I can't remember the last time it's been this cold outside. The bitter cold is almost painful and I start to get a headache just thinking about my heating bill! Here's hoping you are all home snug and cozy....and hopefully heathy.
Our house has been struggling with a cold and cough that we can't seem to shake. Just as we start feeling better, it rears its ugly head again. It could be worse......no flu or stomach bug.....just a nasty, evil cold, which turned now into pneumonia (lucky me!) Thankfully, Julia has been happy and healthy. Just Jeff and I playing "tag-your it" with this illness.
I am sitting here in my PJs watching G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.....(I know, terrible movie, but come on ladies, Channing Tatum! Good Lord!). Thought I would post some photos of the amazing gifts I received over the holidays from my talented friends.
Becca from Seasons Art / Magikal Seasons sent me these incredible pieces. I about screamed with excitement when I opened the package. The Christmas ornies will add the perfect whimsey to my tree next year. I already have one of her Peppermint Candy ornaments, and the Gingerbread Girl and Snowman have moved me into a full-fledged Becca collector! 
This snowman is HUGE!
Sooooooooooo cute!
She also sent along this beyond-amazing Halloween ornament........love, love, love! Look at all the cool details! Thank you Becca! 
Love the grungy safety pin mouth.
I also received a surprise package from one of the sweetest chicks on the planet....my Flickr friend Mary. She made this intricate egg diorama with Santa (who else!). My favorite new item to add to my growing Santa addiction.
My picture doesn't do it justice.
This egg is real people! No plastic egg for her and from what she says, she broke a few along the way trying to craft these beauties. Check out her Flickr site to see some of the other designs, along with her nifty thrift shop vintage finds. Oh, to shop with Mary is high on my Bucket List - that girl finds everything!
She also sent along a whole package of vintage tags and a Santa Money Bag.
I'm thinking of making a similar pattern
 with this guy as my inspiration.
Would be a fun felt project, minus the zipper
.....sewing zippers is not my specialty.
And, because she is to flippin' sweet, she always remembers to send along something for Julia. This was the only picture I could get before she ran off with her stash.......how cute is her new panda bear hat and blue gloves! 
No word of a lie, this girl wears this hat to school everyday. I could never get anything on her head, until now! Thank you Mary! 

Stay healthy everyone!
Chow for now,


  1. HI Cindy... tis the season for swapping germs! I had a bad cold twice with in 5 or 6 weeks.. Praying that the flu does not find its way to us. LOVE the gifties you recieved. and your daughters hat? I wouldnt take it off either.. how stinking cute!
    glad to see you out here in blogland!
    have a great day

    1. Hope your family is finally feeling better! What a tough season this has been for illnesses. Everyone at work is coughing and sneezing and oozing germs - you can't get away from it!

  2. Wow, what fun goodies! All so special! I have some of Becca's art, and I love her creations ;o) I hope you get better ;o) Sending warm hugs ;o)

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by - Becca's art is fantastic, isn't it? Makes me smile when I look at them.

  3. Hi Lady! Oh my I hope you feel better! Sending well Wishes! Flu bug has been going around here too. I sent you a message back on Etsy but not sure if you got it. I'm so glad ya like the treats. I felt the same in fact the shakers are on my fireplace mantle. My boys are like but hey mom it's not Halloween. I told them it's always Halloween here. :)

    1. HAHAHAHA! Your kids sound like my daughter. They will appreciate our passion for the holidays when they are older. Thanks again for all the super-cool pieces....I just love them all.

  4. Hi Cyndi,
    Back in October 2011 I pinned your Little
    Black Kitty on my Pinterest. Today Tandra Boyer commented on the little darling. She
    is asking where she can purchase your creative artwork? Thought maybe you would like to contact her.
    Best Wishes,

  5. Thanks Bobbie for the Pinterest pin & the heads-up! I will definitely drop her a line. And thanks for stopping by!


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