Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Thrifty Christmas Things and Aruba???

WOW...a week until Christmas!
This month is flying by! 
Last week I stopped at a yard sale and found all these goodies.  I think many of them will be used for crafting and they were cheap!
2 glitter bells, 2 birdhouses, 2 sleighs, a vintage Santa and a Bubble light replacement bulb!
All for $1.00
Then I went to my favorite thrift shop and found these vintage ornaments
Cool little plastic whirly ornaments...I've never seen any like them, but they just say 60's? 
What do you think?
The bag of these was also $1
I was also lucky enough to meet my Atlanta blogging friends for a fun lunch!  
I haven't seen these ladies in a year and that is way too long!
We ate at Maggiano's Little Italy Restaurant
I had chicken Piccata and it was delicious!

Now what's this about Aruba??
My amazing daughter Ashleigh contacted me after Thanksgiving and asked if I'd like to go with her on a little vacation before Christmas...
Without even knowing where I said YES!
Then she said...ARUBA!
I must admit I didn't know exactly where Aruba was but I knew it was an island and had beaches
It is in the Caribbean Sea and right off the coast of Venezuela
Ashleigh has us staying at a hotel right on the beach.  FIVE full days!  I am so happy.
She said after the year I've had she knew I could use a vacation and she always tries to be somewhere sunny and warm before Christmas!
I am sure I will feel this way soon!

Charlie will be taken care of by his favorite cat sitter my good friend Donna!
  As you can see he isn't real concerned....right now that is.  He does hate when I'm gone but I told him this would make me a much better kitty mama.
Rest, relax, read and oh yes an exotic drink or two won't hurt.  Time with my oldest girl child is a bonus.  We will be back for Christmas of course!

I might blog or I might not...who knows.
I will take photos I'm sure! 




See you soon!

50 comments:

Barbara F. said...

Have a fabulous time, Linda. Well deserved R&R. Aruba is very beautiful, sort of like a desert feel, but beautiful. Nice gentle trade winds all the time. I stayed at LaCabana for two weeks in 2003. Enjoy!

Kathe said...

Enjoy your time in sun! Take a cue from Charlie. Sleep whenever the mood strikes lol! Merry Christmas dear friend!!

Deb said...

Have a fun time with your daughter, Linda. What a lovely Christmas gift. Charlie will just have to count the days 'til you are home. Tell your sitter since it is the Christmas season he'll have to have a little extra cuddles. Enjoy! Deb

Chatty Crone said...

You are so blessed with those two girls - have fun - and think of us all here in the cold!

carol fun said...

Oh my goodness - I haven't seen any of those twirly ornaments in forever!! Yes they do date back to the late 50's/early 60's - you placed them above a light bulb and heat from the bulb made then spin -- great memories! Have a wonderful time on your trip!

Nancy V said...

I love those plastic whirly ornaments. My grandma always had them on her tree. Back when Christmas lights gave off heat - she'd hang these ornaments over a bulb, and the heat off the light would cause the fan in the ornament to spin.

Shelia said...

Hi Linda! Oh, I'm so happy for you and you'll love Aruba. We've been on cruises. You have the sweetest daughter to take such good care of her mama! :) Now I do love your little Christmasy things you've found. Just have fun and don't worry about blogging - you can show us pix when you get back! Have a ball!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Jane, Naples, Florida said...

Love your bargains! So much fun! Have a wonderful sunny trip! Five days on the beach is simply the best!

Jane
Flora Dooa

Jane, Naples, Florida said...

Love your bargains! So much fun! Have a wonderful sunny trip! Five days on the beach is simply the best!

Jane
Flora Dooa

Vicky Hunt said...

Awesome...Aruba! You deserve a wonderful trip like that! Enjoy the time in Aruba and visiting with your daughter. I can't wait to see pictures.

Hugs, Vicky

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Linda,
Wow! Aruba, oh you will enjoy each and every moment with your dear daughter.
Looks as though all is well on the home front so no need to worry.
Great finds too!
Jemma

Susan Newbigging said...

Linda, you will have an awesome time in Aruba. We just got back from Jamaica.

Donna said...

Wow, your trip sounds amazing, Linda! How thoughtful of your daughter to ask you along, have a great time! And have a pina colada (or two!) for me, ok?!

Carol Z said...

Have a wonderful time. I enjoyed Aruba a lot.

Art and Sand said...

Have a wonderful time in Aruba.

Shara said...

Here is a set of four of your spinning ornaments for $100.00! They are very desirable and hard to find. Excellent for you!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-CHRISTMAS-ATOMIC-SPINNING-TWIRLING-ORNAMENTS-PLASTIC-1950S-SET-OF-4-/331367272734?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4d2707511e

My parents went to Aruba a few times. It is Very, very windy there. But they loved it! You will have a ton of fun! It is called "One Happy Island!"

