In Search of … A Sewing Machine?

My mother in law sends us kitchen towels for every holiday and season. I love them and with 6 animals – read: pukey cats – and an OCD husband, they definitely come in handy.

My favorite kind of kitchen towels have a pot holder sewn to the top of them and they hang on the stove. As shown below:

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Photo is from the Etsy shop where I bought this very towel! lol

(I have bought towels from this Etsy seller in the past. I love the extra touch she puts on the bottom!) Not affiliated with the Etsy store in any way, just a customer.

So I have at least 3 really nice, brand new, pear towels I’d like to make into these type of hanging towels before they get ruined or stained in our regular kitchen towel rotation. The hanging towels aren’t the first to be grabbed in the case of a clean up and therefore are mostly only used to dry hands throughout the day.

I found this tutorial on YouTube:

After I watched that, I was like, OMG! I could do that…I just need to get my hands on a sewing machine. (well and learn to use it).

I also have towels like these:

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I have the cherry and orange shown above…I also have pear (!), and apple.

I’d like to do something with these towels as well because they are adorable and I love the bright, retro colors. I’ve had them for a long time and just put them up so they don’t get mixed into the rotation.

I am thinking that making a pot holder hanging towel could be part of my goals for 2014 – #21 – make something.

Just got to get my hands on a sewing machine….

Till next time,

pearheidi

Christmas Traditions

Christmas this year came and went pretty quickly!

I think it seemed like I blinked and it was here because life has been a whirlwind the past couple months. We went to Disney in the middle of November. Thanksgiving seemed to immediately follow that. My Granny’s 90th birthday party was just days after Thanksgiving and then Christmas Eve was here!

Our Christmas Eve traditions were at risk of being non-existent this year. My mom had to work…my sisters both live 8 hours away (in opposite directions…one north and one south!) and neither came home for Christmas…and there were no kids this year – my nephew is a 6 ft 6 in man-boy.

Our usual tradition includes: children’s mass at church, hors devours dinner, opening gift from our immediate family and one from my parents (usually something really special like concert tickets!), then Holiday Inn on tv.

This year though we threw the idea around of eating out or a sit down meal. I joked with my sister that it was a travesty that the traditions were going out the window!! But we pulled it together and had our meats and cheeses, the veggie tray, shrimp from Costco, and BBQ meatballs. We swapped the Children’s Mass for Midnight Mass and we watched almost all of Holiday Inn, the cookies weren’t homemade, but the sparkling grape juices flowed, and laughs were had by all.

See that bowl of pickles?? My mom and I almost ate the WHOLE jar BEFORE we even had dinner!!! Frickin DELICIOUS!!! And they’re made in Michigan too!! Local pickles for the WIN! Gotta find me some more…may have to order them online, but man…they are tasty.

“I’m dreaming of a White Christmas”….

What are your Christmas traditions? Let me know in the comments!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!!

Till next time…

Heidi

Goals for 2014

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I am going to set some goals for myself in 2014. I am going to make sure they are attainable and will work towards fulfilling as many, if not all, of then throughout the year.

I’m not going to go with a set number, just as many come to my mind right now and then will add to them before 2014 so the list is completed by the time 2014 begins.

I was going to do a ‘40 by 40’ list, but my birthday is in May and 40 goals by May might be overwhelming.

So…on to the list…in no order!

2014 Goals

  1. Read 4 non-smut books all the way through.
  2. Blog at least once a week.
  3. Write one book review a month on my blog.
  4. Organize and clean my office and keep it that way for at least a whole month.
  5. Work on my housekeeping skills.
  6. Lose 30 lbs.
  7. Average 5000 steps a day.
  8. Walk the dogs once a week spring – fall.
  9. Decorate the house for Christmas.
  10.   Plant flowers and fix the landscape in the front.
  11.   Clean out the items to donate in our garage and actually donate them.
  12.   Have family over for one meal.
  13.   Plan a monthly date night with my husband.
  14.   Watch one classic old (black and white) movie a month that I haven’t already seen.
  15.   Cook dinner each night for one straight month.
  16.   Try new recipes.
  17.   Learn to use my DSLR manual settings.
  18.   Take a photo a day and post it to Instagram.
  19.   Pick a word for the year and keep it close to focus on it.  Will be blogging about this soon!
  20.   Actually wait till my phone is ready for an upgrade to upgrade to the iPhone 5S. – Silly, but I struggle with this!
  21.   Make something…anything!! A craft, a DIY-make-it-yourself something.
  22.   Skype with my nieces and nephew at least twice a month.
  23.   Use the crock pot at least once a month.
  24.   Attempt to make a Thanksgiving-type dinner with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and veggies.

