Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Thanksgiving Alphabet

T -Turkeys, tablespreads, being together
H - Happiness and homes to protect us from all weather
A - Aunts and Uncles, a reunion in Fall
N - Nieces and Nephews, family members all!
K - Kind hearted kin coming over for dinner,
S - Surely you'll have fun, but you won't get thinner!
G - Gourds and pumpkins, mouths open wide.
I - Indians and Pilgrims we remember with pride.
V - Very special times-there could even be snow
I - Imagine what it was like at Plymouth long ago.
N - Never forget how the settlers led the way,
G - Giving thanks and blessing this special day.
author unknown.

I am going to start my Thanksgiving grocery shopping this week. Here is our unchanging Thanksgiving Menu.

Mashed Potatoes
Broccoli Casserole
Corn Pudding
Macaroni and Cheese
Green Beans
Deviled Eggs
Stuffed Celery and Olive plate
Homemade pickles
Beet Pickles
Homemade Yeast Rolls
Pumpkin Pie
Pecan Pie
Applesauce Cake

We will also have as a snack a dip we always just called Grandma's Homemade Dip and Bugles.

Take one 8oz. block of softened cream cheese and mix with a tablespoon of very finely minced onions, about a tablespoon of mayonnaise, and a dash of worcestershire sauce. Mix well and chill at least an hour before serving so the flavors will meld. Serve these with "Bugles" if you can find them. If not, Fritos make an ok substitution.

Click over to and check out her Thanksgiving Blessings Post.

Hope everyone has a great day!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Elves Anonymous

BRRRRRR! It is so cold today! 22 degrees when I got up this morning and is supposed to hit the balmy 40 degree mark today. It is really beginning to feel like Christmas!

Do you have a branch of Elves Anonymous in your town? I think I need to start one in mine. Every since I found this fellow this past summer I have been obsessed with elves.
Is he not the cutest thing you have ever seen! So every time I go into a thrift store, flea market or antique store I have my elf radar on.
I think these two woodland elves are adorable. Yngwie thinks they look evil. The little elf on the left is one I bought the first year we were married, so it's 28 years old!
I love the expressions on their faces, and those pointed ears are so cute!
Even though alot of the paint is chipped on this one, it is one of my very favorites. Three elves on a couch!
I also am beginning to obsess a little with those "spaghetti" Napco Santas. I found this one at a thrift shop for .50
Isn't that little guy in the middle adorable? I guess technically he isn't and elf, but he blends in pretty well and the other elves have accepted him as one of their own.
This is absolutely my favorite, How can you get any better than elves with a book!

Ok, I know these are mice and not elves, but I found the Cheerleader one at an antique mall one week and found the Santa at an antique mall the next week! It was meant to be. These mice are quite large, around 12 inches high.

I have all these things in my kitchen hutch with some other Christmas characters. I will share photos a little closer to Christmas.

Keep warm and have a great day!


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Crafty Things

This past Saturday I got to spend several hours making some Christmas presents. A friend of mine sent me an e-mail with a photo of a Christmas stocking decorated with a vintage hankie. I was so excited because I inherited several beautiful hankies from my Grandmother. And I loved the fact that you didn't have to cut the hankie, it is used whole for the cuff and could be taken off and would still be original. So, this is the stocking I made for my niece who loves pink!I took it one step further and added a clip on earring that belonged to my Grandmother and stitched it to the tip of the hankie. I really love how this turned out and am making two more for a couple of my Grandmothers nieces who have been so helpful to us as he have tried to sort though Grandma's things. Diane, thank you so much for the idea!

I also made a couple of recipe journals for my niece and sister.

These are not very good photos, but can you see the tiny little kitchen utensils of the ribbons? They were so tiny! The little girl baking image was taken from an old Christmas card.

The one above is the one I made for my sister. The best part about both of these books was that I used supplies that I had on hand. I had bought the notebooks during the back to school sales for .25 each and all the paper and embellishments I already had.
The last thing I made was a Barbie outfit for my great niece. The pattern that I used was the one that my great aunt used to make my Barbies outfits!
I used some fabric left over from a summer skirt and made the lounge outfit that you see in green on the pattern. I have a couple other vintage patterns that I am making some P.J.s and coat and a dress. I will post them when they are finished. I must say, its easier to make adult clothing than Barbies. I ended up sewing almost the entire outfit by hand!
The other exciting news is that this morning we woke up to see this!
OK, I know it's not alot of snow, it took me a couple seconds to decide if it was snow or frost but I could grab enough off my car to make a snowball!

Hope everyone has a blessed day!


Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday Show and Tell

Good Friday Morning Everyone! This has been such a long week, I am looking forward to spending tomorrow "crafting" as I have no other obligations or plans. It's supposed to be rainy, dreary, and cool, the perfect day to stay home.
Kelli, over at is hosting Show and Tell! When you get a chance head over to her lovely blog and check out the fun!
Over the many years of my "thrifting" I have run across several books on fashion and care of clothing. It is amazing the changes in what is considered modest or acceptable.
I love this book from 1923 called "Clothing- Choice, Care and Cost"
Look what was inside! A dried flower, obviously very special to the young lady who owned this book. Wonder what the occasion was? Was it from her beau? I will never know.
There is also a newspaper cut out of a pair of bloomers on the same page. Hmmmm.
Apparently, a group called the General Foundation of Womens Clubs met in 1914 at the Biennial convention and passed a resolution calling for more standardization in womens dress. They desired clothing that was more modest, simple, and better designed. They were tired of the constantly changing styles. Here is their answer to that:
This is the standard dress designed to stay in style, be modest and comfortable. I would totally wear that today!
This is the housedress that could easily be made following he cutting layout shown. It would be comfortable, nice looking, and not impede your movements as you go about your daily activities.

You could add the overlay for a more dressy look then add embroidery for a more personal look.
The book also gives you a list of the clothing items you should have and how often you should buy them. Have all of you bought your corset? How about your summer petticoats? If not, get busy, the year is almost up!
I think the Foundation of Womens Clubs needs to have another meeting. They need to declare that there should be no more bare midriffs, slouchy pants with underwear showing, pj bottoms in public, and jeans so tight you can't breathe. Anyone agree?
Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A Lifetime of Memories

Sorry to be such a bad blogger, but life has just been hectic lately. I have been using any "down" time that I have had sorting through my late Grandmothers photos. I have been taking them out of the albums and sorting. My technique is to put all the photos of my Grandmother in one pile, all the photos of just my Grandfather in another, photos of me and my family in another, and so on. The problem that I have ran into is one that I believe is universal for anyone going through a loved ones pictorial memories. I have no idea who some of these people are! Nothing is labeled on the back or if they are labeled, I still don't know if they are a relation or friend or her brothers friends sisters boyfriend!
So, what to do? My plan is to scan some of the photos of the unknowns and e-mail them to my grandparents more distant relatives and see if they have any clue as to who they are. Hopefully someone will be able to recognize them and then I will send the originals on to them.
My pack rat tendencies come honestly. My Grandmother has saved hundreds of the fronts of cards sent to her over the years and has glued them into scrapbooks. There are four scrapbooks filled with cards, poems, and photos she had cut out of magazines. I have always liked looking at them.
I may try to scan some of these cards to use with my scrapbooking and paper crafting.

I'm going to need to hurry through these now, as Thanksgiving is almost here and I need to clean my Dining room table off. Perhaps my family will go through some of these scrapbooks on Thanksgiving Day. This will be the first Thanksgiving in 47 years that I haven't been with my Grandmother, but we have wonderful memories that will get us through that day.

Hope everyone has a great day.