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Hello Blogland!! I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday and last few days of 2012!!! Wow has time passed by quickly!!

I’ve been incognito the last few days. I’ve been off  (until Jan 2nd!!)and taking down all of the Christmas stuff. I love it but I was truly ready for it to be gone. And when you have a metric ton of decorations it takes a bit!! Then I cleaned the house really well and drug out the 3 bins of snowman stuff to put out!!  All I need to do it take down the garlands and such outside.

This week was my one-year Blogaversary!!! I can’t believe I’ve been a supermodel for a whole year!!! It’s been a blast! I’ve gotten over my hesitance for having my picture taken, met lots of wonderful friends and really learned a lot about myself!  I pulled up my first outfit post for a laugh!!

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And here I am one year later!! I’m rocking the awesome scarf sweet Krista and Peetee sent me!

Jeans-Walmart, Sweater, Shoes & Tshirt-thrifted

Shoes-Payless, Sweater, Trousers & Tshirt-thrifted

I’ve become more daring and colorful this past year thanks to all of your inspiration and encouragement!! 2013 will see me spreading my feathers even more! I’m planning to slide on into full vegetarianism and hopefully that will kick-start the weight-loss again. I caught the Salvation Army $1 woman’s clothing sale last week and I have a new-to-me hot pink chiffon 70’s maxi dress I want to stuff my boobage into this spring!! And a cool orange doubleknit 60’s mini-dress is waiting for me!!

Not that I make resolutions and all that crapola. I just plan to get healthier, thrift more cool stuff, sew more clothing, and create more art. To that end-this is what my work table looks like today. I have TONS of ephemera-old books, pictures, magazine and odds and ends. I decided to stop collecting (hoarding) and USE it. I’m going to make art cards and spread the love this year!

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I usually set my tripod up next to the recliner when I take my outfit photo. If I turn the camera this is who is supervising the camera-shot for me!

Miss Calliekins looking adorable!!

Miss Calliekins looking adorable!!

I’ll be linking up with the gals for the last Visible Monday of 2012!!

Everyone have a wonderful day and I’ll chat with y’all on Thursday!!

Happy New Year!!!

Tamera

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Warning: Lot’s of doggie cuteness ahead!!!

Hello Blogland!!! I hope everyone has had a Merry Christmas!!!  There will be no outfit posts as I wore a variation of the Christmas vest and tshirt combo the last couple of days. I’m off today (Boxer Day) because I’ve come down with a nasty cold AND it’s snowing again so work was going to be closing early anyway.

We were surprised on Christmas Eve with SNOW!!!! We weren’t expecting but a few flurries but wound up with 4 inches!!! It was just so so beautiful. It was a beast to drive in as we had gone to town to get dinner and then ride around and look at lights. Got the dinner then came home. I took some pictures of our christmas lights in the snow as this is an unusual event here in Maryland!

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I have to say the Diva is MOST annoyed with this cold white stuff!!! She took one look at it Monday night and then peed on the porch!!! MrBill is confused but he likes to snuffle around in it.

I received the most wondrous package on Christmas Eve from sweet Krista and Peetee!! There were awesome goodies for me and the Diva and MrBill!!!

AWESOME brocade purse, Gorgeous Scarf (outfit planned around it!) Beautiful handmade necklace (outfit planned !!) handmade ornament, random jewelry to craft with, a start necktie which hubster claimed delish chocolates from Trader Joes and goodies for the pups which they will model below!!!

AWESOME brocade purse, Gorgeous Scarf (outfit planned around it!) Beautiful handmade necklace (outfit planned !!) handmade ornament, random jewelry to craft with, a start necktie which hubster claimed,  delish chocolates from Trader Joes and goodies for the pups which they will model below!!!

Pink Satin with white fur trim quilted coat for the Diva!!

Pink Satin with white fur trim quilted coat for the Diva!!

Cool sugar Skull bandana for MrBill!!!

Cool sugar Skull bandana for MrBill!!!

We love Krista and Peetee!!!

We love Krista and Peetee!!!

As many of you know, we have a chihuahua grand-puppy named Noelle. She was our daughter’s
Christmas gift last year from her now-hubby. She is SPOILED rotten and cute as can be!!! I made her a Poochie Pouch for Christmas. She loves hers, too!

