Saturday, December 9, 2017

Tree Updates


Good morning everyone!
While the weather outside
will be frightening,
I will be toasty and warm inside.
Making Christmas cookies is on my agenda.
This is a Christmas tradition that gramma B
started in our family with her polish cookies
like angel wings,  thumbprints and kolachis.
Then my mom made spritz cookies, 
cherry snowflakes, and others.
Now I make Church Windows, Peanut butter blossoms,
and more. 

I did finish decorating my little tree.


I want to thank Julie from
 Primitive Heartstrings
 for suggesting to add baby shoes.
{they are a great addition Julie}


They look perfect... along with bundles of peppermints.


Mini acorns and metal stars.


Turkey feathers towards the top.
An antique tinsel star takes the center stage.


Plus silver mercury garland.


All finished.


Also added a few fabric pears.
Very homey and sweet.


Now for my other tree.


Raffia garland and more peppermint bundles.


Corn cobs, quince 


and a few of my dollies.


Angel on top for a festive corner.


This is our living room corner.


To the left of the tree is our tv.
{I don't like to add it in my pics}
Although I love the primitive style,
I do have the modern comforts.


The wagon was a 
birthday present from Bob
many years ago.


I added my dad's favorite Christmas plant.
Red Poinsettias.


I use faux plants for my kitties.


Night time view.


Our corner blue cabinet.
Filled with stoneware pitchers and
ginger bottles.

What are your plans for the weekend?

Tree Update  Blessings to All!
Janice 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

My Winter Go To


Here in Michigan we have been having
some unusually mild temperatures.


However things are changing today.


As the weather gets chilly and snowy.


I will be settling in with my favorite
Winter drink.


If you guessed hot chocolate...
you were correct!
I found these sweet Santa mugs at our vintage show.


They each have their own personality.
Along with my jars filled with chocolate and marshmallows,
fresh mint (which I have to put back in the fridge now)
and peppermint candies...


My perfect go to display for my favorite 
Winter drink!


I would like to share with you,
gramma H's
Hot Chocolate recipe.

1 cup water
2 oz bakers unsweet chocolate
1/2 cup sugar
3 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla

Cook the chocolate in water in a pot on the stove.
Heat on low to medium heat and stir with wooden spoon,
until chocolate is melted.
Add sugar and mix well.
Bring to a boil and cook 2-3 minutes,
stirring constantly.
Gradually add milk and whisk until blended.
Stir in vanilla and continue to cook 
another 2-3 minutes.

Being part French...
we sometimes also add a bit of cinnamon.
Depends on my mood. ;-)

Hope you enjoy this tasty treat!

Do you have a go to food or drink 
that warms you up this time of year?

Hot Chocolate Weather Blessings To All!
Janice


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Teddy Bear Roundup

Good morning everyone.
Well lets hope today for me starts on a better note.
Yesterday after my early blog post,
I could not find my purse nor money.
I did find my purse eventually...but not my money.
Bob gave me some so I could have breakfast.
(I could have used my card)...
(but it was my birthday money I was looking for)
Then I had trouble just getting my coat on.
After 3 attempts, Bob helped me.
I told him then it was going to be one of those days.



Sure enough about a mile and a half up the road,
I see blue and white flashing lights behind me.
Am hoping when I pull off the road that they go by me.
Nope.
I get pulled over by the police.



She asked me first where I was going.
{To work ma'am}


Do you know why I pulled you over?
{NO}



You have a broken headlight and you crossed 
the fog line a few times.
{Sorry but I did not know I had a light out,
nor did I realize I went over the line}
[I'm sure she must have thought I was drunk]
[just tired]


License, insurance and registration please.
[I hand her my wallet with my license]



Need you to take it out of the wallet.
{So sorry}



Then I told her as I grab for my purse once again,
that finding anything in here today was going to be a miracle,
as I had such a messy purse.
Even told her that I knew it was going to be a bad day,
and even told my husband that before I left the house.

She shined her flashlight on my purse 
[I grabbed out a bunch of papers]
***Managed to find my insurance***


I will be back she says and if you find the registration,
hold it out the window for me.
{I know I have it as my birthday was just Saturday,
and the new tab was put on}

She says nothing and walks away.
[GEEZ...I say to myself]
[Manage to finally find my registration]
[In the dark I might add]
***That was an accomplishment in itself***


After what seems eternity....all of maybe 5 minutes,
she comes back and I hold the registration
out the window like she said. 

She looks at the registration with her flashlight.
Folds it in half.
Hands me everything back and gives me a warning.
[WHEW...I say to myself]
{Thank you officer}



{Do you mind if I ask which light is out?}
I don't know. Its one of them in the front.
[Really I say to myself]

{May I go outside and look?}
No it will be safer for you 
if you look at it when you get to work.
{Ok, thank you again}


She goes back into her SUV,
I drive off.
She pulls a U-turn and I continue on to work.

I still had a half hour drive to work....
still dark...and am now worried which light is out.
The next town up, I stopped behind a car
at a traffic light and saw my car light reflections,
and then knew it was the driver's side light that was out.

Now I am even more worried, as I did not want anyone driving into my lane... so I am hugging that dang fog line.
Just hoping another officer does not pull me over.

Long story short,
I call Bob at work, 
he buys a light for me before opening the store.
He replaced the light last night.
{I left work before it got dark}
Now all is good.

One can only hope.
Today is another day.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my teddies for the holidays!
Much better than reading my pathetic story I bet.
LOL

I have many friends and family doing police work.
I know the officer was only doing her job,
and I am very grateful now that she pulled me over.
As would never have known about my light.
They truly are only doing their job to protect and serve.
Thank you for all that you do!!!

Teddy Bear Roundup Blessings To All!
Janice




Monday, December 4, 2017

The Mitten Song



Happy Monday everyone.
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
I spent my Saturday morning and Sunday,
finishing up my Christmas decorating.
Mikalya unfortunately got pink eye,
so she was unable to perform in her
Christmas concert.
She was so disappointed.

Bob and I still went out for a nice quiet dinner.
We both had prime rib and margaritas.
They both were delicious.

So today I give you the mitten song.
My mom gifted me my dad's old working mittens.
I so love and cherish them.



I just had to use them in a display this year.
As I show you pics of my display,
I give you the 

Mitten Song

Thumb in the thumb place.
Fingers all together.



These are the things we wear.
In mitten weather.



Mittens made of wool,



And the finest leather.



Thumb in the thumb place.
Fingers all together.

I created the NOEL stitchery into a heart.
Mine was stitched on linen,
using one strand of Christmas Red Floss.
If you would like to stitch some up for yourself,
below is my chart for you.



If you would also like to make these for Valentines,
I have also charted the word LOVE for you to stitch.


                               
    Hope you enjoyed both my display and the mitten song.
         Also hoping you enjoy the free cross stitch patterns.

                          Mitten Song Blessings To All!
                                                Janice