Monday, December 18, 2017

Egg Carton Tree and Swinging Big Band

Continuing with another highlight from a 1960s how to create pamphlets - the egg carton tree.

And ... the egg carton Ball Tree!
Christmas came early for me in the form of $10 for two bags of remnants from a flea market vendor. He said he sold a bag of quilts for $10. I wasn't too sad because not all quilters are good at pieced patchwork. I would rather take it from this type of remnant stage and add my spin to it. 

I have laundered about 1/3 of it, there is quite a bit of plaid.  Most important, there was a certain red print I am using as an accent color in my current project. There are also varied Christmas prints, I won't rule out another holiday-themed project. 

What I'm listening to:

I couldn't find a video directly related to this CD but found another worth a listen ~

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Feather Angels and Luther Vandross

Looking through a batch of 1960s how to create pamphlets, I saw this image.

Scrolling through, I found feather angels on sale.
A couple of fabric banners thrown in for good measure. 

What I'm listening to:

For Luther Vandross fans, this really is a wonderful recording.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Early Tami and Sandi Patty

My mom insisted we dress up on Christmas morning so I have many images of my brother and me. Shirley Temple curls were all the rage in the early 60s.


What I'm listening to:

Friday, December 15, 2017

Cowboy Christmas Quilt and the Countdown to Christmas

I've practically thrown the kitchen sink into this post, a little bit of everything. I finished my Cowboy Christmas Quilt meaning all of my works in progress are done. 

This was the quilt where I made the backing the top and made another backing. I quilted it cross-hatched in red thread. I so like the look, I will use the technique again. 
The decorated dresser contains my yardage stash. 
Linking up with Amanda Jean at crazymomquilts for Finish it up Friday. 

Continuing with my Countdown to Christmas Day 15
What are these menacing objects? Shades of Star Trek. 

Speaking of Star Trek, there is even a separate category for these types of collectibles on my fav auction site
Star Trek Tree?
What I'm listening to:

As an aside, it will be the second year of my hosting the April Alternative Challenge.
Just 4 posts during the month, there will be a linkup so you can visit others who are participating. One of my week's posts will highlight the Weird and Wacky in the world of thrift. Mark your calendar to join me!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Rascal Flatts and Christmas Fudge

Another Tami Family Tradition I did not deny myself this year - Christmas Fudge. I am posting my authentic, handwritten, food-smeared recipe card images.  
Correction - should be 1/2 CUP butter
The back of the index card reads:
Pour batter into buttered pans. Let sit. Enjoy!

What I'm listening to:

Monday, December 11, 2017

Abbey Choir and pineapples

In my Etsy searches, I found these pineapple sweater brooches. Santa are you listening?

I went pineapple crazy in a post on last year's countdown here.
This year it is-

Pineapple Cookies

Mix together
1 cup shortening (Crisco)
a dollop of sour cream
1-1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
Add in
3-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
Mix again, then
stir in
1 cup crushed pineapple with juice
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Chill batter for one hour. Drop rounded teaspoonful 2" apart on cookie sheet.
Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

What I'm listening to:

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Growing Up and Going Gaither

Church was a big part of my life growing up. Every year there were Christmas pageants. Here I am at 2 years old, I am the smallest one in the red dress, my mother standing directly behind me. I'm always looking askance in these photos like everyone must be gangsters or something.

 Another group from the Sunday School 1961 series
If you attended Sunday School, what are your memories?
What I'm listening to:

I really enjoyed this recording, esp. the new songs to me, must be my Pentecostal leanings.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Punk and Pumpkin Cheesecake

Another Tami Family Tradition - homemade Pumpkin Cheesecake.

I think the secret ingredient is the cream cheese. 

My page views take a pounding on these Countdowns, it is partially the time of year and who knows what else, but I so enjoy putting together these posts (some more fleshed out than others). Hope you enjoy my little missives during this holiday season!

Snowball tree?

What I'm listening to from 2003
And what a find! I love stuff like this, a different take on Christmas. This is one of my fav new-to-me CDs I have listened to so far.