Getting That Holiday Mood

Has the Holiday Mood struck you yet?

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Around here, that spirit isn’t appearing as early as usual.

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And NOW, it’s barely two weeks until Christmas.

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Hubs is officially retired now … this is his first full week of “no work”.

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He immediately began taking retirement very literally.
He’s spending lots of time on …
morning coffee, afternoon naps, evening news – with wine …
and hours in his workshop (sitting) in his comfy chair out there …
watching old movies … over and over and … well, you get the idea.

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Anyhoo.  We’ve just about decided (mainly I have) that …
the big ol’ fake tree is staying out in the garage rafters this year.

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Not a great tree booster any year, Hubs much prefers
a few nice Pointsettia plants.

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For 2014, I’m also aiming for simplicity so sounds good to me.

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Just don’t know what else to do yet, but I better get going.

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Hope you enjoy the “CHRISTMAS PAST” photos  I rounded up for today

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Hoping they’ll light my holiday fires too!
Lets all come back soon to see what develops.

Later – Cheryl

It’s Thanksgiving … already?

With so many “Thanksgivings Past”,
you’d think I’d have an overload of turkey tales to tell.

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 Well … let’s see.
Around here, we’ve had some terrifically. tasty. turkeys!
That’s probably because “thankfully” (no pun intended) …
Hubs is the bird cooker at our place … not me.

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and I’m expert at finding great deli side salads!

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I read once where someone well known
said “I don’t cook … I buy pretty food”.
It was probably Erma Bombeck or maybe Mary Engelbreit ?!?

I say “I don’t cook … I buy great food and serve it beautifully”!

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I remember my mom worried about how her food would turn out.
Funny, no matter how much my dad grumbled about things …
he always chowed everything down quick enough.

Mom was a good cook. She needn’t have worried.
Things were always tasty.

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I do remember one holiday meal.
My cousin June and I were squished together in a chair,
in the front room, plates on our laps … laughing and being silly.

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Okay, I know some most of you are thinking I was goofin’ off
and dumped my plate or some stupid thing.

Nope, fooled ya! I took one big bite of mom’s mashed potatoes
with all that great gravy …
and I passed out!

NOW, there was absolutely NOTHING WRONG with ma’s potatoes …
except, I tried to eat them when they were too hot and it made me faint.

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Here’s what I blogged around this time last year.
Thanksgiving for the Kids
Sometimes the little kids get lost in all the holiday hoopla.
Maybe these could help.

And This Project works for any occasion.
I used mine last year for Thanksgiving.

So there you have it. Some Thanksgiving throwbacks.

I wish for all
a Safe, Warm, Wonderful and
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Later – Cheryl

Magnolias in The Snow

The national weather reports were on this morning,
as I sat catching up on emails.
Minnesota is often featured in the worst winter weather areas.
Last week yes . . . but not today!

Things look heavenly in Minnesota compared to the snow hell out east.

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Source  Don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this.

Source  NBCnew.comSource  And what’s this poor pup gonna’ do?

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Gracie Mae DOES NOT favor winter!
She DOES have a cleared outdoor spot for her “jobs”,
but has given up her many daily walks,
content to remain inside, staying warm!

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Although, she does still get her exercise

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roaming the halls in search of every bit of sunshine!
She moves from room to room in the house,
as the sun repositions throughout the day.

BEFORE our snow arrived here, we had very up-and-down temperatures.

You may remember that we have a magnolia tree,
even though we live in Minnesota … some sort of hybrid.
During our first “pre-snow” cold snap, the tree lost all of its’ leaves.

But we then had an odd few days of very warm temps,
that totally confused our poor magnolia …
and she budded out again, as if it were Spring.

Now you know I love all sorts of branches and such,
especially pussy willows.
Well Mags’ buds look like giant pussy willows,
so naturally I had to cut a bunch and bring em’ in for decor!

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I filled one of my big ole’ crocks with water
and put them on top of the kitchen cabinets …
where they stayed for a week or two, all cute and fuzzy.

Making coffee last Sunday morning,
I happened to look up and was elated by what I saw!

Those little fuzzies were

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BLOOMING !?!

