Monday, December 15, 2014


We're all children at heart and when we get a package in the mail it's so exciting!

My swap partner this year was Dorothy of Hens Rule, and we're also Facebook buddies! Here are the wonderful presents I received from her:

When I opened the Priority Mail box, this was inside.

And inside that box was all of this!

Let's go through them! These are photos of what she made. The other goodies you can see in the photo above.

Pretty, pretty tag with velvety rick rack and a vintage wreath!

This monogram S is so "perfect" that I thought she bought it - I love it!

This is so serene and I love that I can keep it up all winter!

Pretty in Pink is this shaker decoration! Perfect!

A cute tart mold serves as a home for Santa!

Do you believe she actually made these cupcakes? They're gorgeous!

The recipe for sugar cookies and an adorable pic on the back!

A whimsical candy cane ornament!

Dorothy, you went above and beyond the call of duty - 
thanks and thanks again!

Here are the crafts I made for her:

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


This page was a frontispiece of an older Reader's Digest Condensed Book I had, but can't remember which one. Feel free to use this cute picture!

Sunday, December 7, 2014


I love my vintage Christmas decorations! Here are some of them displayed.

I moved my pretty white sideboard into the living room and brought the console table into the kitchen. I am so loving having the extra window "open". I only have four large windows and a french door in the kitchen so I have LOTS of light! So this table gets my egg nog set and extra egg nog mugs.

I like to line my kitchen window ledges (in the middle where the locks are) with my vintage tiny houses!

I love pulling out my vintage Christmas records each year! My favorite is the 78rpm of White Christmas.

A stack of vintage wrapping paper and greeting card boxes.

The hutch is all lined up with a variety of figurines:

Go, Santa! Get down with your bad self!

Saturday, November 29, 2014


Boy, I've been doing a lot of thrifting this past month, but you don't hear me complaining! Here is a cake dish or platter in the Memory Lane pattern, which I collect. These are my everyday dishes.

I was thrilled to find, yet, another little suitcase in a pretty blue and pale pink plaid!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. I did with one of my brothers and one of my sisters coming over. My 22-yr-old daughter wanted to go to Kohl's (department store) for Black Friday to get a Nintendo 3DS bundle that was on sale for $150, which was $30 cheaper than the competitors. So I figured "why not"! We headed out at midnight to wait in a cold, 27F/-3C, line for an hour before entering the store. But, we took turns waiting in the car!

We were about 20th in line (of at least 100) so were able to go directly to the item, then to the register, and were out in less than two minutes! Only drawback was, after getting to bed at almost 2:00 a.m. I had to get up at 7:30 to go pick up Mister from work. I got to snooze off and on during the day, though!

Yesterday I took down my Thanksgiving decorations and started to bring my Christmas items out. The wreaths are hung on the windows and the "Welcome" sign is on the door! Let the fun begin!

Thursday, November 20, 2014


I went to two thrift stores this week! Here are my goodies:

I'll start with my "prize of the week" - an awesome Christmas stocking for $1.00!

I found a nice roll of vintage wrapping paper, and a silky soft red/black scarf (which I'll use for a tablecloth). I've been looking for a scrapbook or photo album to put all my mother's 1951 shower/wedding cards in. I chose this floral fabric-covered one.

This cute little girl with a polka dot scarf is a Fenton (red sticker included) mug and the mini creamer/syrup is a no-name. The selection of blingy earrings, at 50 cents each, will be added to my craft stash.

Three 8-1/2 x 11 pieces of (what I believe are) real felt, from the old $.17 price tags.

Two boxes of vintage red bulbs and two old tart tins that had been painted as decorations.

Three small glass jars, and a set of 2-1/2" tall spice (?) cans - Meister, made in Brazil.

I was pleased to find an HRM turkey cutter, along with a holly one. A fun bag of pink, silver, and cream bead strands will be put to good use, I'm sure!

I was also happy to find this interesting vintage planter, made in Japan, to add to my collection!

Last is a group of vintage Christmas money holders and one card. In the post below this one I've shown them individually so you can use them if you wish.