Saturday, December 31, 2011

Celebrating On New Years Eve

Time to bring out the vintage party decorations I bought last summer-and bring in the New Years in Style!!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Chocolate Mice

My Angel friend from work made these for the managers-aren't they kinda cute...for a mouse. Chocolate covered cherry with almond ears and hersey kiss faces.

Very Yummy too!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Googly Eyed Doll

My BF Tete from Beyond the Garden Gate gave me this wonderful Googly eyed doll for Christmas. It is exactly like one she has that was her mothers. Look at her wooden shoes. What a treasure and special gift I received for Christmas!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

It Snowed Finally

I walked out yesterday morning at 5:00 am to a white wonderland with big, fluffy flakes of snow. Two days earlier and it would have been a magical Christmas gift. I was still glad to see it though. I love the first snow of the year-everything so calm and pretty at that hour. I took a quick picture as I was leaving that morning to go see my grams(who is still holding on). The snow was all gone by early afternoon-it didn't even look like it had happened, but I really appreciated the gift of snow that God gave us yesterday morning-everything looked so beautiful.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

My Grandma-Ella Mae

I went and saw my Grandmother, Ella Mae on Christmas Day. She has become so weak and has lost a lot of weight from not eating. Yesterday my mother called me to tell me that Grams had been put on a IV. I left from work because I wanted to be there with my family. Hospice has been called in. She is alert and talkative. Talking about seeing her parents again and holding her baby that was stillborn. But in the midst of all of that-she said she wanted to stay with us for as long as she could. This is a difficult time for all of us, but especially for my mother. We all know that Grams is going to a better place, but it still hurts. I woke up last nite at 11:30 and went to the couch with the dogs(they seem to comfort me). I realized that she is my last grandparent. I've always been really close with her since I was little-dressing up in her red high-heeled shoes. I have so many memories of staying with her when I was little and when I was a teenager. Memories that I will treasure.

Please pray for Ella Mae-and her journey.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Fun Christmas Gifts

I think my oldest niece got the cutest items this year... look at this fun hat!

She wanted a sock monkey-and then she pierced it's ears!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Christmas

I'm wishing you all a Happy Christmas. I know that Christmastime is not easy for all of us-but I have to say at the end of the day that I am blessed with friends and family who understand me and go out of their way to make things easier for me. Thank you all so much for you love and thoughtfulness-you mean so much to me!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Snowflake Cookies

These are almost too pretty to eat-my friend Bre made them for me for Christmas-wish I had her talent!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Vintage Treasures

Just a couple of little things I was able to pick up for Christmas for only $.25. I don't know if the santa was originally gold-but I like him that way!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Reproduction Boxes

Just couldn't resist these little reproduction boxes to put with my old ones for only $.50. Hope you're getting your last minute Christmas Shopping done!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Vintage Plastic Santa Cookie Jar

I saw this vintage santa cookie jar on someone's blog last nite and knew I had to go back and buy the one I saw in an antique store yesterday. It was too cute to pass up and I plan on making a santa display next year since I managed to only decorate my office and nothing at home. I love the big face and he will go great with all my light up plastic vintage santa's!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


A Nativity Scene was erected in a church yard. During the night, someone came a...cross this. An abandoned dog was looking for a comfortable, protected place to sleep. He chose baby Jesus as his comfort. No one had the heart to send him away so he was there all night.We should all have the good sense of this dog and curl up in Jesus' lap from time to time. This is too sweet not to share.No one mentioned that the dog breed is a "shepherd!"See More
By: John Gagnon's Pet Resort

Please choose a shelter dog-and really think about it before you take one there-would you give your kids up?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Tall Flocked Bottle Brush Tree

I found something really wonderful last week for only $4.00. This really neat(and I think old) tree. I can't wait to take down all the Christmas decorations in my office and make a winter wonderland. Check back next week and I hope to have it done! I hope everyone has a very WHITE Christmas-they've taken the snow out of the forecast for us on Christmas eve-so sad!