Lynn said...

What a fun thing to do with your daughter! I'm sure you are going to love it - the sun, the food and being away! Happy, happy holiday!

Lynn said...

As someone that collects those spinner ornaments, you got the deal of a lifetime Linda! Enjoy your vaca and have one of those drinks with a little umbrella in it for me:@)

Jane and Chris said...

Have a pretty drinky for this apron sister...and enjoy!
Jane x

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Fabulous Linda! Enjoy the warmth and beauty of Aruba, and your special time with your daughter.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a fabulous trip! I know you are excited! HAVE FUN! Soak up some sun and relax! I see 'me' on the map, Sis! lol Holiday hugs, Diane

Claudia said...

Have the best time, my friend!! You serve it!

Claudia said...

Whoops! That should be 'deserve'!

Curtains in My Tree said...


Aruba
I'm sure it will be warm and wonderful.
I hope your kitty doesn't miss you too much, my cat really missed me on my last trip . Have fun get a tan !

However you know what came to my mind when you said Aruba? Natalie Holloway

the cape on the corner said...

oh my gosh, is he not the cutest thing all cozied under there. enjoy aruba! i already gave you all my tips, lol. have a balashi for me, and maybe some bitterballen...mmmm!
b

EM said...

Charlie looks so comfy under that tree! Yes, you do deserve a little R&R! Enjoy yourself. Have fun with your daughter. Just promise me that you'll wear lots of sunscreen and a big floppy hat when you're out. Don't end up like me!

Rebecca said...

Aruba sounds WONderful! I know you'll have a good time. Merry Christmas.

Diana Petrillo said...

Sounds wonderful,Linda--enjoy!!

Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel said...

Charlie is so sweet sleeping under the tree. Have a wonderful time in Aruba. Happy Christmas to you!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a wonderful surprise! I'm so happy that you'll be able to get away for a few days and enjoy your special time with Ashleigh. Enjoy your vacation my friend!!

Annesphamily said...

Hi Linda, would your daughter like a second mother? LOL! She is a great daughter! Such fun! Enjoy! I worked with a doctor who said Aruba had the bluest water he had ever seen! Hugs, Anne

Vonlipi said...

That is so wonderful! Enjoy yourself, relax

Have a great vacation!

Hugs Valerie xxx

Cozy Little House said...

You lucky ducky girl you! I wish I had a daughter like that.
Brenda

Feral Turtle said...

I am so excited for you Linda!! What a wonderful way to spend Christmas! Have a fantastic trip! Merry Christmas!

Mereknits said...

Hooray for you!!!! Aruba sounds like the perfect place to be. I hope you have a fantastic time.
Hugs,
Meredith

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

You have such a wonderful daughter and you deserve to be pampered. Can't wait to move to Atlanta so we can get together. xo Laura

svelteSTUFF said...

LOVE ARUBA!!!
...and those Whirly Gig Ornies!!!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS LINDA!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

What a fun surprise!!! I'm sure Charlie won't mind as long as you're back for Christmas with him! Have a great vacation in Aruba!!!

Susan said...

Hi Linda. WOWSERS! What a surprise. Aruba, huh? Have a BLAST. (I know you will.) Susan

My thrift store addiction said...

Linda, I love your thrifty finds & Aruba?! Wow--how fun! Merry Christmas! Cecilia

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Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

Linda, I hope you know that those ornaments are really valuable! They can go for $25.00 each or more! What a great find!
I hope you're having a fabulous time in Aruba with your girl!
And thank you so much for joining my swap! You and Deb did such a great job!
Happy Holidays-
Erica :)

Hartwood Roses said...

Have a wonderful time on your trip, Linda!!

Donna Wilkes said...

Blog when you return - enjoy the sand and sun and daughter. Charlie looks quite content under the tree. Great vintage finds.

mrs. c said...

Have a terrific time and sip one of the lovely drinks for me! Have a wonderful Christmas, dear friend!

Consider It All Joy said...

Oh Linda, what an incredible gift!!! I am sure you will have a fabulous time with your daughter! So happy for you!! I can't wait to see your photos when you return! Happy Christmas to you :)

Sarah said...

Linda, have a grand time! I wonder if the little whirly ornaments are meant to hang above the Christmas lights that were used in the 50s and 60s. You know the kind that put off lots of heat! ;-) The heat might cause the blades to whirl around.

Love the photo of Charlie under the tree. Makes me smile!
Merry Christmas, my friend! ~ Sarah

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Wow! Aruba should be a lot of fun! Have a great trip! Merry Christmas!

Julie Corbisiero said...

I hope you are having fun on vacation in Aruba! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Hugs, Julie @ Julie's Lifestyle

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