Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas

It's almost here and I hope everyone gets to their destination safe and sound. Our weather has greatly improved so no problem here or anyway today.

This is another small tag card I made and its hanging from my light fixture/chandelier over my work studio table. She is same background Christmas Princess as the tag I made for the tag swap on my previous post.I used lace off an old blouse I bought at an estate sale once and then of course had to have rhinestones on it and the tiny bottle brush tree.

I work for the University of Missouri in Columbia Missouri and for the first time EVER the University is completely closed all  next week with PAY !!!! !for their employees !!! Since I am a part time person I didn't think I would be included with the pay side of this event,however I am and so excited. I already have a whole week of activities and antique shops lined up next week and a movie.

Merry Christmas and A very Happy fun New Year xoxo

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

The ATC Tag Swap

I joined in with other gals for the ATC tag swap. This was my first time for this talented group. I was over thrilled with what I received from 6 different very talented gals.

I'll  show in no particular order

                    First one  below was from Kim                                      
                       From Jane
                        From Liz
                      From Becky
                          From Nancy
                         From Sylvia
This is my tag I sent to be included in the exchange from Janice  

I can't say enough about how special these tags are and I love them all,the gals really are talented and I will keep the tags for years i'm sure .

Thanks to Kim for doing this 

I am home today with this morning -18 below wind chill and icy roads yesterday and today, so I am playing in the studio and making another cake. I have taken 2 naps already today also. It's good to be stuck at home once in awhile 

Merry Christmas 

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Dreaming Of A White Christmas

Finally got my White Christmas Tree up. Like I said last year I want a green tree next year LOL.
Just a few pictures. I have got out a few of my favorite ornaments and bottle brush trees for this year. Next Year I am starting in October LOL  to decorate since I am so slow in my old age
 Merry Christmas
 It doesn't show up in any of these pictures however I have lace around this tree for garland
 Are you all ready for company? Not sure I have my house ready but will pretend to.
I am waiting on our first big snow also

 I showed my little baby shoes last year when I made them,they are setting on one of my messy work tables downstairs as I drag out my decorations. I have a cabinet in the studio I leave Christmas in year around. Right now this room is a disaster, however I know where everything is I want to use

I am having my daughter and son in law and 4 grandsons over this Saturday for  Christmas at Grandma's. My grandson's love how I order Shakespeare's pizza for our Saturday lunch.
We do our gift exchange here so the boys will know what this Grandma gave them. I will make a carrot cake from scratch and have that delicious cream cheese icing on it for dessert. It's always a fun filled day, I love having them over.

Merry Christmas 

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Tree Display

I am slowly working on getting my tree up just today, Yesterday I did get lots of my little bottle brush trees out and set all along the top of my old chippy dish cabinet.I may rearrange them after I look them over but for now i'm satisfied.

This was a sweet surprise from my newest friend Bernideen. She really just layed it on my front porch them text me about it. I immediately got some wire and hung it around my mailbox. It's fresh greens and berries. I love it and it warmed my heart knowing she thought of me .

I will continue on today by working on my white tree and all the trimmings .

I am enjoying watching all my cardinals eat,there is about 30 outside on my patio where I throw black sunflower seeds and have been putting shelled corn out for my squirrels however they prefer the sunflower seeds.

Linky parties I joined in

Vintage & Co

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Day With Friends

Monday this week I drove over to Clarksville Missouri to tour once again Richard Cottrell's 1845 mansion all decked out for a Victorian Christmas.
His House is beyond any house I have ever toured for beauty and amazement. His decorations are over the top beautiful,lots of them he makes.
He also has a very sweet beagle named Buddy and he stuck right beside me this tour. Richard had a silver tinsel wreath around Buddy's neck
 Buddy is a sweet very well behaved dog and I could have taken him home with me,I miss my dog
We all were upstairs in one of the bedrooms. His toile wallpaper is wonderful.
 Richard made this cardboard house a replica of his house
 These candelabra's  are my favorite thing in his house and always look for me a pair even though my house isn't large enough to showcase these. This is mantel in his dining room,everyroom in his house has a fireplace
 This is the front living room looking out you can see the Mississippi River and a large steamboat was passing down the river,it looked like the Queen Mary, however we think it was a Gambling boat being moved down river?

Please Look at Bernideen's latest blog post she has many more pictures posted than me and every beautiful detail of this magnificent house.

Call 573-242-9688 and schedule a tour for only $5 per person

I want to go back this month.

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Decorations Coming Along

As I drag boxes from downstairs upstairs I am rethinking what all i'm getting out this year. I always want it all out and I have way too much in a small house.

