Monday, November 30, 2015

Christmas Shopping Wonderland Part 3

Down by the seashore...this time every year,
Opdyke Furniture Store transforms itself into a 
Christmas wonderland of shopping.

If you missed part 1 or 2 of this shopping extravaganza, 
you can view them here and here.

This side of the shop has primarily hand crafted items for sale,
many of the displays have a beach theme,
honoring our love for all things Jersey Shore.

Welcome to 
Best Darn Foods
This area of the store sells dried dip mixes, soup mixes, 
dessert mixes and olive oils.
Their website can be viewed here
I always stock up on these products, 
these are the dip mixes I use year round.

The hubs spends most of his time here..."sampling"
even though he has tasted every dip and soup mix a thousand times,
he pretends like he has never tasted them before.
I think the girl hosting this area is on to him, 
* wink *

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Christmas Shopping Wonderland!!

Down by the seashore...this time every year,
Opdyke Furniture Store transforms itself into a 
Christmas wonderland of shopping.

If you missed part 1 of this shopping extravaganza, 
you can view it here.
They do an amazing job and everything you see, is for sale.
Half of the shop is more like a "store",
the other side is mostly hand crafted items.
I'll share the pretty store side today!!

WoW, what a place, right??!!
Tomorrow, I'll show you the crafty side of the store.

November 21, 2015

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Saturday Critters ~ 102 ~

Today's critter is my Thanksgiving Turkey...

Fresh vegetables shaped into a turkey.
 Made with a lot of time, patience and love. 
Unlike the fried turkey, no one wanted to eat it.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Six Words Friday ~ Thank ~

So Thankful for these sweet faces!!

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Good Fences ~ Edition 88 ~

Down by the seashore...this time every year,
there is a furniture store that transforms itself into a 
Christmas wonderland of shopping.

This is a "Where's Waldo" of sorts...
I found 7 fences but there might be more.
See how many you can find.
More on this shopping experience on Sunday!!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Donnie's Hat

Last Wednesday as promised, I started my next up
 Christmas present,

  a Donnie's Hat.

Easy peasy, I thought it would be done for today's yarn along,
I am close but no cigar or hat should I say.

I am ready to go onto double pointed needles and I cannot
remember how.
I have knitted about 40 hats,
 no kidding, really...but it's been a while soooo youtube it is.
I'm sure it will come right back to me.

I want to share an image of last week's finished project, my

 400 Yard Scarf

After washing and blocking, all the curling came out
and it looks better than ever.
And it's all ready for wrapping for the special recipient.

I am joining Ginny at Small Things 
Yarn Along

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Setting Sun

The sunsets in New Jersey have been nothing short of amazing.
On Saturday we decided to go to my favorite spot on the Metedeconk River
to capture it's beauty.
I was sure it was going to be spectacular.
I texted my "sunset" friend Andee...
"sunset, heading to my favorite spot".
She was dropping her son at a birthday party
and said she would be sure to bring her camera.

  It was pretty...but not what I was expecting...

even with all those clouds,
no real color, and I was a little disappointed.

The next day, it was cloudy and around 3 o'clock, it started to rain.
Around 4, it stopped and the sky was full of departing clouds.
We were driving home from an early dinner out,
I wanted to go to the river, 
but it was too early and I did not want to ask the hubs to
go and just sit there for 45 minutes.

 We went home and at exactly 4:45...the sky looked like this!!
I texted Andee, "it gorgeous, right now"!!

 I can not put into words how amazing and colorful this sky was,

 the camera did not really capture it, it was breathtaking!!

November 22 and 23, 2015

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Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose

Monday, November 23, 2015

Havens Homestead Museum

This museum is less than one mile from home, we pass it everyday,
and I have never visited.
Every time we drive by I tell the hubs that one day I would like to stop,
and photograph it.
He always says the same thing,
"do you want to do it now, do you want me to turn around??"
I always say "next time".

We stopped on Friday, it was a gorgeous day,
the sky was blue and the temperatures were near 60 degrees.

It wasn't open but the images I wanted did not require that.

Restored 1827 homestead of farmer and fish peddler 
Josiah Curtis Havens,
the museum is maintained by the historical society in my home town.
The property contains many historic items from our area.