Friday, December 31, 2010

January 1, 2011 ~ Happy Pink New Year’s Day!

My Pink Saturday post today is dedicated in memory of my mom. This holiday is a time of joyous celebration in saying good-bye to the past year on New Year’s Eve and at midnight we welcome in the New Year with the hope of good things. For me the holiday is not as joyous as is once was because my mother passed away on New Year’s Day in 2009. Mom was a sweet, loving, fun person and she loved to celebrate with her family. I will miss her forever…

For as long as I can remember we celebrate New Year’s Day here in Pennsylvania by watching the Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade on TV and eating a meal of pork, mashed potatoes, and sauerkraut.

2005 Mummer's Parade
Here is a link to information on the Mummer’s if you would like more about them.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Please visit our P.S. hostess, Beverly at “How Sweet The Sound,” and link up with other Pink Saturday participants.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas PINK SATURDAY Friends!

Happy "Special" Pink Saturday!
Beverly at "How Sweet The Sound" is hostess to Pink Saturday's.
Please stop by to visit her blog and wish her and over 100 other participants a Merry Christmas, even if it is the days following Christmas.
The theme for today is "What are you doing today?"
I'm celebrating and spending the day with my husband and our children, grandchilden, and our great-grandson. 

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Pink Saturday ~ December 18, 2010

Happy Pink Saturday! The theme for today is music, it would be hard for me to pick a favorite. Silent Night, Little Drummer Boy, O' Holy Night, and on and on and on...
I love to hear Christmas music box tunes.

I thought I'd share a few ornaments.
This is pink Piggy Clause's first year on our tree.

This sweet glass ball was a baby's first Christmas in 1975

 The starfish is one of many handmade ornments that I love.

The wooden Popeye The Sailor Man and Little Red Riding Hood have been hung on our family's trees for more than 50 years.
So many memories in each ornament.

Please take the time to visit our hostess Beverly and over one hundred other PS participants at "How Sweet The Sound."

Friday, December 10, 2010

Pink Saturday, December 11, 2010 ~ The Magic of Christmas

Christmas is magical.
My parents always made Christmas magical for us...

The pudgy little cherub sitting on Santa's lap in this vintage image

Last Saturday the theme for P.S. was food and I just didn't have time to get anything ready. So I'm going to try to catch up with this recipe for a tasty PINK loaf of bread:

Maraschino Nut Loaf

1 cup of sugar
2 eggs
1 jar (8 ounce) red maraschino cherries
1 cup milk or syrup from cherries with enough milk to make 1 cup
3 cups of pre-sifted flour
4 teaspoons double action baking powder
2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
½ cup walnuts, chopped

Beat eggs and sugar. Add cherries and milk. Add flour, baking powder; then add melted cooled butter. Add chopped nuts. Pour into well greased 9” x 5” x 2-3/4” loaf pan and bake in oven at 350 degrees for approximately one hour or until toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean. The top of the loaf will be irregular. Makes 6 to 8 servings.


This week the theme is "your favorite holiday movies" I enjoy many of the old holiday movies but my favorite is "Gift Of The Magi." In a perfect world I would have posted pictures of a beautiful hair comb and a pocket watch chain. Perhaps next year.

Happy pink Saturday. Please stop by "How Sweet The Sound" to say hello to our Pink Saturday hostess Beverly. From there you will be able to click on the links to other PS participants.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

"Love Conquers All"

"Love Conquers All" is the title of Trudi's Give-Away print that I WON!

It's a beautiful digital collage created by Trudi at Two Dress Studio. Trudi has an Etsy shop where she sells her gorgeous collages. Her style is unique and if you visit her blog or her Etsy you will see each piece is filled with exciting details, vivid colors and magical images. Trudi also has a fantastic on-going project she has been promoting "The  Butterfly Effect." Stop by her blog to say hello and look for the project button on her side bar. Thank you Trudi!

Even her shipping labels are so creative!

Enclosure card with a personal message

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas Story Stockings

I've finished the last Christmas Story Stocking for this year and listed it in my Etsy shop. I managed to decorate two wreaths for the shop as well this weekend, but now I must devote some time to making a few gifts to give.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Pink Saturday ~ November 26, 2010

Desperation Pink Post.
My pink jacket and pink flowery top.
I'm really running low on pinks.
I'm going to ask Santa for pink things...

You find many more interesting pink posts by going to visit Pink Saturday hostess Beverly at "How Sweet The Sound". 

