Now that the store is in full Holiday garb…

it usually takes me about three weeks, to recuperate from this decorating extravaganza.

Although I am not quite ready to deck the halls here at home, I have already ordered my tree, which I will put up in the third week of November. I love the BEAUTY and FABULOUS aroma of a “real” tree, but am not a fan of all the needles.

For the last four or five years, I have opted for a real tree that has been FLOCKED.

This could be…

This gives me the best of both worlds, as the flocking glues the needles together, so there is little or no mess.

Flocking trees is not a NEW idea…in 1960,  if a girl had

cute shoes and a vacuum….anything was possible!

Found a little more current recipe for those of you who are both “brave and daring”.

A little “HOW TO”…

Things You’ll Need

  • Christmas tree
  • Can of aerosol flocking or homemade flocking
  • Small paintbrush
  • Safety glasses
  • Face mask
  • 2/3 cup liquid starch
  • 2 cups soap flakes
  • Water
  • Blue food coloring
    • 1

      Combine 2/3 cup starch with 2 cups of soap flakes in a medium bowl.

    • 2

      Stir in 2 to 4 tbsp. of water, a tablespoon at a time, until the mixture has a thick, stiff consistency. Stir in food coloring a drop at a time until you have a glistening white color.

    • 3

      Put the tree securely in a tree stand, and take it outside and set it on a flat, level surface, such as a sidewalk or driveway. Put on safety glasses or goggles and a face mask.

    • 4

      Spray or brush the flocking gently down and across the outer tops of the branches, starting at the top of the tree and working your way down. It is better to have to apply a second coat than to have too much.

    • 5

      Work around and down the tree, applying an even, light application of flocking. Flock only the top sides of the boughs; snow would not cling to the undersides in nature.

    • 6

      Sprinkle a light coat of glitter before the flocking dries if you are using homemade flocking.

    • 7

      Allow the flocking to dry completely before putting the tree in your house.

Read more: How to Flock a Christmas Tree | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4673110_flock-christmas-tree.html#ixzz1cu4ejiZI

I have not tried this method, but do plan to give it “the old college try” on a sweet “charlie brown” tree for my kitchen. Will keep you posted on the results.

These two snappies are part of an article that feature our home, from a previous Christmas.

Many thanks to Style at Home magazine

for featuring a small bit, of our “old crooked house”

in their special Christmas issue this season.

Jot a note if you please!

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  1. HI girlie….
    Great pictures and wonderful store & even more wonderful home!…Thanks for sharing these pics don’t forget to show everyone what I get to see …all of it!

  2. Oh sweet friend..you know my feelings on a flocked tree..pure joy joy joy…dare I try to do it myself…ha ha..I think not!
    You know I love the magazine feature..pure JOY! You my dear make everything you touch so magical.
    Thank you for your sweetness concerning the broken sugar bowl…and for the yummy scones..they are in my tummy and were so delicious. Hugs and love to you for a wonderful new week. xoxoxoxoxxo
    Thinking of your dear mom!

  3. I would be so worn out from decorating the shop, I wouldn’t have the energy to do my home too. I do love flocked trees, I did it for years, loved the big Ponderosa trees with red bows and pine cones. :D

  4. O no not yet !! a christmass tree……i will give you a little secret…we never had a christmas tree in our house since we where married……please do not tell anybody !!…hahahhhahhah!! love love Ria…xxx..

  5. WHAT????????????????????

    OK, this is exciting. ANything you post is exciting, and here I am, at your front door step, sick, hacking away, but I will wear my mask as to not get you sick!!! OK, again, let me get comfy here. ALL THE IMAGES ARE FANTASTIC, but that one with the dog sitting on the aqua pillow and that tree adorned in blue…..my half sister, who was already married when I was a child, always had a white or aluminum tree decorated in the most BEAUTIFUL aqua ornaments and THOSE CHAIRS….then, FLOCKING! I REMEMBER THAT! We always had that, and my mom even tried it once; I believe she was even wearing a sweet dress like the woman in the picture, and pearls, too! AND NOW FOR LA PIÈCE DE RESISTANCE…..YOUR HOME. I need to sit in that fab red chair dearest…may I? May I drink my cuppa in that chair? If anyone can get me in the mood for decorating, it is YOU!!!!!!!!!!

