Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tags, Tags, and more Tags!

While surfing through Blogland, I have seen some of the cutest tags from some incredibly talented ladies!  I seem to be on a tag kick myself!  Michaels had their Halloween craft supplies 50-60 percent off last week and I definitely took advantage of the sale! 
 When I saw a big cannister of Peanuts cut outs I was thrilled!  Who doesn't love Good Old Charlie Brown?
Then I decided to make some tags for Christmas.  These will be attached to gifts, except for the bottom one with the Teaberry Ad.  Do you remember Teaberry gum?  I love that stuff.  It's sometimes a little hard to find now.  But what I really want is the vaseline glass Teaberry Gum stand.

I have really wanted one of these for a long time, so this year I have put it on my Christmas list.  It will give DH and DS something to look for!  Nothing like being hard to buy for!
So this tag is hanging on the tree, just so they don't forget!  What a Brat I am! 

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

More Vintage Cards

I am having so much fun looking at these cards!  Now I'm not a spring chicken, however, I have no idea who most of these comics are.  I remember Prince Valiant, and Flash Gordon but the rest, not so much.  The back of the cards are dated 1951, so that was a decade before I was born! (no fair doing the math!)

Anyway, here for your viewing pleasure are my Comics Christmas cards!

and just because I think this Birthday card is cute and it is close to Halloween here is the cutest little ghost!

I am taking tommorow off!  My sister neice and I are going to a very promising looking estate sale in the morning and then I'm headed to the hospital to see my MIL, she has been sick and has become dehydrated.  DH took her in to the hospital this morning and they said they would keep her a few days and give her fluids and some heavier antibiotics for this bug she has.  She will be home by Saturday or Sunday.  Then Friday night book club is meeting at my house, so I have a very busy day planned!



Tuesday, October 19, 2010

More Halloween Fun

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! 

Yngwies girlfriend came in from college this weekend and they decided instead of going out to eat that they would fix themselves a "gourmet" dinner at home to save money.  They made Chicken Cordon Bleu, green bean casserole (which I think is vile, but Yngwie loves it!) corn, mashed potatoes, and pineapple upside down cake.  They even dressed up for the occasion. 
Then we all lended a hand in building a "haunted house".  They bought the kit from Wilton and it was very easy and fun to put together.  Yngwie and "Cute Girl" did all the decorating. 
(Yngwie wearing his "redneck" hat and shirt)
Didn't it turn out cute! 
Then it was on to some decorated sugar cookies!

And these are just as delicious as they look.  I use a Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies recipe from an old Southern Living Cookbook.

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies
1 c. white sugar
1 cup butter
1 (3 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
1/2 tea salt
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (this is mandatory!)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350

In a large bowl, combine the sugar, butter, cream cheese, salt, extracts, and egg yolk.  Mix until smooth.  Beat in flour until well blended.  Chill the dough for at least 4 hours
(I cheated and put it in the freezer for one hour)
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough, a small amount at a time, keeping the rest of the dough refrigerated so it doesn't get sticky.
Cut into desired shapes and place on lightly greased cookie sheet
( I put mine on parchment paper!  I love that stuff!)
Bake for 7-10 minutes until light and golden brown.  Cool and decorate with your favorite frosting.  I used my regular butter cream, but made it stiffer with the addition of more confectioners sugar.

Super busy this week, but I plan on scanning more of those vintage Christmas cards, so be on the lookout!
Hope you have a wonderful day!



(BTW- Yngwie is pronounced Eng-Vey" just so you know! and it's really his nickname)

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Cutest Christmas Cards Ever!

About a month ago I bought a big box of greeting cards at an auction and was thrilled beyound belief pleasantly surprised to these vintage Christmas cards!  I have scanned the front and the back for each one,  They have little tabs on them that create a 3-D card.  Hope you can use them for your paper crafts!  If you click on them it will magnify them.

Supposed to be a beautiful weekend here in SW Virginia and I am so looking forward to it!

Blessings  Linda


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Things Sears Sold and a Teaser!

A few years ago I bought a 1961 Sears Fall & Winter catalog off Ebay.  I got this because this was the year I was born and thought it would be fun to see the fashions and trends of that year.

Last night I was glancing through it again, looking for some vintage images to use for a tag I was making and came across this page.
Do you see the monkey, rabbit and birds??  They are for sale!!!  Not supplies for them, the actual animal! 
How did they get to you?  By mail!  You can click on the photo and make it larger.  There are some restrictions of them, but I can't imagine ordering a pet for Sears!  In my Spring Sears catalog you can order pigs and chickens!  You can click on the page to make it larger and see the details.

I also found these little goodies while I was digging through my craft room last night.  I bought them about a month ago at an auction.  I didn't have time to take pictures of all the cards last night, but thought I would tease you a little with a photo of the boxes!  Are they not the coolest boxes ever!  And wait to you see what's in them!   I will try and get the cards scanned tonight and post them tomorrow.  They will be perfect for some of our Christmas crafting as they contain some of the cutest cards I have ever seen!  I can't believe I totally forgot about buying them!  That's old age for ya!

We are having some much needed rain here in SW Virginia and FINALLY the temperatures are dropping out of the high 80's and low 90's into the 60's.  Perfect fall weather!


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Halloween Happy Shelves

I love Halloween!  It has always been one of my favorite holidays, even though I am a Holidayaholic.  I love them all!  When I was little we never went out and bought Halloween costumes.  We just rummaged through the old clothes and pulled out bits and pieces and made up costumes.  Most years my sister and I would either be hobos or gypsies, they were pretty easy to do.  Sometimes we would just put on bib overalls, a flannel shirt, and a strawhat and call it a scarecrow.  Unfortunately, my parents weren't too good about taking picutres so there are no Halloween pics.  How I wish there were!

Growing up I really don't remember there being any Halloween "decorations" in our house.  We would carve a pumpkin and Mama had these platstic blowmolds of a cat with a pumpkin on it's back that she hung over the lights on each side of the door. 
I however, go gung ho with decorations for Halloween. The more glittery and tacky, the better! That's why I love my Happy Shelves! I stuff it full on all sorts of Halloween bits and bobs!  Here's a close up:

 The center pumpkin witch is new this year made from a pattern generously supplied by Elizabeth at
 How can you not just love glittered skulls?  Thr primitive pumpkin doll in the far right corner is new this year as well.  She was made from a pattern from Create and Decorate.

Hope my Happy Shelves made you happy too!


Sunday, October 10, 2010

My Halloween Banner and Bouquets

After admiring the adorbale Halloween banner that Elizabeth and her friends created, I decided to give one a try as well.  Although I am no where near as talented or creative as they are, I really am pleased with how it turned out!  You can see it in my header hanging across my fireplace mantle.  Here are a few close ups:

(I just noticed part of my E is missing!)
 Each year I try and think of something creative to give to the sweet girls in the office where I work.  There was a store in a local mall that made candy bouquets that were so cute but extrememly expensive.  So I went online (don't you love Google images!!??) and found some examples and then went shopping, and came up with these.

I love the way they turned out!  I ended up having about $20 in all four of them!  I think one from the candy bouquet store was $30!
Here they sit making my kitchen table look so pretty along with the pretty orchid (that I hope I don't kill) that my neighbor brought me.
It's a hot Sunday here in Virginia, but occasionally you will catch that cool breeze that refreshes and let's us know winter is on the way.