Category Archives: Gifts

Merry Christmas to ALL!!!

Just a quick note to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and to remind all to remember the real reason for the season!! I’m wishing all of you a very blessed 2017 and hope to hear from you through my blog in the coming year!!! Blessings to all and on this joyous day, and throughout the coming year, may your life be filled with good luck and prosperity.

Christmas Gift From Dean

I wanted to share with you the gift that my younger brother made me for Christmas all by himself.

My homemade Christmas gift from Dean for 2015.  He was so proud of it but not near as proud of it as I am.  You just can't beat handmade!

My homemade Christmas gift from Dean for 2015. He was so proud of it but not near as proud of it as I am. You just can’t beat handmade!

Clear ornament with mini red pompoms in the ornament and a ribbon tied on the hanger.

Clear ornament with mini red pompoms in the ornament and a ribbon tied on the hanger.

I think someone helped him write 2015 on the outside with a silver marker.

I think someone helped him write 2015 on the outside with a silver marker.

I’m so proud of it that it’ll probably be displayed all year!

Creative Husband (Another catch up post)

My husband always asked me around Thanksgiving what I want for Christmas or he’ll ask our daughter to find out what I want for Christmas, my birthday, anniversary!  He won’t forget but he hates figure out what to give me on his own.  I think a lot of men are like this!  It’s just too hard to listen or use their imagination or worse than that, they’re afraid we won’t like it.  I love ALL gifts I receive, I promise, but especially if it’s handmade or took a little thought about what I’m about!!

I November 2014 I was asked the question once again.  I was ready!!!  I told him I wanted a new bookshelf beside my “spot” in the living room to replace the cheapy I bought from WalMart which was falling apart and I’d only had it about a year.  Pressed wood sucks!!!   Or, I would like for him to make me a new spice rack for my kitchen and I wanted them made from barnwood or any kind of lumber taken from the farm.

Well, I didn’t get them for Christmas but since then he has made them both and just in time for our anniversary which was in February!  Both are made from boards lumbered from the farm.  He did such a great job!!  Here they are:

Three spice racks made from oak, cedar and pine and now full and hanging in my country kitchen!

Three spice racks made from oak, cedar and pine and now full and hanging in my country kitchen!

Closer look.

Closer look.

My new bookcase and full of the things I love to work on at night while watching TV together.

My new bookcase and full of the things I love to work on at night while watching TV together.

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While he was working so hard on my wishes he also made our daughter a gift for her new house and made out of wormy chestnut sawed on the farm by her great uncle Holl.

Made from wormy chestnut from the farm.

Made from wormy chestnut from the farm.

Hangers on the top and two coats of polyurethane to make it easy to clean.

Hangers on the top and two coats of polyurethane to make it easy to clean.

She can use it for spices in her kitchen or in another room for anything she wants to display.

She can use it for spices in her kitchen or in another room for anything she wants to display.

From Dad to daughter.

From Dad to daughter.

He is so very clever and had no pattern to go by, just my explanation of what I wanted.

Now I have to decide what I want for 2015!!

Mother’s Day with my Daughter

My beautiful daughter knows me so well and knows that in May I’m thinking about my flower gardens and what to hang on the porches, in the gazebo, in my antique wheelbarrow and anywhere else that I can find a hole to put some spring color!!  The last couple years it’s red and purple and blue and white.  Here’s what she came up with and presented to me for Mother’s Day 2015:

Mini petunias

Mini petunias

Flowerbed on wheels

Flowerbed on wheels

Hanging basket from my daughter

Hanging basket from my daughter

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These added to all of my perennials and roses make for an awesome yard!!

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One of the fullest hanging baskets she’s ever found for me.

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Back side of previous basket!

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Mini petunias that just keep blooming!

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The hummingbirds and honeybees love these!

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They’re all over the yard! She has such good taste and knows my taste as well!

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Bluebird Houses

I’m trying to catch up on a lot of posts that I wanted to do and just now finding some time to do it.

On Mother’s Day my children and granddaughter presented me with some awesome gifts.

My son, Shawn, handmade me some new bluebird houses and the best part is he made them with his own hands.  Those are my most favorite gifts!!  It means they took the time to think about what I like and gathered it for me!

Birdhouses made by my son , Shawn, for Mother's Day!  He's putting his new garage to great use!

Birdhouses made by my son , Shawn, for Mother’s Day! He’s putting his new garage to great use!

My old birdhouses are starting to come apart and now they'll have condo's to live in!

My old birdhouses are starting to come apart and now they’ll have condo’s to live in!

I painted them and hubby hung them for me.  The purple martens are using them first but I think next spring the bluebirds will take possession.  Eddie hung them all around the garden and in one of the small apple trees and the birds are loving them.  My next post will show what my daughter presented me.DSCN6898 DSCN6897 DSCN6896 DSCN6895

 

Thank you Shawn Edward!!

Greek friends and orchids

I work at Virginia Tech and have met some truly wonderful people and made lots of new friends since coming here in April of 2011.  There are some truly lovely young ladies that work in my office and I think we’ve become good friends.  One is from Oklahoma, one is from Greece, one is from Turkey and one is from Illinois.  Today I would like to tell you about the one from Greece.  She is/was a graduate student and has just defended for her PHD.  She is vibrant, cute as a button, and very lively.  She will be leaving us soon and I’m going to miss her very much but will miss her Mom too!  Her Mom has come over from Greece on two occasions since I’ve been here and you will never meet a more humble, attractive and sweet lady.  She believes that have been her daughter’s second mother and knows how much I love her.  On this trip she presented me with this beautiful orchid which now adorns my west kitchen window.  I hope that I can keep it alive for a very long time in my very cold area since it’s a tropical plant.

