Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Ahhhhhhhh

The holidays wiped me out. Thanksgiving and Christmas that is. Ahhhhh, now I can get back to some normalcy around here!

Check out the big fun that is in our back yard now! Thanks to Santa. The boys and the neighbor kid have been on it every day since Christmas.
This is a last minute gift that I ordered from etsy for husband. He's a business owner and he truly knows the meaning of tired ol' ass. He got a kick out of this for sure! Cottage Garden Therapies shipped this to me lightening fast and it arrived on Christmas eve. Just in time! This bath soak will put a pep in your step.

I'm getting back to work on the shop. I let things slide a little over the last couple weeks. So my wheels are turning for some new ideas for the new year. Got started working on a few orders today and a few new things too.


New Year's eve tomorrow! Not a big deal for us. We stay in, hang out by the fire on our patio, and eat. We use it as an excuse to eat things we normally wouldn't eat because they are so bad for you. Kinda like a last hurrah before getting back to a normal diet like normal somewhat healthy people.

I hope each of you have a happy and safe new year.

I'll see you next year.
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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Ho, Ho, Ho

Send your own ElfYourself eCards


This was sent to me by my friend at Mariposa Avenue. Go elf yourself. Come on you know you don't have anything else to do! This is totally the outfit I'll be wearing today too. How did they know?

I have to get out of the house for a bit this morning to pick up a last minute gift for husband. Thank goodness it's a run in and out kinda thing. Then back to the house for some Christmas eve and day food prep. We really tie on the feed bag around the holidays. Terrible, I know. My mother-in-law made fudge yesterday morning. Score! Oh, how I love fudge. I got to lick the pan too. Sweet!

I hope you all have really fabulous Christmas eves and days. Sending you each a virtual squeeze and I hope you get exactly what you hope for.

Oh, one more thing. Thanks for all the well wishes. I'm feeling better for sure. You guys rock! Share

Friday, December 19, 2008

Tick Tock Tick Tock

Here we are 6 days from Christmas and I haven't finished my shopping.
I'm doing this instead. This sickness I have is totally kicking my rear. I believe I may have turned the corner today though. Yay! I'm hungry. That's a good sign right?!
So husband and I will be having a date in the next couple of days. A date at Toys R Us. Thank goodness they are open till midnight through the holidays! I'll be taking full advantage of this date and work in a dinner too.

You all know how I love packages in the mail. Right?

This little do-dad came the other day. From Ebar Designs, she calls this her Engagement Necklace. Love it! This photo does not do it justice. It's sparkly and gorgeous.

I have yet to plan a menu for Christmas eve and day! Ack! We generally do a Christmas eve dinner. A real dinner, ham or something of the like. A huge breakfast for Christmas morning, then finger foods the rest of the day. Guess I better get to planning and I see some grocery shopping in my near future. What's on your holiday menu?

Last but not least. Today is my brother's birthday. Happy Birthday brother!!! Share

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Rockin' and Snottin'

The other day while strolling through Target I picked up this CD on a hunch. I had heard one song one time and the cover had me at hello. Love it! Eric Hutchinson, Sounds Like This, has been rockin' my mom-mobile since I bought it. Full of steering wheel tapping tunes.


I also got a package in the mail today that was a surprise. My swap partner that I did a holiday swap with sent me a extra little package. Guess what was in it?! Two Crunchie bars! Yay! Thanks Cat!!

Lastly, I'm sick. Yucky, sniffling, snotty, achy, sick. I'm fighting my way through this but things are falling behind! Tell me your best sickness fighting secrets.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Brrrrrr and Other Stuff

It's darn cold today in Texas!

This past weekend we had Christmas with my family. By the time we get around to December 25th, that will be our 3rd Christmas celebration.


This is me having a good time at my Dad's place with my brother and sweet baby niece. Surrounded by the trashy aftermath of gift opening.

Over the weekend my mom made these little do-dads and they were pretty tasty. I'm not a huge peanut butter person but these have an addictive quality to them. I don't even know what they are called. Feel free to come up with your own name.

1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 1/2 cups peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 cups of corn flakes

Combine sugar and syrup in a saucepan; heat to a full boil. Remove from heat and add peanut butter and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Pour mixture over corn flakes and stir until the flakes are completely covered. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper.

Let me know if you give these little corn flakey thingies a try.

