Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mudsale 2014

This year at the mudsale, it truly lived up to it's name. Anna Mae and I ventured up the hill to check out what possibilities there were today to bid on during the auctions. 
As much as we would have liked, these little piggies would have been fun to bid on, but we have no place for them. (smile)

Anna Mae quickly made friends with the little shetland pony being housed in one of the stalls. She looked to be expecting! (The pony, not Anna Mae... haha)

Me? I wanted to take this trio home, but Mr H probably would not have liked this very much. 

Over a sea of mud, the Amish men were gathered, at which I believe, to be to get their instructions for the various auctions that would be happening. 

Yes, Anna Mae and I trekked through the mud... what a mess! We were spoiled the past several years not having any mud. After this years heavy snow, it really made things quite messy. Well, that is why they are called mudsales.

It looks like they scooped up a pile of mud here. Thankfully they put down some wood chips on the worst parts. 

Pictured above is one of the many wagons loaded with box lots to go up for bid. This year, Anna Mae and i did not really see too much that we wanted on these wagons. It was not worth the wait for each one as we wanted to go sit in the antique tent. We found some things we wanted to bid on in there, so that is where we ended up. It is also where I stopped taking pictures. 
I did photograph what I purchased. 
An old and I mean OLD photo album. Some of the photos are dated on the back around 1875. 
Here are some of the photos

The album is leather bound. It is quite worn, but I love it nonetheless.

I love the clasp on the side. I did not photograph the other side, but it says ALBUM on it. ( On the binding ) 

Some of the photos....

There were also loose photos inside. 

I love that some of the photos have names on them. It gives me a notion to look up some of these names on someplace like Ancestry dot com. 

There were also a lot of photos on tin. As you can see some of the pages are a bit ripped, but it adds to it's charm. 

I can't wait to do research on this family. It would be fun to learn the history of the strangers in this album. I have been fascinated lately on the  mid 1800 to late 1800's history .. 

Well, now that this mudsale is history, that means spring is on the way..... woohoo! 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Time Flies!

It seems I have been missing from this blog for over a month! Funny thing is, Facebook has been making it easier to share my daily thoughts etc., and I have neglected this part of it. Wow. I just did not think so much time has passed since I was on this blog! 

February was such a cold, snowy and busy month. Between the snow blowing, keeping the wood stove burning, crazy busy days at work, I have found myself a bit on the lazy side at the end of the day and just posted on Facebook. 

I am not sure what is going on with the photos I posted on here today. They are a bit vibrant, not at all what they looked like in my editor. Oh well, I wanted to share the tulip bouquet I bought at work to bring home and give the dining room a springtime look. 

It's time to get back on track with the blog. So many great things are on the horizon. So many fun things happened this past month! So much to share with all of you. 