Hubs took one look,
and said they had to come down to the table!

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So the upper display was altered …
(think I’ll have to do some tweaking and raise that terra cotta piece up)

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 the table display was moved to the credenza

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and the crock of buds took center stage on the table.

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Each day they offer more wonderful surprises.

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Even the finale blooms are beautiful.

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But Mags wasn’t out of surprises yet!
Her flowers have also contributed that wonderful magnolia fragrance.
Love It!

Well … this IS Wednesday, so technically I didn’t miss a Whatever Wednesday.

Stay safe and warm as we gear up for the holidays, and remember
don’t stress too much about anything, just start something
and see where it goes!

Later – Cheryl

VETERAN’S DAY

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Many thanks to
ALL of our VETERANS
and ACTIVE Military members.

Just a thought:

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our politicians wouldn’t fight
but instead … unite for right,
just as our Service People do everyday.

A Rustic Country Wedding

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Home again, home again, jiggity jig … and it feels good.
No new news for a while, as I was away,
working on my son’s wedding.

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That should say “helping” with things,

as the happy couple have spent all their time
in the six months previous, searching, shopping,
and making everything by hand.

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All we helpers did was set up …
hang, assemble and arrange.

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I did fresh flower bouquets, bouts and corsages.

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The theme was “A Rustic Country Wedding”

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There were lots of mason jars and roughed up wood …

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Big jars for flowers, medium for mugs and teeny ones for tea lights.

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Lots of burlap, lace and country patterns.  But mostly . . .

Lots of laughter,

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… and Love …

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Lot’s of Love :)

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Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Richardson, 11/1/14

More of the decorations and “How To’s” coming soon …

and better pictures of the Happy Couple!

Later – Cheryl

Spiders, Cats & Bats, Oh My!

It’s THAT time of year again.
Add to the fun with these spooky characters

PRINTABLES

HALLOWEEN PRINTABLES for you

They’re great in a mobile …

HALLOWEEN MOBILE
like this.

or for Trick or Treat bags …

HALLOWEEN MOBILE
like this.

Let me know what you do with them!

SHARE your projects HERE! 
I can’t wait to see what you do!

Here’s what I did.

For the treat bags, one-side designs papers are fine, because you don’t see the backs.

For the mobile, it’s easiest to use card stock, construction or papers pretty on both sides. But some of the paper I used is only one-sided so I’ll show you how I prepared those before cutting out the images.

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Above is a sheet of scrapbook paper, plain on the back side.

Fold this sheet in half, with your pretty sides showing. Your fold can be either horizontally or diagonally, wherever you get the most room for your template(s).

Open your paper to the white side, and apply glue to only one side of the fold. I use a glue wheel or double-sided tape here. Liquid glue could be used, but would have to be smoothed and spread very thin, and would be a lot messier.

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After glued area is ready, fold dry side over onto the glue, and smooth. I smooth it by hand first, and then use my brayer to roll it even flatter.

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Now position your templates on the paper.
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Next just trace the templates and cut out your object.
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Remember, my pieces here are for a mobile, so both sides will be seen.

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Supplies are simple.
* a tree branch
* pretty papers. Reversible papers (pretty on both sides) work best but aren’t a necessity
* MOBILE = fish line is what I used, but twine or string will work fine (to attach cutouts to branch)
* BAGS = I bought these brown paper bags in a package at the grocery store
* glue
* scissors
* 2-3 small eye hooks

Have fun with these and as always, don’t stress about it, just start!

Later – Cheryl

What ARE These Things?

Wow, I’m getting this Whatever Wednesday series down!

Everyone knows how I love to use everyday items in unusual ways.  When I found these at the local thrift store where I volunteer … well, I wondered “What the heck are these things”? But I didn’t really care what they were supposed to be for.  I just knew exactly what I was going to do with them.

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It’s doubtful I’ve ever mentioned it, but among my other collectibles, I have tons of purses.

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Lately Hubs and I have been on this “down-sizing” campaign, trying to rid our little abode of all things not regularly used … i.e. we’ve been clearing out a lot of stuff. I hesitate to use the word “junk”, because most of it was loved and valued at one time or another.

