Tuesday, November 27, 2012

My Simple Christmas Decor

The bow window is in the dining/eating area. Sorry that the light isn't good in that room for a good photo...but you get the idea! I bought this "bluebird" ceramic tree a couple weeks ago at an estate sale and just had to keep it!

Here is my tree and mantle. I will add my "Christmas hankies" as soon as I iron them. I'll spell out Merry Christmas with the hankies that will hang from the mirror. With the TV now in the living room...it's a challenge to decorate. I'm still loving the sage, white and silver for Christmas. I almost put up my "red, green and white" decor. Maybe next year!

This Christmas vignettes on top of a small side dresser in the "dining" room.  I'm going very simple and easy this year for decorating as I want to enjoy Christmas!

My cards are almost done. Tomorrow is my "deadline" as I have a long table in the living room loaded with papers, etc for making the cards.

We are having a "Ugly Christmas Sweater" party on Saturday, so, the house must get cleaned and ready!

I'll try to remember to take photos of the "sweaters" and my cards...bought a few stocking stuffers today...aren't things expensive!

I know there are SO many needs in my community and in blog land. PLEASE help where you can. Just a quite donation will do so much! And, don't forget:

                             JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!!!


Friday, November 23, 2012

Christmas Ideas from the Bachman Idea House

LOVE the master bedroom! Nice colors and just so pretty.

Lovely living room with a more "up north" theme.

Dining room also has a "up north" theme with lots of white. Very unique!

This is the porch, where you enter the home. My photos aren't in order! LOL! Remember, this is Not my home. It's a real home decorated for the season that people can tour! It's located in Minneapolis, MN. It is a home that the Bachman family owns.

Sorry a few of the photos I wanted to add to the post were flipped, so you are going to see just a few. I'm pretty sure that you will still gather a "few" ideas!

I had a nice, quiet Thanksgiving. Daughter and future SIL came over for soup around 5 last night. We looked at the ads and they went out last night to make a couple of purchases!

I didn't go to any stores today. I did go to 2 estate sales :)  Tomorrow is card making day with 2 friends. It's my plan to make all my Christmas cards! I plan on doing my Christmas shopping the first week in December!  I do have a couple of gifts and a few stocking stuffers. Is anyone DONE with their shopping???

I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving. I put up my Christmas tree and decor and will share that in the next post. I didn't put up a lot this year!

It's COLD and there is a light dusting of snow. It was 60 yesterday and by evening around 30...yup, only in Minnesota!

Monday, November 19, 2012


                I am Very THANKFUL
                                        THANK YOU LORD FOR EVERYTHING
Enjoy your Thanksgiving.

p.s. No comments necessary as we are all so busy this time of year...

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Putz House Swap and Gnome Visit

Sandy has a little gnome named Cedric who is a traveling gnome and he came to my home for a little visit last week. He was a "huge" helper! He enjoyed making cards with me and posing with the little pilgrim candles. He really likes "small" folks! Thank you, Sandy for allowing Cedric to visit Minnesota!

I joined Erica's Putz House swap and my partner was Shirley and she made me this most AWESOME gingerbread putz house! LOOK at all the details! She used some vintage items too when she made the house. It has a little light in it too! The back is also finished! "WOW" is all I can say and a Huge THANK YOU, Shirley! She included a gingerbread tree, a cupcake in a cloche, paper box with candy in it and already eaten...(bad girl), sweet Santa tag and a vintage Christmas card. I think I'll be decorating within the week and these will go on my bow window!

Looks like just hubby and I for Thanksgiving as the "kids" are going to the other Mom's. Not sure if I'm cooking a turkey or not. Maybe soup and bread for our meal. I did that a couple years ago and it was so relaxing!

Tomorrow starts the sale at Auntie M's in Hopkins. There are 4 or 5 shops that are all having a discount at their shops unless the item is firm! I'll be at The Vintage Cottage in Chaska if you want to visit those shops! Lots of Christmas items!

Have a great weekend! Our weather is awesome for November! Thankful!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Putz Houses I "made" & Thanksgiving Mantle

 My simple Thanksgiving mantle! I am very Thankful for all that God has graciously given to me. I just wanted it to be very easy and simple this year. BUT, lookout for my Christmas Mantle!!!
I joined Erica's Putz House Swap. It was a challenge to find the houses. My partner, Shirley, just received hers today. The one she made will arrive anytime...I'll post about the swap soon...

BUT, here are the houses I made. My partner received the one in the middle! The blue one I am keeping for myself and the other one may go to my Mom...The roof tops come off. I should have taken more pics...I made them simple like the vintage ones.

So...not sure about Thanksgiving...hubby mentioned going out to a restaurant that day! HMM...I mentioned working at a shelter serving meals...he said no...we don't always agree!

Looks like we are going to a couple estate sales in the morning! One is another "PACKED & Digger sale" and it sure looks like it in the photos. I spied a wood organizer that would hold  card stock. I'm hoping to score that!

Next week will fly by...Monday my Mom and I are going to the Bachman Idea house and out for lunch! FUN!! Tuesday is my duty day at Auntie M's. Wednesday is my " paid work" day job. Thursday is BSF,  Grandgirl after school, plus haircut and color. I WAS going to let my hair go grey...guess not!! Friday is my monthly "work" paid job at the Vintage Cottage. Saturday I'm helping out at Auntie M's because it's the store wide sale, which starts on Friday! I also must bring LOTS of stuff to the booth before Friday! LOL, I'm tired already!

I also want to make some Thanksgiving cards....maybe I can do those this weekend...guess I better get going!


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Christmas at the Booth

 Went to the booth today and loaded up with some Christmas goodies and will go again later this week. The shop owner said the customers are looking for Christmas things! GOOD! I must admit that it is Hard to "let go" of the Christmas goodies, even though I have A LOT!

I'm loving my one day a week job! I almost feel guilty accepting money! That's a great job!

Had a craft day last week with my girlfriend. She made a wreath and I finished my PUTZ house for a swap. I had to make a couple "extra" ones! I'll show them soon as I don't want to "spoil" it for my partner. I'm mailing it later this week.

Thank you so MUCH for your kinds words about my wreath.  If you have wanted to make one, do it! Start with the inside of the wreath, then the outside and fill inside after that!

Can't believe that Thanksgiving is 18 days away. Not sure on the plans here! I must get going on my Christmas cards. ..busy like the rest of you guys! Take Care!