Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

It is Christmas Eve, the baking is done, the presents all wrapped.  We have our  Christmas Eve Service tonight, we join with our friends and family to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus.  

"And the word became flesh and dwelt among us
 and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, 
full of grace and truth....
And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace." 
John 1:14,16

I pray you will receive His grace upon grace this day.

Merry Christmas 


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Cookie Baking Day

Cookie Baking Day is a fairly new Christmas Tradition for us.  It began two years ago when Sophia was brand new, my parents, her Great-Grandparents came from Arizona to spend Christmas with us.  This year we were blessed to have my daughter-in-law, Danielle with us.  She and our son Chris are here visiting from Singapore.

We each make a different cookie and then split them all up at the end of the day.

Sophia and Cora

Auntie Rachel cooking with Sophia

Auntie Alissa, relaxing with Cora

This is the only cookie picture

Auntie Danielle and Cora

Sophia and Mommy 

Oh which one can I have...

I only took one picture of the cookies we made, but really it was a day all about being together and celebrating being family, the cookies were a bonus.

Merry Christmas !


Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Traditions

All of us have various holiday traditions.  Sometimes those "traditions" change over the years, you choose a different color scheme,  change out your ornaments, no stockings, and the list could go on.  Over the years many of the things we have done have changed, but there are a few that won't change.  Food... one of the holiday traditions is Nuts and Bolts.  My Grandmother and my Mom made this every year, and I have as well, and my daughters are carrying on the tradition.

The recipe - special notes at the end of the post

The assembled ingredients 

The roasting pan full ready for the oven!!

oh yummy
Here is the complete recipe: with my tweaks

Nuts and Bolts
1 box cheerios
1 box rice chex
1 bag thin pretzel sticks

1 large container of mixed nuts(without peanuts)
1 large jar of peanuts
1 large container of cashews (my favorite)

2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. Tabasco sauce ( I use 2 Tbsp. some family members use more)
1 Tbsp. garlic salt
1 Tbsp. celery salt

1 cup butter
1cup canola oil

Melt together oil, butter, spices and sauces.
Mix the cereal, nuts and pretzels in a large roasting pan, pour liquid ingredients over and mix well.
Bake at 250 degrees for 1 1/2 - 2 hours, stirring every 30 min.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Getting Ready for Christmas

It is a gray and rainy day here, doesn't feel much like Christmas.  The promise of snow for tonight is tenuous at best.  I am struggling to find time to do all the things that are on my plate!  How about you?

Some decorating has taken place...some

The snowmen are waiting patiently for their final destination 
The Moravian Star replaces our dining room chandelier 

The Christmas tree is up thanks to my husband and daughter Rachel, thanks Rach!!

The rest awaits my free time, hopefully before the 24th!!

No presents yet either, still hidden, at least the ones purchased so far.

I am off to my sewing room to finish one last custom sewing machine cover, then on to my projects.  Probably should clean before I decorate.  Add that to the list!
Have a happy day in spite of the busyness!!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Kittery Craft Fair Cupon! $5 Off

Print this coupon and bring it to the "From the Studio: Artist Market and Sale" in Kittery, ME on Saturday. Just copy and past this address: Kittery Lions Club, 117 State Road, Kittery, ME and click here for directions to the Kittery Lions Club. The Fair runs from 9am to 3pm. The coupon is only good at this craft fair (our last one of the season!) so make sure you stop by and take advantage of the discount!

See you Saturday!

-Cindy and Sarah

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

From the Studio ~ Artist Market and Sale

Saturday we will be at the Kittery, Maine Lions Club for the From the Studio~Artist Market and Sale.

The Artist Market gathers artists from the Southern Maine and The Seacoast Area.  There will be a wide variety of goods for sale,  Mast Cove Pottery, bronze ornaments and sculpture by the Green Foundry, stained glass by Gerri,  David Jacobson Glass, paintings, jewelry and of course Bumblebee and Sophie!!

Open from 9 AM to 3 PM

The Kittery Lions Club
117 State St ( Route 1)
Kittery, Maine

A few of our items you will find at the market on Saturday!

adorable tunic 
Little boy vest
Little boy vest with lizards

Hippie Girl tunic
Jumper with pear applique

Come and do a bit of Christmas shopping!!

