Friday, December 19, 2014

All most Christmas......

It's Funny Friday
by Prudence

Hi Guys
I guess I have writers block, or maybe Blog Block, or maybe (according to Mom) Blog Butt - not so funny, Missy Mom.  Not often do I have nothing to say, there is always something in this "nut house" to write about, but with it being so close to Christmas everbeary here is on best behavior, yup, even the two little troublemakers, LuLu & Flora.
This is our Christmas card that Mom sent this year, she FINALLY took a good picture, it's our back porch view.
It was taken last April just after a late snowfall.  She did pretty good, so she decided that every year we will send one of our photos as a Christmas card.
More Christmas...
Mom's favorite roombox that she made.  It was an online class by Cynthia Howe Miniatures.
Wine rack in the eating area of the kitchen
My Grandmother's hutch
Kitchen counter tree

Another bee-u-tee-ful picture (giggle).  Okay, okay, so I'll show you more Christmas pictures.
Den (downstairs)
 This is the "kitty" tree, all the ornaments are cats, many hand, most have a story, many are from dear friends.  The topper is from Fancy Feast®, it's gold, made of glass and has "Fancy Feast" engraved.  Mom adorned the base with a bee-u-tee-ful bow that Miss Tabitha had on Mom's prezzie a few years ago.  The red sleigh is from Grandma's decorations, it's quite old and beaten up but it just adds character.  The green reindeer are from a craft store, they were on a super-duper markdown after Christmas.  The wooden reindeer are from an artist in CA.  Mom bought them at a home craft show.  Again, we have two sets, one was Grandma's.
Mom's little tree by her chair, these are all Hallmark® mini decorations.
The 2 Sugar Plums
Molly Brown & Jessie.  Both rescues and very much loved and way over the top spoiled.  Is there any other way?  Nope.

Merry Christmas, I love you.
Heaps of Hugs

Friday, December 12, 2014

House Tour Part 2

It's Funny Friday
by Prudence
This picture was taken through the entry way, upper window.  Mom made the wreath, the bears are looking out towards the woods.
Okay, lots to show you so here goes....
 Laundry Room, and the wonderful "prim" tree that Carol (Buttermilk Creek Farm) made for me two years ago.  The Santa screen I made several years ago.  Actually I made 2, one for my Mom, which I have now in the family room.

Little scene on the washer.  Notice Carol's mousers, just ONE of many that she created.

Craft Room
 Big brother 'n lil brother (tree), that makes 3 4 in the craft room, Mom has a pretty wooden with wire branches tree on her desk. No, wait - we're up to 5, the little bears have their own tree but with no decorations.
Family Room tree and fireplace

My prezzie and card from
But I won't share with you what he wrote in the card, that's between the two of us.  I named my Koala  Joey.  Thank you beary much, Wilbur.
More next week...I'm afraid if I sit here any longer Mom will wrap a string of lights around me, I'm SERIOUS.
Heaps of Hugs

Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Tour, Part 1

It's Funny Friday
by Prudence

Hi, everybeary. was a mad dash but all the decorations are up and Mom walks around the house smiling (oh, thank goodness, Mom's happy - peace on earth).
She is busy baking cookies so I will give you the tour, LuLu and Flora are "locked up" so we won't be bothered with those two troublemakers.  They were out of control this week - more about that later.
Let's begin....

Dining Room

Living Room

More next week, Mom says I'm getting under paw so I had better busy myself up in our craft room.  It's getting p r e t t y close to Christmas Day and I don't want to get switched over to the "naughty list".

Welcome Sylvia

Sylvias/s Stampin Passion

Friday, November 28, 2014

How Many?

It's Funny Friday
by Prudence

Happy Thanksgiving, hope you had a wonderful day with family and friends.
It's the normal "frantic" day after (but plenty of leftovers for the weekend), Mom is all wired, shouting orders to me and Dad.  Molly Brown and Jessie are sound asleep on the bed, visions of leftovers dancing in their heads.
Mom did her best decorating last year, we moved here on 11/16 so with the tons of unpacking, Thanksgiving and then Christmas she didn't get all the things done that are her "traditions".  Well, this year it's "full blown out Christmas". Let's see, trees in the den, family room,  dining room, craft room, kitchen, and the laundry room.  How many is that?  Only 6?  Shh...please don't say that to her, PLEASE!
Well, let's begin with the outdoor decorations - okay, you can't see the front of the house from the lane, we live on a mountainside, our "drive by" traffic consists of the bunnies, squirrels and wild turkeys (let's just call it our foot traffic).  Hope they enjoy her effort.  I'll show you those pictures next week.
Okay, so far......"roll that Christmas tree footage" 

Oops,  technical difficulties (Mom is being difficult) I am not allowed (e x c u s e  me) to do the "tour" until next week.  Can you tell, Mom is tired and cranky?  Ah, these family traditions.
Dad, Mom NEEDS a turkey sandwich!

