Friday, December 30, 2011

Wishing Everyone a Very....


Here's hoping 2012 will be a much better year than 2011 (at least in my situation). The year 2011 had a lot of "rough spots" in the road for me - some of which caused some bumps and bruises that are still lingering.
Will I be making any New Year's Resolutions ? No - Stopped doing that years ago, as I was not very good at keeping them anyway. Sooo............................

Here's To A Wonderful New Year ! ! !


Monday, December 26, 2011

It Has Come and Gone........

Hope everyone has enjoyed the Holidays. After all the decorating, cooking, shopping, wrapping - and in a blink of the eye, it is over with for another year. I cut back in a lot of ways this year and I have to admit, I did not miss a thing that did not get done. I indulged and ate a few things that I don't eat often, but don't think I did to bad.

I Missed it: Just found out recently, a large antique mall that has been in business for a long time, closed its' doors recently. They had an auction a couple of weeks ago, and I keep thinking about a very large display of vintage and antique rhinestone bling and wonder if it was auctioned off, or the dealer removed it prior to the sale. Don't know how I missed this one, as I check the estates sales/auctions for the area. Probably best for my bank account that I did not know.

Project on my mind: I have been thinking some time about creating a new workspace, where I can work on jewelry, and be able to stop in the middle of a project and not have to put every thing away to clear the dining table. Thought about converting a china cabinet and having a work area that could be folded up in the cabinet when not in use, but a piece would have be removed and that particular piece is a support post - not gonna work. So far the solution to the problem - get rid of one of the doll houses and that has caused some "looks and comments" from certain people.......................... back to the drawing board.

Among many other things I plan to accomplish this next week, is to redo my infamous "To Do" lists. I know - Some of you are probably saying "yeah right - her and those on going "to do" lists". Yep! Those are the ones!
I am constantly jotting down things I need to get done, so I need to prioritize that list, and then get a reality check and redo the "would like to do" list.

Sooooo.......................What is on your agenda for this week ?
What ever your plans - have a great week !!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Just to Wish You a Very


Hope you are enjoying this wonderful time of the year ! !


Monday, December 19, 2011

Dab of This and That

When they are just learning to pull up and walk, we cheer them on with words of encouragement like " big girl - you can do it", and when they take a step or two - you clap and cheer for them. Thennnnnn.........When they go after everything in sight, and you move like you have not moved in years to retrieve a breakable object she proudly holds up with a great big smile as if to say "lookie what I found". Not to mention she has that great big smile, because she was proud she was able to get out of your sight, open the cabinet and clear its' contents in record breaking time.

It has been a very busy, and enjoyable weekend. We had our main holiday get together with lots of good food, good company and some very nice gifts exchanged. It all came and went so fast. Spent this morning swiffering up the crumbs, wiping itty bitty finger prints off the glass doors, etc., etc. I had all these plans to do lots of finger foods for the event, but somewhere that idea went by the wayside, but it was all good. Now I need to work the carbs off.

Welcome to my "New Readers" (followers): With other things going on I have not paid enough attention to my "Readers" (followers) list in a while. My apology!!!! Looks like I have some new readers - Welcome !! Will tell you what I tell everyone else - I tend to ramble some times, so hope I don't get to boring for you.
I did notice that I have lost a few also. Must have gotten to boring for them.

Thank You: I really did some "slacking" when it came to decorating for holidays the last year. So just wanted to say "Thank You" to everyone that has shared their holiday decorations with us all. I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting around "the land of blog" and seeing all the beautiful trees, wreaths, etc. Lots of talented, creative people out there.

Memories: While working on jewelry recently and the tv was on, but not really paying attention to what was on. Then heard a familiar song from the 60's on a PBS program. It was a concert, songs from the 60's, and the songs were sung by the original artists. Wow! Have we changed!!!! Thank goodness for hair color - I see I am not the only one that uses the stuff !!!! :-D We really had a lot of great music back then ! Makes me want to get up and dance like I use to - Oooops! Never mind! I forgot - I can't move like that anymore ! :-D

:-((( While I am sitting here typing this post, the yard crew came thru and blew a bunch of leaves into my courtyard. After I spent all that time cleaning them out a couple of days ago ! :-(((
Closing this post, before I start typing what I am thinking right now !! @!!?&%$@ :-(

Just another Dab of This and That.
Have a great week !!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Train Load of Bling

Finished the last three necklaces for some young ladies...........
Kept these these fairly simple, due to the ages of the recipients.

I found the pendants/charms at Michaels (used a coupon and were either 40 or 50% off - forgot). They were attached, chain style, but I took them apart and used them as individual pendants, attached a semi precious stone bead (probably agate) and tiny glass bead at the end. Would have preferred a different chain, and will replace it if can find something I like better - which better be soon as I am running out of time.
Linking to Leigh @ "Thrifty Thursday".

