Saturday, January 3, 2015

And so another one begins!

 

Pineapple line artOur New Year’s was nice and quite just like we like – no going out to dinner – it’s just something we have never done.
Doug had his usual crab legs…he ate all 4 lbs. of them! I am not a seafood eater although I do eat deep fried shrimp and that’s what I had.  This is what’s left of the 4 lbs….NOTHING BUT SHELLS.
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Pineapple line artLike I need more Christmas decorations, right?  Well this great little shop by me had some wonderful Mache houses/barns and I had my eye on this little (big) beauty – I thought it was a barn but Doug said it’s a Church – but anyway I loved it and loved the deep Red color.  She had all of her Christmas at 1/2 off so I bought it.
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It will go with this grouping but it will have to find a new place because they now go across the whole top and one more won’t fit in.buildings

All Christmas decorations are down and packed away – house is bare and I love it – some things will not come back up from the basement and that’s okay with me…I’m going to try and de-clutter….wish me luck!

 

Pineapple line artThis past August I made contact with 2 friends that I hadn’t seen or talked to since 8th grade – 1958!
Lynn lives in Florida and we have chatted on the phone a couple of times.  She’s coming to Wisconsin in May for a granddaughters graduation so hopefully  we will be able to meet up someplace.

Linda – lives in our home town of Janesville.  She has lived there since she got married at around the same time as I did and I never knew it.  It would have been wonderful to have known but we lost track of each other.
But in August her husband passed away and we went to the funeral and said we’d keep in touch this time.
And we did….last Tuesday we went to Janesville and had a great visit!  Linda loves Pink – her entire house is done in Pinks and she even wore pink!
Karen and Linda

Pineapple line artSo 2014 was a great year in so many ways.  Wonderful friends and a great family.

Karen

Saturday, December 27, 2014

After Christmas Sale and other things

Hop on over to my selling blog to see what items I put on sale.  I had just a few things left from the show and today I finally got them posted.  Hope you find something you like
http://kmprimitives.blogspot.com/

Hope your Christmas was a wonderful one – ours was and I know it was a good one because we were EXHAUSTED by 6 pm when they all left.
The kids had a great time and got lots of goodies.
Zayne was such a good little boy and Miranda as well – but she got tired of opening gifts and just refused after opening up 4 so we told them to take the rest home and let her do it when she felt like it.

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Zayne loves his uncle Jesse
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Joe was extremely happy because he got the ‘cash’ he said he wanted…see the smile on his face. He liked the rest of his gifts as well.
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Emily is so enamored with New York since we took her and Joe there last year.
She asked for a special book called ‘Humans of New York’.  And we also found a cool sweat shirt at Target with the skyline of the Chrysler building and surrounding buildings – she looooved it.

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Dinner was kind of a buffet style for the first time ever – and I didn’t like it.  Next year it’s back to sit down at the table so we can all communicate on the same playing field.  Everyone scattered in different rooms didn’t feel right to me.
So, Miranda and I sat at the table to eat.
She was playing silly face with daddy and the camera
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Grandma and Miranda

Our son Dan’s wife Jamie made him and herself ‘ugly Christmas sweaters’ – I loved Dans!  She did a great job.
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That morning our neighbors came over with their tradition of giving friends home baked cookies and candy.
It still amazes us how they still continue this tradition with all 5 girls off in different directions and ‘states’.
They said they bake them as they can do it the week before Christmas. 

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If you can take the time to read the little letter they sent with it you will get a chuckle.
Every year they tell the story of the cookie baking!

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On Monday night we had Dan DiPaolo over for dinner along with my brother and sister in-law, it was a fantastic evening of Prim Rib and the trimmings.
Dan also brought with him a plate of cookies and candies he made – he’s quite the baker I will say.
Sorry I only got a picture of him as he walked it – too busy the rest of the evening.

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Thank you everyone for reading my blog and being  a follower
I hope 2015 brings each and every one of you all of your dreams and wishes

Blessings

Karen

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.

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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.
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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.
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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?
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A little over a week ago we had a dusting of snow and I loved how it sat on the bow and wreath
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Kitchen
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Pantry 
Candle on pantry

Flicker Candles

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Paper Mache houses/churches on top of Armoire in bedroom
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Simple little tree in guest bedroom
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In hallway outside the guest bedrooms
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Basket upper hall

Family Room
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Our  crazy Charlie Brown tree!
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Toys by tree

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Dining Room
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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.
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Bowls 1 

 Red pie safe 1

yellow bowl 

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Top of pie safe 

On pewter table

red doll on pie safe

Dining Room tree

Basket wth lights

Den

Bowl box den

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Santa in basket den

Bathroom
 
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Towel basket

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

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