Sugar Free, No Calorie Candy Canes

Sugar Free, No Calorie Candy Canes.

How stinkin’ cute are these old-fashioned, rustic, sugar-free, no-calorie, cheerful, colorful candy canes – all packaged up to make them even more adorable?!

We’ll have these at our booth today at the Mars Holiday Craft Show!

My DIL, Colleen, made them (and I’m secretly hoping there are some left over so I can buy them to decorate my tree!) 

We’ll have these and lots of fun rustic pallet signs and decor as well as some of my holiday original and print watercolor art framed or not, holiday cards, and copies of Klaus the Mouse!

Yep!  That’s where you will find us today if you are anywhere near Mars, PA!  We’ll be smiling and celebrating with 260 other vendors spread out between the high school and the middle school with shuttle bus service between.

Hope to see you there – in person or in spirit.

Cheers & Hugs,


Wooden Log Snowmen

Wooden log snowmen christmas 2015

I love making and giving handmade DIY Christmas and holiday gifts, so when I saw a similar snowman project created from logs, I fell in love with the idea and convinced hubby we should make these.

He was a real trooper and really did the hard work.  He gathered, cut, and sanded the logs, drilled holes and assembled them with dowel rods and glue.

I broke out the sewing machine and created little fleece hats and scarves.

And Voila!

Stinking cute primitive wooden log snowmen!

Wooden log snowmen christmas 2015 2

We were thrilled with how they turned out, made about 15 of them, and had so much fun giving them away.

Handmade with love from both of us and sharing a little piece of our woods.

Cheers & Hugs,




It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….

December 1st already!  Where did 2014 go?!  I do adore December and decorating for the deco front porchI had fun creating a woodsy rustic setting on the front porch with lots of fresh greenery, wood, red berries, burlap and pine cones in my fave antique crates I got for Mother’s day from Jake and Colleen.  Out with the summer ferns, but not putting these beloved crates away.  🙂

christmas deco tree bellThe tree is up…

christmas deco stockingsand the stockings are hung by the chimney with care.

santa prefers wineThis Santa is chillin’ on the mantel with the some others (real Santas drink wine not milk)…

santasand other Santas pop up in just about every corner.

ceramic treeI love tucking this little ceramic tree in a special corner.  It so reminds me of my Grandma.

christmas snowiesSnowies are chillin’ too.

snowiesWishing you toasty toes and a warm nose as we gear up for the holiday season!

Cheers & Hugs,


Soon will be Thanksgiving Day….

fall candle fireI thought I’d share a a bit of Thanksgiving/Fall decor around the house before things get Christmas’d up around here soon.

thanksgiving fall decor 1For the dining room table, I used the box Matt made for centerpieces for his and Jackie’s wedding this summer, and I filled it with squashes and pumpkin gourds.

thanksgiving fall decor 2To accent, I used pint-sized wide mouth mason jars (purchased for Colleen’s shower) and filled them with fresh cranberries and popping corn and then added a votive candle, a rafia bow and some tiny hemlock pine cones Tracy helped me pick on our walk Saturday morning.

thanksgiving fall decor 3You see – you don’t have to spend a lot of money to decorate, and it’s even more fun when the things you use have special memories or are acquired during special times with friends.

thanksgiving fall decor 4This “Bountiful harvest” sign sits in the antique jelly cupboard our friends Jim and Mary GAVE US 🙂 that Jim found in the trash that someone was throwing away.  He started fixing it up, Marty finished it, and he “loaned” it to us until he decides they have a place for it (fingers crossed that never happens – as it is our ongoing joke!)

thanksgiving fall decor 5A few craft store finds sit around on the sofa table behind the couch.

thanksgiving fall decor 6I love this little muslin pumpkin.

thanksgiving fall decor 7My friend, Rose, gave me this wooden pumpkin candle holder at least 15 years ago, and I bring it out every Fall.  Thanks Rose!

thanksgiving fall decor 8When Pap died a couple years ago, my sweet cousins, Dawn and Jen, along with Aunt Gwen and Uncle Frank sent this beautiful Fall silk arrangement, so it goes on the kitchen table for the Fall.

thanksgiving fall decor 11I found this little coffee table centerpiece while shopping with Dawn on a vacation in Myrtle beach.

thanksgiving fall decor 10I’m pretty sure I got this wreath for the front door at the same shop in Myrtle Beach.

joAnd a couple of signs hang at the back door entrance, where most of our family and friends enter.  🙂

thanksgiving fall decor 12

I am enjoying the beauty and heart of Thanksgiving this week and so looking forward to sharing it with family and friends.  We’re going to have a houseful – just the way I love it!

But then again……….  a little touch of Christmas couldn’t hurt – right?! 🙂

I couldn’t wait to put out this little gem I got on our Shaker Woods trip this Fall (and Colleen bought one too!   I wonder if hers is out yet??)


…Gobble Gobble Gobble!

Cheers & Hugs,



Heirlooms & Sweet Memories

na1I was quite honored when my dear cousin, Joyce blessed me with the gift of her beautiful heirloom quality, hand-carved Noah’s Ark set.

na2I placed it on top of an antique bookcase we use as a “china” cabinet that Marty actually found in an old barn, and we had refurbished.

na3The cabinet is filled with Pfaltzgraff dishes passed down from Joyce and Rob, Aunt Francie’s heirloom cow creamer, Marty’s mom’s favorite sterling silver sugar dish (that she always served butter mints in for “company” dinner parties), and lots of other things we have accumulated and cherished through the years.

na4It seemed the perfect spot to share space with so many of the other mementos we have of beautiful memories of times spent with some of our favorite people 🙂

na5Dan Gregan is the amazing artist that handcrafted this set.  His website, Dagwood Carving, shows that he now has over 80 pairs of animals created to accompany his arks!

na6I love how well it goes in my dining room, which is my most “antique” or “primitive” rooms in the house combining an eclectic mix of Noah’s ark, chickens, antique sewing machines as buffets, and a special dry sink cabinet made by Uncle Carl – Joyce’s dad.

To me, decorating a home is about special, meaningful things that you love or are from people you love – not about a particular style or designer or “look.”  I feel love when I look around my dining room…


and sweet memories…

at Life in Between.

Cheers and Hugs,


PS – look for a special blog post tomorrow when “Oh Rob” (Joyce’s other half) was in the house cooking this past weekend!  Oh what fun we all had!  And we’re going to teach you how to make BAGNA CAUDA as only Oh Rob can do!   Here’s a sneak peak of Oh Rob in action…

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