Saturday, November 23, 2013

Happy Dr. Who Day!

I am so excited I just sit here saying .... "SQQQEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!"

Not really... But I do keep doing it in my head :)

I love me some Dr. Who! I never even heard of Dr. Who before I  met The Cockney... But he opened up a door to me that has never been closed! Dr. 10 was my first Doctor... dreamy... but then 11 captured my heart... and oh... oh oh oh... wait wha??? The movie is today???

Celebrating 50 years?!?! YES!!

I don't actually have cable, we aren't big TV watchers, IF I watch a British show I have to do it on or netflix... But mom is letting me use her "Big Huge Massive Screen" today... :)

I'm on my way over there now...

I wish you all a fantastic day. It's so cold here in Texas, I have the fire going... and my flannel pajamas on, I might drive to my moms house in my pajamas... It's so cold!

And here is my toasty fire... I love winter days with a fire!
Have a great Saturday!
Much love,

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Which Camera Do You Use?

I'm in the market for a new camera. I've been researching and looking and shopping and reading lot of reviews. For someone that is not a professional photographer, I have read that the Nikon D5200 is one of the best camera's on the market with really good reviews. Almost everyone that has this camera loves it.

What Camera do you use? Do you like it? Would you recommend it?

As you know Black Friday is coming up, and I've only recently started taking advantage of the online deals. If I can find someone that has this camera on sale... I will even wait outside at 4am until the store opens :) Yes, I will be THAT person. Currently this camera lists at $800-$900. I am going to devour all of the sale papers for Black Friday and look for this camera on sale.

Please... Let me know what you think...
Happy Wednesday! Tammy x

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Christmas Gift Tags

Do you remember Mezz that makes that fantastic home magazine?
She did a swap on her blog and I signed up! Turns out that there was a little girl that wanted to participate as well... So my daughter got to make and send some tags to another girl all the way in Australia! That's exciting for Hannah, as she can't quite fathom distance around the World yet, so Australia is like going to another Planet to her (Do they talk funny there mom?)...

Since I have a tiny apartment I have to keep everything put away, so Hannah & I dragged out all and any "Christmas" colors and crafts that we could find and got started on our gift tags.

And we had our snacks at the ready...
And we started...
But not with out some craft accidents :)
There is now more glitter lurking in my apartment than any craft store in the Country :)
When I made my tags I didn't really have any sort of plan in mind, but I love Snowmen, Gingerbread men and any cute creature with a big ole scarf on.
So I made mostly penguins, they were easy and super cute!
I used card stock I already had ... in fact I had almost all of it, as you know I'm on a "Frugal" kick because I'm saving to move... I did however buy the ribbon, but it was 50% off! (Score!)
My tags are all bagged up and headed to Kentucky where my paired up partner lives... She is also creating 15 Christmas gift tags for me.
My little girl Hannah crafted her little heart out... Here are 2 of her ornaments, she's only 8, but she's a creative little peanut!
It cracks me up that she only put a snowman head on one of them and put "Frosty the Snowman". I'm pretty sure the story says he lost his hat and not his head, but ... I was highly amused :) She picked her favorite 5 and they are on their way to Australia to a bitty girl there!
Here are the 15 I chose for my partner...
All handmade and lots of fun. 
I had some leftover gift tags, so some of you might get a surprise with your Christmas Card :)

Did I mention I LOVE this time of year as well?

I hope you're having a fantastic week!
Much love,

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Hundreds and Thousands Magazine. An itty bitty Review...

Do you like to buy homemade?

With places like Ebay, Etsy and Storeenvy it's easier than ever to get your homemade products sold and to be very successful at running a home business.