Happy Pink Saturday!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks to Karen at The Graphic Fairy for inspiring this favor idea. Last month Karen posted two Halloween images and a project idea to glue the images on large match boxes. I liked the idea and thought it would be fun to make some decorated match boxes for Thanksgiving favors. I made little draw string pouches, decorated the top and bottom of small matchboxes with two of Karen's images for Thanksgiving. I purchases some cute pumpkin scented and pumpkin shaped candles to add to the sacks. I also made a few with apple scented tea lights.  

Monday, November 22, 2010

Another "Christmas Story Stocking"

Finally, I've finished another stocking for my Etsy shop.

This one is titled "Rejoice"

Rejoice The True Meaning of Christmas
Shared In "A Christmas Story Stocking" is my Etsy title.

This is my Etsy description: This art canvas stocking measures about 17” from top to bottom and 13 ½” from heel to toe. It is fully lined in a gold star pattern on red cotton and double stitched to bear the weight of lots of treasures. A red cord loop is attached at the top for hanging. Five gold jingle bells stitched across the top bring a tingle of music to the story. Italic calligraphy in the center of the front and back tells the story from the N.I.V. version of the Holy Bible in the book of Luke 2: 8-20. It begins with an angel bringing good news of great joy to shepherds by telling them the Savior Christ The Lord has been born. A fine spray of gold glitter adds to the wonder. Lyrics from a verse of the Christmas Carol, “Good Christian Men, Rejoice” are hand-lettered on the front section of the foot. Musical notes embellish the back foot area. Hand-painted stars, trees, pine branches, berries, dots and dashes, swirls and curls decorate the stocking.

The first two pictures were taken inside. The last one was taken outside. It's been dreary and I just didn't have great lighting. I didn't want to postpone listing any longer. Christmas is almost here!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Creative Spirit Challenge

Cindy Adkins has a monthly "Creative Spirit Challenge".
I won the November challenge. I'm Miss Creative Spirit for November!
I was delighted to win the title and thrilled to receive Cindy's creative award.
It is the sweetest little work of art. A whimsical musing that will tickle my creative soul. Thank you Cindy!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Pink Saturday ~ November 20, 2010

Beverly at "How Sweet The Sound" is the hostess for Pink Saturday. Click on her blog name to go say hello. Follow the links on her blog to over a hundred other Pink Saturday participants. You'll be amazed at how much pink is out there to share.

My small collection of vintage Chinese Papercuts.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Giving Thanks!

Lynn at The Vintage Nest is having a Giving Thanks blog party. She invited everyone and she is giving away prizes too. Stop by her blog and say hello, then follow the party links of gratitude.
I'm thankful to Lynn for inspiring us with her thoughtfulness and for sharing her creativity.

I am very grateful for my freedom. I am so thankful that I'm living in a country where I can live and work and worship as I choose. I'm grateful to our men and women who have served and who are currently serving in our military branches. Their sacrifice allows me the freedom that I have.

I'm thankful to have a family that I will be sharing a bountiful table with this Thanksgiving. I am grateful to God for all the blessings we have.
 This was the Thanksgiving table setting last year at my house.

After feasting on turkey and all the trimmings came desserts.
Pumpkin pie, apple pie and carrot cake.

And this year...
I'm thankful to have a brother and a sister-in-law
and I am gratiful that they have invited us to their house for
"Thanksgiving" dinner.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Pink Saturday November 13, 2010

Pink Parfait 
 A chubby little pink bird nesting in a bed of dried rose petals inside an iridescent parfait glass.

Happy Pink Saturday.
Please visit our hostess, Beverly at How Sweet The Sound.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Creative Spirit Challenge

This month Cindy Adkin's November Creative Spirit Challenge Contest is to simply enter something we made and link it to her challenge post. Since I've been busy making things for my new Etsy shop I thought I enter one of my "Christmas Story Stockings."

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Drum Roll Please!

The winner of my give-away is Eliazbeth of Elizabeth's Studio 54!
Thank you all for participating and all the nice birthday wishes.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Pink Saturday November 6, 2010

This photo was taken in October outside the local post office. I never really noticed pink autumn leaves until I starting looking for things to take pictures of for Pink Saturday posts.

And I would never have taken a photograph of a chair at a store before Pink Saturdays. Should I be worried? Have a wonderful Pink Saturday and don't forget to visit our PS hostess Beverly at How Sweet The Sound. 
Before you go, if you scroll to the post below this one you will see that midnight tonight is the deadline to enter my give-away!