Friday, December 10, 2010

Still Reeling From Being In Romantic Homes But Coming Back Down Slowly

I am still very happy about being in Romantic Homes January issue but am slowly returning to Earth. I have started cleaning the house, room by room two days ago. Today is the kitchen..biggest job of all...cannot bake Christmas cookies all next week if the kitchen is not up to par. I have taken down all my vintage cake pedestals and crystal bowls from the tops of my cabinets. Some are in the dishwasher and the rest washed by hand. I cannot believe how good it feels to get this done. I just turned on the self-cleaning at least one of the ovens will be clean as I bake next week. I still have yet to make up my cookie list. I am going to try and keep it to about 6 different kinds although I have receipes for many more than that. Of course, with 4 grown children, they all have different favorites...and the grandchildren have their favorites, too. I have the grandchildren over for sugar cookie decorating. I put aside about 4 dozen cookies for them to icing and sprinkle little goodies on them..The younger the grandchild the less icing and sprinkles that make it to the cookie..very funny to watch. This year hopefully all 8 can come over and play decorate the cookies. I am going to make some white gingerbread girls and boys for them to do using my sugar cookie receipt this year, something new..It is hard to pick every year what to make. I will have to figure it out...I think this is the year to pass on some favorite receipes to the grown children to make. I like when they take over a tradition. Christms eve was always at our home when the children were little. We would have relatives come over after midnight church was a wonderful time. Love, laughter and food everywhere. Now one of my sons, Stashul and his wonderful wife, Susan have taken on this tradition with a Christmas Eve party at their home each year. I loved hosting this event but as we get older it really is special to see your children want to do it also. We usually do New Year's Eve at my oldest son's home, Donovan and his wonderful wife, Christie host that..always a good time being with family!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Junk Salvation by FJS: Oooh La La....Day 9 of Giveaways!

Junk Salvation by FJS: Oooh La La....Day 9 of Giveaways!: "Nathalie O'Keefe Manus you are the lucky winner of yesterday's giveaway!!!! Contact us with your address Three, ..."

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

First Time In Romantic Homes

I received my January issue of Romantic Homes today and could not wait to see how my Vintage Memory Heart looked amoung those beautiful pages. I turned each page carefully searching for my "Heart" and there it was on page exciting, to see something I created in a magazine that I have loved and collected for years. My 11 yr old grandaughter had just stopped in after school when the magazine arrived. She was very happy to see that her Mommom's heart was published in print! I felt like a proud Momma just reading the article and looking at the pictures. I guess I just did not realize how much it would mean to be in Romantic Homes. I want to thank Jacqueline deMontravel for giving me such a wonderful opportunity. It surely made my day in every way possible. I think this issue will be placed in my nightstand after I make sure everyone in the family has seen it. It is very inspirational to see something you created in a magazine that you know so many people love to browse through each and every month of the year. I can only hope this will be the first of many such chances. Thank you, Justine Lopez who walked me through the process. I was nervous about my first time and she guided me step by step, making it a pleasure to do. I am very honored to have joined the ranks of those published in one of my most favorite magazines..Romantic Homes.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Feminine Home Magazine Sale-Jo-Anne Coletti

The Feminine Home is now available and on sale!

It's a real lookie with homes from Sweden to MA, including the lovely Sandy Foster's gingerbread cottage featured in the NEW YORK TIMES.

Hurry while supplies last-
Order here-

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to be able to view this beautiful eye candy that only someone as talented as Jo-Anne Coletti can put together..anyone who has seen her roses....her beautiful website knows that she can design a gorgeous, feminine home and make it look effortless...she is so talented when it comes to decorating in that lovely, vintage feminine style we all get your copy while they last...I have known Jo-Anne and watched her beautiful style grow for many years now....this magazine will delight you over and over again....enjoy!

My Favorite Christmas Ornament

One year my Mother-in-law made a special ornament for all her grown children...until this ornament comes out the season does not start for me. She crocheted little sleds and on them she sat our children in their birth order as tiny little bears...brown bears were our sons and pink bears were our daughters. I will never forget when she handed me that ornament with the four little bears on a red sled...there sat two brown bears,a pink bear and one more brown bear. My children: Donovan, Stashul, Bree and Nicholas. I was so touched that she made the ornaments so personal for all of us. This is a woman who gave birth to 11 children herself but always thought of others. I have many, many of her crocheted ornaments; snowflakes, angels and even a skiing snowman who after making she said,  was so hard she threw out the pattern...but my favorite will always be my little children on the red warms me to my core every year when I see it. My very special Mother-In-Law has since passed away but has left me with the most endearing memories any daughter-in-law could ask win or not..I am glad I am able to share what a wonderful woman she was with all my facebook friends. Thanks, Becky

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

All these Pretties are 30% off with my current sale!

Just put savebig in coupon code and click on recalculate for your big savings!!!

30% off orders $25 or more Becky's Rose Cottage

I am keeping a sale going for awhile in The Cottage...30% off orders $25 or more...put the word savebig in coupon code and click recalculate for your savings..great time to buy those clocks you always for your vintage loving friends and save your money! Hope to see you in The Cottage soon....Hugs and Blessings,  Becky