Monday, December 19, 2011

Holly's- My fairy confectionary shop

front door

Amelia peeking inside

front window of Holly's
Last week I went to one of my favorite places....Ron's Miniature Shop,  in Orlando, FL.  I purchased this little "fairy House"  which I have decorated as a Christmas Confectionary Shop.  I have been having a great time.   The roof was red, but I had to "glitterize" it.  I have added fairy dust to the whole outside and working on the inside.  All the cakes are baked and the cookies are still warm and the candy is in the jars.  Holly fairy is getting ready for guests with a sweet tooth.  Here we are so far........
On Friday the inside will be done, come back and take a peek.

Merry Christmas from me and the fairies!!!!

A wonderful story!

I was just sitting and thinking about how blessed I am and Christmas presents and read this story that was sent by a friend.  I just wanted to share it with you.  I love Christmas stories!!

I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma.  I was just a kid. 
I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on the day my big sister dropped the bomb:  "There is no Santa Claus," she jeered.  "Even dummies know that!"
My Grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been.  I fled to her that day because I knew she would be straight with me.  I knew Grandma always told the truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot easier when swallowed with one of her "world-famous" cinnamon buns.  I knew they were world-famous, because Grandma said so.  It had to be true.

Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm.  Between bites, I told her everything.  She was ready for me. "No Santa Claus?" she snorted...."Ridiculous!  Don't believe it.  That rumor has been going around for years, and it makes me mad,  plain mad!!  Now, put on your coat, and let's go."

"Go? Go where, Grandma?" I asked.  I hadn't even finished my second world-famous cinnamon bun.  "Where" turned out to be Kerby's General Store, the one store in town that had a little bit of just about everything. As we walked  through its doors, Grandma handed me ten dollars.  That was a bundle in those days. "Take this money," she said, "and buy something for someone who needs it.   I'll wait for you in the car."  Then she turned and walked out of Kerby's.

I was only eight years old.  I'd often gone shopping with my mother, but never had I shopped for anything all by myself.  The store seemed big and crowded, full of people scrambling to finish their Christmas shopping.

For a few moments I just stood there, confused, clutching that ten-dollar bill, wondering what to buy, and who on earth to buy it for.

I thought of everybody I knew: my family, my friends, my neighbors, the kids at school, the people who went to my church.

I was just about thought out, when I suddenly thought of Bobby Decker.  He was a kid with bad breath and messy hair, and he sat right behind me in Mrs. Pollock's grade-two class. Bobby Decker didn't have a coat.  I knew that because he never went out to recess during the winter.  His mother always wrote a note, telling the teacher that he had a cough, but all we kids knew that Bobby Decker didn't have a cough; he didn't have a good coat. I fingered the ten-dollar bill with growing excitement.  I would buy Bobby Decker a coat!
I settled on a red corduroy one that had a hood to it.  It looked real warm, and he would like that.
"Is this a Christmas present for someone?" the lady behind the counter asked kindly, as I laid my ten dollars down. "Yes, ma'am," I replied shyly. "It's for Bobby."

The nice lady smiled at me, as I told her about how Bobby really needed a good winter coat.  I didn't get any change, but she put the coat in a bag, smiled again, and wished me a Merry Christmas.

That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat (a little tag fell out of the coat, and Grandma tucked it in her Bible) in Christmas paper and ribbons and wrote, "To Bobby, >From Santa Claus" on it.
Grandma said that Santa always insisted on secrecy.  Then she drove me over to Bobby Decker's house, explaining as we went that I was now and forever officially, one of Santa's helpers.
Grandma parked down the street from Bobby's house, and she and I crept noiselessly and hid in the bushes by his front walk. Then Grandma gave me a nudge. "All right, Santa Claus," she whispered, "get going."

I took a deep breath, dashed for his front door, threw the present down on his step, pounded his door and flew back to the safety of the bushes and Grandma.

Together we waited breathlessly in the darkness for the front door to open.   Finally it did, and there stood Bobby.

Fifty years haven't dimmed the thrill of those moments spent shivering, beside my Grandma, in Bobby Decker's bushes.  That night, I realized that those awful rumors about Santa Claus were just what Grandma said they were  --  ridiculous.  Santa was alive and well, and we were on his team.

I still have the Bible, with the coat tag tucked inside: 

May you always have LOVE to share,
HEALTH to spare and FRIENDS that care...

And may you always believe in the magic of Santa Claus!

Monday, December 5, 2011


Santa at the Memorial Service

Santa with me and the elves at the Toy Run @ Jim's Harley Davidson St Pete, FL 12/4/2011

We're getting ready for Christmas....... I love decorating and dressing as Mrs Santa.  Today was the memorial toy ride at Jim's Harley Davidson and John and I were in full Santa attire, it was awsome.  A beautiful sunny day in Florida riding thru the beach with about 2,500 other riders.  Life is good!! Have a Harley Jolly Christmas! 
Amelia and me in our matching hats 2011
mmmmmm, which sleigh shall I take???????

Monday, November 21, 2011


I have been having a wonderful weekend, and back to work today.  What a great day and it's gonna get even better. Tomorrow is Tea cup Tuesday and I just love reading all those blogs.  I have my favorite tea cup to share with you.  
I have service for 16 of Old Country Roses which I will get to use for Thanksgiving dinner.  I will be cooking for my family which I have done almost all my adult life.  For 3 years my daughter took over and I was just a helper, well with the turn of events this week, I will be getting my old position back. It may be temporary, but I love to do it.  Get up real early and chop all the celery, onions and get the stuffing ready to stuff in the 25 lb turkey my son is bringing.  Oh, one of the big treats is my son is coming to stay for the weekend and help me cook.  When he was just 2 he was in charge of "painting" the turkey with butter and seasonings.  He graduated to washing and getting the "bag"  out of the turkey when he was about 5 and now he does all the heavy work.  All this while we watch the parade and then Christmas movies.  My grandchildren are staying here too, and this will be my first Thanksgiving to share with John....(Santa).  Oh I have so much to be thankful for. I am so blessed.  My parents will be here to!!!  (pictures to follow)

AHHHH but for tea cup Tuesday.....Here is my beautiful Old Country Roses cup filled  with beautiful handmade kewpie dolls and silk roses and organza ribbon and tiny pearls made by awonderful doll artist,for me.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Is it to early for Christmas???? I don't think so.

