Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanks for stopping by to see my show and tell items today. If you're visiting for the first time today and would like to find out more about the show and tell, or even sign up to join in the fun, just click HERE to be taken to Kelli's blog where you can find out all the details or add your name to the links list. At least I'm HOPING there's a Show and Tell today, for there's not much happening at Kelli's at the moment, but do check, it might go ahead.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my neighbors to the south!

Well, I have plenty of little treasures around our home which I intend to 'show and tell' but being as I generally visit the thrift store on Thursdays I seem to always have something new to show off. Today is no exception. I found these two wonderful treasures from yesterday's trip.

This festive little dish will certainly serve up some of those ribbony christmas candies to our guests. I wonder if any of you out there will have seen any of these pieces or know if they are collectible or not? I'd love to know.

I was tickled to find this container to hold all my cooking implements. For the longest time I've had them in a mug till now, and while my sister gave me the mug, and it was cute, it was not suitable as it had a very small base and it fell over all the time. And I'd grumble. Not at my sister, for she's wonderful - but its no fun picking stuff up all the time.

Seeing as I have a vintage sort of theme going on in my kitchen, and a fruit thing too, this is the perfect touch!


Of course I baked this week. I think I drive everyone crazy with my constant baking. This is definitely not a good place to visit if you are dieting.

The following photos are of the treats I made for a tea I hosted for two dear friends. One friend is Alison who is less than 1/2 the age of Eileen who's turning 89 - an unlikely pair to celebrate together, and therefore it made this all the more fun. Alison came to pick me up and we drove to Eileen's for the party.

I brought everything I could think of because I was pretty sure Eileen might not have a setting of 12 of everything to serve a full English Tea. I filled a cooler with the Christmas Tea china set my mother in law gave me this summer and I also put in teabags, napkins, cream, sugar.

I baked four different types of scones and whipped up a container of fresh whip cream so we could slather the scones with great 'lashings' of it and also my homemade cherry preserves and apple butter. Mmmm.

I was not the only one to bring food. Leila made a 'stove-top' cooked warm, dark and delicious pudding. She says she ran across a young friend who had no idea pudding could be cooked - the friend thought there was only instant! Rose made puckery lemon bars and Jim and Elaine brought some rich pound-cake.

Leila's husband Nathan brought his guitar and we had a resounding rendition of Happy Birthday to our two special ladies!

I put together this little slideshow so you can feel like you were part of our party too. Notice the little 'birthday princess' balloon floating above Eileen, doesn't that make you giggle?

Alison is in the green party hat, Eileen is wearing purple. And me, I'm the one laughing face to face with Eileen. She's a hoot! I loved blessing my two friends with this fun party.


OOOOHHHH - parcel. *squee*

My mailbox held this yesterday. I was not expecting this. Its from my friend Cicero Sings. I don't know whats in the package. Yet.

I am the WORST for waiting to open things so when I got this I was all charged up to do my usual and open it immediately but I think there is a conspiracy going on... I think my sister must have cautioned everyone haha. Not really. But I did open the card and it says "DO NOT" open at least Dec 10th. (stop snickering, Nina!)

The parcel sits on a table and I know its going to glare at me till the 10th while my mitts itch to open it. Meany Cis. Kidding... but oh, what could it be? LOL.

Thank you so very much, whatever you did you shouldn't have but I'm happy and delighted you did.


We are getting close to the end of this never-ending post. Honest. Can you imagine when I thougth about posting yesterday I could not think of what I could write to even fill a paragraph? Ha!

I've recieved an award!

This award comes to me from Louise (LouCee). Aw Gee you sweet thang! I'm supposed to award this to 5 desrving others... and I will try to do this, just not today as I've got a backlog of 'stuffs' piled up. I wanted to be sure to say thank you and give you a big {virtual} hug! And I'll add you in my list of permanent links, methinks.

In case you don't know Louise, she is a very talented and generous designer. I'd HIGHLY recommend you stop on over at her place today - she's got some fabulous freebies happening and amazing projects to follow and the files to go along with them. She's in cohoots with KimB - and between Louise's gift of bringing it all together in a hybrid card and Kim's sweet elements, you can make some adorable cards! Just click HERE to visit Louise's blog.

And won't you take a tiny moment to drop into my sister's blog - she's just started her own blog and I'm sure would love you to check out her card making! (puffing up with pride!) Just click HERE to say hello. I'm also in awe of my sister in law, Judy's card making. I can't believe the amazing cards she made from the elements I designed. You ladies are incredible! Just click HERE to see Judy's cards too.

And of course, visit Kimmy too, she's like a celebration every day of the year at her place for there's always something nice to download! Just click HERE and I'll ferry you over.