Worn out from all of the Xmas fun!!

Worn out from all of the Xmas fun!!

Santa-hubby gave me a Kindle fire HD Tablet for Christmas so I have a new toy to play with while I’m lagging about in the recliner hacking up my lungs. I LOVE IT!!!!! Much easier than trying to balance the laptop and two dogs in my lap!!! I’m bookmarking all of your wonderful blog addresses on it!!!!

I hope everyone has a glorious holiday and I’ll be back later this week!!! I’m buzzing about seeing what y’all been up to!

TTFN

Tamera

 

KaeKae & MrBill wish everyone a Merry Christmas!!! Mostly MrBill mostly wishes he wasn't wearing the Christmas tie of shame!

KaeKae & MrBill wish everyone a Merry Christmas!!! MrBill mostly wishes he wasn’t wearing the Christmas tie of shame!

Hello Blogland!!! How is everyone this wonderful weekend before Christmas??? Everyone have their shopping done and their gifts wrapped???

I’m enjoying the bliss of having NOTHING TO DO this weekend!! I took time to organize the closet and drawers and do some purging. I hadn’t planned on it but a local family lost their home in a fire Saturday morning and they are doing a clothing drive. So happens the lady of the family wears the same size as I do (except shoes) so I took the opportunity to really clear stuff out to give to her.  I get a neater closet and she’ll have some clothes to wear. (it’s harder to get donations of plus size clothes so I’m told)

The diva is feeling much better and thanks all of her admirers for their good wishes and love. Her tummy is still a bit upset so I’m going to fix up some ground turkey and rice for her. I just have to pretend I’m spooning it from the yellow Pedigree dogfood can or her highness will turn her nose up at it!!

Friday nite after the homeless feeding the hubster had to go to church to work as an usher for that nights Christmas program. He never had a chance to eat so he stopped for fast food on the way home. His girls wanted his attention AND his burger!!

The silver cat is Misty, the tortie is Calliekins.

The silver cat is Misty, the tortie is Calliekins.

I wore the gorgeous vest that Crystal my swap partner sent to church. I got so many compliments on it and felt very festive!!! Since we are empty nester Lauren and I go out to dinner on christmas Eve and ride around looking at lights so I’ll be sporting it agin tomorrow!

Tshirt & skirt-Thrifted, boots-Kohls, Vest-gift

Tshirt & skirt-Thrifted, boots-Kohls, Vest-gift

Here’s a closer look at the bling. The scarf is vintage Echo and the earrings came from a Woolworth’s (oh how I miss them!) maybe 30 years ago so I guess they are vintage now!

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Here’s some picture of our kitchen decorated for Christmas:kitchen1kitchen2

Here's the kitchen tree with the little houses I was working on.

Here’s the kitchen tree with the little houses I was working on.

 

May everyone have a Merry Christmas!! I’ll be back on Wednesday!!

TTFN

Tamera

Hello Blogland!! I can’t believe it’s only 3 days until Christmas. I am SO thankful I do not have to be in a mall this weekend!! Other than church I am chillin’ out!!

The Diva has been a bit under the weather. She has some arthritis in her neck and she jumped off the porch and jarred it Monday evening. She’s not her usual peppy self. I’ve been carrying her to help rest it and finger feeding her so she doesn’t have to bend down. She turned her head Thursday morning and it spasmed and scared her so badly she messed herself.  THEN she was all kinds of mad and grumbling because I had to bathe her. She is being spoiled and coddled and believe me she’s milking it for all it’s worth. She’s a bit of a drama queen-as if you couldn’t have guessed that!!

Kae & MrBill on their Poochie Pouch. I need to make Bill his own as someone doesn't like to share!

Kae & MrBill on their Poochie Pouch. I need to make Bill his own as someone doesn’t like to share!

I participated in Lakota of Faith Hope & Charity Shopping’s Christmas Swap. I was partnered up with Crystal in Texas. The package arrived today and well…I didn’t wait and opened it!! Was I glad I did! She really blessed me!

Awesome aluminum bowlsCool Cards

Awesome aluminum bowls
Cool Cards

Gorgeous Christmas Vest that I'll be wearing Sunday to church!!

Gorgeous Christmas Vest that I’ll be wearing Sunday to church!!