    I am so sick….gotta go blow my nose and get ready for school. Yeah, :( I am going in…too many details for the spelling tests on 50 kids today…a substitute would go MAD!!!

    MUCH LOVE ROSIE and see you in the morning…Anita
    :) :) :)

  6. I have Never had a flocked tree…….and now I’m 60, and never a flocked tree. Hmmmm
    Can’t wait to see how you decorate your house for Christmas, although you must be worn out from just doing the store, does that leave you any “spunk” for home.
    I used to always decorate my tree the day after Thanksgiving.(american)
    Now that I live in Canada that would be toooo early wouldn’t it.

  7. I was in the store last week and it looked magical. Loved all the Christmas beauty! As always you out did yourself :) I am missing you and getting nearly too big to move (hehe) so hope we can meet for tea soon! I off the 14-17…any of those days work for you?? Let me know! xoxo Hope you are feeling well dear friend. So much to catch up on!

  8. Oh how I so love coming here, to see YOUR home, to see YOUR vision of Christmas decoration….good morning sweet one! Any good shopping plans coming up? Has the decorating begun? I am here to leave you a little parcel of chocolate cookies with a little Andes mint candy imbedded in the center..get ready for your eyes to roll back! :) :) :)

    I RAISE MY CUPPA TO YOU DEAR FRIEND!!! Anita

  9. Hi Rosie!!! I was so happy to see our name in my inbox the other day! It just made me “smile on” right away!!! It really did!

    That flocked tree of yours is a-maze-ing!!! It almost makes me brave wnough to try it…amybe when the boys get a tad older! I still put up lots of trees! But I have a feeling if I tried to flock one I would have a kid stuck to the tree permanetly…I am actually serious….

    :) That picture of you home is jst gorgoeus! I can’t imagine having your home feautrured in a mag! You are inspiring!!!

    Fun to have peeks into your shop too!!! I can not even imagine how much work that would be to decorate! Oh this is when I really really wish I could walk through those doors!!! I hope at the end of of each day you put your feet up & can rest a bit!

    Oh I am using up much more than my share of space :) But I really loved every bit!!!
    Love!!!

  10. Oh yes, the flocked trees are gorgeous. My problem would be, I’d end up being the one that was flocked and miss the tree all together! Rosie, I know you will do a perfect job so I will just enjoy your shared photo’s. :)

  11. Good morning precious one!

    I am home yest another day, sick. Just coming by for a germ-free cuppa with you. I bet you are busting at the seams busy these days with the holidays! The shop looks FABULOUS and I suspect that your home is looking pretty gorgeous too…..thinking of you, Anita

    :) :) :)

  12. once again, you have mesmerized me!
    i LOVE this idea! a tiny bit worried my
    kids might have a heart attack, a
    ‘flock’ attack!

    your shoppe looks like a winter
    wonderland. i wish i could step in.

    oh, and i’m about to burst and must
    tell someone . . . i’m going ring
    shopping with my son, who plans
    to ask his girl friend to marry him!
    ssssh!

  13. I cannot get over that those pictures are of your HOME! Oh how I want to sit in that red chair and look out your window and just CHAT IT UP….but this morning cuppa will include sign language for me, since I STILL CAN’T UTTER A WORD! And you dearest, a ROOT CANAL???? Oh dear, that has to be very inconvenient….I hope your Cream of Wheat was pleasant; I used to LOVE THAT EVERY MORNING!!! And Malto-Meal too!! Well, I had two days off of school, and today I must get back. But I need to get a teacher microphone from the office because there is no way my throat will survive the day!!!! THANK YOU FOR COMING TO VISIT MY FRIEND….these are busy days indeed for a shop owner like you, and my Etsy shop has taken a spin downwards….no sales in three days. I worry! I am new at this…so I have much to learn. But I will push forward. The nice thing about this is there is not much loss…only for the materials we bought for shipping, and I would rather say, “Oh well”, instead of never knowing if I could take a swing at selling my art. We shall see!

