"Hey, if I had somewhere to go, I certainly wouldn't be in Cleve-Land." -Howard the Duck

Sunday, December 30, 2012

So you want to live where it snows???


That poor little car is Phil's...and that's as far as he was able to pull into our driveway last night after it snowed all day while he was visiting in Columbus.  It looks like maybe he could have driven through it, but nope...it got stuck right there...so guess what adventure awaits him when he gets up today?

Trust me...it might look pretty in pictures...but it's a PITA to live in.  I still contend snow has it's place...on the top of a mountain in Southern CA...where I can sit on the balcony & be warm & look at it.  I certainly do NOT want to live in it...but we do.  BAH HUMBUG!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas to All!

Merry Christmas to all...
if you look closely, you'll see Sunny Cat hiding under the tree...
waiting for Santa to bring her some new mousie toys.
Now let the noshing begin!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Just what I wanted!

This little beauty is gracing our wall with it's festive greenery & a heavenly fragrance.  It's actually my birthday gift from Phil...but we had it shipped just after Thanksgiving so it would still be wonderful during the Christmas season. 
It's a California Bay Leaf wreath from Williams-Sonoma.  I've wanted one for years, but we never got around to ordering it until this year.  I can't wait to make lots of savory soups & stews with a touch of the flavor of these fragrant leaves.
When the wreath arrived, it was perfectly fresh as you can see above.  The fragrance was out of this world wonderful.  It dries naturally over time...the pix here are about 2 weeks apart.  While the fresh wreath is fabulous, I think I like it even better now that it's dried.  The leaves curl a bit, yet you still get a subtle fragrance when you pass by. 
Nature's perfect decoration...both beautiful & useful. 
It's just what I wanted!

Monday, December 17, 2012

One year ago today...

On December 17, 2011, Sunny Cat came into our lives...and made our house a happy home again.  She is such a sweet yet ornery kitty...and she knows she owns the place. 
We are simply here to serve her...
Sunny LOVES sitting in the back window watching for birdies.  Good kitty entertainment!
And she really wishes I'd just go away & let her get back to her important birdie watching job.
Adopt a shelter cat...adult cats are wonderful as they already have their own special personality & will move right in & steal your heart.  They are more difficult for shelters to find homes for...but they will appreciate living in yours...and add so much love & fun into your life.
Happy One Year Anniversary Miss Sunny Cat!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

I'm going to Venice!

Well...I'm going to Venice vicariously...through an online class by the very talented Mary Ann Moss.  All the class info is here...in case you want to join in on the trip.  The class starts December 15...this Saturday...so get your ticket ASAP.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

GiveLitter - World's Best Cat Litter

GiveLitter - World's Best Cat Litter

Be sure to click every day to give litter to a deserving shelter.  Thanks!

Christmas SALE !!!

Do you still need some stocking stuffers?  Festive magnets in a matching gift box are ON SALE!

There are altered matchboxes that are great for little gifts...or money...they're ON SALE, too!
And ornaments...a nice selection of pretty handcrafted ornaments...all ON SALE
I can still ship via First Class & get these little treasures to you in time for Christmas.  Thanks for visiting my blog & my Etsy shop, too. 


Sunday, December 9, 2012

There's Still Time to Shop...

It's beginning to feel like Christmas...especially when packages begin to be wrapped.  This little beauty is simply a plain Kraft paper covered box tied with some of my hand dyed ribbon in Christmas red & green.  The little spool ornament is perfect for embellishing the package, then it is an extra little gift of it's own.  Both the ribbon & spool ornaments are in stock in my Etsy shop.
I've been adding some vintage treasures that would make lovely gifts.  The little bracelet above is old...from the 1950s...just like me!  It was mine back in the day but would be great for a doll collector as it features the Ginny Doll & her 2 sisters, Jill & Ginnette. 
I also have this pretty vintage Whiting and Davis mesh clutch or wallet in the perfect shade of red.  Perfect for a holiday party or just for a bit of fun & glamour when you pull out your wallet.  There's a stunning gold mesh wallet for sale, too.
For the men in your life...maybe these cuff links from the 1970s are what you've been looking for.  There are other vintage cuff links available, too.  All were my Dad's & I bought them for him back in the late 1970s when I worked at Halle's...so they're good quality.
There's something for the Girl Scout collector...the spoon is dated 1962 and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Girl Scouts.  The handbook is a 1953 edition.
I've added so many other vintage collectibles to my shop...if you want an unusual gift this year...please stop by & take a look.  Thanks!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Craft Boutique in St. Louis, MO !

My dear friend Kathy has organized a Christmas Craft Boutique at her church...and she asked me to please send some things to sell...so I did!  Kathy creates the most beautiful greeting cards, handcrafted ornaments from vintage Christmas lights & snowmen that are just too cute!  I'll have lots of ornaments, Pretty Little Boxes & hand dyed ribbon for sale.
If you're in the St. Louis area, here's your chance to shop at a local craft fair & pick up handcrafted gifts for everyone on your list...including yourself! 
All the information is below...the sale is THIS WEEKEND, December 8-9, 2012.
Gethsemane’s Third Annual Craft Boutique

Make plans now to attend the third annual Gethsemane ELCA Craft Boutique on December 8-9, 2012. Items will be for sale on Saturday evening from 5-7 p.m.; on Sunday in between services from 9:30-11 a.m.; and an hour after the last service from Noon-1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the church located at 3600 Hampton Avenue  St. Louis, MO 63109. 
Shop a collection of handmade ornaments and one-of-a-kind Christmas items, special greeting cards, jewelry, ethnic items from Plowsharing Crafts, beautiful embroidered crafts, seriously discounted Longaberger baskets, crafts from Bali, food items and MORE.
There are lots and lots of talented members at Gethsemane so come see their skills while helping the church!  There will also be coffee, doughnuts, and live music!