my christmas wreath

I went on a search for a large 'Christmas Wreath' for the front wall on the
outside of my house.

I found all the large wreaths to be so expensive... so
I went to my local Dollar Store.

Found two 6ft packages of garland.
Made a large wire circle and wrapped the garland around it.

Like most of you "I have a large storage box filled with Christmas decorations"

I chose mostly Poinsettias for the decorations around the wreath.

My largest expense was this "Red Bow"... $5.00 at JoAnns.

During a nice walk in the woods with my sister, we found some pine cones
and they also grace my wreath...

Notice the tiny, "Battery operated Tea lights".. I put a few around the
wreath, with wire.

That is me, walking around inspecting my work, in progress. It's a chilly 
night here in Clearwater but I still have my shorts on.

This past few days were spent getting my sister ready
for her flight home.. she so wants to spend Christmas
with her children  and grandchildren this year.
I did have the pleasure of her company for the past three
months. We have such a good time with her yearly visits.
This year I was lucky to have her here when I needed
her most... nurse me back to health!
She flew out yesterday. Tampa to Miami to London.. should be catching her flight from London in about an hour, then home to Jeddah  (7am
or so).  She has been flying for two days now.. bet she is
tired.... She told me the airport in London is so cold and she left
with only a sweater. 14 hour layover there but they have a great
VIP lounge for her to relax while waiting.  She said the shopping
also is great in the airport, (like she had room for more gifts).
Funny thing, in the Tampa ap her three bags were over the 72lb
limit and we had to do a bit of shifting her belongings from one bag
to another to get them legal....(they were full of xmas gifts for her

Me and  Dolly at our "see you soon" lunch yesterday.

Maybe tonight I'll get back outside to finish the decorations

but I'm a bit sad, and it's so chilly out.  This was not the
winter weather I thought I was getting when I left the fridig
Central Illinois winters.... 
No.. tomorrow is another day,, it's Crochet tonight. 
Am finishing a shawl for myself, to use on these drafty
evenings.... I'll get that posted soon!

Happy Holiday Shopping everyone!


Garage Saleing Bird Feeder

I found this really sweet bird feeder while garage sailing yesterday.
I paid all of $1.50 for it....
Was a blustery chilly day here in So. Fla and was perfect for going
from sale to sale.
Although I really liked the shape, the color  was a bit 'foo foo' for me,
so I got out my brown craft paint, watered it down and put it on the
blue....then craft gloss sealer... with hopes of keeping it safe from the
outside elements....

I'd have many bird feeders and houses outside but as I said once before
I have this sweet old man that lives down the street,  he came up to me
once telling me 'how my yard is looking like trailer park'. It was very
hard for me, being the lady that I am, to simply turn and walk away without saying some nasty thing to him.
 I continue to put my little garden accessories out there in spite
of his grumpy self.

The feeder had some really nice flowers and leaves painted on it so I
just went around them with the brown.

The light today was not going to cooperate for me so the photo
was a bit dark....I took another photo facing my town house and what
comes into view first are the Christmas decorations. The feeder is
somewhat showing.

I'll post soon about my Christmas Wreath on the wall outside.
I went on a search for a large wreath but did not want to pay
$50.00 or more for one... went to the dollar store and made my own.
I'll have that up in a few days.. once the outside decorations are completed.

Have a great shopping week everyone!