Tuesday, January 2, 2018

My Hopes for a New Year

I started this blog as "Something Old, New, Green, Redo." I wanted to share life experiences, the arts, my meagre talents, my humor,  and exhibit the treasure trove of vintage goodies I have inherited and those fun things I find.

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But, like all the fabulous ideas in my life-- I have managed to only become Old and I think in complete need of a Redo!


Blog or not to blog, that is the question.

Do you ever feel like that, overwhelmed and definitely in need of a redo? How about being an unfocused mess---that's what my blog seems to me. Like falling down the rabbit hole.....ever deeper.
However, that is me...an unfocused sometimes messy person.

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Blogland 


What has changed in three years---well, the actual Blog World mostly, not me--for sure.

The vibe is different now. Not as personal, but calculated. Posts are more and more generic, aimed at the largest audience. Buzz themes are for the moment---geared toward advertising. I don't even have to look at my blog reading list to know decluttering, closets and storage are the unwritten themes for this month. Blog sponsors and sponsored posts will be from those categories.

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Not here---Everything is old or scrounged for my coffee cabinet. No promotional possibilities here...lol.


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Organized drawers from our kitchen remodel...they don't look like this now, lol.
I still love my dividers---possible promotion there.


You've got Mail!

I have watched my primary and social g-mails lists go from full everyday to insignificant, while the promotional section has swelled past 100's each day as everyone jumped on the advertising promotional bandwagon. I can't tell you of how many blogs I have dropped/or blocked emails from, this last year.

from my email-page
I checked my mail last night about 8pm, but---Primary this morning was 21, Social 30, Promotions 92.

So what about the content? Primary mail includes my Etsy shop and paypal--which was 10 of those 21. Seven of the remaining 11 were my own comments to others. Social---is filled with notifications and newsletters, not much better if they are also in Promotions. And hidden in Promotions were some of my favorite blogs, operative word--were my favorites.

How to lose your readers.

How do you lose my interest?---Inundate me with blog posts of how great this ugly (promoted-free) plant looks in my home, regardless if it is to scale, or even close to what a real plant might look like in my locale.

Example, cactus in a traditional home in New England, or a Norfolk Pine in the desert.

How about a post (several) of a hideous orange rug (from a sponsor)---placed in a new room in a new home---that just doesn't work---but is promoted with smiles by the blogger and kudos from the reading masses.

That post brought to mind the Hans Christan Andersen fairytale of "The Emperor's New Clothes."  The King was convinced he looked fabulous by adoring courtiers as he paraded in his 'all together-', until an honest child broke the spell, laughed-pointed, "The King is in his all-together!"

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The unwritten RULES.

I do know the rules,---never say anything negative---just say nothing at all.

Despite the orange rug promoter having one of the most popular link parties in blogland, I dropped the blogger from my list and said nothing at all until now. Dozens of you are cringing remembering that post and the sell-out! Miraculously the rug disappeared once the bloggers contract with the company was completed only to be replaced I'm sure by something else. I hope the rug was donated to a charity, so something positive could come from it.


"To thine own self be true."

Three years ago, a blogger blogged maybe three times a week. Now popular blogs-post everyday sometimes more---with some sort of BLOG-MASTERBOT, linking/themselves with infinite podcasts, U-tubes, newsletters, updates, pinterest, twitter, blog-loving....and lots of other ways of screaming READ ME, I don't subscribe to.

I thought blogging was to enhance a life-style, not become one? I don't begrudge someone wanting to make a dime, but there must be better ways and still keep your 'soul'.

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Only a few bloggers---really SHARE---their actual selves or skills on their blog. I gravitate toward those blogs and hope my readers are doing the same.

My own blog posts now have fewer comments and are far between, why? Are my posts---really unread, or irrelevant? Or have I just NOT jumped on the promotional bandwagon to produce those desirable  numbers to venture into Ad-arama blog-land. I have long been eligible.  Since I'm not planning on doing any sponsored posts or be owned by any major company---should I continue?

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Unnamed Mulch at the bottom of the stairs---? Ad opportunity?




Do I try harder, or fall to the wayside, like dozens of my favorite bloggers? My hopes for 2018....

WE shall see.


Hmmmmm...perhaps like-minded bloggers could promote PROMOTIONAL FREE BLOGGER  on their site with a logo or something? Maybe we need to start a movement!

