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Sunday, December 26, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KRISTEN!

Note: I tried to post this on Christmas but my stupid awsome server was having problems!

Our daughter Kristen was born on Christmas day 15 years ago...best little present we ever received on Christmas!! She is our youngest, a total kick in the pants, great sense of humor, darling sense of style and excited to take driver's ed soon! EEK! About a week ago I asked her what I should blog about and she wrote a little something for me. I told her I would save it and post it on her birthday so...read on to see what she wrote about herself as if it was coming from me.



Kristen the birthday girl (left) with her sister Emily.


Kristen and her brother Landon on their way to their cousin's wedding.
As Per Kristen: My almost 15 year old daughter just informed me a few weeks ago that she is going to college at oxford university. Then after she graduates she is going to become the first women President. But as it turns out she doesnt want to become president anymore. Instead she is going to become an actress and her and her brother are going to move to Beverly hills and live together while he works at Costco. She is quite an intelligent person.

Kristen (middle) and friends

Kristen (Rt) and cuzin Ashton
 
Kristen (center) and friends, Winter Formal.
 
Kristen and friend Erika.
 Funny girl that Kristen! I'm a bit disappointed about her not becoming president because she had said I could decorate the White House for Christmas while she was living there. Oh well....on to plan B...whatever that is!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Farm Girl

I wanna be a farm girl!  A few of you know that but I've been thinking about it alot lately. Would love to have a few acres, a studio/shop in a big ole barn somewhere with age-old trees around it, wear worn cowgirl boots that have chicken shiznit on them from collecting the eggs, have a few chickens and goats and maybe a barn cat or 2, have a big garden with pumpkins, squash, rhubarb, potatoes, and onions. Thinking: wonder if my Shih-tzu dog would be considered livestock...hmmm.

Well this a.m. when I was perusing blogs for inspiration for my day, I stumbled upon The Urban Farmgirl 
http://urbanfarmgirlandco.blogspot.com/   Heavens! I started hyperventilating then emailed my friend Cathee and told her she just had to go look at that blog, especially the Dec. 7, 2010 post about the Northwind Perennial Farm in Burlington, WI. Cathee and I have talked for years about having a cute antiques/stuff shop in a cute old outbuilding some day. This is the dream through blog pictures for sure! Take a peek! (As always you can click on the pic to enlarge) Enjoy!





What, what...oh...sorry....better wake up before I hurt somebody!  Never hurts to dream though right?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

JOYWORKS

 

 Don't you just love when people do clever things? I found this shop's blog and ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING on it is adorable! Jana, the owner, made this darling pearl Christmas tree and I think it is just beautiful! The shop is called Joyworks and is located in Snohomish, Washingtion. Hop on over to her blog for a little (or a lot) of inspiration!
http://joyworks-shopgirl.blogspot.com/



 

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Annual Cookie Party

Friday night I went to my friend Cathee's house where we celebrated friendship and Christmas at the 14th annual cookie and ornament exchange. At least we think it's around 14 years we've been doing this. We all look so forward to this event and we have all known each other for more than those 14 years because most of us used to be neighbors. Several of us have moved to other houses but we still enjoy getting together and catching up on each other's lives. Last year we had a dress-up theme: vintage prom dresses, and this year the theme was favorite apron. They were all so cute! 

Jule, Beverly and Cathee (the hostess).  Don't let these angelic faces fool you...these girls are CRAZY!

Jenny, Dawn, Lisa and Lisa. Dawn brought her cigarette (looks totally real but it's not and the tip lights up just like a real one when you puff on it!)  Lisa is "smoking" it here...it got passed around!

Dawn  "smokes" only when she drinks punch! The table behind the couch is full of platters of our cookies waiting to be divyed up.
 
Jacquie, Diana, Gaylene (winner of the cutest apron), Kathy and Joan.
Trying to help Cathee think of a theme for next year...how about a Farm Girl theme? Got any better ideas? Leave a comment and let me know!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Attic 24 Blog

Well I thought since it's Friday you all needed something to start the weekend off perky. If this gal isn't perky, I don't know who is! Her name is Lucy, a stay at home mum with 3 children, living in the North of England in a 100 year-old house that they are slowly renovating. She is a doll! You can't help but get drawn in by her enthusiasm and appreciation for the "small" things in life. Below is a piece of her latest blog post but you simply MUST read the whole post! Head on over to her blog for your Friday dose of PERKY...you'll be glad you did!!  http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/2010/12/crochet-christmas-decorations.html
Hello, and welcome to a beautifully bright and festive hooky Ta-dah day! Yippeeee, my favourite kind of a day!!! Firstly though, I'd like to say thank you ever so much for all your wonderfully enthusiastic responses to the early glimpses of these little decs in my last post, I really love it when you love what I'm up to. Thank you.....I think you're going to like today's pictures!!