I'm generally not a last minute Christmas shopper but this year it's creeping up on me. I'm feeling the squeeze of 9 shopping days left. How is your shopping going? Are you all finished?!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Pink Stuff

I know we all have certain foods that scream holidays to us. Well, ours is pink stuff! Introduced to us by my sister-in-law, Dana, quite some time ago. This is pink fluffy goodness that is to easy to whip up.Container of Cool Whip(whatever the standard size is)
Can of cherry pie filling
Can of Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
Crushed pineapple, drained (I don't use the whole can just a few giant spoonfuls)
Walnuts or pecans (I prefer walnuts) to taste. I like nuts so I put quite a few.

Stir it all together.
That's it!
Pink, fluffy, and yummy.

Oh, yesterday was my birthday. Share

Sunday, December 7, 2008

A PJ Day

I love this commercial. I know it's been around awhile but it makes me smile every time.




Today was such a wasted lazy day! As a result of last night's Christmas party my little fanny was really dragging today. Everyone needs a lay around day now and then. Right? We ordered pizza and I'm still in my jammies!
I did get to watch movies that I haven't taken the time to sit down in front of. Wall-e with the kids. I loved Wall-e! Then Martian Child with John Cusack. Cute but very predictable movie.
I hope you all had a super Sunday, my favorite day of the week. Busy week ahead for sure. Share

Saturday, December 6, 2008

I Need A Swift Kick In The Rear

I am dragging my rear end today. I have mucho to do and here I sit. I'm having a serious lack of motivation. Blahhhhh. So anyone who is free can roll on over and give me a swift kick in the pants to get me moving.
1. I must make more key chains. They are selling as soon as I list them. Not complaining about that one bit.
2. I have to get some Christmas shopping done. We will celebrate Christmas with my family next weekend.
3. Clean of course!
4. My desk is being taken over by a mountain of papers that need to be put away.
5. I have to purdy myself up for a Christmas party tonight. I ordered some new boots that arrived yesterday and I'm so looking forward to wearing those babies! By the way, did you know you can shop at Old Navy, Banana Republic, The Gap, and Piperlime all at the same site and pay once? Coolness.
6. I have to balance my checkbook! Why, oh why do I wait until it's a big pile of receipts and confusion? Why do I punish myself this way?!

At Christmas time I can never resist shopping for myself! I think that's obvious. Anywho, this sweet little package came in the mail yesterday.
How cute is that?
Look what was inside! A sweet bracelet made of bunches of buttons. I love it! Mrs Gibson makes these and lots of other cool stuff. Now she has one in pink listed in her shop! This shipped from the U.K. faster than some of my U.S. orders!
I put it on right away yesterday, I love the movement and sparkle of it. It made me happy!
Okay, now I'm getting out of this chair and getting busy! Maybe.
Happy Saturday to each and every one of you.
XOXOXOOO
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Friday, December 5, 2008

I'm Longing for a Crunchie Bar

I recently participated in a Christmas swap hosted by the lovely Mommy Holly. I was paired up with a sweet gal named Cat. She is an American living in London. So I was excited to get my swap box from her long before it arrived. My box arrived last week. It was full of goodies. Lots of sparkle, some candy, some scrapbook paper, and even some homemade cookies. Mmmmm.

One of the candies she included was a candy bar made by Cadbury called a "Crunchie". I finished off the Crunchie last night and I want to cry. It's all gone! So yummy yet not sold in the U.S.! What?!

"The Crunchie bar is technically of British origin, but can be found in many other countries(In the States, not so much.). Behind its extremely generic name, the Crunchie is actually pretty unique. It’s based on a traditional candy called sponge toffee, honeycomb, or cinder toffee, which is made by adding baking soda to molten sugar, causing the sugar to expand in a froth of bubbles. Once cooled, the foam becomes a light, airy, crunchy treat. It can be eaten plain or, as is the case with the Crunchie, coated in chocolate." This quote was taken from CandyAddict.

I'm sure these can be found in the U.S. somewhere just not at your local 7-11. I have my eye on a case of them from Amazon!

So if your wondering what to get me for Christmas or birthday here is a little hint.

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Oh, Oh, Oh, Merry Christmas?

I ripped off this post idea from The better to stalk you my dear . Her blog makes me laugh.

A few photos of Christmas past.
This is me with my new phone making some kind of scrunchy face and someone got a garden patio set. Christmas 1972.

Christmas 1973. This is me sporting my low-rise jeans with a little crack sticking out the top. How fashionable was I?!

Christmas 1973 again. Surrounded by lots of gifts, a creepy baby doll, and even creepier monkey. I don't know who's house this was, I don't think it was ours.

Fast forward to Christmas 1978. I have a brother! I remember that pleather couch. The carpet is gorgeous isn't it?! You can tell we are ready to lunge at the tree.



