Monday, December 26, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
....And, Happy Birthday Ella!!!!!
Monday, December 5, 2011
This is a great story. It doesn't matter which version you like....it's a great story. And one that is still very appropriate.... perhaps even more so....today. There is just SO much negativity in the world....so much stuff that we all have to deal with day in and day out....I wonder what kind of a difference it would make if we were ALL visited by those three ghosts. This time of year the phrase "old-fashioned" Christmas is really tossed around....mostly as a marketing tool. We all want that old-fashioned feeling....to go back to when things were "better" and more simple....but what does that mean?? Would you like to light your tree with real candles....and have that bucket of water near by....have your kids think that an orange in their stocking was the most amazing treat...ever....or are you thinking less literally??? I think that "old-fashioned" Christmas is more attainable than you realize. The first thing you need to do is stop striving for perfection (and beating ourselves up when we don't reach it...) then we need to enjoy the journey.....not just the destination. But, I think, the most important component to a happy "old-fashioned" Christmas is treating others with kindness and respect. There are things that you can do to make someone else happy....some of those things are little...some take more effort....but, in the end, you will be happier, too. We do everything we can, at the shop, to help as much as possible. This past weekend we hosted the Hospice volunteers. They have their "thank you" Christmas breakfast with us. I, also, donated a cookie tray to one of the local churches for their dinner. We have been selling our angel cookies for the EHS Angel Network....and raised an amount that I am happy to donate. I don't think that old-fashioned feeling is something you can wait around for and receive only if you're lucky.....I think it's something that you can create....every single day of the year....
"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." ~~~~~
Now that sounds like the beginning of a real old-fashioned Christmas!!!
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Once again....great job by all!!! It's amazing just how much fun you can have with a table full of candy, a pastry bag full of icing and a blank "canvas" of a house!! 'Tis the season to be jolly....let the festivities begin!!
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
A few years ago I took a poll in the family and asked if anyone would object to Santa Claus spending Thanksgiving with us....they all said "no"....so he does!! Unpacking and decorating for Christmas is just as big....maybe even a little bigger....project than Halloween....and during November and December there is SO much going on at the shop....we just don't have a lot of time to spend at home. Our Collections for Christmas mean so much to us....we want to get to enjoy them as much as possible....so this works for us. I realize that the "retail world" has rushed Christmas so much that most people resent it "showing up" before Thanksgiving....but, in our house, it shows up for all of the right reasons. We love the Holidays....and want to enjoy them....no other agenda....just the memories and family time connected to each piece and ornament. There is such a thrill when we come home and turn all of our lights on and have the opportunity to look at, remember and enjoy each special piece....it would just be a shame if that only lasted a few weeks. So....by all means.....put out your turkeys, pilgrims and Fall leaves.....just don't judge me because I invited Santa for Thanksgiving!!!! It's really all about the Family time and being happy, after all.....and it just doesn't get any happier than Christmas!!!
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Our pool guys came and closed the pool, yesterday.....I am a little depressed. I LOVE when they come out and open it....HATE when they come out and close it. If it is going to be closed....and I have to look at that, less than attractive, cover for the next 6 months.....I would, at least, like a scene like this to look at instead!!! We drove down into Bucks County on Monday and were noticing the Fall color....or lack of it to be more accurate. I hope all of the horrible weather we have been experiencing doesn't carry over and ruin the Fall like it did a big chunk of the Summer!!! Isn't it funny....we spend the whole Winter waiting and hoping for the Spring.....we can't wait for the first glimpses of green to appear on the trees. It's so exciting when everything is new and green. Then the trees burst into full leaf.....and not a moment too soon.....because the heat comes and makes us so grateful for the shade!!! Then....just when we can't take anymore heat and humidity....a breath of fresh Fall air swoops in and makes us all so excited to see the color on the trees. Some of us even schedule our vacations around going and finding the places with the most beautiful color!!! We drive around....admiring the landscape. We go for walks and pick up the prettiest leaves to take home with us....and then....all of a sudden....we realize that they are falling off of the trees....and onto our grass.....and we have to RAKE them all up and get rid of them!!!! Stupid leaves!!!! Hahahahahaha........ahhh.....the circle of life!!!!! Regardless.....I still hope we have a half decent show.....before the raking starts!!!!! :):):)
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Are you all ready for some Halloween??? I sure hope so!! Not only does Sweet Memories have some of the BEST Fall and Halloween merchandise EVER....but I am helping to put the finishing touches on the BEST "special event" this area has ever seen!! In less than two weeks we will be experiencing the "1803 House: A Very Merrie Halloween".... the first annual and first of it's kind in this area!!! I am really getting excited...we have wonderful craft artists, storytellers, great food....apples, pumpkins, mums....basically everything you could want in a fantastic Fall Festival all rolled up into one great time!! This has been a lot of work and planning....but it's been worth it. The first time you take on something like this...it's a challenge. You find yourself trying to explain an event...that has never taken place (unless you count inside of your head...) and describe what you WANT it to be like. Sometimes it can be tough to get people to join you (in the case of the craft artists...) and have them put a ton of their time and energy into a project that has yet to be "proven"....but, somewhere along the way, there is a turning point....a moment when you realize that you have found an excellent group of people with amazing vision who believe in YOUR vision and are willing to invest their time, energy and talent to produce something that is heads and shoulders above the rest. That moment has, actually, come more than once the last few months!! I want to thank....in advance....all of the great people who are going to make Saturday October 1st awesome!!! I am really hoping that you will be able to count yourselves among them....enter an apple pie in our contest, enter a decorated pumpkin in that contest....get your tickets for the pork dinner and shop, Shop, SHOP!!! Just remember....while you are having an AMAZING time....all of the proceeds go to the 1803 House.....listen to the storytellers, vote for your favorite pumpkin, check out all of our amazing craft artists....and help the House.....does it get any better???
If you guys have any questions about this event....please don't hesitate to call the shop!!! :):):)