Saturday, December 22, 2012

Have You Finished Your Christmas Shopping?

Need a last minute gift? I'm still shipping daily - buy it now
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Thanks for all your support this past year!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Need A Last Minute Gift? A Mug Could Be Perfect...


Mugs make really great gifts.     

Everyone can use one to drink their favorite hot, or even cold, beverage.

Mugs can reflect a favorite


They can show humor.

 And so much more ...

Mugs of every theme can be found in my Addoway store. Just type Mugs into the Search Storefront box at  

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Do You Have Your Ugly Christmas Sweater?

BREAKING NEWS - They are all reduced to $26.99 with FREE PRIORITY Shipping!

It's that time of year again - time to wear your Gaudy Tacky Ugly Christmas Sweater!

I only have 13 left in my Addoway store - don't miss out - get yours now.

Each will be shipped FREE Priority mail in the USA.

Just go to my Addoway store at and type Christmas Sweaters into the Search Storefront box. All of the sweaters I have left will come up.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Dickens Village At My House

My last blog showed the completed Dickens Village from last year. I took a slightly different approach this year, still starting with the three basic tables. And yes, our house gets rearranged to do this - we are lucky to have an oversized living room!  I worked for a couple hours each day for about a week to finish and I already have some ideas for next year's display!

The beginning of the video shows how I start: the three tables are covered with white cloth, then the snow blankets and the train track. I always run the engine around a few times to make sure everything runs as it should. Then I do a basic layout of where I want the buildings. Next I hide the electric cords and build the roads.

A few years ago I started using aquarium gravel for the roads and it works really well. Then the street lights go up and the accessories and people appear!

Next are the smaller scenes.  The Litton Lighthouse and Captain's House are on the top of a small cabinet. The lightkeeper is teaching a young boy how to whittle a boat, a Christmas tree is being delivered by boat, the lifesaving boat crew are practicing, and an artist is painting a picture of the lighthouse from the Captain's yard.

Then there is the Art District in the foyer. It is anchored by the Globe Theater next to a park where Charles Dickens is reading 'A Christmas Carol'. The piece Dickens is standing on is one of my favorite pieces - it is signed by Gerald Charles Dickens, the Great-Great-Grandson of the Charles Dickens. We saw him perform 'A Christmas Carol' several years ago and he was magnificent! If you ever get a chance to see him perform, I highly recommend you go. After the performance he signed that piece and the book. There is also a Quintent playing near the music store.

This year I put the Cratchit house near Ashley Pond. The workmen are putting the final touches on a new thatched roof for the Cratchits. There is also a smaller Cratchit house on the back side of the tracks in the largest display. Did you see it? There is a skating party going on at the pond - lots of fun!

The final scene is the Rockingham School and Knottinham Church. Some of the children are following their teacher towards the church while others play on the merry-go-round. Did you see the spirits?

When this was smaller, I took it down in January. But the last few years we have left it up until February, and the last two years it has stayed until mid-March! It's alot of fun and I do like to share it. Hope you like it too!

Please visit my Addoway store to find holiday decor and gifts for all!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Do You Have a Decorating Tradition for Christmas?

We started collecting The Dicken's Village Series by Dept. 56 in the early 1980's. We started with 4 houses and then family and friends realized that they could continue to grow our village each year! My husband used to set it up - he's an engineer and it wasn't very exciting!

I've been setting it up for a long time now and it has grown to a main display of three table butted together and several smaller displays. It changes slightly every year and new things are added, although most new additions are small accessory pieces. It takes me about 20 hours to set it up - I do a little at a time over a period of several days. I've really just started today by covering the main tables, setting up the train track and making sure the train runs.

The top picture shows the main table completed last year. The last one is where I am today - as you can see I have a long way to go!

Do you have any decorating traditions?

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Host a Fun Ugly Christmas Sweater Party!

Start planning your Ugly Christmas Sweater party now - everyone gets so busy and you want to
make sure your friends come to your party! Since some people get these for gifts, you could even have it as a theme for a New Year's Party!

Make your invitations yourself - use Print Shop or a similar program, or if you are really creative and have the time, you can make them with scrapbooking supplies - remember to use the theme of Ugly, Tacky and Gaudy throughout your planning, even in the invitations. Tell everyone to wear their Ugly Christmas Sweaters!

Another idea if you want is to ask everyone to bring a food item for the local food bank or a new,
unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots.

For food, keep it simple. Chile, pizza, vegies with dips - easy finger foods are best! And don't forget fruitcake - the perfect tacky dessert! You can also bake cookies in a simple sweater shape decorate with icing. 

Plan on lots of Christmas music. The songs we all know and can sing along to are best. If you are lucky enough to have a piano and someone who can play, you can have alot of sing-alongs.

A fun game would be pin the antlers on the reindeer - just make sure to have plenty of antlers!

The highlight of the evening will be the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest! Depending on the number
of people you have, you can have several categories: The Ugliest Sweater, The Silliest Sweater, The Itchiest Sweater, etc. Prizes could be inexpensive (and tacky) Christmas decorations for the winners to take home!

Don't forget the photo op! You could make a booth or use an area in front of the tree. You may want to get disposable cameras so several people could take pictures, and then share after the party - you could e-mail them to everyone.

The main thing is to have fun! Isn't that the reason we have parties? HO HO HO!  You can find Ugly Christmas Sweaters and music in my Addoway store. Remember the guys wear women's sweaters too for this event!