Have a great weekend !!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Three More to Go

When I went to the bead show last month, I got two rough cut amethyst pendants to make necklaces for 2 on my gift list. They were very inexpensive as they are rough cuts with imperfections - but I thought they were pretty.
In the works.................
I also used some silver plated filigree beads and very light purple fluorite (?) nugget beads, and came up with this design. I have a ? mark beside fluorite, because they were not labeled and I failed to ask the vendor what they were. Hate when I do that, as I am not knowledgeable enough when it comes to gemstones. Anyone know if that is what they are?
Anyway - Finished product ...........

Still have three more necklaces to make this week (not like this), finish a menu and shopping list for a house full, change bed linens in the guest room, etc., etc. Bottom line - I need to get busy - and why am I on the computer ?!?!

Linking up with Kim @ "Wow Us Wednesday".Leigh @ "Thrifty Thursday"
Thank You Ladies for hosting events - You are appreciated.
Hope you are having a great week.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dab of This and That

What I woke up to this morning.........
I think "they" said we got about an inch of the white stuff by the time it stopped. Ok - that is enough - I am ready for Spring already.

On to other things: The wreaths that laid on the counter for days finally got hung one day last week,
and I finally decided to go ahead and put up a tree. However, instead of the usual 7 footer , I bought a 4 foot, prelit one in an urn and just used the dark cranberry and gold ornaments with a little gold bead garland. Can't see very well in picture, but there is a gold glittered snow flake on the top. I had planned to put it on the table behind the love seat, but that did not work out. Never mind the box of ornaments in the chair - I am still "tweaking" .........Maybe I should have gone with my regular tree.
I know I mentioned in an earlier post that I was thinking about NOT putting up a tree at all this year, but I got to thinking (dangerous - I know) . It would be the first year in my life I did not have a Christmas tree and that is "....." years.
I am really running behind in decorating. For years, the tree and other assorted decorations have been up before everyone arrives for Thanksgiving and more often than not, many packages already wrapped under the tree. Not this year.

Just a Ramble: Was out and about most of the day on Saturday - great weather .
One place I planned on going to was HL - NOT !! The parking lot looked liked a zoo, so ditched that idea. Did get a lot other stops accomplished - including DT. I needed to stock up on the aluminum large roasting pans and other sizes. $1 each and the lasagna size I get for casseroles, dressing and the like, you can get 2 for $1 - much higher at the grocery store. Love those things when cooking for a crowd and don't want the massive cleanup afterwards. Not to mention, my casserole dishes are not large enough for the amount I need to prepare.
The main reason for the trip to DT, was cloths for the swiffer. I use to buy the ones there - more in a box and only a $1, instead of the swiffer brand as they are expensive. Well...It seems DT has not had any the last few times I went. Don't know if so many people found out about them and keep them bought out, or they just no longer carry them. Anybody know ?
Another item on the list - aluminum foil. Charged for it on the receipt, but it never made it home with me. Hate when that happens, but not worth the hassle to try and recover the $1 loss.
Went in for a couple of items and came home with 27 (charged for 28).

An observation: I have noticed some bloggers referring to one of our favorite haunts as Hob Lob, and just thought that was a term used around "the land of blogs". Then I got my bank statement and noticed they used Hob Lob on the debit card transaction. :D

Just another Dab of This and That.
Hope everyone is having a great week.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Gingerbread Houses

I was out and about for several hours yesterday, and had planned to take pictures of outside decorations around the area, but traffic was heavy and I was always in the wrong lane to pull over, etc. So, this is a rerun of pictures I took 2 years ago of gingerbread houses where I attended a luncheon. I am sure many of you remember seeing them before.

Linking with Mary @ "Mosaic Monday".

Have a great week!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Mission - Not Accomplished

If any one had been at my house today, it would not have been hard for them to figure out why I did not get much accomplished. I started the day determined to work on the "clean out mission" I started long time ago - you are probably already saying "yeah - right".
Step #1: Clean out and organize living room closet . Now let me explain - This is a major project here !! This closet serves as a coat closet, storage for everything from gift wrapping supplies to painting supplies, who knows what those odd cords/controls go to, tools such as power drill, leaf blower (don't ask), 2 step stools, shredder, vacuum cleaner, extra large tray, table leaf, etc. etc. Not to mention a bag of leftover wallpaper from the previous owners - Now that is scarey as I can't wait to get off what was put on the walls. Well - You get the picture.
Did I finish - NO! Why? I ran across a box of movies (old VHS) and I had to stop, go thru them to determine if I should keep. Which reminded me that I had some CD's I wanted to go thru. The problems with that decision - they were in a drawer "upstairs". So.....Upstairs I go...distracted from the "closet clean out". Ran across some Christmas music CD's I have had for some time. It is that time of the year - gotta check them out - right???? Then....Ran across a DVD of pictures taken of my family reunions starting in the 70's ........Wow! I did not have wrinkles back then!!!

My mission for the day ? Not accomplished !
Need I say more...............................

Just realized I did not have a picture for this post....Sorry - To busy looking at old pictures and reminiscing about the days gone by (can't believe I use to wear a 2 piece bathing suit).

Have a great weekend !