I’ve been busy the last couple of days making cupcakes for our church homeless outreach dinner. I think I am officially sick of baking!! 10 dozen Red Velvet with White Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Icing and Peppermint Andes Candies Sprinkled on top!

I love my red Kitchen Aid Mixer and yes I make a MESS!!! But it was worth it!

I love my red Kitchen Aid Mixer and yes I make a MESS!!! But it was worth it!

We had our outreach dinner in the fellowship hall of the church next to the parking lot where we usually set up and feed the folks. We were truly blessed by the church allowing us to use the hall as it was so cold and windy out. We were able to decorate and make it festive.

We estimate we fed and gave gifts about 200 people of all ages. THIS is what Christmas is about. Not the shopping, not the stuff, but to have an elderly person hug you and cry while they are thanking you for such a nice meal. This was absolutely the best party I’ll attend this season. I got all I needed seeing those people so happy.

This is round one. We fed in shifts  from 4pm to 6pm.

This is round one. We fed in shifts from 4pm to 6pm.

The hubster is the guy in grey in the back. He helped load plates in the kitchen. I was out front serving desserts and helping clear tables for new people.

The hubster is the guy in grey in the back. He helped load plates in the kitchen. I was out front serving desserts and helping clear tables for new people.

I managed to get a bit of thrifting in this week. For some reason I’ve been able to find lots of those printed gauzy gypsy maxi skirts which  I LOVE. Where were they last summer when I wanted them?? No matter I’m snapping them up now for next summer.  I HAD to wear one Wednesday-it reminded me so much of Vix’s fabulous patchwork curtains. I froze to death even with wearing heavy tights, boots and a heavy slip. So away it will be packed for warmer weather!

Everything but the boots is thrifted!!

Everything but the boots is thrifted!!

On Thursday I wore my Krista Tshirt. The colors and print remind me of all the cool bright colors she wears. I got loads of compliments on it.

Cardigan, Tshirt & shoes-Thrifted, Jeans-Walmart

Cardigan, Tshirt & shoes-Thrifted, Jeans-Walmart

Today I dressed casual as I was adding a Santa hat and Christmas Apron later!

Everything is thrifted!

Everything is thrifted!

I am one happy camper as The President gave us Monday off!! Yay-no work until Wednesday!!  I hope everyone has a great weekend and I’ll be back with pictures of me in the new Christmas vest from Crystal on Sunday!!

TTFN

Tamera

 

 

 

 

Hello Blogland!!! Hope everyone is having a wonderful week thus far. I finally succumbed to the crud today and stayed home from work. Slept until 2pm but the fever is gone and I’m starting to feel human again.

Sunday I dressed the Diva up in a Christmas dress and MrBill in his matching tie for a photo-shoot. I have to put them in the chair to contain the Diva as she like to hop around when getting her picture taken. As usual–she’s all over the place posing and MrBill looks like he wants to be invisible. Here’s the best shot:

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And here are some of the out-takes!

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Yesterday’s outfit started out as blah but it wound up getting compliments. I intended to wear a brown & raspberry paisley T shirt but the hem was out so at 5am I just pulled the first thing I saw that matched the pants I had on already.

Outfit is all thrifted but shoes-Payless

Outfit is all thrifted but shoes-Payless

I want to share some our outside decoration in the daylight. I beef up fake greenery with real stuff.

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xmassI’m off to catch up on what y’all been doing!! Be back later this week!!

TTFN

Tamera

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Hello Blogland!! How is everyone this weekend????? My heart is still heavy but life is moving on. Our children gave their Christmas program this morning at church. It was so sweet to see them perform. We have several budding “hams” in that group!

Lots of outfits to catch up with! I’ve been a bit hunkered down fighting off some sort of crud. Tis the season!! I haven’t got time to be sick!! We are feeding the homeless (our church) this Friday and I have 100 Red Velvet Peppermint cupcakes to make and a big pan of rice for the chili the hubster is making . I know chili and rice sounds a tad odd for a christmas dinner but it was requested. He makes it for the weekly feeding once a month and our “guests” love it. A church next to the parking lot where we set up to feed has allowed us to use their hall and kitchen so we can have a nice Christmas party for these folks.

