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  • blueribbonfair 12:30 am on January 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , holiday decorations, , inexpensive christmas crafts, kid crafts winter, kids crafts christmas, ,   

    Those Christmas Leftovers 

    I bet you were thinking, if anyone still has leftovers from Christmas, they are slightly Nutty. We are not talking though about food here today.

    You see the last few weeks of the Holiday season went by in such a rush, I was not able to post the actual handmade stuff I did this year. The items were included in my Christmas Decor in my home from a previous post. but I wanted to share them on their own. I did not even get any photos taken that were any good until this past week. I had taken some before Christmas, but somehow they were deleted? ( I still do not do well with my phone camera.) So at least before we leave January, here are the few items I made and had a joy making:

     

     

     

     

     

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    • Timelesslady 2:21 pm on January 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Great ideas…all of them. I especially like the snowman and I think I must try the Christmas trees next year. A little late, but Happy 2018.

      • blueribbonfair 8:56 pm on February 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, I ran out of time. Hopefully next year, but Pinterest gives you so many ideas.

        • Timelesslady 1:10 pm on February 2, 2018 Permalink

          I know…it’s a blessing and a curse at the same time. I need a gift certificate for more time!!!

        • blueribbonfair 11:46 pm on February 16, 2018 Permalink

          Where can we get one? Sounds good.

    • da-AL 9:48 pm on February 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      you read my mind exactly LOL — wishing you a wonderful & lighthearted 2018 dear 🙂

    • lisadorenfest 11:23 am on February 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      What delicious left overs they were. Great eye-candy 🎅🏼☃️💙

    • Russel Ray Photos 7:50 am on February 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I’m still eating leftover Halloween candy. Fortunately, I always buy chocolate candies so I don’t mind eating them.

  • blueribbonfair 9:39 pm on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , blogging hindrances, hard work up in smoke, irritation   

    Well. I am so blue after I made time to post today;It is so hard to work it in most of the time. Guess what: WordPress is in the rebel mood and photos cannot be edited and added. So I will come back to the draft I saved which would only let me do text as soon as possible. Bummer.

     
  • blueribbonfair 1:09 am on December 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: alternate Christmas tree ideas, Baby Jesus, , , , handmade christmas, , Joy, Nativities, Red and green, shabby chic Christmas, , vintage christmas, winter decor   

    Home for Christmas 

    “Open House” Christmas 2017:

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    Sorry, some of my photos are not the best. I barely had time to get this post done let alone edit and my house is so dark on dark days it is hard to get images not facing the window light straight on them. From my house to yours, MERRY CHRISTMAS…

    Also, some things I have had for ages and they are worn and torn. Like the one green book, I have had since childhood. The tree on green is my daughter’s ugly sweater.Some of the items I made this year, though as you can see my room is limited anymore.

     

     

     
    • Shauna 11:33 pm on January 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!! 😀

    • Timelesslady 6:36 pm on January 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Terrific photographs. They are bright and full of light…it must have been a day filled with sunshine. It’s been dark and cold where I live also…hopefully next week we will thaw out a bit. I LOVE the tree with the branches on the wall. I find it so appealing and sweet…whimsical. Whimsy of all types always appeals to the happiest of sides in me. Have a great 2018.

    • Christy B 7:37 pm on January 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The stockings are lovely. I liked seeing your Xmas displays. I just got my first Ugly Christmas Sweater in December. Your daughter’s one with the tree on it is awesome 🙂 Happy 2018 xo

      • blueribbonfair 12:13 am on January 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank You. All the best to you this year. Wonderful you were able to join in the ugly sweater brigade this year. LOL.

  • blueribbonfair 8:19 pm on December 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Christmas: I used to Make These When my Kids were Small. 

    One of our holiday family traditions is to make a gingerbread house. We started this tradition over 10 years ago after my friend and neighbor introduced me to all the gingerbread possibilities at a display at Peddler’s Village. Over the years we’ve replicated our cabin in gingerbread, my parent’s cabin, the board game Candy Land, a […]

    via Our House (and more) in Gingerbread — Judy Matusky, RDN, LDN

     

    These are so awesome. If you are into gingerbread houses, Christmas, and decor or plain fun DIY, these are extraordinary. Go check out the blog post and support the author. There are about a dozen others on there. They look so real.

     
    • gunnardeckare 5:39 pm on December 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Look’s fabulous! Long time since we build such a house. When I was a child it was a must.

      • blueribbonfair 4:49 pm on December 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I love to do them, but my house has no more room after what I have out anyway with all I have made for years and stored up from my kids and old vintage stuff.. Maybe a small one next year? You can use graham crackers.

      • blueribbonfair 11:13 pm on January 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Happy New Year.

    • mycountryepoque 5:59 pm on December 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      absolutely very pretty. looks like a real cake

    • Charlotte Hoather 9:02 pm on December 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I’d have loved to make a house with you, so good. 🎄💕

    • kkessler833 6:21 pm on December 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful!

