Tuesday, December 8, 2009

DO OPEN Before Christmas!

After yesterday's tacky post, I felt like I owed y'all something. While typing, I must have been channeling Cher and her Tasteless Tuesdays which btw...I was thrilled to see one posted just yesterday! So with my apology in place, I thought I would try to make it up to y'all by giving you a "leg up" on some wonderful places to go visit! Kinda an early Christmas present from me to you! There are two places I encourage you to visit as soon as you have a moment during the hustle and bustle of the season. Debra has created the most wonderful refuge for women to gather, talk, and learn. She is providing a forum at A Day In The Life to exchange ideas and talk about faith. She selects verses to study and encourages open discussion with no one turned away. It's an opportunity to grow as a Christian and express oneself without worrying about saying or doing the wrong thing. Call it a retreat without having to pack a bag. I know you'll be drawn in by the discussions and in doing so, will come away energized.

The second place I'd like for you to make time to visit reaffirms the power of prayer and faith. Please visit The Red Shed Antiques and watch the video of Michele when she was interviewed on Good Morning Texas. Talk about stepping out of the boat...this is powerful stuff. You can also read the newspaper article wrote about her by the Dallas Morning News. If you are thinking about trying something totally out of your comfort zone and are vacillating about whether you can do it or not...read and watch. Michele is an inspiration to all women and not just cancer survivors. Now if you're in the mood for a hoot and a holler, have I got just the single wide for you. Hop on over to Red.Neck Chic and read her latest post on fire safety. She gives all the 411 on fire prevention during the holidays in her own unique red neck style. Armed only with a roll of duct tape in one hand, a fire extinguisher in the other and her tongue firmly in her cheek, she tells you how to have a safe Christmas with a twist. There is some really sound advice mixed in with a lot of humor. Sure wish I had read it before I set a guest's sleeve afire at a Christmas open house we held a couple of years back! FYI...Christmas sweaters...highly flammable around lit guests and candles...just so you know!

Now if this isn't enough to make up for my ticky-tacky post...then I guess I'll just have to sweeten the pot a little with a preview of some of the presents I'll have on hand for the 100,000 Visitor party that is coming soon. (I just checked the visitors scoreboard and we are sliding in to 99,000!) It's getting close y'all and I am hard at work coming up with party ideas. In the meantime, here's a peek at some of what I'll be giving away!

First up will be a set of four Gorham Christmas Jewels martini glasses! New and in the box...no regifting these from last year! Y'all know how much I love a dirty martini and I'll even include my recipe...how you shake it...well, that's up to you!

If vodka isn't your poison, think how great these would be to serve ambrosia in. Don't they just scream "hostess with the mostest"? I do believe even figgy pudding would look beautiful served up in these! Now I know what you're thinking, but not to worry! For those of you who prefer your beverages a little tamer...I haven't forgotten about you. What do you have behind Door #2, Debbie? Well, I'm glad you asked! How's about this Bonjour PINK hot chocolate maker and mug set? I KNOW!!! How stinkin' cute is this and did I mention it's PINK?!?! Perfect for those cold nights in front of the fire and from what I've seen on the weather reports, this is gonna be needed right away. Hurry up y'all....let's get to 100,000 so I can send this out PDQ!

I really need to pause here and say a special thank you to the folks at Cookware.com which is part of CSN Stores for arranging these gifts for y'all. Thank you for the help in making my friends happy little elves and elfettes! And for all you wannabe Emerils and Paulas out there...be sure and check out their websites. CSN Stores and Cookware.com carry a huge array of everything you'll need to prepare the perfect holiday meal with their great selection of food processors, stock pots AND cookware sets. Venture over and see for yourself what fun cooking can be...when you have the right tools! That reminds me, I have a whole lot of cooking to do myself!
OK, I think that's all the excitement you or I can stand for one night. I told you the gifts were gonna be doozies and you wouldn't want to regift any of them...would I lie to y'all? Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got party favors to prepare, invitations to mail and a million other things to get ready for the soiree!

19 comments:

FILIGREE MOON said...

Well, it looks as though "tacky" has left the building. Let the party begin! Great gifties and information here, thank you! ~ Angela

donna baker said...

What was so tacky? I need to read it again.

Tootsie said...

you did good girlie...tacky is gone...not that I even saw any tacky to begin with!

sassytrash said...

Thanks for the "leg up" to those cool site posts!!

Lee said...

Soiree here I come.
I liked the last post too. No need to apologize. Now this post made me laugh before I even got here with that lamp picture!
You have a fine day!
Lee

LuLu Kellogg said...

I love that lamp!

I didn't have any problem with the paint adhering to the chair that was painted. It worked beautifully. It does take a bit longer to dry (about a week). This chair was refurbished to go in an area in our home that we don't use so I doubt anyone will be sitting in it. It was fun to do and saved me from buying a chair :)

Happy Holidays!
LuLu~*

red.neck chic said...

Oh! Thank You!!! I promise, I won't catch you on fire!!! LOLOL I'm sew excited about your soiree! And tacky? No way, no how! You made me feel so much better wrapping up this ugly UH UHMMMMM...INTERESTING vase I got last year - now I just have to decide where it's going... bwoo hahahaha!

Now, confession. (Please...dontcha' tell a single sole...) I have a 4' version of that lamp...in my living room...

ssssssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

you MIGHT be a redneck...

;-) Robelyn

Rebecca said...

Hey Deb
Thanks for all the good stuff! I have really enjoyed Debra's Bible study also. It is a wonderful place to share and grow...
Love the martini glasses and I am with you on the dirty vodka gimlet...love em!
Hope you have a great week!
Blessings
Rebecca

David said...

Never got the hang of drinking from a martini glass, but loves me some Tito's! (As you know from Warrenton!)

thedomesticfringe said...

Nice party favors!

-FringeGirl

Faded Charm said...

I love the leg lamp. It reminded me of the movie "A Christmas Story" which is one of my favorites and I loved the lamp part in the movie along with "you'll shoot your eye out". Whenever one of my kids wants something a little too dangerous for me I use that line.

Hope you're enjoying the holiday season.

Take care,

Kathleen

Ruby Grace's said...

Love the leg lamp. One of my favorite movies is Christmas Story. This was his "Major Prize". And it must be italian, the box says "Fragile". Great movie.
Denis

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

I'm thinking that would fancy-fy my Pennsylvania Dutch egg nog. Uh huh. Pretty drinking! ~Mindy

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Hey Debbie, thanks for the shout out! Everyone can come over and bring their sleeping bags, sounds like tons of fun. But if you bring the martini glasses, we could ALL be in trouble! LOL! Guess I'll stick with the pink hot chocolate maker, Vodka and beta blockers don't mix well!
I about fell in the floor with laughter over RNC's fire post. She's such a scream. I also went over to Red Shed and watched the video. Really awesome. Love all their goodies, and would love me a trip to France!
Big Hugs,
Debra

Cassie said...

Oh Lord! I hope that leg lamp isn't from your "tart in the tub?!"

Six divided by two..... said...

I am diggin' the lamp. I am trying to find a real one to give to the sis.. to make her smile. The martini glasses are hot!! But I have my eye on the hot chocolate maker. If you add enough Irish cream to your cocoa you won't care of you didn't get the glasses. lol. Early Congrats !! 100,000 visitors!!! That rocks!!!

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

You are now the parent to a snowy lil penguin!

Barbara said...

Wow, Thanks for the wonderful places to visit, I have written them down and will go the first chance I get.

Something and I mean nothing could be "tackier"
than Cher's post...don't worry.
Hope to get to your shop soon.

Barbara

The Apiary said...

Love the electric sex......