Here are 24 Christmas questions just for the heck of it.
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Both

2. Real or Artificial tree? Fake most of the time.

3. When do you take the tree down? The day after Christmas! I'm sick of it by then.

4. Do you like Eggnog? No.

5. Favorite gift received as a child? Probably my sky blue bicycle with a banana seat. The seat had clouds on it. I rode that bike all over creation.

6. Hardest person to buy for? My mother-in -law(husband's real mom)

7. Easiest person to buy for? Hannah

8. Do you have a nativity scene? Nope.

9. Mail or email Christmas cards? I do Christmas cards every other year. I'm off this year. Here is last year's card!

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? LOL, I'll keep that one to myself.

11. Favorite Christmas Movie? I'm not really a movie watcher so I really don't have one. The kids and I usually make it a point to watch Polar Express though.

12. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Mid November I think

13. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? I don't recall. Really, I don't.

14. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Fudge. Lots of fudge with nuts.


15. Lights on the tree? Yes, who has a dark tree?! Little white lights with a few multi-colored large bulbs too.

16. Favorite Christmas song? I have a confession to make. Please don't think badly of me. I don't like Christmas music. There I said it. Now it's out in the open. I don't mind listening to the instrumental stuff from Vince Guaraldi, music from the Charlie Brown Christmas special. I can handle that.

17. Travel at Christmas or stay home? STAY HOME! Can you tell I feel strongly about this. I'm sure my feelings will change once I don't have little kids in the house.

18. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Not sure. Maybe

19. Angel on the tree top or a star? This year it's a sparkly star.

20. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? The kids open one on Christmas eve, the rest in the morning.

21. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Christmas music?

22. Favorite ornament theme or color? My favorite ornament is a little girl with braids that came from my parents house. I think I stole her when I moved out a million years ago. Still love her for some reason.

23. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Fudge?

24. What do you want for Christmas this year? Health, happiness, lavender pants, and a blue shirt.

I have no idea what year this was. Santa is looking a little tired and disheveled. Possibly one kid to many sitting on his lap at the McDonald's.

Oh, Oh, Oh Merry Christmas! Share

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I Love Getting Packages!

My belt from Fosterweld came today!
I'm a belt wearer. If I'm not in yoga pants or jammies, I'm in jeans with a belt. I had been looking for a cool black belt for awhile and decided to give Etsy a go. So stumbled on this super cool belt and buckle.

This is a photo from the Fosterweld shop . Belts and buckles in several different colors.
My new belt! It's black and distressed and a little masculine. All things I love in a belt!

Here is my waist in my new belt! It is for sure one of my favorite items I have ordered from Etsy . I know I'll wear the heck out of it.
Thank you Fosterweld, you rock!
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Monday, December 1, 2008

Crafts Of Christmas Past

The kids and I are working on decorating the house. While digging through the boxes of decorations I found these past crafty items. I used to work with lots of wood and a jig saw. I did these a couple of years ago.
This little snowman was born from pencil and paper. I drew out the pattern. Cut him from 1/2 inch MDF(medium density fiberboard) with my trusty jig saw. He's about 12 inches tall.
To cut the star out of the center. Drill a hole large enough for your saw blade to fit in. Then start cutting out the star shape from there. It takes a bit and be careful!
I rounded all the edges with a sander.
Painted while it was still in two pieces. Couple of coats of paint and a distressing with brown stain.
Glued the snowman to the base. Then glued on parts of a disassembled small grapevine wreath, pine cone, fake berries, a scarf of scrap fabric.
Oh, and a nose! I cut the nose from thin MDF, sanded, painted, and glued on his little face.
I found these super cool fake candles. They are a little base with a flame. It flickers and runs on batteries. That way you don't burn your house down and your snowman looks super cute with a flickering candle showing through the star cut out.

These are little Christmas trees cut from the same MDF. The base is a heart, the trunk is a dowel. Sanded and spattered with paint for a distressed look. These sold like hotcakes at my little craft booth I used to have. They are about 7 inches tall.
I drew a stretched out sock pattern for a stocking. Cut from thin MDF, then painted. Can you tell I used to glue buttons on everything?! Two holes at the top and twine for hanging.

This one looks a little wonky after storage!
Share some of your past Christmas crafties. Even the ugly ones, those are the best!
While your looking for your old Christmas crafts ponder this...... What do you do with an ugly Christmas decoration that is given to you? Do you display it, because after all it was a gift and it's the thought that counts. Do you put it away in a box and only pull it out for display when that person comes to visit?! You know you have one of these ugly Christmas quandaries!
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