So I plan to get the tree up and all my candleabra out plus my Christmas mice today.
 I just love this little tea cup and pot I ordered from Victorian Trading Company a few years ago. The large  bowl is from Longaberger while it was still made in USA back in 1995 I think is when I got it and matching cups and pie plate
 My beautiful old quilt I got a yard sale years ago for $10. Somethings I just hang onto forever.
 Of course had to get my red truck and mice out to set on my table for a few days. These are the mice my 8 year old Grandson picked out for me last year. He got them in Schafer House in Jefferson City. That is a beautiful store to shop in
 Not sure where these larger mice came from another gift last year  Also love my little blue and white tea set and this small plate with Santa

I need to get in high gear and get real busy Christmas at my house is December 17th this year.
I sure enjoyed my little bit of snow this morning also. I was out in my pajamas doing a video haha

Have a great Sunday . I'm going to a Christmas party and dance tonight

Friday, December 2, 2016

Lime Candles

I am getting decorations out and love this color of lime green candles.I bought them in the summer from a local florist at the sidewalk sales in August at Kent's Florist here in Columbia
I really like the candelabra with the angels. It was in the sidewalk sale also
I still need to get all my garland out to wrap around it and then the tree and all that stuff and I have a full weekend planned and not at home.
 These are dark pictures since I took them early this morning headed out the door to work and it was still dark outside at 7 am I only have 2 lamps in my front living room where this is

I am going over to Clarksville Missouri with couples ladies and possibly my daughter to tour Richard Cottrell's mansion who is having Christmas tours of his fabulous house. He is on facebook and you can see pictures. His house is a dream for us vintage and victorian ladies who likes pre civil war houses 1854.
You all keep posting the most wonderful; pictures of your Christmas decorations. I want to put a small tree in my kitchen on top of an old chippy dish cabinet then a tree in living room and my home office area. I need more energy to get this all done by December 17th when I have Christmas with my local family 

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Tag Exchange

The Turkey's have all been eaten so it's onto a Christmas Tag swap. I joined in for the first time at Art Joy Stuff tag swap. It's a White Christmas ATC Swap . Like I said my first tag swap. Deadline is December 5th if anyone can join in.
I used a post card advertising card that I picked up in Salem Oregon last month at a great girly flea market. Added the metal wings I painted and used some rhinestone and pearls for her crown

 I cut the card down to specifications which was 2 1/2 inches x 3 1/2 inches and then added my embellishments and adornments . The ribbon trim on bottom was trimmed from a wide ribbon
I thought the mini Christmas wreaths added lots Christmas charm
 Here is a picture of my Thanksgiving table . The big velvet pumpkin was removed and the candelabras before the turkey and all the trimmings got added to the table.Instead of using crystal glasses I used vintage footed  peanut butter glasses from the 1950's. Do any of you remember these ? Peanut butter came in them and they had a metal lid .
The little ceramic orange pumpkin my 9 year old grandson made me last year.

Linky parties I joined in

Coastal Charm 
WoW Us Wednesday 
Check out Friday Flea Market 
Waste Not Wednesday 
Shabblicious Friday 
My Thrift Store Addiction 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Estate Sale Finds

Stop me I have been over spending on local estate sales lately. However it's been things I wanted ,so I make an excuse to myself. A lady I know had some great things in  this sale last weekend.I bought myself  3 newer Coach large bags. She told me she carried 2 of them just once and one still has original price tags on it($589.00)!!! and I got it for a steal. Now I'm a Louis Vuitton gal myself but I thought one of my girls might like them or a friend.

I am always drawn to lockets and this is dated on back 19 which I took for 1919, it opens and still has original frame circle for a picture                                                        

Got this beautiful monogramed pin also it was $6.00

 I love these art velvet pumpkins, A local florist carries them and the one I really love are covered with rhinestones,crazy prices also.
Terry put hers in this sale and I got all 4 of hers she just bought this year.The littlest one is pictured with my locket and pin very small

I got some other practical items also like a window washer to reach way up high ,it's on a long pole now I need to get my back windows washed before the snow flies. I like clean windows in the winter.

I need to get my house straighten up today and put some dishes away so I can get out my Thanksgiving dishes and set my table

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Friday, November 18, 2016

For Sale Island Living


Excellent 2 or 3 bedroom home in Isabel II on a quiet dead end street. Safest neighborhood in Vieques. House recently painted inside and out.  Newer appliances: glass top stove, refrigerator, microwave, washer and dryer. Fujitsu air conditioning.  Beautiful ceramic tile floors throughout. Extra large carport with new roof. Off street parking.  Low maintenance yard with mature fruit and cedar trees and other flowering plants. No steps. Rejas. Front porch with privacy. Off street parking.


Phone:  939-630-8909


This belongs to a fried of mine Nancy Carr who is moving back to the states
Contact her for more information.

This will be a wonderful vacation house for someone then rent it out rest of year to tourist visiting the island
I always thought it would be fun to buy a house like this with couple other girl friends and share it on girl get a way trips?  