Orchid from a very special Greek friend.

Orchid from a very special Greek friend.

Delicate orcid bloom

Delicate orcid bloom

Her daughter brought her mom and two other friends to the farm on Mother’s Day for lunch and a much awaited visit.  I had been trying to get them to the farm since I met her daughter.  We had a wonderful visit, big lunch in which her mother bought some “to-die-for” cheese pastries and we took a short hike around the farm to meet the babies and enjoy the gorgeous day!  Ladies, I will miss you both when “my funny face” graduates this week!!  I hope you know that you are always welcome at the farm!

Handmade Knives

My kitchen has every kind of knife you could possibly ever need or use and a lot of them are handmade by my husbands Uncle Holl.  The knives stay sharp but most of them are larger knives so I have to buy smaller paring knives.  I usually buy them online at LEM’s and they are a very good quality knife.  Here are some photos of the knives that Uncle Holl made:

Knives made by Uncle Holl

Knives made by Uncle Holl

The handles are made from wood he cut at the farm.  The blades were made from steel he had on the farm as well.

The handles are made from wood he cut at the farm. The blades were made from steel he had on the farm as well.

This is a handmade knife holder that was made at the farm as well.

This is a handmade knife holder that was made at the farm as well.

I have three of the cases hanging in my kitchen.

I have three of the cases hanging in my kitchen.

Close up of the knife I use the most.

Close up of the knife I use the most.

Bigger butcher knife

Bigger butcher knife

We have two knives that a friend of ours made and the handle is made from a deer antler and the jaw bone of a black bear.  The paring knife fits my hand perfectly and the one from the bear jar will be place in the living room on an easel for everyone to see.

Paring knife with a deer antler used for the handle.

Paring knife with a deer antler used for the handle and made by Mike Duncan.

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Knife with a bear jaw handle.

Knife with a bear jaw handle made by Mike Duncan.

Handmade case for the knife

Handmade case for the knife

The bear jaw had lost two teeth and the knife maker made teeth to complete the jaw.

The bear jaw had lost two teeth and the knife maker made teeth to complete the jaw.

Just goes to show you can re-purpose almost anything.

Tea Time

I have been a fan of iced tea for as long as I can remember and drink it all year long.  Not until a couple years ago did I become a hot tea drinker.  My son introduced me to hot green teas a while back and I like it almost as much but only in the winter months.  Last summer I found an ad in one of my monthly magazines for Fusion Teas and what really drew my eyes to it was the metabolism boosts some of them gave.  I sent off for a couple samples and now I’m hooked.

Pineaple Paradise is my favorite.

Pineaple Paradise is my favorite.

The website is http://www.FusionTeas.com and I order from them about every two months.  The selection is huge and you can buy sample packets, 3 oz. packs, 6 oz. packs and 16 oz. packs.   The Yerba teas are the ones that boost the metabolism but they also have black tea, white tea, green tea, oolong tea, hibiscus and several other types.

Some more of my favorites and my tea pot.

Some more of my favorites and my tea pot.

 

My first order included the Pineapple Paradise, Acai Berry Blend, Carrot Cake, and Cinnamon Roll.  Others that I’ve bought and love are Papaya Ginger, Chocolate Fusion, Sensha Supreme, Raspberry Sunset, Pumpkin Spice and Passion Fruit.  Pumpkin Spice is to die for!!!

They carry a wonderful assortment of teaware and gift boxes.  I hope you go out and try some and enjoy it as much as I do.

My little teapot!!

My little teapot!!

It has an easy to clean seive in the end to catch the tea leaves.

It has an easy to clean seive in the end to catch the tea leaves.

 

 

New Gift Idea

Have you ever heard of “Candy Crate”?  For the past several years I have been gifting some members of my  family with gifts from this company.

Candy Crate Gift boxes

Candy Crate Gift boxes

Candy Crate

Candy Crate

 

Hubby, son, son-in-law and granddaughter can’t wait to break into the boxes when we open gifts during Christmas.  The boxes are filled with old time candies and treats such as these:

Razzle candies, teaberry gum, licorice

Razzle candies, teaberry gum, licorice

Black Cow (chocolate and caramel) candy cigarettes, Candy buttons

Black Cow (chocolate and caramel) candy cigarettes, Candy buttons

All sorts of gum, taffy, Neccos, lollipops, nut rolls

All sorts of gum, taffy, Neccos, lollipops, nut rolls

Chuckles, nut roll, sugar daddy, Red Hots

Chuckles, nut roll, sugar daddy, Red Hots

Cocoanut Bar (my personal favorite)

Cocoanut Bar (my personal favorite)

. . .  and so much more.

. . . and so much more.

 

I also order my daughter a 10-12 pack of teaberry gum because the others won’t share.  Next year their Candy Crate box may hold a large lump of coal.  The crates come in year priority such as 1940, 1930, 1950, 1960, and so on.  My personal favorite is 1950!

Thought we all might need a little whimsy in our posts today.  Enjoy!  Try Candy Crate online.