That’s the list so far.  Like I said I will add to the list from now till 2014 and then repost the list in the new year!

And a lot of these I know I will need to reflect on at the end of the year to see if I actually was able to accomplish them or not…and that is ok.

Do you have a list of goals for 2014? Feel free to share in the comments!

Till next time…

Heidi

Antique Shopping

Happy snowy Sunday! It’s been snowing here in the Mitten since late night Friday. This is our first snow of the year, so I’m not complaining. I know the weather has been rough in other parts of the country.

For as long as I can remember, my mother has been spending every other Saturday getting together with one (or more) of my Aunts and my Granny. A little over a year ago I started joining them.

I love being able to spend time getting to know my Granny better and we always have a good time and laugh a lot!

This past Saturday we braved the all-day snow and went to an Antique mall in Northville, MI.

I was the antique mall virgin and the only one who wasn’t shopping for anything in particular or any other type of treasures that I collect. We live in a 1000 sq ft home and have 6 animals…we don’t have knick knacks out and don’t have room for collections. I honestly don’t know how people who own cats have decorative things on top of tables! Our cats are EVERYWHERE and knock things down constantly.

I collect pears but I don’t NEED any. I would have bought a rhinestone pear pin had I found one, but I didn’t see any there. I almost bought these chalkware cats to hang in our bathroom though.

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They were $15.00 and were adorable! I thought about them and went back to look at them. But in the end I went home empty handed.

I’ve gone to a few antique stores since joining my mom, aunt and Granny on our Saturday adventures. There are definitely some beautiful treasures in antique stores and I love looking at everything.

The furniture!! The beautiful furniture…and the displays were lovely.

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Had I needed a table and chairs that were not going to be a kitty dining area, I would have seriously considered one of these two retro sets.

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That pink one? SO not my color…but it was lovely!!

Throughout the mall there was antique Christmas items and displays. I really enjoyed looking at the different displays and I can appreciate the antique items. My mom has decorated with them for years and we used to sell items on eBay a number of years ago.

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Feather trees, old Santas, and Shiny Brites! Oh my!

If you have been looking for the 5 Imps of Christmas. I found them. You’re welcome.

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I think that one on the far left is related to The Elf on the Shelf. lol

Some other Christmasy gems I found. Isn’t this little guy CUTE???

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This plastic chandelier reminded me of my little sister. She’s into tacky chic vintage Christmas. lol

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And I LOVED this plastic holly rope. My aunt liked the caroling rabbit. I think I see another Elf on the Shelf there on the right too!

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If there were some things I would collect it would be vintage linens and cards. I liked these displays of vintage handkerchiefs.

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Of course, with the good at an antique store…comes the bad and the downright creepy.

I don’t know what that thing in its mouth is (maybe a pacifier?), it’s holding a clown…and good morning? More like, “OMG it won’t stop looking at me!!!”

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Vintage Halloween = cool. Vintage creepy pumpkin with teeth = nightmare.

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And I don’t believe there’s anything ‘Lucky’ about this pig.

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Back to the good things. Just some other photos of displays or items I thought were interesting.

Colorful glass on a mirrored cart.

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Am I the only one who can’t resist pressing the keys of a piano to hear it play?

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I believe this was a doll stroller. It’s really cool looking. It’s a far cry from the bright pink plastic baby doll strollers of today.

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Jewels in every color, shape, and size. All shiny and beautiful. No pear pins though.

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And this next one was my favorite display. It was packed full with items 4 deep on the shelves. The drawers were overflowing with treasures. I loved it.

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Of course, the vintage toys are always fun to look at too. What would it have been like to play with this as a child?

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I am sure we will be visiting more antique stores and malls in the future. I can’t wait to see what treasures those hold!!

After antiquing the afternoon away, we had dinner at Rocky’s. I got the perch. It was DELICIOUS.

When we got back to my Granny’s house we looked at photos on our iPads and watched White Christmas.

Till next time…

Heidi

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