Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Rules to New Year (Southern Style) and the Booty

New Years Eve....the dawn of a New Year.
A clean slate.
Out with the old in with the new.
To me, New Years is more about traditions. And as with most celebrations....the food.
In the south we have some pretty stiff rules about New Years fare. You can read all about it on my Plates and Places blog. You'll want to read what to eat to get your New Year off to a good start..and Good Luck!

Some of you have been sharing what you got for Christmas. I thought I would share with you what I received from loved ones. And a couple things I picked up on sale!
My mother gave me several gifts I just love. One of them being this metal "birdcage" That currently sits above my computer desk.

It holds all kinds of keepsakes with the help of basic clothes pins.I like it because I use it as a memo/inspiration station, I look up and see things that I love. Things that make me smile:
A card from Mamie Jane. A old beat up metal button I found in a parking lot.

My grandparents wedding announcment, a napkin from a significant wedding reception....

This is a photo of my grandparents. It was taken on campus of the University of Alabama while my grandmother was attending college.

All kinds of things!

You might recall seeing this pillow below in a At Home Store post I did. I loved the pillow. I got it for Christmas. Santa was listening.I loved the ladies in vintage swimsuits. Many are wearing stockings! LOL

And just look at those parasols!

My mother knows I have a "thing" for sheep, goats and lambs. She gave all of the grandkids one of these lambs. She also gave her daughter one. It's been a long time since I've had a stuffed animal. Isn't it precious?

It reminds me of my puppies (my shihtsu's. I keep them cut short. And this looks like one of my pups snuggled on my bed. It's also weightly like a real animal.

I got these glass bottles. I actually purchases the small bottle just before Christmas at Home Accents for a song. My mother, not knowing what I purchased gave me the larger bottle for Christmas.
They are both galvanized around the crosses.

I really withheld from any after Christmas shopping. I just dont need any more "stuff". But while shopping for some bath salts to go into my bottles, I came across this "Folk Art" looking angel at TJ Maxx. She was half price and cost me $4.00.
I named her "Gloria".

Just look at her sheet music halo!
And I just love her "hoop" skirt made from wire.
She stands about 12 inches tall. Her skirt is paper mache'.

Gloria was not put up with my Christmas decor. She remains out on a shelf. She's just to adorable.

But the gift that spoke to my heart, was this one......a new camera!
The camera that I have been wanting. Canon Rebel EOS Rebel T1i

I have some very important Photography Shoots for the new year (wink to Jess/Bama Belle). I had been wanting to upgrade, but I felt it more necessary than ever. It came with a bunch of  attachements and accessories to play with. I love it! I have been reading manuals, reading websites, trying to get familiar with my new extention.
You cannot know how happy I am about that camera!
My family, however are not as happy. They have been avoiding, fussing, huffing and puffing because I have taken just close to 274,0000,000,823 pictures since I got it. They are a bit tired of it being in their face.
They really should broken in by now.
Maybe a few more hundred pictures and they won't notice anymore.....

What did you get for Christmas?

I want to wish you a very Happy New Year! Thanks for reading Tales from Bloggeritaville.
Thanks for your friendship.
I hope you will come back and enjoy another year on the "island" (I still haven't gotten kicked off yet....)

Many Thanks to you for your friendhsip and support!



Rue said...

Hi Leigh :)

My oh my! You made out like a bandit for Christmas!! That camera is a "to die for" for sure!! Love that birdcage and the angel is so sweet... heck I love it all :)

I wish you and yours the Happiest New Years ever!


Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I'm so glad that you had such a monumentally Merry Christmas! Now that little lamb really speaks to me -- please tell me more -- where did they come from - how can I find one? or maybe 4? Have a most happy new year! May you receive many blessing in 2010.

Jeanette said...

You made out good. My husband surprised me with a painting I was bidding on in an estate auction and lost. I am still trying to figure out how he did that one. Happy New Year.

Kirby3131 said...

Oh goodness I loved that pillow when you showed it last time and I'm drooling again this time. I think I'll borrow the photo and pin it up on my bulletin board! What a cute lamb, too. You got some really neat items and totally you. Love the camera!

Kristin - The Goat

The Lone Star Queen said...

Love the crosses on the bottles. Have fun with the new camera. I've been wanting a new one, so jealous!

Mari said...

I love your gifts! That little lamb just looks so real and begs to be held. And the camera? If you saw me now you would see I am a bit green with envy, but I'm happy for you!

Jane said...

What a wonderful Christmas Leigh. You deserve all those fabulous gifts. I LOVE that pillow with the bathing is too cute! And that cute little lamb looked almost real.
I'll email my address to you again. Another blogger didn't get an email that I sent so it is definitely something on my end.
Happy New Year. Thanks for being a wonderful blogger friend.

Debbie @ said...

Hi Leigh! How exciting that you got a new camera....I'd be taking thousands of pics too. It just goes with the territory...right? Loved your post and the great photos....this will be a fun year for year...with your new camera you will 'see' things in a new and happy light! Woohoo!
Have a wonderful evening!

LauraBeth said...

Happy new Year, my friend!!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What wonderful presents. You were really a very good girl. lol I hope you have a very Blessed and Happy New Year. Hugs, Marty

Tricia said...

Happy, Happy New Year to you and yours, Leigh!
I wish you the happiness and blessings in 2010!


P.S. The Camera ROCKS!!!!!!!! ;)

jennifer said...

I love it all!! The birdcage may be my favorite though.

Denise said...

Happy New Year!

I love the is so unique. My hope is for a new camera this year! Can't wait to see how much you enjoy yours.


Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Hi Martha!

I hope you are doing well and that the new year has gotten off to a good start! I apologize for not being more prompt in my response to you. You had a question about the little lamb that my mother bought me and all her grandchildren for Christmas. It's just so adorable and soft and has the weightiness of an actual puppy.
The lamb is made by DITZ Designs (, a company that encourages wildlife learning and enrichment. They make stuffed animals, puppets, footrest, "hugs" and life sized animals. My lamb is a size "small".
My mother purchased her lambs from the store, Four Seasons Art and Antiques in Homewood. You can find their contact information from this link:
I spoke with owner, Suzee just yesterday regarding the lambs and told her you might be interested. She has a few left in stock and is also planning to order more. If you do contact her, please tell her that Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville sent you. I would appreciate it.
I think your grandchildren will love them as much as my mothers did.
Happy New year friend!

Shopping Info:

Lamb from Four Seasons Art & Antiques-

Pillow (Ladies bathing Suits)- "At Home" in Homewood, Alabama (search my blog for more info)

Birdcage metal message center and large turquoise bottle- Three Sheets Linens and Gifts in Homewood, Al.

Small bottle- Home Accents (I purchased mine at the Pelham location).

My camera was purchased at Best Buy.

Paper Macha angel- TJ Maxx

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I love that pillow!! Looooovvvveeee! I remember it well, and incredibly jealous, if I'm honest. :-)

A very happy new year! Thank you for always making my visit here a good are one of the thriftiest gals in all of the (blog) land! Here's to a happy, healthy and thrifty 2010!

xo, Laura