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Wouldn't that just be the cake and the frosting for 2018, lol, having to PROMOTE---promotional free blogging.

The below has always been on my blog, perhaps I need to post it at the top? It was a conscious decision, a thoughtful intent. 


All the opinions and photographs in this blog are my own, I have not been paid or reimbursed in anyway for my opinions, posts or any products shown or anywhere I shop.

Thanks always for visiting. 
I will try and respond to every comment and answer every question.

All the opinions and photographs in this blog are my own, I have not been paid or reimbursed in anyway for my opinions, posts or any products shown or anywhere I shop.
 Please do not use photos without linking back to this blog without my permission. 

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Traditional Danish Christmas Luncheon

GLAEDELIG JUL!

MERRY CHRISTMAS, this year, I had a taste for our OLD traditions.
Since my parents have past, we have not had a Christmas Day Brunch. Here we normally celebrate 
a traditional Christmas Eve and everyone has Christmas Day in their own homes.



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The Danes celebrate both days. 
The Smorgasbord style meal is a mixture of hearty foods. 

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The cold plate is sausage, Leverposte (Liver pate baked) with red onions, Rollepolse (traditionally lamb or pork rolled with pepper and spices) these are served with hearty rye, pumpernickel and egg breads.


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A crab-shrimp salad with chopped celery and onions served with lettuce.

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Cheeses, Jarlsberg wedge(nutty creamy cheese-Danish), Danish Blue cheese, American sharp cheddar, and mozzarella.

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Pickles are served in a variety of styles, the pickled asparagus was served with ham wedges.



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Herrings, and hot garden mix. Pickled gherkins, beets, dill pickles and American corn relish, a favorite here.

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Danish Sausage (Medestepolse-is a mild pork sausage with a delicious mix of spices, this is served hot or cold-boiled.

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Hot Parlsey buttered red potatoes, American mix veggies, and creamed cabbage which is sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. 

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The table is waiting for the guests. My husband was Santa Claus and very hungry, 




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Lots of coffee and cocoa!

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Normally this luncheon would be served with spilling glasses of beer and shots of a wicked 
liquor of Akvavit in shots, But, everyone travels so far, that drinking and driving is not a 
great idea. Instead we have coffee, cocoa, fruit juices and water with lemon. 

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After cookies and cake, we have presents---Lots of presents.
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas full of memories and family. 

Thanks always for visiting. 
I will try and respond to every comment and answer every question.

All the opinions and photographs in this blog are my own, I have not been paid or reimbursed in anyway for my opinions, posts or any products shown or anywhere I shop.
 Please do not use photos without linking back to this blog without my permission. 
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Christmas Nostalgia and Whimsy

I've been slacking on posting this year. I've been slow at everything, and decorating has been a month long...snail's pace process. The buffet is always a centerpiece for our home.

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When you have Grandchildren you decorate for them. Usually this buffet has the entire village up, but this year, I went with a snow and our favorite things theme.




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Unpolished family and thrift store silver softly reflects the lights. The white weasels are Royal Copenhagen from my family's collection. 

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A dapper mouse ski's on the snow, while Santa floats in a boat.



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A sugarplum fairy, vintage trees, a plastic scene, an old chalkware Santa, and mice all occupy my buffet forest.

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Two polar bears nestle under a dome, while birds, shelter below.

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The Nisse elf (representing Scandinavia), is one of an old series of Santa's around the world, issued by Carson Pirie Scott in the 1990s. I have several. I have two Rudy's, one from my husbands grandparents, and one from mine.

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We can pretend it is Rudolph and clarice.  The Ty baby, is the Grand's and she always wants it in the decorations.


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Mama Bear and baby, play in the sparkling snow---they are Royal copenhagen from my family.
The sweet bird, is one of the last gifts I gave my mom.

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Back in the forest, a sweet fairy does her magic.



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Only a few feet away is the Christmas tree. This is the first year with all glass ornaments in quite awhile. We downsized the tree last year, and it has wonderful open spaces to showcase our collection.



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In an Antique fenced stand, a few toys lurk before presents are banked around the tree.

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My 19th Century spinning wheel, has a few decorations. I still have elves to find that will play on this.
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Hoping your Christmas is filled with Nostalgia, Whimsy and Love. 



