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Friday, December 21, 2012

Beautiful Christmas BITS and BOBS

I'm sorry that this is such a long post...
So many things to take photos of here at this wonderful time of the year...
Everywhere I look, I see FESTIVE.

My sweet blogging bud, AUDREY, that owns TIMELESS TREASURES blog,
showed us her BEAUTIFUL 
CHALK BOARD on her beautiful 

it isn't a CHALK BOARD
after all.

It's a FREE PRINT from
and Audrey had it enlarged.

I really, REALLY love it and wanted one, too.
Since we are in the middle of packing to move.....
I didn't want to make a LARGE one right now so I just did
the original size that I had a cute little SILVER colored frame that would work...
NEXT YEAR, I will do a really BIG one...
aren't they so adorable.
Go over to NEST OF POSIES and you can have one, too.

 As for the Golden Deer...
I think I won him in a package giveaway a few years back.

He's glittery and full of Christmas bling.

 ...doesn't it look JUST like REAL CHALKBOARD...?
I am sooo impressed and tickled with my little version of it.
I must be CRAZY because, here in the midst of getting
ready for CHRISTMAS....
and packing to move...
want to go.........thrifting. 
what's wrong with me...?? 
 Not sure WHY I liked this little snowman sign....
but, I did, so....I bought it at the thrift store for $2.00.
LIVE   (to the inch of your life)
LOVE (as if there's no tomorrow)
LAUGH (til you almost p your pants) (ah ummm...i said p)
gone are the days when I can just be satisfied with things the way they are...
Oh, Yes....I've been hanging out too long with
Ya'll have put ideas in my head...
crafty ideas, at that...

So, I decided these little snow guys needed some SPARKLE....
some GLITZ.....
some pizaaazzzzzz....
and, for the first time in my olden life,
I put a little on their carrot noses...
...and a little on the board and grapevine

It took on a greenish, sparkly, STRICTLY


...tied a little BLACK and WHITE checked ribbon on it and..
I'm in LUV  ♥
I've loved Santa's boots forever but have never had one...
so, of COURSE, when I saw this with a tiny tree in it,
I said, "This is too cute"....
I promptly placed it in ....the POWDER ROOM, with my little
birdie candelabra .....
with the little battery candles that glow and flicker just like
and there's my 2012 SUSAN BRANCH calendar in the background...

 "The air smells of frost. The house is making the soft breathing sounds very old houses make at night."    Gladys Taber
and we ALL know the HEALING POWERS of a 
Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Tomato Soup !!!
I ordered and received my 2013 SUSAN BRANCH calendars 2 months ago...
if you want one, you order them on HER BLOG 
and you should order right away because she sells out sooo fast.
Someone told me that SOMEtimes you can find her calendars in the mall.

The FUN thing about ordering the 2013 calendars early was that if you
ordered 2, she would throw in a 3rd for free. for daughter
one for daughter*in*law
and one for myself.
Gotta love it !
I love finding food or drink that is delicious and telling YOU about it, 
in case you didn't know.
AND, in case you didn't know about 
be SURE to try it....ummmmmm sooo good

LOVE is when your hubby goes to the grocery store for bread and milk and comes home with not ONLY bread and milk
A bright red COCA*COLA
and a BIG HERSHEY BAR because he knows YOU love them.

He is such a sweet sweet man.

I am blessed.
I just hope I am good enuf for him.
 XOXO bj
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Miz Helen said...

Hi BJ,
Looks like you are all ready for Christmas. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
Miz Helen

Amelia said...

As always enjoyed your daily report of what is happening in your part of the world.

But I must have missed something along the way in a previous post.- where and when are you moving?

Have a very Merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of Lord Jesus.

Jackie said...

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas BJ. I will be gone to our oldest sons place and computer usage could be very limited.

God Bless.

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I love the chalkboard look art at Audrey's blog too (along with everything she creates and makes). Love your snowmen too and I love grilled cheese and tomato soup.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love what you did to the sign! That was a great buy!

Michelle said...

Love that chalkboard effect. Very cute!

NanaDiana said...

Christmas is looking pretty wonderful at your house, bj. I know it must be hectic with trying to pack stuff up, too. Blessings-xo Diana

Shabby Brocante, Karen said...

Love Susan Branch, little vintage Santa boots and your hubby! That is too sweet! It's the little things like that!!!

Gayla said...

Your home is s festive. I bought the 3 pack of Susan Branch calendars, too. Love them. Happy Christmas!

Blondie's Journal said...

For the millionth time...let me say that I get so excited when I see your's always fun, I always smile and you make me laugh! That said, I just love everything you wrote about today, especially what you did with that deal of the year snowman sign!! Love the chalk board, too!

Thanks always for your visits and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family!


P.S. Sent you an email, dear lady.

Maureen Wyatt said...

That snowman sign is so much cuter all blinged up! What's a few more things to toss in boxes when you are packing anyway? Everything looks wonderful!

Linda said...

I LOVE this post!!! You do, indeed, have a SWEETIE for a husband!

Thrifting is a way of knows no season! What a find and how cute those Snowmen are - especially after YOU got through with them!

You are so artistic in the way you lay out your post! A true blog artist and now crafting guru!!

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Happy Holidays! The sign is just awesome :) Seasons Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

Lynn said...

