Snowy Shopping Day

Hope everyone had a great Christmas!

I know my house had an excellent few days. The kid was very pleased with Santa and his gifts. The hubby and I didn’t do too bad either. I do believe that we will be building with Legos for the next few months. The kid got Legos and Legos and more Legos this year. We were up at 7am and began the opening process. With a 5 yr old it doesn’t take to long to rip open the paper so it was over way to soon but luckily I got a few pictures. As soon as the paper was cleaned up it was time to start playing. Legos and video games! I’m not sure who enjoys the Legos more the kid or hubby or myself. And while we worked to build the monster train and bat mobile and ninjago vehicles we were also cooking.
Christmas dinner was very yummy this year. Top two dishes: Hubby’s Stuffing and my Brussels Sprouts. Other notables potatoes from a Pinterest recipe and black eyed peas from a Food Network Magazine recipe. The food was great, we had a great visit with family and the kid got gifts he loved. Over all it was a 5 star holiday.

I would have loved to have a white Christmas but that didn’t happen. However, today we have snow and rain and ice. But that didn’t stop me from enjoying after Christmas sale shopping! Every year I get up early and take a few hours of on my own, stress free, kid free, spouse free shopping. I buy some pretty Christmas items, grab a few presents for next year and replenish my gift wrapping supplies. This year I got a few pretties but was a little disappointed at the lack of Christmas lights on the shelves. And now we have decided to brave the snow and head to Ikea. I would like to change up the kids room a little. When we left the house I didn’t quite realize what the roads were gonna be like once we were out and about. And so after some slush and only one lane cleared we have made it close to our destination and have hit snow covered

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Hope everyone has a great day shopping, playing, cleaning or whatever you do on the day after Christmas!!

Cookie Wednesday

I spent all day baking and watching Christmas movies! It was great. I think I baked over 15 dozen cookies and dipped tons of pretzels in white almond bark. Ok maybe not tons but it felt like it. Today was my friend A and I’s annual cookie swap and as usual we went over board.

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We really don’t have many people we give cookies to but we always manage to have enough for 20 trays. This years list: strawberry, devils food and yellow cake cookies, sugar cookies, chocolate chip snowballs, reindeer sugar cookies, white almond bark covered pretzels, Santa hat pretzels, chocolate covered peanut butter pretzel nuggets, candied pecans, and old fashion chocolate cookies.

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All kinds of good stuff today.

Between being at the school and getting ready for Christmas I haven’t had much time to craft. However, I have got to take some fun crafts to school to do with my son in his class. Last week we made wreaths out of paper plates. We colored them green and I had Pom Poms, foam stickers, bows and flowers for them to decorate with and boy did they decorate! This week I took in shaving cream, glue, and felt. I love Pinterest. This is my favorite Pinterest craft so far. Mixing shaving cream and glue and painting “snow”. It dries puffy and its so pretty.

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The kids loved it! It was fun watching the different ways they decorated the wreaths and the differences between the snowmen.

A few weekends ago I went to an Ugly Sweater Party. Here’s the pics

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It was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to see what everyone wears next year!
Hope y’all have a great evening!

It’s Friday!

Excited for the weekend and the next week!

Today I’m gonna be busy finishing up some things for Christmas gifts. A friend asked for 2 snap bags

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I need to take in a Pillow Case dress I made last week and attach 2 bows to clips

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And start on a few more snap bags. I finished bows for a friend. She had wanted matching bows for a Christmas party

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So today I will be crafting like crazy.

Tomorrow is going to be a fun day. A quick trip to “The Strip” for some yummy treats. My favorite shop is The Pennsylvania Macaroni Warehouse and Wholey’s
Cheeses, olives, Italian meats, fresh breads and homemade pasta are just a few of the items on my shopping list. And then tomorrow night is my first Ugly Sweater party. I’ve always wanted to go to one. But for some reason I’ve never had one so thankfully a friend is having what I hope will become an annual party. I’ll try to post pictures of the sweaters later but 1st I have to find one. This is the hard part. I love anything Christmas and think that they are all adorable in their own way. So I can’t decide which would be “ugly”. We are also having a gift exchange. It will be an As Seen On TV gift exchange. I can’t wait to see what everyone picked. For my gift I chose a newer product, Gray Away It should be a lot of fun!

Sunday is a down day for us this week but next week is packed. My Hubby’s birthday is Wednesday, PTC has a school event, Thursday is the school Christmas program and Monday, Wednesday and Friday I have volunteered to help with Santa’s Secret Shopping at the school. This is a small fundraiser for PTC. We purchased items in bulk and priced them between $1-5 and the kids get to shop for gifts for their family. They will have a day to browse and then another day to bring their money to purchase. I can’t wait to see what gift my son picks for us. I am also going to be doing a craft with his class Friday afternoon. I’m very excited about this. The next few weeks are packed with fun, friends, and family!

Hope y’all have a great weekend!

Saturday’s here again!

Yay! It’s Saturday again!

Busy day ahead. Breakfast with Santa at the school this morning, some shopping before my Kohl’s Cash expires, maybe talking the husband into a few more Christmas deco, finishing the house lights and the maybe Festival of Lights.

Breakfast with Santa will be our first visit with the big guy this year! So we are excited. Kid actually can’t wait to tell him what he wants this year. I can only imagine what it will be since it changes weekly. This is the first time our PTC has planned this event and it has so far received a great response. It should be a great fundraiser.

Over the past week I’ve been working on house decorations. I took a break Thursday after Wednesday’s losing battle with the extension cord and steps but yesterday it was game on. We still have a few lights to hang on a few windows and readjust some icicle lights but its almost finished!

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I can’t wait to get it all lit up!