      • blueribbonfair 6:39 pm on December 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. Some people can do amazing jobs with tedious stuff like this. Card houses. Matches, Lincoln Logs.

    • Amy 12:36 am on January 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing jobs! It must take days to finish.

  • blueribbonfair 11:28 pm on December 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Christmas git tags handmade, , , holiday crafts, Kids christmas, kids holiday crafting, recycle christmas, snow globes, window shopping   

    Window Shopping Easy Christmas Ideas for Kids 

    Here are some photos of easy crafts to do in the last minutes. Great kids crafts and good for adults like me have a hard time doing detail work. LOL, I have even done the mitten one myself to give with gifts many years back. Easy snow globes are elegant. Simple but eye-catching tags. Inexpensive green paper plate tree. Merry Christmas:

     
  • blueribbonfair 8:14 pm on December 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Surviving the Holidays! 

    Great advice for Holidays.

    Purpose Filled Mommy with Minimarie

    The holiday season with all its wonder and almost magical allure of lights and decor is a beautiful time of the year!The holidays can also have many stressors and emotional triggers that are associated with the season that many struggle with. There are so many things going on here, there, and everywhere it seems during this time. There’s more pressure of expectations during Christmas through New Year’s then any other holiday I believe next to the official holiday season kickoff of Thanksgiving. Here are a few holiday emotional triggers with possible relief in handlingholiday stress.

    • We love our children and grandchildren. However regardless if it’s talking about our younger kiddos bouncy from the holiday break, our college kids visiting with”house guests,”or our adult children needing child care for the break it can get pretty overwhelming quickly. Try to take things day by day in stride. Plan activities…

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  • blueribbonfair 7:00 pm on November 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: acorn crafts, , decorated pumpkins, , , luvapin holiday autumn board, Macaroni and cheese ideas, November, , pumpkin pies, sweet potates, , Thanksgiving Crafts, , Thanksgiving kid's crafts   

    Thanksgiving with Pinterest 

    Items below from my Thanksgiving, Halloween and Autumn Board over on Pinterest.  A lot more on there is interested:    luvapin autumn holidays board.

    Again a Happy Thanksgiving day to all. Thanks for visiting.

     

     

    Julie’s Eats and Treats

     

     

    blog corn and mac and cheese food yellow pinterest

    Looks so good. Corn and Macaroni and cheese made special.

     

    craft invaders

     

     

    blog autumn craft acorns acorn jewels pinterest

    What an awesome manner not to mention easy to do and inexpensive. Bring nature indoors.

     

    Crafting Morning

     

     

    blog Autumn tree with dish Brush craft pinterest fall colorful

    Since I no longer have crafty kids around, I am not ashamed to do this myself. I love “kid’s looking” art and have so much I kept of mine from years back.

     

    This is an anonymous Link.

     

     

    blog thanksgiving burlap words craft pinterest autumn

    The site this came from is not linked to the post, but what a simple and beautiful way to recycle tin cans. I also think the craft “How To’s” are easy enough to follow by using the photos.

     

    Pental

     

    blog colorful pumkins fall craft with markers pinterest pentel markers

    Bright pumpkins on the porch. Great to lighten up shorter and darker days. This site sells the oil pastels to use actually. I did not check the pricing and maybe other brands would work, but these appear to be a very good make on them. 

     

    A couple more recipes for your gathering together:

     

    chef in training

     

    blog pumkin casserole food autumn fall pinterest

    Almost a desert.

     

    Amy New Nostalgia

     

     

    blog retro vintage pumkin pie pinterest fall autumn

    A Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie? I do not think so.

     

     

     

     
  • blueribbonfair 9:59 pm on November 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , blog followers, , fall leaves, give thanks, , , pumpkin, , , vintage cards   

    Giving thanks for my followers 

     

    It’s that time of year folks. Thank you for following , reading, commenting, visiting, and liking my blog and posts! 

     
    • Oliana 10:42 pm on November 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I love that our thanksgiving is the 2nd Monday in October…it gives me almost two months of being thankful and being touched by so many. May I reblog this beautiful Thanksgiving wish…I love that you wish us blessings outnumbering the fallen leaves! Blessings to you too, Cheryl-Lynn

    • Oliana 11:29 am on November 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Traces of the Soul and commented:
      I love how this blogger expresses her thanks…”more blessings than fallen leaves”

    • Shauna 8:37 pm on November 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 🙂

  • blueribbonfair 6:34 pm on November 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Catherine Burns, , In The Woods, , , mystery books, psychological suspense, , , Sarah Schmidt, See what I have done, Tana French, The visitors, thriller reads   

    Books in November 

    Here are the Books I am reading this month; I do not read as much as I used since I have so much to do……….

    book visitors blog beautiful cover Catherine Burns 2017

    My update on what I think of it: I’m on page 86 of 288 of The Visitors: This book is creepy because of the odd characters in it, rather slow to do anything.; But there is an undertone to the book and hopefully, it will hit what the jacket cover said more and at least at the 1/2 way mark.  

