Saturday, November 21, 2015

It Was Like Christmas Morning!

Here's how it went down.

I put on my "workin" clothes, hauled out the Christmas decorations, turned on the Christmas tunes and got to it.  I have to say .........I thank myself (great habit I learned many years ago) every year for going to the effort, the previous year, to pack everything away carefully.  When I unpack my decorations they always look as good as they did the previous year, nothing is broken and assembly is easy and organized.  That's just me though.  I know there are many of you out there like me.  Wasn't always that way though.....just sayin!!

I love to shop the sales.  I love to get deals and coupons are my friend.  I try and save a few extra bucks each year cause I know that prior to Christmas, when I'm picking up those last minute things there is a good chase a deal can be had.  Sometimes better than after Christmas as those deals ....may be gone.  I'm always looking.  I seem to always get one or two great things and pack em away for next year.

Well, this year was exciting.  I was opening boxes and finding things I had totally forgot I had bought the previous year, on sale of course.  One was a pack of three plug thingy's you pop into an outlet, plug your lights into and voila .....remote on and off switches.  No bending, gently pulling - yanking sometimes (not a good thing) to unplug all those gorgeous decorations you spent hours lighting.  Cool.
The second was a bag full (six to be exact) of 12", sequined deer for my family room tree.  Score!
Third and probably my most favourite of unexpected surprises was a 4' prelit Christmas tree in an urn.  I remember I got it 60% off.  Weeeeeee!!  It probably only had a string of about 100 lights which for this, unacceptable.  Lights make the tree.  Lights make every decoration.  Just sayin!!!

Having purchased several boxes of lights this year, on sale of course (surprise), I threw another 200 hundred lights on.  


Rule of thumb is 100 lights per foot.  With my 60% off, 4 ft tree and two extra strings of lights (on sale), I not only have a great deal, I have a stunning tree.  I was so excited, it was like Christmas morning.  

Watch for the sales, plan ahead and you'll save a lot of money. 
The'll have amazing, current, wonderful looking decorations year after year.  

The one thing I found and have heard over the years, people felt their decorations were old and they couldn't afford to replace them.  By purchasing items on sale, you can keep your Christmas stash fresh while saving money. 


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Squint Now - Thank Me Later

I don't even know where to start with this one.

Don't laugh, OK?  Try it then let me know if it works for you too.

There have been some things, over the years, tricks or whatever you want to call them that I've done to help me....figure things out when decorating.  This one trick is probably the most simple and  unconventional thing ever.  I squint.  Squint?  Yup ....squint.

When adding lights to any of my Christmas decorating and wanting to make sure there are no bare spots, I SQUINT!!  That's right.  Squint.

When you squint all the lights will become blurry and you"ll be able to see if you've got any bare spots.  Crazy I know....but it works!

Once you've decided where the bare spots are, you can adjust your lighting where necessary.

Simple, but it works.


Monday, November 16, 2015

When Purchasing New Lights For Christmas Decorating - A Tip

It's that time of year again!

"The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year."  

I think so anyways.

Well, I had to purchase some new lights this year as some ....didn't quite make it.  Although I test, fold up, wrap and package all my lights carefully every year, that doesn't mean they make the cut when decorating the following year.

I couldn't miss this opportunity and thought it would be a perfect time to pass along a tip.

If you are planning on purchasing new lights or,  have all ready, here is a great tip I think may be of interest.

Here are my new lights taken out of the box

Save that piece of wire that is wrapped around the lights.

Here you can see I have removed the wire

This wire will become very useful when decorating.  The single most useful purpose for me,
wrapping this wire around garland to secure it to my hand rail as seen below.  The colour of 
the wire matches perfectly with the garland, it won't ruin or mark the wood and no one will see
it.  It's reusable too.  Score!

For any extras, I put them in a named ziplock bag for future use.  I'm a bit of a ziplock bag

So, when it's time to take down the decorations, I place the used wires into the named 
handy dandy ziplock bag so I'm ready for next year.  

