Saturday, December 28, 2013

Post Christmas Thrifting

My daughter and I have hit the thrifts like crazy, but honestly, the shops in Florida ROCK compared to the ones I have found here in North Carolina.  Nevertheless each store is a challenge and I have managed to unearth some great 75% off Christmas items!!

I did find these cute little Starbucks ornaments at a dollar apiece! 

 They were fun because we just had our holiday lattes today!

They were cute on all sides!

 One was from 2005
 Two were from 2006

This little guy melted me!  What a great little smile..worth more than the quarter I gave for him.

And then I found his papa, knocked down to $1.25!

So cute together!  
I found them on different tables though.

This one holds a tea cute!
 I can't wait to take him home and test it out!
 Of course I found a Santa Mug! Fifty cents!
 I feel comfortable buying a holiday mug I can tuck away with the Christmas items!
But isn't it cute?  I love the little Santa inside the rim :)

And who could resist a gingerbread man?  Not I!
Especially for a quarter!

Not a lot for all the shops we were in.  I left many shops with nothing!!!  Unheard of for me.
But we aren't through yet!  We are calling in reinforcements and going out again next week.  

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Ruby Princess

It was a wonderful to take a cruise in the middle of December and just while away the time on board ship.  Here are a few pictures  I snapped:

My baby sister, Janet and I shared a stateroom. 
You remember Janet! She is the artist I featured awhile back.

Pssst.  We are wearing our newly thrifted outfits!
See what a large, roomy stateroom we had!  

Everywhere there were beautiful decorations for Christmas!

Even the ceilings were gorgeous.  This, of course is the "everyday" look!

I really liked this piece.  Sea turtles on coral, that I found in an alcove.
My Shadow Shot for the week!
This cruise was overcast almost every day!

Outside along the rail it was beautiful, windy and warm.
I loved seeing the ships name stamped on the life preservers.
Occasional glimpses of the sun provided a shadow or two caught here!

In the distance, along the horizon you could see other ships in their lanes.

My review of the ship

I enjoyed each meal for different reasons.  I loved the buffet for the amazing choices.  It was a large buffet and items were frequently refilled.  There wasn't a long line at any time I was there.  The wait staff was attentive and our drinks were refilled constantly.  The assigned dining room for dinner was amazing.  The menu had wonderful daily choices.  It was always served hot and there was not a lag between courses.  Everyone at the table was served at the same time.  Steaks were tender, and combination meals very flavorful.  

Tea was served every afternoon and it was so delightful.  A variety of sandwiches, cookies and desserts were offered with scones, jam and clotted cream.  Trays were brought around several times and tea was refilled often.  This was a wonderful time to catch up with each other and discuss the days events and plan for the evening.  

The Wheelhouse Pub had a wonderful lunch.  Go early as they did fill up and it isn't offered every day.  It was an English Menu with all the best of a real Pub luncheon.  My steak pie was delicious.  

Overall service......Our room was not ready when we arrived.  I was rooming with my sister and the bed was made up as a queen size.  There was a note it would be done as twins before bedtime.  We came back to the room an hour later and it was already done.  Amazing.  The rooms were cleaned and items were refilled twice daily.  We never lacked for anything.  Everyone on staff in all parts of the ship were courteous and anxious to be helpful.  

Entertainment.....I liked all the shows.  They had quite a nice variety for the four nights.  Two musical shows, a magician and a comedienne.  The seats were uncomfortably small for plus size passengers but for most passengers they were fine.   I enjoyed the casino.  I played every night for a couple of hours and broke even.  Another person in our party had enough jackpots she did not spend all the money she brought to play.  She played about twice what I played.   The daily activities I did not participate in except the craft day.  It was well planned and fun to do.  We made greeting cards and it was fun to take them home.  There was a good variety of things to do and entertainment throughout the day.  

Over all Condition .....Every area was clean and polished.  Everything worked as it was supposed to in my stateroom.  Another stateroom in our party had some drainage problems in the shower but it was resolved promptly when notified.  The pool was clean and sparkling,  
I give the Ruby Princess an overall score of A-.  

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Monday, December 23, 2013

A Mexican Nativity

While visiting Cozumel, Mexico I saw some lovely Christmas decorations
If you notice the streetlight, you will see behind it a large decoration designed to be lit at night with stars and such in red and green neon.  These were placed all down the street but we didn't stay after dark so we didn't see them lit up.  I bet they were beautiful. 

Then, when I turned this corner to the left ...

I spotted this beautiful, nearly life size, nativity!
I asked the people, guarding the nativity where is the baby Jesus?  They explained that it is Jesus is on the left, as a grown man and Mary is on the right.  Did I notice the halos?  A very unusual nativity.  

 To the right of the crib were the rest of the figures and a large Christmas tree.
 Joseph is in the background and two more kings and a donkey kneeling in front is all cast in the same  as the Jesus and Mary figures.  Flat, wooden replicas of lambs and shepherds and a donkey are added.  

The special star against the night sky was beautiful. 

Surprisingly, in this city I did not see another nativity on display.  

One store did have a table of them.  Each one very unique and artsy. Oh the regret of not snapping a photo. 

These are mine at home:
This Italian set was a gift from my husband many years ago.  It was "lost" for so many years and only found when we moved.  It was in a small box in the far corner of our attic.  

 This set was a gift 
from my sister, Patty,  years ago. 
It means so much to me since she painted them.  

A thrifted nativity that I liked

Simple, yet says it all.

Merry Christmas!  

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Cozumel, Mexico in December

A lovely trip, mid December

Beautiful, misty, windy and cool

Lovely views of the Gulf of Mexico

Sitting on the steps at the beach front

The view from the patio of  the restaurant we found

Traveling on side streets

Of  course,  the Nativity in front of a store

 My taxi view

 Pure loveliness 

 Waiting patiently for her passengers to return.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thrifty Christmas Finds!

I casually stopped in to see what the thrifts were offering and I came home with this 
vintage metal lantern.  It has a pot of ivy glued to the bottom. 

But lo and behold the bottom came off .  It seems only peeling paint was holding it on.  I like it this way best!
$2.99 their price and .99 on a sticker on the bottom.  They gave it to me for the .99!  

 I wasn't going to buy another mug.  But who could resist? Aqua, snowflake and such a cute saying
inside!  It was only $.79 but I should have hardened my heart.  It is hard to drink from, see how the lip turns in? I felt like I was drinking upside down.   Eagle eyes better than mine will also see the hairline crack.  
I'm pouting.

This cute tin Santa with the swinging legs was a prize!  He is on my mantel now.   

The little bough of greenery has scrolls of music and holly berries, too cute!  
I added lights to a golden star basket I thrifted some time ago and they twinkle in five colors.  

 This little primitive stocking hangs very sweetly on the bookcase.  $.10 and it was mine.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

My Santa Themed Mantel

Simple and sweet this year

Some of my favorite Santas

The painting is an oil reproduction of Monterey California, where it rains instead of snows at Christmas

 The windmill Santa on the end is not going to go round and round on the mantel like it does outdoors
but it's getting too old to be outside anymore.

I painted these many years ago.  I never realized that when we got "old" my husband (see banner) would actually look like Santa!  That was 2011.  This year he is clean shaven and has very short hair!  Who knows what next year will bring.  These two didn't make it onto the mantel, but cozied up in the foyer.

 The Victorian Santa this year in the sleigh resides side by side with the modern tin Santa that has swinging legs and hung from our tree for many years.

 I love Decembre! 

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