Monday, November 28, 2016

Cyber Monday and an I Love Lucy episode

It's CYBER MONDAY!  Are y'all online?  I've got to do most of my shopping online this year so I'm all for finding bargains.  I'm popping on quickly this morning to see what deals are out there.


I saw this on Amazon this morning and couldn't help but think of an old I Love Lucy episode.  The one where she and Ethel are trying to lose weight and Lucy gets stuck in the sauna. Lol!

Gosh! After looking at this sauna, I think I want one!

What good deals are you finding online today?

If case you missed it, check out yesterday's post about Christmas cards.  I love the ease on creating mine online with the great sites out there like minted.com.

Ok guys, I'm off to work.  Hope to be back soon!

Hugs,

Angie

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Christmas Cards - Sharing Our Year with Loved Ones

The following is a sponsored post but all opinions are 100% mine!  

"Stainglass Rejoice" - Full-Bleed Photo, Modern Christmas Photo Cards in Robin's Egg by Coco and Ellie Design.

Wow!  Thanksgiving is over and that blur of a moment between Thanksgiving and Christmas has begun.  As most of you know, I went back to work this past year.  It's been great but not without the challenges of juggling schedules, errands, and, well, just everyday life.  (Cue the "Life Goes On" song)

"Peace Faith Love" - Animal, Bold typographic Christmas Photo Cards in fir by Karidy Walker.

Sometimes I feel like our lives are on a huge conveyor belt and we're grabbing whatever things we can as life moves along.

As busy as life is for everyone, this time of year is the perfect time to pause and reflect on the past twelve months.  How the children have grown. New jobs and new opportunities.  New family members.  Graduations.  New homes.  The list goes on and on.

"Wonders of His Love" - Bold typographic, Modern Christmas Photo Cards in Wintermint by Erica Krystek.

One thing I've especially enjoyed is sharing this with others through our annual Christmas card and receiving theirs as well.  I have one friend that has their card made into an ornament and hung on a tree just for their cards.  It's fun to see how everyone has changed over the years.

"Heart Snapshot Mix®" - Foil Pressed Photo Art Print by Minted in beautiful frame options and a variety of sizes.

Last year I used Minted.com for our Christmas cards and I have to say I was so pleased with them.  They offer a wide variety of themes and styles as well as coordinating envelopes.  You can even send them your recipients list and they will address them!  All very beautifully done by the best independent artists around.

I'm using Minted.com again this year and can't wait to see my order.  I'm just a little behind schedule.  You know, life and all.  But, they should be here soon!!

"Bright Spirit" - Floral & Botanical, Hand Drawn Christmas Photo Cards in Ink by iamtanya.

 I hope you'll check them out.  They offer a variety of items, not just Christmas cards!


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Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas y'all!!  I hope I won't be such a stranger around here.  I appreciate each of you!!!  Thanks for sticking around all!!

Hugs!
Angie

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Country Living Fair Tickets Winner




Congratulations Kylie F.  You're the winner of the two free passes to next week's Country Living Fair in Nashville!  Be sure to check your email!   





COUNTRY LIVING FAIR RETURNS TO NASHVILLE APRIL 22-24
20,000 Expected for Annual Shopping, Cooking and Crafting Fair at James E. Ward Agricultural Center 

NEW YORK (February 29, 2016) – Country Living magazine announced today that the annual Country Living Fair will return to Nashville, taking place on April 22-24, 2016 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.  The Fair is expected to draw more than 20,000 visitors from across the country. 

The Country Living Fair brings the magazine’s content to life and gives readers access to a unique shopping experience featuring more than 200 vendors from 25 states, including antiques sellers, food purveyors, artists, furniture makers, crafters, and more. Guests will also have a chance to meet Country Living editors and their special guests, attend cooking, crafting, and DIY demonstrations, book signings, sample locally sourced, artisanal food, and shop the Country Living General Store.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Nashville Country Living Fair 2016 and a Giveaway!!



COUNTRY LIVING FAIR RETURNS TO NASHVILLE APRIL 22-24
20,000 Expected for Annual Shopping, Cooking and Crafting Fair at James E. Ward Agricultural Center

NEW YORK (February 29, 2016) Country Living magazine announced today that the annual Country Living Fair will return to Nashville, taking place on April 22-24, 2016 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.  The Fair is expected to draw more than 20,000 visitors from across the country.

