Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Little Magic In The Country Display

Have you ever wanted to add a touch of 
the unexpected or what I like to call 
"Disney Magic" to your country decor?
You might want to try these...
They're vanilla scented led candles 
in a mason jar.
They have a built in four hour timer
where they'll stay lit for 4 hours, 
then turn off, and come back on 
at the same time the next evening.
Sam and I bought a couple of them at Kohl's
and I placed them on top of the kitchen cabinets
among the country decor.
When they light up in the evening 
and flicker like a real candle, 
it totally reminds me of a Disney dark ride.
They bring a little unexpected warmth 
and magic to the vignette. 
Thanks for stopping by and 
happy hunting!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

My 45th Birthday Cake

This year Sam surprised me with a 
"The Croods" birthday cake!
Complete with buttercream frosting rocks!
mmmmm, buttercream.
I thought "The Croods" was a 
wonderful animated film
about a caveman family learning that 
they must leave the safety 
of their cave and adapt to a
 new way of thinking
to survive in a changing world.
The cake had a few vacuum formed
 plastic pieces like the title,
 and "Guy" the hermit with his pet 
"Belt" the sloth around his waist.
to help with the look. 
Plus a 3D toy Macawnivore. 
The big cat with parrot like coloring that 
stalks the family though the countryside 
on their quest to find a safe home.
 My 45th cake was a treat for the eyes 
and taste buds! 

Monday, December 22, 2014

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

 Sam and I found some beautiful 
mercury glass inter illuminated 
trees at Sam's Club this season!

get them here
A remote controlled pack of four for $39.98.
Sure beats Pottery Barn's prices hands down! 
I incorporated them into our four year old 
Christmas tablescape.
They helped update the look a bit 
but last year I found a little something more.
Some Martha Stewart Collection
"Holiday Vintage Paper" 
ceramic appetizer plates.
Available at Macy's for $26.97
styled to look like vintage Christmas 
cards, I love the festive 
imagery and colors!
Just yesterday Sam and I went to 
Walmart and found the Better Homes 
and Gardens Christmas salad plates
 as talked about by Susan from 
I love how they brighten the table
and add even more country charm.
The white of the plates compliment the 
reindeer cookie jar better than I hoped for.
Even Cher agrees!
I'm pleased with this year's 
new adornments to the 
Christmas tablescape.
Thanks for stopping by
and Merry Christmas to all!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

You Can Take The Snowman Out of The Desert...

But you can't take the desert out out the snowman.
Don't think that this Christmas hutch just 
sits there with lawlessness running amuck.

No siree, we've got our very own sheriff.
A snowman who happily keeps the peace 
with a level headed "Mayberry" approach 
to law enforcement.  
We call him Doc "Holiday"!
Straight out of the old West with 
his rootin tootin cowboy attire 
and his festive Saguaro Cactus, he makes a great 
little salt and pepper set that I found at Kohl's 
seven or so years ago from their Sonoma 
St. Nicholas Square "Happy Trails Holiday" line.
I thought he was so special that I bought two 
more sets! One for a white elephant gift and 
another for an ornament swap at work.
The recipient was pleasantly surprised
that it wasn't an ornament. 
Just look at his "sweet" little candy cane side arm.

With this little Western snowman on duty 
rest assured it's always a silent night.
Thanks for stopping by 
and happy hunting.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Pyracantha Watch 2014

December has arrived 
and Christmas is on its way!
I'm delighted to report that the berries 
on our new Pyracantha shrub
in the front yard have turned...
 bright red!!!
As red as Santa's suit!
It was taking its sweet time to turn too.
From the orange color it was at Halloween
to the Christmassy red it is now!
I was so hoping it was going to be 
a red berry bush, and not stay orange,
and it did turn a beautiful red.
 It makes a perfect compliment 
to my grapevine reindeer.
Hope everyone is having a December
full of happy surprises.
Thanks for stopping by
and happy hunting!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

In 1620 the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.
They felled trees and built one room homes.
After the brutal winter where almost half the colony 
died they met a Native American named Squanto.
He shared with them the secrets of growing
maze, fishing, and harvesting maple syrup.
Soon food was plentiful an they began to prosper.
In 1621 they celebrated their successful 
growing season with a great harvest feast.
The men where sent out to hunt water fowl.
The Native Americans hunted five deer.
Surprisingly turkey may not have been on the 
menu as much as lobster might have been.
90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims 
took part in the feast that lasted three days.
The Pilgrims gave thanks and counted their 
blessings for their fortunate new friendship.
Much like the friendships I've made on this blog.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours
and thanks for stopping by!

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