Sunday, December 31, 2017

Hearty Good Wishes!

I've enjoyed
and treasured my
blog friends
throughout 2017....
sharing with you,
chatting with you,
getting to know you.

Looking forward to 
starting the new year
with you and
new friends....

See you all in 2018!

AnnMarie xoxo

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Abundant Blessings

To all who have visited me and 
left lovely comments
throughout the year....

I have been blessed to 
to call you friend
and I wish for
you abundant
blessings for the
New Year

AnnMarie xoxo

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Romantic Touches for Christmas

This is my second post on my holiday décor.  If you missed the first one,
which featured mostly rustic décor, you can see it here.

I have been waiting almost a month for an item I wanted to use this
year as part of my new décor.

It finally came in the mail.

I think it will fit in perfectly with the Creating Christmas Link Party going on
at Jann's Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson.
I am linking up at My Thrift Store Addiction
  where the theme is A Rustic and Romantic Christmas.

I am going with the romantic theme in this post, although I couldn't resist
putting a picture in of my vintage, retro tree. It
has a little bit of romance on it.

My house is a mix of rustic, romantic, retro and traditional décor.
What can I say?
I love all styles of décor with a huge emphasis on vintage :-)

This is the item I was waiting for.

My husband bought me the dress form so that I could play dress up
for the seasons. When I saw this dress,
I knew that is what I wanted to style for Christmas.

It is sage green with just enough red and green to make it Christmasy.
I added a simple red satin bow, a sparkly gold pick and some vintage pearls.


I have a collection of nativities and this is one of my favorites.
I bought it years ago on QVC. It was a limited quantity item and
I have never seen anything like it since.

Across the room is another small porcelain nativity I found
this year at a thrift store. It fits perfectly with my
mirror vignette and Gurley angels.

My mantel is dressed with Joy. The vintage picture hanging above it 
is of a sleigh driving through the countryside.
Such a romantic thought for Christmas time.

The sweet glass vase with the ornament on top was
found at a show this past September on a 90 degree day.
Still, I was thinking ahead for Christmas decorating.

My stackable poinsettia boxes were found a few years 
ago at half price after Christmas. I have
loved them ever since.

You saw the window seat in my first post.
I added the snowman pillow since then. The snowflakes in the 
windows with my fringed valances add a touch of romance 
to my parlor.


In the living room, the floor to ceiling window gets
dressed every year with a sparkly wreath and
gold ribbon.

The top of the armoire has a handmade (from Etsy) JOY banner
and flocked trees.

My snowman sits atop a chippy bench 
that is hiding the plug for the tree.

You can link up your Christmas home tours
at any one of the participating bloggers
until December 24th.

AnnMarie xoxo

I am linking up to these blog parties:

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Christmas Decor - New Every Year

I have been waiting since the Spring to use my
Seasons Greetings crate and birch logs!

I found both this past Spring and Summer at
yard sales.

I shop year round for Christmas decorating ideas.
I have firmly adopted the "buy it when you see it" rule.

My decorating for Christmas is mostly Winter
décor so I can leave it up longer. I sprinkle a little
Christmas in there to make it festive 
over the holidays.

The picture is is the floor and my cupboard literally leans to the left!

I have a random approach to holiday decorating.
I have lots of options stored in the basement 
so something is there for wherever my decorating
senses take me. 

Although I take pictures every year of my décor
I don't even look at them for ideas the current year!

I like it to be spontaneous.

I also buy new stuff every year, according to 
what tickles my fancy (and what's on sale!)

Like the window seat with all Christmas pillows.

It is decked out with all kinds of pillows year round
but I didn't have enough Christmas pillows for 
the whole seat.

After I saw Cecilia's post at My Thrift Store Addiction
with all the pillows lined up on her couch, 
I made it my mission to go get some.

With crazy good coupons for Michael's and JoAnn's
I found a good assortment.

The Joy pillow is from last year's after Christmas sales,
one of the things I look forward to every year!

I found this fabulous Peace pillow at TJ Maxx last year 
after Christmas for $5! It is all felt.

And then there are those thrift store finds I bought
to sell in my Etsy shop and just had to keep!
Like this sweet rocking chair and the hand painted
winter scene bowl.

New this year is the JOY basket filled with greens, another after
Christmas sale find last year.

The globe with pinecones is new also, and it lights up,
apparently only when it wants to (it is switched on)!

I have a plaid/woodland theme going in my dining room. The plaid 
cooler, tote bag and thermos (from above) are all garage sale
finds. My collection of deer can be seen scattered
around the room.

I came back to edit the picture of my dining room centerpiece. Once
again I was inspired by a post from Cecilia at My Thrift Store
Addiction and had to make a cake stand centerpiece of my own.

There's also snowmen and Santa's scattered about,
both of which I have a huge collection of.
They all don't make it out every year :-(

In the kitchen I tried something new this year.
I saw this idea at Kingsbury Brook Farm
and had to try it.

Lucky for me, on a recent visit to Rustiques (my former booth) 
there were vintage garlands at 50% off.
I bought a few and made my own small wreaths.
I had the ribbon and decided it was
enough to make a statement.

They turned out a little bigger than I thought I'd
want but I am living with it!

(I have to apologize for the quality of pictures. My house is
so hard to photograph! I tried all different times of 
day and lighting and this is the best I got)

My centerpiece on the island is a retro camper, tree and
woody station wagon I put together in a huge
apothecary jar that I found in Skaneateles, NY.
There is one thrift store there so I always have to
check it out. The jar caught my eye immediately.

I found the retro aqua reindeer towel at Walmart.

