Friday, November 27, 2015

ho ho ho ho ho?

Dearest son gave me these canisters for B-day.
no flour but flowers 

Star theme is repeated on porch,
and burlap shows up everywhere all year long.

Stars on porch

There are lights in the garland.
Painted burlap banners I create and sell.

These stars and hearts are also on the tree in this room, and the adjacent porch.

ho x 5

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Helen Philpot Thanksgiving letter to the family

I could not say it any better or 
disagree with one word.
(Though I do still have my own gallbladder)
I especially love # 2 #5 #7 #9

Dear Family,
This will be my first Thanksgiving without my gallbladder.  And I just learned that we have one more special needs eater in the family. I'll tell you what, this year I will meet you all halfway.  I'll make the same meal I make every year and those of you with vegitarian, vegan and gluten issues can stop eating halfway through the meal.  Problem solved.
The other rules around the house will be a little lax this year as well.  What can I say? I'm feeling generous.
1. I have new floors. If it's raining outside, leave your shoes outside.  If it's not raining, leave your shoes outside. Molly, those spikes you call heels better not come near my floors.  Leave them at home because if you leave them outside the kids might use them for lawn darts.
2. If you have children, then you are called a parent which means you should be parenting.  Just because you don't care what your house looks like, doesn't mean I don't care about mine.  Keep an eye on your kids so I don't have to keep an eye on my things.
3. Despite modern advances in the food industry, turkeys are only so big.  We are a large family and because of modern advances in the food industry our asses are big as well. So this leaves us with the need to achieve a delicate balance between how much we CAN eat vs. how much we WILL eat to make sure there is enough for everyone.  Please monitor your children (see rule 2) and make sure they take only what they will eat.  And if you don't get enough, don't worry.  There's always pie.
4. I absolutely cook with bacon and bacon grease.  I use lots of butter, cream salt and even a little sugar.  Thanks to the advances in modern medicine, you can bring your medical prescriptions with you  and leave your dietary restrictions at home. 
5. Upon arriving at my house look for the basket on the entry table. Deposit all cell phones in that basket.  Upon departure, you can take the damn thing with you, but in the meantime maybe you can try having an actual relationship with your loved ones.  
6. You needn't bring anything, but if you insist on bringing a dish, then go ahead and bring it.  If it's good, we'll make room on the buffet.  If it's jello salad, we'll make room in the trash.
7. Speaking of trash, mine gets picked up on Wednesdays by a truck .  Your children's gets picked by you today. (see rule 2)
8.  Unlike the Trump's table, everyone is welcome at mine.  Just let me know in advance if you are bringing guests so I can make sure we have enough food to go around. 
9. The best photographs are the ones I am not in.  Point your camera in a different direction.  If you want photos of me, I have plenty to share that were taken in the 1950's.  Back then the camera was kinder to me.
10. If you want to talk politics come sit next to me.  There's a good chance I'll either convince you to change your politics or change your desire to talk about politics.  And if neither happens, I can always turn off my hearing aids.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  I am thankful to still be here.  I mean it really.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Oldgreymare more ho-ho-ho

Top of pie cupboard 
in DR

Brown tree in LR

Stocking gift from Bloggie friend Rebecca, I love it.
Next to MY chair

MY chair space in den

Next to my chair on other side
Stocking garland I made a few years back.
Had all these bakelite/celluloid buckles....

Angel gift from bloggie friend Carole.
Darling daughter has promised for three years to
write titles on books
because my handwriting is so awful.. 
still waiting...

Added frosty brown ferns and twigs to fall display so
I would not have to remove just yet.

Memory bowl turned festive
on coffee table in family room.
Mulled cider candles.
Loose ornaments are balls
pulled off of PB 2014 sprays bought 70% off.
Cut down sprays are also in florals
 and tucked into  tree.
I never seem to leave sprays as is.
I only see them as "parts". 


Monday, November 23, 2015

Oldgreymare Christmas

Christmas is creeping into old grey mare

Lots of greens and browns

Touches of red in Family Room
as I pulled out my House of Hatten 12 Days 
of Christmas collection this year.

Made lots of florals for bedrooms and kitchen area

This large dining table bowl changes with the seasons.
Frosty right now

Took ornaments over to Piper Zane
 today including some of these.

Taking it slow and easy
Lots of pine cones and greenery

Happy Thanksgiving everyone 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

With Hard Work

With hard work,

via twisted sifter

I feel bad for the woodpeckers
I hope they left the acorns out for them.

I've slowly begun my 
holiday decor this year.
Kids won't be in until late, 
or perhaps even after
(oh no!)
due to H & B working on
several east coast films. 

I figured I would try to get the 
holiday spirit going anyway. 
I'm having some gals over in
a few weeks for festive times,
and maybe squeeze in one more class?

Made some ornaments etc for boutique-
taking those over this week, and I 
have a new, sweet client I'm excited
to work with, and of course
with all the winds,
yard work awaits.

Keeping busy, being happy,
squirreling nuts away
in my wee world.

HaPpY tHaNkSgIvInG !


Saturday, November 14, 2015

All we are saying

Wednesday, November 11, 2015