The only way to have a friend is to be one....Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Decorating - Just Getting Started

I finally had to go to the doctor on Wednesday, my cold was not getting any better, but worse.  Well, it was no surprise that he told me I have Bronchitis, I've been fighting this thing for almost 2 weeks and am now on antibiotics, so I'm starting to feel better.   Thank goodness!

Just getting started with my Christmas Decorating!  The worst part is digging through totes and trying to decide what to use this year.....

I have a few pictures of my progress so far, still have a long way to go!  Haven't even unpacked the big Christmas Tree yet...

Hubby made this Tool Box in shop class in the 7th grade...

A couple outdoor pics.....

Here's my booth at the Craft Show last weekend... 


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving - Black Friday Sale

Wishing you and your family a peaceful and safe Happy Thanksgiving....
Get your Shopping and Wish Lists ready for my Black Friday Sale. Starting at 7:00 pm on Thanksgiving Evening, I will open the doors to a storewide sale. From the comfort of your own home enjoy a 15% discount, no early mornings, no crowds, no standing in lines. You are sure to find something special for someone special (maybe even yourself) on your gift giving list. Click here to visit my website

People it's nice to remember at Christmas time:
  • Mail/Parcel Delivery Persons
  • Teachers
  • Hair Dressers
  • Elderly Neighbors
  • Resident of a Group Home
Blessings to you and yours,

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Little Late......

I had good intentions of taking part in Misi's Tuesday Display Chain this week.  Unfortunately, I was under the weather with "something".  I don't know if I have a cold/flu/overdose of candle scents?  It really had me down for a couple days, but now I am starting to feel a bit better.

  I thought I would share one of the pictures I had taken for the Display Chain anyway.

This lantern has a double "You Light Up My Life" meaning for me.  Of course, it's a creator of light and my dear hubby made this lovely lantern for me.  He is the "Light Of My Life".  He is my rock, my friend, my companion and the one I share my dreams with.  Love You, Honey!

I have a busy day ahead of me today, my Christmas Show is but 2 days away and I'm not ready!  I am still working on a few prims, I need to get my display out and cleaned, price everything, pack it all up and, and, on a couple of orders...   Yikes!  if anyone can spare a few hours out of their day, send them my way please.

Here's Gary!, let me tell you that he is one of the laziest cats that I have ever known.  The other day, he managed to find a "wild hair" somewhere and climbed a tree to play.  He was so funny, full of spunk and having a blast!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Happy Birthday Dad - His Story, My Memories

Wishing you Dad a Happy 97th Birthday today. Yes, my Dad would have turned 97 years old today. Now, please don't let out the secret of his real age, (he'd probably skin me alive) cause if anyone ever asked Dad how old he was, the answer was always 39!

Dad was born November 15, 1913 in French Creek, NY.

Dad's Baby Shoes and Ring

He grew up on a Homestead there, rode his horse to the School House and helped out with the farming.

A picture of my Dad from 1928, he was 15 at the time.

Dad, Grandpa Theodore John and Grandma Myra
(even though I never got to meet them, I know they would have been wonderful Grandparents)

He always had an interest in horses. In his younger years, he owned Race Horses and traveled a circuit to local racetracks with his horses and jockeys.

Dad was a Drummer, playing in different bands throughout the years.

He owned and operated a trucking business and was also a farmer. He hauled livestock to Auctions, Fairs, etc. One of Dad's many trucks in the background of above photo.

Dad married Mom on April 12, 1971 and I came along in 1974. Can you say, "WOW", Dad was 61 years old at the time and Mom was 44.
(I can remember growing up and folks who didn't know us always thought they were my Grandparents, but let me tell you, Dad was always very proud to say, "No, she's my Daughter!)

He continued to drive his Cattle Truck and took Mom and I along most everyday. From the time I was in diapers, I rode in that truck. It was a Cab-over International, a red one, when it was nap-time I was tucked into a make-do bed built behind the truck seat (of course that was before carseats).
I have many good memories of the many miles we traveled in that truck.

Just before I went to school, Dad got his leg broke while loading a cow. He couldn't work so he stayed home with me while a family friend and Mom went on the daily route. We played "school" everyday and he/we fashioned a way of getting the door open to the freezer room so I could get at the ice cream.

Dad was always there for my school activities and concerts (I could always depend on trip to McDonald's afterwards :). Very snowy trips to the Christmas Tree Farm to pick out a real tree, it HAD to be a real tree. Playing Cribbage (it's how I learned to add), making barbie doll sized pancakes that he would happily eat for breakfast and him stealing my slice of bread just when I got it buttered. I could go on and on and on, but I won't....

He was always there, the best father a girl could ask for and always so proud. And likewise, I'm proud to say that he's my Dad!

November 15, 1913 - November 26, 1991

Love and Miss You Dad......

Traci Jean aka TJ

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

My Workhorse and Her Team

I thought it would be fun to share my team of Work Horses with you. Workhorses you may say?.........those are Sewing Machines!

This is the leader of the team, my everyday sewing machine....yep, she is a young 57 years old. She was made in 1953, Model #EJ778027. She might not be much to look at, no fancy stitches either, but she can sure do her job sewing those prims.

She got all cleaned up today and oiled, so she is ready for another hundred yards of thread. This old girl belonged to my husband's Mother, bless her heart, I feel privileged to call her mine.