So to catch you all up on what has been happening here at My Home For the Holidays....
Here is a brief rundown...
I have been becoming quite skilled at making fairy gardens! I did two How To Talks at work ( I work at a garden center in the Home Accents department ). The how to talks were on making a fairy garden. These talks led me to be a presenter on the DIY stage at the PA Garden Expo at the Harrisburg Farm Show Complex a couple of weekends ago. That was so much fun. Also at work, we have been expanding my department which means we are in the process of moving a LOT of products to a different location and that involves moving large fixtures as well as lots of product. I have used muscles I didn't even know I had! I can't wait until it is finished. We should be complete in another week or two as we are waiting on some materials to arrive to complete the overall look. I am so excited. I can truly say I Love My Job! 
Also happening around here in Amish Country - SNOW! Oh and of course the bitterly cold weather. I am not a snow bunny and not fond of the extreme cold. Fortunately, the warmer weather is on it's way and that just gets me all giddy inside. 
This month, the Mud Sales start, spring will be here, seed starting will begin, yard sales will start to pop up and my creative juices will once again be flowing. This is the first year in the last several that I did not get laid off from work over the winter. I have a management position now, so being laid off is not an option, which left me not doing my crafts over that time. Trust me, I am not complaining as I am SO VERY LUCKY to have a job and one that I love. 
I will admit though, that I won't be doing as many crafts for craft shows like I have in the past. Most of my crafts and DIY's will be for the house or gifts. I will be purging a lot of my supplies and crafts and tone it down a bit. This does not mean I won't be sharing things on here as much as most of the future blogs on here will be about decorating my own space. I just don't have the time or energy to do those things anymore. Plus, I am running out of space and it has begun to get cluttered here and I don't function well on clutter. 
So when I say I am purging, if you live in the area of Lancaster County Pa, you may well benefit at my next yard sale. I will be selling crafts/supplies quite cheaply. I had mentioned at the beginning of the year that 2014 was all about organization and that I will be doing. I need to simplify and make life a bit easier and less cluttered. With that being said, I will still be excited to go to yard sales to find treasures for myself or my home. I will still collect my favorite things like blue Ball Jars, enamelware, clay pots, galvanized containers and the like. 
There are other things happening, that I am not ready to share just quite yet on here as I am waiting for some success with that before I go all crazy on it... so stay tuned for that! 
Well, I rambled on quite a bit here.... 
See ya soon! 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Children's Chore List or Slave Labor

I am sharing this today because it struck a nerve with me. I found it on a facebook page and some of the comments were disturbing to me. I found the original owner of this list Flanders Family 
I say KUDDOS to them! This list is very appropriate for children. Of course each child is different and may not be ready for a particular skill/chore, but this list is very reasonable! 
What disturbed me on the facebook page I took this off of ( I honestly don't remember what page posted it) It was not their opinion of the list it was the opinions of some of the readers/the comments. Someone actually thought this was child labor and very terrible. REALLY? As I have aged in my life and have seen a lot of things change in this world of ours ( as many of you have done as well ) I am seeing that more and more children do not have the basic life skills that many of us baby boomers did. It saddens me. No, it sickens me. To the point that many young children/teens are more disrespectful and feel that the world owes them. Other comments were, I would not let my child change a light bulb. I ask why? It is simple - at the age of 8-9, a child should certainly be able to turn the bulb one way and screw in the bulb the other. I do say this in haste though as I understand there are some children that may not be physically able to do it. Then there was bringing in the firewood at 2-3. Haha. Really, do you think they mean to do it all by themselves? A two year old can certainly bring in a log or two or even the kindling. It is not being said to make them do it all by themselves... to assist in helping other family members. I really think my 2 year old granddaughter could hold a piece of our firewood and carry it in the house. I really do. It gives the child a sense of helping and pride. Just one piece at a time. Really - people take things too literally. Another comment was - my 8-9 year old said she couldn't peel potatoes. First I say teach her.. I did at 8 years old. I peeled many a potato before I was 10. My mom would set the potatoes, a colander, a bowl and the peeler in front of me and I would peel away while she prepared the rest of dinner ( before I started making the meals myself) 

Did you know..
When I was a young girl, after school, I would call my mother at work to let her know I was home and she gave me instructions on dinner or remind me to read the note on the counter. I would then do my homework, and begin supper. I would have supper on the table every weeknight ( except every other Thursday we would go out to dinner - it was pay day and grocery shopping night ) 
She would set out all the non perishables on the counter along with either a cookbook open to the page and circled or a recipe on the counter. I peeled potatoes ( no instant in our house ) , would make a roast beef, would make chicken in a cream sauce, even made chili, spaghetti... oh you name it, I probably made it. I even had to make liver on occasion YUCK! I did it, because it was what was expected. I did this through my middle school and high school years. 

