Friday Finds

Cmas Teapot for Friday Finds

Just what I needed (NOT), but I couldn’t resist this cute Christmas/Winter teapot when I saw it at the Thrift store. With the red and white stripes it reminded me of a peppermint cookie or a delicious tea to be brewed.

My next find is one that I found during the Summer. It’s just a small step stool, but I’d seen larger ones used at a friends house for plants, etc. so when I saw this little one at the Thrift for only a few dollars, I decided I needed it. It had paint on it, but my favorite Fast Orange hand cleaner and a little Barkeeper’s Friend took care of those, and then using Lemon oil, it isn’t too bad. So, first use was for these cute doll sitters that I’d found last year at Christmas, and the cute scarf was a find same time I found the teapot.


Sharing over at Kim’s Friday Finds so stop on over there to see what others have found. :)





What fun a mother has at Christmas time. When it’s time each year to set up and trim the Christmas tree, it is like receiving a multitude of presents. With each box that is opened revealing the ornaments and trimmings for the tree, there are gifts inside. The gifts of Christmas past. This year, I just wasn’t in the mood for Christmas at all. As empty nesters for quite a bit now, the memories flood in of all the Christmas times we’ve had when the kids were still at home. Some memories are of tiny tots, school age, and even as teenagers verging upon adulthood. This year, it was just me trimming a tree. (hubby is inspiration as he sits and, but that’s okay by me). No more do we have little hands hanging ornaments wifty/wafty here and there; mostly hanging from the bottom branches. I finally did venture up to the attic to bring all the trimmings down. I’d decided I would spread them out, take inventory, and decide what to pitch to the thrift store. I ended up pretty much not being able to part with anything. I’d forgotten the Santa ornament that was on the first present that was given to our firstborn by his aunt 48 years ago. 20141209_214633

I’d forgotten the handmade crafts that I’d made when the kids were small as I filled the early days with things to keep busy while some napped or just played on the floor.

Large one is candy dish snowman

Large one is candy dish snowman

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I’d forgotten the Santa made from Reader’s Digest in school by little hands.

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I’d forgotten the ornaments that house pictures of my little ones including now the grandchildren ones given as gift ornaments. I’d forgotten that each had their own unusual crocheted stocking (a MaryJane crocheted shoe for the girl and tennis shoes for the boys) that have been handed down to them as they celebrate their own Christmas.

2014-12-06 20.13.12 You can tell this is first one I made, got carried away and made it too large.

I’d forgotten the three bears that I crocheted as a gift to my young son when there was little money for gifts, and the heartbreak of realizing he thought it was a coveted gift he wanted when he saw the large wrapped box, but the heartwarming way that he hugged them and said he loved them when in essence he didn’t. jerbear2 He is 43 now and each Christmas we laugh about the three bears, but still have them. :)

So, with each box that I opened the memories were and always are the best gifts for me as a mom of the Christmas season as well as the true gift of Jesus’ birth.

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These Angels were easy and fun to make. Just gauze pretty much soaked with glue and formed over a styrofoam cone. I used kk_Sophia on the background of the Angel collage to share with Texture Tuesday:


Razzy Cmas 2014 Merry Christmas from Razzy to all your Fur-babies too.

Buffet Is Open

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A grandpa project with the grandson. They recycled a pretzel container into a birdfeeder. It may not be the prettiest bird feeder in the world but the grandson nor did the birds mind. Within a week it is flooded with all kinds of birds not necessarily of a feather.

Love this little guy because he looks like he’s beckoning to his friends to come and eat.

Sharing over at Texture Tuesday.

As we head into the season of Jesus’ Birth, hope you enjoy some Christmas songs to help with the Season’s Bright mood.

First Snow

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We had our first snow this week in Ohio. Not near as much as other states, but it was so pretty to wake up to find the world had been painted white by The Master. It was a snow day for the grandbabykins also so we got to have him for the day while his mama worked. He helped shovel and play in the snow and of course throw some snowballs.

I combined two photos to get this one since I liked this photo of the tree line a bit down the road behind a house. Original photos are below.

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On the picture below I ran the Snowy Dreams action from The Coffee Shop Blog.

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Thanks for visiting. We’re never to old to play in the snow or at least watch the kiddos play in the snow. ~smiles~


Let me know you stopped by if only by saying Hi.

Cuteness for Christmas ~ Yep

These are adorable and so easy to make…I know, Thanksgiving first, but Christmas is on the way and we all know how we love to sew. I made these a few years ago, and thought not too soon to share them again.

I got the pattern for these from Crap I’ve Made’s blog site. She has lots of really cute crafts there. Anyway, these were so easy to make that I actually couldn’t stop and made about a dozen. On some, I added the name in glitter of my grandbabykins to hang on my Christmas tree this year. The fun was that I could use up some of my scrap materials to make since I didn’t think that they actually had to be Christmas theme. The six year old grandbabykins liked the idea so much, and his that I made, he wanted to take one home for his tree at home plus he decorated his own with glitter. Bonus…kids would have fun decorating them with glitter or adding their special touches after you make some.

If you like to sew and do crafts, visit ‘Crap I’ve Made’s page for the tutorial and pattern for these, and have fun!!!  You’ll love browsing her site for other crafts to make.

Thanks for visiting, and leave a comment or just say hi so I know you were here. If you make some, I’d love your sharing a photo of yours in the comments section.

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Stockings on the cute!!

Stockings on the tree…so cute!!


Couldn’t leave without saying I hope all have a Blessed Thanksgiving

Destiny Maker

Destiny Maker by Melissa Dugger
Published by WestBow Press
My rating: starstarstar
 The beginning Prologue is intriguing enough to pique the interest as to where the story is going. There are twists and turns along the way. There are points in the story where the author draws your imagination into the beautiful descriptions of the world Katie has entered as well as the ones that make you know you’d never want to go to that world of darkness. This is Book One of The Lost Souls Trilogy. I found the author’s style to be a bit like Author, Kristie Cook’s characters as far as the fantasy illustrations go for the world she takes you into on her quest to find her dad.
Katie is just a young girl in her senior year of high school. She is looking forward to her dad returning home from a year long job assignment in time for her graduation when news arrives that her dad has gone missing. He’s missing miles away from home in another country, and Katie is drawn to the fact that if she waits for others to go find him, it will be too late. She sets out on her own, and isn’t prepared for the destiny that will be asked of her.
I think I have an idea as to where the story will wind up, but so far this first book leaves you wondering and anxious to know more like :
  • How will her Destiny be fulfilled?
  • Will she perish?
  • Will she have the courage to defeat Semonic or will Katie fall to his darkness?
  • Will she let her heart take over and choose between the two men that are sworn to protect her?

There were points in the book where I had to retract to find what character’s story line I was following, but I do feel that the story flows well enough and keeps the interest. The only reason that I can’t give more stars is there were some editing errors after about half way through the book that did cause stumbling, but could be overlooked. Even with those errors though that may or may not been the fault of the author, I would recommend the book is worth the read because of the author’s style of writing that flows, and her story line. Since this is her debut novel, she can only get better.

Book One of the Trilogy is written well enough to ensure the reader will want to know the outcome of the story line.

(Excerpt below is taken from the book description found on the Book Look Bloggers website) Continue reading


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Little Miss Faith from a photo shoot when she visited grammy. She was dressed and ready for Church in the cutest white outfit.

I applied Kim’s kk_Tuesday, brushed Faith back into the foreground and then ran Gallery Wrap.

Sharing with all the other wonderful photos you’ll find at Texture Tuesday.

Hope you like….:)