Monday, November 28, 2011

Cabin Fever

We spent a wonderful Thanksgiving in the Mountains of South Carolina. We rented this little cabin for 5 days. It was very small. One bedroom with a kitchen-living room combo. Very quaint and tiny. We had so much fun. Just relaxing and hanging out with family.
Above: Cabin 13. Very isolated.

Above: To the left of the photo is the living room with fireplace. Top right is the bathroom, small sitting area with red recliner and the white thing in the lower right corner is the stove.

Above: Better view is t-tiny little kitchen. Right side of the picture-you can see a little of the bedroom door.

Above: Beautiful fireplace, made from native stone.

The cabins were so cute and very clean. The staff went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. Government funding has been cut for this lovely campground and cabins. I hope that private funds can keep this beautiful place a float. We plan to go back maybe in the summer and fall again. Fun times!!
Have a wonderful day tomorrow and I will show you all of my antique treasures I found. Fresh from the mountains of South Carolina.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Frosty, The Wool Felted Snowman

Last week I took some time for myself. The past couple of weeks I had been preparing for a craft fair. It was sew, sew, sew.  And on top of that sew, sew, sew week, sweet baby girl got sick. So, when last week finally rolled around, I knew just what I wanted to make for myself. Look at that cootie patootie below...he just makes you feel happy! It is a felt snowman. Elizabeth, of Creative Breathing, designed him and even has the pattern on her blog! I have just recently discovered her blog and have enjoyed reading it so much. I plan on making a bunch of these for my home. The gingerbread man is adorable! He is next on my list.

Above: I love decorating with the scrabble tiles. Since D#2 is a beginner reader, she loves reading them and rearranging the tiles to make new words. I only have 4 trays, I need to get some more. I would love to spell out Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, etc. I also need some more tiles. I raided our Scrabble game and found out that Scrabble only has two "C"s. Who knew? I used all the "C"s in the Hot Cocoa sign.

Above: So, I came up with "Jingle". The little Santa boot is one that my mom made for me when I was little. It has my name written in gold on the heel. I am so glad she saved this for me. I just love it. It brings back so many happy childhood memories :) 

Above: Look at the sweet little angel. She is the one that my grandparents put on their Christmas every year. I just love it. If it is hard to see, just click on the picture and zoom it in. And yes, that is me in the photo trying my best to get away from Santa.

I would love to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and may God bless each and everyone of you,

Saturday, November 19, 2011

That Is One Sneaky Little Fellow....

Well...we have had a lot of excitement around our house lately. The Elf has arrived and he has been causing a lot of mischief. His first appearance was on Saturday morning last week. And for 2 days he did not move. D#2 and I wondered why he wasn't moving (or going to see Santa at night). D#2 had the brilliant idea that maybe he only went to see Santa if we were bad. Hmmmm...the book explains that he or she flies to the North Pole every night regardless if you have been naughty or nice. "Well maybe we need to be naughty to wake him up." explained D#2. Ok.....i thought, but not too naughty. Maybe if we hurdle insults at him that will do the trick. "Your breath smells like licorice." "You have gumdrops in your brain." "Don't get your panties in a wad!" (D#2 loved that one, she thought it was hilarious that elves wear panties) "Your favorite pet is a dust bunny!", etc. Just silly little sayings. Enough to make an Elf a little aggravated and report to Santa. Well, that did the trick! He took off that night and started throwing mischief around our house like crazy. We have the photos to prove it:
Above: He got into the flour and threw flour snowballs on the counter. Look at that snicker.

Above: He was very hard to spot here. He kind of blended in. See the helicopter in the top of the picture. Elf is holding the controls. D#2 didn't like the way he was looking at Grandma. She asked "Why does he look like he is going to do something to push her off."-lol.

Above: Here he is zip lining. He was carrying the cookie cutters across the room and placing them in the chandelier. Such a naughty little thing!

Above: Up to no good. Look at the note and then the paint brush. D#2 gave him a peace offering, see in his lap. She thinks this will calm him down-haha.

Above: This is what she woke up to. "Why did the elf paint me to look like a clown?" "You're not a clown, I bet it is a Rudolph nose." That calmed her down, no clowns around here!!
Above: I promised a sweet dear friend that I would post this pic of my country church pew. I just love it!! Notice the tile floor. I am so use to the tile that I forget that I have it. I can't stand it!!! It just looks too modern to me. Maybe one day we can get wood..... Notice the quilt. It is all hand quilted and hand pieced. Some of the pieces are frayed and the edge is a little frayed. I love it!!! The amount of work and time that went into it needs to be truly respected. I also only paid $6 for it.
Above: My two quilt pillows. I can't bring myself to cut any quilt to make me a pillow, so anytime I see one of these pillows, I buy it.

Have a great and wonderful weekend. It is cold here, 45 degrees. Hopefully it will warm up a little, we are suppose to go to our town's Christmas lighting/craft fair this afternoon.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Trick or Treat

The kids had a fun last night. Son was Paul Bunyan. He refused to let me give him a beard, so I did some editing and I think he looks rather dashing. He really didn't go Trick or Treating, but instead went over to a friend of his and helped her take her sister around the neighborhood. He is gonna die when he sees this photo.
Above: Got any trees that need cuttin' down.....

Above: Pulling all the "guts" out.

Above: That pumpkin needs a good shakin'.

Above: Drawing the pumpkin face. Son, DH and Son's sweet friend.

Above: D#2 was an angel. She wanted to be several things before deciding on an angel. The past couple of days she practiced her Trick or Treating speech. It went like this:
(knocking on closet door) "Trick or Treat....I am an angel....Do you like my costume?....Aren't I divine?"
 The weather was cold, probably around 50 degrees. It probably dipped to around 40 at 8pm. She was finished around 7pm. She and DH walked around with our neighbors. I am sure Little Friend was cold, but her costume was so pretty.

Above: Here is sweet D#1. I am not really sure but I think she was Sista Freeze? She and her college buds dressed up as evil superheros. This looks nothing like her. When she first walked into the house DH and I were asking everyone, "Where is she?". They really didn't Trick or Treat, but collect money for UNICEF.

Above: This lovely pumpkin was drawn by D#2 and carved by DH. He followed her exact drawing. She was so excited to see it come to life.
Above: Son carved this one.

Hope everyone has an awesome week. I plan on making Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread tomorrow. I will let you know how it turns out. Take care and have a great night,