Monday, November 29, 2010

Red and Green = Christmas Scavenger Hunt at ESN

Ah, Thanksgiving is over.  I certainly did enjoy my pumpkin pie.  I wonder if the kids noticed that I didn't offer for them to take any extra pie home with them?  I made three pumpkin pies and used my new hand beater to beat the eggs.  Hand beater - you know, the old fashion kind (no electricity kind) - see picture >.  My daughter got me one last year for Christmas at my request.  Anyhow, I'm sure that is why the pumpkin pies looked so perfect not to mention how yummy they tasted.  Yep, I know I ate one whole pie myself (after everyone left).  You know, sometimes living alone can be sooo rewarding.  Next time for pumpkin pie is Christmas. 

Speaking of Christmas, our scavenger hunt at ESN this week is for red and green items.  How pretty and so many cool things to choose from!  Everyone is so busy listing new (old) items for the Christmas season.  Make sure you visit the eCrater Stores Network soon and check out some great holiday finds! 

From the Dress In Vintage shop, we find something that will surely excite your Santa.  This is a beautiful Red Lipstick Vintage Kayser Full Slip.  Send Santa on some errands if you want to get dressed more quickly.  This lovely lady has been in business selling online for over 10 years and has some beautiful vintage clothes including gorgeous lingerie.

Here is a great wall Christmas decoration from Walls That Talk.  A beautiful green Christmas tree.  Check out the other great wall decorations and get creative!
Look at these wonderful vinyl placemats full of Christmas cheer!  Easy cleanup and great for the kid's table.  You need to check out Yard Sale Bargains for these and some other great holiday finds.  Great price on these Christmas placemats!
OK, if you are looking for something to hang on your tree and is really cute, check out the Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd Hallmark Collectible Ornament.  I found this in the ComycGyrl store.  She has tons of really cute and unique treasures.  I'm sure you will find something that will bring back a fun memory or two.  I will always relate the doctor who delivered my youngest daughter to Elmer Fudd.  I'll tell that story later!  

                                                                                                      Want to show you these great Christmas cheese spreaders I found at Le Petit Marche - another great store at eCrater.  Aren't they wonderful?  Her store is just so much fun to browse in. 

And, here is a wonderful gift for that young person in your life that is interested in playing a musical instrument.  Hazel's Hodgepodge not only sells wonderful collectible treasures, but also sells musical instruments.  Here is a great child's guitar (and in red) at a great price.  

Hope you've enjoyed the scavenger hunt this week.  And, more important, hope it has given you some ideas for Christmas decorating plus a few gift ideas.  There are so many great eCrater stores.  Visiting the eCrater Stores Network will let you meet some of the great store owners adding a great personal touch to online buying.  Only 26 more days until Pumpkin Pie! 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

T.H.A.N.K.S. - An ESN Scavenger Hunt

In just a few days, Thanksgiving will be here and time to spend with family and friends or just relax and watch TV or read a good book.  Personally, I can't wait for the pumpkin pie!  Our scavenger hunt at the eCrater Sellers Network this week will be finding items for each letter of THANKS.  Sounds pretty simple, right?  Well, this was harder than you might think.  Hope you enjoy what I found ........

   Here is a very pretty retro-looking shoulder tote from Barb's Bargains ecrater store.  Love the pinks in this bag!  All cotton, this tote is a Bag Hag by Jessica tote.    

h  From Another Time Antiques, I found this gorgeous handpainted collector plate with green, red and blue grapes.  The artist signature is Joan Kemblowski.  This is so pretty!  She has so many great collector plates. 

Look at this cute Animal pin from Bargain Express.  This silvertone pin has a cow, rooster and pig anchored to a barn with pretty colorful beads and is just so unique. 

n    Here is a great gift idea, a pretty Napco Christmas figural lady planter from Katzz-Kloset.  From the 1970s, this sweet girl is all dressed in white with presents in hand.  She would be perfect holding a finger cactus.  Be careful handling that cactus, though.

k    Eccentric Thrifter store includes some beautiful knitted hats and scarves.  I just love this red boucle toboggan knitted hat with orange, raspberry, purple dark grape yarns - Delicious! 

 Now who is everyone waiting for as they are watching the Macy Day parade on Thanksgiving morning?  Santa of course!  What a wonderful Star Santa Vinyl for your wall.  Check out T Storm Graphics for this and other wonderful ideas to get your walls to talking.

I know I have so much to be thankful for - a wonderful and loving family and beautiful memories.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Family Traditions Are For The Present

Thanksgiving will soon be here and for the past couple of years we have not had our traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the family members. With trips up to Indiana, our family traditions have sort of taken a back seat. 

Growing up, we lived with my grandmother off and on for much of my childhood.  She was the oldest of five children and grew up on a farm.  She taught me how to sew and cook and I was very close to her.  Family tradition was very important to her and that included birthdays.  We had quite a few birthdays in December.  My great-grandfather's birthday was on the 22nd and mine was on the 26th.  My youngest daughter was born on the 12th.  This picture was taken at my grandmother's house in celebration of our three birthdays.  My great-grandfather turned 90 years old.  I turned 24 and my daughter 2.  Yes, our birthdays were usually celebrated on Christmas.