And come back on Friday for a printable coupon for $5.00 off!!

See you Saturday

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Handmade Shops List

I am really excited to share this list with you all,  Julie Fitzsimmons over at Vibrant Designs put this list together,  a great variety of handmade for your holiday shopping!  All of the participating shops you will find online are having great sales for Cyber Monday so check them out!!

Happy Shopping!!


PS.  If you shop at Bumblebee and Sophie our coupon codes will be:

cybermonday11 for 20% off
freeship11  for free shipping

Vibrant Designs is a small shop that carries jewelry, accessories, and bags.  I am so excited for the upcoming Christmas holidays, so I've decided to have a great sale on all ready to ship listings!  On Cyber Monday,  you will enjoy 30% off our clearance items and 20% off the rest of the items in my shop.  To top it off, I'm extending FREE SHIPPING for one day only!  Just use the coupon code CYBERMONDAY to redeem your discounts!  Come follow my blog and watch for a unique Vibrant Designs Christmas Giveway!
a girl and a glue gun shop is a place where i sell all my extra crap leftover from my blog! I've got
levi aprons, rings, keychains, handwarmers, animal scarfs, and all sorts of other random crap!
Everything in the shop is 15% off for CYBER MONDAY only! come by and say hi!
Bumblebee and Sophie is a children’s clothing and accessory company that provides unique designs in playful fabrics for baby girls ages three months to three years. We have branched out into boy clothes with a tunic style shirt, vests, and pants, sizes newborn(vests) to three years. We offer custom sewing machine covers and would love to create custom nursery bedding for your new little one.
We are excited for Cyber Monday and will offer 20% off and free shipping for all in stock items. (sorry not on custom orders)
Fun, colorful gifts and stocking stuffers! Posies In my Pocket specializes in unique accessories for the girly girl in all of us! I hope you enjoy my items as much as I do making them!
On Cyber Monday, all orders placed will receive 15% off the entire shop!! Use code CYBERMONDAY at checkout.
Happy Holidays from Posie Hill Farm Treat Stands, Cake Plates and Pie Plates make lovely holiday gifts and are the perfect way to display your special holiday treats. Take a look around and enjoy my little shop filled with handmade, recycled, vintage and vintage inspired items for the home. On Cyber Monday, enjoy 15% off all purchases using the code CYBERMONDAY!
Specializing in custom handmade, original and unique nursery and children's artwork. Each piece is one of a kind. My nursery prints are whimsical and primarily made from different patterns and textures to create a paper collage. Receive 10% off any piece of nursery art with the code CYBERMONDAY. Enjoy!
  The Country Chic Cottage etsy shop has a mixture of vintage and handmade goods for your home.  Custom barnwood signs can be ordered with your choice of quote, name, or word.  Take 25% off anything in the store with code TAKE25 -- free shipping in the US everyday.  Be sure to also follow along on The Country Chic Cottage blog for further updates.
Beez Kneez is a true mom and pop shop with all of our products being made by us in our studio in California. All of our supplies are from suppliers here in the USA. We specialize in personalized and customized apparel and accessories for children.  Customers can save an extra 20% off our already great sale when using the coupon code CYBERMONDAY. 
A Bit of String carries handknit and crocheted accessories and photo props for little ones. Each item is handmade with special attention to detail, and the shop is a favorite among moms and photographers. Many items will be discounted through the Thanksgiving weekend, so be sure to check the shop. Also, check out their Facebook page to be notified of new listings. Use coupon code FREESHIP10 for free shipping from Black Friday through Cyber Monday!

Whimsical and fun, yet vintage and classic. I love to accessorize with color and it shows by what I sell. Wear something surprising and shop vixenMade.  Get 20% off all items in shop on Cyber Monday.  Use the coupon code CYBERMONDAY to get your discount and have fun shopping!  In the meantime, come visit my blog for more crafting fun!