And of course I could not finish my post without leaving a little gift for you too! This element measures about 3" and is in png format with a transparent background. A perfect touch to your festive projects.

Fine for Commercial, Personal and Scrap-For-Hire


  1. Congrats on the reward!! You deserve it. And I love the slide show. Looks like you had fun.

  2. Those goodies look yummy!!!

  3. way to go sis deserve the are creative..and have a heart of gold. So glad Alison has you near by to love her and make her feel special. Well it is snowing here I am to try and get some pictures of it ya


  4. I blogged!!

    Lovely post - loved your slideshow - a great time was obviously had by all, judging by the smiles.

    I can't stand not knowing what is in a gift. How will you cope waiting for SO LONG?



  5. wow, congrats! And I just love the slideshow! I felt like I was there!

  6. Your thrift store finds are WONDERFUL!!! i LOVE leafy type plates/bowls too!! The slide show was FUN, thank you for sharing!! oh and your breads look soooooooooooooo yummy!!!!CONGRATS on your award too! i couldn't imagine keeping a parcel UNOPENED!! lol and finally, thank you so very much for the LOVELY element!! Have a BEAUTIFUL weekend!! :D

  7. Congrats on the award sis :). Thank you for the Glitter Berries. I love your little holly leaf dish, it is the cutest. The scones look amazing, thank you for sharing.

  8. Bonjour,
    As i am one who doesn't like shopping at all (except cooking implements...), i'm always happy to visit your virtual thrift store and read your comments !!
    And i always like the little wonders you show us, the baked ones too..........
    Merci beaucoup for this beautiful holly !
    C from Paris :)

  9. As always, I had a blast reading your blog today! Thanks for the glitter holly...Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  10. How cute! I love little finds like that! I have a wonderful antique pitcher that holds my spoons and other things.

    The party looks like so much fun! And I never get tired of your baking!

    Take care my friend!

  11. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 28 Nov [LA 09:00pm] - 29 Nov [NY 12:00am, UK 05:00am, OZ 04:00pm] ).

  12. Congrats to you!!! Thanks so much for sharing the glitter it! :)

  13. I don't know when you changed your site but I love it! Those yummy goodies look wonderful (recipes?) LOL!

    Thanks for the glitter berries, kind of retro and very cute!

  14. Hi Barb,
    your new utensil jar looks similiar to a line of Portuguese pottery who also do plates and the like with different fruit on, to hang on your wall, it was extremely popular over here around 10 years ago.
    I'm wondering what four different types of scones you made, I know of plain, fruit and cheese, although the latter would not go with the cream lol!
    The party you blessed your friends with must have surely made thier day, what a sweet lady you are.
    oooh and the holly stem, well I thankyou for your generous gift.
    BIG hugs to you Barb xx

  15. Good Evening Barb:)
    I Love your thrift store finds.I love the fruity stuff too.:) I go straight to the dishes etc section of the thrift stores to see if there is something I just can't live without.LOL I have so many wonderful treasures that cost me very little. I collect cookie jars.Well..let's say..I use to collect them..until I ran out of places to put any more.hehe
    Your scones look wonderful and I bet your friends were so pleased with them.How sweet of you to do that.:)
    Great slide show too!Everyone looks happy and enjoying all those goodies!
    Congratulations on your award.I agree you really do deserve it!:)
    I have had a busy few days and am about to fall asleep at the puter right now.:)Robby and family spent today with me and just left a while ago.Jim is off tomorrow..but if I get a chance I plan to visit your sister's blogs and see what new things I can learn about you.LOL

    Have a wonderful rest of the evening.:)


  16. Congratulations! Oh, I love the utensil jar you found too!

    Nope, no snow yet. Any day though, I'm sure.

    Take care!

  17. Ok that does it- you need to put a WARNING up when you show those bakes girlfriend! SHeeee's I don't know you make yours look like they have come from a resturant plate and they are YELLING EAT ME!!! *mumbling that her stomach needs food*-lol

    CONGRATS on the award my dear friend- you so deserve it!
    I've been a little late popping in the last week or two- but man this time of the year is crazy for me too!

    Those Berry's are STUNNING! I LOVE them- mwah mwah mwah mwah, oooh and your utensil stand is GORGEOUS!
    mmmmmmmm, parcel huh??- hahahah
    That must be tearing you up at the moment- hee hee, NO LEAVE IT!!! lol

    Ok girl, it's the First, it's Christmas tree day for Nathan and I and of course all the challenges etc have to be done today too!
    Love ya muchly

  18. thank you for the beautiful freebie,
    Deborah (damc)

  19. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 10 Jan [LA 09:00pm] - 11 Jan [NY 12:00am, UK 05:00am, OZ 04:00pm] ).


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