Saturday, December 20, 2014

Here's What's Being (Re)Pinned From My Pinterest Boards

9 Festive and Free Christmas Fonts @
Scrap Booking

Free Printable Christmas Games @

Christmas Tree Napkin Fold @

Learn a new way to tie a scarf
(It's great!)
Link does not work.

Antipasto Salad on a Skewer @

Jalapeno and Lime Hummus @

Free printable gift for the crafter @
My Computer is My Canvas

Empty Fabric Bolt Santa @
Then She Made

See what else I've been busy pinning...
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Hope your holiday preparations are
coming along well and you are
enjoying every day!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Skates

 Ice skates are a fun alternative to a Christmas wreath for your front door decor.
I like to use a colorful cording for the shoe laces and sometimes even add glitter
to the whole shoe. Just glue a piece of styrofoam inside and begin adding
embellishments until you are happy with the way it looks. I like to tie the skates
together first before I begin decorating. Hot gluing the pieces to the styrofoam
will make it more secure.

This is a pair that I sold at the boutique a few weeks ago.

It is currently one of the things that I enjoy making the most.
It sort of reminds me of the flower arranging class I
took in college that I loved. (Those were the days!)

Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

12 Easy Vintage Christmas Decorating Ideas

Vintage items can be used very effectively in Christmas decor. Here
are some ideas that I rounded up--any of which would add a nostalgic
touch to your home for the holiday season without breaking the bank.
So look around and see what you have on hand. You may be surprised--
vintage doesn't have to be 100 years old!

 You need a new cheese grater anyhow, don't you?
And you can always add the rust spots!

 Check your attic, garage, basement, curbsides, or
Goodwill for an old worn out chair, even a rocking chair.

Drag out that silver you never use and 
DON'T even think about polishing it!

Shabby chic!
Source: Flickr

 Primitive dough bowl and vintage ornaments

Greenery in a watering can

Cranberry Mason Jar Floating Candle

Vintage Jewelry Christmas Tree
Source: Sussle

Old crate filled with logs and greenery

Vintage sled all decked out
Source: Finding Home

Christmas shovel

Gather your clear vintage vessels, fill with
small Christmasy things and display as a grouping
Source: The Farm Chicks 

Looking for more?
Check out my suggestions for


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Grapevine Fall Wreath

With Thanksgiving being tomorrow, I realized this is the last day I
can officially write a fall post. While Christmas has been in the stores
since Halloween, I refuse to give in, though I did purchase a lovely
real garland at Trader Joe's today for only $6.99 that already adorns
our mantel.    

This is the one and only fall wreath I made for the church boutique
that I participated in two weeks ago. It sold fairly quickly and was
easy to put together, so I might make another one for next year.
I don't make more than one or two of any type of wreath. I get bored
making the same thing, plus you never know what will sell. They like
knowing they have one-of-a kind.

I don't think people are buying  as many wreaths as in the past, so I
am going to come up with some new ideas for next year if I decide to
participate again.

 I try to find my wreaths at Goodwill (half price Sat.)
even if they are filled with ugly stuff. What I am looking
for is a nice round shape and one that is not dried out.
My hot glue gun is my adhesive of choice.
I wouldn't be without one, even if I wasn't a crafter.
They are less than $5 at Hobby Lobby and can be
used for so many fix-it projects around the house.

This is about as traditional as I get--my other wreaths
are more non-traditional. I will show you some of them
 in December.

It you need to know How to Make a Perfect Bow
like this one,
go here
Ann Sutton has a wonderful blog.

Wishing you and your family
a wonderful Thanksgiving. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

My Favorite Books of 2014

At the beginning of the year I had major problems with my computer
which eventually led to having everything wiped off and the system
reinstalled (Geek Squad to the rescue--even though we had already paid
for another online techno service!)

I really worked hard at getting the issues resolved, but when one
solution after another did not work, I found myself avoiding my office
and soothing my frustrations by doing a lot of reading. I had received a
Kindle Fire for Christmas and found I could keep up with my emails on
that, as well as have access to thousands of e-books through our library
system. Wow, I love my Kindle!
I read some wonderful books and wanted to share the titles of
some of my very favorites, in no particular order.

My Notorious Life, by Kate Manning

Remarkable Creatures, by Tracy Chevalier

The Daring Ladies of Lowell, by Kate Alcott

The Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline

The Girl You Left Behind, by Jojo Moyes

Mrs. Lincoln's Rival, by Jennifer Chiverini

The Husband's Secret, by Liane Moriarty

The Hypnotist's Love Story, by Liane Moriarty

The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Philomena, by Martin Sixsmith

The Paris Architect, by Charles Belfoure

Pavilion of Women, by Pearl Buck

The Forgotten Seamstress, by Liz Tronow

The Madonnas of Leningrad, by Debra Dean

Pulizer Prize-Winning...
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

You either loved it or you hated it!