Thursday, November 17, 2016

November 17th

Well girls and guys today is my biggest Birthday yet. Which I have not handled very well. Seems like it has just Slapped me in the face saying you're an old gal now LOL

However I have made it. Through thick and thin fat and skinny years. Happy times and sad times in my life ,like everybody else. Ok so much for the pity party LOL

 I have had my Big girl panties on several years now.On the card these panties are black sparkling

I also was taken out to lunch by a dear friend and a few gals I know from previous years working at Verizon for 26 years.

 Then Tuesday I went with Gina  and Bernideen ,( who did a birthday post for me and she posted a couple very nice pictures of tea room) to St Louis to Warson Woods antique mall and out to lunch in St Charles at a tea room in an old 1800's house which was a nice lunch and the dessert was the best .haha
A girl at tea room took pictures of all 3 of us on Bernideen's nice camera and they wasn't good at all

I am very thankful for what I have and what I get to do in life just seems like this is hard to do. I have another lunch date today


Thanks for listening to my whining xoxo

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Heavenly Candles

We had our first cold night and I have officially turned my furnace on. Our first frost also so I covered up my large pots of flowers I didn't want killed off just yet. I did pot a lot up and put them in the studio in a south window for sun all winter. I did this last year and I had blooming flowers all winter.

Now I want to show you my dreamy beautiful heavenly candle I order from Rhonda at A Little Bit French . She has the most beautiful items in her shop.
I couldn't hardly decide which candles to order so as you see I ordered several. Also a dear friend Nancy Carr ordered me a surprise package of candles also and had them sent to me for my birthday this month. Girls this is the big one so I need lots candles and prayers LOL However i'm so happy with my life,here in my senior years.They talk about the seasons of our lives I guess I'm in the Fall season.

Rhonda had them all wrapped so pretty.

 I am so pleased and happy with these and their beauty
 I wasn't sure what container to display these in so have them in different creamers setting on top of my old chippy dish cabinet
 I want to light them however they are for display only so will have them for years to come.
I may share with a couple friends for gifts also

                     I need to get busy and get my kitchen rearranged for Thanksgiving dinner. I need to put an extender leaf in my table and bring chairs up to the kitchen. Plus put away a lot of dishes I have setting around. My daughters family comes with my 4 grandsons and it's always such a fun day. Then my daughter and husband goes Black Friday shopping while the boys and I stay at my house and eat and play. Them mostly on electronic games.

Linky parties I am joining in for fun

Share Your Style
Have A daily Cup 
My Thrift store Addiction 
Rooted In Thyme
Shabblicious Friday 
The Charm of Home 
Coastal Charm 

Anything Goes Pink Saturday 
Friendship Friday 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Found Goodies

I have had the bug for thrift stores lately seems I have to go everyday or every other day anyway. I have found some really nice dishes that I like. Now the thrift stores here can't compare to larger cities but once in a while I find goodies. I liked this creamer with the pheasant on it and have a couple plates hanging and setting in my office with quails on them.
I think it will look good on my table with my brown and white transfeware dishes for Thanksgiving. I found a couple others also in white ironstone. The 2 plain little pitchers

Then I seen this heart shaped colander and wonder what it'd purpose was for 

I looked it up and it's for making cheese and you use a cheese cloth inside. It's a Williams Sonoma dish made in France and Ina on Barefoot Contessa once used it on her show if you watch the cooking shows. I don't anymore since they took Paula Deen off I still believe she took a terrible wrap for her brothers wrong doing.Go on the internet and type apilco and this dish will come up and what it's used for. I thought that was interesting. I will use mine for decoration only,not making cheese LOL 

I like anything from Williams Sonoma stores. I have a silver Ruffoni pan that I love and use often 

I am really enjoying our warmer than usual weather here in central Missouri also . It's been in 80's and since our rain last night it's going to be in 70's I think next couple weeks anyway.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Tea Cup Exchange

I joined in the Tea Cup Exchange at The Enchanting Rose Blog and my partner sent me a fun filled box along with the tea cup and saucer. I will just post several pictures showing what all I received from Michele from The Nest at Finch Rest . First my tea cup and saucer

                               When I got it all out of my box , it was all wrapped so pretty                                      
 Mother of pearl flatware which I love and her sweet card ,To My New Friend
 This tiny cup and saucer which I love and the vintage embroidered napkins with tea cups and trimmed in blue crochet my favorite color, Blue
 Sweet place cards and little note book. i'll use placecards Thanksgiving Day
 Bright fall note cards and precious sweet kissing angels which I should have faced each other in this picture so they would be kissing
 An adorable wrapped small pumpkin , I love the soft tulle black material with a splash of shimmer
                        This wonderful hand made with love ( I'm sure ) fabric covered Journal                                                    

Here it is all laid out on my kitchen table 

This was an enjoyable adventure and will join in again if asked

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