The Country Living Fair brings the magazine’s content to life and gives readers access to a unique shopping experience featuring more than 200 vendors from 25 states, including antiques sellers, food purveyors, artists, furniture makers, crafters, and more. Guests will also have a chance to meet Country Living editors and their special guests, attend cooking, crafting, and DIY demonstrations, book signings, sample locally sourced, artisanal food, and shop the Country Living General Store.

Photo taken from 2015 Country Living Fair

"We’re thrilled to be back in Nashville kicking off the Country Living Fair’s 2016 season,” said editor-in-chief Rachel Hardage Barrett.  

Featured vendors include: Farmhouse Frocks (beautiful upcycled clothing), Grandmother’s Buttons (antique button jewelry), FOUNT (handmade leather goods), JBS Mercantile (unique crafting kits), Mary Gregory Studio (country life oil paintings), Raw Materials Vintage (vintage linens and textiles), Scarlett Scales Antiques (Franklin, TN, antiques shop), and South Porch Antiques (antique and vintage designs).
Photo taken from 2015 Country Living Fair


The 2016 Country Living Fair in Nashville is sponsored by The 2016 Ford Experience Tour, Go RVing and Petfinder and is produced by Stella Show Management Company. For tickets and additional information, including a list of vendors and discounted hotel rates, contact Stella Show Management Co. at 1-866-500-FAIR or www.stellashows.com. For additional details, visit www.countryliving.com/fair

Attendees will be able to engage with Country Living at the Fairs by using the hashtag #CLFair and share their favorite finds using the hashtag #CLFairFinds.

Tickets:
·         One-day-admission is $13 in advance and $16 at the door; three-day weekend passes are available for $15 in advance and $20 at the door;
·         An Early Bird three-day weekend pass is available for $40 and grants early admission at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday;
·         Free admission for children ages 16 and under.

Hours: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; gates open for Early Birds at 8:30 a.m. Friday & Saturday.

Location: Held rain or shine outdoors under tents, the Fair takes place at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, 945 East Baddour Parkway in Lebanon, TN. Parking is free and plentiful. 



So, who's ready to go?  Great because I've got 
TWO EARLY BIRD WEEKEND PASSES TO GIVEAWAY!!!


To enter, simply leave me a comment stating who you would take with you?!  One lucky winner will be chosen on April 12th at 9:00 p.m.  Make sure you enter your email when commenting so I'll have a way to contact you!!

So, what are you waiting for...scroll down and leave your comment!! (One entry per person please.)

See you at the Country Living Fair!!
Angie

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Thought I'd share this for Throwback Thursday AND St. Patrick's Day!  These photos are some of my favorites.  I think it's because I love spring when everything begins to wake up from it's winter slumber :)  Enjoy and Happy St. Patty's Day!!


I don't know if it's because I'm so o-v-e-r winter or what but I'm just loving these colors right now.  I began my spring decorating with some of my blue and white dishes as you remember from this post.  Yesterday, we went for a walk to the old farm next door and collected these beautiful, bright yellow daffodils.  Add those to the blue and white and it's gorgeous.  Now, with St. Patrick's Day approaching, I picked up a pot of shamrocks at Kroger.  The vibrant green just makes the whole thing over the top WOW!  


The Latin name for shamrock is oxalis acetosella.  

This plant family also includes sorrel.  If you're a Seven Brides for Seven Brothers fan, you'll know that sorrel makes "real nourishing soup."  :)


Look at that yellow and green!  

I always thought a shamrock had 4 leaves...you know, a four leaf clover, luck o' the Irish kinda thing. Nope.  Shamrocks have 3 leaves.  Clover can have 4 or more.  Yeah, I googled that.


Vibrant yellow daffodils against the shamrock green.  

Did you know you can dry daffodils?  You can!  Just like hydrangeas, they will slowly over time become paper like but will retain some of their yellow color.  And like hydrangeas, they will be somewhat fragile.  Once mine are dried, I remove their stems and just used the blooms as a bowl filler or even carefully added to potpourri.  (Does anyone still use potpourri?)


Since it's St. Patrick's Day, I pulled out my old Atlas "Good Luck" jar for the daffodils.  

It's a little hard to see but this jar has a four leaf clover and the words good luck on it.  I can't remember where I found this jar but it was more than likely a thrift store or yard sale years ago.



Thanks for stopping by and God bless!
Angie