1499 Vintage is a Vintage shop with lots of carefully selected home decor, house wares and accessories. We are a husband and wife team of vintage lovers and are always on the hunt for that oh so special item to add to our shop next. Visit our shop for a great assortment of special finds that will add some unique character to your home. On Cyber Monday we will be offering a 10% discount on everything in the shop :) Follow the blog for updates on new arrivals and other special offers. ___________________________________________________________________________________
Babes&Sages is a handmade shop selling mostly boho style headbands in many different colors and styles. I use gorgeous lace headbands and different new and vintage fabrics and buttons to create a truly special look. You will also find some felt headbands as well as jewelry. Please stop by frequently as stock changes. On Cyber Monday you can save 20% on all items and on top of that all headbands are always free shipping!!! Follow the blog or facebook page for updates on new arrivals and other special offers. ___________________________________________________________________________________

Unique, hand cut designs made for fashionable kids.
ZLilly Accessories carries a variety of applique shirts and onesies to suit your child's personality and interests-and be easy on your wallet! We also create one-of-a-kind designs for custom orders (great for Christmas gifts, wedding parties, baby showers, family pictures).
Receive 25% off ZLilly purchases (does not include shipping or custom orders) with code CYBERMONVD.
Happy Holidays!  Want more information? Please follow us at How Do U Like Them Apples? for crafty goodness and other product information.
Come and get some Christmas shopping done at The Kiki Comin Shoppe! The Kiki Comin Shoppe is filled with fun and funky prints for your home, your friend's home and anyone else you can dream up!  On Cyber Monday ONLY you can recieve 25% off all of your print orders by entering the code CYBERMONDAY.  A customer favorite "I love you because" print would be a perfect gift for your home, for your child or even grandchild! You can see how I have decorated with this print in my home HERE. There is everything from Family Trees to You Are My Sunshine prints.  Head on over and see us HERE..and drop by my blog, Kiki Creates, for special deals going on all week! ___________________________________________________________________________________

Oh hi, I'm Amie. I run a little shop called {Kitty Cats and Airplanes} that's full of whimsical and romantic vintage-style jewelry. I also have a {blog} with tons of crafty tutorials and a {facebook page} where I like to run special friends only promos! Speaking of promos, since it's Cyber Monday, I am having a huge sale! 30% off everything in the store using code CYBERMONDAY (original huh?) If that isn't good enough, all orders over $20 get FREE shipping! Hold onto your socks, I've got one more. See those cute rose bud earrings? For every $30 you spend, you get a free pair in any color you'd like. Awesome. Happy shopping!

My name is June & my Etsy shop is CreationsByJune. I have pre made scrapbooks, upcycle necklaces and scarves, a few purse and lots of vintage patterns.  In honor of cyber Mondayfor November 28 through December 2, ALL shipping is FREE and all purchases over $50 will get 10% off!  Coupon code for free shipping is 2011CYBER,  and then convo before paying for the 10% off!  You can also find me in blog land  at Creations By June.
I look forward to seeing you!

CJ's Craft Corner is a mother-daughter team. Our shop specializes in "fabric creations to brighten your life". We love making affordable, quality, colorful items like tea wallets, car trash bags, mug rugs, and more. Our Cyber Monday sale will run from Friday, November 25 through Monday, November 28. Use code CYBER15 to save 15% off any purchase (not including shipping). Check out our facebook and twitter too!
Hi there! My name is Kara and I am the owner of Mine for the Making {shop} and the blogger behind the Mine for the Making {blog}. I love to make whimsical, vintage inspired jewelry and hair accessories for girls of all ages. Being a girly-girl and having a daughter fuels my passion to create handmade pretties! Besides making things for my shop, I love to be a mommy, craft, paint, cook, bake, teach, learn new things, laugh, work on our home, and blog :) Check out and Facebook page and follow me on Pinterest!
Get 30% off EVERYTHING in the shop with coupon code CYBERMONDAY30 ___________________________________________________________________________________ Welcome to Shop Bugaboo!  Here you’ll find fine art, stationary, jewelry, accessories, baby and toddler items, home goods and apparel at a reasonable price. Many of our creations are upcycled, recycled or thrifted and all are brought to you on a dime; our goal is to provide everyone with beautiful, quality handmade and unique items - whatever your budget.  Our Cyber Monday sale gives you a whopping 40% off everything in the shop!  It begins at midnight on Sunday and runs until midnight on Monday, and will include many new listings of stationary, jewelry, wreaths and more!  Be sure to stop over for your Christmas shopping and decor needs! 
Fields of Gold wrapped washer necklace
Sunshine Wreath
Season's End - Watercolor and Ink