I realized today that Monday is November 1, which means many things, one of which is that one of my favorite radio stations, 102.5 KEZK, will be going to all Christmas music all of the time starting on Monday. YAYS! It's their signature move and I LOVE it! I know, I know...it's not Christmas, but to me, Christmas is celebrated all year. Besides the fact that my religious beliefs are that 'JESUS is the reason for the season,' I feel that since it is, why does it have to be celebrated only one day? I love everything about it...the REASON, where I have several creches (nativities and scenes) displayed throughout the house, right alongside Santas (he may not be the reason, but he's a symbol...St. Nicholas, the symbol that it's better to give than to receive, because that's how the gift giving began...this, we can do all year long, as well). anyhoo, I've been listening the Christmas cds on and off for the past month or so. All who knows me, knows that I enjoy decorating my home for the season. Where I tend to put up many decorated trees, some just small, simplie tabletop trees, others, like the living room and master bedroom, more elaborate. I tend to go overboard...last year, one of my oldest daughter's friends came by and said that it looked like Santa had thrown up on my tree, lol. Well, some of you may not know this, but the tree in my master bedroom stays up 365 days a year. It's white, usually with purple lights (they can be difficult to find with white caps and wire, though), and has a few Victorian pink balls on it, along with berry vines. The other ornaments on it are those that my husband and I collect from places that we travel to. They're the 24 kt gold laser cut and etched shiny golden ornaments that depict scenes of the places we've travelled to, such as Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, the Camp Lakewood Trout Lodge that we go to every summer, Hannibal Missouri from when we went w/my ex-sister-in-law & her new husband, and various states we've visited, along w/many more. Our newest acquisition is one from Hermann, Missouri's Oktoberfest, where we went his past weekend. And I stick a few berry picks in the top along w/some butterflies. I just redid the ornaments today with the help of my oldest (I had to listen to her, 'are you serious, mother?' throughout it, but she did it, none-the-less, lol), and the lights are white now, as you can see in the pic. I might tweek it a bit here and there still, haven't decided. So right now, I'm propped up on my bed, with my golden retriever laying across my feet, my rat terrier curled up under the blanket next to me, the window open w/a cool breeze blowing through, my pretty tree lit, and 'It's a Wonderful Life' on the boob-tube, lol...ya think there's meds for this condition? lol My husband snickers at me for my craziness and my kids roll their eyes, lol but I don't care...they'd miss it if I didn't do it this way.
Oh, oh, forgot to tell everyone, I picked up a new tree for my kitchen the other day...I'm trying to remember where I bought it, I think it was Garden Ridge, anyhoo, it's PINK, I have gold, silver, green, even teal blue, but I hadn't picked up a pink one yet, so I did. Didn't pay much for it, something like 8 bucks, it's about 2 feet tall. I plan to decorate it with mini-cupcakes that I make, along w/ribbon candy ornaments (made from ribbon, I'll take pics of those and show-and-tell in a later post, but they're similar to the ones in this pic)...I just can't wait!!! My kitchen boasts a large lithograph of Santa working in his kitchen making cookies and soup with the elves, he's wearing an apron, lol. I keep this picture up all year, as well, it's just too cute not to. I also picked up a tall 'skinny' tree at another thrift store that I frequent, Value Village, it's HUGE...it took over the old Big Lots store and it uses the entire floor space for it's goodies, that's how big it is. They had the tree and it was only priced at $6.06 (yeah, they're one of those that puts a weird ending price on their tags, dunno why they do that, they're not tax-exempt or anything). I think I'll be putting this outside on my front porch, next to my front door with white lights and red plastic balls...will show-and-tell when it all comes together.
I also found a new ornament I want to make...add it to my list, of course, lol. Took this pic at Kohl's. It's suppose to be a vintage postcard, it's been sprinkled with clear 'snow' glitter. I have quite a few old Christmas cards that people have given me through the years and they would be perfect to turn into this. I already have a large postcard stamp to look like the vintage back, w/a place for a stamp, etc. Then the stamper w/writing and postmarks, all of which I have...trim them with decorative scissors, spray with spray glue and sprinkle...add an embellishment at the bottom, maybe a little plastic crystal, or a couple of beads, etc. and BOOM! DONE!! wouldn't these be adorable and very economical gifts? I think that's what I'm-a gonna do! and of course, it's been added to my very long list of 'to-dos' lol
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Then today I was out running errands all over town and stopped in at the local Goodwill. I picked up a few things, a couple of brand new Target donated Kindle covers for when I get mine, one for 99 cents and the other for $2.99. Then I found these beauts...and for a SONG too. They're the vintage enamelware refrigerator boxes...2 reg. sized white boxes, w/lil handles on top w/blue edges, aren't they adorable? they were only $2 EACH!!! WOWzers for realz! If you notice in the pic, they're sitting in a larger box...and THAT, my dear folks, is a vintage enamelware refrigerator drawer box! It's large, white w/black edge and black handle, very hard to find...and I only paid 6 BUCKS for it!!!
