Sunday, December 4, 2016

Christmas in the Camper

I finally did it!  I decorated my camper for Christmas!  It's been an item on my Christmas bucket list for awhile now and today was the day I finally did it.  And I got it done just in time because a big storm is rolling in.
The outside is nice and welcoming.  A wreath on the door, a Santa star on the lantern and a bucket full of pine cones with a red bow. 
It's cold outside and my little fireplace heater warms up the camper nice and quick.  My vintage ceramic tree fits so perfectly on the dining table.  
I hung a red, white and green yarn garland from the front cupboards and 2 burlap stockings hang from there as well.   

A couple of fun vignettes on the table, the fireplace and the counter were really fun to put together. 

We have a TV/VCR/VHS player set up out here and one of my favorite things to do out here during the holidays is watch some classic Christmas movies.  The bed is all made up and ready with lots of fluffy pillows and warm cozy blankets.  I am going to mix up a batch of my favorite hot cocoa and we will enjoy it out here while we watch our movies.
Yesterday, we had our annual Christmas baking day at my mom's house and we made lots of yummy stuff.  These peppermint frosted chocolate cookies will go great with the cocoa! 
I have a holiday scent in my cute Scentsy warmer that makes my camper smell extra Christmas-y too!  I love using this warmer all through the year in my decorating.  This vignette is my favorite. 
Here is a view from the outside looking in.  So cozy and warm and inviting and I can't wait to go watch Christmas movies out there tonight! 
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Friday, December 2, 2016

Handmade Items for Sale

The Holiday Pop-up Sale I participated in this week went better than expected.  There was no advertising so the fact that I sold anything at all is pretty amazing.  Here are a few things still for sale.  If you would like to buy anything, please email me at   I take Paypal.
Book page wreath with sheet music and vintage Santa graphic, red glitter, baking twine bow. 2 feet wide. $20 + shipping 
Vintage inspired dictionary glitter necklaces. Sparkle, Shine, Radiance, Glitter or whatever word you would like circled in German glass glitter on a 24 inch chain with a star and rhinestone charm. $10 each +shipping 
Christmas Rag Garland. 3 ft wide. $10 + shipping
Winter Snowflake Rag Garland. 2 feet wide. $10 + shipping 
Red, Black & White Buffalo Check Rag Garland. 1.5 feet wide. $10 + shipping 
Christmas Ornaments
Wood & Vinyl $5
Plastic & Vinyl-large $5
Plastic & Vinyl-small $2
+ shipping 
Let it Snow vinyl blocks $5 + shipping

Thanks for looking!

Monday, November 28, 2016

A Busy Thanksgiving Weekend

How was everyone's Thanksgiving?  Ours was wonderful!  Cody and I stayed home and had our own little Thanksgiving dinner-just the two of us.  I made a whole dinner and desserts and we snacked on leftovers all weekend.  
My mom came and stayed the night Thursday so we could get up and go Black Friday shopping.  But the highlight of my Black Friday was getting to photograph my friend's baby boy being born.  Since I will never get to experience giving birth myself, being there and witnessing it is the next best thing.  Here is a picture of me holding the new little baby boy!
I've been busy crafting lots of new things using vinyl.  I am learning, it is definitely trial and error!  Here are a few things I have made that I love, love, love.  We are having a craft fair at work this week and I hope to sell a few things.
These necklaces are so much fun too.  A little German glass glitter, some vintage dictionary words, a few baubles and bits and these are such pretty necklaces that I am sure people will love. 
Blocks for winter-we are still waiting for some snow here! 
And we ended our weekend in our traditional way-homemade turkey noodle soup.  Homemade noodles are the only way to go when it comes to this soup.  It is so delicious and we love this Thanksgiving weekend tradition! 

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Living Room Makeover Part 1

It's the time of year again where I am swamped every weekend taking fall family photos.  It's also getting to be the time of year where we move back inside the house to do some projects.  The last two weekends we have been working in the living room.  I wanted to show you the progress so far.
We painted 2 of the walls this beautiful aqua/grey color called Neo-Mediterranean Mist from Home Depot.  Once we had the walls painted, I started getting stuff hung on the walls.  I still have a chicken wire window pane, a farmhouse sign and we will see what else left to hang.   
We still have to finish staining the wood paneled walls and add paneling to the other wall that you can't see.  We took down the horrible valance that was hanging above the window and hung a weathered piece of rustic wood.  We had a little hiccup with the curtain rod but once we get that figured out, I will be hanging drop cloth curtains. 
I have discovered how much fun making vinyl signs is recently and I have made a few for our living room makeover.  See the 2 dogs on the couch?  This sign is perfectly fitting for them and the dog not pictured!  I love this sentiment so much and it is so true.
I love these chevron arrows and had Cody help me make these.  I stained them with vinegar and steel wool and they are a nice touch to the look I am going for in this room.
I got this big white clock on sale at Lowe's for $11 this summer and I love it.  I made the sign (not perfect, but I am still learning this vinyl stuff), got the P at Michael's and the key is a ceramic thrift store find that I painted white.  More will be added and I will be sure to share the completed living room makeover once we are done!