As I was looking at some of these old pictures and thinking about earlier memories of our family - (this picture is my grandmother, mother, me and my brother), I was thinking how safe I felt as a child.  I had both my grandmother and mother to talk to about anything.  Sometimes I miss her so much.  Then the phone rang and it was my oldest daughter.  "What are you doing for Thanksgiving", she asked.  She was going to have to work part of Thanksgiving day (retail never sleeps) and then go in early Friday morning.  I hadn't had Thanksgiving dinner for two years.  I have 3 grown kids, 7 grandchildren and a great-grandson and they all live close to me.  That certainly isn't very common in this day and age.  So, our Thanksgiving tradition is returning this year.  Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on TV in the morning!  Football the rest of the day!  All the traditional foods including my grandmother's pumpkin pie.  Although I know the recipe by heart, I will get out her hand-written recipe and read it.  At the end of the recipe she wrote "Good pie" and that will make me feel safe.  I will feel her love and I will smile. 

"Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother's house we go"  

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone  

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Kitchen Scavenger Hunt at ESN

It's almost time for Thanksgiving and then Christmas is just around the corner.  Such a great time of year spending time with loved ones and friends.  For some of us, the kitchen is the heart of the home.  Any successful holiday gathering starts in the kitchen.  Whether you are getting ready for that dinner party for friends,  the holiday meal for family or baking cookies with your kids and grandchidlren, the kitchen is where a lot of wonderful memories are born.  Our ESN scavenger hunt this week involves the kitchen.  So, let's get started and prepare for the Holidays!       

This Pie Plate and Cover offered by Bargain Express is just too cool.  Show off the pumpkin pie in style!  These always look so pretty sitting on a buffet.

And, you all know how we have to set up card tables for extra eating areas.  Here is a pretty Franciscan gravy boat - not only great for turkey gravy but you could also use it as a serving dish for just about anything and the spout would be a great spoon rest.  Check out Hazel's Hodgepodge for this and other great items. 

And of course you will need an apron to protect your holiday clothing.  Here is a Pumpkin Pie apron embroidered by Embroidery Fashions Boutique.  I bet you can find other cute aprons for your grandkids to wear while they are helping you bake all those goodies.  Oh, I think licking the spoon counts as helping!  

Look at this pretty Apple Candy Dish from Cleo's Collectables.  This dish could be used for a multitude of great dishes.  Don't forget homemade fudge, peanut brittle and divinity. 
I loved watching my grandmother cook and bake.  She always wore an apron and I always got to lick the spoon! 
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!   

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Scavenger Hunt in the Snow?

Scavenger hunt parameters from ESN for this first week in November - warm, fuzzy, cozy.  Hmmm, sounds too much like winter for me.  I have to tell you, I am NOT a cold weather person.  Gave that up about 11 years ago by moving south to North Carolina.  Oh, we sometimes get snow, but they know how to handle it down here - YOU STAY HOME!  No big deal, it's usually gone by the next day, anyhow.  It's perfect!  I just don't understand why anyone wants to go outside and freeze you know what off.  I mean, losing the feeling in your fingers and toes, not to mention your face freezing up and not feeling your nose run.  That's just not my kind of fun, not cool at all.

OK, so back to the scavenger hunt - hmmm - warm, fuzzy and cozy!  Well, it definitely means staying in the house to me - baking smells from the kitchen, candles burning, watching football and sitting in a comfy chair.  Maybe a little sewing or crocheting, but only if I get bored watching football and eating warm cookies or banana bread (probably both) and drinking hot chocolate.  Hmmm, seem to have a one-track mind.

The one thing I do like about Winter is winter fashion - love the wool suits with long skirts and tailored jackets worn with tall dress boots (late 70s and erly 80s style).  Here is a beautiful scarf from Barb's Bargains to dress up that tweed suit.  Beautiful!    

I love burning candles in the winter.   Look at this unusual candle holder that I found in Cleo's Collectables eCrater store.  Isn't it just too cool!  It's called the Aftican Tribal Figurine candleholder.  It is about 10 inches tall by 10 inches wide.  Perfect for an end table or use as a centerpiece.  Think she only has one of these left.

Must include baking during the winter season - the aroma of cookies, breads and pies through the house.  Makes me all cozy and warm.  Found a wonderful cookbook from Sadie Bell's Books - Gracious Goodness Christmas in Charleston Cookbook
Charleston, SC is one of my favorite places to visit.  If you have never visited this wonderful southern city, you really must. 

Unfortunately, I do need to go out in the winter to work - yes, the 40s and 50s are cold enough for me.  I just love this scrarf and hat set handmade by Wolfie at the Eccentric Thrifter.  Love the colors.  This would surely keep me warm going from the front door to the car.....

Well, I'm ready to curl up with a good book and relax in my cozy home.  Hope you enjoyed the scavenger hunt today and stay warm!