's lovely home.