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Monday, October 22, 2012

Christmas on my mind!!

Is anyone else thinking about Christmas?? I mean....part of it is because I HAVE to....it's part of my job!! Heck....I start to think about it in March!! And I have all of that covered. I have the boxes and boxes of new merchandise all sorted out....I know which room of the gift shop all of it belongs in...I know what "theme" I am going to decorate each room in...and I have a game plan for the "switching" over. I WILL leave the Halloween in place....so that you will, actually, be able to SEE Halloween ON Halloween....a strange and foreign idea, I know.....but, of course, Halloween falls in the middle of the week...so the transformation will have to be a little bit of a process and a little less "magic"....but there's nothing I can do about that!! But what I am REALLY talking about is the Christmas that happens in my "real" life. I have been giving it a lot of thought. I know what I want to do outside (on my new porch:)) and I have already started to buy the lights!! Under normal circumstances I am a "fly by the seat of my pants" kinda girl. Some of my very best ideas come to be when I am under a lot of pressure!! Planning this far ahead is NOT how I usually fly!! But....I have a whole bunch of ideas written down in my "little book" and cannot wait to get started!! I have to keep telling myself that we haven't even had Halloween yet....and to slow it down....but I am READY!! We have our last class (other than the gingerbread house classes) of the Fall line up Wednesday night. It is a workshop more than a traditional class....we will be decorating cookies....learning all kinds of fun techniques for turning cutout sugar cookies into works of art!! And....like the last class where we learned all kinds of fun ways to decorate cupcakes...this one will be a "mixed Holiday" celebration!! Yes...that's right....I will be making half of the cookies, that my "students" will be decorating, CHRISTMAS shapes!!! Hahaha....I told you I had it on my mind!! Hey....the other half will be Fall and Halloween!! It's going to be a lot of fun...and, with any luck, it will be "enough" Christmas to keep me happy....at least for now!! Oh....I just had a great idea....I think I will play some Christmas music while we create!!! Heeheehee.....

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

How can it be the middle of October?????

I can't believe it's the middle of October. How did this happen?? I'll tell you how it happened....I couldn't wait for it to get here!! That's what always happens...the things you look forward to the most....are over the quickest!! It seems like I just decorated the house for Fall and Halloween....and now I know that I only have a few short weeks left  to spend with my beloved Halloween collection. Before I am ready....it will be time to take it all down and pack it away!! I must tell you, though....as hard as it is for me to believe that we are halfway through this month....it's even harder to believe that I am starting to get excited about CHRISTMAS!!! As sad as I will be to see my witches and pumpkins and skeletons get packed up....I can't wait to see all of the my Santas and gingerbread and blown glass ornaments. Crazy right?? I lay at least part of the blame on pinterest. I have been looking for Christmas images for my pinterest page....and it all looks so cozy and inviting...it just makes you want to get out the mittens and sleds!!

  I spend my whole life in a "different" time zone than the rest of the world, already....(for example...I ordered Valentine and Easter candy this afternoon!!) and I know that a large portion of the population groans and grumbles about the department stores "rushing" Christmas. So, please understand, I am NOT trying to rush anything!! I want to live in the moment....I want to enjoy the pumpkins and the apples....the Fall color and the chill in the air, trick-or-treat and the Halloween specials on TV. I really, really do!! But....I have to admit....I have been humming Christmas songs. I have, also, been day dreaming about how to decorate our new porch for the Holidays....I mean...should we go simple and country....or light up the neighborhood?? See what I mean?? But, really....there is no harm in THINKING (and humming...) Christmas....right??? Hmmmmmm........I think I'll go get some apple cider and look for a Halloween special on TV....that should bring me back to the "right here and now".....oh....I saw this great idea....they hung a wreath on a birdhouse!! It was SO pretty and festive...I pinned it on my pinterest page if you want to check it out....we wish you a Merry Christmas...hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm!!!!

Monday, October 8, 2012

busy, busy,,,,and thank you, thank you!!!

I am always busy....and I like it that way. But, I have been EXTRA busy lately. Well....more like extra, Extra, EXTRA busy. I am on the committee for the 1803 House:A Very Merrie Halloween. We hold this event on the grounds of the 1803 House to raise money for the restoration and preservation of the house. This whole thing was my idea....but I didn't really plan on being this involved. I am sure that sounds a little weird....and maybe even unbelievable....but, it's true. I "pitched" the idea at one of the board meetings and thought that they would run with it.~~~ Generally speaking....I am not, usually, "looking" for something. You know...that "what's in it for me" thing that, I think, is pretty "normal"....all I really wanted was a cool, unique and unusual (and those last two words are the important ones here...) "something" going on around our shop that I could "get behind" and be proud to send people to....I wasn't looking for ANOTHER full time job!! Really. I am an "idea" person...and I can, literally, "see" things...how they should look when they are done...so I guess I am not all THAT surprised that I am THIS involved in this event (I know my family isn't....they seemed to expect it from the beginning!!!) but I really have a lot on my plate!! Planning and executing this event is just like running a business. Granted...it is a business that is only "open" for 5 hours one day a year....but it is still a business!! I have networked and networked like I have never had to do for my REAL business!! But....I am very pleased with all that has been accomplished so far!! This past weekend was our second annual "Very Merrie Halloween"....and it went well!!! There were glitches...more than I would have liked...and things that NEED to be addressed...but, all in all, it went well....and I would like to take a moment to thank a few people. I have AMAZING family and friends....AMAZING!!!! There is NO way that I could have accomplished all that I did, on Saturday, without them!!! My oldest daughter and her significant other ran MY stand at the event...then my youngest daughter's fiance joined them to help...and both of the guys helped me to judge the apple pie contest!! My youngest daughter was my right AND left hand at the shop when I couldn't be there (I was back and forth between both places all day...) and my husband did it all....built the candy cart, the Witch, ran load after load up to the house.....thank you, thank you, thank you!!! We had a haunted gingerbread house workshop...and all of the ladies that built houses brought them to the event to be displayed....and enjoyed....and then came back and picked them up when it was over!!! You guys are the best!! Half of the craft artists (and the farm stand owners)are close friends of mine who signed on because I asked them to!! (luckily...they keep RE-signing on!!!!  :)) the pumpkins that were decorated in the kids tent were arranged for by someone I have been friends with longer than either of us want to admit to...the bottled water was donated by friends of ours....and most of the cool stuff that was going on in the kids tent was from the imagination of another friend!! Then, of course, we have all of my customers (aka family) who attended!!!  I am tired...still....and pretty sure I will be for a while!! I am going over and over all of the things that need to be addressed...but the thing I am thinking about the most?? How lucky I am to have all of you!! Thank You, again!! ~~~~~NOW....about next year.....