On Friday nights, my father would go bowling, and my mother and I would do all the housecleaning. She would do the downstairs and I would do the upstairs. We would have the music playing ( 60's and 70's that were current at the time) and would get to work. Mostly dusting and vacuuming  and my room was picked up and everything put away. When I cleaned my parents room, all I had to do was dust and vacuum. I cleaned the bathroom thoroughly as my mother had taught me. Also, I would take her special mop and make sure all the ceilings and corners and baseboards were gone over. She did all of the downstairs. Living room , dining room and kitchen. Top to bottom. We always finished around 10pm and would sit down with ice cream and watch the tv show Dallas. These are actually fond memories I have with my mother. There would be times during the cleaning if a particular song would come on, she would come up and grab my hand and start to jitterbug with me. Then it was back to work.  I will note though, when I started dating at 16, my cleaning was rescheduled to Saturday mornings. 
Speaking of Saturday mornings, before I started dating, I still had a chore list. You would think, you just cleaned the night before... well, I had to collect the laundry, trim the edges of the yard, pull weeds ( spring/summer/fall), run any errands to downtown ( we lived close enough that I could ride my bike), breakfast dishes and anything else my mother needed me to do. She would do laundry and iron and anything else she needed to do, like mending ( although sometimes, simple mending was on my list ) She also sewed and made a lot of my clothes. I loved the peasant shirts she would make me. We would go to Kmart or to the sewing shop downtown and pick out patterns and fabric. She let me choose which was great. 

When all my work was done, my Saturdays were FREE! I earned it. I would hop on my bike and in the summer head to the pool, or just go down to the local park or hang with friends. 

Turn back the clock even farther, and I was expected to make my bed every morning for as long as I can remember. My room ALWAYS was picked up and put away and yes my mother did use the white glove test on my bedroom furniture. I was an only child until I was 17, so it was just me. My parents were good to me in return. I would get an allowance. When I was around 13, I saw a little black and white tv at a yard sale and bought it for $25 of my own money. That was a lot back in the early 70's. I was allowed to have it in my bedroom. I was so happy I could bring in local channels with it. I also had a stereo in my bedroom and pretty much everything a girl could need at the time. The only thing I didn't have was a telephone in my room. That was huge NO! 
I sound a bit spoiled...but I look at it this way. Both my parents worked and earned every $ they made. They worked a 9-5 job and my dad also went in on Saturday mornings to oversee some projects. I worked at home after school, doing my chores and earned money. I started babysitting when I was 12. 
By the time I was 13, I knew how to sew, crochet, make a complete 3 course dinner, do laundry, iron, clean and basically how to take care of a household. I learned the value of a dollar. When I bought my first car at 17, my dad taught me how to change the tire, check my oil and other simple maintenance on my car. 
I also played hockey in high school, was in the drama club in middle school, sang in the Glee Club and was a girl scout. I got to perform in an Opera at the Lancaster Opera House. 

Just to note, on Sundays was family visiting day. As a family, we would make the rounds of visiting grandparents and great grandparents. If we didn't stay for supper, we would stop somewhere to eat. I did not have to cook on Saturdays or Sundays. Every Sunday mid morning, my mother would make brunch - Eggs with either bacon or corned beef hash, toast and fried potatoes. (We were not a church going family while I was growing up. Although I went to Sunday School either with the neighbors, or my mom would drop my off/pick me up. ) Funny that my brother and my sister now work ministry in churches. I never saw that coming. ( I am not being sarcastic as I am VERY PROUD of my siblings ) 

So, children of today... what do their chores look like? 
I would have no problem giving my children any of the chores in the above list if they were younger. 
Child labor? I think NOT! I think if more children had these responsibilities today, things may be different in our society. My parents would NEVER have left any of us leave the house with our pants around our behinds, wearing skimpy clothes....
OH... that reminds me of another story real quick...
When I was about 15, it was a very hot humid day. We did not have air conditioning - EVER - while I was growing up. I came home from the pool one summers day, made dinner like I was supposed to and was still wearing a halter top from earlier in the day. (It was the mid 70's) The halter top covered everything and I did not have any real cleavage, but nonetheless, I had the nerve to wear it to the dinner table. When I sat down, my father looked at me and said " Young lady, go to your room and put on a suitable top for dinner." While marching up the stairs, I heard him say to my mother "Rose, why do you let her wear those things?". I never did hear my mother's answer. 
Imagine his issue when I bought my first bikini. 

