She is Here!

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Just a quick note to let you know our granddaughter has arrived.  Online friends have inquired so I would be remiss if I didn’t let you see this little beauty:

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She is our first grandchild and Grandpa and I are over-the-moon in love with her. She has lots of black hair and dark charcoal eyes.

Of course, I have already been picking up vintage things for her. I will share more in upcoming posts.

I can’t wait to read her these next Christmas:

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I love the little Mouse Family Advent Calender. I  hope her Mama and Daddy let her come over EVERY DAY in December to open the little windows!

The Winter That Never Ends

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If you have been wondering where I have been (or maybe you have not even missed me!) I have been holed up here on Croydon Place, watching snowstorm after snowstorm blow past. In addition, several times the temps have been so cold our local officials have warned to just stay home!

While I have been staying hunkered down much of the time, here is what Dear Hubby was doing. Nonstop. Every day. And night. Without end.

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Here are a few things I got as Christmas gifts this year from my sweet family: the chalk ware ballerinas were from Hubby, the aqua/ black Hazel Atlas ovide dishes are from our youngest and the atomic aqua/ gold travel themed glasses from our oldest. Do they know me or what?

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Here are Santa and Rudolph, waving to my poor postman, who really lives up to the Postman’s Creed. I think he was delivering me more Pyrex?

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On those cold snowy days when I had to venture out for groceries or shipping items, I have tried to hit at least one thrift store. Here are a few of my newest things; some of these are for my Etsy shop.

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This dollhouse will be just the thing for my soon-to-be granddaughter. It is an L-shaped ranch :-) It even came with all the furniture.

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I have been searching for the elusive “atomic/ shooting stars” Shiny Brite ornament; here it is in pink! It was in that big Woolworths box:

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Isn’t this little Santa band great? I think I will keep them.

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Here is a tension pole lamp I picked up for $30 at a local antique mall. The fact that this shop does not turn the heat on does not deter me one bit. What is a little frostbite, anyway? How do you think it looks in the living room?

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This pull down light was a $10 garage sale find from 2 summers ago. We just now got around to putting it up in the kitchen. I guess we think if we keep adding cool things to that room that we will never have to fix all that is WRONG with it :-(

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For some reason being snowed in makes me think I need to cook, bake and spend way too much time in the kitchen. Here is some homemade macaroni & cheese I threw together last week in one of my vintage Pyrex casseroles:

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So what have you all been up to this long winter? Any remodeling projects? Any thrifty finds? Let me know!

Stay warm folks!

Christmas Decorating Tweaked

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I gave you a grand tour of the ranch last Christmas, so this year I will just show you a some new things I have found and some changes we have made. You will probably notice I just worked the new things into the old displays.

Here is a shot of the living room. Some of the framed mid-century LP’s are new this year.

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This kitchen shelf was fun to decorate:

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More things displayed in the kitchen. Those NOS kitchen towels (with aqua) are just too cool.

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In this basement corner, the pole lamp is new. It was $20 at a resale shop near me!

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After the sewer back up in the basement last spring, things have changed and moved around down there. Here is a new location for the aluminum tree:

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The Poloron light up fireplace has moved upstairs by the living room tree:

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This atomic space-age  shadow box is new this year. It usually has some Asian inspired things but is decked for the holidays right now. Note the movie in the background: “Christmas is Connecticut “. One of the best.
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How about all of you? Are you done with your decorating in this short holiday season?