Friday, December 19, 2014

So when all is said and done…

I finally have free time…minus some last minute Christmas shopping – but then it wouldn’t be Christmas if that didn’t happen.
I thought this day would never come. It has been MONTHS since I’ve had free/me time and that’s not an exaggeration. From getting orders done, wholesale orders finished, craft show over with and getting the house decorated for Christmas I’m wiped! It has been a push to get it all done.
I feel great because of that but the body isn’t all that good, but that’s for another day – I’m not going to let it stand in my way of my ‘finally’ free time.

Today was my annual Christmas luncheon here at the house for my former co-workers. We have not missed a year celebrating Christmas together for the last 30 years – I find that amazing.  We are a very tight group of friends.
Normally I have a sit down luncheon or evening dinner – but we all are getting ‘older’ and lunch and a light fare seems to be the way for most of them.  And a light lunch at that and most of them take part of theirs home with them lol.

HL group

HL group 2

Our light lunch was Chicken salad wraps, Turkey wraps and Ham wraps along with baked beans, Asian salad and a Strawberry Jell-o whip and Éclair cake….very simple but tasted great.
lunch
A basket of Cranberry nut bread and Banana nut bread that got overlooked and they didn’t make it home with the ladies…so sad.
breads

On Monday night we have our friend Dan DiPaolo and my brother and sister in-law coming over for evening cocktails and dinner.
For the last 3 years we have been going to have Dan over and it just never worked out but FINALLY it is going to happen.
Hopefully we can get some pictures taken!!

Christmas decorating is done as far as I’m going to do it so here’s a few pictures.
I did get around to visiting some of your blogs and see your beautiful decorating – I wish I could do some of the things you all do and especially with your fireplaces.  We have the little ones yet and so I keep with the Snowmen and Santa's – one day maybe I will be totally like our tree is decorated so our family room especially is kind of half and half – fancy and fun.  But I guess it’s a good mix.

Didn’t get a picture of the front door decorating and by now it’s too late so here’s what greets you at the back door – but basically our main entrance.  I like how the reindeer fits in with the rest of the decorating.back door porch 1

I don’t ever seem to change out the back porch bench – my head just can’t wrap around something different and then what would I do with all that’s there?
back door porch

A little over a week ago we had a dusting of snow and I loved how it sat on the bow and wreath
wreath with snow

Kitchen
shelf on counter 
Pantry 
Candle on pantry

Flicker Candles

shelf on counter

Paper Mache houses/churches on top of Armoire in bedroom
village on Armoir

Simple little tree in guest bedroom
Tree 2nd bedroom

In hallway outside the guest bedrooms
upstairs hall
Basket upper hall

Family Room
Family room 1 2014

Our  crazy Charlie Brown tree!
Christmas tree 1 2014 
Toys by tree

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Dining Room
Dining Room 2014

Dining Room 3 2014 

This close up is  from last years pictures – I couldn’t get a good shot this year for some reason but it’s very similar to this years.
Riser dining room table 2

Pine pie safe 1

Pine pie safe

Bowls 1 

 Red pie safe 1

yellow bowl 

bowl box 2 

Top of pie safe 

On pewter table

red doll on pie safe

Dining Room tree

Basket wth lights

Den

Bowl box den

 Crock and greens

Santa in basket den

Bathroom
 
bathroom tree

 bathroom tree daylight

Towel basket

Screen Room
nest in screen room

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Thanks to everyone for staying with me this past year with all the times I’ve been MIA – it was a crazy year.
I am making some very much needed changed to my business this year so hopefully I will be able to have more free time to do what I want.  You all heard that from me before but this time it’s going to stick…it has to!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE AL ALL

KAREN

Wreath

 

Friday, November 21, 2014

IT’S ALMOST HERE!!!

And I’m not talking about Thanksgiving - although I’m really looking forward to it!
No…what I’m talking about is the craft show…one more week and it will be here so I have a few more days to create and tie up loose ends.

That’s what I am doing today – sewing pillow seams, making product labels, making sure every string is nipped, any wrinkles ironed out and it goes on and on.

I’m giving myself through Monday because I need to price EVERYTHING YET, and then it will be all packed up in totes until a week from today when we can go to the cabins and set up our booths.

But…being I haven’t been on here since the 6th I have a few things to share.
In October we went to Oaks, PA for the wholesale show. I was looking for great hand-mades for my show…even if we didn’t make it ourselves we can sell it at the craft show if it is ‘handmade’.

Got a few treasures to sell
I found these in one booth – these snowmen are about 30 inches tall
2 snowmen

These Santa pillows are a good size – approx 12 x 15
small santa pillows

And a smaller size
two lg pillows

I bought a few more items but they are packed in a tote and couldn’t get them out.

And…2 weeks ago we went to Arthur, IL for HOMESTEADER’S ON THE PRAIRIE show. AWESOME!!! Fantastic Primitive antiques and a few vendors had lots of wonderful handmade items. I found some grungy wax molded snowmen and a tree.
One of my fun purchases was from Rachel Engles of Too Far Gone Primitives.
This fine looking reindeer
Deer 1

Deer 2

And from Carriage House Lighting we got 4 wonderful lamps – I think 2 or 3 of these may go to the craft show (they are HAND MADE)

Floor lamp
2 lamps

lamp bath 

While in Pennsylvania I found a sweet little bear that just melted my heart (as much as a stuffed bear can lol )
He has stuffing coming out being held in with a rusty pin – his sweater is ragged and pinned as well. And sitting as his feet is a cute little sheep.
Bear 1

Bear 2

You know I love baskets and I found 3 that had to come home with me
The one on the right is a towel hanger. The middle one is an antiqued blue but it’s hard to see
 
Baskets

You know those Luminary flicker lights, well we found a vendor booth who was selling grunged up ones.
So I bought a 4 inch and a 5 inch.
She said she only uses the Ivory colored candles, dips them in hot wax and then rolls them and sprinkles them with Cinnamon and Cloves.
candle

So…I’m about done sewing, painting and gluing and so tired of working from 8 am to 9 pm.
Here’s some of what is sitting out

I had fun making these bell hangers – simple to do and will hopefully sell.
I have one that I leave hanging on a nail on our pie safe door
Bells

Several pillow – many are packed in totes but these were finished up this past week
I love these sleigh pillows!
 
Sleigh pillows

Two Christmas ones (and again, several are already in totes)
 
two christmas pillows

craft things

So much to go through and start pricing!! That’s the only part of this I do not like!
Craft totes

Our daughter in-law is sharing the cabin to sell her hand thrown pottery
Here’s a few of her Christmas items…see the sleigh plate!
jamies pottery

At the moment I’m working on two Penny Rugs done on a woven
piece of Family Heirloom fabric – I love the design on it and love how it’s turning out.
 
pennies

See the design on the runner part of this
pennies closeup

On to something fun now….Monday night we went out to dinner for our grandson Jesse’s 25th birthday
I can’t believe he’s that old – I remember like it was yesterday him running and playing through the house and being just a fun little boy – but he has turned into a wonderfully handsome, polite and intelligent young man.

Jess, dad Dan, mom Jamie, Doug and me.
 
us and jesse

Jesse 2

I so want to thank all of you out there that have hung in there with me being MIA for so long.
And through all of this I still have been getting new followers and new followers on Bloglovin.
I’m looking forward to the 29th be over with and then I can concentrate on cleaning our house and getting out the Christmas decorations….and maybe I can finally get back to visiting my blog friends.

I probably won’t post again until after Thanksgiving so I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving however you celebrate it!

Blessings to all
Karen

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