Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Found this vintage postcard last week for 50 cents.  It is made of wood!  I didn't realize it was a postcard until after I flipped it over:

Once I seen the back, I knew I had to have it.  Apparently it is from a daddy to his little girl in New Jersey.   The year is 1952 as far as I can tell.  The stamp is 3 cents.  Postcard stamps now are up to 32 cents.  I wondered who Marty Jo Sheerin is and if she is still alive.  I wondered where her daddy was when he sent the postcard to her.  I imagined him picking it out and thinking she would like it.  Now I am getting all emotional...and it is partly because...

....this is the last Hostess Raspberry Zinger I will ever eat.

Yep.  Last one in the box.  As you know, the Hostess company is no more.  Bye bye Twinkees.  I don't eat healthy.  Little Debbie runs through my veins.

Speaking of sweets, my daughter's friend shared a couple of boxes of Cracker Jack's in these retro boxes.  She knew me well enough to save them for me, LOL.  They might look cool with an Americana Annie I'm ever gonna get around to THAT! LOL! Oh well...Anyone know the number to Hoarder's Anonymous? 


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Remember Them

Thoughts & prayers for the families who didn't have homes to gather in this weekend and to decorate for Christmas due to the hurricane. They have a long road ahead! 


Saturday, November 24, 2012

If I Could Save Time In A Bottle

I was so blessed to have these past 3 days off in a row along with my husband and daughter.  We rarely get solid days off together and were able to spend quality time.  I was looking forward to this holiday for so long, to be able to be with them and bond.  I feel like my daughter is slipping through my fingers every day. 
One thing we got to do was go get her a library card.  She loves Harry Potter and has already read all but one of the books, but she is now re-reading them "in order".  While she dove into her new library book, I plopped down next to her on the couch to finish up the victorian/shabby/primitive/voyageur/woodland santa.  The material came from Jennifer of Stitchin Thyme in a spring swap we had been paired up in.  The trim on Santa's hat came from Robin of Bagg A Raggs.  She is the Queen of trims.

My daughter also wanted to go on a little road trip where we had lunch together and found this candy cane for only $4.  Love the vintage look.

This crate also come into our possession for only $8.  Always wanted a few of these.

We even had time to put up the tree without stress and she did all of the decorating while I unpacked the boxes.  A certain someone likes to sleep under the tree, if you can see her in the picture.  We even camped out on the living room floor and left the tree on all night.  

I am so thankful to have been able to spend this time with my daughter.  A true blessing.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


When we left off last time...I was wondering about staining the snowguy. I stained him good.  Like you knew that I would.  Left off the arms and will add a tag that says "let it snow".  His buddy to the right is next and will turn out something like his doodle:

And if I get that far, I'd like to try to put a victorian santa together:

.....and then some gingers and stockings and mittens and candy canes....LOL!  Never enough time to stitch!

Have a great day!  ~*~Lisa

Monday, November 19, 2012


I was the lucky winner in one of The Rusty Thimble's weekly ornament giveaways!  I love this Santa elf in a wool stocking and cap complete with a generous beard (so soft!), rusty bells and beautiful tag.  I love the details in his face - the rosy cheeks, pinch-stitched nose and french knot eyes.  Brenda also sent an extra little ornament, the glass heart, which will sparkle in the tree lights - thanks Brenda!

Last week's giveaway at The Rusty Thimble was a Blog Hop with several crafters donating 38 ornaments to one lucky winner! Congrats to Kim of Valley Primitive Stitches on this awesome win!  My ornie - "Tis the Season" Santa from a pattern by Bunny Hugs and a little ginger ornie will be traveling to you this week!

Be sure to visit Brenda at The Rusty Thimble for more wonderful weekly giveaways.  And if you don't win, chances are you can find what you want in her etsy shop.

Have a great week!


Saturday, November 17, 2012


By "pulling teeth" I mean trying to finish a craft project lately has been like pulling teeth!
Another one of my doodles on the right turned into the snow guy on the left.  Or, "is turning" into the guy on the left as the arms and scarf are not on and I still don't know if I will stain him (wanna bet I will? LOL)  He is quite white.  Not used to that.  Only been wanting to finish him up for 2-3 weeks. 

