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Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Would you like to gain more readers for your blog? Make it easier for readers to access? Learn from other bloggers about widgets and other elements? Kim from Sophisticated Dorkiness is hosting a year-long effort for improving her blog, and is inviting others to join her. She has been blogging for less than a year and wants us to share ideas for design, interesting content, stronger writing, all things that relate to blogging, whatever your main interest might be. This is definitely one I am going to do. The first topic on January 5 will be "Setting Goals — What Is Your Blog For?"
Sarah, the Thrifty Decor Chick, is having a sharing of organizing and de-cluttering ideas on January 12. I know I always say I want to get organized as one of my New Year's Resolutions each year and it doesn't happen, so I'm getting in on this one, too! I Click her button for more information.
Lisa is hosting the 3rd annual One World, One Heart Giveaway Event. For this event you, the blogger, host a giveaway sometime after January 19 with the winner announced on February 12. The main goal of this event is to meet bloggers from all over the world, so the giveaway prize or prizes are up to you. And of course, you can enter all of the other participants giveaways, too!
Joanne, from My Little Cottage in the Making, is starting an online support group called A Better Me! They will focus on healthy eating, working out, and living a healthier lifestyle. I definitely should check this one out! Although I've been working on this for a couple of months now, support is always needed.
Monday, December 29, 2008
I am only showing one BLUE thing this week, but with three views. This little BLUE planter was always in my mom's house with a small African violet. It's not from a special manufacturer, although it is from the 1950s. She gave it to me with the African violet and I killed it. Boom! Dead in a month. I recently got some cuttings of philodendron and decided to put two small ones in the planter. One of the cuttings was long and only had 1 small leaf at the top when I planted it in June. I wish I had a picture to show of that, but I didn't know how wacky this plant was going to be.With a leaf at the top and more coming in along the stem, it should have started drooping over soon. By September it hadn't. That's the first picture. My mom encouraged me to use a string to gently pull it down and teach it to droop, but I was kind of interested to see how high it would grow upwards, so I've left it alone. In early November it was still growing strongly upward, so I took another picture.Here is the plant today, still growing upward! I wonder if it's because there's a skylight in the room.
Thanks for visiting me for BLUE Monday! Remember to stop in at Smiling Sally and visit the other participants!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
This week I have a blow-mold white and red plastic Santa in his sleigh. You'll notice that he is pulled by one animal that appears to be a female reindeer, since there are no antlers. [Edit: Justine told me that female reindeer do grow antlers! I looked it up and they have small ones in the summer months. Interesting!] Or maybe it's a horse with the mane blowing forward. I really don't know. This was a small table decoration that my aunt had from the 1950s when she got her first apartment. It feels very fragile when I pick it up, and I wrap it in bubble wrap to store it because it seems to be getting brittle.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Isn't this guy cute? I wish I knew what the card said on the inside!
Thanks for visiting! I hope you enjoy seeing what everyone else has for Blue Monday. Have a Happy Christmas!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
I have two Christmas items to share. This angel is on a rosy pink burlap background. She used to have a red velvet ribbon that hung down with three bells on it. My sister had one with an elf and we hung them on our bedroom doors every Christmas. The ribbon was a real cheapo and hanging it with tape didn't help, so all the velvet came off. I still hang her on my bedroom door, just sans bells, which is less annoying, anyway! Until I really looked, I didn't realize I had so many glass pink ornaments! The day after I took this picture I found even more! These are all vintage ornaments, given to me by my aunt when she downsized about 5 years ago, and a couple are from my childhood. I love a tree with shiny ornaments!
Enjoy your last weekend before the big holiday; we are having a series of storms here in MA. It looks pretty, but it's really putting a damper on last minute errands. I'm staying in and making cookies! Don't forget to visit Beverly and the other Pink Saturday participants.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Have a very happy Christmas, everyone! Enjoy yourself as you visit the other Vintage Thingies Thursday participants at Colorado Lady!
Monday, December 15, 2008
These particular ornaments will only break if you work at it! They were produced in the USA during WWII and are made of plastic. Before this time, most shiny ornaments that American used came from Germany. These belonged to my maternal grandparents.
Let's read a Christmas book before people have to leave. I love to read out loud to my niece and nephews. There are several different books we read each year, including A Visit from Saint Nicholas, aka The Night Before Christmas. This picture is 6 years old, which is why my niece isn't wearing the cute sweatshirt I made for her. I am wearing a red and black chenille sweater and one of my vntage Christmas pins.
I hope you've enjoyed visiting my home during the Christmas season! Many people are giving house tours this week. You can find them at Boomama, Hooked on Houses, A Soft Place to Land, Thrifty Decor Chic, Tip Junkie, We are THAT Family, and many others that I don't know about, I'm sure! I can't believe how many people planned a party for the same day!