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Night Before Christmas Book

I was so excited to run across this book(I have a collection of these-but can't seem to find them-so I hope I don't already own this one!) I love the illustration on the front-a perfect red! Wishing you all a Very Merry Rednesday!

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

His Nose Was Like a Cherry Ornament

I had saved this silver vintage ornament for Silver Sunday earlier in the month-but still wanted to show it to you. I love these old ones and have never seen this one!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Jewelry Christmas Tree

I came across this Christmas tree I've had for years the other day. You don't see these much any more. It would be more expensive to make these today since all the costume jewelry has gone up. I saw one in an antique store that lite up for $59-a little too high for me!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Vintage Ornaments

I'm not finding much out there-but I did find these 3 ornaments for $.25 each the other day. I can't believe it's so close to Christmas-are you ready?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Antique Shoppe

My husband took me antiquing to some new places and we found this wonderful shop. The pictures just don't do it justice!

What a wonderful shop-I can't wait to go back and find some more things to buy! Here blog can be found here

Monday, December 12, 2011

1898 Christmas Stocking

The lady at work(Nancy) that is my Christmas angel brought in a stocking that was her grandmother's to show me. It is dated inside -1898. I have seen these in a book but never in an antique store where I could buy one. It was so exciting to just get to see one. In a book I have it states(An Old Fashioned Christmas-Time Life Books) In the late 1800's, the first commercially made stockings became available. Most featured scenes printed on thin cotton or linen and were sold either already assembled or as patterns to be cut and sewn at home. The most popular images included Santa decending a brick chimney(I think that's hers), and "x-ray" view of a stockings contents, or scenes of stockings hung by the fire. The images are wonderful and the material is so light and soft

There are no holes or tears-the material is a little stained but I think that adds to the look

A baby

What the bottom of the stocking says

The message on the toe of the stocking

What a wonderful piece of family history!

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

A Christmas Gift to Us

I can honestly say that a rescue pet is the best gift you can give yourself! We so glad to have little Lucky join our family. My sister gave me this little Santa outfit and the only dog it fits is Lucky so Petie and Maggie Mae(both rescues) are checkin him out. He doesn't know what to think-but I think it's adorable on him!!! Don't forget about all the rescue animals out there-they make the best pets!!!!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Wonderful Christmas Party

I went to a wonderful Christmas party last nite at Ann's(why didn't I get a picture of her?) from and had such a great time-good food and visiting with friends! Her home(it used to be her grandparents) is cute as a button and decorated everywhere for Christmas.

Cousin Mary and me Girls in the kitchen(the best place to be!)

All the drinks

Side Buffet-so cute!
Dining Room-love the shelf with the Santa's

Great collection of vintage decorations

Christmas china and pictures of her and her brother on Santa's Lap

The wonderful Pink bedroom

One of the Christmas trees

Thank you Ann for inviting me to such a wonderful party!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Candyland Costume

How cute is this!!!!! What a fun costume!!!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Candy Socks

I'm looking for candy items these days-even in socks!!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Can you tell who's who?

For Wanda... can't seem to get them apart!!!

They're having TOO MUCH FUN!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Candy Canes for My Little Furry Children!

Bought these from the Coles County Humane Associate this past weekend. I thought it would be fun to give them something different for a treat for the holidays. These are quite big so I have to break them apart-our dogs are already a little pudgy-we may have to make a New Years Resolution for them to go on a diet!!! Do you buy your little furry children anything special for the holidays?

Friday, December 2, 2011

Ghost in the Attic Sheet Music

I know.... it's the wrong holiday. But I was looking for holiday sheet music when I came upon this today. Decided I needed it for $1.00 since I didn't have anything halloween to put on the old pump organ and took it to the counter. The dealer that was there is a really nice lady who I buy off of sometimes and she gave it to me for free! I'll think of her each time I put it out!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Rescue Me Clifford Towels

I just opened the items we purchased to support Rescue Me Clifford and the stuff is so neat. Can you see that there is a washcloth sewed to the towels as pockets and then a washcloth sewed as a glove to use to wash the dogs. What a cute idea!!! I spoke with girl who came up with this idea and I'm going to try and find out how I can get involved to support this great cause!
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