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Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, United States
I have been crafting and doing shows for 20 plus years. I have 3 children and I love creating primitive country crafts. I am married and my husband is my biggest asset to my success. But I can't forget the help my children have been through the years and still to this day. This has been a true family event. I hope you like what you see. I have made so many friends through the years. They started out as customers an are now dear friends, and that is all worth the long hours that we all put into making our creations. I say our creations, because my husband and children help in so many ways. Enjoy my pictures and posts, have a cup of coffee and some downtime to just relax...and come back soon...from my house to yours, Denise

Friday, December 31, 2010

Last day of 2010

Well I have to say, I got a bit behind in posting, but the holidays just seem to steam roll over me. There is never enough time to do it all. Funny I seem to remember having way more time when my children were younger. I used to can and freeze vegetables, now I can barely find the time to go to the grocery store. I used to clean my whole house in 24 hours, and I would start and not stop until it was done...I took the Christmas decorations down the earliest I ever have, don't know why...just did. I have been cleaning all week, still have one bedroom to finish...liked the 24 hour window better. Now I find I have a hard time climbing on a chair, can't do it, got to use a step ladder...oh boy...old age is setting in quick.

For the most part, Christmas was very nice, quiet and uneventful in a good way. I miss the kids being small, the wonder of Santa and Christmas through their eyes are the best memories ever. The time spent with my Grandmother is etched in my memories like it was yesterday. I spent a lot of time with her. Even when my husband Jim and I were dating, when everyone else went to bars, we went down her house to play cards with her. Every time we would win a hand, she would say, "That's not a bit nice"....Every Tuesday after I got out of work, I took her to the grocery store. When she died I felt a big part of me died with her. I loved spending time with her, she was a kind, loving Grandmother. No matter what I told her, she never judged me or got angry. I have to admit, Christmas for me is more of a sad time, and I would be ok if I just didn't relive what used to be. I think you can tell a lot of my thoughts are in the past. But enough about that, this year we did have quite a bit of fun.

We all played poker on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day after our meal. We also tried a new Scrabble type game, Slam I think is the name. It is played with letter cards..it was fun, had a lot of laughs. We usually put together a puzzle, but we didn't do that this year....we had so much fun playing the games. There was so much food...we always make way too much, but better too much than not enough I always say. All the hustle and bustle leading up to Christmas is so time consuming and it is already over in a flash.

I will post a few pictures of my children whom I love dearly. The first picture is my my middle daughter Taryn, then my youngest daughter Jaime, and finally the last one is of my oldest, my son Kyle. Great looking kids aren't they, at least I think so...I hope everyone has a safe New Year's Eve and a very Happy New Year to come. From my house to yours: Denise

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve 2010

Well Christmas Eve is here, quickly I should add. So many weeks of preparing, shopping, baking and decorating...and it is upon us already. I only had 5 days to do all of what was needed. Working craft shows up until the last minute doesn't leave very many weekends free. I hope that everyone enjoys their Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For me personally, I wish there was small children still here in our home, but they all have grown. And there is no grandchildren yet, so Christmas is very different from when my children were small. I finished up my errands today, left really early to beat the traffic and crowds and it worked out good. Now to make some food for tonight and tomorrow. I wish a wonderful holiday to all, remember during the cold months to bring in our furry creatures.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Almost Christmas 2010

For some reason this time of year makes me happy, but yet sad. So many memories, some good, some not so good. Family members that are no longer with us, especially the ones that made the holidays so "special". Remembering Christmas as a child, it was such a special time. So many questions, like how does Santa fit down the chimney, and how can he eat so many cookies and drink so much milk in one night. Christmas is so much the children. Seeing it through a child's eyes is just magic. I loved when my children were small and they believed in Santa. Especially the early morning with them running into our bedroom and shouting, Get up Mommy and Daddy, Santa was here..and the opening of presents, the happiness of a simple toy just made it so wonderful. There is nothing like the magic of Christmas for a child.

The person I miss most is my Grandma. She was the magic in Christmas especially when I got older. The meals at her home, like Santa she had a "twinkle" in her eyes. She is gone now since 1977, and I miss her today like the day she passed. I am going to end this post in memory of my Grandma, her name was Agnes and she lives still very much in my heart. Have a wonderful day everyone and remember the people that made your memories. Hugs to all, Denise

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Here we go, first blog

Well this is another go around at trying this blog thing. I find myself remembering a lot right now with Christmas just around the corner. We lost an important family member last week, my husband's Uncle Ronnie. What a great man, very hard to wrap my hands around the fact that he is no longer on this earth. Makes one realize how little time we all have. To make the most of each day, and think before we do or say things, and I know sometimes that is really hard to do. What a somber, yet beautiful ceremony it was yesterday when the Marines did the flag presentation, hard not to tear up and feel a bit lost. But as we all know, we can never go back, only forward. So let's do that here, I will always remember Uncle Ronnie, but a smile is needed now.

So lets start with the fact I am sorta brain dead on ideas for the spring. Spring is not my season, well neither is summer. I have so many new things floating around in my head for fall and winter that I never get them all done. I have to really concentrate to make new things for this upcoming time of year. I will post some pictures as I go, probably starting with some winter and Christmas. I will show you some of my home decorations that I finally fit in with all my shows I had to finish up. Still have my garland to put up on my railing, but first need to replace the lights and Christmas is only 4 days away. Better get that done today.

As we go I will hopefully cheer you up, make you laugh and have you want to keep coming back. But for now, today's blog is in your honor Uncle Ronnie.