Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I know I’m a little late in wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, but my husband and I were traveling for the holiday, so you’ll have to forgive me!

First, here are a few pictures of our house decorations. John usually doesn’t like decorating for Christmas until after his birthday (the 11th), so it was a special treat when he told me we could decorate during the Thanksgiving holiday!!! He loves me so 🙂


Our little yellow house 🙂


Front door shot


The lanterns (we have them on both sides of our front door)


Bought this at Lowe’s this year


My mom made this for me 5 years ago!

John and I spent a whole week with his family in PA for Christmas, and it was so much fun! We did a lot of shopping, eating, and hanging out. My Christmas present from John was a DSLR camera (the one I’ve been wanting to buy) and I am so happy with it! He really outdid himself 🙂


John’s parent’s Christmas tree


My happy face after opening my camera!


My chub chub, Fritz


John’s dad’s train


These ornaments are so beautiful!


John’s mom, cooking away

While we were in PA, John and I went antiquing with his parents. As you already know, I’ve started collecting teacups and teapots. Now, hubby and I are very much interested in finding insulators. They come in a variety of colors (clear, green, teal, aqua, purple, etc). and we’ve collected a good amount of them in various colors, shapes, and sizes. John’s mom also has a printing tray (which she calls a memory box) where she’s collected various printing letters, which has inspired John and I to start our own (as you will see below).


Our insulators we’ve collected so far


Another teacup to add to my collection!


A beautiful lace doily – perfect for a tea party!


Our first memory box


John made this for me 🙂


And just for fun, I took some pictures of Fritz this afternoon that I thought were too funny not to share ;-P


Totally hilarious, but really creepy at the same time…



I hope you all had a wonderful first day of 2014! Coming soon – a couple of cupcake recipes and *hopefully* another DIY wreath! So stay tuned! And as always, happy crafting 🙂

~ Traci


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