Thursday, December 23, 2010

My Christmas Wish…

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At this busy & wonderful time of year, I just wanted to send you all a quick Christmas wish…

I wish you…

Halls that are decked and family joined together…

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Fun and frivolity—whatever the weather…

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Good food and happy gatherings…

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Joyful caroling…

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…the continuing of beloved family Christmas traditions…

Oodles of Christmas goodies in the kitchen…

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Sweet anticipation…

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Visions of sugarplums…

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…remembering the true meaning of Christmas…

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…and I wish for you many beautiful Silent Nights…

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Also…a very Happy Birthday to my sweet Chelsea Noel…

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…21 years old today…where do the years go?!

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We could never have imagined a more wonderful daughter…Chelsea, we love you!



Merry Christmas from the Campbells!

(All vintage images found online)


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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Crafty Secrets Design Team Calendar Challenge


Good morning, my friends!

Brrrrrr!  It’s a chilly, rainy day here in California…I can just imagine how cold it is for the rest of you!

My goodness!  Christmas is almost here…can you believe it?!  Our houses are filled with cookies & presents, lights &  carols, family & friends…absolutely the most wonderful time of the year!

Well, it’s time again for another fun challenge at Crafty Secrets—the Design Team has been busy creating for a “Calendar” theme this month…here’s what I came up with:


A Happy New Year collage—I have a frame for this, but couldn’t remove the glass (it’s a shadowbox frame), and I couldn’t get rid of the glare, so here it is in all it’s unframed glory!


An adorable vintage New Year’s image from Crafty Secrets’ “Seasonal” Images & Journal Notes booklet…and the background calendar also courtesy of Crafty Secrets as a free download available on their blog…

…beautiful, isn’t it?!


A banner edging using Crafty Secrets’ “Artsy Banner” stamp sets (one of my favorites!) and their “Sexy Little Numbers” stamp sets for “2011”…


A rosette I made with some lovely old red velvet I had in my stash…I decided to leave it a little shabby looking…I liked it better that way…

…over everything, a VERY liberal spraying of “Iridescent Gold” Glimmer Mist…I love the overall shimmer it gives…can you see it on the rosette?

Please be sure to stop by and visit the other ladies on the Design Team—they always inspire me!

Vicki Chrisman Team Leader

Crafty Secrets
Heartwarming Vintage Blog

A little more to share with you this morning…

A wonderful calendar card from 1939—a very special year in our family---



(Don’t you just love the image of the June bride?!)



…and the small card that went along with it…



…isn’t that charming?

1939 was the year my wonderful mother, Karen, was born…

Karen Ann Ostlund, the wee one, 1939

…a very special year, indeed!

One more thing for you today…


THE best recipe for Snickerdoodles I’ve ever tasted—and my family agrees, hands down!


1 cup butter

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 large eggs

2 3/4 cups flour

2 tsp. cream of tartar

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

3 Tbsp. sugar

3 tsp. cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar and eggs thoroughly in a large bowl.

Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.

Blend dry ingredients into butter mixture.   Chill dough for just about 15 minutes in the fridge.

Meanwhile, mix 3 Tbsp. sugar and 3 tsp. cinnamon in a small bowl. 

Form balls about 1 inch in diameter and roll them in the sugar/cinnamon mixture.  Bake for 9 minutes at 350 degrees.  Remove from pan immediately…enjoy!!!


These are sheer perfection!  A light, tender crispiness on the outside, and soft, tender goodness on the inside—YUM!

(Recipe courtesy of

I hope you have a wonderful week—enjoy every moment leading up to Christmas Day!

The Smith Family with the Forsbergs, Christmas 1968

A very Merry Christmas to you all from a 1968 me…(along with my two brothers, redhead Steve, Scott in the playpen, Mom with a handful of tinsel, and Uncle Frank & Aunt Diana…ah, memories!)