So hunkered down over the laptop with a cup of eggnog and a piece of fruitcake–away we go!

Everything you can see is thrifted except the coral blouse which was from DressBarn

Wednesday:Everything you can see is thrifted except the coral blouse which was from DressBarn

Thursday: All thrifted except shoes from Payless. I just got the dark floral top.

Thursday: All thrifted except shoes from Payless. I just got the dark floral top.

I got my hair cut Wednesday. Another step closer to natural silver!  My hairdresser says it’ll all out by February and I can be rocking my Jamie Lee Curtis look!!

Friday: Sweater & shoes thrifted. Jreans-Walmart, blouse-???? brought years ago. Tie-Vintage

Friday: Sweater & shoes thrifted. Jreans-Walmart, blouse-???? brought years ago. Tie-Vintage

Friday was our work Christmas party. I work in Engineering for the Department of Public Works for a large military base. We had our party in the roads and grounds shop, surrounded by equipment. Casual was the name of the game!! The shoes were just thrifted this week for $4–they are Timberland maryjanes and SO COMFORTABLE- they had never been worn as the little loop for the button was loose. A bit of glue fixed that up.

My necktie was my Dad’s. It’s a vintage wool from Scotland in his clan tartan-Ferguson. It’s rather short in length and didn’t fit my 6ft+ nephews so I inherited it.

All but boots (Kmart) are thrifted

All but boots (Kmart) are thrifted. Who says leopard velvet isn’t festive

Here’s the blingy–I’ve been pulling out my vintage Christmas pins.PicMonkey CollageI hope everyone has a wonderful week and I’ll be back on Tuesday!!!!  I’ve got to go pick out my Christmas gift from the hubster. He’s decided I need a tablet device so I can surf and read blogs when I’m laid up in the recliner!!

I’m linking up with Visible Monday!

TTFN

Tamera

 

Hello all.   I just can’t bring myself to post an outfit picture in light of what occurred in Connecticut yesterday. It just seems so trivial now.

I have been weeping ever since. As a former Kindergarten teacher, I can just picture those sweet , little faces. It is unimaginable to me what has happened.

Maybe they were going to see Santa this weekend. At their age most probably still believed and were so excited about Christmas.  And in an instant…….never again.

Meanwhile the politician’s try to capitalize on this and the media jackal’s swarm for ratings.  And a world looks on feeling helpless. All we can do is pray for those left behind.

This Christmas some families won’t be gathering around a tree, but around a grave.

It brings to mind the song “Tears in Heaven”, written by Eric Clapton after the tragic death of his son, who was around the age of these children. I’ll leave you with this.

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would you feel the same
If I saw you in heaven?
I must be strong and carry on
‘Cause I know I don’t belong here in heaven

Would you hold my hand
If I saw you in heaven?
Would you help me stand
If I saw you in heaven?
I’ll find my way through night and day
‘Cause I know I just can’t stay here in heaven

Time can bring you down, time can bend your knees
Time can break your heart, have you begging please, begging please

Beyond the door there’s peace I’m sure
And I know there’ll be no more tears in heaven

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would you feel the same
If I saw you in heaven?
I must be strong and carry on
Cause I know I don’t belong here in heaven

TTFN

Tamera

Hello Blogland!!! How is everyone this lovely evening???

I stopped by the Goodwill yesterday to look for a hideous purse for a birthday gag gift this weekend. Didn’t find anything truly heinous so decided to peruse the other goodies while I was there.

The thrifting angels smiled upon me (pic of some of the haul later in post). There’s been a bit of interesting discussion in Blogland recently about brand names and their influence. The impact really hit home for me on this shopping excursion.

I’ve never really cared too much about brands as a whole. I was raised wearing hand-me-downs and the whatever from the discount store. Even as an adult their allure has eluded me. Especially-why should I pay a ridiculous amount of money to parade someones logo on my person for free advertising for the “brand”. Totally stupid and I try to avoid anything with an obvious logo on it.

I am somewhat oblivious to brands when thrifting. I do look for brands such as JonesNewYork, CJBanks, LandsEnd, White Stag (WAL-MART!) Clarks, among others  only because I know thru past purchases that they are good quality and their sizing/style/cuts will fit me well.  I also know brands to just leave on the rack like Croft&Barrow, FashionBug, Liz&Co, etc. because their sizing/style/cuts  just don’t work for me. I’m always open to try anything if it looks like it might fit irregardless of label or size.