    BIG HUGS TO YOU (germ-free!) my dear and wonderful CUPPA PARTNER! Anita

    :) :) :)

  14. Good evening my precious friend…..Anita

    :) :) :)

  15. Beautiful! It sounds difficult to flock a tree!! :) A Charlie Brown tree would be a great place to start!! Please keep us posted on how that goes. I DO so love the look!!

    Have a great week!!! Enjoy the lovely season!

    xoxo…Gloria

  16. Hello dear Rosie! This post makes me want to get a flocked tree this year! That picture from one of your past trees is gorgeous! I hope you share pictures of this years too :)
    I cannot wait to decorate for Christmas! If only Thanksgiving was early…
    Thank you for the birthday wishes! I posted that post a bit late, so my birthday month was October…the 26th. It was a wonderful birthday this year!
    I hope you are enjoying this holiday season! xoxo

  17. Oh my dear friend, what a lovely post. What I wouldn’t give to walk into that gorgeous shop of yours. It looks dreamy arrayed in it’s holiday glory. It was great to see your girls who work there.

    We had a neighbor who always had a beautiful flocked tree. I could tell my mother always wanted to try it for herself. I can only guess that the mess kept her from doing it. She was a neat-freak and nothing was ever out of place, so the mess would have sent her over the edge. That seems so strange to me for a woman who had six children. Or maybe my dad just preferred it natural.
    SO nice to spend this time with you Rosie sweet.
    hugs from me…

  18. GOOD MORNING DEAREST cuppa partner!!!

    Oh dear one, you came to visit me last night, and I know how swamped you are…but it sure is nice to see that famous BLACK CHANDELIER logo pop up on my comments page….oh dearest, your mum must be beside herself, wanting to do more than she can at the moment, and you being so far away…..and then you, with all of your business affairs..you are one busy friend. BUT ARE THE HOLIDAYS starting to catch up to you? ARE YOU READY? I was home sick again on Friday, but I felt better in spite of a silly runny nose and laryngitis, so I started DECORATING!!!!!!!!!!! OHHHHHHHHHHH WHAT FUN one can have with just some branches and some glitter! I have a very “natural” theme running throughout with branches, twigs and a little “Charlie Brown” tree and with little birds strewn all around, with vintage tags hanging from it. Any baking on the horizon? Any painting of white or gray? I found the cutest French chair that I painted light gray and I am now ATTEMPTING to upholster in my linen/gold French script fabric. SOOOOO GORGEOUS! But I just need to find those staples…..I have the gun, though!

    OK, now that was a delicious cuppa my dear. Here is wishing you a warm and fun Sunday! Anita
    :) :) :)

  19. Good morning magical fairy of Paris, Blue, White, Gray and all that is enchanting in between! Just popping over before work….Anita

    :) :) :)

  20. Cute x-mas projects Rosie – time flies! Would love to flock a tree – maybe this year! xx

  21. Hello R! I will be there with bells on….(not too early for bells correct?) Can’t wait to see you! Time to finally catch you! You may not recognize me…xo

  22. Rosie darling!!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh sweet thing,THANK YOU for the HEAVY DUTY MAXI STRENGTH TISSUES!!!!!! :) :) :)

    I AM SICK AGAIN! I went back to school yesterday and now my voice is GONE! AND I have parents conferences starting this Thursday! teeheeee :) life is so funny. THANK YOU PRECIOUS FOR YOUR VISIT and comment of my Audrey card. Sales came to a freakish halt and it has been 9 days since I sold anything…..but oh well….I am giving it a go with my crazy schedule..there is only so much I can produce. BUT YOU HAVE GONE SHOPPING??????? OOOOOOOOOOO YOU ARE UP TO YOUR HOLIDAY MAGIC, and I cannot wait to SEE what you have.

