Wednesday, September 29, 2010

ABC Wednesday "K" = Santa's Key

For the letter "K" I bring you Key. 

The stockings are hung, milk and cookies are set out, carrots are placed outside for the reindeer.... and then little Betty Sue ask, "Mom, will Santa still bring me presents even though we don't have chimney for him to come down?" Uh Oh!

This is where Mom yet again saves the day. "Why yes Betty Sue, of course Santa will bring presents. I have a special key right here just for Santa."

Ok, I know my story's a little cheesy, but that's how it's supposed to work. lol

For all those parent's our there without a fireplace / chimney we sell Santa's Key to help ease the worries of expectant little ones on Christmas Eve.

Here are a few cute "Santa's Key" poems that I've found to use with the key:


Santa's Magic Key
This key is very special, you see. 
It won't work for you or me. 
Hang it just outside your door then go to bed and worry no more. 
Close your eyes and close them tight, 'cause Santa Claus is coming tonight!"


Santa's Key
Take this magic key tonight,
and hang it on your door so tight.

Santa's on his way to you,
in his sleigh with presents too!

He'll tiptoe in, not missing a house,
jolly old guy as quiet as a mouse.

Whisper magic and joy in each child's ear,
come to deliver some holiday cheer!


Santa's Key
Our stocking's hang upon a wall.
We have no fireplace at all!

You see the problem is quite clear.
Santa, how will you get in here? We heard a legend. Is it true?
Of magic only you can do.

We'll leave out any plain old key, and mark it "Santa" so you can see.
Your magic makes the key fit right, so you can get inside that night.

Thank you Santa, here's our key.
The milk and cookies are on me!"

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Our First Blog Award!

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
We were given this lovely award by:

One of my favorite things from Cottonfieldfarm's etsy shop is the Bridal Wedding Favor Mirror set. These would make such a cute wedding favor. You can even make special request as to what you'd like printed on your buttons. Another great thought is to have them match your wedding colors and theme.

Drumroll Please....

and now I shall pass the award on the following blogs:

Holiday Gifts, Traditions and  Recipes
Christmas Giveaway Event

Both of the above blogs will help you get into the Happy Holidays Spirit. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Crafty Tuesday - DLTK's Printable Crafts

Today, instead of a tutorial, I'd like to let you know about a great site for kids' printable crafts. The site is DLTK's Crafts for Kids. I've been using DLTK's since my oldest was in pre-k. The site is run by a mom who for the most part came up with all the craft ideas as projects to do with her girls and their friends.

DLTK's Crafts has printable color sheets, craft ideas, educational worksheets... you name it. There is even a page where you can search for a craft by which supplies are needed. This is great for rainy days at home. Just take a look in the craft bucket, see what you have on hand, and head over to the search tab.

DLTK's is usually my go-to place for the kids around the holidays. We print out coloring sheets and look for easy craft ideas to decorate the house with.

Happy Crafting & Enjoy Your Tuesday!

(DLTK's Crafts & A Very Merry Christmas Store are in no way connected. This is a website review from one mom to another.)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Arrrrrr you enjoying Talk Like a Pirate Day?
I sure am matey!

Q: How much did the Pirate pay for his peg leg and hook?
A: An arm and a leg!

Q: Why didn't the pirate get hungry on the desert island?
A: Because of all the sand which that is there!

Q: Why couldn't the little boy get into the pirate movie?
A: Because it was rated rrrrrrrr!

Q: Why do pirates carry a bar of soap?
A: So that if they are shipwrecked they can wash themselves to shore!

Q: What do pirates like to eat?
A: Barrrrrrbecue!

Q: Why are Pirates so mean?
A: I don't know they just ARRRREEE!

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

ABC Wednesday - Letter "I" 9/15

Today's letter is "I" 
"I" is for ice, icicle, ice skates & my favorite... 
ice cream.
Ice Breakers Lounge
Sparkle & Ice Trees - Dept 56

Crafty Tuesday - Thanksgiving Tablecloth

Thanksgiving Tablecloth

A few years ago I wanted to find a way to put our own family twist on Thanksgiving dinner. I came up with this tablecloth that we bring out every year to use for the holiday. My plan is to update it every year in the hopes of passing it down to the kids one of these days as a family heirloom. 


  • Pick up a plain white cotton/linen tablecloth.
  • Grab your ink pad from the craft cabinet and stamp the kids' handprints on the tablecloth.
  • Write their names and year by their prints. When they get older they can write their names themselves and you can look back thru the years to see how their handwriting has improved.
  • Embellish as you would like. I have left mine plain white, but you can buy Thanksgiving themed stamps that would work well also.
  • If you plan to have a true messy Thanksgiving feast using this tablecloth, you'll want to purchase a clear cover to place on top of it. Usually, clear disposable covers are available at party supply stores for just around $2.00.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Happy Grandparent's Day 2010!

Grandparents Quotes

The handwriting on the wall means the grandchildren found the crayons.
-- Author Unknown

A grandmother pretends she doesn't know who you are on Halloween. 
-- Erma Bombeck

I like to do nice things for my grandchildren - like buy them those toys I've always wanted to play with.
-- Gene Perret

You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.
-- Irish Saying

If your baby is 'beautiful and perfect, never cries or fusses, sleeps on schedule and burps on demand, an angel all the time,' you're the grandma.
-- Teresa Bloomingdale

Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete.
-- Marcy DeMaree

Elephants and grandchildren never forget.
-- Andy Rooney

Grandma's Blessing Bracelet


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

ABC Wednesday - Letter "H" = Hearts

The letter "H" stands for Hearts.

Old World Christmas Ornaments
Love Is In The Air
You Make My Heart Spin
May Peace Fill Your Heart
Happy Wednesday!

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Supporting businesses and blogs, one MoM and DaD at a time!
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Our listing was just posted. woohoo! 
Everything looks great with just one little typo. Becky (me) is not the store owner. I'm just the Mom of the grandkids. :) 

Patti, aka Nana, is the boss and store owner. 

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Crafty Tuesday - Santa's Red Underwear

Today I want to share this cute little find with you. I fell in love with it while doing the usual craft fair shopping last Christmastime.



The label on the front says:

"We looked for a stocking
But couldn't find a spare
So we ended up stuffing
Santa's red underwear."

It's made out of two red felt pieces cut to look like Santa's underwear. They are glued together all except the top neck line which has decorative stitching. The back has a little slit cut where you can insert a candy cane or small treat. The hanger is just a small scrap of white lace ribbon.

Hang these on the tree or use as small handouts at your next Christmas party. They are unique and simple to make. Enjoy!

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Reserve Your Spot Today - Design Event

A Very Merry Christmas Store
Proudly Presents

Harold Hand
Creative Designer

SEPTEMBER 11 & 12, 2010
1:00 - 5:00 PM
@ A Very Merry Christmas Store,
923 Front Street, Conway, AR

To Reserve a Seat: (501) 548-6177 

Our events are free to attend and feature hands-on workshops so that you can take your decorating skills to the next level!

In September, we will once again welcome [by overwhelming demand] designer Harold Hand, featured in O Magazine, D Home, Southern Accents, and many other publications and media. Harold's work is seen throughout our Department 56 section and the store decor. He is incredibly talented in creating foam sculpture to accent your Village collection -- and he has graciously agreed to come and show everyone how to make your own amazing displays!

To learn more about Harold Hand visit

Wednesday, September 1, 2010