Thursday, December 2, 2010

Matchbox Swap, Making Merry, Rudolph Party and Thanksgiving


Remember my Matchbox Swap.... Well as the first day of Christmas month is upon us, it is time to start posting... I'm a day behind already...but hopefully I will stay on track from this day forward... The matchbox above is the one I made and sent. Lucky for me Genie, a teacher from Lexington, VA was thoughtful and posted a thank you msg. so I could see where it went and capture a pic. (I love teachers! It has been my experience that almost all teachers I've met always seems to have an extra gene of thoughtfulness...) I can't believe I forgot to take pics of my boxes before I sent them... ugh-dah! The little pin I put inside the box was a new invention and I absolutely love how they turned out.... It's hard to see in the pic, but they really were yummy!
You can find Genie here: http://buttonsforbaga.blogspot.com/
For me, participating in these swaps bring friends both coming and going...meaning I can't decide what I love more, seeing where my gifts came from or where they went to. None the less, Genie has a sweet little blog and you should jump on over and check it out....

Matchbox #2
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me... a match box with a silver star for my Christmas tree.... Thanks Jenny Sellars! You can find Jenny @ http://theredbulletinboard.blogspot.com/
Matchbox #1

This matchbox came to me from Jill Doyle... Such yumminess, so well put together...so many little details she gave her attention to. One of the most challenging things for me in putting the boxes together was trying to creatively add a number to ea. box without making it look junky...Jill's idea with the little tag on the ribbon was awesome!


The second biggest challenge was trying to come up with 25 little yum yums that would fit inside the small matchboxes....how cute is this little paperclip with a classic button? I want to make a 100 more for myself and gifts. Simple but yummy and again, put together so well. I so appreciate it! Thanks Jill! You can find Jill @ http://file-under-misc.blogspot.com/



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Jingle On It's Way....

Baby girl was kind enough to model the apron I made for my MIL....

I'm so sad my camera is so crappy!
The apron is a Charlie Brown print with snoopy and candy cane stripes. On one of my MIL's visits we took her to the Snoopy Museum and she absolutely loved it...so did we actually, it was pretty awesome.

The museum gave me a new appreciation for the talent of Charles Shultz...I always liked the snoopy comics and the holiday cartoons but never imagined the scope of his talent. If you ever find yourself in Oz, it's definitely worth the visit. In any case, AH and I have been getting a kick out of the fact that every since we took her to this museum, she acts as if she knows Charles Shultz personally... it's really kind of cute. It worked out wonderfully, Halmark has a really cute animatronic snoopy and piano...(I'm not a big fan of animatronics, but this one was of really good quality and played really well.) My MIL however loves animatronics, and last year she made a point to tell me at least 10 times while they were here that she had only ever had one apron in her 75 yrs. on this earth, that her aunt had given her one but that was yrs. ago. I had made baby girl a cute little pink apron to go with a pie cookbook that I had gotten her for Christmas when my MIL was here...and the for rest of her visit, and all last yr when she talked to AH on the phone that's all she's talked about... The pics don't do it justice, but it please AH that I made this for his mother and I hope she likes it as much as he did. In any case, while I like to get her something she would like, the fact that it pleased AH so much is good for me.
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It Wouldn't be Christmas without a Cat in the Tree...

Ummm....just one problem...I don't think it's as funny as AH thinks it is...I really like my silver retro tree and would really like her little big bottom to not bend my branches!






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Mr. Holiday Rocks Out...


Ok...AH has a collection of hats he can pull out depending on which Christmas character he feels like being.... however, the rock-n-roll Santa glasses with white fake fuzzy sideburns maybe taking it a little too far!





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Rudolph Party...

Evey since the kids were small we would always have a Rudolph party the day after Thanksgiving...The idea was to make up for not being home on Thanksgiving celebrating together because we always had the obligation of running around to both sides of our family on Thanksgiving day...The Rudolph party was our little family's way of cozying in together and celebrating our thankfulness for one another in the warmth of our own home. Now that the kids are older I think they kind of feel silly, antler headbands, light up noses, baking cookies and of course watching Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer...






This year AH was a "Bumble", hence the scary teeth...but his rock-n-roll Santa glasses are kind of throwing off his 'bumbleness'.















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Thanksgiving Day....

The pie cookbook I bought baby girl last year really paid of in spades on Thanksgiving day this year.... Look what she brought...mmmmm....mmmmm is all I can say! I was so proud of her, the crust was the perfect flakiness and the filling was so rich and nutty!!! Yummo, it was the best pie I think I've ever had! And look how pretty she made the top.


Sometimes the holidays bring about an empty nest feeling for me...I was telling baby girl a few weeks ago how much I missed hearing the pitter patter of their little feet running for the kitchen in the morning, their shiney noses peeking around the corner to see what yummy goodness was being cooked up in the kitchen, their squeals of delight. She said, "but I'm still here mom". I know, but it's not the same, she wakes up at a different house now... and lets not forget hands traced around on construction paper and paper pilgrim hats....






So...on Thanksgiving morning bright and early look who was knocking on my door for breakfast....













A cute little pilgrim girl, paper hat and all...and yes she even gave me a little squeal and then we both laughed really hard....
And then we had breakfast together...before she had to go to her BF family Thanksgiving meal..I hate to be selfish...
But I liked it better when I didn't have to share.... however, I'd always told the kids that their holidays would be their holidays to spend how they chose and I would never make them feel guilty or try to manipulate their emotions so that they would feel as AH and I did when they were small. Put up or Shut up time...kind of wishing I would have shut up! But that's not very nice of me now is it....
Besides...I still have AH, and my favorite thing on the holiday is that he cooks with me... We've always worked well and seamlessly together on projects and I love this about us.
Not to mention, Mr. Holiday wears a turkey hat when he carves our turkey.... but wistfully it was a quiet afternoon with just the two of us....
I hope you and yours had a blessed Thanksgiving... XO XO Keke

3 comments:

Christine Edwards said...

Cute boxes and little gifties. I had difficulty coming up with the little gifts too, but it was fun seeing what I could come up with. Looks like a wild and fun time around your place over Thanksgiving.

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Guess whatl? I received your Day 3 matchbox....it's beautiful! Thank you! This swap has been so much fun!

Jenny S said...

YAY! I am so glad you liked your little star! I think I have found all 11 of mine so far! Happy Holidays!!!