Monday, December 29, 2008

Boy do I need to catch up. Christmas around here is, as usual, extremely busy. We got all the lights put up by the 6th of December but took until a week before Christmas before the inside was done, and even then there were more things to add to and fix. Finally just relaxed and let them go undone.

We did have a nice Christmas though. Tom's Mom and David came down and we had Roast for Christmas eve dinner then turkey and dressing for Christmas day dinner. We tried to make it as simple as possible but still spent 2 whole days in the kitchen cooking. Wonder if we will ever start early enough to get it all done before the last minute. Our town, Big Spring, TX, has a festival of lights each year so we went to see that. Very pretty. Lots of giant candy canes and poinsettias.

I made ornaments for everyone this year, and some gift baskets for the ones that weren't here. That was kind of fun. Haven't ever done that before so made game time baskets for the sports fans with Chex party mix, pkg's of microwave popcorn, pkgs of instant cocoa and cups, and fudge and magic cookie bars. Did a similar one for movie night for the non sports fanatics. If I had planned ahead a little more I would have included some mugs and napkins but was a last minute idea.
The ornaments I made are folded star and so much fun to make. I sold quite a few of them on ebay and plan to sell them on my new etsy site.

A while back I posted that I didn't sell any of the little lamps I made but guess the timing was just off as I relisted them closer to Christmas and sold quite a few. Have put the rest of them on my etsy site and will be making more stuff to sell on there.

Here is the link to my etsy site.
GleamingDollhouse.etsy.com
Here are a couple of videos of our house this Christmas, kind of blurry but you get the idea. The Christmas trees are live trees we bought in years past. There are 10 in all. We haven't been able to buy trees the past few years as no money, maybe we can start again someday.

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Here are some pics of the house where you can get an idea of how many lights we put up and how much work we put into it. I still enjoy it and wish i could just leave it up all year but the weather would destroy it all. I do have plenty of storage space though and I enjoy putting it all away and organizing it almost as much as putting it all up Here are the ornaments I have been making, or rather a sample of them. I started real late but sold almost all I made. I have plans to make them all year and have some great ideas for making them with pics like the Coke ones, dogs, horses, letters, etc. Maybe can get enough made to sell at a craft show or two as well.

A Little About Me

Hi and Welcome! I am 50 years old, married with 2 girls Andrea and Crystal, and 3 grandchildren. A girl, Jesi who is 13 that we are raising and a boy, Christian, who is 6 and, lives with Mom. Andrew James or Peanut is 6months old and brother to Jesi. We live in a house built in 1897 that is not in the best of shape but we are working on it and we love it. It is a 2 story colonial style with big columns and a big wrap around front porch. We also have 6 cats, of which only part of are allowed in the house, and 5 dogs. A Momma dog and 4 puppies. She had 9, we gave one away, then they all came down with parvo. I lost 4 but was able to save 4. A heartrending experience but was just glad to be able to save any. No help from the vet as they want so much money but found some homeopathic remedies that actually worked. I also have a 7 month old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that is my baby. She goes everywhere with me, sleeps under the covers with me, and is just the cutest thing ever.