Sunday, December 25, 2011



Just wanted to say Merry Christmas to my best blog friends and share my front porch with you. We got  alittle bit of a White Christmas here in Michigan. I hope everyone had a great Christmas. We did and tomorrow we have one more party with Sim's boys and family! And Caylee Roxanne!!! Looking forward to catching up with everyone this week!! Thanks for all your love and prayers!!!
XO Fran.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

While I was sleeping!!!!

 Last Friday, I had surgery on my bladder and while I was sleeping on the couch, Sim put up our tree!! We have a faux tree and this year had bought new colored bulbs to put on it. In colors I love that match the living room. Brown and gold. Usually we have all the traditional colors but for a change decided to try this. I love it!

He even put up the stockings with green garland and gold beads. Our stockings are very important to us. And as we blended our family together we found out that the stockings are the most important to us and something that has stayed consistent with our kids no matter how old they are. We go from the top down Sim and I and then each one by their age. I am so blessed that I have a husband who knows how important this to us and that he is willing to help out!! Sims boys will be up for Christmas the day after Christmas. I can't wait as Caylee Roxanne will be here too. She is 20 months old now and so cute! She didn't like Santa she was so scared of him. Poor Santa he makes alot of little kids cry!! LOL 

And here is a rare moment with my girls!! I needed their picture together for a gift for my Mom. The girls of course had to be funny! I love it! I know everyone is busy getting ready for the holidays. I am  trying not to stress about it cuz the real meaning of it is Jesus birthday. And the most important too is gathering together as families. I am so looking forward to that. And also thankful. I have been loving looking at all of the decorations that are being posted. I love reading all the family traditions and seeing all the talent that goes in to many of the gifts and decorations. I think we all needed a break from the stress we have each day. And Christmas is the perfect time for that!!
XO Fran.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

My newest little cuties and some more Christmas Baking!!

Here is my newest little cutie I've been making! I just love how these turned out!! I used old wooden spools from my jar. These only measure 2 1/2'. I even made the stick pins that I put in them. I still like the red and green colors. I have these two listed in my Etsy shoppe. I will be making one of these for myself. Maybe it's the 70's girl in me but I just love the mushroom!!  

I thought they looked so sweet with my grubby Snowman ornaments.

Here is my latest baking project! This is another pumpkin bread recipe and I got the bread baker from Etsy. I love it and it turns out so cute!! I splurged and bought this for me! Oops! But I have also wanted one of these for awhile! I plan on making regular bread in it all winter. We finally got a new furnace last night! YAY!! We were without heat for six days! Oh my goodness so cold in this Michigan weather! That is why I have been doing alot of baking and cooking in the oven! LOL But God blessed us with a family member who did everything he could for us. And in the end he had to change the whole big brain part! No duct work though!!! And he only charged us a very small amount but we know that he paid for the rest. Yes I have been praising God and thanking Him for the Angels He puts in our lives!!
I'm off to see my son at his group home, somehow he sprained his foot. I need to go and hug him, and Kaitlin is taking him some Mickey D's, his favorite!!! The rush is on!! But I am still loving it!!
XO Frannie

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Can I get a Woot Woot!!

Yesterday and today I was at a craft show. This one was so much better than the last one! I met some new people and really enjoyed it. It is such hard work. I love it when God gives you surprises. I met another Etsy artist and of course I did alittle shopping. I took some pics to share with you of my table and some of my goodies I've been making and selling. 

These are just a few of my pin cushions I had left and my prim needful clothespins, and spools. In the background more of my Hot Chocolate Mix. I am selling that pretty good and my chocolate Nut Clusters were a big hit along with my chocolate cherry and orange slices.

Here is what is left of my prim grubby ornies. I love making these and I have them displayed in an old desk divided drawer with some faux greens. The bigger snowman faces are my ones made out of upcycled blankets. These are all hand sewed by me. My most favorite way to sew!! I sewed a couple of Snowman ornaments while I was there. I can't just sit there! LOL Anyways I guess this lady was watching and I didn't know it, and when I was done I put the first one done on the table for sale and she came over and bought it from me. She loved it! I sure got a hoot out that!! But was very flattered!!

Here are my Tomato Pin Cushions I put into an old canning funnel. These are so cute and I have listed these in my Etsy before and will be listing these little beauty's too this week. They are only five inches across. They look so cute and prim in this fruit basket and shredding. I added one of my handmade tags that says "Homemade".

This is also one of my upcycled "Nest" spoons I had left over from my Fall crafts. They turned out so cute. I had little battery operated tea lights sitting around on my table with my grubby coffee dyed doilies. And a couple of bigger red battery operated candles too. They look so sweet on there and are safe.

This is a pic of me being happy!! LOL Brooke took this of me after we got home from getting some supper. We were having fun and laughing cuz some of the pics were pretty funny!! I got a new headband that is so cool. It has fur on it and is a rosette. I just love it!! You can kinda see it in the picture. I love wearing these vests for the winter. You can wear them for dress up or just casual which is what I love about them. I so want a faux fur one!

This is the pic I took of Brooke. Funny story the craft show I was at just happened to be the same one that Brooke's Workshop was at also!! She volunteered to work on Saturday. So we hung out all day together. Well sorta she was at their table and I was at mine. I was so proud of her!! And we had a good day. We are both tired and were really hungry so went out to the Classic Coney Island up in town. Now we are both in our PJ's!! Our furnace broke down yesterday and needs a part but won't be able to get it until Monday. So we are both in our rooms cuddled up in our blankeys too!! Our house is pretty cold right now! Kaitlin left and went to her Aunts for the night! I guess we are troopers and will just stay bundled up!! LOL
XO Frannie.