Anyhoo, this week I attacked all those purses.  For many moons now, I’ve wanted to give my little walk-in closet a new look, so figured this was a great way to start.  For you ladies out there, I don’t know how this number will hit you, but my purses numbered twenty.  In all fairness, that does include a leather fanny pack and a tiny black evening purse, so technically only eighteen.

I use an easy method when “cleaning out” and I’ll share that in a later post  But after pairing down the purses …

I got back to those brass thing-ies.

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Each piece was dismantled …

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removing the hooks from their mountings …

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and then working them through the wire shelving in my closet.

You’re seeing double here because I have a full length mirror on the back wall of the closet.

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And now, I put my original idea into motion.

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I don’t mind that these hang down over the mirror because we have another one in the adjacent hallway.  The closet mirror is mostly to get more light in there.

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I’m really happy with this project, because I love having the purses in easy view and access.  More importantly, I gained a ton of shelf space where these had been stuffed in.

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1.  The four brass hook deals were $1 for all.  I saved the brackets … I’m sure I’ll use those somewhere!

QUESTIONS

So, how many purses are okay? Is twenty too many, is five not enough?
You know how curious I am, so tell me what you think.
And … how many do YOU have?

Later – Cheryl

Mum’s The Word

Yay, my camera is BACK! Seems it just needed to dry out.

So there’s new stuff today and MUM’s the WORD.

Chrysanthemums are everywhere in Fall. I bought four plants for $6; two mid size @ $2 ea and two smaller @ $1 each. But I didn’t plant them outside. I’m using them for some quick indoor spruce ups.

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A favorite thing of mine is in-house shopping. This time I rounded up some “Fall-ish” colored scarves,

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a basket, a pretty copper tray, some silk flower odd’s and ends, and fruit.

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Lots and lots of fruit AND veggies. Real ones, glass and wooden F & V’s.

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These make the collectibles list because

1. They’re small enough to easily store
2. Fruit and veggie themed pieces are generic and can work year round in so many displays
3. Everyone can relate; it’s a comfortable item

Now, get ready … this is a 1-2-3 DONE project.

Line the basket with plastic wrap.

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Pop in two mum plants.

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Stuff in your silks and berries, for interest, height and filler.

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Spread scarf on table and top with tray.

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Add finished basket and finally, some small items for pop and more interest.

TOLD YOU it was quick and easy.

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Next I just added a small mum to existing vignettes through the house. This one also includes some rose hip berries, clipped from my garden.  Plants are a wonderful, live pop of color anytime of year. Mums relate to Fall so there you go.

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TIPS for working with live plants.
1. Protect your surfaces from water seepage.
2. Water frequently, especially with very small containers.

These are important for any plants, but I left my mums in their flimsy plastic pots, which dry out in two minutes, so daily checks are an absolute. I also added a little extra potting soil in some where needed. The plastic wrap basket liner, and the tray are good protection for my table.

HINT: With these little mums, if they do start to droop, remove them from your containers, set them in the sink, and gently water, letting water drain through well until the soil is good and wet. They should perk up quickly for you.

More fun soon. Hope this was helpful.

SEE, you really don’t have to stress about decorating, just do something … I keep telling you it’s easy :)

P.S. re: CAMERA

I had left my camera outside … yes, overnight … I know, DUH.

I put it on a shelf for a few weeks, gave it another try and seems to be fine.  My daughter dropped a hint for next time though.  Put your camera … or in her case, your kid’s phone, in a zip-lock bag filled with rice (uncooked of course).  Zip it up and let it sit a day or two until it works again.

PLEASE leave a reply.  I LOVE to hear from you.  Mark to follow the comments and you’ll see my note back to you!

Later -Cheryl

This Surprised Me!

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A phone call,
then soon, a knock at the door
then a great big smile
wondering what this was for

I said to the lady
“What a wonderful way
to brighten up such a gloomy day.”

That seems to be what my daughter thought too!
So of course I wanted to share it with you.

Later – Cheryl
P.S. Luv you Breezer. You made me cry happy tears :)