Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year!! & Valentine Swap Signups!

Well here it is!! New Years Eve!! WOW!! That sure went fast... I can not believe this is it!! 
The beginning of a new year!! 
I am really looking forward to see what's in store for 2012. I am definitely going to make some resolutions....and promise to stick with them. 
If you see my new blog header, I have included a picture of myself. Something I rarely do.. if you know me, you are quite aware that I hate and I mean HATE to have my picture taken. 

But this is it... It is time to finally take that step.. to admit to myself and accept me for who I am. So that is why I decided to post the picture. I have to look at it every day. And remind myself of my number one resolution... 
#1 - To become healthy. 
every 3 months, I will add a new picture of myself, so that you can see my progress. More importantly so I can see my progress!!  

I would love to hear about your 
New Years Resolutions!!

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Now to the really important stuff.... I had 
such a good time with the apron swap and everyone was so wonderful, and with much prodding, I have 
decided to host a VALENTINE SWAP.  I know, I know!  It's only New Years Eve... But, if you think about it... Valentines is only about 6 weeks away.. so I thought it would be a good time to announce it so that there is time to think about weather or not you want to join and also, so there is plenty of time to make the craft.
so here it is...


That's it!! All you have to do is make a Valentine Cone... It can be paper, fabric, whatever you want it to be!! May I suggest you also fill it with all kinds of goodies or trinkets if you want!  I think this will be just so much fun!! This will also be one for one. You will make one cone and send it and you will receive one in return. I will require that everyone again, send me their valentines. I will photograph them, and then redistribute them out to the other participants. Same as last time.  Please include your information .. ie.. mailing address, email, and blog or website with the cone. The deadline for 

signups will be JANUARY 8th. I MUST receive your cone NO LATER than JANUARY 29th. This way, I can photograph them and repackage them and get them out before Valentines. Please include $5.00 to cover return shipping.. 

Shipping: The post office has a shoe box shaped box  and a priority mail tube box that most cones fit into. (check the size) so you can priority mail it for about $5.50. You can order these for free from the post office on line and they will ship right to your home with the links above. If you want to ship it Parcel Post, than just make sure you send it in plenty of time so it reaches me, and also leave me time to get it to the other swapper!  If you are International, I require additional $$$ to cover postage. Priority mail has become very expensive for international, so shipping parcel may be the best option, but remember it will take additional time and you may not recieve yours in time for valentines... I welcome international, but just want to mention this in advance. 

I will need your name, mailing address, email address, and blog/website (blog/website not required to participate) in advance, so I can can prepare return shipments. This was everyone receives their cones in a timely manner!! 

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Some free Valentines for you!! 

Compliments of the Graphic's Fairy!! 

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It's almost here... just around the corner!! 
I want to wish everyone a 
SAFE and HEALTHY New Years Eve!!

I also want to thank all my followers. I constantly in awe that anyone has any interest at all in what I have to say.... I really appreciate when people leave comments and let me know their thoughts.  
Thank you!! Thank you!!! 


Saturday, December 24, 2011

My Christmas Home!!

I thought I would share with you some of my favorite Christmas decorations in my home..

Here are some of my girls dressed up for Christmas!!

Here are some of my favorite 
Christmas vignettes

Here are some of my favorite gifties 
I received this year!! 
I just LOVE the sheet music Ornament from 
Carla Gizzi , she also gave me a beautiful grey wool knitted scarf, which I can't seem to take off!!! Thank you Carla!!

I received a surprise package in the mail from Miss Clause herself.. Grace, from Pink in the City beautifully wrapped in vintage paper. Inside were these gorgeous silver ornaments which I absolutely love and the vintage paper wreath with mercury beads, and the glass ball jewel decorated shown below.. Also included was a beautiful stocking which I am also in love with!! Thank you Grace!!! 

Next year I am going to hang this silver plate tray on the wall and add a bow! I can't wait!!! 

I love my antique mercury glass ornaments!!! 

This little bisque Japan doll came from my friend Jan!! She knows me well!! Thank you Jan!! 
 I am so excited to add these little dollies to my collection of bisque dolls!! 
In the basket they will go!!

I am loving this antique Sunday School book!! When I opened it up to look inside, look at what song page I opened it to!!! How weird is that!!!! 

Technically, these were early Christmas gift from my husband!!  I just love him!! 

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Here are some free Vintage New Years Postcards.
Compliments of the Graphics Fairy!!
Feel Free to Copy..

linking to these parties!! 

The winner of the Christmas tote is:

Please send me your address so that 
I can mail it to you!!! 

see ya next year!!