Back to children of today - how many hours of video games vs how many hours of contributing to the family household. 

Ok I am off my soapbox. I just think... hey I did a lot of those chores listed above at either that age or younger.... I have no regrets of my parents making me do/learn those skills. I feel a better person inside. I feel that my parents took the time to teach me basic life skills to survive on my own. I became an independent person. 
I miss my mother deeply, but she left me a legacy of her teachings. I will always cherish being swept away in a dance while vacuuming my bedroom, I will always cherish the remembrance of the clothes she made me and the times we spent in the fabric shop, I will always cherish those Friday nights eating ice cream and watching Dallas with her after the whole house was cleaned, I will always cherish the nights when we would go to Stauffer's ( where I work now ) and buy a bargain bag of craft pieces, bring it home, spread it all on the dining room table and start making crafts, I will always cherish those family meals, every night, eating together and my parents telling me I was a good cook and we would talk about the days events, I will always cherish the memories of my childhood... the good and the bad.... 
Not everyday was sunshine and roses, but for the most part, I had it pretty good as a kid, even though I was subjected the "CHILD LABOR" someone commented about. It's not child labor - it is learning life skills. Learning to be a contributing member of not only the family unit but to society. When they learn at a young age, the rest will begin to come naturally. 
I say.... it is okay to give your young children responsibilities. Chores. Life skills. 
Ok I am off my soapbox ... for now... 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Snowy Day In PA.....

The snow is falling quite steadily here in Amish Country. We are expected to get about 8-10 inches of the white stuff. Mr H was even sent home from work early! That is not the norm. They usually work through all of this stuff, but I guess the forecast got them to close down the next 2 shifts even. 

While the snow is falling, and the Mr is taking a nap, I thought I would blog a bit. The fire is going in the wood stove, keeping the house at a toasty 73 degrees. Although, down where the wood stove is located it must be close to 90! So I am upstairs where the temps are more comfortable. 

I decided to do some baking and came up with these. I saw similar on Pinterest and concocted my own. I took a block of cream cheese, 4 tablespoons of 10x sugar and mixed together. I opened a can of crescent rolls and separated into the triangle shapes. I spread the cream cheese mixture on the dough, added some of the smaller hershey kisses that come in a bag in the baking section and rolled them up. I baked them at 375 for about 13 minutes. Sprinkled some 10x sugar on top after pulling them out of the oven. Tasty. I have some leftover cream cheese mix in the fridge. I probably could have done two cans of crescent rolls with this mix. I only had one. Oh well, I will find something to spread that cream cheese on I am sure. 

On days where I am home all day, I like to light some candles. It adds more warmth to the house. I think I have one of these Kringle Candles lit in every room. They smell so good! 

After Mr H wakes up from his little power nap, it will be time to get a jump start on clearing some of the snow. We both have to work in the morning and it will be better to start digging out now, so when morning comes, it won't be so bad. 

I have ham cubes in the crock pot warming and stuffing ready to heat up for dinner.  I also made yams earlier and will re heat them as well for supper tonight. Mr H gets a huge ham every year at Christmas from his place of employment, and today I cut it up. I made several ham steaks slices and put them in the freezer. I used the ends and one slice that I threw in the crock pot. 

Mr H brought me home some packing boxes to organize some of my crafts. My craft room is too out of control at the moment and those boxes will help me to purge. I will have save, toss, donate and sell piles to go in the boxes. I really want this year to be the year of organization. My crafting things have gotten out of control and it has begun to overtake more than the craft room. Time to ease up a bit and organize and decide what type of brand I want to be. I have too many different types of  items and to tell you the truth, shabby chic is just not popular here at this time and is very difficult to sell. My forever changing tastes have been gearing towards French Country and a lot of my shabby chic is just a bit too shabby for that style decor in my personal home anymore. 
I will never give up though, my taste for doilies, linen, galvanized, terra cotta, wrought iron, blue/clear Ball jars and enamelware. As well as lavender and sage for my choice of color. 

