Secrets to a Sentimental Christmas

Secrets to a Sentimental Christmas

 

My top 12 secrets for 2020:

 

#1              A tabletop vignette of family mementos, gathered from your keepsakes and arranged on a tray, will sweeten your holiday season.

Sweet Groupings

 

#2              Playing vintage music playlists will bring instant holiday cheer to listeners, at any time of the day or night.

     Spotify: Vintage Christmas playlist by Jeremy Griffin

     YouTube: Past Perfect Vintage Music channel

     Pandora: Baby, It’s Cold Outside station

     Amazon Music: Holiday Movie Favorites

 

#3              Festive garland can be made by stringing raw cranberries on heavy thread, then draping over greenery or the Christmas tree, for a burst of Victorian reds.

Garland Threading Kit

 

#4              A juicy beef roast dinner, placed in your slow cooker the morning of arrival for overnight guests, will have your home smelling divine until dinnertime.

 Savory Beef Dinner

 

#5              Brown paper packages tied up with string, made of grocery bags and yarn scraps, will add a timeless touch.

Pretty Little Packages

 

#6              Wearing a gold locket, holding your loved one’s photo, will warm your heart during holiday celebrations.

 Old-Fashioned Locket

 

#7              Playing recordings of past holiday gatherings in the background, while cooking or baking, will fill your kitchen with familiar voices and loving laughter.

Making Baking Memories

 

#8              Arranging snowflake stickers on windows and mirrors will add magic and wonder to any room’s décor.

Snowflakes Kit

 

#9              Rosewater soaps, set by each sink and bathtub, let everyone relive the soft scents of Grandma’s house.

Vintage Toiletries

 

#10           Delightfully spiced fragrance will waft through your home when you simply simmer water with ground or stick cinnamon in a saucepan for  20-30 minutes.

Spice is Nice

 

#11           An unwrapped wooden toy under the tree will surprise both curious little guests and adults alike.

Toolkit

 

#12           Gourmet hot cocoa topped with whipped cream will quickly make you a favorite holiday host.

Godiva Cocoa Mix

 

Hearth of the Home

Hearth of the Home

Photo by Stéphane Juban on Unsplash   I say to myself that I shall try to make my life like an open fireplace, so that people may be warmed and cheered by it and so go out themselves to warm and cheer. George Matthew Adams      A roaring fire can invigorate all...

This Little Piggy Went to Market

Photo: EBay     The rhyming name remains a true mystery. Going strong with over 500 stores, this originator of hands-on grocery stores still operates in 17 states. And it's a beloved part of Americana we love to remember far and wide.     The...

She Did it All

Photo by Dolls Magazine     Model/Singer/Actress/Activist Par Excellence   She was Julia, a widowed mother and professional nurse in a landmark television series. In my little girl eyes at age seven, this portrayal was her sole identity, and I adored...

Timeless March Quintet

Photo by Pavan Trikutam on Unsplash   The classic story of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is an American staple. Those who've read the book cannot imagine their childhood without its touching effects.   There are plenty of stage and screen interpretations...

Iconic Style of Googie

Iconic Style of Googie

Photos: Architecture Worth Saving   Outrageous, funky, and colorful; Googie architecture swept through the country for 25 years. You could spot it at a distance and be lured into its spell for shopping, food, and fun!   https://youtu.be/h3O6WTZfj64  ...

Fill ‘Er Up!

Fill ‘Er Up!

Photo by Steven Cordes on Unsplash The ding ding of a service station bell is an immortal tone that plays in my memory as clear as day. And in yours too, if you lived in the days of full auto service attendants.   We're a country of services everywhere. Pet...

Memento of Epic Proportions

Memento of Epic Proportions

Photo by Jason Ng on Unsplash   There it sat. A small souvenir, tucked into the telephone niche of my great-grandparents' Victorian farmhouse. A glass paperweight displaying the world's greatest waterfall.     From horseback to stagecoach to trains,...

Dust Bowl Troubadour

Dust Bowl Troubadour

Photo by: Celebrate America   This controversial American singer/songwriter was also an activist and author. He left an indelible mark on the fabric of our country.  His Legacy Lives Here   Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make...

