Monday, December 31, 2007

Out With the Old--In With the New

Happy New Year!! But if you've ventured out to any stores since Christmas, you've discovered that Valentine's Day is not so far away. So check out the updates for Glitter and Grunge; and while you're there, be sure to see what all the other artists are offering too.
But before we leave 2007, I was thinking of some of our fun family memories of Christmas pasts. Of course there's always the "Christmas Tree Fell Over, and Broke All My Favorite Radko Ornaments" story. You can probably guess who was responsible for that memorable moment. Yes, it was our infamous outside cat, Friendly (and no, he's not) who found his way into the house yet again and discovered a prime scratching post which happened to be our tree. (no poo this time; just broken glass, water, pine needles, and yellow and orange cat fur.) Apparently our tree stand was not designed to withstand 18 pound cat ornaments.
Another fun memory was what I call my "Norman Rockwell Meets Nurse Ratchet" story. One Christmas Eve several years ago, I was finishing up my last Christmas preparations. I'd ushered my husband off with the oldest 3 kids to deliver some home baked goodies to neighbors. My youngest, who was about 4 at the time, was quietly playing in our den with her newly acquired doctor kit which she'd received from a neighbor. And I was merrily baking a few last batches of Christmas cookies. (As a very astute and now experienced mom, I'd already warned my daughter that only the REAL vet can take the cat's temperature--a preemptive strike, so to speak, against any pre-schooler veterinary malpractice.) Anyway, as the radio softly played Christmas music in my snug, sweet-smelling kitchen, I put the last batch of cookies in to bake. "Ahhhh," I thought as I sat down to savor the moment. "All is right with the world--I feel just like June Cleaver--what a Norman Rockwell moment." Reality came crashing in along with flailing arms and a toy stethoscope, and I heard, "Get outa my hospital!" as my daughter's baby doll came flying through the door into the kitchen. Apparently, the doll was uninsured. This is probably one time Friendly was glad that he remembered that he is an outside cat.
Happy New Year!


Leigh said...

Yes..friendly..of course..

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh my goodness!! Your little story just cracked me up!!! Especially the uninsured moms always seem to get a dose of reality when we are feeling quite June Cleaverish...have a happy new year, xxoo, Dawn

DesignsbyCK said...

Hi Cathy,

Thanks so much & Happy Happy New Years to you as well! :)

PS: Oh the horror with all the Radko ornies!!!


Sandra Evertson said...

Cracked me up!
I LOVE the sweet dollie!
Happy New Year to you and yours!
Sandra Evertson

Esther Sunday said...

Happy New Year!!! Love, Esther

Anonymous said...

So fun to visit your blog. Love the vintage postcards.

My Paper World said...

Great story! Wishing you a very Happy 2008 xx

tangled stitch said...

Thank You for the wonderful cheerful Christmas story. I enjoyed both the 18 pound cat ornament and the doll that was uninsured. Thank you for making me laugh so early into the new year!

The Ditty Bag said...

What a beautiful memory, and a great story writer you are! Such great details; gave me quite the chuckle! Prim New Year Blessings to you! ~Hugs, Sam

The Ditty Bag said...

What a beautiful memory, and a great story writer you are! Such great details; gave me quite the chuckle! Prim New Year Blessings to you! ~Hugs, Sam

Eccentricities Studio said...

Oh Cathy, I am just in STITCHES!!! You are a marvelous story teller my dear!!! LOL ...

I had to laugh at the "18 pound cat ornaments" a little bit ... because our 16 pound "fat cat" sid broke an entire branch off of our artificial tree this year when he decided to take a nap 2/3 of the way UP the tree. Last year my DH screwed our tree stand to a 2 foot by 4 foot piece of 3/4 inch ply wood because the year before ... Sid toppled the tree!

And your daughter, too funny!!! ;)

Happy New Year to you and your family!


KJ said...

CUTE STORY AND DARLING STATUE! I had a number of old ornaments break this year, too. My daughter placed them on the edge of my coach and my monster-of-a-teen stretched during his nap! Oh well, they were nice while they lasted.

Have a bountifully wonderful 2008!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Cathy, thanks for stopping by. I don't think I've been here before & just saw all your paper mache things in your store. Now why can't I be that creative?! Those are so neat. How great that you found your niche with an online store. I will have to come back more often.

Happy New Year!

Andi said...

Happy New Year Cathy! And let me be the first to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day as well!!!

Hope 2008 is the best year yet!

*retro-rudolphs* said...

Hi Cathy,
Happy New Year to you!
I just visited your website and G&G... so many great pieces!!

I hope you don't mind, but I'd love to link you on my blog.

Wishing you all the best for 2008!


Mary Isabella said...

Wishing you a Happy New Year

Kari & Kijsa said...

We just wanted to stop by and give you the warmest wishes of the season! Hope you have a wonderful and prosperous 2008!

smiles, kari and kijsa

Lori said...

yes, why is it so funny when YOUR cat is in the tree...hmmmm...and i love your littlest vet story, so cute:)

Have a Wonderful and Blessed New Year...your valentine creations are very sweet!!!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Happy New Year! I am so glad you stopped by my blog! It gave me a chance to discover what a wonderful artist you are! I'll be back to visit soon!

Back Through Time said...

Your story was cute! I am so glad you stopped by for a visit and please come back again. I just love your work!
Happy New Year!

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

Happy new year!!

BittersweetPunkin said...

Thanks for the chuckle!!! LOL

Happy New Year!!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog, I love yours too - from the name to funny sense of humor, etc!

Happy New Year!


Catherine said...

Very fun first visit to your blog..Oh my ~funny!
Have a Happy New Year!

NeereAnDear said...

So glad you came by to visit.. and join the giveaway... I went immediately to your website ... omgoodness what fun and whimsical items you have... I want one of everything!!



Chris said...

Hi Cathy!
Love you G & G pieces and have a very happy New Year!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Hi Cathy!

Thank you for stopping by my blog the other day. I LOVE yours and will add you to my list, that is if it is okie dokie with you. Love your header, too! Will have to check out the cuteness that you have for sale. This picture captured my eye and is adorable!

Love your stories here!!! LOL about the 18 pound cat ornament! I'd have been mortified!

Happy New Year and I'll be back!


Flea Market Queen said...

Happy New Year, here's to a fabulous 08!

Genevieve Olsen said...

Sorry about the ornaments but, it is an amusing story.Do they make stands that hold 18 pound cat ornaments???? We lost a few ornaments this year,our Lab Ben is way too agressive with the tail wagging!!! If it is a testament to his happiness, he is one happy dog !!hehe! Happy New Year!!!

Debbie Miller of Onion Patch said...

Love love this dolly!!!


Jennifer Paganelli said...

always wanted to try papermache but I'd need a class for sure...thanks for showing your pretties,Jennifer