I've been so incredibly happy immersing myself in this latest project, it's honestly had me leaping off the furniture with pure giddy excitement. It's been really good to have my old creative bounce back I have to say.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas at My House

Well I think I'm finally done decorating for Christmas. Here are a few pics of the main living areas which are all open in one big area; living, dining, kitchen. Really feelin the red color this year so kinda overdosed on that. Oh well...I like it. Who cares what the teenagers that live here think (although they certainly give their opinions on the matter)! I think they're just glad all the Christmas boxes are put away for awhile.

Main tree

Dining Room




Living Room

Cabinet hubby made

Dining Room Cabinet



Living Room and Kitchen

My Grandma's Marble-Top Dresser in Entry

Isn't this too cute?! My friend Cathee found these milk bottles at an auction and bid on them for me. They even have my name on them...CRAZY! Not a very common name!



Love these little Shiny Bright miniature ball ornaments of my Grandma's. The box says they cost 19 cents!


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Fun Merchandising

Don't you just love this cute little candy shop? I would like to pop right into this place and wallow in candy and "cute" for a while! I'll have to find the name of this place again...I know it's in England anyway. Love what all they did with their displays, may even need to "share" the idea of the triangular shelf on the left. As always, you can click on the pic to view it larger.

Such a happy place!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Fancy Farmgirl

 This darling smiley girl is Tiffany, The Fancy Farmgirl! She was one of the photographers at The Creative Connection I attended as a vendor in Minneapolis in Sept. She also pitched in alot of other places too. Here she is with Nancy Soriano, co-founder of The Creative Connection. They are busy stuffing folders for event attendees the day before all the "real" festivities began.
 
They were working so fast their hands were a blur!

Tiffany with her friends Jessi and Jen
You really need to check out Tiffany's chicken coop on her blog! It is by far THE CUTEST CHICKEN COOP I've ever seen! While you're at it, read about the rest of her beautiful life on that blog too...she is quite the inspiration!! One of the perkiest gals at the event I would have to say! Enjoy!
http://www.thefancyfarmgirl.com/heres-the-coop/

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

My Peeps

I love my peeps (my people)! We are all great friends. Known each other for years, cried together, laughed together, gotten into a little trouble together, shopped together...you get the idea. We get together once-a-week for a bible study and I've missed the last 2 weeks because I have been out of town for my Emily's surgery. The peeps asked if they could bring a salad lunch to my house for this weeks study so Emily and I could be part of it. Well...I wasn't expecting what. happened. at. all!


To give you a little background first, I had been saying a few weeks ago that Nov. might be a tough month because a year ago on the 3rd my dear sweet mom had a stroke. One week later she died on the 9th. This year we traveled to Spokane, WA on the 3rd for Emily's hip surgery. Brought her home on the 9th. But I told the peeps that the really good thing about November was that it was the 5 year anniversary of when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. So 5 years cancer free was the good thing!

Here's how they showed up today for "bible study"!!!


Crystal, Carol, Mel, Bev, June, Terre, and me. Oh and Chloe just had to get in the picture with June!


A picture of picture takers.


Crystal and "The Pinks". Hey that could be a new rock group - Crystal and The Pinks! hee hee
  
Emily and Junie B.

Mel and Junie B.

Emily and Terre
 
Crystal and Terre
Aren't they too cute? I soooo needed this party today and am so grateful that God always knows when I need my peeps!! Such Blessings!!!!!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Christmas Crazy!

This is Kristen.


Kristen is up on the roof!

She absolutely loves to help her dad put Christmas lights up on the house and on "the shop" (a lovely extra garage out back where my hubby builds things and tinkers). Her reward at the end of light-hanging is to be able to jump from the shop roof onto the trampoline!

Front porch in progress.

Living room shelf re-do. Father-in-law made this beautiful plate rack for me years ago. It was a nice pine but when we moved it really started singing after I painted it black. See, you don't have to go out and buy new...just give something a coat of paint!

Fun cabinet in the kitchen is so fun to "mess with" and change out for the seasons and holidays. Got the inspiration for this one from The Farm Chicks Christmas http://www.thefarmchicks.com/Book.html



I absolutely love Christmas! Our house just looks its best when it gets all dressed up for the holidays! If you follow this blog at all you may have noticed that right after Halloween, the background colors changed to red and green. The kids and I have been so anxious to decorate for Christmas this year which, as Martha says, "is a Good Thing". Mainly because exactly a year ago my mom passed away unexpectedly from a stroke. We just sorta went through the motions during the holidays last year so this year is much better! Emily is home from her hip surgery in Spokane, doing better each day and we are looking forward to colder temps this week and maybe a little snow. Why not? We are just snug as bugs in rugs here! Maybe we'll even bake a few cookies. I may be a Christmas Crazy but most of the Santas and the big tree aren't going up until Thanksgiving. I know I start really early but it's our favorite time of year so why not enjoy, for a good length of time, all the hard work it takes to put it up? Been listening to Christmas music for at least 2 months now! hee hee
Getting back to Kristen Noel...that cute girl on the roof...her birthday is on Christmas day! Maybe that's why she loves to get the holiday rollin! Can't believe my "baby" will be 15!!