    Marion Zetland lives with her domineering older brother, John in a decaying Georgian townhouse on the edge of a northern seaside resort. A timid spinster in her fifties who still sleeps with teddy bears, Marion does her best to shut out the shocking secret that John keeps in the cellar.

    Until, suddenly, John has a heart attack and Marion is forced to go down to the cellar herself and face the gruesome truth that her brother has kept hidden.

    As questions are asked and secrets unravel, maybe John isn’t the only one with a dark side.

    See What I Did book black raven blog beautiful cover

    In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.

    On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid: Someone’s killed, Father. The brutal ax-murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, leaves little evidence and many unanswered questions. While neighbors struggle to understand why anyone would want to harm the respected Bordens, those close to the family have a different tale to tell—of a father with an explosive temper; a spiteful stepmother; and two spinster sisters, with a bond even stronger than blood, desperate for their independence.

    As the police search for clues, Emma comforts an increasingly distraught Lizzie whose memories of that morning flash in scattered fragments. Had she been in the barn or the pear arbor to escape the stifling heat of the house? When did she last speak to her stepmother? Were they really gone and would everything be better now? Shifting among the perspectives of the unreliable Lizzie, her older sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, and the enigmatic stranger Benjamin, the events of that fateful day are slowly revealed through a high-wire feat of storytelling.

     

     

     

    Not a page turner, but good enough to keep me reading. I may add more book since I am close to finishing a couple of them.

     

     

    book in the woods tana french blog

     A gripping thriller and New York Times bestseller from the acclaimed author of Broken Harbor and The Secret Place

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox—his partner and closest friend—find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.
    Richly atmospheric and stunning in its complexity, In the Woods is utterly convincing and surprising to the end.

    Look for French’s new mystery, The Trespasser, for more of the Dublin Murder Squad.

    I am reading this one over again. Such a good story.

     

     

     

     
    • kathyscottage 9:33 pm on November 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! Creepy.

    • aj vosse 7:33 pm on November 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hope you find time to read and rate mine too… one day when you have a moment to spare. It will be easier than these three… mine is a collection of short stories, read one or two, put it to rest for a day or so and so on! 😉

      • blueribbonfair 7:16 pm on November 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Are you on Good Reads? and by your name here?

        • aj vosse 8:08 pm on November 6, 2017 Permalink

          No… the short story collection is available on Kindle… just click on the link in the right sidebar of my blog… the eye-catching mustard yellow… The Lucky Thirteen! Thanks!! 😉

        • blueribbonfair 7:36 pm on November 9, 2017 Permalink

          Thanks.

    • RITU RAJ 9:14 pm on November 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hello,
      I am Khushboo. I am an upcoming writer. You probably know me through my blog. I recently launched my book on Amazon. The name of the book is COMPLICATED US. I was hoping if you could review it. Please contact me at khushbooranimahato2308@gmail.com and let me know if you can do a review. Eagerly waiting for your reply

      • blueribbonfair 7:14 pm on November 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I only have a desktop. I used to have a kindle, but it was used so much it broke. I have not been able-though I want one-to get one at this time. And my phone? I just won a book on Goodreads and it was a kindle book They said I could put it on my phone, but gave up trying to figure it out when it kept saying we are having trouble getting this on your phone. I have to follow up on it contacting them soon. I cannot read on my desktop either because it hurts my eyes and Chronic pain if I sit too long. If I get the android going with the other book, I would do it. It sounds like a great book.

        • RITU RAJ 7:18 pm on November 6, 2017 Permalink

          I understand that you are having some problems now. Word according to your convinence, no rush. If at all I can, I’ll try to provide you with a paperback.
          By the way, your blog is awesome, I love it. It is awesome complication of everything good.
          Yes I am on Goodreads. Name- KHUSHBOO

        • blueribbonfair 7:37 pm on November 9, 2017 Permalink

          I will look you up when I get back on there.

      • blueribbonfair 7:16 pm on November 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Are you on Goodreads?

    • Christy B 11:26 pm on November 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      So much to read, so little time 🙂

      • blueribbonfair 2:14 am on November 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I know it. I used to read every book through even if I did not like the book. I now quit them and do not waste my time on them.

  • blueribbonfair 10:24 pm on October 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , diy jewelry, , guitar necklace, handmade necklace, , , music note, necklace, rock music   

    Guitar “Jewelry” 

     

    Sparkle 100%

    A necklace I made a year ago or so. For the love of music. Also for Cee’s Fun Foto weekly challenge  This Week it is a word with “J” and at least 6 letters. 

     

     
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