Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving Past and Christmas Present

Hello to you and hope you all had a very Blessed Thanksgiving. Our guests were happy, the food was divine, and I was so blessed! But I was so busy that I did not take even one picture. Kind of funny since I used to be the one in the family with the camera glued to my finger tips. But for an idea of what it looked like here is a great substitute picture.

Okay, I admit this is a little bit of an old picture, but couldn't this be anyone's family? We don't carve the turkey at the table, we put it on a platter and then serve. How about you?

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is time to get cranking on all those Christmas projects. I see that countdown banner is ticking away!

Nana's Quilt Cottage
I did not do Black Friday. I am planning on strolling down in the Old Colorado City stores. This is a historic district filled with antiques store, art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. The historic century old atmosphere is just so charming this time of year!

Santa in Old Colorado City
No, This is not a paid advertisement, just a look into my local area. I do love this instead of the hustle and bustle of the malls, and big box stores. I always try to support the small business owners and artisans in my area. I would include my fellow blog buddies in that group of home town Blog Town!
I hope you try to do the same!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Getting ready for T Day

Today I am starting to get out all my extra dishes and serving bowls and platters. Got to wash the stem ware and clean out any thing I don't need in the refrigerator for extra room for the Thanksgiving Feast! I am so thankful to God that I can be in my home and cook a Thanksgiving dinner to share with loved ones.

I have not had a kitchen that I could cook a big meal like this in for years, and this will be a first in a long time! My husband has worked so hard putting together my new kitchen and I am so proud of him, and to be able to use it!!

Now here is how I am going to be cooking my turkey:

 Doesn't that just seem dreamy?

And I won't do this with out stuffing the Turkey.
Oh, no, can I stuff M.C. Turkey?

 Well, I will do my best!
Smiles and love to you all!
Little Susie Home Maker

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Homemade Putz House Swap 2012

 I had never heard of a Putz House until Erica came up with the idea for a Putz House Swap over at Golden Egg Vintage. I was really intrigued by the idea and had to start researching what one was? So I started a Pin Board and have so many on it now it is funny!
For me, Putz house is a mixture of the love of miniatures and doll houses, and Christmas, and vintage, and mostly GLITTER!!! I had a blast making my house that I sent to Debby! I do hope she loves it as much as I love the one she sent me!!
My partner for this swap was Debby of Cozy Blanket. If you haven't been to either of these blogs, I urge you to go follow them after you read my post!
Debby made me this Putz house
 This is the beautiful Putz house that Debby adorned and worked on for me! Isn't it just so cute? I love the pale blue and the snow on the roof! Look at that little fence!
Putz house details
I cracked up when I saw Santa peeking in the window! There is a vintage deer hanging out along side the pine tree in the front yard. And a pretty glass stepping stone path to the front door, where a Christmas wreath hangs above the door! The freshly fallen snow givs this Putz house the wonderful feel of Christmas Eve!

Putz house details

But wait.. what did Santa bring? It looks like Hershey's kisses! Those won't last long! And a cup of Hot Cocoa mix! Gee, Santa knew how much I love Chocolate!!

Debby had a fun guessing game on her blog, too. Guess what? I won!! How blessed can I get? She sent this darling little bell ringer!! I think she is out Christmas caroling on her way home to put up her Christmas wreath!

Thank you Debby for being such a wonderful swap partner! She also sent me that pretty vintage Christmas handkerchief that you see the house sitting on in the photos!! I am so happy!!

Thank you Erica, for hostessing such a fun swap! I think I am addicted to Putz houses, now!
I am off to make more for my new collection!! Haha!

Bless you all!
Little Susie Home Maker

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Little Susie Home Maker's Thanksgiving Menu Printable

It is one week until Thanksgiving. I am planning a dinner at my home this year. 
 I am planning a very Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. This has come to be our family's favorites on this day.
Here is my menu.

  You can find my recipes for Peach Cobbler and  Pumpkin Pie, by clicking on my links. I would be so happy to share.
I had fun putting together this artwork that I made. I can print it out for the day, and also now to get me motivated and excited about visualizing the meal.
So I would like to make it available to my blog readers, because I am so thankful for all of you.
If you would like to have a copy of this please feel free to use it. 

I also made it a blank printable for use with your own menu.
(Right click on picture and save to your computer)

 Enjoy your holiday planning!
Little Susie Home Maker

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Thrifted Vintage Cosco Step Stool, Vanity Seat and more

Rooster Figurine
 I went out hunting for some fun at the local thrift stores, and I found it! 
Two thrift stores and four really neat items that make me grin from ear to ear! 
The first one is this lovely little rooster chicken pottery figurine! He sits about 5 inches tall and is the prettiest creamy color. There is a hint of yellow left on its legs and more on his beak. The red is a little worn on his comb and wattle, but for me it just adds to his farm house fun look! The little sticker on the front reads, "Carlsbad Caverns". That leads me to feel safe in assuming it was made as a gift store tourist item. I think he will fit in with my other chickens and roosters that I collect! He looks good in front of my cast iron cookbook holder, don't you think?

Vintage Cosco Step Stool
The next smile I got on my face was really big! 
I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw this little  vintage Cosco kitchen step stool! 
Look at that pretty pale yellow. This stool is in such good shape! 
If you look at the ways it is constructed, you will see that it is not a reproduction, but a vintage one! This is completely metal with no plastic. If you look at the bottom legs, there are 6 not 8. If I understand correctly all the reproductions have eight legs. But I am not claiming to be an authority on this. They do have some really cool reproductions that you can get on Target online in red, yellow, and black for about $70.00. Etsy and E-bay have Costco step stools going from $60-$150 (Vintage or not).
 But I got mine at the thrift store, and only paid $10 for it! It only needed a quick wipe down with Windex!
Now that is something to smile about!

Vintage Cosco Kitchen Step Stool
 But the biggest reason to smile is I have wanted one of these for years. When I was growing up we had the phone in the hall. And me and my sisters spent hours sitting on my mom's stool just like this for hours talking with our friends! Remember those days? Unfortunately, my mom decided that she was tired of her old stool and threw it out for a new chair for the hall. "Mom, please don't throw any more out without asking if one of us wants it!" LOL!

My next smile that I found was another nice place to sit. I spotted this lovely little vanity seat. The silver circular swirled wire construction is just so feminine! The pretty little soft cushion looks pretty in gold velveteen out in my fall yard! I think it will be recovered though, not sure just how yet! Do you have any suggestions! I would love to hear any you have. 
This is something I will use for my kitty in front of the window to lay and look out the window. 
Or maybe as a seat in front of my large closet doors to sit and put on my shoes. 
So pretty!

Retro Vanity Seat
Then my last thrift store smile for the day would be this. 
A cute little garlic bulb baker. It has a terra cotta base and has never been used. It came wrapped and with the instructions. As much as I love baked garlic, I couldn't pass up using it as a little decorative cloche! 
What do you think? Cute again, huh!

Garlic Baker Made Cloche
I just hope you are smiling as much as I am, because all these goodies are something I can love in my home. They only cost me a grand total of  $25
Big Smile!
Have you found anything that has made you smile lately?

Bless you,
Little Susie Home Maker

Now be sure to follow the links to check out these really fun party hops! 
Old Time Party at Cindy's Old Time Farm House
Share Your Cup Thursday at Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Thursday Favorite Things  at Katherine's Corner
Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady