Author Archives: ~~Rhonda

Living in a small town, I share my life with my husband Russell (married in 1977), five children (one still at home), and six cats (one indoors, the others outside).

I teach an online class called “The Christmas Notebook” which is about all things holiday prep. The many facets of celebrating Christmas comprises one of my favorite hobbies. Other favorite things include gardening, reading, cooking, and scrapbooking.

chalkboard Christmas tree 2017

Here it is! This year’s chalkboard Christmas tree. You can see the previous five chalkboard trees here: Chalkboard Christmas Trees Our theme for this year is “…not even a mouse…” As in previous years, I googled the internet for images that would fit the theme. I searched < Christmas mice >, printed the images I […]

menu plan monday ~ november 20, 2017

Another busy week. My sister came back this weekend and we got a lot of Christmas prep done. We watched “It’s a Wonderful Life” while we made popcorn and cranberry strings for the living room tree. Ski wanted to check it out. We decorated the candy/cookie tree for the top of the fridge. Genny found […]

menu plan monday ~ november 13, 2017

We had a busy four-day weekend. My sister was here for the entire time, helping with Christmas prep. A friend came over on Saturday and put in hours of help with decorating Christmas trees and hanging snowflakes. She brought two of her helpful kids along to carry and tote and help as they could for […]

three simply-styled putz houses

I listed three new Putz houses to Etsy this week. ChristmasNotebook.etsy.com These houses are in a simpler style than my usual Putz. I’ve had a few requests for less embellished houses and I am always happy to make houses in different styles. These houses were constructed earlier this year and emblellished a week or so […]

menu plan monday ~ november 6, 2017

We had a busy weekend of Christmas decorating and baking! Genny is almost done with the chalkboard Christmas tree. I can’t wait to show you the whole thing! The theme is Christmas Mice. I’ll have pictures when it’s done. One of the treats I made is an Open House favorite – Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles. […]

Christmas card shadow boxes

I had a customer request for more Christmas card shadow boxes and spent some time this week working on new ones to list in my Etsy shop. They are always fun to make! Here are the ones I’ve finished in the past few days. Santa delivers the goods… The decorations include a bottle brush tree […]

menu plan monday ~ october 30, 2017

This is a busy time of year for us. We are deep into Christmas prep. Because our annual Open House is the first Sunday in December, we need to have all our Christmas decorating done before that weekend. And, if you know anything about me at all, you know I love Christmas and, therefore, we […]

teal and brown autumn putz house

This autumn Putz house is pretty in teal and brown. I found this lovely autumn-themed greeting card in my collection of cards I’ve been gifted with by so many of my friends. It made the perfect base for my autumn Putz house. Thanks to everyone who has donated their used greeting and Christmas cards to […]

double-decker autumn putz house

This little house is one of my original designs. I drew the pattern in 2012 and it remains one of my favorites. I decided this one would be an autumn Putz and found a card I could use for the base. I drew inspiration from the colors of the card for the paint I used […]

menu plan monday ~ october 23, 2017

This past weekend, I and my sisters and our sister-in-law got together for Sisters’ Weekend at our Dad’s house and made 197 dozen Christmas cookies and candies. We had the excellent help of our great-niece who loves to bake and loves to help. Our two brothers take platters of Christmas goodies to their customers each […]