I have so many sketches and ideas and patterns drawn out on material ready to sew, but getting anywhere with them has been harder than normal lately.  But that's okay, it is what it is!

Also wanted to remind everyone that tomorrow, Nov 18th, is the last day to sign up for the massive 38 ornament blog hop giveaway hosted by The Rusty Thimble.  Click the link at the top of my right sidebar to get there! One winner will get all of the ornies pictured above!  Good luck, and thanks to all of my new blog buddies for stopping by - it's great to meet you!


Thursday, November 15, 2012


Hunters admire a buck hanging from the pole in front of their hunting shack in Washburn County. Photographed in 1969 by Dean Tvedt.  By WI DNR on Flickr

The men grow their beards and build their stands and stock up the deer camp shacks & shanty's with beer and food.  It's opening day of deer season and everyone is hoping to get their buck for the pole!  If anyone says "Ew, I don't like venison!"  They will get the response: "YOU JUST AIN'T NEVER HAD IT COOKED RIGHT!"  Radio stations in Michigan'S Upper Peninsula (and maybe Wisconsin and Minnesota) will play songs like "Da Turdy Point Buck" and "The 2nd Week of Deer Camp" ("...we drink, play cards and shoot da bull, but never shoot no deer!").

A group of deer hunters enjoy a meal around the table in hunting cabin in Florence County. Photographed November, 1943 by Staber W. Reese. By WI DNR on Flickr.

 I love these old pictures.  I remember the days before "blaze orange", then men would wear the red & black wool.  The picture above looks like a Thanksgiving dinner - look at all those happy faces.  

A light dusting of snow we received will help tracking.  Prayers for safety to all hunters this season.


Monday, November 12, 2012


One Lucky Winner will receive all of the ornies pictured above!  But you can't win unless you sign up for this awesome giveaway.  Head on over to The Rusty Thimble and sign up today! Sign-up's end on November 18th.  Over 30 ornaments donated from various bloggers make up this wonderful giveaway hosted by Brenda at The Rusty Thimble.  

Giveaway Details:
1. This is a "blog hop", so you will need to sign up on each blog that donated an ornie. Head over to The Rusty Thimble for a list of blog links.
2.  I donated an ornie Too! So you can comment on this post and follow my blog if you are not already as part of the sign-up.



Sunday, November 11, 2012


In honor of the men and women who serve our country currently and throughout the ages who have sacrificed physically, mentally, emotionally.  To many of us military service is a news blurb on the TV screen, we are so far removed from it.  Please don't forget our military and their families, keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  Be thankful for our rights and our freedoms in this country that we take for granted.  I think of the 14 year old girl ("Malala") in Pakistan who was shot by the Taliban for speaking publicly that females should have the right to attend school.  I think about Christians in China who have to meet secretly to read their Bibles and pray together.  We are not just "LUCKY" to live with the freedoms and rights we have.  Many have served to protect them over the ages.  God Bless our Vets.

President Obama and Gulf War Veteran, Tammy Duckworth, place a wreath for Veterans Day.

~♥~ Lisa

Saturday, November 10, 2012


Get Ready! Brenda at The Rusty Thimble is hosting a huge Christmas ornie giveaway starting Monday! Many bloggers have contributed handmade ornaments - my contribution is pictured above: "Tis the Season" hanging Santa from a pattern by Bunny Hugs.  The little Ginger is an ornie too!  All of the ornaments will go to ONE LUCKY WINNER! Be sure to check out the rules and sign up at The Rusty Thimble starting Monday!  Good Luck!


Friday, November 9, 2012

Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald


My father, uncles and husband sailed the Great Lakes on these iron ore freighters. It's not an easy life, but after a while, the lakes become part of who you are.
This song is close to my heart.  God bless the memories of the men who sailed on the Fitzgerald and their families.