Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from The Chic Housewife! Enjoy your time with your family and friends... xoxo Dixie

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Twilight Sign

For the Twilight fan in your life!
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Have you ever wondered how certain stories come about? This is about Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer...

Montgomery Ward... once a catalog and retail giant closed all their stores in 2001, but they left behind one thing that will probably live on forever. What started as a marketing gimmick has become a beloved Christmas story.

In the early 30's Montgomery Ward would have their store Santa hand out coloring books to all the children. A way to save a few dollars, they decided to create and publish their own storybooks to give away.

In 1939, they gave the job to Robert May who worked for Montgomery Ward as a copywriter. Based on his own childhood experiences of being shy, small, and sickly. He decided to write about a reindeer who would not fit in... the glowing red nose! Names that were considered were Rollo (to cheerful for a misfit) Reginald (just to British)... Rudolph was a favorite name that May's daughter Barbara enjoyed the most. He proceeded to write Rudolph's story in verse, as a series of ryhming couplets, testing it out on his 4-year-old daughter. Barbara loved the story, May's bosses was worried that a story about a red nose -associated with drinking and drunkards- was not appropriate for a Christmas tale. May asked Denver Gillen, a friend from Montgomery Ward's art department, to the Lincoln Park Zoo to sketch some deer. Gillen's drawings of a red nosed reindeer helped overcome any hesitance from May's bosses, and the Rudolph story was approved. In 1939 Montgomer Ward distributed 2.4 million copies of the Rudolph booklet and although a wartime paper shortage curtailed printing for the next several years, a total of 6 million copies had been giving away by the end of 1946.

Since, May was an employee of Montgomery Ward he did not hold the copyright for Rudolph... May's wife had died from cancer about the time he wrote the story and now deeply in debt from the medical bills. May persuaded Montgomery Ward's corporate president, Sewell Avery, to turn the copyright over to him in 1947. With the rights in hand, May's financial security was assured.

In 1947, May's brother-in-law, songwriter Johnny Marks, wrote the song to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Sang by Gene Autry in 1949, sold 2 million copies that year.

This is a wonderful story that I learned as a young 17 year old girl who worked for the retail company called Montgomery Ward. In 1989 we celebrated the 50 year anniversary and gave away many more books.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving
The Chic Housewife

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

7 layer bars...YUMMY!

Just one of our favorites around our home for the holidays! Enjoy!

1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1/2 cup of unsalted butter
1 1/2 cut of crushed graham crackers crumbs
1 cup of finely chopped walnuts
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 (14oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
1. Preheat oven 350 degrees F
2. Place butter in 13 x 9 inch pan and melt in oven. Swirl to coat the sides and bottom with butter.
3. Spread crumbs evenly over bottom of pan. Layer chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and nuts over the crumbs. Pour condensed milk over nuts. Sprinkle coconut over condensed milk.
4. Bake until edges are golden brown, about 25 minutes. Let cool.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

It's a Business!

I have had a lot to think about the last couple of days... deciding on what decisions to make that would benefit our family, our business, and me. Sometimes you just have to "agree to disagree". From the bad something positive comes shining through! Once everything is "INKED" as they say... I will let you know more. Here we go!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Where has the time gone?

Feels like yesterday that I was at the Funky Junk Sister's Show... but, it has been weeks and I haven't put up any more pics! Ok... here we go!!!

These are pics of Debi Ward Kennedy of Retreat Design... this husband and wife team do wonders together!!! Love everything they always bring to the show!!! Check out Bob's lights. They also have a beautiful table that Bob made... which I am trying to talk my husband into letting buy it.

Don't just love Tiffany of Shabby Scraps?!! If you haven't seen her stuff... you better make it to our next show, because you are missing out!

Some excited ladies who are about to shop! Plus, it was freezing cold outside! They wanted in!!!

What can I say about John Bob Cool Junk??? Except they are the best! Loved their whole pink theme for our Breast Cancer Awarness Girl's Night Out! They let you dig right in (they have bins you can go through) Awesome!!! They also need a website... so that I can link to them!

Aren't these guys cute! They are part of the JuneBug Design clan... I think they were even dancing with the Zumba Maniacs!

There is Celia checking out some of Fun Junks stuff! Gladys is somewhere around here... (I had some photos of all of them, however, they were blurry)! Ladies thanks for taking the trip over to see all the fun! Can't wait tell your Fall show! The Mad Hatter Vintage Flea Market

Here are the ladies of Summerland! Cute stuff in their booth!
These ladies were a hoot! Loved them~ Until next time 3 Sassy Tarts!

You have to go visit these ladies too! They are located up in Stanwood... Poppyseeds

Patricia of Tippy Stockton has the cutest booth with wonderful homemade jewelry! Checkout her blog to see where she will be next...
Mark your calendars for May 14 & 15, 2010 for our next show

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Oh What a Night!

Funky Junk Sister's Night Out was a blast! Here is our PINK tree! My pictures do not do it justice, but I do have to say it was beautiful in person. Deb Ward Kennedy and all the Vendors did an awesome job making this an extra special Breast Cancer Awareness Tree!

Debi Ward Kennedy
of Retreat Design put together the beautiful tree and designed many of the extra special touches that were added. Debi and her hubby BOB are very talented... if you ever get a chance to chat with them you will fall in love with all of their positive energy and creations!

