Monday, December 26, 2011

At The Movies!

Hi! I hope a lovely Christmas was had by all! We had a wonderful celebration with our children, son-in-laws, grandchildren, and my parents. There was plenty of good food and conversation and a fun afternoon playing charades. My family and I LOVE going to the movies and usually include them as part of our holiday activities. We just saw Sherlock Holmes-A Game of Shadows and thoroughly enjoyed it (liked it even better than the first one!) It's one of those great family adventures packed with action and humor from start to finish. So... Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, an evil villian, yummy movie popcorn and an icy drink...a super FUN evening for the whole family! We have another exciting family adventure beginning today, but I'm keeping it top secret until I post photos;-))

Congratulations to my wonderful boy!

I have to brag a little on my son (again!) He applied early decision and has been accepted to the college of engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and Clemson University. He was awarded a scholarship from Clemson and the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship from the state of SC. He's also competing in the semi-finals for the President's Scholarship Program at Ga Tech--way to go kiddo! He's still waiting to hear about honors college decisions and a few other scholarships. He applied regular action to MIT...saying a prayer and keeping my fingers crossed for him!! So is he a future Clemson Tiger, GT Yellow Jacket, or MIT Engineer? No matter what he decides we are so proud of him!! He makes my world the happiest place ever and I love him best in the world!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

An Adorable Little Stocking Stuffer!

Christmas day is finally here!! I'm hoping this vintage trade card will add a little calorie-free sweetness to your celebration. Feel free to copy and paste this for your personal use but please do not sell it as a digital image or as part of a collage sheet. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and please stop back often. I have a super fun giveaway beginning on January 1st--details coming up soon! Sending my warmest wishes your way for a blessed day!!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Christmas Gift of Sweet Ephemera!

It's Christmas Eve!! My favorite night of the year. I've never outgrown that wonderful sense of anticipation and excitement that I experienced as a child. My sister and I were allowed to open one gift on Christmas Eve. We picked up each of our gifts, shook them, felt them, and  assessed their weight, trying to make the right choice of which gift we would open. I always hoped I would pick a stuffed animal so I would be able to hold it while I slept. I want to celebrate today by offering a little Christmas Eve treat for my blog visitors. If you've read a few of my posts, you know I'm an avid collector of ephemera. This sweet Pears' Soap ad is one of my favorites from my collection. Feel free to copy and paste it for personal use but please do not sell it as a digital image or as part of a collage sheet. My best wishes to all for a very Merry Christmas!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

My Favorite Things: Places that Comfort and Renew the Soul

When life becomes too rushed or stressful I like to go to a place where my heart feels at peace and my soul is refreshed. For me this is Pittman Center, TN and this cozy cabin alongside the Little Pigeon River. Nestled in a quiet cove in the Smoky Mountains, the views are inspiring and the setting is peaceful every day of the year. We have been blessed to spend our summer and fall vacations here with our family for almost 25 years now. We play in the river, hike in the mountains, stroll in the cove, feed the horses, watch for bears, and fire up the grill. We read books with our feet in the river letting the icy water chase away the heat of a summer day. We eat ice-cream and play board games on the porch, or just put up our feet and watch the river flow down from the mountains as it has been for millions of years. While our activities rarely alter our family continues to grow and change, and now our grandchildren are making memories on this river. For all of this we thank the Price family. We treasure your friendship and appreciate this magical place you share with us. I hope everyone has a place similar to this, a retreat for the soul, waiting patiently to welcome you whenever you are ready.  

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Cranberry Nut Bread

Today I had a craving for Cranberry Nut Bread. I checked my pantry and finding it well stocked with all the basics made a quick trip to Publix for the cranberries. With my ingredients assembled on the counter I went to my file to pull out my trusty recipe, but after searching and searching I came away empty handed. And so began my internet search for a new recipe for Cranberry Nut Bread. I finally settled on a recipe from and with the help of my son went to work on the bread. The recipe was simple to put together. In no time at all we had our loaf in the oven and I sat back to enjoy a cup of ginger peach tea as our home gradually filled with the heavenly aroma of fresh baked holiday goodness. The end result was a moist tender loaf with the perfect ratio of walnuts and tangy cranberries. And did I mention it was absolutely scrumptious?! If you're in the mood for a little baking I've posted the link here~just click on the title of this post and it will take you right to it. Happy Holidays to all and Happy Baking!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

More of My Favorite Things!

