At the top of my wish list for years have been a strand of big fat pearls! Went commando shopping at the mall for those after-Christmas Day deals and just happened to end up at the fine jewelry counter at Macy's ... the clerk had these pearls in her hand and mentioned a gentlemen had just returned them because his wife said they didn't match her pearl earrings. Lucky for me, I snapped these beauties (A+ grade) right up and at 70% off the normal price - they are mine, all mine!
Here is the Christmas card I sent to a few of my friends - I love the artwork! I don't know when these cards were printed but they have that "retro" look.
Thrift Shop Commando cheap tip ~ use a soft opera glove as an android phone cover.
I am listening to Season's Greetings Dean Martin, "The Christmas Blues."
The jingle bells are jingling
The streets are white with snow The happy crowds are mingling But there's no one that I know
I'm sure that you'll forgive me If I don't enthuse I guess I've got the Christmas blues
I've done my window shopping There's not a store I've missed But what's the use of stopping When there's no one on your list You'll know the way I'm feeling When you love and you lose I guess I've got the Christmas blues
When somebody wants you Somebody needs you Christmas is a joy of joy But friends when you're lonely You'll find that it's only A thing for little girls and little boys
May all your days be merry Your seasons full of cheer But 'til it's January I'll just go and disappear Oh Santa may have brought you some stars for your shoes But Santa only brought me the blues Those brightly packaged tinsel covered Christmas blues
Oh Santa may have brought you some stars for your shoes But Santa only brought me the blues Those brightly packaged tinsel covered Christmas blues
I'll be on the lookout for this CD of his, A Winter Romance, cool cover art.
Both of these items were previous thrift shop finds. I picked up the sweater vest as an ugly Christmas sweater. The bear is marked as Manufactured for Hallmark. I found her underneath a Christmas tree at an antique shop in Jackson, California. She looks loved and worn and has a weight and heft to her that makes her totally huggable!
What I am listening to Home for the Holidays, loving the tune "Christmas in Jail" by Prairie Oyster.
Adopted these darling angel bells ($3.25/pr.) from the Goodwill on 16th Street in Sacramento. It is obvious they were loved and well cared of, there are no chips, cracks and even though some paint is missing in spots, they are intact, including the original bell. I like to think about this item's previous owner, how many other little girls before me held these angel bells in their hands?
I also picked up Sparkle Spa's Mini Manicure Makerover (.99, retail stickered as $5.50), perfect for one of my young nieces.
What I am listening to Have Yourself A Tractors Christmas, Jingle My Bells (the kids would always crack up when this song came on). The lyrics by Walt Richmond are:
Jingle My Bells It's Christmas in the USA
Come on and jingle my bells It's Christmas in the USA
It Won't Be Long 'til we're Wakin' Up On Christmas Day
Go Shoppin' in the Mornin' to buy a Christmas Tree
I can't afford the tinsel but that's alright with me
The Weather's lookin' snowy so Santa won't be late
This crafter's ornament was a TSF last month at the Cameron Park Snowline Hospice Thrift Shop and the kerchief from a remnant bag. The lady I have in mind as a recipient is a skilled knitter and a frequent visitor to ravelry.com.
I needed to pick up 4 Christmas stockings and a few more decorations - Thrift Town on El Camino Avenue in Sacramento had just what I was looking for .... white stocking ($2.99), red stocking ($1.49), and mini Beanie Baby of the Jingle Beanies Collection (.49).
A green and gold table runner ($1.99), tree tie ($1.99), mauve stocking ($2.99) and angel stocking ($1.99)
Lastly, the gold-toned silk flower arrangement ($5.99), that coordinated perfectly with the gold-toned poinsettias as table pieces for the company Christmas party.
Bonus - that I used my coupon (purchase $15, receive $5 off) to obtain two of the stockings as freebies!
What I am listening to Michael Crawford A Christmas Album. LOVE his voice (think original Phantom of the Opera), "Mary Did You Know?" is enchanting.
This small santa ceramic was a previous TSF last year. I love the character and darling faces of these vintage pieces. Here is a 1961 photo of me peeking around a tabletop Christmas tree. A couple of years ago I converted boxes and boxes of 35 mm slides to digital images. It was worth every moment of the effort.
This is my absolute favorite Christmas CD - it is so unusual, the photograph of the group and the tone of the music is a Salvation Army Band style, "Wear A Smile At Christmas" ...
This moose came home with me from Montreal, Canada. He didn't come with the bomber jacket, I added that accessory and it just seemed to fit.
Rather than have one big tree, I have three little decorated trees. This fake one decorated pink and blue, an outdoor one with a couple of hanging ornaments, and my Charlie Brown tree to showcase my favorite ornaments.
What I am listening to Dwight Yoakam Come On Christmas, to the tune "Run Run Rudolph."