Monday, November 30, 2009

Traditions

The season is in full swing! We had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend with the whole family home! Yay for that!





Here are a sampling of pies the girls made (apple crumb, pumpkin and chocolate chip). It took two phone calls to Grandma for some tips, but they turned out great! Notice Grandma Gales' vintage pie carrier that is very useful transporting the pies over the river and through the woods.......


My Dad collects his change all year and gives it to the grandchildren on Thanksgiving and they pick a charity to give it to. They also make a presentation to all of us about what they chose to do with the money the previous year and why. Lots of people were on the receiving end of these gifts through the years. Mark is shown here explaining his gift to Children's Alopecia Project. CAP has been helpful to our family since his diagnosis and great that we could give a little back.


The kids made their annual trip with Charlie to pick out a tree. It was hard between all the game playing, but they managed to find a little time to get a great one.

I am counting my blessings and so very thankful for time with family!







































Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A small problem.....








Phew! Although show season is in full swing, a girl has to replenish her stock from time to time, right? So I have been back to the flea markets (a little tougher to find in November now that the colder weather has set in) and scouring for vintage pieces that might make neat parts for my retro re-do's!
I did not come home empty handed. But some of these pieces (see the bracelets below) will be perfect just as they are! They are in great condition and will be fabulous for the holidays.....my only problem.....could I ever sell them?!?!?






















Monday, November 9, 2009

Counting blessings



This week has been filled with news that was sad for families near and far. It's always good to take a minute to count your blessings and be thankful for all the good things in life. So today I am reflecting on all the wonderful things God has given me and passing along some positive thoughts and prayers to others who are needing them right now.

I am so very grateful for my family and friends. The support and strength I get from you is endless and I want to thank you! I appreciate your generosity. May all the things you give to others come back to you!
These photos were taken at the Notre Dame Grotto. It is a beautiful place to reflect and pray.







Wednesday, November 4, 2009

It's starting to look alot like......

Our household is quite excited about our team, the Fightin' Phils, being in the World Series! Didn't think we be sitting around in November watching baseball into the wee hours of the night, but I would be happy to see them reach game 7!


I have been beading by the TV and getting ready for my favorite season of the year. I love to adorn everything with beads, and these napkin sets are no exception. If you have some leftover beads, these are easy to make....wrap some wire and beads around a serving utensil (be sure to hand wash), add some napkins, or a pretty dish and viola! It's a great present for you or someone else. They are selling out quickly here and I am hoping to get a few on my Etsy site, too. Enjoy and Go Phillies!













Monday, November 2, 2009

Troubleshooting

I was having trouble with the comment section of my blog and could not get comments on my last post. I wish I was more savvy with the computer to get the kinks worked out of things like that, but I will just go one making jewelry and taking care of business and hope things will figure themselves out. Does this ever happen to anyone else?

I have another big show this week; this one is with lots of fun vendors and is always a fun event to shop at and work at! I usually kick off my own holiday shopping at the "Boutique" and love buying other homemade goodies to give as gifts.

I spent the morning looking at all my jewels and trying to figure out how to condense them into something that will fit on a 6 foot table (all the space I have) and still have a eye-catching, not -too-overwhelming, pretty display. It is harder than you think!

Now I need to get some simple silver earrings made that go with everything because they have been flying out of here.....so I am back to work and hopefully the blog will be back on track, too!