Monday, November 30, 2009

Back in the saddle!

Hello Ya'll!
I'm so glad to be back after a short Thanksgiving hiatus! I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and I hope you did as well. Unfortunately I forgot to upload my Thanksgiving photos....sadness.

Since it is MET Monday, I'm putting together a montage of mets I've shared:

Thanks to Susan at Between Naps on The Porch for hosting! Be sure to check out all of the other Met Mondays today! Happy Monday All!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Fun!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

If you are expecting a crowd tomorrow you may find yourself waking up like this...

But your drive and determination to make the day perfect...

and the hope that your children will spend the day like this...

will spur you into action!

And if you are very lucky, you may catch your breath long enough to see one of these...

sitting in this...

outside your kitchen window.

But alas, you may turn from the beauty outside your window to see this...

And all you really want to do is this!

Or have a couple of these!

But after all is said and done you will have this...

and your spouse may reward your efforts like this..

I know...I went a little overboard with this one!

And at the end of the day you will lay your head on your pillow feeling great reward and gratitude and love and begin dreaming about this...

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you the best Thanksgiving ever!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Not a Creature Was Stirring...

Ok Ya'll, Christmas has officially begun at the Pickle House. I'm having out of state family, daughters and boyfriends for Thanksgiving dinner.
 So in between scrubbing bathrooms, changing sheets, making special ordered gifts and buying turkey I managed to get the family room decorating started!
Before you start thinking I'm superwoman, I cheated and took a day off of work yesterday!

Oops, no skirt!

Football is the real centerpiece of this room.

You know, the whole Maryland Crabs thing!

My baby with his baby! He's nibbling it's ear...his favorite thing to do!

I want to post about an awesome Christmas Giveaway over at Tater Tots and Jello.

In fact, there are so many awesome giveaways lately I'm just going to start linking them all through the candle photo at the top right corner of this blog.
One stop shopping for all of your giveaway contest entries!

But first here is Jen's giveaway at Tater Tots and Jello!

Hop on over there and enter to win!


Monday, November 23, 2009

And The Winner Is...

Happy Monday Ya'll!

At the risk of becoming an unworthy copy of the Oscars, LOL! There are several people I wish to thank for helping to make this possible.

I want to thank everyone that entered to win the giveaway.
It did my heart good to read all of the sweet comments!

Thank you to a few friends that went above and beyond to also post the giveaway on their own blogs:

Kim at Cheap Chic Home
Jeanette at Sweet Jeanette
Cheri at It's So Very Cheri
Aik at Friends and Family

A special thank you to Cheri at It's So Very Cheri for
Featuring my blog in the midst of the giveaway! 
A double delight!

Thank you to Dollar Tree and Liquid Nails, just for being you!
And on to the disclaimer:

We asked the most impartial member of the family,
Jack the Jack Russell, to draw the 2 winners from the 108 entries!
As long as no food is involved he is the most trusted member of the family. (All rules are broken for food!)

And the winners are...


I will be contacting you about your choice of
styles and your mailing address!

Have a great Day!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Pilgrim Hat Place Holders and a GIVEAWAY!

Happy Friday!
A GIVEAWAY AND Links to MORE Giveaways!

Please enter my "Thanksgiving" giveaway by clicking the link to the right. I want to give 2 lucky ladies 2 festive candle holders before Thanksgiving! And there are more Giveaways listed for you to win even more goodies!

Here are some Thanksgiving Goodies to DIY:
I saw this cute idea on Party Blog
but it originated from
Better Homes and Gardens.
It was just tooo cute not to share with you too!

What You Need: 
3-inch terra-cotta flowerpot
Crafting foam in black, yellow, green, and purple
Acrylic paints in black, white, red, green, and blue
Thick white crafts glue
Black fabric paint pen


1. Paint the entire pot black and allow it to dry. Choose a color to paint the band around the top of the pot. Let it dry. Make white dots on the rest of the pot by dipping the handle of a paintbrush in white paint and dotting onto the surface.

2. Cut a circle from black foam. Cut it about 1/2 inch wider all around than the pot opening. Use an appropriate size dish, cup, or lid to trace. Place a small amount of glue on the rim of the pot and glue onto the black foam circle.

3. To make the buckle, measure the width of the band of the pot (the portion painted a different color). Cut a rectangle out of foam that measures about 1/8 inch deeper than the band on the pot. Glue it to the band. Let the glue dry.

4. Use a black paint pen to write the guest's name on the colored band. Allow it to dry before using.

I can almost smell the turkey cooking!

Happy Crafting Everyone! Don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY contest before midnight Sunday - Winners announced Monday morning!


Wednesday, November 18, 2009



These are CLOSED! I will update with new
giveaways this week!

Kim at Cheap Chic Home is offering this.
Hop on over there and sign up to win this beautiful book!

The Giveaway book is entitled:
Entertaining With Longaberger Celebrating the Seasons.
It is a brand new book still in shrink wrap.
Hurry! Ends Friday Nov 27th

My new sweet friend at Sweet Jeanette is celebrating 100 followers by giving away this awesome quilt and tote!
Don't miss out on this one.

Last chance to enter, Friday Nov 27th!

And you simply must try to win this lovely basket
of goodies offered by Leann at The Old Parsonage !

Enter by Friday Nov 27th!

What about this awesome Cookie sheet Calendar that
is offering?

Ends Thanksgiving night at midnight!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

What A Beautiful Day!

Guest Blogger?!?!

I guess you could say I'm having a guest blogger today-in photos and work effort. My guest today is my husband, Steve. He does all of the "yard" work and I handle the flower beds.

Well, Saturday while I was at a Craft Fair selling my wares and after several blustery days of leaf accumulation, I came home to this beauty!
How wonderful to come home!

Thank you hubby-for the work, the lovely yard and the wonderful photos!

Thank you soooo much to my guest blogger today! I hope you'll come again soon...I'm a big fan of your work!

Have an Awesome Day Ya'll!