I made the Let It Snow sign last year after
seeing it on another blog. I found
the wood board already painted
aqua and distressed at 
Goodwill and bought it not knowing
what I would use it for.

The Parlor and Living room décor will have to wait
for another post. Partly because this post is too long
and partly because the tree is standing in
the living room undecorated still!

I do have to show you my recent $5 find at Walmart though.

I do very little decorating in the bathroom, usually just
this window. I did get a snowman soap dispenser
to help get to the minimum required to use my
coupon at JoAnn's for the pillows.
It's perfect that I did because then
I found this!

I think it's my favorite decoration so far this year!

Till next time.....

AnnMarie xoxo

I am linking up with these great blog parties:
Vintage Charm
Share Your Cup
Thought "Full" Thursdays
Holiday Link Party
Home Sweet Home
Share Your Style
Best of the Weekend
Anything Goes Pink Saturday
Happiness is Homemade
Home for Christmas Bloggers Link Party

Monday, November 13, 2017

I Lost 2 Pounds in 10 Seconds!!

It's my scale.

Or scales. I have three.

Warning: This post may seem obsessive to some, funny to others, and may be relatable to most women. If you don't even own a scale, or care how much you weigh, you may want to sign off now.

If you do and you do, read on. I have not been diagnosed with OCD.  This is mostly tongue in cheek.

Or is it?

So I have three scales. The first is the one I used 10 years ago when I lost 10 pounds on Weight Watchers. I was so proud of myself then. Of course to dash my victory over weight, the scale would always be at least 2 pounds higher at the doctors.

Can I get an Amen?

It is a well known fact that doctors scales weigh higher, even after I deducted for my clothes and whatever I ate that day. I actually weighed my clothes once before I went to the doctor, in the winter, and it was almost 2 pounds.

I started thinking that my trusty old school scale wasn't very accurate anymore. I bought a new digital light-up scale. I weigh myself every morning so I need to see in the dark.

Here's where the OCD starts and where my title comes from. I always weigh myself first thing, before coffee. If I use my old scale in my bedroom under the light of the window where the floors may or may not be even, I weigh one weight.

If I take my new digital scale into the kitchen where the floors are even, I weigh 2 pounds more. The time it takes me to lose 2 pounds is the time it takes me to walk from the high weight (ie. the kitchen)  back to the better weight (the bedroom)....about 10 seconds.

Yup, I timed it. Just for this post.

So I started using the new light-up scale every morning.

I just couldn't keep lying to myself anymore.

And there's more.

There is a third scale.

I have been wanting an official Weight Watchers scale for awhile. I was starting to lose trust some mornings in my digital light-up, wondering if it was really telling me the truth about my weight. I found myself getting on and off  3-4 times because it was giving me 3-4 different numbers.

I believe in checking at least twice. The same number twice is the truth.

That relationship has to be trustworthy or it is just not worth getting up in the morning :-)

So back to my third scale. The Weight Watchers scale. I got it at a church rummage sale for half price. I paid $2.50.

The price does not make it less trustworthy but it weighs me the same as my untrustworthy digital light-up scale.

And it doesn't even light up!

At this point you may be wondering why I keep all three scales. And why I weigh myself every morning. I know so many woman who are flabbergasted at this and a few who get me.

The old school scale is there for nostalgic reasons. It was my friend while I was suffering through Weight Watchers.

The digital light-up scale is there because it is a digital light-up scale.

The Weight Watchers is there because it's name alone gives it credibility and worthy of more chances at weighing me correctly.

I weigh myself every morning because it has become a discipline and helps me stay disciplined throughout the day.

This is very important to a woman's well being. Or maybe just mine.

If I am at a good weight one morning, I may have the option of a peanut encrusted donut at Wegmans while I am grocery shopping.

If I am on the high side, it is a boring day of light eating, no sneaking M & M's and certainly no donuts. I know if I do this, within a few days my weight will again be where it should be.

It's the three day rule. Every three days, if you are eating healthy, your body will reset and maintain itself in keeping a healthy weight.

For example, if I eat 3 pieces of pizza and some brownies and oatmeal cookies one night, obviously my weight will be higher the next morning than if I ate a salad. If I eat light the next few days, my weight will return to it's normal weight on the third day.

If you overeat or indulge for three days straight, guess where your weight will be the fourth day??

Not pretty.

That's what vacations are made of.

I am scared of vacation eating. That's a whole other post.

Speaking of scary, this is the scariest time of the day....

weighing myself in the the dark
Just to clarify.....this is MY routine to maintain my weight. It has worked so far. To lose weight is another set of OCD practices that I will spare you from.

I haven't even talked about exercise.

And I won't.

In closing, here's a tip for you that will work great with disciplining yourself throughout the day.....

All silliness aside, this discipline and weighing myself every morning stuff does work for me. I do indulge in all my favorite foods regularly and then lighten up the next few days.

I can't list what they are because then I would have to get up from this computer and go have some.

Why go through all of this, you ask?

I just HAVE to do it this way because I have a fear of waking up one day and getting on the scale only to find out I gained 10 pounds. That really happened to a girlfriend.

I kinda like my clothes right now and don't want to buy bigger ones.

At 60 I am within 4 pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight at age 25.

That has to count for something!

Bottom line, it is how you feel and how you look for YOURSELF. If you like where you are at, great!

I will love you no matter what size you are!!

AnnMarie xoxo

I am linking up with these great blog parties:
Over The Moon Link Party
Tuesdays With A Twist
Share Your Cup
Thoughtful Thursday Link Party
Best of the Weekend