Friday, December 23, 2011

Pink Saturday and Merry Christmas

Hello everyone, and welcome to a special Pink Saturday! Our hostess is Beverly, from This is a vintage card, and I just love the image.

Is this a beautiful tree or what? Sometimes, I do my tree Victorian like this.

I love how these vintage ornaments are displayed on these candlesticks. I copied this idea, on my coffee table.

Isn't this the sweetest Christmas shadow box? I found this over at Jills from I want to make one of these after the holidays. She also made one for Halloween. I think they are just awesome.

I found this on Pinterest, and forgot what it is called, but it looks yummy!!!

A shabby pink gingerbread house! Love it!! This darling little house belongs to Veronica over at

I also found these on Pinterest. They are called White-Chocolate-Cherry-Shortbread. You use marishino cherries to give them their pretty pink color.

Love these too. Simple, simple and so pretty!

These are some ornaments I made from plastic cups. They are easy, and you can put so many things inside them. If anyone wants to know how, let me know, and after Christmas I will do a tutorial.

These are ornaments I made from brown paper bags. Yes, brown bags. These are pretty easy too. I think the hardest part was cutting them out with the zigzag scissors. They are painted with acrylic paints, and then decorated. If anyone wants directions I will post them.

One of my favorite postcard images. I love the whimsical, and Victorian. I love both syles, so sometimes I decorate with Victorian decorations, and sometimes the cutsie ones, like the ornaments above.

This year is a hard one for us. My dear mother-in-law who is 91, just entered Hospice this past week. She was diagnosed with bone cancer a few weeks ago. The doctor is only giving her about 2 weeks left, before she makes her journey "home". Thank you for coming by for a visit. I want to wish you all a wonderful holiday, and a New Year filled with happiness, good health, and prosperity.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Pink Saturday

Hi everyone, and welcome to Pink Saturday, hosted by Beverly of Thanks Beverly! Here are some pinks from around my home.

My pink shabby Christmas villiage. Click on photos to enlarge.

Isn't this soooo sweet?

Love these gorgeous pink trees!

I found these on Pinterest. Cookie sheets painted pink, serve as a bulletin boards.

I love the look of this tree! I can never get my tree to photograph well.

Isn't this a darling gingerbread house? I found this on Pinterest as well. Hope you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to visit Beverly's for more pink and Christmas fun!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

My Favorite Things

Do you remember the song from the musical "My Favorite Things"? Raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens......... Well, Yankee Candle has a new collection out for the holidays, called My Favorite Things collection! I received the scratch and sniff (yes that's right) catalog in the mail the other day, and I was so excited! They have the fragrances of Moon on their Wings, Bright Copper Kettles,

Raindrops on Roses, Warm Woolen Mittens, Crisp Apple Strudel, and Blue Satin Sashes! How clever is that? I was skeptical of Warm Woolen Mittens. Now, I thought, what in the world could that smell like? It's hard to describe, but actually one of my favorites! Almost like a clean cotton smell. Yankee candles have always been one of my favorites. The smells really come out, but not overly strong. They also burn for a long time. One of my other favorites of course is the pine scented ones, and gingerbread.

The white chocolate mint is also yummy! Some of the other new ones are Cherries on Snow, Be Jolly, and Icicles.

I can't wait to go to the store, and see all of their goodies! Car fresheners, scented oils, travel tins...... They also have a set of 12 votives in all of the fragrances of the "Favorite Things Collection. You get 2 of each for $19.99. Great stocking stuffers!

I always burn candles in my home, especially in fall and winter. Makes the house smell so cozy, and inviting. Hope this helps with some gift ideas! Thanks for coming by!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Kitchen Bumper Sticker

Every refrigerator tells a story. I understand how magnets could be momentos of someone's life. Magnets with funny slogans and intriguing shapes had turned the door into a family photo album. The refrigerator became a scrapbook long before scrapbooking was in. They also held crayon drawings, report cards, bills, menus, quotes, obituaries, business cards, phone numbers recipes, greeting cards, letters, cartoons, newspaper clippings, coupons, notes, grocery lists-and a lifetime of memories. It would take a hardened soul to read a stranger's refrigerator door and remain emotionally uninvolved. I remember some of the things magnets held to my own mother's refrigerator door - sayings that made me contemplative and newspaper comics that made me laugh. One of the ones I enjoyed most was the cartoon called "love Is" that used to be in our newspaper each day. My mom would cut them out, and put them on the fridge. I still have some of them today.