Monday, January 20, 2014

I Am Cuckoo Today!

I waited to post this gem of a clock I acquired because I wanted to wait until it was hung and ready to go. Along with the grandfather clock I received that belonged to my late grandfather, this clock was also in a box that came with the grandfather clock. I did not know I was getting this as well. This clock used to hang in my grandparents kitchen and I remember it fondly. 

It now hangs in my dining room/kitchen area. My father tells me that my grandfather brought this back from Germany, but I do not have an exact time. I am thinking early 1960's? The reason I say is because it has been in my grandparents house as long as I can remember, the same as the grandfather clock. 

I did a little research on how to care for this clock and it was quite simple. After I hung it on the wall, attached the pendulum and the weights, set the correct time... it began to tick tock after the first swing of the pendulum. 

In about 5 minutes, I will be running to the dining area to await the cuckoo of the clock. 

The little yellow bird inside is just waiting to come out! 

Well, between the chimes of the grandfather clock and the cuckoo of the cuckoo clock, I shall always know the time! 
Off to await the chimes and cuckoos....
I never thought I would turn into a clock aficionado! 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Nanny...

A little known fact about me here on My Home For The Holidays was that about 27 years ago, I was a nanny! 
It actually all started about 30 years ago, I worked for an agency called Nurses Available. I was not an actual nurse, but went out on Nurses Aide type assignments. I helped the elderly get up in the morning and get dressed ( in their homes ), I was a companion to a sweet 90 year old lady in the evenings and we would watch Wheel of Fortune and then I would help her get ready for bed and make sure she took her medicine, and I also was given a position to care for an infant child. 
The child's parents worked in Philadelphia and would take the train to work from Lancaster, Pa to Philly, Pa. I ended up taking this position full time, but it only lasted about 6 months as they decided to move to Philadelphia and I was not prepared at the time to move with them. They made a sweet deal for me, but I was unable to accept. I was married at the time and just could not up and leave like that! They did call me months later and asked if I could come stay with them for 2 weeks while their current nanny was on vacation. I remember taking the train down and stayed there with them and took care of their baby girl. 
A year or so had passed and with my complicated life, to make a long story short on that, I was not only divorced, but with child. When my oldest son was about 6 months old, I found out that my former employers had moved back to Lancaster, Pa. I knew she owned several apartments and I was on the hunt for a new place to live with my son. When I called her to ask her if she had any rental properties available, she asked if she could call me back. When she called me back, she not only offered me a job, but a live in apartment. The job was to be their nanny once again. It was a sweet deal, as I had my infant child with me, rent free apartment and a nanny salary as well as great people to work for. I lived in the first floor apartment and they lived in the upper levels. 
Once again, in my complicated life as I call it, I needed to move on. After a couple of years, I moved out of the apartment and later left my position as their nanny. At that point, I entered in childcare which I did for over 13 years. The people that I worked for ended up moving away again and we kept in touch occasionally. I hadn't seen them since. 
I did however, find her on facebook about a year or so ago, and we keep up with each other that way. 
Well, they live in another state, but her father lives in my hometown of Lititz. While at work today, I heard a woman speaking to one of the girls in the department next to mine. It sounded so familiar. I looked over and saw this couple. I knew right away who it was. 
When I approached them and asked " Is this the M....'s?" They quickly turned around and looked at me. I could see in his face, he just could not recognize me, but suddenly she said "LAURIE!" It finally hit him that is was me, their former nanny. Hugs all around and catching up was to be done. 
I must say, it really made my day to see them after all of these years. I would think about 23 years or so to be exact. We discussed that the next time they are in the area they would let me know and we will go out and really catch up. I would enjoy that. 
They are good people and were really good to me in a time in my life when I really needed it. 
So that is the story of how and when I was a nanny - I was not Mary Poppins, but I did enjoy it. 
So there is a tidbit of the story that is my life.....

