Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Enjoying a Wintry Day Hibernation

Our frigid temps kept me close to the fire yesterday.  So most of my busyness was carried on in my little sitting room.  But that's okay, I could occupy my time for weeks in this, my favorite room of the house.

Being very inspired by Twyla and Lindsey's red and pink Sugar Kissed Christmas, I've been wanting to make pink and red stockings to hang on the mantel of my newly painted fireplace, and I got one of them finished yesterday during my hibernation day.

The stocking is now hung by the chimney with care... on one of my wonderful new hooks.  I had an inspirational idea while in the Dollar Tree the other day! (Most of my ideas are not original.  I'm quite the Copy Cat.)

But I saw these Purse Mate hangers that are made to keep purses off of floors in public places. You get two of these handy-dandy hooks for a dollar!  The statement on the box claims the hooks will hold up to 30 lbs!  Thinking about my yet-to-be-made Christmas stockings, I thought, "Ah-Ha, the perfect solution!"  Now this may not be a new idea to all of you but I have not seen them used for this purpose before.  In fact, since I don't watch TV and never see commercials, I didn't even know these little things existed until my trip to the Dollar Tree.

Here's the top of the hanger, all cutesy and with a diamond even!  I know, no one can see the top when it's hanging on the mantel, but it still makes me smile to know I have diamonds on my mantel.

The bottom has this non-slide stuff so that it will stay in place even when the stocking is filled with goodies.  Now I've just got to make sure that Santa gets the message that he can't put more than 30 lbs in my stocking.  By the way, do you think 30 lbs of chocolate would fit in my stocking? 

With one stocking made, and not wanting to start the next one yet (my ADDness kicked in), I moved on to the next fun attraction without leaving my warm room.  Deciding to visit some of my bloggy friends...

...I get yet another cup of coffee and throw open the doors to my computer cabinet, where I go door-to-door checking up on my Blogland friends.  I probably came by your place.  Sorry I didn't leave a comment, but I had so many places to visit before getting back to my projects.  I'll try to stay longer and chat the next time I drop by.

After visiting, I spent a little, just a little, bit of time over in my reading corner finishing up with...

....one of the best books I've read in a looooong time.  Really!  Check it out, I highly recommend it! 

After peering out my back door for the thousandth time at the dreary landscape (even the birds in my birdbath were a dreary black!), I decided to do something about it.  So, putting on my heavy coat, gloves, and wrapping my scarf around my face I venture into the front yard with pruning sheers in hand...

...and snip some cheery bright red berries from my Nandina bushes and relocate them to a grapevine wreath I had hanging on my backyard garden bench.  Yes!  Much better!

And then today, I woke up to a 13 degree morning!  Oh, but I have more puttery plans to carry out in front of my fireplace and they include these:

I really need to bundle up and head to the grocery store for a little food before our wintry mix gets here tomorrow.  What is a wintry mix anyway?  

I've enjoyed our visit today.  Come back soon, and don't forget to leave me a comment, so I can return your visit.  Hope you have a great day and stay warm!


  1. I love all the pretty pink at your site.Pink is a soft and soothing color.Thanks for allowing me to stay awhile and refresh my spirit.
    Ruth ❤

  2. Hi Sherry! I am loving your pink and red decorations! They are so pretty together. Your house is just lovely and I have one of those same wicker chairs that you have in our sunroom. I can't wait to see what you are making with that pretty crochet thread and embroidery pattern. Your tea cart makeover is sure pretty. You have a great flair for decorating and I always enjoy my visits here. Hope your 'wintery mix' doesn't turn out to be too bad. When we've had that it usually consists of snow and sleet. Have a wonderful day! Twyla

  3. You know those purse hangers have actually been around since the 60's but I had never seen one except in my old Workbasket mags until a couple of years ago. Someone actually gave me one which I carry around in my purse now if I could just remember to use the thing when I go to a restaurant...:)

  4. G'day, Sherry ~ Your creations are wonderful, love the wreath & berries!
    Christmas hugs & wishes ~
    TTFN ~ Marydon

  5. I had to smile!! I am definitely a copy cat decorator, my sister in law gave me one of those purse holders last year, I am sitting next to our fire in the fireplace that is almost exactly like yours and I am curled up reading a historical romance novel because it was 3 degrees this morning! So we have a little in common!!

  6. Oh Sherry, I am in love with the wreath and berries. It's still in the high 70's and low 80's here and there are no berries. What a wonderful post so full of pretty ideas, Char

  7. What a neat device.... might have to look for one of those. Seeing your post reminds me I have a few embroidery projects that I need to work on.

  8. Love, love, love the birdbath photo AND the simple and elegant wreath with all the berries!!

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  9. I love your post today. The weather is certainly not slowing you down. Your garden wreath was beautiful in its simplicity. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  10. Hi there friend! Once again, I spied something at the thrift store for you. Every time I see it, I want to jump in my car, drive across the county, and let your smile brighten my day! You are so sweet. Thanks for posting and letting us share in your day.

  11. Thank you for taking me around your lovely, warm room and I'm glad we didn't spend too much time outside....brrrr....Had a lovely visit and Happy Outdoor Wednesday. Glad we spent it mostly indoors...lol...

  12. Sherry! Thanks so much for your comment over at rosyredbuttons.blogspot.com. I LOVE the pink stocking, darling. And I even saw those hooks at the dollar store and wondered if they would work for stockings, so glad I know now! :)

  13. I could sit in that chair and read forever! Love the cozy warm homey.

    Thanks for your sweet comments at Always Nesting :) We share that love of being home - like you that is soooo me.

    Big hugs, Marla

  14. Sherry, I just love your computer cabinet! And I like the pink and ...well I have to come back for another visit 'cause I liked so much about your blog! By the way, I'm a new follower of yours and would love for you to visit and follow my blog, too - in your spare time! :)

  15. Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Holidays to you and your family, Sherry. I am so glad you joined us today.

    Your stocking is so pretty, and I your hanger idea is perfect. You room is wonderful.

  16. Hi Sherry,
    Happy Pink Saturday. Great idea for the purse hangers! I love the $ Stores...

  17. such pretties! I love your berry wreath and your embroidery pieces. I'm itchin' to so some stitchin' after Christmas. Thanks for sharing and Merry Pinks to you and your family!

  18. I ADORE your reading corner. That little stool is perfect, really perfect.
    I have a few of those purse hangers. One is a crown in PINK from a blogger friend. LOVE THEM.
    The stocking is also very fab.
    Happy P.S. Sherry.
    Love Claudie from Canada

  19. Hi Sherry,

    I love all these gadgets {although I don't have a live cable or satellite TV feed in our home}..I never hooked it up when I moved into this home. I have an ongoing collection of my favorite TV series on DVD...so no more commercials for me either! YAY

    So I'm right there with you on not being "in the know" about all these neat things. I laughed though...thinking that my suitcase..urrr purse could give that gadget a real test! :0)

    Your stocking is so pretty and your home is always so comfy and cozy.

    We have been in the deep deep freeze until it let up the other day...now it's in low 40's during the day and in the 20's at night...a heat wave!!...we woke up to 15 degrees and down to 6 degrees with 30mph winds on Thursday..brrrrrr!!! Good grief, this cold weather didn't show up til late January last year.

    Have a magical and blessed {Pink} time during this week leading us to Christmas.

    Merry Merry,
    Stephanie ♥

  20. You made me giggle with your sense of humor. I want one of those gadgets sounds great for me.Love your little stool with ruffle. All you talented bloggers get my juices flowing.You sound like such a fun person. I live up north near the St Lawrence Its been cold but very little snow so far.


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