Ten Days Until Christmas


It’s time to get those packages delivered!

Hope your shopping is done and the gifts are on their way…

Perhaps you’ll even have time for a little exercise…?

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and if you haven’t finished shopping, check out:  Stocking Stuffers for Quilters

Christmas at Rose Mille

Vintage Christmas Village Decorations

I recently discovered Rose Mille, a ShabbyChic/Vintage shop in downtown Stillwater, Minnesota (with a larger store just blocks away).  This pretty store is filled to overflowing with vintage craft and millinery supplies and sooo much more.  Now that I have discovered it, I am sure to find excuses to visit often…Right now, the store is all decked out for Christmas…

 Christmas Village Decorations

Rose Mille is known for their glass glitter, and they even have a Glitter Bar (more on that next time.)


They offer a monthly cachette-a hat box filled with seasonal supplies for your own creative inspirations…  (see the goodies in the December cachette here)



I couldn’t resist a few yards of these vintage Santa towels:


and I thought these glitter houses were particularly charming:



Real vintage bottle brushes…


and while this tree is lovely, it allows a sneak peek at the ribbon wall behind it!


Rose Mille is the kind of place that makes one smile on a cold and snowy winter day…


I promise, I’ll be back in January…with more photos…

If you can’t make it to Rose Mille in Stillwater, they are available online as well…www.rosemille.com

Five Best Christmas Movies of All-Time (In my humble opinion)


My husband and I have a long-standing Christmas tradition that we have enjoyed as long as we have been Santa.

Christmas Movies-Oldies but Goodies

On the Sunday nights between Thanksgiving and Christmas, after having tucked the wee ones in bed… we pour a little holiday cheer…turn on an old Christmas movie… and wrap the presents we have accumulated during the week.

Christmas Movies-Oldies but Goodies

We always begin with my favorite Christmas movie…..We’re No Angels.

We're No Angels

Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov and Aldo Ray are escaped convicts from Devil’s Island who end up helping the family they come to rob.  Hilarious.  Very witty–and the body language is as funny as the dialog.

Christmas Movies-Oldies but Goodies

We also love:  The Bishop’s Wife—The old one with Cary Grant.  Cary Grant plays an angel sent to help a bishop and his wife, but things get complicated when Grant falls in love with the Bishop’s wife…

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#3 on the list:  Christmas in Connecticut with Barbara Stanwyck and Sydney Greenstreet.  Another very funny movie with a great script.  Uncle Felix has the funniest lines…

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Christmas Movies-Oldies but Goodies

#4…The Shop Around the Corner with Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan.  This is the movie on which You’ve Got Mail was based.  Rather sweet…

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#5…A Christmas Carol.  There are dozens of versions of this great classic, but our favorite is the one with George C. Scott as Mr. Scrooge.

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Christmas Movies-Oldies but Goodies

Did you notice that I didn’t mention It’s a Wonderful Life…It is not on my top five list…I may be the only person on the world-wide web to say this… but I hate this cloying movie–when Jimmy Stewart screams “Maaarrrryyy…I’ll say no more…

What are your favorites?  I’d love to hear…