    Well, this was a quick cuppa for me as I am running terribly late….my hugs to you my dear and wonderful CUPPA FRIEND AND SISTER!!! Anita
    :) :) :)

  23. Oh R! Thank you so very much for the lovely tea date(although neither of us had tea!) What a lovely morning! And thank you so much for the little hat and Christmas ornie! LOVE it! Baby “S” will love his hat when he can wear it! Too sweet!!! Hope you have a wonderful day and I am anxiously awaiting our next date! Oh and the flocking report ;) xoxo B

  24. I just had to come by to sit in that ox blood red chair…oh how fabulous you are my dearest! See you in the morning, Anita

    :) :) :)

  25. MMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmm THAT WAS ONE YUMMY ICED SUGAR SCONE…and mom’s raspberry jam is like no other. THE DEVONSHIRE CREAM is a once-in-a year treat and now, I am smiling from ear to ear my sweet!!!!! YOU ARE BUSY! AND so I am I; parent conferences start tomorrow and there is MUCH to prepare for! THANK YOU FOR VISITING LAST NIGHT MY SWEET FRIEND, your visits always connect me to moments that I will always treasure, getting to know you and hearing all about your art and LIFE endeavors….have a wonderful day making EVERYONE’S DAY WONDERFUL! LOVE TO YOU DEAREST Anita

    :) :) :)

  26. Just making my regular route as I take great pleasure in visiting you every morniing…you always have a special corner just for me, and I am THANKFUL for that my sweet and wonderful Rosie….Anita :) :) :)

  27. Darling one,

    Oh, I missed our cuppa yesterday! I had parent conferences on Thursday night and it left me EMPTY by yesterday morning. But seeing your message and being UNABLE to respond as I enjoy doing, just put me so behind! I am still coughing but in good spirits and I AM WONDERING how you are doing precious friend? Are you still decorating, painting, preparing? We have our Thanksgiving this coming Thursday and I am looking forward to that! I get Wed. through Friday off and let me tell you, I AM GONNA EXERCISE, REST, DRAW, PLAN, ANYTHING but teach. :)

    Ahhhh..what a delight it is to always come to visit with you. Thank you for leaving out that fabulous red chair for me my dearest…so kind of you.

    ENJOY SHOPPING, BAKING, CLEANING, PLOTTING AND PLANNING TODAY! Anita

    :) :) :)

  28. My most darling and wonderful CUPPA PARTNER!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OH BOY, you are going to be in your heaven on earth with the KIDS COMING!!!!!!! YIPEEEEEEE!!!!!! Isn’t it exciting that the holidays are upon us dearest? THANK YOU for coming to visit my table and you like? You like my checkered floors? I JUST LOVE THEM since they remind me of the castles in France and the humble and mighty homes of the Dutch masters! Dear one, thank you for your support and I HAVE ONE MORE ROUND TODAY and TONIGHT of parent conferences! YES! I barely made it through Thursday’s crazy schedule but recuperated this weekend. I still have this terrible cold! I did more drawings for my Etsy shop and kept very busy, but I started to decorate for the holidays! AQUA and gray, SILVER GLITTER and natural elements are filling my home. This Thanksgiving it is just me and Ruben and his pal from New York. We shall have a LATINO Thanksgiving with a specially prepared turkey that I make with the right herbs and spices that give a Puerto-Rican (Ruben) flair to it!!!! And instead of mashed taters, BEANS AND RICE! OH YEAH!!!!! SOunds wild, but ever so good.

    I don’t have to be at work today until 12:00, but I hear the MISTA coming down the stairs…gotta take him to work now. What a lovely cuppa you have left me dearest. MUCH LOVE and hugs to you as you prepare for your children to come and make JOY ring in your home!!!! BISOUS, Anita

    :) :) :)

  29. Hello Rosie~I’m b-a-c-k to makin’ my visits (finally)! I just wanted to take a minute at this season of renewed hope and gratitude to personally thank you for your visits and kind words, especially with the loss of my kitty Angel. I wish I could convey to you how much your continued friendship means to me. You’re always so generous to share a big part of your hearts passion through your wonderful posts. I look forward to each and every visit. I’ve no doubt we’ve got a lot more blogging fun in store for us.
    I would love to take a spending spree in your luxurious boutique. I’ve no doubt I’d come home with many found treasures.
    Hope to see you soon!

