As we begin a new year with hope and promise, I’m taking a look back at Debbees Buzz most popular posts of 2020.
We were blessed to have our two adult sons home for Christmas. They drove in together with youngest son’s four-month old puppy.
Under the circumstances, we had a fairly traditional Christmas. That is if you don’t count COVID-19 tests, online shopping and curbside pickup only, N95 masks, and curtailing all unnecessary trips or exposure. The worst was not going to Christmas Eve Mass. Instead, we watched our bishop in a near empty cathedral via live-streaming.
But, there was the joy and chaos of having a rambunctious puppy in the house. On Christmas Eve, we cooked together, played games, visited with extended family via FaceTime, and made merry. A highlight was my son play holiday music on the piano. And, by the time we went to bed, snow was falling and blanketing the ground. It created a truly magical setting.
We awoke to a winter wonderland, with Pittsburgh having a record-breaking snowfall. There were thoughtful, clever and generous gifts for all. Most importantly, the four of us were together.
Today, I’m sharing the crochet zebra, stuffed animal I made as a baby gift.
After a 40 plus year hiatus, I retaught myself how to crochet. I was motivated by all the mini crocheted animals seen online, called amigurumi. Many bloggers offer free patterns too.
Crocheting has been a good way to keep myself occupied during the darn pandemic. As a practice project, I found a cute little bee pattern on Pinterest.
When I discovered my college roomie and BFF was to become a grandma again, I quickly got to work on the crochet zebra.
It might be too late to make a crochet zebra in time for Christmas or Hanukkah this year. But it’s a good project to take on during the winter months, as either a baby or child’s birthday gift.
This month’s Craft Hop includes a sweet sixteen of ideas and inspiration. To those visiting from my friend Rebecca of Zucchini Sisters, and her sweet pom pom pillow, welcome!
To spread a little holiday cheer, I’m sharing my Santa Claus collection of figures, decor and tableware. Many were gifts, several are vintage, and others I made.
Dear hubby decorated the exterior of the house for Christmas, and has been helping me with the interior. Honestly, with my foot still in a walking boot, mostly I just point and say “please” and “thank you” a lot!
He’s been very patient, as I explain where my most treasured holiday decorations and dishes are stored. They’re spread across the basement, two floors and the attic; in cabinets, closets and boxes — even under beds!
Due to my limited mobility — and not being able to carry anything while I use a walker — I’ve had to scale back on decking the halls. Still, the house has a festive atmosphere, with a decorated mantle and live tree in the family room, and my Santa Claus collection prominently displayed throughout.
The best thing about my holiday decorations and tableware, aren’t the objects themselves, but the cherished memories and nostalgia they evoke.
For this year’s holiday season, I’m sharing a winter woodland tablescape featuring a rustic deer centerpiece.
Three years ago, the first Christmas table I ever styled and shared on Debbee’s Buzz had a similar theme. But, I was brand new to blogging, and a novice at using the software and photo editing tools.
As part of this month’s Christmas Tablescape Hop, I’ve updated and restyled the rustic look. A standing deer on a toboggan centerpiece sets the scene for the winter woodland tablescape.
To create the casual holiday table, I’ve mixed everyday dishes with seasonal plates, flatware and linens. By swapping and rotating tableware in and out of the dishwasher, I’m able to reuse the same basic table setting for multiple meals.
It’s an easy, practical way to continually set a festive table throughout the month of December.
To decorate this year’s Thanksgiving table, I’ve hand painted some fun turkey glasses.
Dear hubby and I had been hoping to spend Thanksgiving with our adult sons in Philadelphia. Because of the horrible-no-good-very-bad-awful virus, our small gathering of seven is now
five down to four in Pittsburgh.
Regardless of the size, I think it’s still important to count our blessings, eat a fairly traditional meal (even if scaled back), and set a festive table. So, I decided to do a little craft therapy, by painting glasses with a pilgrim hat topped gobbler.
If you’re hopping over from Rebecca’s of Zucchini Sisters and her adorable DIY gnome garland, welcome! Seventeen talented bloggers are sharing their creative endeavors this month.
Here, I’ll show how to paint Thanksgiving turkey glasses in five easy steps, using my template method.
On Veterans Day, I’d like to pay tribute to my dear father-in-law, a World War II veteran and POW.
Dad’s military service left a legacy to our family I hope will endure for generations.
After graduating high school, he initially attended West Point. But several months after D-Day, in June 1944, dad shipped across the Atlantic to Europe.
There, he took part in The Battle of the Bulge, also known as the Ardennes Counteroffensive. The last major German campaign on the Western Front during World War II took place from December 1944 through January 1945.
It was the biggest and deadliest single battle of WWII for American soldiers. About 19,000 Americans were eventually killed. Some 47,500 were wounded, with another 23,000 captured or missing in action.
Dad was one of those initially listed as missing in action. For many months, his family and the army did not know he had been captured and was in a German Prisoner of War (POW) camp.
Today, I’m sharing not one Thanksgiving table setting, but a trio. Because three’s a charm right?
Last year, we ended up having 16 family members for a sit down Thanksgiving meal. It was served buffet style from the kitchen island.
Up until about a week before the gathering, the final number fluctuated as high as 20. So, I had to be flexible in my Thanksgiving table setting plan.
I normally keep one extension board in my dining room table, with six chairs on two sides. On either side of the china, the host and hostess chairs are against the wall. Although the mahogany table can sit 12, that would require using all three boards. There’s just not enough space in the dining room to add even a second board. But, the table does comfortably accommodate a Thanksgiving table setting for eight.
That meant at least eight more guests needed to be seated elsewhere.
Remember Stella, the silly skeleton who made quite the splash recently in my silver punchbowl?
She commanded the spotlight as the centerpiece on my Halloween Gothic Glam Table with Skeleton Napkin Fold.
It was part of the Halloween Tablescape Blog Hop, an annual spooktacular event.
As I was styling and photographing the table setting over several days, Stella continued her antics! It was like a skeleton version of Elf on a Shelf lol.
Every time I returned to the dining room, the silly skeleton had struck a new pose! .She’s such a diva! So, I thought I’d tickle your funny bone by sharing the photos I captured.
Think of it as a Happy Halloween card from me to you — boo!
Sure to delight and impress Thanksgiving guests, is transforming dough into a bread cornucopia or edible pumpkin-shape dinner rolls!
For this month’s Craft Blog Hop, I’m sharing how to form bread, roll or pizza dough into fun fall food displays.
It’s surprising fast and easy to do too!
These aren’t recipes, but just shaping and molding packaged dough into iconic Thanksgiving symbols, like a horn of plenty or pumpkin.
And, you don’t have to be a gourmet chef or talented crafter to assemble an impressive bread cornucopia or twist dough into a mini pumpkin!
Let me show you how I did it — even in the midst of preparing a Thanksgiving feast.