Thursday, July 30, 2009

It's all about Pretty Purses & Pillows

Remember this Friday is another Shopping Organza at Make Mine, and of course we are joining in! Who want's to miss a huge shopping event full of 'Pretty Purses & Pillows'? Not Me! Here at Coeur d'Alene we will be selling all our Purses & Totes at 33% off. I have some photos to take of some new Pillows we just rec'd so I know I will be offering them at a great Price too! Stop by and take a look on Friday, 8~01~2009
Huggs, Nancy

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Congratulations to our Week~End Winners!!!!

I really want to Thank everyone this past week who participated in "My Favorite Things" Blog Fest as we celebrated "Christmas in July 2009" with
First, Let's Congratulate Anna from, Toronto, Canada! Anna was the winner of the Heartwood Creek By Jim Shore, Santa Figure.

Second, we have Lynn of, Illinois. Lynn won the Heartwood Creek by Jim Shore, Nativity Star Ornament!

Finally, the winner of the Heartwood Creek by Jim Shore, 'Naughty/Nice" Ornament is Lisa, from, Maryland!!

I used the Numerator Generator from to select our winners!

Once again Congratulations Ladies!!
Huggs, Nancy

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Silver White Winters.....

Hi Everyone,

With so Many Pictures to post of the the World's Largest Christmas Store, and my favorite. I have decided to make this Give~Away a two day event. With Pictures today and tomorrow!

So Let's have some FUN!!!

I want a Candy House Too!!

For Today's Give~Away, Please leave a comment. Sign up for our New Mailing List if you haven't already.(Upper right click on Logo Image) Today's Give~Away is The Naughty/Nice Ornament. From Heartwood Creek by Jim Shore.

Winner of Brown Paper Packages Tied up with String...

Congratulations Lynn of Tres Belle Boutique!! Lynn is the Winner of the Heartwood Creek By Jim Shore, 'Nativity Ornament!!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up with String........

Happy Friday, I thought we would do some Shopping today in Frankenmuth.

MarketPlace Bakery located in Zenders

I hope you really enjoyed all these treats! I know I sure did! Now for today's Give~Away. A Heartwood Creek Ornament by Jim Shore! This darling piece in all it's Bright colors in 'The Nativity'. Jim really knows how to capture his visions in all shapes and sizes. You have until midnight tonight to leave a comment here.
Remember to visit Kathy's Blog as well this week, We are her Guest with a very nice Heartwood Creek Give~away.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Winner of 7~20~2009 Blog Give ~ Away

Congratulations to Kathy Owen of 'Lil Bit Old, Lil Bit New' You are the winner of Yesterdays Blog Give~Away!!!

Enjoy Kath!!

Huggs, Nancy

Monday, July 20, 2009

Bright Copper Kettles.....

Welcome back, I am glad to see you! Today I thought I would share some of the business's within the first block of the town. First off are the 'Castle Shops', love the NutCracker Gaurds. I found one display in the Shops that is truly a tribute to, two of my colleagues. Gail of, Gail is the creator and designer of 'Sweet Dreams Bakery'. And Cindy of Cindy has an amazing line of Beautiful handmade ceramics.

And here is a little Photo spot for the children or young at heart!

Now Rau's Country Store is just that and more. Lots of Goodies from Yesteryear. Two floors here are filled with Laces, China, Window Pretties, Lamps Gifts Galore and of course tons of Old Fashion Candy. And the Sweetest young Ladies, to help out wth your purchases.

Tomorrow, we will go inside some of my favorite
stores and do some serious Shopping!!

Now for today's Give~Away, 7/21/2009

We have a very Unique Santa Treasure Ornament.
You will need to totally unwrap his tummy to
reveal 5 smaller treasures. Almost like a
Pinata without the bat! Next, a Angel Note book, Two Pink/White/Red Candy Canes tied with Pink Ruffle Ribbon, a Crown Cookie Cutter, and a small bag of Cranberry Orange Pot Pourri.

Again and all this week we have 2 Give ~ aways,
1. Just leave a comment here and sign up for my New Mailing List(Click on Logo, Upper right sidebar). Drawing will be made at midnight tonight.

2. I have given Kathy over at a Beautiful Holiday Santa from the Heartwood Creek Collection by Jim Shore. So hop over to visit Kathy and enter their as well(after 12Noon today). Kathy is an Interior Designer and has a great Blog.

Have a Great Day and I hope to see you all tomorrow for another piece of Frankenmuth, and another Give ~ Away!
Huggs, Nancy

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Warm Woolen Mittens.......My Favorite Christmas Town

Welcome, I hope you will join me this week at the Coeur d'Alene Blog during our Shop Hop at Here you will join me on a magical journey through my Favorite Christmas town, Frankenmuth, MI Also know to many as 'Little Bavaria'.
Please join me on this Carriage ride as we venture through the city this week. There will be a daily Give~away here, a Santa Sack full of treasures. At the end of the week, we will be invading the Largest Christmas store in the world, here in MI.

C'mon find a seat.

Frankenmuth is known for their World Famous Chicken Dinners. Served Family Style is their tradition. These mouth watering meals are well known to be served at 'Zenders' and the 'Bavarian Inn'. Both sit in the heart of the town right across the street from one another.

Both Restaurants and other establishments around the town offer an at home feeling right down to the costume dressed servers and employees. No where in Frankenmuth does any one skip out on detail.

A few other city views.

Well this has been just a little preview.

Now there are 2 Give ~ Aways you can participate in.