A refrigerator door of memories is a family encyclopedia. It is a form of journaling. It serves as a communications center. Today, a refrigerators library has been downsized for the sake of expediency. No reams of paper stick to it. Various electronic instruments of communication have unsurped its information - exchange duties. But, the door is still an important organizer. The magnets hold up messages, a notepad for grocery lists, emergency telephone numbers, and other necessities. Some people today prefer the look of stainless steel, which magnets won't stick to.

They also prefer the uncluttered look. I personally do not like stainless steel, and I like my magnets.

I do occasionally put up a befitting cartoon or comic that happened to give me a chuckle that day, not to mention the picture of me 20 yrs ago, that will inspire me to lose weight, and not open the door. Of course, there are the very creative people out there, who will find a new concept to display the photos, magnets, and reminders, such as this cute memo board made from a baking sheet. (found on pinterest)

So, this is my fridge. The little things that I like to look at, the poem that inspires me, the pictures of my family that I change seasonally, (A large magnet, with a clear cover, that sticks right to the fridge. I purchased it from a catalog) instead of letting them sit in a box on the shelf in the closet. The dear friend, whom I live hundreds of miles from, but think of every day. This is me, this is my fridge, and I like it that way. So, what's on your fridge?

Thanks for coming by for a visit!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

I'm Dreaming of a White...........Halloween???

Hey bloggerettes! What's wrong with this picture? (click to make them bigger). Here in central NJ Mother Nature is playing a TRICK on us! Yes, that IS snow you are seeing, and it is beginning to stick!!! We could have about 6" by tomorrow. This is just too bizzare!!
I think we will carve our pumpkins, and listen to Christmas music. No........wait..... maybe watch the Great Pumpkin and bake Christmas cookies. I'm so confused!! lol

Next week the temps will return to the 60's. Stay warm and cozy everyone!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Vintage Things Thursday

Hello, and welcome to another fun Vintage Things Thursday. In August, hubby and I took a little weekend getaway to Lititz Pa. for our 32nd anniversary. They were having a HUGE craft show, and we decided to make a weekend of it. It went on for blocks and blocks and blocks! lol We stopped in the Wilbur Chocolate Company, and the smell was devine! One wall was completely covered in vintage chocolate pots. They weren't for sale, just for display. In case you don't know what a chocolate pot is, I will explain.

Chocolate was an important part of religious and royal ceremonies in 1521. The Maya and Aztecs experimented with different ingredients, along with cocao beans, and 100 yrs later the drink spread throughout Europe. It was then, that the Europeans had started to add sugar and cream to their cocoa. They decided that this drink needed a special vessel in which to serve it.

They designed special pots made with silver and copper. Later, European porcelain manufacturers, such as Limoge Co. in France began to make chocolate pots.

Although some manufacturers still make chocolate pots today, most are regulated to the status of antiques and collectables, and chocolate pot collectors, pay hundred's and even thousands to acquire one. They are different than a coffee pot, as the spouts are short. (click on any picture to enlarge)

On display, they also had hundreds of different kinds of cocoa containers.

Some look to be very old.

Another insteresting display, were these vintage coffee pots and things, that had Halloween theme's carved into them. This one I purchased, is a vintage aluminum flour canister. They spelled out the words "Trick or Treat". There is a hole in the back, so you can put lights in there if you wanted to. I just stuck a clear votive candle holder in there to show you how it lights up. I wanted to try adding some orange or purple lights in there. Set on the kitchen counter, I thought it looked kinda cool.

The girl who was running the stand, said she and her friend were just trying it out, and experimenting with some different kinds of vessels. She was very sweet, and let me take some pics of her creations. They are located in Reinholds, Pa and her e-mail is In case you might be interested in purchasing something. I thought her prices were very reasonable.

This looks like very intricate work, and dangerous if you are not careful in cutting these. I wish them luck in their new business.

Here is another creative person at the show. These are banks, that are made from old post office box doors. One was nicer than the other. If you are looking for a unique gift for someone, this might be it. They are a little pricey, ranging from about $85 and up. This picture doesn't do them justice though. The woods are beautifully made, and are works of art. Each box has it's own unique combination, which means the maker has to sit and figure this all out. If you are interested in contacting them the web site is There are more photo's on the web site. I hope you enjoyed coming by for a visit, and don't forget to stop by Suzanne's for some more vintage fun!