During my little break I decided to make dresses for my friends little girls. And since kid was feeling left out I made him some pj pants.

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I’m really enjoying my sewing machine. But I think I’m gonna have to take a break so I can finish up a few Christmas presents. This year instead of toys for my friends little ones I’ve decided to make them all no sew blankets in a favorite character or pattern. I’ve only completed 3/9 I plan on making, so I better get busy.

Hope y’all have a great weekend!

It’s Saturday!!!

Busy, busy, busy!!! But so excited! Almost Thanksgiving and I can’t wait!

Finished up leg warmers for a friend, added a date personalization to an ornament, and got my sisters “order” for personalized gifts for Christmas presents she would like me to make. And the best news…. I got my first Etsy sale! So excited. I’m glad some one else liked my little peacock as much as I did!

Today is out towns Christmas parade. It’s gonna be fun. I love Christmas time and even though its super early. I found Hot Chocolate Cupcakes at Walmart and Starbucks Salt Caramel Hot Chocolate. I thought they sounded like yummy before/after parade snacks.

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And then may a trip thru the Festival of Lights!

More laundry and packing for trip today. Hope y’all have a great Saturday Night!

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Almost Weekend

It’s one day closer to the weekend and I couldn’t be more excited!!! I love this time of year. Christmas may be my favorite holiday and Thanksgiving is a close 2nd. This weekend is packed full of Christmas fun for me. I know it’s a bit early but I’m super excited. Our Festival of Lights gets its switch flipped tonight and Saturday is Christmas in the Village in a neighboring town! It’s just the start for me. Next comes Christmas parades and Thanksgiving trip to my Nanny’s and our annual trip to Santa Claus, IN. I’m sure over the next few weeks I’ll talk more and more about all the above, but for now I’ll focus more on last night.

Good night it was! Friends stopped over so I could give E her new bow and L could play with kid. Then it was dinner time. Last night I made couscous and chicken with veggies.

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It didn’t turn out half bad if I say so myself. Some grilled chicken, zucchini, red, yellow, and orange peppers, a little garlic and onion (or a lot) and salt, pepper cumin and turmeric. The hubby wasn’t too sure about the couscous, he said it was a different texture but we’ll definitely have to give it another try.

And during all the cleaning and visit and cooking and bedtime, I managed a little craft time. Things from yesterday include a keychain for my sister, holiday bows and a few other little pretties.

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And since I’m having a horrible time getting this entry to cooperate I’m gonna say have a lovely evening and I’ll try again tomorrow.

Saturday Night’s Alright, Alright, Alright

Tonight was pretty good! I got a few more crafts finished and we had meatloaf, black-eyed peas and mashed taters. YUMMY!!!

Let me start with the first with the food.  It was so good.  I like to cook but have to admit that I don’t do it as often as I should.  And since today was one of those days where comfort foods sound like the best way to end the day I made meatloaf.  This time I tried something different.  While we were at one of our local Octoberfest we picked up a few of those packets for making dips.  At one of the vendors the gentleman working the booth (who was super friendly) told us about a few being a good addition to meatloaf.  My husband immediately perked up.  He not only loves dips he loves meatloaf.  Who am I kidding the man just loves food! So far we’ve had the Cinnabun (delish) and tonight I tried the jalapeno Bacon in the meatloaf.  It was great! It was spicy but it was really good and would also be a great burger.  And who may you ask is the brain behind these great dips? Well I’ll tell you Little Dippers Dip Mixes .  Yes if you click on their name you will see their site!  There are a few other WV vendors that I like and I’m sure the next time I have a taste of their wares they’ll get a shout out too!

Now on to the way I spent the rest of my afternoon and evening while I wasn’t eating. I was crrafting.  I know last night I was in love with a snowman but tonight my heart was stolen by a peacock!  I was playing around with bird pins, bows, and keychains earlier and then my son brought over a book and there was a peacock.  I thought “Hey! I can make a peacock! Why not?”.  And that’s just what I did.

Paulbert the Peacock

He was the most fun item I made today.  I accoplished making a few other items also but he is what I love most.  Don’t get me wrong I really like the brooches I finished and may keep few for myself.  I’m particularly fond of red/green felt circle with Christmas button brooch, a heart keychain,  2 tone grey/black broock and a bejeweled Christmas tree.  All of which may go into my personal collection.

My othe faves!

Along with the Christms tree and brooch I also completed another Christmas brooch and a Christmas bow.  All which were inspired while I put up Christmas decorations in the kitchen.  Yes that now means that 3 rooms completed.  Not much longer and I will have the inside of the house completed.  Hopefully we have a few days of nice weather and the husband will be able to get on the roof to hang the icicle lights (the only decorations I don’t try to do myself).

Hope everyone has a great night sleep and an awesome Sunday.  Tomorrow we get to go cheer on a great friends little boy in his Super Bowl game of pee wee football!  Go Team!!! 

Had to share

I love Christmas time! Everything about the season makes me happy. Sometimes the weather isn’t my favorite but I am so excited about other aspects that it doesn’t keep me mopey long. I love the music, the family time, traditions, food, friends and the decorations!  I absolutely love the decorating.  I decorate almost every room of my house and my whole yard.  Last year I won 3rd place in my town’s house contest and I’m shooting for 1st this year.  I can’t wait.  but while I do wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate the outside I don’t hold back on the inside.
I’m one of the crazies that starts inside decorating as soon as the Halloween decorations are down. And yes as of today November 2, 2012 I have 2 trees up and 2 rooms decorated. So it’s no surprise that I have also been thinking of Christmas crafts. I have made a few hair bows and decided to try my hand at felt snowmen and other Christmas items. Here is one of my snowmen.   I’m in love with this little guy:

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