1. Sign up here(top right sidebar) for our New Mailing List and leave a comment below for this Give ~Away. Which includes a Ceramic Snowman Tea Light Holder, a Rhapsody votive in 'Christmas Morning', Crown Cookie Cutter, 2 Pink/White/Red Candy Cane Ornaments tied with Pink Ruffle Ribbon, Peppermint Tree Ornament and a small bag of Orange Cranberry Potpourri(Homemade).

2. I have given Kathy over at a Beautiful Holiday Santa from the Heartwood Creek Collection by Jim Shore. So hop over to visit Kathy and enter their as well(after 12Noon today). Kathy is an Interior Designer and has a great Blog.

Have a Great Day and I hope to see you all tomorrow for another piece of Frankenmuth, and another Give ~ Away!
Huggs, Nancy

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Have you Registered Yet?

We are getting ready for some "Christmas in July" Shop Hop FUN!! only here with the Members of Contest, Raffles, Neat Gifts, Give ~ Aways, will be here at Coeur d'Alene.
And we will also be a Guest with a Giveaway over at, Kathy is always doing great things for others on her blog. And when she's not, you can always find creative home decor finds and fun. Visit Kathy, her blog image is on my left sidebar!
Ok, so what are you waiting for Register Now!

Huggs, Nancy

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Raindrops on Roses and ......My Favorite Things!

Finally back in Mi for a few months, maybe longer but so happy to be settled again! One of my hobbies that I am very dedicated to is the art of Crochet. I start when I was I think about 9. I learned Knitting and Crocheting, but the Knitting Needles went real quick, it just took too long for me to complete a project!
I guess I knew way back then that time was money.
Finding quality materials, and a Yarn Shop with knowledgeable staff is almost hard to find except for the Owner, now they know their biz. Now their are exceptions to my previous statement. And one is right here in MI, downtown Detroit in fact. 27 Miles for me on the freeway no less. But I can always count on Nick to take me their, he knows I just love the place."City Knits" owned by Karen Kendrick-Hands. Has a beautiful shop, in Downtown Detroit and a wonderful knowledgeable staff! I started shopping here years ago at our first trip down to "City Fest". So when I go on this annual event, let's say I do some major stocking up! I don't think I have ever been an arm's length away from a staff member for assistance. Now how is that for Customer Service? And I have to say it is a very 'caring' Customer Service they offer! Karen keeps a very up to date stock, and the latest trends in the Fiber world can always be found here. This trip I made sure I purchased all of my yarns for one of Stampington's 2010 Publications, "All Things String". I plan on submitting 5 pieces for their premiere publication next May.
Arm's Length I say, Amy the store Mgr. is standing right behind in the picture to the left.
Well, as one of my favorite TV host would say "I've got to gittin" stitchin that is for moi!

Thanks for stopping by and have a super great week!! TTFN
Huggs, Nancy

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Shades of Red White & Blue 7~3~09

Join us at Coeur d'Alene this Friday for
Shopping with A Twist!!

at Make Mine Pink - Pink Friday. What a fun way to kick off the summer!


Please join us for shopping with a twist on Friday July 3, 2009 as we present "SHADES of RED -WHITE and BLUE."

Shades of red, white or blue remind me of 4th of July parties and fireworks and special times with family and friends. Vintage aprons, adorned with red roses against what was once a vivid blue, now slightly worn with time. Blue and white checked linens - once grandmother's finest, still carrying traces of the 4th of July picnics I had as a child. Pale blue Depression glass against the finest white tablecloth, topped with a white milk glass vase and filled with the summer flowers. On the wall, a white French farmhouse shelf displays white china hand painted with red and blue buds Adding a little color to your table, shades of red, white and blue can turn any meal into a celebration. Blue and white Italian place settings against a red tablecloth. An angel food cake atop a favorite white cake stand, topped with fresh summer blueberries and strawberries. Red sugar-coated candies in a white candy dish hand painted with blue forget-me-nots. Hanging nearby, white and blue checked kitchen towels decorated with shiny red apples Placed somewhere unexpected, red, white and blue can create a burst of color in any corner. Red roses on canvas and hung on a freshly painted blue wall. A piece of broken china jewelry - tiny blue and red roses against pure white china. A white lace sun catcher, with a red and blue design, hanging in the window. In the guest bathroom, a blue tissue box holder painted with white and red flowers. Tucked into a corner of your purse, a blue hanky trimmed with red and embroidered with white daisies. And dangling from your wrist, a bracelet made of cinnabar, turquoise beads and bone.

For a special touch of whimsy, plug in 4th of July light bulbs in red, white and blue. Use a white table runner with appliqu├ęd blue rabbits and red rose buds. Display faux strawberries dipped in white chocolate placed in a blue cake box that looks pretty enough to eat. You can wear a soldered charm of red breasted robins against an azure sky, sprinkled with white German glass glitter or write on the white pages of a notebook decorated with red roses and blue ribbons. With shades of red, white and blue surrounding us, celebrations of life can happen any day.

Photo Contribution 1:The Sassy Beach Photo Contribution 2: Grandma G's Photo Contribution 3: Candy Lights

Enchanted MakeOvers, Vista Maria Cooking Event

Volunteering, Donations, Charity's

There are so many to choose from, so many worthy causes! Just by pure nature and a gut feeling is how I choose mine. Joyce Lucas, founder of Make Mine presented all of us members last January with a charity she wanted us to be involved in. Enchanted, later to discover it was located here in SE MI. I jumped in with both feet. Later, Joyce asked me if I would be interested in being the Liaison between MMP and Enchanted Makeovers. Yep, I jumped in with both feet! I am absolutely loving every minute of my time spent working on things for this wonderful charity. Without much further ado, please enjoy this video from last Thursdays 6~25~09, Cooking Event. Jill Jack, the organizations Musician wrote this beautiful song. Warning: you may want to have a tissue in hand!

With Love to all of You!