    Sweet Wishes,
    Sara

  30. Good morning dearest….

    Just came by to drop off some PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE BARS…Yes, you heard me, PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE BARS!!!!!!!!

    I know you are busy….just wanted to say hello..Anita :) :) :)

  31. Mmmmmph, mmmmmmmpphh, chomp, chomp…OH, HERE DEAREST, I BROUGHT YOU A TURKEY SANDWICH with a few more pumpkin bars…mmmmmmmmph………

    :)

    OH DEAREST ONE! WHat a meal…I mean, a meal that could choke a pig…..and we kept eating and eating…and funny me, I could have eaten that whole bowl of my French green beans with GARLIC AND OLIVE OIL….they went so well with my Puerto-Rican style turkey! I love mixing my cultures!!!!

    YOU GOT YOUR TREE???? NICE AND FLOCKED???? And it has GOT to look just super in that garden urn! I have my little white tree in my garden urn as well, adorned with dried hydrangeas and silver glittered baubles!!!! And to think that your boys helped you chisel that tree to perfection…those men of ours really make every thing possible, don’t they? WELL, NOW the sparkles really begin and I just can’t wait to sit and watch it all….Back to school on Monday, but only 3 weeks until our Christmas holiday time off! YIPPPPPPEEEEEEEE! Dearest one, I am so thankful for your friendship in my life. I thank GOD for you and your uplifting spirit and cuppas. I leave you now with a delicious turkey sandwich on WW bread, or better yet, on BRIOCHE (French egg bread) and LOTS OF LOVE !!!!!!! Have a FUN DAY DECORATING!!!!!! Oh, and my kindest regards to your mother?

    BISOUS! Anita :) :) :)

  32. Hi sweet one…just thinking about you lately…how is your Christmas house coming? I bet it is amazing. Love to you dear one. xoxoxox I bet the shop is getting busy. Make sure you take time to put your feet up. I was just thinking about our cookie exchange last year…wish I had time to do one again.
    Tomorrow I am in the kitchen with my girls all day…yahoooooooo! Hugs.

  33. Ahhhhhh….I just missed buying that clawfoot tub so I could have a place to lay in and really put up my feet! DEAREST! YOU SOLD IT! OH MY, you DO HAVE MUCH TO DO before you fill in its place in the shop!!!! Don’t you just LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR? ALL THE PLANNING, the glitter, the work..yes, the WORK! There is nothing more fabulous than to plot!

    THANK YOU FOR VISITING my blog as always, and to see only a fraction of the dear friends who make things from their hands and heart. OOOOhhh, I think I asked you before, but when you mentioned your LADIE’S DESK, I remembered an antique French desk I saw once in a local shop. It was in GOLD. I so wish I could find this paint; it has a waxy finish to it and the gold is just stunning. Any thoughts?

    SO DEAREST, what are your plans for the shop? Any more soirées? Ohhhhhh, only chez Rosie will the magic of Christmas be like no other….what a delight to know you dear one, after several years of fine cuppas, prayers, and fun. MANY HUGS TO YOU and wishes for a splendid day! Anita :) :) :)

    Oh, here is another turkey sandwich, to get you through that raking session!

