Nov 30, 2008

And the winner is...

Ardene........yeah, Congratulations!!!

My granddaughter, Kelly picked the name out of the basket and it was Ardene. I will be sending you an email to ask for your mailing address.

I would like to thank all the people that entered my first giveaway. I couldn't believe the great response that it got. This was so much fun that I'm sure I will have another one. After the holidays though. Things are getting rather busy now, with the shopping and decorating and planning for the Christmas Eve dinner.
We are finally getting some snow tonight that is sticking to the ground. If it keeps it up all night, it will probably mean school delays. But it also looks so pretty when the trees are covered in white.

Again, I would like to thank everyone for entering and check back again please!

Nov 26, 2008

Turkey Day Tomorrow !!

I love Thanksgiving Day!

All of my family gathers at my Mom's house for a big Thanksgiving meal. My youngest daughter decided to take her family to Tennesse to visit with my oldest daughter & her family. Hopefully, by next year they will have moved up closer to home and can go to the family dinners again. But my other daughter & my son will have their families there. I have two sisters and a brother that will have most of their families there too! It's getting harder to get the whole bunch of us together at one time.

This time of year is a happy time of year. But it is also sad for me. My father passed away Dec. 22, 2007. It was just 3 days after my birthday & 3 days before Christmas. I miss my Dad very much! We were best buddies. He raced a racecar at the local racetracks and I would work in the concession stands. I would come home from school and help him work on the car most every day. It used to drive my Mom crazy when she would go out in the garage and find her little girl laying underneath the "piece of junk car"(my Mom's loving name for it) with oil dripping in my hair. I remember Dad teaching me to drive a stick shift when I was 14, so he could push me around the block & we would pop the clutch to get the race car going. And when I went to Drivers Education class...the teacher got quite a shock when he heard that I had already been driving ON A RACE TRACK !! Yes those are very fond memories.
So this Thanksgiving, I am especially thankful for the wonderful times that I got to spend with my Daddy!

Nov 17, 2008

Christmas Giveaway !

Here it is !!
My free Christmas giveaway.
I've put together a group of a couple of my shabby cottage Snowman items to give to one lucky person. Winning this Christmas giveaway will be so easy. Anyone can enter, even non bloggers.
If you leave a comment in this area, that is good for one entry to win. Want to add more chances? Take the picture and link in my sidebar, copy and place it in your sidebar, that's good for another entry. Or for one more entry, post about it in your blog. That's three entries that are possible.
I do appreciate any positive comment that is left. Make sure you leave the link to your blog in your comment so I can read it and tally up your entries. Or leave your email address ( put in your comment that you left your email address at my email if you don't want it posted in the comments, put "giveaway" in subject line ). I would hate to not be able to get in touch with the winner!!
I will be excepting entries from now until Nov. 29 at midnight(US EST).The winner will be selected on November 30th.

That seemed like a lot of writing now you would probably like to see what the prize is?

I made three snowballs, pink, aqua and purple. I placed them in an old bowl that is pink spattered with aqua leaves. It is sitting on a 13" x 13" candlemat that is reversible. One side has snowmen the other is a pink flannel print. Then I have a snowlady that is made out of a sock and is filled with potpourri. She has a gingerbread scent.

Wouldn't this look cute sitting on your table? Just enter here.
Good luck everyone! Spread the word. Happy Holidays!

Nov 14, 2008

Anyone interested in a giveaway?

I'm going to have a giveaway!
This weekend I will be gathering up a vignette of Shabby Cottage Christmas items that I have made. I will post on Monday what they are and all the details. I will be excepting entries from Mon. the 17th until Nov. 29th at midnight.
Please check back and join in on the fun!!

Nov 11, 2008

The economy is having an effect

I do believe the economy is having an effect on how much people are willing to spend on decorations and gifts this year. But I do not fault anyone for that, because I too have been careful with what I've been spending. Christmas for us is going to be very basic. I've found myself getting practical things for my families gifts instead of things that are just cute. And no more NEW decorations...I have plenty from the years before.
This "pinching of pennies" was very evident at my first bazaar. There was not nearly as many shoppers as before. The baby rag quilts were my most looked at items. I sold the "COLTS" quilt, got a custom order for one & a lady is going to call me after she finds out what her daughter is going to have. I did sell a few of the other items, but mostly it was just "Oh how cute! or Isn't that pretty". There were other crafters that weren't having any sells at all. So I'm pleased with what sells I got. Who knows... maybe some of the people that took one of my cards will call me when things are looking better. I know this faltering economy won't last long.
Two more bazaars to go!! I'm confident that they will do well. Sales are usually better the closer it gets to Christmas. I know that I don't really get into the Christmas Spirit until after Thanksgiving. Heck, I'm one of those people you see shopping on Xmas Eve. LOL
This is a couple of the baby quilts from the bazaar.(that are still for sale BTW)

Nov 6, 2008

Almost ready for the first bazaar

We are having super nice weather( in the 60's & 70's) for this time of year. But its supposed to start changing tonight. Figures!! I'm having my first craft bazaar this Sunday and I'll probably have to carry everything in while its raining & snowing. Oh well, they say that's just part of living in Indiana.

First bazaar on Sunday! I've been working on things pretty steadily this past week. I think I should have a nice display. I've rented 2 tables for this first one. I have two more bazaars but I only have 1 table for each of those. I need to print out some business cards tonight, then get things packed up & ready to go. I hope sales will be good! Wish me luck.

I made a couple of these pincushion boxes. They turned out better than I thought.