She’s a Lady

Photo by HeadvaseFinds   Girls love dolls and women love vases. The marriage of the two became an American classic collectible.   A Lady of the House in the 1950s was highly likely to own and display one or more of these little treasures. One of my fond...

For the Long Haul

For the Long Haul

Toy trucks are the building blocks of a well-lived childhood. - Lakie Harrod   Spot a familiar toy truck on display at Dottie's Truck Stop:   https://youtu.be/1za-xbANtD4 https://youtu.be/EvUOePkU_qY   You'll find a brief history of the model truck here:...

Popping in For a Little Fun

Popping in For a Little Fun

North Texas Kids    Irresistible to hold, to smell, to taste and crunch; these treats take us back to the fun times!   https://youtu.be/7HqSO9ZauIY   Which candy-covered popcorn is your favorite? Homemade balls, boxed Cracker Jack or Fiddle Faddle?...

‘Til the Clouds Roll By

‘Til the Clouds Roll By

Photo by Ulrika Clouds on Flikr   American composers are often household names to those who think of themselves as music lovers. Yet the names of even prolific composers may elude us at times, and we go instantly to Google.   The life story (both true and...

Eames on Wheels

Eames on Wheels

    Classics never go out of style; like the functionalism of Eames-inspired decor from the Atomic Age.   The Incomparable 1959 Spartan Carousel   If you are dying to see more of the same:   Carousel Gallery     Grand Finale: Kitschy...

Stroll with Trolls

DAM 1960s Troll Doll - Worthpoint   Trolls are like potato chips. Nobody is satisfied with just one.   - Eva Stark.   https://youtu.be/JzfhepGvjC4   Trolls: Click this to read why the toy craze continues!    ...

Tennessee is Tops

Photo by Tanner Boriack on Unsplash   There's a lot more to this landlocked state than meets the eye. Let's take a breath of fresh country air as host Joe Elmore shows us why Tennessee is the place to see and be. If you love historic homes, this one will suit you...

Wild Child

Roger Miller's Hometown Mural He caught my attention with his signature song before I was old enough to tie my own shoes. His performance was as crisp and clean as the black and white hues reflecting from the TV screen. Classic cool all the way.    ...

Seeds Worth Savoring

Photo by Empreinte on Unsplash   Not everyone is a gardener.  Are you one? A love to garden is a passion grown from being around gardening, or arising from a curiosity of nature's cornucopia bursting from Earth's soil.    https://youtu.be/M2KpuAK8_zE?t=295...

What’s in the Toolbox?

 

Stanley and Craftsman were household names long before any of us were born.

Our grandparents may have owned a dovetailed wooden toolbox like the one you see pictured above.

 

Chances are good that our fathers, uncles or big brothers carried a metal one something like this.

 

 

What toolboxes and tools do you remember?

 

Vintage Tool Treasures

 

And here’s one you’ve gotta see to believe!

 

 

Hearth of the Home

Hearth of the Home

Photo by Stéphane Juban on Unsplash   I say to myself that I shall try to make my life like an open fireplace, so that people may be warmed and cheered by it and so go out themselves to warm and cheer. George Matthew Adams      A roaring fire can invigorate all...

This Little Piggy Went to Market

Photo: EBay     The rhyming name remains a true mystery. Going strong with over 500 stores, this originator of hands-on grocery stores still operates in 17 states. And it's a beloved part of Americana we love to remember far and wide.     The...

She Did it All

Photo by Dolls Magazine     Model/Singer/Actress/Activist Par Excellence   She was Julia, a widowed mother and professional nurse in a landmark television series. In my little girl eyes at age seven, this portrayal was her sole identity, and I adored...

Timeless March Quintet

Photo by Pavan Trikutam on Unsplash   The classic story of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is an American staple. Those who've read the book cannot imagine their childhood without its touching effects.   There are plenty of stage and screen interpretations...

Iconic Style of Googie

Iconic Style of Googie

Photos: Architecture Worth Saving   Outrageous, funky, and colorful; Googie architecture swept through the country for 25 years. You could spot it at a distance and be lured into its spell for shopping, food, and fun!   https://youtu.be/h3O6WTZfj64  ...

Fill ‘Er Up!

Fill ‘Er Up!

Photo by Steven Cordes on Unsplash The ding ding of a service station bell is an immortal tone that plays in my memory as clear as day. And in yours too, if you lived in the days of full auto service attendants.   We're a country of services everywhere. Pet...

