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Don’t Miss It!

This is just going to be another quickie post as I am in the middle of a big two-day craft show in Fredericksburg. I just wanted to point out something interesting that happens at Christmas because I don’t want you to miss it. 

Besides the black Friday madness, cyber Monday and “special” sales every day there is a phenomenon that I love. Do you know what it is? Packaging gets really cute. Even everyday items get packaged with a special Christmas flare. Here are some examples I found this past week.


These are ordinary berry flavored fruit chews but look at the Christmas box! I bought them because they are apparently endorsed not only by Rudolph, but the Bumble too!


This box front is already in my 2014 December Daily. I mean really? Sugar cookies riding in a teapot sleigh pulled by cookie reindeer. Need I say more. As you can see by the journal remark above the box, I got to tea for 99 cents because I had a coupon, but I would have bought the empty box for 99 cents because it’s so cute.

cuteness2This box is not so great but I bought it because I wanted to get Adam a Christmas treat for his bag lunches. Well I looked on the back of the box and there were these…


Eeeeek! Cute little Christmas tags you can cut out.


Just look at him! Needless to say I ran to get my scissors, trims and of course glitter!



Now we’re talking!


These are  not packaging, but they are also darn cute.

So if you want some Christmas cuteness, take a moment and really look at the things that are passing through your life this holiday. And please don’t forget the real reason we celebrate Christmas!




This Week’s Haul!

On Tuesday Martin and I went to Front Royal to see Adam play in a soccer game. The game wasn’t until 4:30PM, so we spent the early afternoon junking. As you know from a previous post, I think soccer and junking go together like wine and cheese. We hit a couple thrift shops and I scored some treasures, but it never ceases to amaze me how great everything looks at a distance and how down right awful it looks up close! We had a blast wading through the flotsam and jetsam anyway.

Usually on Thursdays I stay around Bowling Green and work at home. You can find me washing, ironing, pricing or making stuff for my shops. I also throw in some mundane housework like laundry or cleaning. Ho Hum right? Well not today people!!! Two days ago I noticed a yard sale sign a couple blocks up the street from me. It said the yard sale would be on THURSDAY, Friday and Saturday. Did you get that? Thursday!!! That was today! Did I go? Not only did I go, I went too early and they weren’t even open yet. Okay, I know, I have to chill a little. I went back at 8:15 and they were ready for me.  I got some really cute stuff. So do you want to see what I got this week?

1960’s Christmas kitch. This was my childhood!

Two cute felt stockings with GLITTER accents. Two sets of plastic light up bells with tacky plastic pointsettas on top. Please note that the pointsettas have GLITTER on them. It’s hard to see in my amazing picture (I know, I should work for National Geographic, right?) but there is also a cute little plastic ornament with plastic fruit in it and half a roll of dark pink plastic tinsel cord. The operative words for what I love to sell at Christmas are plastic and glitter as long as they are tacky tasteful.



Next we have an awesome cake stand with top. I can’t leave these alone. I will add a decoupaged hang tag to the nob on top. Maybe I’ll show you in a later blog post. The pretty tin is staying in my studio. It’s hard to tell from my picture, but it is designed to look like needlepoint and is covered with roses. Need I say more? There is a little white birdhouse which will get the “Helen” touch too. A cute set of green doilies, needlepoint napkins, 2 vintage pill boxes and 2 small old powder boxes finish off this set. Nice.

Too cute!

Now we have a little child’s suitcase. No, I am not selling it. EVER!!! It will be a great display piece for shows. There are two vintage baby sweaters, two vintage plastic (there we go again) reindeer  and the cutest “Made in Japan” vase with a mouse and a cheese wedge. I love these fun old vases, especially the ones with baby themes. I guess this would count as one of those if you were a mouse.

1950’s All the Way!

Lastly we have this awesome set of four 1950’s metal (not plastic) tray tables. How cute are these? The tables are black with pink and blue leaves. My heart almost stopped when I saw them at the yard sale. I had to have them. They will be going to my Fredericksburg location tomorrow!!!

All in all I had a really blessed week as far as shopping for Mossy Cottage went and I got to enjoy some of the most beautiful fall days to boot. Not bad, eh?


Tea for….One!

Today I got to do one of the things I really love to do. I went to tea. If any of you have been to tea before you know you are in for a delightful time with a girlfriend, or two, or maybe even a bigger group.

What is behind this door?

