I’m Back

Hi everyone!

You know that saying “Shop ‘til you drop”? Well, I quite, literally did! We shopped our hearts out all weekend. Saturday, after a major all day shop-a-thon, I barely made it back to our room. I have issues with my knee and have to have knee surgery this next year. I have been putting it off but, after this weekend, I will be making it a priority come the new year.

But, even with the whole knee thing, we had a blast this weekend! It is always fun to just get together with girls. We caught up with what has been happening in each other’s lives and had the chance to just be silly. One night we were up until 3:00am wrapping all our gifts. We started doing that a couple of years ago and it is so much easier to just wrap them while gabbing at the hotel. We just put the name tags on and add bows and ribbons later.

My dad has always given me money when we go for our girl’s shopping trip. To him, I am and always will be his little girl. He doesn’t care what I use the money on as long as it makes me happy. Well, this year I decided to splurge on some new clothes for me. Yup, I bought brand spankin’ new clothes. Whoa Diann! I went to JC Penney and bought 3 long sweaters, 2 shirts, 1 pair of pants and 1 pair of pj’s. After all the sales prices and coupons kicked in I paid a total of $89.46! Not bad!

Besides seeing tons of gorgeous Christmas decorations that I would love to have, I also saw a Christmas decoration trend toward a homemade look in ornaments. I took a couple of pictures of what I am talking about.

Christmas decor 2011 048Christmas decor 2011 051Pompom Christmas trees and ornaments.

  Christmas decor 2011 049 Christmas decor 2011 050 Yarn and button snowmen.

Christmas decor 2011 052And lots off different “sweater” ornaments.

Have you noticed this trend?  I am keeping these ideas in the back of my head for next year. That way I can watch for thrifted sweaters or craft items at yard sales and thrift stores. And of course, when I see these types of things, my brain starts coming up with several other spinoff ideas. When that happens, I need to immediately write them down and keep them in a folder. I use the computer and have several different “idea folders” (Christmas ideas, Halloween ideas, 4th of July ideas and so on). It’s the only way I can remember them. LOL


  1. That sure does sound like fun. I know about the knee issuse for sure. Hubs and I went shopping on Sat and I was so wore out.
    It is always fun to get out however.

  2. Get that knee taken care of dear! We can't have that interfering with your shopping fun!
    I have noticed the sweater trend! I actually have a dollar tree vase and an old sweater ready to make a sweater vase with. I picked up some skeins of yarn at an estate sale and will be trying my hand at yarn ornies for next year.
    Rest up and have a great week!

  3. I am so glad you had a good time and bought yourself some new clothes! Good for you! It's so easy to always give to others, especially our children but we do need to treat ourselves once in awhile. I have also noticed a trend to the homespun/homemade look. I've got some ideas for next year...maybe I need an idea folder like you have. hugs, Linda

  4. I have bad knees and need 'em both replaced, so I can imagine your problem. I feel for you. I'm glad it didn't distract from your SHOPPING expedition, though. Wrapping in the hotel is a novel idea. Sounds like you got some good bargins with your Dad's mad money. I noticed the sweater trend in ornaments last year too. Not my thing. But I LOVE those little snowmen made of yarn. Too cute.

  5. So Happy to hear you gave to yourself...This girl LOVES shopping..JCP...clearance with added discounts...:) JCP, clearance is where I bought my outfit & shoes for the Company Christmas Party..the outfit & shoes was a great purchase that will get many uses....!!!!
    ~~Peace & Love & Healing & Blessings~~

  6. Oh How exciting that you bought lots of new clothes, Diann. I can tell you have a loving father.....Christine

  7. Glad you had a nice trip! Sounds fun. Your dad is so sweet. Did you stop at Cracker Barrel again this year? lol My hubby and I were actually planning on going shopping today and I told him a trip to Cracker Barrel would be perfect way to start the day.
    Merry Christmas!

  8. Hi lovely lady.
    So happy you had fun on your trip shopping!!! I love mad money also just can not find it. I hope you have your Knee taken care of sweet lady.
    I would like to thank you so much for you lovely comments on my new Christmas Blue Tablescape.
    Hope you and your family have a wonderful week.
    XXOO Diane


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