Friday, December 28, 2007

After Christmas Sales

Hello, hope everyone had a nice christmas with lots of presents, food, family and friends.  I have the smallest house in the family (and I mean small), and for some reason christmas dinner and gift exchange is always at my house.  Its always a challenge wondering where people are going to sit.  Luckily this year the weather was mild so we shooed all the kids outside to the poolhouse to eat, plus we didnt have to worry about them spilling anything out there.  You may think I am a scrooge, but I like to get money for christmas so I can go shopping at the after-christmas sales.  I do get a few gifts to open under my tree from my kids and girlfriends, but I LOVE the sales at Yankee Candle, Bath & Body Works and Target after christmas.  This year I added a new one to my list....Macy's.  They had their ornaments 50-75% off the day after.  I didnt make it to the stores the day after, but I did make it the 2nd day after and they still had lots left.  Some of the ornaments were only $1.50, so I bought extras for goodie bags and teachers next year.  Plus every year I buy myself a new Raggedy Ann ornament, luckily they still had some left at 50% off, so it was only $10.


And here are just a few of my goodies from Yankee Candle and Bath & Body Works (I wont even tell you how much I spent in those 2 stores).  I also got some good candies from Hickory Farms but I dont think you want to see pictures of sausages and candies.  I LOVE the peppermint cranberry candle from Yankee Candles.  Did anyone else go to the sales!!



Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Thrift Store finds

I just had to show you this Santa I got at the thrift store the other day for $1.41, is he not the neatest thing!!  I have a growing collection of vintage santas and when I saw him I couldnt believe that someone would give him away.  I am really not sure what it is though, it is plastic and the hat is plastic as well, it looks like it may be an old mask, because it will fit over your head, although I did not do that since I dont want to mess it up.  Anybody have any ideas?  So, he is hanging on my hutch, luckily my kids have not wanted to try it on, I guess they realize they shouldnt even ask...LOL.

Here are 2 more christmas crafty things I got at the thrift store.  They are dated on the bottom 1976.  Someone used a set of glasses and put a vintage snowmen in one and a vintage pincone elf in the other with glitter all around them, the bottom is a piece of styrofoam with rickrack around the glass.  It looks like they had candles in the top because there is some green clay and candle wax, but I am going to clean all that out.

Well, time to get the kids up for school, its PARTY Day for them.  Yesterday my first graders glass decorated gingerbread houses.  I think they ate more of the candy than they actually put on the house, but they had a good time with it.  TTFN


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I did it!!!

I did it!!  Apparently I have to download my pictures to Flickr first because for some reason AOL is unable to upload the pictures.  Anyway, those are some pictures of the type of ornaments that I make and the bags are something I was just trying out.  They sold really well at the last craft fair I did so I will definitely work on more for next year.  I did a few in Raggedy Ann and they were the first ones to go along with the Angel (Raggedy Ann is not pictured).  I am excited to get started on my Easter ornaments next, but right now the kids are having their parties at school so that is keeping me running.  Plus, I still have a lot of shopping to do and came down with a head cold this awful is that.  Well, early day tomorrow and since I FINALLY figured this out I will hopefully post some pictures of some of my christmas decorations!!

Just a test

Okay, this is just a test to see if I can get some photos to upload...if they do, then I will add to the blog.  I have been trying to get photos to add for about 2 months now on and off and this time I am goes the test!!!