Memento of Epic Proportions

Memento of Epic Proportions

Photo by Jason Ng on Unsplash   There it sat. A small souvenir, tucked into the telephone niche of my great-grandparents' Victorian farmhouse. A glass paperweight displaying the world's greatest waterfall.     From horseback to stagecoach to trains,...

Dust Bowl Troubadour

Dust Bowl Troubadour

Photo by: Celebrate America   This controversial American singer/songwriter was also an activist and author. He left an indelible mark on the fabric of our country.  His Legacy Lives Here   Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make...

She’s a Lady

Photo by HeadvaseFinds   Girls love dolls and women love vases. The marriage of the two became an American classic collectible.   A Lady of the House in the 1950s was highly likely to own and display one or more of these little treasures. One of my fond...

For the Long Haul

For the Long Haul

Toy trucks are the building blocks of a well-lived childhood. - Lakie Harrod   Spot a familiar toy truck on display at Dottie's Truck Stop:   https://youtu.be/1za-xbANtD4 https://youtu.be/EvUOePkU_qY   You'll find a brief history of the model truck here:...

Popping in For a Little Fun

Popping in For a Little Fun

North Texas Kids    Irresistible to hold, to smell, to taste and crunch; these treats take us back to the fun times!   https://youtu.be/7HqSO9ZauIY   Which candy-covered popcorn is your favorite? Homemade balls, boxed Cracker Jack or Fiddle Faddle?...

‘Til the Clouds Roll By

‘Til the Clouds Roll By

Photo by Ulrika Clouds on Flikr   American composers are often household names to those who think of themselves as music lovers. Yet the names of even prolific composers may elude us at times, and we go instantly to Google.   The life story (both true and...

Eames on Wheels

Eames on Wheels

    Classics never go out of style; like the functionalism of Eames-inspired decor from the Atomic Age.   The Incomparable 1959 Spartan Carousel   If you are dying to see more of the same:   Carousel Gallery     Grand Finale: Kitschy...

Stroll with Trolls

DAM 1960s Troll Doll - Worthpoint   Trolls are like potato chips. Nobody is satisfied with just one.   - Eva Stark.   https://youtu.be/JzfhepGvjC4   Trolls: Click this to read why the toy craze continues!    ...

Tennessee is Tops

Photo by Tanner Boriack on Unsplash   There's a lot more to this landlocked state than meets the eye. Let's take a breath of fresh country air as host Joe Elmore shows us why Tennessee is the place to see and be. If you love historic homes, this one will suit you...

Wild Child

Roger Miller's Hometown Mural He caught my attention with his signature song before I was old enough to tie my own shoes. His performance was as crisp and clean as the black and white hues reflecting from the TV screen. Classic cool all the way.    ...

Seeds Worth Savoring

Photo by Empreinte on Unsplash   Not everyone is a gardener.  Are you one? A love to garden is a passion grown from being around gardening, or arising from a curiosity of nature's cornucopia bursting from Earth's soil.    https://youtu.be/M2KpuAK8_zE?t=295...

The Impassioned Italiana

 

(Photo credit: Robert Sullivan)

 

“I was growing up, (and) the ugly duckling was turning into a swan. Above all, the desire, the almost physical need to express my emotions, to translate into gestures and words, the feelings I had built up inside, and that I could still not interpret, were growing inside me. I wanted to dive into a wider sea.” -Sophia Loren from her autobiography,

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: My Life

 

Sophia is a living legend who ardently continues to perform her craft for the camera.

Whose early life story proved she is a survivor.

An individual who radiantly turned the tide of personal misfortune to fulfill her dreams.

And famously became the woman most often considered to be the greatest beauty of all time.

 

My favorite Sophia Loren performances are those with her frequent co-star, Marcello Mastroianni.

 

Please be aware this steamy video is rated PG-13.

Sophia and Marcello – Forever!

 

 

 

Copyrighted Song Lyrics

Hearth of the Home

Hearth of the Home

Photo by Stéphane Juban on Unsplash   I say to myself that I shall try to make my life like an open fireplace, so that people may be warmed and cheered by it and so go out themselves to warm and cheer. George Matthew Adams      A roaring fire can invigorate all...

