Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

I want to wish all of my friends and blog buds a very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year. I think most of us are happy to see this decade fade into history, what with 9/11, Katrina, the recession, job losses, illness, etc! My prayer for all is that the year that ushers in the next decade is better for all of us!  See you in the new year….



Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Saturday, December 19, 2009

It’s a Fuzzy Slipper Day!!

Well, this is one of those days where the phrase “watch our what you wish for…you just might get it!” I wanted a white Christmas for years and years—well, my blog friends, this is the year to make up for all of those warm and dry holidays!  Just a tad TOO MUCH (!!) as we are in the midst of a blizzard that is expected to continue into Sunday morning. The winds are now picking up, and we have about a foot on the ground so far. Perfect day to stay inside and enjoy the decorations and lights. I went out earlier to try to clean off my poor little Honda – this is what it looked like only one hour later!


I just LOVE how  the snow plow buried me in! LOL.



Pretty! And it smells so clean and cold. I’m about to go out and take a walk – I’m not crazy about the depth of the snow, but I do love this winter weather.

I haven’t been online too much this week – busy with work, and in the middle of the week, had a birthday!!  Had a lovely day with friends and mom, and can’t quite believe the years are wracking up!  Got this adorable goodie from my girlfriend in Colorado – so cute!


Thanks, Deb!

And some last minute (and final) decorations…SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

I tried to do the prim garland, but…ehhhh, just didn't like how it turned out. So, I stuffed it along with a sting of tiny white lights into a big glass jar, and I really like it so much better!


Looks toasty warm in the dark.


I had gotten  this pretty tin stocking as a gift a few years ago, and i just love it. It always go up at the holidays.

I have been admiring your beautifully decorated homes all month, and I am so inspired by your talent and creativity! This was one of those years where I just didn't have the time or energy to do my usual crafting, baking, etc – long days at work, busy weekends trying to catch up with errands, etc. I guess lots of people have pared down the holidays this year! It seems like Christmas and Hanukah came so quickly – here it is only a few days away.

So just in case I don’t get a chance to post again before Christmas, I hope everyone has a warm and happy holiday, full of family and friends, blessings for the new year, and snow! (oh, wait, got that one now! LOL!) If you are also in the line of the snowstorm, please be careful and stay warm!

Happy Holidays, my friends!


Monday, December 7, 2009

Winter is Here!

How are my blogbuds? Hope everyone had a good weekend. Here in SE Pennsylvania, we had our first teensy weensy snowfall. Actually, it was delicious. It was cold, the snow (such as it was) was enough to cover the lawns and windshields, and I loved every second of it! I was out doing some errands when it started, but then when I got home, I curled up with a nice cup of hot coffee, a good book, and just enjoyed it!  Of course, now it’s  all gone, but the cold has remained, and I hope that winter has finally arrived.

I must admit, though, that I already miss the autumn! The trees  -- that were so beautiful and lit up in golds and reds only a week ago—are now bare. Oh my, what a fast season! It seems that it arrived slowly and ended quickly!

I’ve been busy with work, but still finishing up some decorating. I don’t know how I could have possibly lost my box of Santas, but then again, I’d need to be crazy to move every box around in my closets – I’d either end up with a concussion or a mess!!  I found some time on Sunday to even get to a redo.

In rummaging thru the closets (looking for my Santas), I came across this --


Since I’m not a summery kind of girl, it just wasn’t used because it didn’t fit into anything prim. I redid it with some paint, and now it’s this:


Filled with holiday decorations…


and the big hairy boy checking it out! (sorry for my sock getting in the way!)

Let’s see… what else have I been putting together?


(what a face, huh?!?!?)

Back to business…


I filled one of the goodies I brought back from my trip to Emmaus back in early November with some greens and candles..


Found a small string of tiny colored lights that I added to my mantle. Hard to see in this pic, but it looks sweet in the darkish living room. Here’s a view with darker light --



I did find my prim Santa who is watching things from my living room wall…


Oh – and I picked up this adorable pillow at a small craft barn near my office.


And this little bad boy stays out all winter.


And a favorite prim stocking hanging in the dining room…

And that’s it so far! Just little touches – nothing too big. I just love seeing your beautiful homes on your blogs!! Wow, they are just fabulous!

Well, my dear friends, I guess I better grab some dinner before it gets much later! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all have a wonderful week!


Monday, November 30, 2009

Gettin in the Spirit….

I hope every one had a lovely Thanksgiving – mine was wonderful as in addition to the holiday, we celebrated my mom’s 97th birthday! She spent the day with me and we hung out, had some good laughs, loved her presents, and she took home lots of leftovers!  She’s not the biggest fan of turkey, but since I do Thanksgiving as a 30+ year tradition, we’re superstitious and I do the same thing every year. LOL! I love turkey, so later, I’ll dig in to another turkey dinner. YUM!

So, as I mentioned in my title, I’m trying to get into the spirit. I took it easy on Saturday, but I pulled out some of my decorations… I seem to have lost the box with the good stuff! I decided that it was too warm  to feel Christmas-y, so I  thought I’d give my imagination a nudge by thinking about my favorite things about this time of year…


I just love when the Christmas lights go up – I drive around at night and just take them all in… this is a home outside of Philly. Pretty, huh?



The Big City is so pretty during the holidays, especially at twilight.



Some years, I run up to New York just to see Manhattan at Christmas. Not sure I’ll have the time this year, tho.


It’s not Christmas without at least one reading on A Christmas Carol, and about 10 viewings of the movie versions! LOL.

Anyway, I thought about what I wanted to do with the apartment this year, and I decided to do the ‘less is more’ concept this year. For one thing, a small space like mine can look too cramped with too much decoration.  And. with me not home during the day, the cat can get into things that aren’t good for him!! So, I decided to do a little greenery, some lights in baskets and such…but keeping it simple. These pics didn’t come out good at all (cheap camera!!),but I’ll keep trying!


 remember the thrift shop chairs I got at such a great price? They are in my dining room now…


…with a few little goodies on the table.


A wooden bowl filled with greenery and white lights.


Some fresh greens here and there…


And a basket full of greens and colored lights – my favorite! (They look white here…)



And some simple pretties for the mantle.

Well, I’d better get off to work now… hope you all have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Sights and Smells of Thanksgiving

To all my wonderful blogbuds I have met this year, I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with this….


and this……..


and this…..


and this!!!


Whatever your traditions…whomever you are missing this holiday…remember all that we have to be thankful for… and enjoy the holiday!