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Tea Cup & Mug Exchange Goodies & More

I joined Stephanie's Tea Cup & Mug Exchange for the 2nd time this fall and as usual, it was such a great exchange!  Here is what I sent to Sarah:
She collects aprons and when I found this sweet floral one, I knew I had to send it to her.  The mug is just too cute and I filled it with coffee, cocoa and a doilie.  I made a card for her and sent a glittered white rose clip too.  I hope you enjoyed your goodies Sarah! 
Sweet Anna sent me 2 mugs.  The yellow one has a heart in the bottom so when you are done drinking, you get a little surprise.  She made the white one and the back has mountains on it.  That one is going in the camper to enjoy up in the mountains! 
She also sent a little package of Earl Grey tea, a hazlenut candy bar that was delicious and the clips and twines are to be used to hang pictures.  What an adorable idea!  My most favorite part of the package was the amazing moving card she made me. 
Just move the little arrows and the girl takes a picture, flash and all!  She is so talented and she sings too.  Thank you so much Anna for everything! 
I cannot even believe that we are in November already.  This year has flown by!  I had a fun Halloween and we dressed up 80's style at work.  Can I have crimped hair everyday? 
Since I only get 4 trick or treaters, I make extra special treats.  I cut out vinyl bats to put on these little flashlights and packaged them up with some candy.  They were a hit! 
And I just had to share this little makeover I did on a dollar store carvable pumpkin.  Some acrylic paint, rolled fabric roses and a seam binding bow and you have pure beauty! 
And the winner of the Ramsign is Margaret.  There weren't very many comments and I got only a few email entries so your chances were pretty good.  Congrats Margaret!
Happy November friends!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

New Collections & Old Collections

Gurley Candles.  They are just so cute and when I spotted these at one of my favorite thrift stores a week ago, I knew I had to get them.  Although 2 is not really a collection, I am on the lookout for more now!
These are in excellent condition and were marked 29 cents each.  It appears they were cheaper now than they were brand new.   
Shiny Brites.  Now these I definitely have a lot of, I just can't pass them up when I see them.  I got 2 boxes for 99 cents each last week and there are some really unique ones in here. 
The stars and snowflakes are my favorite ones.  These didn't come in a Shiny Brite box but they are all marked Shiny Brite on the metal clip. 
The pink one in the middle is so cute.  Clearly it was meant for a baby girl.  I have never met a Shiny Brite that I didn't love! 
Vintage Tablecloths.  I found this one at the same thrift store for $1.50 and I loved the sweet orange roses and white daisies.  I have no idea what the pattern is called or the brand.  Any ideas. 
It fits right in with my other tablecloths that I have been collecting.  There's the pastel plaid, red gingham, poinsettias, Christmas angels, orange poppies, Thanksgiving turkey and my new one.  So many more tablecloths to collect! 
Collecting things is so much fun and it feels like every time I turn around, I find something new that I just want to collect!

Don't forget to enter my Ramsign Giveaway!

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Ramsign Giveaway

If you haven't heard of or seen these amazing signs from Ramsign, you must be living under a rock!  I've entered giveaways and have never won myself and I have hosted giveaways and love when I get to notify the winner.
These signs come from a rich history of a love for vintage advertising signs.  As a vintage lover myself, I would be so happy to add this perfect vintage touch to my own home. 
With so many styles to choose from, you are bound to find one that you can't live without!  These would also make awesome Christmas gifts, especially for the person who has everything. 
Before we had our forever home, I knew that I would get the numbers of my anniversary: 61309.  Now that we have our forever home, I would love to have a sign for both! 
Which one would you pick?  Visit Ramsign and tell me which sign you just couldn't live without.  I will pick a winner on Friday, October 28th and notify you via email.  Winner will receive a house number sign valued up to $99. (You don't have to have a blog to win, just make sure I can email you.)
This is the one I have my eye on, how about you?