  34. I love the look of flocked trees but never knew you could DIY. We haven’t had a real tree in quite a few years but I sure miss them. I have a couple of kids with allergies that don’t do well with a real tree in the house.
    Beautiful photos :)
    Blessings,
    Marcia

  35. Good morning, beautiful!!!!!!!

    Any snow yet your way? Not here either. That is fine…but we are gearing up for the quiet of the holidays and I am so loving this time of year. Fun, love and peace are on my list of things to do! Just popping by…Anita

    :) :) :)

  36. There’s my girl……I thought I heard the vacuuum running, the dust mop swishing, the chatter and joyful noise of a house-cleaner and shop keeper!!!! Ahhhh….everything is sparkling my dear, with such beauty and LOVE!!!!!!!! OOOOOH HOW WE LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR, FOR SURE, and now that I AM SO MUCH BETTER, I am excited to spend almost each weekend entertaining, even it is a small group. School is back in session today, but in about 3 weeks, OFF we are again for Christmas!!!!!

    THANK YOU SPECIAL FRIEND, for commenting on my cards. Quite frankly, I made out like gang-busters the first two weeks. NOW….nothing. Oh well…and all the people that bought from me have been repeat customers….FRIENDS! But at least I know I have great friends who support me, but how long can they continue to do that? So I am having some self-doubt going on. Oh well, that is the arts for ya, I guess! But thank you for your kindness and in the long run, that is the greatest recompense anyone can ever, ever have!

    NOW OFF TO THE CLASSROOM DEAREST! Have a super day, and SOOOOO GLAD TO HEAR MUM IS DOING BETTER! Anita

    :) :) :)

  37. GOOD EVENING MY DEAR! Just coming by NOW to drop off some BROWNED BUTTER BROWNIES!!!

    Go here:

    http://purplechocolathome.blogspot.com/

    YOU WILL SCREAM! :) :) :)

    See you in the mornin’….with a cup ready to get some of your JOE and share one of these!!!!

  38. Good morning dearest!

    Leaving you a smile for the day…Anita

    :)

  39. ROSIE DARLIN’!!!!!!! I AM SO HAPPY and IMPRESSED that your WARES HAVE SOLD SO QUICKLY!!! I don’t think I have ever known a shop (and believe me, I KNOW A LOT and their owners) to sell large pieces SO QUICKLY! BRAVO DEAREST!!!!!! And I know, life is C.R.A.Z.Y!!! I woke up late and now I am off to run and get ready for school. Did those brownies help ya out? THEY HAVE FOR ME!!!!!! LOVIN’ YA TODAY MY DEAREST and oh…I woke up to see that I made one more sale! :)

    :) :) :)

    HAPPY DAY DEAREST SISTER! Anita

  40. mmmmmmmmmmmmmphhhhh….chomp chomp chomp…..teeehee :)

    I came early ’cause I heard Rosie was putting out some sugar cookies on the COUNTER! Oh dearest, my mum used to make those every year with the little silver dragués on them…crunch! TODAY IS MY PARENTS’ 56th wedding anniversary. Am I glad they met! And now the days are upon us to make the magic, to make the glitter happen in our hearts, no matter what we have or have not, are or are not…one this is for sure; the tradition centers on the never-ending sparkle of eternal life. YIPEEEEEEEE!

    Now, I so hope you get a chance to do that browned butter brownie…I have so many desserts in the freezer that I don’t know if I will get around to them, but if you do, leave one on the counter for me precious….hugs and night night…Anita

    :) :) :)

  41. Just came for a “Rosie Fix”. Love seeing your beautiful pics, and I love your home the best. Have a wonderful December, looks like you are off to the most wonderful start. Any luck with the flocked tree this year?
    Kate

  42. Running off to school…just came by to leave you a cookie.

    :) :) :)

    Anita

  43. ROSIE GIRL!!!!!!!!!!! Oh how fabulous to know that YOU TOO PRETENDED THAT YOU HAD TO ESCAPE THE RAVAGES OF A LAVA ATTACK! :) teeeeheeee……

    Is this NOT the best time of year to go all out, to prepare, to feed, to give, to stop and ponder the beauty around us?????? I am so thrilled to hear that you have painted the LADY’S DESK; I bet, I just BET that the minute her legs touch the floor in the shop, you will be yelling out “SOLD!” And I love your vision of adding more gray to your front room. Dearest, we have it in our new rooms and it is so soothing. Ruben and I just MELT in those rooms and we love it. YOU SHOULD SEE how I decorated. I am using natural elements such as twigs (and get this, if Ruben would let me, I would put up deer antlers) but I am not sure he would go for that. But I have sparkling birds hanging from my twigs atop our gray and shabby cornice that is above the flat screen TV, which is always covered with a silky gray curtain. Oh so lovely.

