Monday, December 15, 2008

Baked with love~

Monday we went to my mom's house to decorate gingerbread houses she had baked. She thought Nova would have fun with it. He really just wanted to eat the candy and play with the Mickey Mouse Playhouse there. Ah well!

Kevin had requested an outhouse. She made him a two seater, he was delighted. He really got into decorating it!

Then mom invited Kevin's sister Joyce over and put a house together for her to decorate as well.

We had a blast! I stayed with the traditional red/green decor, but I was half way through before realizing she had three tubs of pink sprinkles I could've used! I'll do a froufrou one next time!

Here they are awaiting their candy coating~

An inside shot of the double pot~

Here's a slideshow of how things evolved. I love the big candy jars!

OH! Pardon me Santa, I didn't know you were in there!! (Eeek!)

Joyce's masterpiece~

Kevin's um... candy crapper~ (He's so proud)

And lastly my humble home~

(I warn you it was a mascara only day with hair in a french braid)

The villiage

Nova checking out the scene~

These will keep for years if they are stored without moisture or heat, but they're fun to eat too!

Am I the only one with the song "Candy Man" stuck in my head?

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Ugliest Christmas Sweater, Tales of a shoe hoarder episode eight~

Last night was my salon's Christmas party. The owners decided to have an ugliest Christmas sweater contest. Well, you know I'm game!! And boy did I find an U*G*L*Y one. The colors of the stripes alone are enough to make me want to yack. And I abhore this color red that looks faded with orange undertones.
Here's the description from the eBay auction:

I don’t know if there is anyone with the guts to wear this one! This is so CRAZY that I truly wonder about the person who decorated this one!

It has a HUGE bear wearing a fuzzy hat with one LARGE red ball in the center. He is holding a candy cane in one paw and a Christmas present in the other.

He has a white fuzzy furry cat with wiggly eyes that looks TERRIFIED! There are multi-colored sparkly pom-poms along the crew neckline as well as white pom-poms down the front of the bear and in a row underneath the bear and the cat. SWEET!
The back and sleeves have hidious yellow, blue, and green stripes on a red background. PRETTY!

This would be GREAT to wear to work during the Holidays or to that Ugly Contest Party. (If this doesn’t win I would be afraid to see what does). It would certainly liven up those BORING holiday dinners.

This sweater is made out of 100% acrylic and is a size large and measures 22 inches flat across the chest and 22 inches from the shoulder to the bottom edge. It measures 19 ½ inches from the underarm seam to the end of the sleeve.

Hopefully there is not another one like this in the whole WORLD!

HA!! The seller is

They have others, but there are plenty to be found on the bay if you need one!

But I couldn't stop there! I can't just do a sweater, I must have an entire ensemble you know! So I wrestled up my tree skirt and some candy cane tights; and naturally shoes to match. I wore my Grinch slippers for the judging...I've had these for about 10 years.

For dancing I added some jingle bells to my cute red and white shoes from Walmart!

Now, just what type of hairstyle does one wear with such a tacky outfit?

Why, a Christmas tree do of course!!
YES, this is my real hair! I put it up around a styrofoam cone and painted it green~(I ran out of paint)
Prior to the party, one of the girls asked me at work if I was going to wear a hat... *snicker*
*Click to enlarge*

Did I tell you spouses were invited to join in the fun? Mmm-hummm. Kevin and I joined forces on his get-up. He wore one of my granny shawl sweaters which I embellished with a creepy crocheted Santa face~ complete with strategically placed jingle bell eyes. NO undershirt. Ew.

Now I must tell you that Kevin didn't listen to me when I told him about the party. He thought it was going to be held at the salon. Nope. It was at a sports bar. He tried to bail, but I wouldn't let him!!

Here's a shot of the men's compition:

And the ladies...the compition was FIERCE!
See that red/green/white striped crocheted hat?? It's a toilet paper cozy, TOO FUNNY!!!

And get a load of those earrings! Another girl stuck peppermints to her shirt, she said she was tempted to put "suck for a buck" like on the lifesaver bachlorette shirts, lol! Now THAT would be tacky!!!
My outfit does NOTHING for my figure; I look like a Macy's parade float. But it added to the tacky allure I think...
So... guess who won?

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Snowman Humor

I'm sure most of you all have seen Calvin and Hobbe's snowmen comics....

It was funny to google this and see all the pics of snowmen people had made trying to recreate Calvin's work, lol!


So you can imagine my amusement when I looked out the window and saw this:

I went out for a closer look and cracked up!

Elvis anyone? "Thank ya, thank ya very much..."

He has been this way for two days!

He's definitely fighting the laws of gravity and Mother Nature~

Of course many captions have come to mind...

"Must....(gasp!) have.... more....snow....(weeeez, cough)"

"There's my nose! If I could just....reach.. it..."

"Help me find my earring!!"

"I'm melting, melting. Ohhhhh, what a world, what a world!"

"Step back everyone, I lost my contact!"

Can you say "osteoporosis"?

"May I have this dance?"

"Doin' da' butt. Hey pret-tay, pret-tay~When you get that notion, put your backfield in motion, hey! Doin' da' butt. Hey sexy, sexy Ain't nothing wrong, if you wanna do the butt all night long~
(Hey yeah-ee yeah. Yeah-ee, Yeah-ee, Yeah-ee Yeah)Ow, what you gonna do about it(Yeah-ee yeah. Yeah-ee) Shake it! (Yeah-ee, Yeah-ee Yeah)"

"I'm gonna HURL!"

"On your mark, get set, GO!"

And last but not least~Naturally I thought of Scarlett~

Anyone else got a caption?

Sunday, November 30, 2008


We had our first snow a few weeks ago, but hardly any accumulation and it was more like sleet.


Everyone was all bundled up at our friend's annual Deer Hunting Camp party. This is their little farm house get away home near Hermann, MO. Here you see Nova near the fire, and Kevin in the center with his big fluffy hat.

Nova was so cute; he saw the sparks flying up from the fire and he called them orange stars~

Snug as a bug in a rug~ Not really, it was pretty cold and we went back inside!

Last night we got our first REAL snow... the sparkly diamond stuff!

Nova was so excited!

This morning he woke up and I heard him say, "SNOW! The snow is still here outside!" Then he rambled on about how Christmas and Santa were coming and that he would get his "black diesel" Thomas train.


Kevin was at work, but neither Nova nor I could hardly wait to finish breakfast and go out into the wintery wonderland~

This is the little meadow behind our home. This piece of land used to be part of our property, but the previous owners divided it before selling the house. : (
There's a creek that runs in that dip at the tree line~

This rustically charming old barn is our neighbor's.

Remember our cherry tree?



Such a wet and heavy snow~

My poor roses holding on for dear life...

Nova and his snow friend~

I was instructed on each detail, and told that we should go to the store to buy a carrot for his nose. Sorry son, I was not more snowman prepared.

He settled on a snow "hat", which he gave me a glop of snow for, lava rocks for eyes and buttons, and a broken clay pot for a mouth. He insisted Frosty have a broom, so I broke off a piece of our ornamental grass. Bad mommy... that's as good as it gets kid, lol! It seemed to placate him, so all is good!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008