I love coordinating stamp and die collections, and this tea set from My Favorite Things is at the top of my wish list! Actually, about a dozen of their products are on my wish list (I have a very long list!) I wish I could be paid to shop because I would be really, REALLY good at it. I suppose for now I'll have to settle for sharing my finds here on my blog. I'd love to hear about your finds as well as there's always room for more on my ever-expanding list. Just imagine the lovely cards that could be made with this 'Always Time for Tea' set. It's just so sweet!! I'm certain to be having visions of this instead of sugar plums when I close my eyes on Christmas Eve. I send my wishes to all for a wonderful holiday!     

Sunday, December 18, 2011

An Evening at the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, SC

Saturday evening we had the great pleasure of attending an outstanding performance of A Christmas Carol presented by Charleston Stage at the historic Dock Street Theatre. This has become a much loved holiday tradition for our family, and one we hope to carry on for many years to come. Dock Street Theatre has the distinction of being America's first theatre, established in 1736, and is just one more reason to visit Charleston at the first possible opportunity. We all agreed that this year's performance was our all time favorite. The cast was amazing and the set was spectacular. And now, with the music still singing in my heart, I'm off to bed to dream of  Christmas ghosts, Tiny Tim, and all the blessings in my life~my family, friends, and loved ones! Merry Christmas everyone!  

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Faraway Places

Are faraway places with strange sounding names calling you? Or do you just love beautiful vintage images and postal ephemera? I have a love affair with both and my gift for you today is this postcard from my personal collection. I'm using this in a vintage inspired mini album I'm making for a friend who recently visited Italy but I can think of a hundred other ways to create with it! If I close my eyes I can almost see myself attending midnight Mass at the Vatican, surrounded by angelic music and the fragrance of incense and candles. Feel free to copy and save this pretty postcard. Use it for any crafty idea that you can imagine, just please do not sell it as a digital image or as part of a collage sheet. Enjoy and Merry Christmas! Hugs, Nancy

Friday, December 16, 2011

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Today I want to share a holiday gift of a recipe! These rich, buttery squares are super soft, super moist, super thick, and loaded with chunky chocolaty goodness. Each soul soothing bite has just the right contrast of chocolate and warm buttery cookie. Because they’re bars they bake up with no fuss at all. This is a home-style treat that’s perfect for bake sales and gift giving as they stay moist, keep well, and are easy to tote along to gatherings. Many blessings to you and your family! I hope you'll enjoy these scrumptious bars this holiday season and throughout the New Year.  

2 cups Butter, softened
1 ½ cups White Sugar
1 ½ cups firmly packed Brown Sugar
3 Eggs
2 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
4 cups All Purpose Flour
2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 ½ tsp. Salt
3 cups Milk Chocolate Chips
1 cup chopped Nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13X9 pan.
In large mixing bowl cream together Butter and Sugars. Add Eggs &Vanilla, beating until smooth and thoroughly combined.  In another bowl whisk together Flour, Baking Soda, & Salt. Gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture, beating well between additions. Stir in Chocolate Chips and Nuts. Place batter in prepared pan and bake at 350 approximately 45-55 minutes. Baking time will depend on your oven and type of pan used so watch closely towards the end. Cool on rack and cut into squares. *ENjoY*     

Some of My Favorite Things!

Hot off the presses! Check out this adorable new stamp collection and die set from Papertrey Ink. I so love these sweet little snowmen! Papertrey ink holds release parties for their newest sets on the 14th of each month, and makes the products available for purchase at midnight. I already clicked the 'buy' button for mine:-)) Now for the hard part--waiting for them to arrive so I can start playing with them!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Nathaniel Russell House and Gardens (December, 2011) Charleston, SC

I volunteer as a docent at the Nathaniel Russell House in Charleston. Our halls are decked for the holidays and everything is so festive! The weather has been warm, sunny, and wonderful. You just can't resist a walk through the gardens. Follow along with me on a mini 'virtual vacation' and check out the surprises I found there today!

No matter the time of year you will always find something blooming in the Russell House gardens.

These pretty purple fellows just make me smile:-))

I found this little guy hard at work. I guess he doesn't get a Christmas vacation!

Thanks for taking a stroll through the gardens with me! Come visit us in Charleston and take a tour of this lovely home, enjoy the gardens, or relax on the joggling board. Wherever you are I hope you're having a safe and happy holiday season!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Announcing my 'Ring in the New Year' Give Away!