Monday, January 13, 2014

Things Remembered - My New/Old Grandfather Clock

Last year, my grandmother ( my father's step mother ) went into a retirement home. She had to leave her home of the past 50 plus years and go to a smaller, more modest sized apartment on the retirement home grounds. My grandfather ( my father's father ) had since passed away several years ago.  My Uncle was chatting with me one day, and mentioned that he told all of his brothers that if there was anything in the house they wanted, to come and go through it before he gets rid of what she could not take with her and sells the house. 

I casually mentioned about the grandfather clock. I remember as a small child, so fascinated by the clock and it's chimes. The clock was located in the front sitting room of the house where some of us kids would always play, while the grown ups were in the living room visiting with each other. He said the clock was there and he would see what the status of it being available would be. 

A few weeks before Christmas, he called my father and said to tell me that if I wanted the clock it was mine!  One thing though, it wasn't working. I was so thrilled anyway. It did not sway me if I still wanted it. Working or not, it was one more memory of my childhood that I could cling onto. I needed to make arrangements to go pick it up. Meanwhile, we were getting the new living room flooring installed and the weather just would not cooperate. Mr H's and my own work schedule seemed to get in the way of picking it up as well as other life events and Christmas. 

Finally, yesterday, Mr H called a friend that he works with and while I was at work, the two of them went and picked up the clock. When I came home, there stood the clock in all of it's grandeur. The weights were not on as was not the pendulum as they had just returned from picking it up. My dad had suggested that I call a clock place and see if they can get it running for me. Well, little does my dad know that I am a DIY'er. I am one to see if I can do it myself before calling in the big guns and the big $$$. 

I did a little research and began to assemble the clock. Mind you, I never fussed with a grandfather clock before, but I was determined to get this piece of my history working. My dad thought it to be about circa 1960 and with my research, I think he is correct. I have to take the top casing off to find some sort of name or symbol to see where the clock was made. I have not done this yet. 

To my surprise, when I hung the first chime, the one on the left, it just started to bong... over and over again. It would not stop until I placed all three weights on. I pulled all the chains, set the clock and made sure it was in order of the quarter hours sounds and started the pendulum. IT WORKED! I called my dad and told him it was working. While talking to him on the phone it began to chime. Music to my ears. 

When I woke up this morning, I saw it gained several minutes. I read online to adjust a place on the pendulum, so we will see how that works. I am sure I will get it right, it will just take me a couple of days according to the directions/manual I found online. Also, it may need to be leveled a bit as well. Many factors come into play, and if does not keep time correctly, I will try them all. 

I will admit this though. The clock does need a cleaning on the inside. There is dust and the like and the chimes need a good polishing. I may break down and eventually get someone over to clean my clock. It would be my luck that I would try to do it and really mess it up after I got it to work. 

The next thing I do want to do is to set the moon setting correctly. I found instructions for that as well. 
Here are the links that I found online

The chimes are telling me it is time to close this post for today and get ready for work. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

What I Am Doing During This Polar Vortex Invasion...

I am sure you all have seen the news. The United States has been dealing with a Polar Vortex and in my neck of the woods, we have been affected. It is freezing cold out there. I hear colder than Antarctica! Wow! That is cold! I am fortunate enough to have the day off today and most fortunate to have a warm house to be in. If you go into our basement/family room area, it will be piping hot! The temp down there is in the 80's. Upstairs it is only about 70. Thankfully we have a wood stove to help heat the house during weather like this. I just added more wood to the fire, so I am good to go for another couple of hours before I have to fill it again. Meanwhile....

I put some ham, green beans and potatoes in the crock pot for tonights dinner. Mr H will be happy to have something warm and comforting when he comes home from work. 