I, however, did something I have never done before. I went to tea ALONE! I know, collective gasp right? I had a good reason. I had a gift certificate that I had only one more day to use. I figured it would be too hard to try to get someone who could go with me at the last-minute. Plus Adam had early dismissal so I had to get him from school at 2:00PM making planning even more complicated. But after thinking about it for a while, I thought it would be great to see if I could  handle going to tea alone. Every one else is with at least one other person. Then there is that weirdo with a camera and notebook sitting BY HERSELF. What’s up with that? Well I will tell you, I had a wonderful time. Pinkadilly is THE place to have tea in Fredericksburg and it’s good when you are with a friend (imaginary or real) or are alone.

I had the Princess Anne Tea.


 My food consisted of spanikopita, cucumber sandwiches with dill, a roasted red pepper cream cheese sandwich on pumpernickel, white chocolate cherry scones, Devon cream and lemon curd, a strawberry oatmeal bar, pumpkin mousse, candy corn cake, a chocolate truffle and fresh grapes with sliced oranges. Oh and I drank a copious amount of Earl Gray tea.

My stomach was not the only thing getting full though. My eyes were treated to more “girly” stuff than you can imagine.

There are doilies, rosy china, teapots, bird houses, dolls, cups and saucers, framed photos and roses everywhere. Even the bathroom is adorable, but I draw the line at photographing that!!!

  Eye Candy

I could not eat all of my food even though I took about 45 minutes to eat and enjoy my surroundings, so I boxed up these leftovers.

Leftovers for Adam

I figured Adam would enjoy them when I picked him up. Well I’m sorry to say that 15-year-old boys who have just finished soccer practice do not get “doing tea”. He gobbled up the goodies out of the Styrofoam box in 5 minutes flat only stopping to get swigs of water out of a plastic bottle in the front seat of our Honda CR-V. Really Adam, really? Oh well, at least he wasn’t eating ALONE!

For your information:

Pinkadilly Tea is located at 303 Fauquier Street, Fredericksburg VA 22401. They are open Tuesday through Saturday 11AM until 4Pm. You may call for reservations at 540-361-1235. Their web address is http://www.pinkadillytea.com. They will be relocating to 707 Caroline Street. See their website for details.






Am I a CCL???? Are you?

So Martin and Adam are always telling me I’m a crazy cat lady (CCL). Let me set you straight.

First of all, I am a tried and true DOG person!!!   We decided not to get another dog after our dear Sainted Wally died, because with travel soccer, antique and craft shows and Martin working on weekends, we just don’t have the time.

Our Dear Sainted Wally. Rest in Peace.

But the house was very quiet and strange with no fur-baby, so we adopted a cat from a friend of mine who rescued her. My friend already has 5 cats and 3 dogs so she couldn’t keep this one as well. By now, most of you know her….. MISS HOLLY GOLIGHTLY!!!!!!

She is a cute, small cat who really loves to be held. She loves to be held A LOT. She loves to be held so much she meows and meows until someone picks her up. As a matter of fact, she is spoiled rotten about getting attention. Wally was never so bossy!!! Somehow she has wheedled her way into my heart though, and it occurred to me that, yeah, I kinda like cats. But why do they think I might be a CCL? These are just a few of the little trinkets from around my house and shop.

Here are some old mohair lions and tigers (big cats) I’ve collected.

This is a cute little “Dime Kitty” booklet from a bank. They used to give them away free to children to encourage them to save money. I had intended to sell it in the shop, but, well, aaaah, now it is in my collection. The very stylish 1950’s black kitty is on her way to my shop on Friday. I think.

This is some fabric I bought when my friend Peggy and I went to Pennsylvania this summer. It’s soooo cute! I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to cut it up to sew with. Maybe it can be my funeral shroud! Okay, too far, I know. And truth be told, I also bought this fabric on the left with puppies…..

Oh look, it has kittens on it too! Who knew? Okay, I knew.

But I am NOT a CCL. Real crazy cat ladies have like 50 to 100 real cats and their houses smell like dirty litter boxes. Real crazy cat ladies dress their cats up in costumes. And real crazy cat ladies eat cat food out of the can to show their kitties how good it is.

I only have one cat. My house only smells like a dirty litter box 50% of the time. I haven’t even tried to dress Holly up for fear of having my entire body torn to shreds, and I don’t eat cat food because I’m a vegetarian!

There, see, I’m not a crazy cat lady. Are you????