The Auction Addiction

My very earliest auction memories revolve around my maternal grandparents. I remember something about box lots of dishes, but those memories are a little fuzzy. Much more clear are memories of auctions I attended with my Granddaddy. Cattle auctions. (Some smells you just can't forget -- no matter how hard you try!) Actually, I loved my time with him as we both guessed the weight of a calf before it walked across the scale. Which of us would be closer to its actual weight? (Did I really "win" sometimes ... or did he just let his little pal think she did?) I really didn't understand much about auctions back then, but I knew that the man Granddaddy called the auctioneer talked reeeaaaaalllly fast -- and I knew I was supposed to keep my hand ... Keep Reading...

Winter Memory

Thank you to everyone who left a comment or birthday wish in response to last week's Tablescape Thursday tribute to Renaissance Man. (Click here if you don't know who that is.) Your thoughtful kindnesses truly blessed us both!   Many of us have snow at our houses this week -- some of you for the first time in a very long time! Are you enjoying it from inside–where it's warm–like I am? Hopefully this poem and tablescape will help you keep the memory of its beauty alive a little longer.   A Winter Memory by Joan Adams Burchell (www.alongpoetryroad.com)  Fresh-fallen snow, untouched by man, tops bushes fence and tree; Click any picture to enlarge.     The strong, gusty ... Keep Reading...

Creating Winter Magic: A Snowy Tutorial

Faux snow ... it's popular for Winter decorating. Over the past several weeks you've seen it used in many different ways and places ... on many different blogs. From tablescapes to snowman scenes to Christmas villages. I've shown it to you myself. (Just click the pictures to see the original post.)         My earliest memory of faux snow involved something like this ... My Grandma (who I told you about HERE) decorated her front door with spray-on snow and stencils. One year she hand-cut scenes from the Twelve Days of Christmas and stenciled them on the 12 window panes in her door. Oh, how I wish I had a picture of that! Even more, how I wish I had those stencils! Today we would cut them out ... Keep Reading...