Saturday, November 24, 2012

My Birthday Giveaway

Well it's that time again.
I will be another year older....

 In honor of my December 2nd birthday.
I am doing my annual birthday giveaway,
where you my blogging friends have the chance to win
something from me.

This year I have decided to put a little twist on my giveaway.
This time it will be a surprise.
Hand made Christmas goodies made by me wrapped as a Christmas package.

To be entered you must be a current or new follower
and answer all five questions below.
Easy peasy questions so we all can get to know you a little better.
Extra chance if you post to your side bar.

Are we ready?

Here we go!

1. What was your favorite toy that you received as a child?

2. What is your favorite Christmas movie?

3. What is your favorite Christmas song?

4. Do you celebrate Christmas on Christmas Day, Christmas Eve or another day?

5. What Christmas tradition was passed down to you from your parents or grandparents?
If you did not have a tradition that was passed down,
did you start your own?

Ok, so here are my answers.

1. My favorite toy was a farm set complete with barn, silo, animals, feed and farm equipment. I was a tomboy...hated dolls. Now Santa never came to my parents house.
He always managed to deliver his presents to both my maternal and paternal grandparents homes. The year I had asked Santa for the farm set, I thought he did not listen to me. I woke up at gramma/ grampa H's and opened all of my farm set.
At that time I was like Susan Walker (Miracle on 34th St) All the way over to gramma B's saying to myself...I do believe in Santa Claus...I do believe in Santa Claus.

Well no farm set at gramma B's either. I was really miffed at Santa then.
Did Santa not give me the farm set because I was a girl?

Much to my surprise, there in my own bedroom at home,
was the entire farm set displayed on a card table with a red bow that read:
To: Janice
From: Santa


This was my most favorite toy memory.

2. Favorite Christmas move is of course Miracle on 34th St.
The original black and white version.

3. Favorite song is Silent Night

4. Growing up we always went to Midnight mass and celebrated Christmas
on Christmas Day. 
Now we celebrate with my mom, sister, brother and their families the Sunday before Christmas and then celebrate with the kids and grands on Christmas Eve.

5. The Christmas traditions...yes there are a few...
Gramma B and now my mom's Christmas many varieties.
Gramma H made the yummiest fudge.
My mom also started a tradition of moving a vintage elf around the house,
and we had to find him on a daily basis.
I do this now with the grands. They each have their own elf they have to find.
My dad loved to look at the Christmas tree at night and listen to Christmas Carols....
I now do the same.

So that does it for my Birthday giveaway.
Just answer the questions in a comment and you will be entered.
Open to current or new followers (US and Canada only)

Extra chance if you post to your side bar.
Please let me know if you do.
Drawing will be held December 3rd.

Good luck everyone!

Birthday Blessings to Me
and Christmas Blessings to all

Friday, November 23, 2012

Update On My Cousin

Sorry no picture with this post.
I am still in need of some prayers for my cousin Karen.
She is still in ICU
but did come out of the coma.
Her only words when she came to were


My aunt (her mom) was at her side when she woke up.

The doctors took out all of the tubes and she is breathing on her own now,
and they do not want her to talk yet.

However, we still do not know how much brain damage there was.
Only her husband, children and parents are allowed to visist
and all she does is stare at them.

No one is for certain if she even recognizes them or not.

So please if you can, say another little prayer,
as I am afraid this is going to be a long road for her family.

Thank you all.
You are the best.

PS, tomorrow I will announce my birthday giveaway,
so stay tuned!

Blessings to all

Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday Montage Remodeling Blues Reveal

We opted for historic colors.

The upper half is a creamy white.
(looks pink here, but it is not really)
Bead board on the bottom half.
Left half of wall.

Right half.
Bob hung our new old cabinet before he finished painting.
We loved the tin that was added to repair this old beauty.

Can you guess what color the bead board will be?

We sure got the blues....

This is the trim around the doorways.
(true color of wall)

Can you guess what color this will be?

Remodeling Blues for sure.

Before picture of left side.

