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Monday, December 4, 2017

A Little Bit More Christmas

Hi Friends!

I've been doing a little bit more decorating.
My sweet girl friend Shirley gave me a subscription
to The Country Sampler Magazine for my birthday
back in September.
It inspired me to paint my old sled.

And hang my polka dot skates 
on it.

We also went to a smaller tree this year.
It's about one fourth the diameter around than 
the old one.
I love how it takes up less space and I don't have to 
move a living room chair to the bedroom
during the Christmas season.

We have a lot of relatives coming
to visit, so Steve put two pork butts
in the smoker.
After pulling this pork, 
I can put it in freezer bags and then
bring them out for pulled pork sandwiches
for an easy meal. 

I've also been working on painting two new signs. 

And organizing my rubber stamps.

I haven't used them for so long
and all my old ink pads dried up.

So I purchased some mini pads on Amazon.
I was wanting to make my own 
Christmas cards this year, 
but with so much company expected,
it will have to wait until next year.

That's okay . . . I would trade
crafting time for family time 
any day of the week :) 

Thanks for visiting:)
Keep Smiling!
Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Staying Busy In The Kitchen & An Amazing Handmade Gift

It's a cold and cloudy day
so cleaning and baking sounded
like a good idea.

 While cleaning the kitchen
I decided to Christmas it up a little:)

That led to  . . .

cleaning the pantry . . .

and that led to baking a pie:)
Because of the limited use of my right hand
I cannot peel apples anymore,
but I have found that pie is good
even when the peels are left on:) 

Before going into the oven.

This is my first apple pie using Stevia.

Well, I would say that it looks 
good enough to eat . . .
how about you?

 Now for my amazing gift.

These leather beaver fur & beaded gloves
were handmade by my Alaskan granddaughter.
They are incredibly warm and almost
too pretty to wear:)

Look at the bead work.
She did that all by hand as well as
the fur and leather work.

I am going to have to attach a ribbon
that runs through my coat sleeves, 
like we did when we were children.
I would absolutely cry if I lost one,
and I am bad about loosing gloves.

"Gloves & Keys"

I am in awe of her creative talent,
these are so warm and cozy
and way beyond any handmade gift that 
I have ever received in my life.


Well, that's my post . . .

I truly appreciate all the lovely
friends that I have made
since starting my blog;
 thanks for visiting 
 please leave a comment.

Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)


Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Winner Is: Plus A New Project

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday
with our daughter, granddaughters and
even great-granddaughters.
We are truly blessed.
This morning I drew a name 
from all the names that entered my
and the winner is:
Mountain Top Spice 
Marilyn lives in Northern Idaho
and her blog is filled with amazing
photos of the landscape around her area
as well as recipes and gardening.
I wish that I would have been able to make 
a pillow to send to everyone that entered.

 While you are here . . .

 I want to show
you my latest project. 

I was going through some things out
in the well house, when I found this
little dress that was mine when I was a baby.

So I decided to wash and starch it
and make a hanger for it.
The hanger is cut from a piece of scrap plywood. 

I cut it, sanded it and painted it.

So now I have this little dress hanging
in a bedroom:)

I just want to say Thank You 
to all of my sweet and loyal followers.
Blogging was been a very sweet experience.

Every one of you has inspired me
in one way or another,
and I am grateful for your 
Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)