Monday, December 6, 2010

getting ready!

Maybe it's a little late to say that I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving.  I did!  Even managed to get into the city the night before to see the balloons waiting to make their appearances at the parade.  If you are ever in NY the night before I strongly reccomend trying to do this!!!!  As you can see it get so crowded but it just so festive!

So I've been busy decorating and adding items to my shop here and there...

Over the years all my red Christmas decorations slowly evolved to white.  This year I'm getting back into red.  Not alot but touches of it and so far I am loving it!!!!

Will be back soon with more....Have a great week!!!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Fa la la la la......

 I am in full Christmas mode right now. I don't know why but I just am. Not decorating or shopping yet but making all kinds of things!

 I wanted to share something I did last Christmas. The photo above is of my dad! Can't even begin to tell you how much I love it.

  Very last minute last year I made some copies and stitched the photos onto some card stock and used them as gift tags for my family.

 This year, I wanted to make some other items out of the photo because I just love it so much and is so Christmassy to me.  I made a little journal that I am going to use keep all my Christmas lists and notes in. I made some extras that I have added to my shop.

I wasn't going to start adding Christmas items yet but I know that a lot of people have already started their Christmas not being one of them.

I'm having Thanksgiving again this year so it's time for me to get out of Christmas mode for now and get back into Thanksgiving mode!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

 I found this sampler the other day while cleaning out some things.  My mother made it in 1984.  Does that make it vintage yet????  It was one of the many cross stitches that my mother made.  For a while there she was never seen without stitching one.  She would stitch it and my father would make a frame for it.  I loved that she always signed and dated them.  She gave many of them as gifts and this one I guess she was keeping for herself but I'm not sure.  I love the colors!!!
I've been busy, busy hoping to have kinda a shop re-opening soon!
 Even adding some jewelry!

 Just wanted to pop in and say hello and also to apologize to anyone that I haven't gotten back to. I was having some major blogger issues that were frustrating me to the point of thinking about giving up blogging forever!  I think I figured out what the issue was and well, I have to admit...I think the issue was me!  I had some of my settings wrong!

 Welcome back!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

halloween decor

I know that many of you will understand when I say that I have a hard time using orange when decorating for Halloween. Each year I use less and less. This year I used hardly any at all!
I know you get it!!!!!

I think this is the most orange I've used....these two little pumpkins. And I have such a thing for these rats! They're everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Right now this is making me happy...A photo of my mom dressed up as a gypsy for Halloween. I found it in a box of old photos recently and I can remember her showing it to me and telling me how her mother made the costume for her.

That's all for now friends. On another note...Don't forget to leave a comment for a bracelet. You have untill Thursday! And on yet another note....Is anyone having trouble with Blogger???? Or is it just me????

Friday, October 8, 2010


Hi girlies...In honor of my new found love for jewelry making, I am going to give away one of these three bracelets that I made. Keep in mind that I'm still new at this! Leave a comment and the winner that I choose (sometime on
Thursday) can pick which bracelet they like best.

In the meantime, I'm still beading....

Have a great week!!!!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

"attic" sale

Just listed some items in my shop...once again...all from my attic! Funny, because I just noticed that it was almost exactly one year ago that I had my last "attic sale".

Thursday, September 30, 2010


For the past year or so I've been wanting to start making jewelry. In the spring I bought all of these pretty spring and summer-like colored beads but like everything else, never got around to it. This week I finally did and I'm having so much fun with it!

I still have lots to learn but didn't think these came out too bad.
Would you wear one? Be honest now because I'm thinking of just maybe giving one away...stay tuned!

If anyone has any neat tips or a resource they would like to share, I would love to know!

Friday, September 24, 2010

and the decision is.....

...the bench stays!

After leaving the wicker seat for a day, I missed the bench {even though the cats preferred that comfy cushion!!!}. Maybe it was because I was just used to it but the majority of you did vote for the bench to stay....thanks for your help everyone!!!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

opinions needed...ASAP!!!!

I haven't posted in long time and planned on my newest post being about how great my summer was or a "welcome fall" post, but what I really need here ladies is an opinion! I've had this bench in my mudroom for years. I absolutely love it! It was the first new purchase I made for this house right before we moved in. It's made from an old door and I found it on EBAY. I am able to stash the cat food underneath it and some baskets for my boys cleats (this is football season you know!)

Last night I had a thought! I love, love, love black wicker and have it outside. I thought, why not bring it in for the winter, put the bench in my bedroom and then put things back in the spring when it's warm out again.

What do you think? I'm not sure but need to decide before everyone gets home because I have the other bench sitting in the middle of my kitchen and if you saw the size of my kitchen you would know that it pretty much takes up the entire room.
So I would love to hear what any of you think!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

playing with seashells

During the summer we love to go to Jones Beach at sunset. Jones Beach State Park was created during the 1920's and runs about 10 miles along the Atlantic Ocean on the south shore of Long Island. There is a boardwalk that runs the length of the beaches as well. What I love about it is the style and architecture of the bathhouses, pool, shops, etc are still in their original Deco style.

One night last summer we collected these teeny-tiny shells...

This year the boys collected huge shells...see the difference?

How can anyone not love seashells!!??