Anyhow, yesterday as I was cruising the racks I came across an emerald-green (supposedly THE color for 2013 and one I love) Vince Camuto knit tunic in my size. I know from reading style blogs that Vince Camuto is a “brand” and a well-known pricey one with some cache.  It was seducing me with its name…..

So I tried it on. It had a scoop neck and short sleeves. It was made in the front of multiple textures of emerald knit in a patchwork pattern. It had a “mullet hemline” or high front, lower back hem line. It FELT pricey and something similar runs around $100 on Nordstrom’s website. REALLY–for what is essentially a t-shirt.  And this one was priced at $5.81.

It looked like CRAPOLA on me. Too big through the shoulders–kinda a bit big overall. AND the two shiniest patches on the front sat on each boob. But the siren song of “it’s a VINCE CAMUTO!!!!” kept playing in my head. I stared at myself in the mirror and thought-“If I had unlimited money would I buy this new off the rack?” And the answer was “HELL NO!!”

I think I learned an excellent guideline for thrifting—-it’s not a “DEAL” if I wouldn’t buy it new. So I spent the money I would’ve wasted for a brand name closet orphan on a gorgeous sweater by White-Stag (why does Wal-Mart not carry this brand anymore–they were great!) that probably cost $15 new off the rack. And I got it for $3.81!!!

I’m going to start just categorizing my outfits when I post with just what is thrifted or not and to hell with the label unless it’s something I think needs to be shared!

This week , as opposed to the last couple of weeks, has no theme except “I can’t go to work nekkid so…”. Here’s Monday’s ensemble:

Thrifted-everything but the undies!!!

Thrifted-everything but the undies!!! We are being photo-bombed by Queen Misty as she heads for her throne under the tree!

Here’s todays outfit. The sweater is the White Stag one I got yesterday!! I had tons of compliments on the pants and the sweater (took the jacket off at work). The shoes are brand new with tag Clarks I thrifted for $4 yesterday. SUPER comfortable!!

Thrifted-everything (except undies!)

Thrifted-everything (except undies!)

I remembered to take a picture of the jewels:

Bracelets & necklace-thrifted, Earrings-DIY from vintage buttons

Bracelets & necklace-thrifted, Earrings-DIY from vintage buttons

Shoe close-up

Shoe close-up

I want to share some more pictures of the Christmas decor. This is  our guest room/office.

1. wreath made from vintage plastic candle rings and a vintage bell2. Vintage candle holder and pixie

1. wreath made from vintage plastic candle rings and a vintage bell
2. Vintage candle holder and pixie

1. My sister & my childhood stockings and a vintage elf2. Some of my vintage Lefton holly stuff

1. My sister & my childhood stockings and a vintage elf
2. Some of my vintage Lefton holly stuff

 

1. Peppermint Christmas Tag garland from a swap i was in2. More vintage Lefton holly stuff. The "ball" tree is made from a collapsible radio antenna in a wood base with some of my vintage solid balls threaded on it with a vintage topper.

1. Peppermint Christmas Tag garland from a swap I was in
2. More vintage Lefton holly stuff. The “ball” tree is made from a collapsible radio antenna in a wood base with some of my vintage solid balls threaded on it with a vintage topper. The Santa is thrifted.

Plastic Fantastic tree with vintage 50's & 60's plastic ornaments and pinecone elves.

Plastic Fantastic tree with vintage 50’s & 60’s plastic ornaments and pine cone elves. The vintage plastic nativity is from my childhood.

Here’s some Christmas decor in the Craft Palace:

1. Wreath made from hubster's grandmother's vintage xmas corsages.2. Craft Palace tree-full of vintage wooden german ornamments and assorted bits and bobs.

1. Wreath made from hubster’s grandmother’s vintage xmas corsages. The plastic holly wreath backing it is from my childhood.
2. Craft Palace tree-full of vintage wooden german ornaments and assorted bits and bobs.

Well- it’s almost time to hunker down in the recliner with the doggies and some crocheting and spend some qulaity time with Mark Harmon/NCIS!

Tell me–has a brand name ever seduced you into buying something???