I lit some candles throughout the house. 
Laundry is in the washer and the bed sheets have been changed. I have some cleaning to do as well. 

Last night, Mr H went to the local Ace Hardware store and got some incredible deals! These 5 packs of 20 each wet floor wipes were only $1 a pack!!! 100 wet floor wipes for $5! He also got some of the dry ones as well for the same price. Since we have the hardwood flooring now, I like to use these - the dry and the wet. 

Meanwhile the Christmas decor is waiting to packed away. It is piled on the living room chair and I need to down and dig out the boxes. 

I hope wherever you are, you are warm, dry and safe. On days like these, I count my blessings that I have a warm home and food in the cupboards. 

Monday, January 6, 2014

The 12th Day Of Christmas....

Well, it is day 12 past Christmas. The Epiphany. The Magi have presented their gifts to the newborn King. This is the time of year when a lot of people take down their Christmas decorations. Some people do it the day after Christmas, so do it New Years day or the day after. Some people leave the decorations up well past the Epiphany. 
To be honest, usually I take mine down right after New Years. This year is different. My schedule has been a bit more demanding. No more getting laid off in January, family functions to attend and the weather has been just crazy. Excuses, excuses. 
Since I have to work today, the later shift, the shift where you really can't start a project in the morning or finish a project after work, I will take it all down tomorrow. I was going to leave up some of the wintry things to carry me on to spring, but I have changed my mind. 
I have two major projects to do tomorrow and that is organize and purge through the Christmas decor and clean the craft room. These two projects intertwine as the Christmas decorations are stored under the basement steps in a little enclosed cubby. In front of the cubby are my craft room shelves. I don't want to have to repeat the removal of the shelves again in 2 months, as I know my schedule will not allow such a move, so it all gets purged, organized and put away. 
I know that my time here of late is precious and I have a few other things on the back burner that really need attention, so I am going to be going through the house this winter and begin the process of getting rid of unused and unwanted items. I am also going to be careful on what new/used items I bring into the house. I will also be focusing on what types of crafts I will be making this year. 
The bottom line is - I want to simplify. This coming late spring, I will be having a yard sale to beat all yard sales! Things that I have not touched this past year - like fabrics I will never use, craft basics that I have not used, objects around the house that I no longer use for decor.... all going! It has gotten so out of hand that my spare bedroom/guest bedroom is not fit for an emergency guest that may need to spend the night. That is not good. 
This years theme for me is 

The downstairs family room/basement area will be the housing area for all the boxes of things for the yard sale. If I start now, this week, I can probably do it and get the entire house organized, everything in it's place and just plain simple by springs end. 
So stick with me these next few months...
We will discuss organization and simplifying.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

A Pictorial Of My Aunt's Living Room

Each New Year's Day, we go to my Aunt's home for Pork and Sauerkraut dinner. This is my mother's sister's home and I love the way she decorates her home. These photos show a sampling of her living room. I love the look! 

Her fireplace is simple yet beautiful. The chipboard houses, the grapevine deer head and most of all the candles in the fireplace. Love it! 

She dressed up a plain grapevine deer head with red balls in the antlers and a beautiful bough of pine, pine cones and ribbon. 

I have a weakness for chipboard houses. This Victorian style home is so lovely. It is adorned with my favorite white bristle trees and silvery icy snow. All my colors! 

The little church is a great second piece to the vignette. 

Silvery, antlered deer make for nice floor display beside the fireplace. 

Another weakness of mine - urns! This beautiful urn filled with drieds and silks is just beautiful. 

A view of all of it together. From the wall color to the stone fireplace, this is just gorgeous. 

This lamp was made for her. She had bought the urn and someone had it transformed into a lamp. 

I hope you enjoyed this brief glimpse of my Aunt's home decorated for Christmas. She has many more beautiful items, but with a house full of people, I was lucky to get into this room when no one was using it. I hope to one day go back and just photograph all her lovely things. She has a true taste for decorating.

What a better place for me and my family to spend the first day of the New Year!