Sunday, October 24, 2010

Organizing Jewelry

I have had my jewelry
~costume and good~
strung out all over the place
They were in all these different boxes
hung on different things
it was driving me
A little tour of my stuff...

 My Mom brought this jewelry and
music box back from Switzerland
when I was a little girl

Excuse my closet it is a mess
this is the only part of it you will see today
~next project~

My sister-n-law made this beautiful box
All these boxes just driving me crazy

Then I found this one...
from my childhood
Can't find the lock anymore
but I remember making sure it was locked
from my brothers view 
Oh the memories come rushing back
I even found stuff from my kids childhood
that were special..their teeth?

My Grandmother gave me this special bracelet with the
10 commandments
for Christmas when I was 7
she died soon after

Maybe a ring from an old boyfriend???

So....back to the project.....
I wanted everything in one place
Then I found this
I grabbed it....should have gotten a dozen
for Christmas gifts for all my girlfriends
This side has 19 pouches

~Both sides are now full~
I have my earrings, bracelets and necklaces
all together in one pouch
easy to find the whole set

This is my
Love, love, love that stuff 
my good friend
sells these beautiful gems

My sister-n-law
hand blows glass into beads
these are awesome
please check out her website
The other side
has 20 pouches

It took me over an hour to do this but so worth it

Last year I didn't take any of this with me when we went
down south for the winter
now with this I can easily take it all 
  it weighs only  8 1/2 lbs
good thing we are driving
and not flying!!
Next project.... the whole closet!

I'm not touching this beauty
leaving it just the same
someday my granddaughter and I can 
go through it and I can give her that special
bracelet that my grandma gave me 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mattie girl

My daughter sent me some more pictures of our trip
some of these are blurry because they were taken on the I-phone
and won't enlarge but so cute I had to
brag a little

Vermont is full of towns with all these paints cows
Mattie loved them all
Billings Farm classes on squashes
All pumpkins are squash but not all squash
are pumpkins
Also we learned don't take the stem off and they will
last longer

Real baby cows
Church street shopping

Ok this is the cutest little bum

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

New England with Grandbabies

I love New England
in the Fall
This is a long story

My Annie lives in Virginia
right outside of

with my wee little
Charlie 6 months
Madeline 2 1/2 years

It was time for a visit 
The night I got in the weather was to turn....
can you say
~Tropical Storm~
Buckets of rain followed by candles so we could see
after that blew by we decided to
take a trip up north to
~New England~
and see it in all it's
~Autumn Glory~

keeping in mind we are traveling with
a two year old in potty training and a 6 month old
this is a serious trip to plan
But we did it....
packed that car to the hilt

plugged Mattie into the DVD
Gosh why didn't we have that when Annie was  young!
And Charlie, well he was sooooo good for a little guy
slept most of the time

We're off......
Isn't my daughter beautiful?
We stopped in Gettysburg for lunch and a quick peek

First night was in Scranton
Annie has a thang for
"The Office"

She had to see the local sites

Beautiful Radisson Hotel
5th floor
thank God for
after that we picked hotels where we could park
right outside of the room

Day 2
Up the Hudson to Burlington, Vermont
this is not my picture
but I have been up the Hudson on years when it looked
just like this...breathtaking
This year we were a little early but it was still

gorgeous drive
kids holding up well
lots of stops
to get out and stretch our legs...
getting a little off schedule
but who cares...
 Luckily there was lots of this

Day 3
Ben & Jerry's
was on the agenda
I would highly recommend this place

We took the tour

did some sampling...
Charlie's first taste of ice cream

Mattie could not get enough of the cows

she loves plants like her Oma

They have the coolest cemetery
a great place for her to run around and 
stretch her legs

My favorite part of the trip seeing
Stowe, Vermont
for the first time and driving over
Smugglers Notch

Those 3 pictures of Stowe are not mine but we
were right there and they sure show the true beauty

I would love to stay at this beautiful place
Stowe Mountain Lodge & Resort

Green Mountain Coffee
 The best  deli sandwiches we had on the trip

This is my picture of the famous Stowe chapel
colors this year not the best but still so pretty
Love this little florist shop

after leaving
~Smugglers Notch~
the coolest drive through the
green mountains that drops you back into Burlington
Annie wanted to stop by
St Michaels
where she attended College
we got sweatshirts
I remembered the Hubs & I attending the
parents weekend.....with something like
four colleges in Burlington
the town was packed but really

 Church Street
Burlington's famous shopping area

There is so much to do in the Burlington area
one needs a full week to see it all
But this year with Babies that wasn't
going to happen
This is my 5th visit to New England
and I never see everything I want to
I could live there
winters and all

Day 4
 We were ready to head south to
Woodstock, Vermont
pouring down rain but that didn't stop us from seeing
some lovely stores and

This town of Woodstock is another
don't miss for Vermont
also known for the
where Maple Syrup is made

Then we headed south to
South Deerfield, MA
Yankee Candle's Flagship store
This is the most heavenly shopping experience ever
90,000 Square feet
of pure heaven!

I can get into the Christmas spirit in October

Charlie's first glimpse of
This has got to be the real

Mattie is not so sure about Santa either

This place has over 3 million visitors a year
they say it is the largest Christmas store
I don't doubt it a bit!

Day 5
Heading home
a very long day on the road got home at 8:00pm
2 hours of bumper to bumper on
The Beltway

Look at that beautiful temple
almost made us not mind the traffic
The kids were incredibly good for spending all that time in
car seats and strollers

She is such a happy camper

He is the happiest baby

She did a lot of this, that sweet little pumpkin
notice the beautiful artwork 

There was very little of this..

How can you resist those beautiful eyes
"Of course you can have another gummy bear, just don't tell Mom"

I won't forget this

I will say this.....
You really have to have your
~Game on~
 to try that trip
I don't think too many men could survive
but for a Mom and a Oma
piece of cake!
Oh, and not ONE accident
Mattie's a big girl now!

I am already missing those 3 like you can't believe

Some photos a little blurry
taken with my old I-phone
I need the new one
with the facetime & better camera
so I can see my babies