This Little Piggy Went to Market

Photo: EBay     The rhyming name remains a true mystery. Going strong with over 500 stores, this originator of hands-on grocery stores still operates in 17 states. And it's a beloved part of Americana we love to remember far and wide.     The...

She Did it All

Photo by Dolls Magazine     Model/Singer/Actress/Activist Par Excellence   She was Julia, a widowed mother and professional nurse in a landmark television series. In my little girl eyes at age seven, this portrayal was her sole identity, and I adored...

Timeless March Quintet

Photo by Pavan Trikutam on Unsplash   The classic story of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is an American staple. Those who've read the book cannot imagine their childhood without its touching effects.   There are plenty of stage and screen interpretations...

Iconic Style of Googie

Iconic Style of Googie

Photos: Architecture Worth Saving   Outrageous, funky, and colorful; Googie architecture swept through the country for 25 years. You could spot it at a distance and be lured into its spell for shopping, food, and fun!   https://youtu.be/h3O6WTZfj64  ...

Fill ‘Er Up!

Fill ‘Er Up!

Photo by Steven Cordes on Unsplash The ding ding of a service station bell is an immortal tone that plays in my memory as clear as day. And in yours too, if you lived in the days of full auto service attendants.   We're a country of services everywhere. Pet...

Memento of Epic Proportions

Memento of Epic Proportions

Photo by Jason Ng on Unsplash   There it sat. A small souvenir, tucked into the telephone niche of my great-grandparents' Victorian farmhouse. A glass paperweight displaying the world's greatest waterfall.     From horseback to stagecoach to trains,...

Dust Bowl Troubadour

Dust Bowl Troubadour

Photo by: Celebrate America   This controversial American singer/songwriter was also an activist and author. He left an indelible mark on the fabric of our country.  His Legacy Lives Here   Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make...

She’s a Lady

Photo by HeadvaseFinds   Girls love dolls and women love vases. The marriage of the two became an American classic collectible.   A Lady of the House in the 1950s was highly likely to own and display one or more of these little treasures. One of my fond...

For the Long Haul

For the Long Haul

Toy trucks are the building blocks of a well-lived childhood. - Lakie Harrod   Spot a familiar toy truck on display at Dottie's Truck Stop:   https://youtu.be/1za-xbANtD4 https://youtu.be/EvUOePkU_qY   You'll find a brief history of the model truck here:...

Popping in For a Little Fun

Popping in For a Little Fun

North Texas Kids    Irresistible to hold, to smell, to taste and crunch; these treats take us back to the fun times!   https://youtu.be/7HqSO9ZauIY   Which candy-covered popcorn is your favorite? Homemade balls, boxed Cracker Jack or Fiddle Faddle?...

‘Til the Clouds Roll By

‘Til the Clouds Roll By

Photo by Ulrika Clouds on Flikr   American composers are often household names to those who think of themselves as music lovers. Yet the names of even prolific composers may elude us at times, and we go instantly to Google.   The life story (both true and...

Eames on Wheels

Eames on Wheels

    Classics never go out of style; like the functionalism of Eames-inspired decor from the Atomic Age.   The Incomparable 1959 Spartan Carousel   If you are dying to see more of the same:   Carousel Gallery     Grand Finale: Kitschy...

Stroll with Trolls

DAM 1960s Troll Doll - Worthpoint   Trolls are like potato chips. Nobody is satisfied with just one.   - Eva Stark.   https://youtu.be/JzfhepGvjC4   Trolls: Click this to read why the toy craze continues!    ...

Tennessee is Tops

Photo by Tanner Boriack on Unsplash   There's a lot more to this landlocked state than meets the eye. Let's take a breath of fresh country air as host Joe Elmore shows us why Tennessee is the place to see and be. If you love historic homes, this one will suit you...

Wild Child

Roger Miller's Hometown Mural He caught my attention with his signature song before I was old enough to tie my own shoes. His performance was as crisp and clean as the black and white hues reflecting from the TV screen. Classic cool all the way.    ...

Seeds Worth Savoring

Photo by Empreinte on Unsplash   Not everyone is a gardener.  Are you one? A love to garden is a passion grown from being around gardening, or arising from a curiosity of nature's cornucopia bursting from Earth's soil.    https://youtu.be/M2KpuAK8_zE?t=295...