Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas in Florida is not complete without….

a Golf Cart Parade!


Santa arrived ‘in style’!!!


And all of the golf carts were beautifully decorated!


Post Subtitle : Was I photoshopped into this photo?


(answer at the end of the post)

We went to the annual Golf Cart Parade near our home. (we could WALK to it)


What a great turnout!


Yummy refreshments…


and Santa danced with the ladies.

It was GREAT fun!

I’m joining Beautiful Sunday

Amaze me Monday and

Lavender Cottage for Mosaic Monday.


And as always…

I sat on Santa’s lap again this year!


(no photoshopping needed in any photo!)

Merry Christmas

from Florida! Island with a palm tree

Friday, December 19, 2014

I ‘Danced’ with Shirley Temple!

When I opened my pressie from my best friend Pat,


I danced with Shirley Temple!


Pat makes the neatest ‘paper’ dolls. They are actually made out of wood so I took a couple of photos this time to share.


You can see the little peg in front that helps the clothes attach to her.


Then I got my book out that Linda sent and helped Shirley into her snowsuit so that she could play in the snow.


We played in the snow!


And then we danced some more!


Have a fun filled day everyone!


Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Tiny Barn for Fences

This barn is very near our home in NC and even though I’ve shared the photos before, I couldn’t resist bringing them out for Good Fences.

Paint4fletcher park-cmas barn 004[4]

I played with the photos and added the snow effects.

Snowfletcher park-cmas barn 007[4]

But for those of you in the mountains of NC, I’m wishing you a White Christmas.

I’m joining Tex for the

Good Fences party.

Focalfletcher park-cmas barn 007[4]

(one more with a focal effect)

Do you think you’ll have a white Christmas this year?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Gingies ROCK! “Wednesday Wee Ones”

I’ve had so much fun playing with my Gingies this Christmas. (they are from the Etsy store HERE)


I found some felt gingerbread men that I made a few years ago for them to hold.


And then just let my theme be

“Dolls, Bears and Gingies” this year!

And I’ve had such fun!


These were some things that didn’t have a ‘shelf’ or special place so they were in this tray on the kitchen table. Hubby walked by and said it looked like a vignette…he really said that! I told him he’s been reading too many blogs! heehee!


Lulu, her snow pop, some Scottie dogs and other handmade ornies.

I’m joining Ivy and Elephants HERE!

I’m trying not to have ‘too much’ out this year so that I can enjoy my home more.


Oh, and I have a photography tip for bloggers.

Did you notice there is NO glare on my glass table in this photo? Don’t dust before you take photos…hehehehehe! And look at all the time it saves! lol

Have a fun week!

And take time to PLAY!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I know what it needs…

But who has time? heehee!

I found this amazing piece of real coral at the thrift store a couple of weeks ago and found a special spot for it on this shelf.


I had stopped by in the afternoon to take a donation and ran inside to see what was left! Most people get there first thing in the morning and the ‘good deals’ are usually snatched up right away. But they are putting things out all during the day so maybe they had just put this out.


It was SO exciting to find it and I know just what it needs…some fresh greenery on each side.


But since I don’t have any right this minute, I’ll scatter some snowflakes around and call it a wrap!

I’m joining the Vintage Inspiration Link party HERE,

Vintage Bliss Tuesdays HERE

and Tweak it Tuesday!

I’ll probably change it up later.

Do you do that too?

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Box Filled with JOY!

I won a giveaway from Linda at A La Carte.


I know…I am very blessed at winning giveaways.

And when you win something from a special blog buddy and an ‘apron sister’, you know it’s going to be all of your favorite things!


And it WAS!

I told her the old reader would have been enough to make me happy.


But you know I’ll enjoy each and every pressie!


I hope you have something special to open during the holiday season!


Thanks Linda for your friendship and gifts!

Wishing everyone the happiest day!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Holiday Fun in the Lanai!

We spend most of our time in the lanai.

(some people call it a Florida room)


We have comfy furniture and there are windows on 3 sides of the room so we get a lot of natural light. It’s a ‘feel good’ room and I surround myself with my favorite things.


And I love to decorate the baker’s rack for the holidays.


I’m sure many of you will see things you’ve made on the shelves. (I made the rag garland this year)


I won’t try to mention everyone but please mention it in your comment if you see something you’ve made among my decorations.


Some things I’ve made, others I’ve bought on Etsy or won in a giveaway. Some are gifts from friends.


All of the pretty things I’ve collected over the years.


Sit on the sofa and we’ll have a cup of coffee, or tea if you prefer! And we’ll talk about holiday fun!

I’m joining Beautiful Sunday

Amaze me Monday and

Lavender Cottage for Mosaic Monday.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Photo Challenge…Santa comes to Florida

Not everyone gets to see Santa come up the Rainbow River in a boat


and I don’t want you to miss anything.


I’m taking part in Donna’s photo challenge.

I hope you’ll join us, too!

(‘fake snow’ added for effects!)


*Merry Christmas*

from Florida

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Art of Lori Preusch

Are you familiar with this art?


If you’ve never seen it before, you are in for a treat.


Open your mind and use your imagination when you view this amazing art.

It can take you to magical places.


I bought some cards from their online store HERE and they have an Etsy shop HERE.

Spend some time in the gallery HERE and tell me what you think. Which one do you like best?


They have journals featuring her art work, too. (in case someone needs a last minute gift for someone special!)

Have a happy weekend!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Florida Horse Country

We see so many beautiful horses and horse farms in this part of North Central Florida.


This farm is Heaven Can Wait.

The entrance is beautiful


and don’t you love the details on the gate?


And look at the horses on this fence!


I’m joining Tex for the

Good Fences party.