Hope you are having wonderful weekend.  I am!!!!! Spent the day with my doll friends, it was a lovely meeting.   It's about a 1 hour ride, so I had the top down and sang Christmas songs the whole way there and home. LIFE IS GOOD!!!! Work is good, I really like my job and it's getting more comfortable.  Sewing bears.  Watching Christmas movies.
Just back from  WONDERFUL  bike ride to Jim"s Harley Davidson, for the MVP party.  Great time and I got new gloves.  Then out to Cracker Barrell for dinner with John and great friends.  Gonna work on a Christmas project for a little bit and get ready for Sunday.  Hope tomorrow's weather is as beautiful as today.  It was 81 and sunny.  I love Florida!!!!

Come see the wonderful teddy bears at

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Where does time go??????

I haven't been here in a long time.  I love my new job and have been working lots of hours.  Still getting my teddy bears ready for show next weekend.  Have been having a wonderful time.  The weather has been amazing, get for motorcycle riding.
I was so glad to have a cold day yesterday 66, I stayed home and worked on bears and watched Christmas movies. What a glorious day.
Just got a chance to stop by some of my favorite blogs and glad to see others getting the Christmas mood.

Last Friday I attended the lovliest wedding.  My daughter's BF Ashley married Daryl and I was so blessed to be included in the day. I LOVE weddings and must cry, it was just beautiful.
I'll be back soon.

lori v

Sunday, October 30, 2011

NEW JOB!!!!!!

Well it has been a busy week.  Started a new job in a great office.  I missed all my fav blog events, but I will be able to see them all this week.  Working on bears for the show Nov 18
Christmas Joi
This is my bear for the preview page.  I have been having a wonderful time making bears.  I have about 8 more.  They're all sitting here waiting to have their pictures uploaded.  Some are still a little under dressed, but that will be taken care of this week.

Wishing you all a Happy Halloween, 
be safe and don't eat to much candy.  See you tomorrow.

mini hugs, Lori V   (MidnightCreations)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tea Party

 Tonight we  (Circle of Bears) had our annual Tea Party at Sue's house.  Always an elegant evening.  She served delicious pumpkin chi tea along with cinnamon scones, ham with pineapple finger sandwiches, a marvelous pumpkin cake and some other delicious treats. I sat at the Leonx  table.  Set with a beautiful crochet table cloth that she purchased for $2.00.  What a deal!!!!!
The food was great, the company was great and I "sold" all my crackers to donate the money   for the Breast Cancer 3 day walk.  It was a lovely get-together.
I love her silver service.  The Pumpkin Chi Tea was sooooo good.
     Another lovely day.  How blessed I am.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Halloween "Crakers"

Supplies for cracker project

 I made 13 "crackers"  filled with candy and a surprise (inspired by Sandi @ - the challenge was to make 1 of these).  Tuesday is my Teddy bear club "Circle of Bears" meeting.  We have met on the 3rd Tuesday of the month for the last 19 years.  We have our annual Halloween tea at Sue's house, and it is always lovely.  These crackers will be for a fundraiser for Breast Cancer.  Each one has a letter inside along with candy, the letter corresponds to a gift that will have the matching letters of BREAST CANCER. 2 of our members Pat and Sue will be walking in the 3 day walk and this money will go to them.
Prize for the lucky winner.
Every "cracker" will have a treat, there are no tricks.  One lucky winner will receive the 6" mohair teddy bear. Looking forward to seeing  my bear friends. Have a good night

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Friends....what a blessing!

Just back from The Woman of Faith Conference  in Tampa, Fl.  What an awsome experience.  A fabulous weekend with wonderful girlfriends, lots of laughing, crying and "finding out who you monkeys are".  Trying to just relax and enjoy Sunday.  Going for a motorcycle ride to the beach for sunset with wonderful friends.  How blessed to have friends!!!!

I'm trying to get some blog reading in between events today.  Just stopped by to visit Mrs Olson, great blog and she's hosting a wonderful giveaway.  Going to visit a few more now and get ready to hop back on the bike for a little more wind therapy.
Gotta get my hair back in a ponytail and go.  See ya later.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Jolly Halloween

 A Jolly Halloween ...... I have had this beautiful post card for years, with the thought of making a teddy bear dressed the same way

Jolly is 5 1/2' curly mohair (7 !/2" w/ hat)   carring her own black cat and pumpkin

Fred is my constant companion.  He has been every where with me.
Last week he underwent reconstructive work.  He has a new nose and mouth. He's much happier.

Fred wanted to get in the picture with the white pumpkins I have been making.  He's so happy with his new profile.
However, there is no hope for his lost fur. He will be getting a new sweater, but here in Florida it's still in the 80's so it's a little to warm, yet.


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Red Tea Cup and Plate

I just wanted to share my Red tea cup and saucer ( a gift from a friend) 

Small plate dish. L'Opera 3001 - 347. Red. Size 4 3/4" (12cm.) wide and 7/8" (2.2cm.) tall. Signed on the back.
Out of production. Made in Denmark at Nymolle Studio. In 1976 Bjorn Wiinblad took over the Nymolle Studio and factory.

Monday, October 10, 2011