Do you have a favorite?


Friday, November 21, 2014

One of My Favorite Days in Paris--The Louvre--Part 2

most visited museum in the western world.
The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built as
a fortress in the late 12th century to protect
Parisians against Viking attacks.
It became a museum in 1793, during the French Revolution.

It contains more than 380,000 objects and displays 35,000 works
of art. 
It would take 100 days to see everything in the Louvre if you looked
at each work of art for 30 seconds, all day without a break.  

The museum averages 15,000 visitors each days, 65% being
foreign tourists.
8 million people visit the museum each year.
It's one of Paris's 153 museums. 

Although we were short on time, our first priority was to see
the Mona Lisa...

  After taking about a million photos, we reluctantly
moved on.

but not before taking a photo of this impressive beauty
in the same room. 
It was massive!
The Wedding Feast at Cana.

Some other of our favorites...

Loved  the Greek sculptures...


 This cushion looked so real you just wanted to touch it!

Talk about real-looking--their garments--amazing!

And last but not least...the lovely

 Venus de Milo
The statue was created out of marble between 130 and 100 BC.
Can you imagine the skill  without all the tools we have today?

It is believed that Venus de Milo depicts Aphrodite, the Greek
Goddess of love and beauty.
She was sculpted by Alexandros of Antioch.
amd discovered on the island of Melos in the Aegean Sea in 1829, which 
explains why she is named Aphrodite of Melos.

Earlier in our trip, we visited the Louvre at dusk and just walked around
the exterior. Our main reason was to see the Pyramid lit up and it was
well-worth it.

    The Pyramid was commissioned by the French President and built in 1989. 
There are 700 panes of glass.
The French artist Claude Leveque is responsible for this red neon
lighting bolt.

This is quite a popular site for young lovers to have their pictures taken...

 Keep in mind that they are standing in an "alley" with water on both
sides of them!

Quite a fun evening--weren't they all?

Have a wonderful week-end.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

One of My Favorite Days in Paris--Part One--Escargot and Jardin des Tuileries

I have so many memories from my wonderful trip that I 
really don't know where to begin! My thought was to
start by sharing a few pictures from one of my favorite
days, which was actually the last.

My daughter-in-law had gone to London on business by this
time, and my sister-in-law needed an afternoon of rest back at
the apartment, so it was just my daughter, Kristin and me. We
hadn't had our fill of escargot yet, so we took the Metro to our
destination, Au Bistro.

on Rue du Marche Saint-Honore

 We had read that they served escargot in a unique style...
 escargot in hollowed out baked potatoes...

smothered in butter.parsley/garlic sauce!
To accompanying this delicacy, we ordered...

salad with roasted goat cheese toasts. 
They had chives and chopped red onions in them.
What a divine lunch!!

From there, we walked a short distance to 
Jardin des Tuileries.
It is situated between the Louvre Museum (in the backbground)
and the Place de la Concord as the garden for the
Tuileries Palace by Catherine de Medici in the 1564.
. It became a public park where the Parisians
relaxed and promenaded after the
French Revolution. 

We saw only a small portion of the park, but it
evident what a restful spot it was and one to be
returned to on a future visit.
Those green metal chairs are extremely comfortable.
People were all over enjoying the sun and shade. 
 Watching the little boys with the 
sailboats was delightful!

This was the larger fountain completely surrounded by statues. 
 Looking into the distance, we could see the Obelisk and the
Arc de Triomphe. 

 The Musée de l'Orangerie (impressionistic art) and the Jeu de Paume
(contemporary art) are both within the park, but our final
destination of the afternoon was through the...

  Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel.
Built by Napoleon between 1806 and 1808, it stands
at the west entrance of the Tuileries and was the majestic
entrance to the palace courtyard. It survived the
destruction by the revolutionary mob who burned down
the palace in 1871.   

This is not to be confused with the Arc de Triomphe 
overlooking the Champs-Elysées.

Here it was our last day and we had not seen the inside of the Louvre yet! 

That is a blog post in itself, so I will save that for another, my friends.
As you can see, it was a clear, sunny day in Paris. 
Our weather was fantastic on our entire trip.

Hope all is well with you and are in the full swing of fall. 

(After much research, I learned the EASY way to 
get the accent over the é. 
With the Alt key pressed down,
lock the NumLock key and type 130 on the key pad,
not the numbers at the top .)
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