Thursday, December 14, 2017

My Christmas Home Tour

I love Christmas! I love
the warmth of the
lights.  They just make
me feel warm and cozy.  There is
nothing I like better on a cold
winters night than being in my warm
house, with my husband
 and critters.  I love lighting candles
and plugging in a few yummy
holiday scents in my scent warmers.
Can it get any better?
Just sharing some of my decorating inspirations
in the hope of passing  along my
Christmas cheer to you!
I fill my planters with evergreen
branches of different kinds.
To me this looks so much
better than a big empty pot sitting there.
You can buy them at Christmas
tree lots. I usually pick mine, but
this year our tree's needed a little
trimming so we saved that till the end
of the year so I could use the branches.
I add some light to the ones on my porch.,  I don't go crazy with
lights outside.  Just a little to warm it up. 
I prefer to see them inside where I am!
I love lanterns.  This year I redid these
old yard sale lanterns and painted them all the
same color to match
I filled the bottoms with small pinecones
and glass dollar store bowls to hold my candles.
When you walk in the first thing you see is our stair case.
This year I added lanterns
Last year I was given battery operated candles.
This year I found a use for them on the
staircase in lanterns and I have no worries about
them being knocked over.  They even have a little
remote for easy ON and OFF. 
To the left is our tree. 
Cheap little plastic stars that I dressed up
to hang on the outside of the doors. 

 I love my nativity set.  My mom
bought it for me one year at Sam's Club.
I built the barn myself out of
scrap wood and sticks I gathered
in the woods.  
The other corner in the living room is
dedicated to Santa!
Here is a crazy fun fact I just realized.
 that big plant sitting to the right of the
picture on the stool under the hanging stars.
 I dug that plant out of the garbage when I
started my first full time job at 19- I felt bad
for it.  It only had 3 sad little leaves.
So now it is- 30 yrs. old and so much bigger.
A close up of my Santa's on the mantel.  A few of them
I made.  I put together all my garlands, trees and sprigs
myself with things I've collected and like.
I love the child like magic of Santa!
This is my favorite handmade Santa.
I molded his face, hands and boots with polymer clay.
 His beard is lambs wool.  I dipped in a diluted glue mixture
and I wound them around knitting needles to give the
curled look. His clothing and accents like his toy
sack are all hand made and hand
sewed by me.  
This is the entrance to my cheery
kitchen.  Can you guess what my
favorite color is??? Yes it is red.
I took a risk when I painted
the dark dingy cabinets red but
they held up well and I'm still not tired
of them.  You will notice a
lot of green in my house too.  I think its my second
favorite color. I like all earth tones actually.
My least favorite colors are orange & blue.
So none of those are in my house. 
We got rid of our formal dining room to make our living room bigger.
So we just use the little eat in kitchen area.
I store extra dishes in this side board cabinet
I always display seasonal plates & plaques on it.
The Santa plaque I made.
I plan on making more next year to sell. 
Something different I did this year.
I put some Christmas Bunny
Statues under my cloche
with snow, a tree and lights
I think they kind of go well with
this  Christmas Bunny plate I made
I am wondering if these would sell...
What do you think?
This is also new.  I made pottery snowflakes
and hung them on the doors.
What do you think of the snow flakes?
My bedroom.  I am so grateful for this lovely
place to be warm and cozy.
Yes even the big buns get a bit of
Christmas cheer and some lights in
their little room.
I hope you enjoyed visiting my
home.  It's not fancy or pretentious.
Just a warm cozy home
filled with many of my
self made creations, things
and animals that make me happy
and course lots of love!
Merry Christmas! 


Monday, December 4, 2017

Adjusting to life without Finnegan...

Since Finnegan is gone little Henley has
 no buddy to hang out with during the day.
Her and Finnegan would always sleep by
each other.
Although Taz is in the room with her all day snoozing
on the bed he doesn't want to be friends
She tries to go up to him and make friends
and he is just growls at her.
There are no worries about him hurting her
as he has no teeth or claws on any feet.
He's pretty much defenseless- poor old guy.
In case you don't know... I had to have his
teeth removed due to the teeth attacking the gums. 
It was very painful for him.  He came with no claws
when we adopted him at the humane society.
I feel bad and have let Henley have supervised time out
in the livingroom.  The girl buns seem to
want to chew on my fairly new carpet, so
it's off limits to them most of the time.
She gets to come out on the weekends.
Here she decided to hop upstairs
to investigate where the big buns live.
After about 30 minutes she usually hops back
to my bedroom on her own.

She likes to spend her days in a cat house under my bed.
   She's has always been the best potty trained bunny
.  She even took it upon herself to use the cat litter
 boxes by herself even though she
has her own bunny litter box in her little kennel area.

I think Henley and Taz are adjusting to Finnegan
no longer being with us.  I would say
Henley misses him more that Taz. 
Taz is all about himself ... He is now very demanding
for extra cuddles, attention and playtime.
So now we will be a one cat household
and Taz will be loving all the
extra attention.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

My Day Job...

I thought I would share what my full
time job is.  I work as a civilian for the Military.
I have spent my whole life around the US Military
as my Dad retired from the US Army, and so did my Grandfather.
We traveled all over the world this way between the US 
and West Germany.  My brother and sister and I were all born
in different locations in Germany,

This is my office.  I have worked for the
past 26 years for the Exchange as
a Visual Merchandiser Manager.  Currently I manage the
signing and displays for 6 stores for the military soldiers
and their families.  I create various computer graphics on
the computer and print them out on a large format printer.
I place orders for all the stores and it is my responsibility
to make sure all the signing and presentation of
products and the store meets our companies display regulations.
I am their marketing department.

With it being a retail store... Christmas is our
busiest time of the year.  We don't operate off government funds, and
are self sustaining.  We are all over the world.  Wherever the military
is based, so it the Exchange to serve them and give them what then need.
So this is what I have been doing over the last week.

I start by climbing the ladder and lugging these big
swags up.

I also hang all the other Christmas signing
above the isles. You can see one in the

It's good exercise lugging these heavy things
up and down by myself.

Then I start on the floor displays.  So basically
every display, or sign in the store is me.
I position the mannequins and try to make
inviting displays.

I do attractive displays on each feature table. I use
my imagination.  This year I used balls with  ribbon.

Also large glass looking snow flakes

I wrap many metallic gifts, bows and display through out
 the store to tie in with the sign kits colors so everything goes together. 

I even did the large poinsettia arrangements and painted the urns
they are displayed in.  All the signs you see saying Guess or Nine West-
that's me.  Printing them and cutting them and putting them up.
The posters of the purses something I did also.

I like the versatility of my job.  I can be
working on graphics on the computer
or setting up a display idea that I have.
We do have regulations but there is also
creative freedom in many areas.

So that's what I do all day and hopefully
if all goes as planned I will be able to retire
in 5 yrs. with a full pension and health insurance.
Then I will be able to work  as
much as I want on my Art!