Hi to All,
I wanted to get the word out about my newest blog give away! Another one of my handcrafted specialty items will be up for grabs the first week of January. All you have to do is subscribe to my blog and leave a comment under the upcoming post with photos of  my crafty surprise. Thanks so much for coming by my blog and have a Happy Christmas! Hugs, Nancy

Enchanted Garden Greeting Card

Hi and happy Wednesday! It's such a busy time of the year with so much to do as we get closer to Christmas (less than two weeks away now!!)  Today I'd like to share this 'enchanted garden' greeting card I created. It's a boxed set containing a greeting card, gift card holder, and box with coordinating sleeve. The card almost turned into a mini album. That happens to me quite a bit. I don't seem to be able to stop myself-lol! It's very dimensional with lots of detail added to each page. If you'd like to see my YouTube video of this project just click on the video below for a closer look!  I hope everyone's having a wonderful day and thank you so much for stopping by!!  

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Altered Box and 'Iced Snowflake' Christmas Ornaments

Hi! Today I'm sharing a project I designed for Ooh La La Vintage Treasures 'Twelve Days of Christmas' blog event. I crafted the snowflakes using a cereal box and leftover plastic packaging material and they're a super fun and easy to make. If you'd like to try few of your own you can check out my tutorial video on YouTube. Just click on the video below and in less than 15 minutes you'll be ready to start crafting ornaments. I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season! Thank you so much for stopping by and happy crafting!! Nancy


Friday, May 6, 2011

My Favorite Things! (AKA Grandma's sewing machine and what we found in the drawers)

Hi and happy Friday! I don't know if I mentioned that my mom's been teaching me to sew, but I'm finally sewing a straight line and ready to move onto something more complex:-) Today we whiled away a couple of hours exploring my Grandma's sewing machine from 1916! Here are a few pictures of her lovely machine and the little treasures we found hidden away in the drawers. If you've stopped in here to take a peek at my post I hope you're having a wonderful day!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Congratulations Patrick!

Hi to All! I've been away from my blog for a couple weeks with company visiting and we also took a trip to Atlanta to tour GA Tech with Patrick. Our spring and summer schedule is filled with college tours this year, but it's such an exciting time. The above photo is of my son Patrick with his friends at an NHS event. I just want to say congratulations to Patrick and brag on him a little (okay~a lot!) Last week Patrick was inducted as Treasurer of the NHS, elected Senior class Treasurer, and was elected president of Mu Alpha Theta for his upcoming Senior year!! You are such an awesome son Patrick! Thanks for enduring my shameless bragging~I'm such a proud mom!!:-)) I've started crafting a couple new mini albums to give as gifts. I have 3 projects I need to wrap up. I don't like to have this many things going at one time but it always happens that way. I sure am having fun with all of them!! As I get them finished I'm planning to do Youtube videos to show the details of each album, and I also  have a really fun haul video I'm going to upload to my channel at first chance. I'm crafting tags like crazy right now~my craft room is just bursting with tag happiness!! Today is Wednesday~the day I love because I give tours at the Nathaniel Russell House on this day. The garden is absolutely amazing in April and the air is sweet with the scent of the Confederate Jasmine that started blooming this week. I wish I could give the gift of fragrance because I would love to share it with you! My best wishes to you and I hope everyone who stops by had a wonderful Easter and is blessed with health and happiness!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

My Lovely Journals from Virginia!

Hi and happy Saturday!! I wanted to take a moment share these lovely vintage journals and tags that I received from my dear friend Virginia!! ( They are sooooooo beautiful that I really can't do them justice with photos so I have posted a Youtube video to share all the wonderful details. Thank you so much Virginia!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything you created for me and can't thank you enough!! I've placed the link to the youtube video here with this post if you'd like to check out these amazing works of art that I was blessed to receive:-) Just click on the title of the post and it will take you right to it. I hope everyone is having a great weekend full of fun and laughter with the people you care about the most!
Warm Wishes,

Monday, April 11, 2011

My Gift of a Recipe!

Hi to all! I wish each and every one of you could have been the winner of the 'Bag of Tags' give-away but since there could be only one I have another gift for you this week instead. For one week from today anyone who follows my blog and leaves a comment on this post along with your email address I'll email a copy of my favorite recipe for this luscious and rich Toffee Chocolate Kiss Cake! Just a little gift from me to you that I hope will make your week just a little bit sweeter:-)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

And the winner is.......

Hi to Everyone!
Sorry I'm a little late but I had a crazy day and just got home. The official winner of the 'Bag of Tags' Give-Away is Pamela Shockley!!! Congratulations to Pamela and I want to thank each and every one of you for participating in my give-away. For those who didn't win this time not to worry---I'll be hosting a 'Celebrate America Bag of Tags Give-Away' in July! Thank you all again for helping to make this a fun and successful event and talk to you very soon! Pamela, I'll be emailing you so you can let me know the tag sets you've chosen. I'm so excited and honored to be able to craft these for you. Talk to you soon!