My next find I didn't take a pic of, but I stopped at one of my favorite junk shops, Pops, where they know me by name. He knows some of the things that I like and puts them back for me until I come in next, and he and his helpers especially know my affinity toward old photo slides. I went in to find a glass stopper for a vintage wine decanter (he has a bin full of glass stoppers and I just KNEW he'd have what I needed...he did, lol, and for only a buck and a half). And of course, as always, I ask as I come in, 'hey there...how's everyone? great...great...oh yeah, I'm fine, tired of this wind. Say, did ya'll get any new photo slides in?' and, the answer was, 'hmmm, I think there's a box in the back, I don't know why they're back there...let me call him and ask' and as she dialed, I said, 'hopefully they're there for ME!' smiling...she got off the phone and said, 'yep, he stashed'em back there for you, let me get'em.' When she came out she had 2 boxes of vintage aluminum slide cases (not trays) full of slides. It was like Christmas for me, lol...there were about 200ish vintage slides and she only charged me $16 for them ALL! YAYS! A couple of months ago I stopped in and he'd put back close to 600 or so slides for me and only charged me $30 for them all, and they were of China in the 50's and 60's...WONderful, with a few vintage Christmas slides thrown in. We just have the best time going through them all and looking at them in slide viewers and occassionally set up the projector, put a white sheet across the big screen tv, and look at them that way...have you ever done that? just take someone else's vacation with them from years past with vintage photo slides? I love doing that.
CORRECTION: I USUALLY DON'T COUNT THE SLIDES I BUY, I GUESSTIMATE, LOL YEAH, I KNOW, BAD BAD...ANYHOO, I FINALLY COUNTED THE ONES I PICKED UP THE OTHER DAY AND THERE WERE 1,080!!! THAT'S WAAAAAAAAAAAAY OFF FROM 200ish, EH? LOL SO THE ONES I PICKED UP A FEW MONTHS AGO OF CHINA WERE PROBABLY CLOSER TO 3000!
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Sunday, October 3, 2010
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Although I've been blogging for almost 2 years now, I'm still learning LOTs about what I can do, add, etc...how I can do this or that, make it look or do this or that...it's exciting when I finally figure something out, lol, like Feedburner...ugh. I LOVE it now, but I had to just figure it out, is all...so that's exactly what I did, I just started clicking around on it, it won't hurt anything, don't be afraid, seriously...the worst that will happen is that it won't do what you thought it was gonna do and you'll just go back and 'undo' it. It took me a bit, but I gotter'done! I worked it out on my other blog first, Thrifty and Frugal, then once I finally noticed that it had worked (through various trial and error, lol), I decided to do it to Lavender Cove. As you can see, at the right, you can now subscribe to this blog, so whenever I make a post (although I don't do it on this blog as often as I want to), it'll go straight to your email, so you'll know I've made a post, what it is, and an idea about what it's about so you can click on it to read the rest. Also, I finally engineered a 'button' for Lavender Cove, so that anyone of you that have your own blog or site, can grab my html code and put it on your blog (as I've done for some of yours). change is crazy, but exciting, don't ya think? I think THIS change for THIS blog made it much better and prettier (don't worry, the background will change all the time, it does on the other blog too, it's my 'personality' shining through, lol).
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This is the little arrangement that I've put on my front porch...the pumpkin was from Dollar Tree, for of course, just a buck. Then I took a black Sharpie and put the H and little vine design on it. I got the idea from Hobbie Lobby, as I posted here a few weeks ago. The leaves I picked up at Dollar Tree, also. They had packs of about 20 crepe leaves (a different color in each pack) and the they were attached to floral wire so that they could be manipulated and such...those were a GREAT find! The silver urn or wine bucket, whatever whoever wants to call it, came from the Salvation Army for $3.69 (cool, huh?!). First, I'd done the arrangement w/out the urn and leaves and my bestie said, 'you're gonna put leaves around it, right?' and of course I was going to, but it wasn't quite October yet, I'd only just begun decorating for fall. So I finally got around to dragging the leaves out, and then I had an 'ah ha' moment when I looked over to a bar stool next to the back door where I had this poor, lonely urn, just sitting, crying out for me to do something with it. So...I did. Originally, I had the pumpkin sitting on top of a short dumpy terra cotta pot...it's foam, so I took skewers and put them up the bottom of the punkin and into the foam in the pot...then when I rearranged it to add the urn, all I did was drop the terra cotta pot inside so it adds some more weight to keep from blowying away, just in case. Then I stuffed the leaves in and the the floral wire stems worked perfectly to poke into the foam in the pot. The other items on the wicker and iron bistro table (a $20 find at a Goodwill store about 4 yrs ago) that sits next to the front door, are there throughout the year, w/the exception of the flowers behind the pumpkin, as I add those depending on the season (the stars were 98 cents eact at GW last year, they had stands on them and I bent those off so I could use them as picks, they were a last thought to the arrangement, but I think it worked out well).
I've not put any fall wreathes out yet, but that will happen within the week, probably, because Fall is in full swing, leaves everywhere, chilly days to downright cold night, and fruit picking...speaking of which, I have an elderly couple as neighbors along our back fence that gave me 2 huge bags of pears, yummmmm. I don't have time to make perserves or anything, so I've been thinking of making smaller pear cobblers and freezing them to use at gatherings for Thanksgiving and Christmas...do cobblers freeze and re-heat well? hmmm, dunno, let me know if any of ya'll have done this, will ya?
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