Next Team Member is this 1954 Singer Model #RF48. This poor girl needs some TLC. She doesn't have a belt, but if she did I think she'd be a working machine.

She came to live here a few years ago, found her at an auction.

The third in line is this precious lady. She is a 1956 Singer, Model #EL909252. She was found sitting under a table at a Garage Sale, I bought her for $5.00 with thoughts of her being a parts donor for my main lady. But, she SEWS! So she is my stand-by team leader.

Before she could take over the reins, she would need to be re-wired though.

Lastly, this is my Singer Model #F0988813, she was made in 1911. She doesn't have much Horse Power as she is an Old Treadle Machine. I suppose if I could figure out where the bobbin goes, she would sew too. I think I'll let her rest as she has probably done more than her share of work in her day. Consider her retired.

As you can see, I have a very strong team of Singers. They are my most favorite sewing machine, the only time I ever sewed on a different kind of machine was in Home-Ec class in school. Up until my Mom passed away, she too sewed on a Singer Sewing Machine, one exactly like I use everyday. So I guess you could say that the "apple doesn't fall far from the tree". (I think there was a bit of friendly family competition to see who could own the most Singers, LOL).

Wishing you all many Happy Stitches and Miles of Thread,

Friday, November 12, 2010

We Have a Bingo........

Name: Hazel Reeves
Comments: Bingo! I got all my words.

I just got this email through my store contact form....Congratulations Hazel on winning my Harvest Bingo Game!

This was Hazel's Bingo List
Name: Hazel Reeves
Comments: Harvest Bingo
1. Pumpkin Pie
2. Foliage
3. Cornucopia
4. Frost
5. Turkey
6. Candles
7. Thanksgiving
8. Brown
9. Mulled Cider
10. Squirrels
11. Gourds
12. Cornstalks
13. Wagon Rides
14. Apples
15. Harvest Blessings
16. Acorns
17. Straw bale
18. Harvest moon

It's FRIDAY!!!!!!!!! Bingo Words Day 12

So glad to see Friday roll around. I have had a really busy week and am looking forward to the weekend. Maygan has a sleepover planned tonight with a friend. Hubby and I are going to do some Christmas Shopping.

Bingo Words for today are:

Wagon Rides

Do we have a winner....we must be getting really, really close!

Blessed Weekend Wishes,

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Veteran's Day.......Christmas Prims.......Bingo Day 11

To: All the Veterans out there....

MySpace Veterans Day Graphics
I salute you...Thank You for the sacrifices you have made.
Please Thank a Veteran today and say a prayer for those men and women still deployed fighting for our Country.

Today's Bingo Words are:


I am planning another crafty day here at the Homestead. I am on a roll turning out Christmas Prims.....can't stop now, LOL! In fact, I'm not sure if I'll have room for everything at the show, the space is limited cause it's inside.

Here are some more pics of my progress.......

Santa Light Box

Homespun Stitchery Ornaments

Candy Cane Crow

Simple Grungy Black Socks

Farmhouse Christmas Door Greeter

"Olde Socks" Hanger

Please stop by York Mountain Mercantile to see all of my New Offerings.

Have a Blessed Day,

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Are we getting close to a Winner? Bingo Words Day 10

Who is the closest to getting Bingo? How many words do you need?

Today's Harvest Bingo words are

Pumpkin Patch

Yesterday I was able to finish a bunch of Christmas Stitcheries I had stitched. They are all backed, stuffed and stained ready for the show on November 20th. I have to say that I am on a roll and have quite a "pile". I think I may list a few items on my website later today/tonight and see if anyone is interested before the show.

The weather this week is so pleasant! Today it's supposed to reach a high of 58 degrees....wooo hooo.....

Tata for now,

Monday, November 8, 2010

Monday Morning Bingo Words - Day 8

Morning to All...........

There is no school today, so Maygan and Mom are going to have a fun day.

Today's Bingo Words......



Sunday, November 7, 2010

Bingo Words for Day 7

Good Sunday Morning All....Did you remember to turn those clocks back last night?

.....Bingo Words.....

Mulled Cider


Not much going on today (that I know of;), maybe I'll stay in where it's cozy warm and craft today...

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Harvest Bingo Day 6

Happy Saturday All...

I picked 3 Bingo words today, they are

Straw Bale
BONUS WORD.........Candles

Today we are going to my sister's house for my nephew Travis' Birthday. I spent yesterday in my sewing room and was able to get some more Christmas Prims started. Last night I stuffed them, now they will wait to be finished.

This is a group shot of what I have finished up so far....

I also put away Halloween and dressed up my fireplace mantel in Simple Autumn

Wishing You All a Great Saturday.....til tomorrow friends......

Friday, November 5, 2010

Harvest Bingo Words ---- Day 5

Mornin' Bingo Players........

Friday's Harvest Bingo Words are

Crisp Mornings


I will be crafting again today. I finally finished some goodes yesterday, been having a hard time getting into the "groove".

Hope you all have a great weekend.......

Don't forget to turn those clocks back this weekend!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Harvest Bingo Words - Day 4

Good Morning!

Today's Bingo Words are


Make sure you caught the Bonus Words from yesterday

Wishing you all a Splendid Autumn Day..........


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