Well I have to hang my head in shame and say that I never really considered giving home made gifts until last year, I made some gifts for Christmas and I really enjoyed making them, not only did I enjoy it, but I felt like it was more personal. I'm so sick and tired of going to a huge multi-billion dollar store chain like Walmart to buy gifts made my exploited children in China. I know I can't make everything home made... shoot... I can't even sew on a machine (On my bucket list) nor can I afford the time to make everything from scratch. BUT... Those people out there trying to make a go of it... Trying to compete against the slashed prices of the High Street... Trying to earn their own money at home... THOSE people I would like to support as much as I can. When I need or want something, I find myself looking to the people that make an honest living working at home. 

I honestly came upon Mezz Coleman by accident... On one of my blog hops I found her. Mezz makes her own clothing and likes to upcycle and re-use... So when she and a friend published their own magazine, I thought "Hey... I'd really like to support a home business"... so I ordered the starter issue.

Of course I just love happy mail to start with, so when I opened my box and found something from Australia, I knew what it was... I was giddy as I came in the door from work. 
I'd like to give you my honest "Opinion" of this magazine... I'm spreading the "Joy" so to speak.
It's called "Hundreds and Thousands" and It's a small and very quaint magazine... I absolutely ADORE the "Vintage look and feel" of it.
 Everything in the magazine just feels ... homey...
There are a couple of pages of "Things we love", and guess who is in there? I know a lot of you know "Vintage Sheet Addict"... I was so excited to see her in the magazine.. It's like she's famous :)
The pages looked so REAL... Like they were printed on fabric!
There were many pages full of interesting tid-bits...
There is Gardening...
People they visit... And I, for one, love getting to know new people.
Oooooo and Recipes... Who doesn't love a good recipe? Even if you hate cooking... We all like to look at food! Wait... or is it just me? :)
There are recipes... and not just "Recipes", but recipes written by hand! Like an old recipe that Grandma found in her pantry and handed it to you to keep forever...
And of course there are crafts... I mean HELLO...These girls make almost everything homemade... I'm pretty sure they like to dabble in some crafting :)
There is a "Great Finds" section
 And new places to see and visit...
Isn't Mezz Cute as a bug?
I haven't read the whole magazine yet, I've only read some of it, but that was enough to sell me. I'm ready for my 2nd issue already, so I hope this inspires you to take a little peek and to support home-made... and home businesses.
Thanks ladies for the great magazine and all of the hard work I know you put into it!
Here is Mezz... Mezz Makes Stuff
And here is Taz... Butter and Buntings
And here is where you can buy your own copy of Hundreds and Thousands Magazine

I hope you're having a rocking week! The weekend is just around the corner!
Much love,
Tammy x

Monday, November 11, 2013

Meaningful Monday

A girl and her Pooh.

A girl and her Pooh...... and her dolphin...... and her mini pooh .....and her...

It started last Christmas, Hannah got a Winnie the "Pooh" doll for Christmas, she had asked for a Teddy Bear and the Christmas before last I bought her one at Harrods. HARRODS people... But she didn't like him, I have no idea why, but he went in the toy box and he's buried in there somewhere still, along with countless other stuffed animals that she has never batted an eye at.

So when she asked for a bear again... I got her Pooh.
It was instant love.
She took him everywhere.

Then... she saw a teeny little pooh bear at a restaurant cafe... so she tucked him in Poohs red shirt and then there were two.

I thought the family was complete until we went to the aquarium this past summer and she picked a pink dolphin as her souvenir, she calls her Princess.

This trio often gets dirty and I hold my breath as I put them on the gentle cycle in the washing machine... praying that no one loses an eye!

Ahhhh.... But it's so precious to see her with her Pooh.
Then my mom took her two granddaughters out of town last weekend...
(Yes, Hannah likes her bright clothes. She dresses herself. I'm more of a conservative dresser, so she gets this wild side from her Grandma! :)
........and Hannah returned with this guy. A lemur dressed as a giraffe. Seriously? Now there are 4?
Hannah will throw all of the animals on top of me and say "Mom watch them"... (watch them do what?)... She says they are my grandchildren. Oh you better believe it Hannah... Because You're not allowed to date ;)

Have a wonderful week,
Tammy x