    I HAVE NOT BAKED YET, but I plan on making those BROWNED BUTTER BROWNIES! It will just be me and Ruben for the holidays, but no problem, we can handle a pan full!!!!!

    HAVE FUN MY SWEET FRIEND…another beautiful year of friendship will be passing us, and another one awaits us in HIS grace and glory. LOVE YOU! Anita :) :) :)

  44. Hi sweet friend..so thinking about you in this Christmas rush! A little moment to sit with you and chat would be lovely. Did not get the photos of the little sugar bowl that became pieces as when I brought it home I had it in my laundry room…my husband threw it out…thought it was trash!!!! How could he!!!? That would of made a fun post…anyways…off to Seattle for the weekend..just me and my sweetie…hugs and love. xoxoxoox

  45. Good morning darling one,

    I am a bit late, but nonetheless thrilled to come by to just peek over the fence to see YOU.

    I know you are knee deep in JOY, PLANNING and DECORATING and I sit here beside you, enjoying the ride. HAVE A GREAT DAY! Anita :) :) :)

  46. Good morning sweet sister!

    Just thought you might like to try some thick ITALIAN HOT CHOCOLATE before you start your Sunday. Thinking of you! Anita

    :) :) :)

  47. RYAN’S COMING HOME!!!!!!!! Oh dearest, then I can surely see you baking away, scrubbing, dusting, PAINTING maybe, and giggling while you are at it all! TIGER BARS???????? OOOOH, save me one!!!!

    LOVE AND BIG HUGS TO YOU as you make the magic happen in your neck of the woods my sweet and wonderful friend! LOVE TO YOU!!! Off to school I run! Anita :) :) :)

  48. Hope your days have been merry and bright my dear…how is your sweet mom doing? Everytime I drive by your darling store I think of her {and you} xoxoxoxoxoxxoxoxoxoxoxoxoooxxooxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxxooxoxoxoxo
    there that should do you for a while…love of hugs and kisses. xoxo

  49. HEY KORALEE! HEY THERE ROSIE GIRL! Oh, you Canada friends, you have given me such joy this past year. Just coming by, knowing you are giggling about, polishing, arranging and getting things ready for your family. CELEBRATE MY DEAR! Anita :) :) :)

  50. My darling friend, YOU have been the most amazing and wonderful friend ever…you Canada girls are just full of love and sweetness, cheer and friendship, and I tell ya, I SO WISH I COULD JUST FLY UP THERE and hover over you all and give you a big HUG!!!!!! RY IS ON HIS WAY???????? YIPEEEEEEE! YOU MUST BE BESIDE YOURSELF! What is it about these men? Our husbands, our sons ( oh, I always wanted one) and the little tykes whose smiles and flirty baby smiles make us melt????? YOU ARE GONNA HAVE THE BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT with your boy by your side. Oh the joy. YOU ARE SCURRYING ABOUT MY DEAR, prepping and primping, polishing and cooking and baking, and everyone is going to feel the love that you put into everything you do. GOD BLESS YOU ROSIE DEAREST and thank you for always leaving me something crunchy and gooey on your SPARKLING CLEAN COUNTER!!!!! See you in the mornin’, darlin’…Anita

    :) :) :)

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  52. Happy Sweet blessed NEW YEARS to you dear one…it is going to be a great one…I can feel it in my bones!!!
    This year my wish is spend more time with YOU!!! Lets do it. Hope your time with your sweet family was filled with nothing but JOY..I know it was!!! You are one of the sweetest friends around….as I took down my tree and put my special cupcake decoration I was soooooo thinking of you. Blessings and love always ….see you soon. xoxoxoxox

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