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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Abominable snowman, part deux

I just love the abominable snowman, here is a link to last year's the-abominable-and-t-rex. Art challenge prompt is Snowman, so I've chosen the Abominable!

I am posting the art challenge images on Instagram under instagram.com/tamaschen.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Golden Ones

Just a few trees and ornaments sporting gold ~

3 images from the 1974 BHG Holiday Decorations You Can Make

Two images from shopgoodwill.com

Image from the 1983 Decorating Craft Ideas for Christmas

What I'm listening to - The Forgotten Carols by Michael McLean and frankly, they should remain forgotten. One tune is "Homeless" on the premise that Jesus was homeless.  NOT.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Annalee, part 3 and the Quilter's Dream Tree


My go-to site for Christmas kitsch and wonder is shopgoodwill.com. I never knew there were so many Annalee figurines, here is Annalee Part 1 and Part 2



Art challenge prompt is Xmas Tree. In quilter's terms, fat quarters are a precut fabric measuring 18" by 22", jelly rolls are fabric precut into coordinated strips and layer cakes are 10" precut squares that include every fabric in the collection or a group of coordinating fabrics.

What I am listening to - Billy Gilman.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Countdown to Christmas begins today!


Hello everyone! Welcome to Year 5 of the Countdown to Christmas where I highlight holiday kitsch, retro images, a daily What I'm Listening To, and maybe an appearance of an Ugly Christmas sweater/outfit.

Let's begin with a classic - the macaroni Christmas tree.

Combining my Countdown with the X-mas Art Challenge 2016 over at deansdigest.wordpress.com. Day 1 prompt is "You in a Xmas Jumper"



There is also a holiday countdown going on at weallsew.com featuring holiday project tutorials and giveaways.


Pattern of the Day is a 1950 Simplicity children snow outfits in,  of course, red and green.

What I'm listening to - Carpenters Christmas Portrait, a favorite in my collection of rescued CDs.

There might be a recipe of two from the 1950 Ford Treasury of Famous Recipes from Famous Eating Places.

These rare green spotted ceramic elves sold for over $100 on shopgoodwill.com, a treasure trove for vintage holiday goods.

More kitsch to follow as we count down to Christmas.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I'm so glad we had this time together *tugs on earlobe*

The post title reference is to Carol Burnett when she had her comedy hour television show that ran 1967 to 1978. The ear tug was when Carol would close the show, it was a nod to her grandmother who had raised her.
Message to the makers of television shows - please bring back a comedy sketch show. Sheesh, there are enough talented comedians out there to give audiences humor instead of murder and mayhem.

Thank you for joining me in this month-long challenge. I enjoy digging deeper than usual to post daily. Thank you to the host cheerpeppers.wordpress.com.

Ah, but you can't get rid of me that easily! Beginning tomorrow, my Countdown to Christmas begins AND for those interested the X-Mas Art Challenge 2016 at deansdigest.wordpress.com. My goal is to post daily with the prompts to combine with my countdown.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Giving Tuesday

There are many ways to celebrate the holidays, and one of them is to give to those in need or not as fortunate.

Below are just a few of those organizations:

One of my favorite programs is Be A Santa to a Senior sponsored through Home Instead Senior Care. Home Instead Senior Care partners with local non-profit and community organizations to identify seniors who might not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season. The company then works with local businesses and retail stores to help facilitate the purchase and distribution of gifts by placing trees and ornaments within their various locations. Each senior’s gift requests are written on a Be a Santa to a Senior bulb.

Operationshoebox.com - Operation Shoebox provides many ways to contribute to our mission, all designed to fill boxes or fund postage costs. From collected used ink cartridges to donating old cell phones, many of our programs work well in the workplace, senior centers and places of worship. Businesses, scout troops and youth groups frequently host drives for candy, toiletries, snacks and games. Craft patterns for caps, Christmas stockings and ditty bags are available on the website. School teachers can explore volunteer opportunities for classroom settings, including our “Troops for Teachers” program that pairs a class with a member of the military. Browse around today to find a program that fits your needs and schedule.


Prisonfellowship.org angel-tree - For 2.7 million children in the U.S., that story may be filled with the abandonment, loneliness and shame that come from having a mom or dad in prison. For many, it may also include following their parents down the same destructive road to incarceration. Angel Tree®, a program of Prison Fellowship, reaches out to the children of prisoners and their families with the love of Christ. This unique program gives you an opportunity to share God's love by helping to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the families of prisoners.


If there are any organizations you would like to bring to my attention #givingtuesday, please leave the link in a comment.  Thank you.

Monday, November 28, 2016

A revisit of a couple of posts


Heading into the last few days of the Nano Poblano blog challenge, I chose a prompt from the Listful Prompts of Listing of "Your Favorite Posts from Your Archives and Why." In the past I have chosen fashion posts as my favorites, sometimes fun to compose and photograph but since the Nanoers are more of a writing crowd, I chose a couple of different ones worth a revisit.


10-tips-for-newbie-blogger - a cartoon bonus and some helpful tips for any blogger.


Five-tips-for-furloughed-employee - turned an awkward work situation into humor.

That's all for today, folks.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

You Get One Free Pass

During these month-long blog challenges, I conveniently pull my One Free Pass. Totally made up by moi, gives me chance to still post without really posting anything at all. 

I have participated in the AtoZ Challenge for the past 4 years and have used my free pass on the letters "X" and "Y" because those letters are not easily bent. Bending the prompt means finding something, anything that can relate to the prompt.

Pattern of the Day Simplicity 4769 from 1969.
Just screams Jackie O! (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis)

I got nothing else - travel home safely if you are visiting family this Thanksgiving weekend. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

My Top Five impulse buys for 2016

This being my last prompt of the challenge to flesh out, I found a Nano Poblanoer from across the pond that listed my-top-ten-impulse-buys-of-2016, and my Top Five Impulse Buys for 2016 was born.

My impulse buys are strictly thrifted items, and away we go.

1.  A package of clothespins. Do I own a laundry line? No. Do I hang my laundry? No. What possible use did I see for these retro objects du jour? To hang my quilts for photographing? To affix to my earlobes to keep me from eating because I will be so distracted by the pain. Perhaps.  

2.  Magnets. The more, the merrier. I affix them to the magnetic board I have hanging in my cubicle.

3.  Madame Alexanderkins dolls. Just - cannot - resist - them. I have found the majority of them at Salvation Army for a dollar or two.

4.  Men's fedoras. I just love hats. I rarely wear them but I keep collecting them. I tell myself I can resell them, then I never do.

5.  Oh and fabric, let's just not mention that. I'm swimming in yards of fabric. I have imposed a fabric buying moratorium on myself.

What causes you to go impulse buying crazy?

Friday, November 25, 2016

Opt Outside and Buy Nothing Day

Not being a Black Friday sort of person, I was happy to read that REI is closed on that day. Not only that REI is inviting Americans to skip the stampede and celebrate life outdoors, in our parks, on the trails, in the mountains and on the water.
Image from our family photo archive marked "Denver, CO 1965"
If the Mr. were feeling better, I am sure we would be at the annual pheasant hunt. Such is not the case this year ... but I will be enjoying the outdoors.