Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Gingerbread men arrive in the lanai!

We’re seen elves and bunnies and

NOW we have Gingerbread men in the lanai!


Anne was sweet enough to hold some of the Gingerbread people that I made years ago!


I would like to say I made them when I was a child...


but it wasn’t quite that long ago! heehee!


I’m joining Cozy Home Scenes for the party!


Do you have any Gingerbread men at your house?

Link up! Share your photos!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Christmas Bunny, Roses and a Giveaway!

My elves want to know how a pink bunny

got mixed into the holiday decorations!


I hope they’re not looking down their noses at her!


She is really so pretty


but that’s only ONE of the reasons I bought her!


Nothing like buying ‘off season’!

And here’s my beautiful Flora Doora that I won

in the giveaway Linda from Coastal Charm had

and made by Jane from Flora Doora.


We have roses blooming in the flower bed here in Florida!

Aren’t they beautiful in the lanai?


I’m joining Coastal Charm for

Nifty Thrift Tuesday!!!

And Diane at Second Time Around!!


So should the bunny stay out for the holidays?


Don’t forget to stop by and enter

the SUNSHINE BLISS giveaway on my blog!!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

A Sunny Giveaway from Sunshine Bliss Studios!

How about a little Florida sunshine to brighten up the holidays?

Shanti from Sunshine Bliss Studios would like

to give one of my readers $25 to spend in her Etsy shop!


I was just looking at her store and marking a few things in my favorites and noticed she has FREE shipping on many items, too!


These are just a few of the things you could buy!


Etsy is such a great place to shop for gifts...


or to treat yourself during this busy season!

Here are the rules to WIN...

do as many as you want and

leave a comment for each one that you do!

1. Follow Lavender Dreams

2. Follow Sunshine Bliss

3. Go to Sunshine Bliss Studio and add it to your favorites.

4. Visit the Etsy store HERE and tell me how you would spend your $25!

Do all or some and HAVE FUN!

I’m linking with Homemaker on a Dime!

She has so many great giveaways this week!

I’ll announce the winner on December 6th!!!

Thanks Shanti for the Etsy FUN!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

“Elf on a Shelf” in a Mosaic...or two!

What’s everyone waiting on?


Did I miss anything?


Is that it? That doesn’t LOOK like it!!!


We all sat around to watch “Elf on a Shelf” !


What a fun way to start the holiday season!


I’ve been collecting little pixies for years.

And this year I got these two big guys from my friends,

Sandy at the Olde Country Cupboard and Maxie at Prims and Annies.


Aren’t they sweet?

I’m joining Mary at the dear little red house

for Mosaic Monday!

And come back tomorrow for a BIG GIVEAWAY!

(a hint...ETSY money! YIPPEE!)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Good morning...let’s get started!

I know everyone has gotten up this morning with Christmas on their minds! Are some of you out there shopping?

I’ll probably look at a few stores online but I don’t like shopping in crowds so I’ll avoid the stores this weekend!

I do have a crafting tip to pass along!


I walked through Walmart looking for things on my

shopping list and saw this fleece blanket!


I have bought these before to use as lining in crafts

but this one is the perfect color to make stockings

and all kinds of Christmas crafts! It will work up just like felt!

It was $10 and that’s a LOT of fabric for that price!

And best of all.....Made in America!


I hope everyone shops Made in America, small businesses and Etsy this year! And we can use what we have! Time to get the ladder down and see what treasures are hiding in the attic!


This was a thrift store find! I hand washed them in lavender scented soap and they are so sweet! I wish the little dress opened at the top so that I could dress one of my dolls in it, but I think it’s meant to be an ornament!

Enjoy your day!


What are you excited about today?

Is it time to start decorating?

It’s in the 70s here in Florida....very nice! Come on down!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my friends and family!


Give thanks for unknown

blessings already on their way.

~Native American Saying

Sunday, November 20, 2011

What nots and rinky dinks!

Most of you know that I have four sons. Well over the years my cute little treasures have been called all kinds of funny names! Most of the time, while they were growing up, I didn’t have many girly things! But the little what knots I had were always a source for jokes!


Now I have LOTS of cute little things!


These shelves are above my crafting desk!

Most everything came from thrift stores or friends!

Those of you who love Elizabeth’s creations at Creative Breathing will recognize this precious peg doll! She is SO creative and her dolls are special!


And the art above my desk is by Catherine Holman.


She is one of my absolute favorite Folk artists!

 You can visit her blog HERE and her Etsy store HERE!


(Art by Catherine Holman)

I am joining Mary at the dear little red house

for Mosaic Monday!

Did you see the book review that I did yesterday?

Go HERE to read it!

I’m thankful for all of my blog buddies!

Enjoy the holiday week ahead!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Night Sky by Maria Sutton

When the author of this beautiful memoir contacted me and asked me if I would like to read her book and give a review, I was honored. But then I had a few reservations when I began reading. The subtitle is “A Journey From Dachau to Denver and Back” and I wasn’t sure I was ready to make that journey. Over the years I’ve read quite a few books about this time period and it is not always pleasant.


But once I started the book, I could not put it down. I won’t tell you the details because I hope you will buy this book, read it and be open to the surprise ending.

She searches for a father she’s never met. For years she searches, and as you read, you find yourself hoping for a happy reunion.

Of course when she sets out to solve the mystery of her father’s whereabouts and his life, more mysteries present themselves. My favorite part of the whole book was a mystery that she solved along the way, not involving her father at all.

She brought in the history of this time frame and I think the book was well documented. She traveled around the world and I enjoyed hearing about Poland, Germany and the Ukraine, and seeing the wonderful photos she included in the book. Of course my favorite photo is the one of her Grandmother, Maria Czeczerski taken in Krasne, Ukraine in 1915. It’s featured on the cover of the book. My other favorite photo was on page 193 but I won’t reveal what it is, only that it is a photo from a newspaper article.

I cried reading this book. I even stopped reading when I reached chapter 12. I waited 2 days to read this chapter. It was the ‘rejoicing’ chapter, I think. I sat down one morning to read this chapter and finished the book. When I read the last page, I cried again.


Thank you, Maria for allowing me the privilege of following you on this journey. You made some important discoveries along the way and many friends and family that you can enjoy for the rest of your life. It’s an important book and very well written. I felt like you were in the room with me, telling me the story.  I enjoyed your book and I know my blog readers will, too.

This book is available from HERE.

You’ll be glad you did!

(I just checked and there are only 16 copies left in stock on Amazon!)

Thank you so much Maria!

Friday, November 18, 2011

~Wishing you a Fairy Tale Day~

Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen


...the flower opened and the woman was surprised to find a tiny maiden sitting inside. She was only a thumb’s length in height and so the woman called her Thumbelina.


Thumbelina was very happy to be saved by the goldfish.


They gave Thumbelina a pair of lovely crystal wings to wear.

There was dancing and rejoicing

and they all lived happily ever after.


All quotes from the book.

Let your imagination take you to places far away and join us

for Lil’ Vintage Story books today...HERE at Corey’s place!


Do you have a favorite fairy tale?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Step Back in Time....

To days gone by!


We went to the Ocali Country days at

the Silver River State Park and had the best time!

There were cowgirls, Indians and town people....




a wonderful day for exhibits and demonstrations!


I had fun...


hubby had fun!


But I don’t think I would have made a very good pioneer.


Do you wish you had lived back in the olden days?


Be honest! heehee!