Thanks always for visiting. 
I will try and respond to every comment and answer every question.

All the opinions and photographs in this blog are my own, I have not been paid or reimbursed in anyway for my opinions, posts or any products shown or anywhere I shop.
 Please do not use photos without linking back to this blog without my permission. 
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Monday, December 11, 2017

Cookie Day at our House.

This is an annual event, we make up dough and family and friends roll, cut and bake them at our house. Then, ages 5-70, we decorate until we drop. Some are left un-iced for those who don't like icing.

Some wine is consumed, and we have a potluck of sorts. Fun Day!


I make up two huge batches of dough (12 cups of flour) of my husband's great grandmother's recipe.
It has buttermilk in it and lard....so they are very tender.


Here are the cookies drying out. The dough was just too soft this year, so I aged them.



Even the the non-artist types got into it. Love this moose---with the white stockings.



We also had a batch of gingerbread, these are the real hard/crispy ones.
A few pans burned a bit...always happens. 



So I made dog treats, 1/3 (1 cup about) broken/crisp cookies - 2/3 (2 cups) long-cook whole grain oatmeal, about 1/2 cup of baked pumpkin and equal amount of peanut butter to make a soft mixture. Roll into balls, dry for a few hours, and then freeze. 
These are great treats for older dogs as they are softer. 

Thanks always for visiting. 
I will try and respond to every comment and answer every question.

All the opinions and photographs in this blog are my own, I have not been paid or reimbursed in anyway for my opinions, posts or any products shown or anywhere I shop.
 Please do not use photos without linking back to this blog without my permission. 
Thank you for your cooperation, Sandi Magle

I will be sharing at these fine Parties!


Sandi



Thursday, November 30, 2017

DIY Christmas Advent Calendar


Last year I made a DIY lunch bag advent organizer, with bags attached with strings to a calendar. What a mess. This year, I decided to invest in something permanent...
sort of for my 5 year-old Grandgirl.



My son's house is basically BLACK,  WHITE, and LIME GREENS. .
So I chose the lighter green for the numbers.
The shoe organizer for the REDO was under $8.00 at Walmart. Finding the 24 pocket one wasn't that easy---since I didn't want to spend an arm an a leg. Besides the mesh front is a bit forgiving 
for different shaped items.



I used sticky foam for the numbers----I know these won't last forever, but that is the level she is at right now. I added felt snowflakes with hot glue and little foam embellishments in simple shape to go 
with their contemporary decor. 


I used a number stencil set on one of my alphabet stencils to trace on the back of the foam, backwards, and then cut them out...!
Because the front of the pockets is a nylon mesh, I hot glued a couple inches on the back of the letters and rubbed the hot glue across with a spoon, to encase the mesh. 



In the pockets, I used decorative lunch bags (5 for 97cents) and filled them with craft supplies, kits, books, puzzles, cookie mix and sprinkles, window clings, 


...glitter glue, velvet posters, wooden ornaments to paint, 


acrylic pots, pom-poms--life savers, and more books.


and of course chenille stems. A paper banner with stickum letters to put together for 
MERRY CHRISTMAS

Phew! I collect these things and more over the Fall season, and sale pricing was so good I hit Michael's and Joann's for small kids kits, as well as the Dollar Store. I probably have enough to do another one. To be honest, it didn't take that long to do. One night cutting out the letters in front of the TV and the next day attaching the numbers, decorations and bagging the booty.


The colored lunched bags add a very festive look to the organizer.
Here, is the finished festive Advent Calendar. The best part of this, is she has something to do 
everyday now and can learn how many days away Christmas really is.
I rolled it up in a ball and took it to their house yesterday.


My Grand can't wait to investigate, and the calendar installed into my son and d-in-law's home. 
I had an extra book wrapped up for yesterday---that was too big, just to appease her until
Friday, December 1st---!
Christmas is only 25 days AWAY!
Thanks always for visiting. 
I will try and respond to every comment and answer every question.

All the opinions and photographs in this blog are my own, I have not been paid or reimbursed in anyway for my opinions, posts or any products shown or anywhere I shop.
 Please do not use photos without linking back to this blog without my permission. 
Thank you for your cooperation, Sandi Magle

I will be sharing at these fine Parties!

Sandi