Happy Decorating!!


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

It Was So Cold Yesterday…...

"Everyone together now"

((   How Cold Was It?   ))

It was so cold …...people were trying to see just how quickly things would freeze outside.

Local news station put a wet t-shirt outside and it literally froze in less than five minutes.  Stiff!!  

A man squirts boiling water from a water gun outside and as water is shot out, it freezes instantly. 

Not to be outdone, I had to try my own test of how cold it was outside. 
Something I thought made a little more sense!!

Not chilled

Really chilled

Didn't take long to chill ( I mean CHILL) my wine - minutes.  
And that's a good thing!


Monday, January 6, 2014

Wacky Weather

First a snow storm.

Then an ice storm.

Have you ever heard of a "frostquake"?

(Known to experts as cryoseisms, frostquakes happen when moisture that has seeped into the ground freezes very quickly. It expands and builds up pressure, causing the frozen soil or rock near the surface to crack, emitting a sound that people have likened to a sonic boom.)

Well, I hadn't.  That was next. 

Which brings us to today.  

Information from Environment Canada and provided by CBC says….

"Temperature could drop to -40 C with windchill by Tuesday morning"

"Tomorrow is set to be the coldest January 7th ever they say. By a long shot." 
"Environment Canada predicts it will be -25 C tomorrow morning. That would smash the current record cold of -20 C, set back in 1968 (Environment Canada has been recording temperatures at our local airport since 1960.)"  "And that -25 C will feel worse due to a frigid wind chill. Environment Canada said it could feel as cold as-40 C in the wind, just three degrees shy of our all-time wind chill record, set on Jan. 19, 1994."
Hopefully the power won't go out again.  That wasn't fun - at all.  
Hello Spring?  Can you hear me?  

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Until Next Year

I've taken down Christmas 2013!

It's been a busy weekend and very productive. 

It can't be any other way - I'm an Elf!  

Image from GoodHousekeeping - Great Magazine

 If you're reading my blog for the first time, welcome!  If you've been one of my amazing followers and blog friends (love you all..and thank you) you may remember that I worked at a magical store called "The Elves Workshop".  I was one of "The Elves".  I worked there for many years and it truly was an amazing experience.   We sold everything "Christmas" and then some.  Besides all that was Christmas we had items such as mirrors, lamps, table decor and anything else that would help make any house a home.  Hostess gifts were a big seller.  Entertaining items would fly off the shelves.  We were known for our Christmas trees and fabulous decorations.   People would come from miles around to see what the year was showing.  What was new.  What they could purchase to add to their collection of Christmas decor.  Many would ask for "The Elves" to make something special for them.   Whether it was for a gift, mantle, wreath, two foot fully decorated Christmas tree, possibly spruce up an older piece they wanted updating or perhaps a couple new bows for their outdoor house lights.  We were there to create the magic, and we did.  She taught us how.  Myself, I was like a sponge.  I was young and I wanted to learn.   I thought this woman was a genius.  She could create magic in an instant.  I wanted to know everything and how to do everything.  I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to have learned from one of the best.  That's not only my opinion but the opinion of many in the business.  Not only did we learn how to decorate, we learned how to un-decorate.  Hmmmmm?  Is that even a word?  We learned how to put ornaments on a tree and how to take ornaments off a tree.  There is a way you know.  Who would have thunk?  We learned if it came out of a box, it went back in that same box.  She showed us how.  We learned how to put lights on a tree, how to take them off and package them up - neatly.  We were taught that if you take a few extra minutes putting your Christmas decor away it will not only save time when putting it back up the following year, your Christmas decor will LAST!  You've spent good money on your decor so take care of your investment.  Great advice!

It's "The Elves Workshop" way.

My way.

This is what I was taught, how I decorate and un-decorate.

Her name was Lois Stanger and she has been helping to decorate Heaven for a few years now.

Thank you Lois!


Friday, January 3, 2014

Summing Up Christmas

And to Marianne….
Here is the pinecone you asked for
It graced my mantle

To my dear friend "Pixie"

Thank you!