Heaps of Hugs
Shh....what she doesn't know won't hurt her (giggle).  See ya next week.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

God Bless each of you and your loved ones.

All of Us

I'll see you on Friday.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Biltmore Christmas Candlelight Tour

It's Funny Friday
by Prudence

Just saying it with pictures...

It was so cold and windy on the way to Asheville, then it began to rain - thank goodness it was not snow.  But on the way home, just as we approached Weaverville, it began to flurry.
We did the audio tour this time and I enjoyed hearing all the history about the family.
During the candlelight tours several of the guest rooms are included on the tour, and I enjoyed that, you actually got to view what the bathrooms were like, very simple - bathtub, toilet and sink.  In fact the house was originally wired for ac/dc voltage and hot water was pumped to the third floor within minutes, at a temperature of 10 degrees below boiling.  At that time the only light blubs were 15 watt so the rooms were rather dark, but it just adds to the character of the house. The indoor pool was heated, the original underwater lighting still works, the pool held 70,000 gallons of water.
  Mr. George Vanderbilt collected rhinoceros figures (really peaked my interest since that is such an unusual animal, although beautiful and maybe very misunderstood).
George built the estate while he was a bachelor and on December 24, 1895 it was officially opened.  In 1898 he married Edith Stuyvesant Dresser, in 1900 their only child, Cornelia was born (there is one bedroom where all the children were born).  She married the Honorable John Francis Amherst Cecil in 1924.  They had a son, William, and a daughter, Diana.  The Cecil's opened the estate to the public in 1930.
Today Mr. Vanderbilt's grandson, William A.V. Cecil owns Biltmore; his son William A.V. Cecil, Jr. serves as CEO, while his daughter Diana Cecil Pickering is president of the Family Office.  There are 1,800 employees today.
These trees are on display in the gift shop, "A Christmas Past", which is part of the stable area.  The Stable Cafe is the actual stable, the stalls now serve as part of the restaurant, adding a charm all its own.  There is another eating area upstairs, that is were the male stable hands and groomers lived.
 The estate asks that no pictures be taken of the interior, a rule which I hope everyone respects.  I did see a man sneak his camera out in the Tapestry Room and take a picture.  He glanced at me, I gave him "the look", had he been caught he would have be escorted off the property.
More about the estate

Have a wonderful weekend, and hope you have a bee-u-tee-ful pre-Thanksgiving week.


Friday, November 14, 2014

The Book

It's Funny Friday
by Prudence
 Here it is.........the sacred book, no, not a book, THE BOOK.  Let's back up......remember "The Devil Wears Prada", the mock up book that was so sacred, it was delivered to Meryl Streep each evening?  Got it?  Okay, well we have one of those books too.
It's Mom's book of her ideas for whimsical animals, fabrics, even her patterns are traced on the pages.  I'm the only one who knows where it is at all times, what's in it, I can jot notes down, so it's always in a safe, hiding place when me 'n Mom are away from our craft room.

"Psst, hey Flora....."
"What, dribble nose?"
"Hey, I gots this a'ful cood from the big P, so don't make fun of me."
"Yeah, she got to go to Biltmore and got a prezzie - we stayed home."
"Oh, the 'i-ron-ee', we found the "book"
"Look!, that's a new pattern for, looks like a bunny, sorta....."
"Hmm, Mom's idea of what a bunny looks like is distorted.'
"Pretty big word coming from you, dim wit."
"Shut up LuLu."
"Well, shut the front door, it's a wabbit."
But, the front door isn't open, stupid!
"And you have the nerve to call ME stupid?"
"Let's get outta here, they're comin' upstairs."

Hey Mom, The Book is laying on the floor by my puter!
"Those little creeps!"

Heaps of Hugs
Last evening we went to the Biltmore Christmas Candlelight Tour so we will have pictures next Friday.  It was bee-u-tee-ful. 

Our flowering cactus