TTFN

Tamera

Hello Blogland!! Is everyone having a wonderful weekend??? It started with glorious weather but has turned cold and rainy. UGH!!

We had our annual Christmas Open House yesterday! We had about 50+ guests through-out the day. Many were texting that the were stuck home with the bug going around. The hubster had a touch of it on Friday-and there is nothing more tragic than a man who is sick!!! LOLOLOLOL  We missed some of our regulars but enjoyed all who came!  The Diva was is her glory being oohed and aaaahhhhed over!!!

I wanted to make a fashion statement so this is what I wore:

I think the statement I'm makinfg is "Insane"!!!!

I think the statement I’m making is “Insane”!!!!

MrBill was attired in his usual “fur” and the Diva broke out her velvet and glitter Holiday dress:

Ready to PAR-TAY!!!

Ready to PAR-TAY!!!

Here’s a close-up of the party animal herself:

Mix velvet, fur, glitter, & metallic, with an adorable chihuahua and you have perfection!

Mix velvet, fur, glitter, & metallic, with an adorable chihuahua and you have perfection!

I got so involved in the party I didn’t get many decent pictures.

The spread!

The spread!

More food!

More food!

The hubster holding down the fort.

The hubster holding down the fort.

Our daughter, son-in-law, his mom and our grand-puppy Noelle.

Our daughter, son-in-law, his mom, my sister’s mother-in-law and our grand-puppy Noelle.

 

 

 

 

 

……….seriously do people really do that at Christmas???  I don’t think I’ve ever EATEN a chestnut for that matter!

Santa I just finished

Santa I just finished

Hello Blogland from crazy central!!!!  I’m winging along with the party prep. Yesterday I baked and iced 8 dozen cupcakes. And then I took a nap!  With the Fibromyalgia I have to plan lots of rest and recuperate time. I’m super task-oriented, on top of having OCD tendencies, so I make lists and break down projects into smaller manageable tasks. I may take longer to get it done but it gets done.

Today I prepped all of the food other than the desserts. All I have to do is plop in the oven or crockpot or just set it out. I’m on “resting time” right now relaxing checking out what y’all been up to. Later the hubster will help me clean house (I’ve trained him well-one of the advantages of getting you a boy-toy) Tomorrow morning it’s just put it all on the table and PAR-TAY!!!

Here’s my oh-so exciting menu. I’ve got this down to a science these days. Lot’s of trial and error on what works and what doesn’t. I add something new every year. There will be pix later this weekend!

Sweet stuff: Pumpkin Gingerbread with spiced pumpkin whipped cream, Lemon-Peppermint Bundt Cake, Orange-Cranberry Bundt Cake, Cheesecake Brownies, Chocolate Mint cupcakes, Red Velvet Peppermint cupcakes, Raspberry Chocolate Chip cupcakes, Butterscotch Toffee cupcakes,  M & M Brownie Trifle (I made brownies with mini M&M’s that came out in chunks–so layer with choco pudding and whip cream and wah-lah–trifle!) and assorted Christmas candies.

Here’s the savory stuff: Platters of veggies & dip, fruit platter and a meat/cheese platter–all from the store.  Hot Taco Dip, Hot Broccoli Cheese Dip, Lil Smokies Sausages in Brown-Sugar Mustard Sauce, Retro Sweet & Sour Meatballs (this has been around FOREVER. Its made with cocktail sauce and grape jelly. I subbed ketchup and whole berry cranberry sauce for mine)  Store-brought Onion Dip, Hummus & Spinach Dip, Crackers, assorted chips, pickles and deer baloney.  I gave up making cheeseballs this year  because for some reason they never got eaten.

I take the sweet leftovers to work for those who couldn’t come. They LOVE me for that!

I’ve been yammering on enough! No outfit pix as I look like a wreck in these mangy sweats and apron.  But here is a picture of my “Plastic Fantastic Christmas Wreath” I made this with a bunch of vintage plastic doo-dads I had collected.

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I just glued it all on a thrifted wreath with a glue-gun. no rocket science to it! I’m on the hunt for another wreath to make an ornament one with all of my solid vintage balls.

Well–I’m off to check up on what kind of adventures y’all been up to!!! chat will everyone later this weekend!!

TTFN

Tamera