The chalkboard sign is really neat and I love what you did with the snowmen! Merry Christmas BJ-have fun:@)

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

The glitter paint was the perfect touch on your snowmen. Sparkle and shine! That little bird faux candle holder caught my eye, too. I love the look of candles, but real flame candles make me nervous. Too many years with a big, mischievous, swishy tailed, climbing Persian cat in the house. The cat is long gone now, but lit candles are still nervewrackin' to me. I think that the urge to go thrift sale-ing is just you being in the mood to feather your soon-to-be new nest. Merry Christmas!


Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

But of course you are good enuf for him. :) That's why he brings you sweet nothin's...bless his little jingle bell heart!

I found my Susan Branch in Georgia on my visit to Sandy is September.
It's just a sittin' here on my desk waiting for January. I LOVE it!
You have some cutesy things there.
Love the little chalkboard in a pretty frame and the little Santa boot with a tree. It's the little things isn't it?? It's just those little things.
Merry Christmas sweet friends..

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

You continue to be amazing Hon. Packing and all, and still decorating.

Sparkle paint?


One can never have too much sparkle!

Unknown said...

Such a lot of delightful Christmas fun. And my snowman really likes your snowman. :) Snowmen are snow much fun, aren't they! :) :) :) Merry Christmas!!! And Happy Pink Saturday!!!

Anonymous said...

I always enjoy visiting here,feels like a cozy,comfy day with a delish hot bowl of tomatoe soup and grilled cheese to me also.

Merry CHRISTmas
~Jo @LoblollyLane

Madeline's Album said...

B.J. Once again you have out did yourself. Love the Santa boot with the little tree in it. You added just the right touch to your snowmen picture. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Have a blessed day. Madeline

Marty Walden said...

Great deals! Love the snowmen! There's always time for thrifting!

Thank you for stopping by Marty's Musings and leaving a sweet comment on my (fake) mantel!


Betty Stapleton said...

Love the sign, going over to check them out, really love the snowmen and your special touches, and love that your name is Betty. Never knew. Thanks for stopping by my post. Such a wonderful time of the year isn't it. Merry Christmas.

Nancy said...

Hi! I am your newest follower and would love a follow back. I love your blog and read several postings. I love how you spruced up the snowman picture you thrifted. And I thought your gingerbread boy wreath was darling. I didn't know about the coarse salt looking like sugar-great tip!

TexWisGirl said...

merry christmas to you, bj. i know you will soak in your family time. :) bless you in the new year.

Susie Q said...

It all looks so wonderful and festive! I know Christmas will be sweet at your home...enjoy every second of it all!

Sandra@Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls said...

Love it all, especially the snowman sign, what a great buy, and the glitter paint is the perfect touch. I think the perfect marriage is when BOTH halves wonder if they are good enough for the other! I think you and your hubby are both blessed!!

ShabbyESP said...

Merry Christmas BJ and your home looks so sweet and inviting!!!
Enjoy your Holidays!!!
Suzann ~xox~

Vee said...

Oh I'm sure that Mr. Sweet would say that you're all the life companion that he wants in this world. Yup. Sure of it. Just ask him!

You do the cutest things...loving the snowmen all glitzed up. (Love the photo of you working on your snowflakes, too. All you need is your tongue hanging out a wee bit like the kindergarteners do.)

Always joy here...always!

Teresa said...

More than enough Dear BJ!
You're just right... the sweetest person and kindest soul.
Came here (running) to wish you a Merry and Blessed Christmas.

Karie said...

bj, Beautiful! I can't believe you are still creating, since you are moving soon. You are a wonder-woman. Not only that you are such a kind and good person, I have enjoyed so much visiting you. Keep sharing and creating. Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas. Hugs, Karie
PS. Your Mom was a Jackson? Well we must come from the same garden! It is a good name.

Audrey said...

Always so happy to see your daily blog ... brightens my day. Love how your sign turned out and thanks for the link-back to my blog. Kellie did such a great job on those and so kind of her to share. I LOVE the snowman sign. Lucky find.
Happy Christmas, my friend.
Audrey Z.
Timeless Treasures

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a cute blackboard sign, BJ. I need to go check that out. It really does look like the real thing. I love how you enhanced your snowman picture. You're just the cutest, sweetest person and I wish we were neighbors. Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

Donna said...

Hi, BJ,
Thanks for stoppping by. I enjoyed the post about the "Christmas" tree, also. Love your Santa hat! :)
I'm in love with the chalkboard craft, too. I love your little one.
I didn't make one yet.
Very sweet thing the husband did for you.

Irene said...

That is a cute boot. Never have seen it with a tree. You are double lucky. Those snowmen re so darn cute. I luv how's you made them your own with the glitter paint and ribbon.

On Crooked Creek said...

Love, Love, love your faux chalkboard sign and all your recent thrifty finds, dear friend!!!
Merry, Merry Christmas!!!

Maria Elena said...

Bj,just wanted to stop by and wish you a very Merry Christmas!

doodles n daydreams said...

Hi bj. I'm just dropping in to wish you and your family a very merry Christmas.


Sonny G said...

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful exciting New Year.

Claudia said...

BJ, I love your posts! You think like I do - one thought sends me off to another and another....

Love Susan Branch, too, and I always forget to order a calendar!

Thanks so much for joining in this week and Merry Christmas to you and yours.


Debra at HOMESPUN: said...

You have so much going on in this post / I really enjoyed it. I have visited before and remember thinking that the worst or at least the hardest time to move would have to be around the holidays.

That little snowman sign was a bargain and then you totally transformed darn cute! : )

Merry Christmas to you and yours :)

Beverly said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family, my sweet friend. You've made a bright and sparkly Christmas, and I love it all.

Happy Pink Saturday. I count you among my blessings.♥