Sunday, January 6, 2013

What To Say?

So much time has passed since my last "real" post.  I don't want to go into why I haven't posted anything because it doesn't really matter in the scheme of things.  You can tell a sad story and someone always has one worse.  You can tell a "hero" story and someone always has one better.  I'm not the kind of person who looks for a "Oh my goodness, poor you" or "Oh my goodness, you're amazing.!"
Let's just is interesting and throws you curve balls.  We all do what we need to do!

There are a few people I want to thank for standing by me.  They have kept in touch, sent e-mails, and never asked for anything more than letting me know....they are there!  Not that I expect anyone to take time out of their busy day, and lets be honest ....we are all busy!  I really want to let them know I haven't forgot about them and they mean the blog world to me.  You guys.....really do!  From the bottom of my heart, Thank You!!!!'re the best.  I was beside myself when I opened your card at Christmas.  A card that came across the pond at what I believe to be the most wonderful time of the year!  You don't know how much that meant to me .....  and I shared it with everyone that came to my home over the holidays.  Love you!
Thank you!!!!

Gay, Tony, Kay and've always been there for me!  A BIG Thank you to you!  Love you guys too!

To all my followers, I won't disappoint.  I'm planning on coming back - bigger and stronger.  I just need a little more time.  I've got some really great things coming, I promise!

Where ever you are in your day, I hope you're enjoying it.
Wishing you many wonderful creations!


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Second Blog Candy Winner!

The Candy.....


The Winner....


I was thrilled to see that I had so many entries for my second Cuttlebug Blog Candy.  There were 161 Inlinkz entries and 18 more via e-mail.  Thank you to everyone who entered and Congratulations
to renaissance.lady, the lucky (e-mail) winner.

Please send me your information and I will get your Cuttlebug to you.


First Blog Candy Winner....

The Candy.......

The Winner....



Kay Hammock

This is such a beautiful bracelet!  Kay, I hope you enjoy wearing it as much as I've enjoyed being able to offer it to one lucky person! 
Please send me your information ( and I will get your gorgeous bracelet out to you.

Once again....Congratulations!  


Thursday, March 1, 2012


Thank you to everyone who has visited, left comments and joined in my blog candy giveaways!  I am gathering all the necessary data,  making the draws and announcing the winners of both the bracelet and Cuttlebug this weekend.  I wish you all - good luck!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Not much to share on my desk, sorry!  It's been an interesting few weeks.  So much has happened ....and all at once!

When family and friends are in need of help....we respond!  That's what we do.  It's the right thing to do!   I'm doing what I can to help and I believe I'm making a difference.   Sometimes you can't do anything but wait and that's the most difficult of all, you feel helpless.  My decision to put blogging aside for a couple of weeks and help out has been difficult, but necessary.   I know you understand.  I haven't gone anywhere, I'm still here.  I'm just so happy I am able to help and it feels so good!

Wishing you many wonderful creations!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012


 One of the many things WOYWW is responsible for is showing us all how quickly time flies!  You gotta wonder, are there any other days in the week?  Sometimes it doesn't feel like it ....does it?!!

I'm busy painting ceilings and walls so that's been keeping me away from my craft table lately.  Sadly I don't have anything in the way of paper, stamps, glitter or glue to show you today but I will share my evening project.  It's an afghan I'm crocheting for my new great niece, I'm trying to get it finished before the baby shower. 

If you are curious about the acronym WOYWW or why I'm sharing a picture of my afghan, click on The Stamping Ground where you'll find several others just like me doing the same.  I'm not going to tell you anymore, you'll just have to visit the link above yourself and join in some fun and escape to many different places around the world. 

Last week I wasn't able to visit everyone ((sigh)) and I'm not sure I'll be able to this week either.  I've got my "honey do" list to look after first before I can once again get back into my regular crafty routine.  I'm going to try do my best though, I promise.

Where ever you are in your day, I hope you're enjoying it.
Wishing you many wonderful creations!