After picture.
Historic Blue....
Added a tobacco rack above.
(cannot wait to finish decorating this up)
Before Picture of the right side.
After picture.
Our bucket bench matches the cupboard.
Few of my crocks.
Cannot wait to add the wood floor.
(I had the flash on taking these pics at night)
The blue is not this light.
Side view of cupboard.
That's our remodeling blues for this year.
Love BLUE!
How about you?
Cannot wait to finish this project,
but will have to wait until after the Holidays now.
Remodeling Blessings to All!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Christmas Has Arrived

In the store!
Vintage Union Suit
Vintage Christmas Towel
Another Santa Paper Mache
Bottle Brush Trees
Cast Iron Police Wagon with Horses
Holiday Clothespin Packs and Santa Head
White Tree with Vintage Ornaments
Skinny Prim Candy canes and Vintage Plush Santa
Holly Tin  and Vintage Silver Leaf Libbey Glasses
(I know, not prim, but great for holiday parties)
Snowmen and Crocks
Bowls and Dry Measure
Hope you liked.
Back to work at the store in the morning.
Wish you could smell the holiday potpourri we have.
Christmas Cheer
Peppermint Stick
Our customers
love love love!
They are the best!
Christmas Cheer Blessings to All!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday Montage What I Purchased

From the Primitive Show
This very tall snowman
My friend Ruth that lives near my mom
made these cute snowman.
He is holding a child's vintage broom.
Two paper mache Santa's.
Loved this prim Santa pillowcase.
Bought this goodie from Dawn from
Holly Hills Primitives.
Sorry I wish we could have visited more with you Dawn,
but we had to be back home for a 70th birthday party
for one of our friends.
These Santa's are off to the store.
Making fat candy canes.
Greens attached ready for sale.
Decorating the store today.
Cannot wait to show you the new things we just purchased.
Candy cane Blessings to All!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Stay in Line

Sometimes my kitties are just...
well they do strange things.
This is the first time they both decided
to sleep on the couch.
In a line.
Then they both woke up when I took the first pic.
Now I have to tell you the score Bob found.

This wonderful rope bed!

Could not get the entire bed in one pic.
We are off in the morning to go to a fabulous
prim show.
Wish us luck!
Oh and we bought the paint!
Cannot wait to get it on the wall.
Blessings to all!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Remodeling Blues

We decided a few weeks ago
to redo our kitchen.
Baby steps...
One wall at a time.
This is how it started.
Before pics.
Looks ok, right...well not really.
The walls in our house are mostly paneled.
Brown panelling that we painted over.
I want drywall.
This is the right side of the door.
Electrical panel in the laundry room.

Yippee...drywall is up!
And taped.

Waiting to sand and another coat of drywall mud.
(dust everywhere and just one wall)
We figured that was all we could do before Christmas,
with our schedules.
Next is paint and trim.
Colors picked out.
Historic colors for sure...
so stay tuned....
On another note,
thank you everyone for your prayers for my cousin Karen.
I have no new updates yet.
She is still in ICU in a coma.
(prayers still requested)
You all are the best!!!
Home Improvement Blessings to All!


Monday, November 5, 2012

Second Post Today

I don't normally do two posts in a day, 
but I need a request.

My cousin who is only 54
had a brain aneuryism.

She is a nurse at a small hospital here in the Thumb area of Michigan.
As she was driving to work,
something did not feel right.
Thankfully she pulled over and called 911.
Then called her hubby to meet her at the hospital.
By the time the ambulance got her to ER
she passed out.
They ended up flying her to the bigger hospital
in Bay City
where they performed a three hour surgery.

They cut her from her eye to the back of her brain
to release the blood.   

She is currently in an induced coma.

Please pray for Karen and her family as she is in serious condition
and its touch and go right now.

I know how the power of prayer is and am
wishing all of my blogging friends to say a little prayer for her.

Thank you,

Monday Montage- Show Pics

Last week I was dragging a bit 
Been fighting a bad head cold.
Our semi annual
Blue Water Antique Dealers Association
antique show was this past weekend.
Here are some prim pics of the show.
I helped Bob out on Saturday,
but stayed home on Sunday to rest.
Ended up on the couch watching
Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel.
Loved this buggy seat.
This blue banded bowl was
This pic does not do this piece justice.
This blue slip crock was fired incorrectly.
The top is unique!
 A couple of oil lamps.
Christmas items.
I bought this tree.
Small prim cabinet.
Also like this copper pot.
Prim folk shore bird.
Two phones.
Yellow yellow ware.
Plus some molds.
Seaweed pitcher.
Cast Iron Santa Door Stop.
Huge antique store bobbin and needle case.
I bought quite a few Christmas goodies.
Will show once I start decorating.
Well, I have a confession.
I already started to decorate.
Here is a sneak peak of my living room theme.
My huge 48 star flag draped over our stagecoach trunk.
Time to go home and get some more rest.
Pre Christmas Blessings to all!