The clown was made and designed by the New England Saltbox located in Sumner, Washington.
The PINK reindeer was designed by one of our talented vendors Cynthia McBride. It was named after 2 of her friends who had Breast Cancer. All of the ornies for the tree had extra special touches... and Debi Bock we did find yours! =)

This beautiful lady, Linda Olsen, has started Tassels for a Cause. She is a breast cancer survivor! Linda wasn't able to come to the show, however, she was there in spirit with the gorgous tassels she made for the tree! Check her out at

Here is fellow blogger JOYWORKS with one of our vendor giveaways. She won a very special gift made by the talented Michelle Renee. Michelle donated a boudoir doll named after her aunt, Susan Dale (also pictured). Susan is an eight time breast cancer survivor and is currently fighting for the ninth time. Our prayers are with you Aunt Susan.

And the Winner of the Tree was Mary Anderson of Whidbey Island! She was at the Girl's Night Out Event!

Next, is a extra special request that I made from our lovely ladies The Island Chicks! Just days before the show I asked them to make an apron for one of our giveaways and they didn't let me down. It was fabulous! Patty Green was the lucky winner of the apron... I hope her hubby got the message to her! lol I will be following up =)

We also had more donations from other vendors... The Pickle Patch gave us a one of a kind Bird House. Some how I didn't get a picture of it (what was I thinking!) Michelle Renee also gave us a pretty pink bra with a frilly feathered hanger. Mary Worthington gave us a great lavender bubble bath and salt set... sure did smell great!

The next picture is of The Zumbamanics! They were in the next room doing their Zumba thang. They also raised money for our Breast Cancer Benefit. After Zumba they all went SHOPPING at the Funky Junk Sister's Show!

I call that motivation!

Thanks to everyone who made this night such a great success! Until the next one... info coming soon!!!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Funky Junk or Bust!

On the road again... can't wait to get on the road again. This song is driving me crazy!!! It has been stuck in my head for the last couple of days.

Today is the day for the ROAD TRIP! Funky Junk Sister #1 (aka. MOM) and I are going to be on our way to Puyallup, WA. Even though the show isn't until Friday there is a bunch of work to do before the doors open. We have to transform an old workout building into a fatabulous junkin retreat.

First off we have to get there!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

MIA! Sort of!!!

Wow... it has been awhile since I have written on here!

I have been working really hard on my website orders, my kids birthdays (yes... all 3 of them within weeks of each other), and the FUNKY JUNK SISTER's Show! Something else that has also been thrown in there is that we are finally moving into our place. Lots of painting, cleaning, and moving =)

Next week is the big FUNKY JUNK SISTER's Show! We are doing a special girl's night out (men can come too) this will be a fun event! We have a PINK tree that we are doing a raffle which will benefit breast cancer awareness.. there will also be giveaways.. and some yummy treats! Buy your tickets before hand, so you can get right in.

Saturday it all starts again! We have some special guest coming on the JUNK BUS... Timi has some wonderful ladies coming from up North wanting to get some great junk! They should have a great time... because Timi is a hoot! We are opening up at 8 am with an Early Bird entry. From 10 am on is our discounted entry price. Link

We have some awesome vendors... some people who have never even done a show before, but let me tell you that we have seen their junk and you will be happy to see them there. This will for sure be the best show of the year!

I will try and update more this week! Maybe about my road trip over to the Funky Junk Sister's Show....

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Mad Hatter Flea!

These girls have done a wonderful job of changing the Old 5 mile grange into something fantabulous! The girls I am talking about are the Junebug Furniture & Design. When I lived up on top of the 5 mile.. I did many yard sales and they would be there trying to score the next find. I love their style and taste!!!

We think they should come and do our show so you could experience what I have! So, write them at and tell them they should do our show too!

This is what you saw as soon as you walked though the doors! WOW! Sparkle and Shine!!!

These bags lined a window seal... stinkin' cute!

I think this was another one of their booths that was down stairs.

The popcorn wrappers are a great idea!

They did a wonderful job of picking vendors... everyone complemented each other. Antie Joy and Luluz was there. I met the ladies of Chaps and also Serena of the Farm Chicks. I would of had more pics, however, I was to busy

When they have their next show... you will not want to miss it =)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

South Hill Mall wants our Junk!

Ok, HUGE EXCITING NEWS!!!We are moving our Fall Funky Junk Sisters Show to the South Hill Mall Campus! We finally put everything together (it's been alot of work) and now we are going to do it. Our Fall Show will be in the old Ballys building on the north side of the mall.

Don DeSalvo, northwest partner of mall owner Cafaro Co. attended set up of our June Show and loved the concept. After much deliberation and conversation Dixie and I have decided this is the best move for our vendors and our business! This show will be in a much more desirable location with easy access to freeways, parking and traffic flow. Since our show has doubled in size we needed to find a much larger venue. We are very pleased to partner with the mall in this new venture! Just think how much junk we can fit into 55,000 sq. feet! It will be a junk extravaganza for the hardiest junkoholics!!!!
The address for the new location is 3600 9th St. SW Puyallup, WA 98373.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Here we go again!

Here is our flyer for the Girl's Night Out! Copy and paste it so that we can spread the word about the show and the event!!!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Barn Barn Baby!

Last weekend we took a little drive to Rathdrum, Idaho... to see one of my favorite barn sales. The Vintage Barn! I was at her first one just a few years ago and I think she might of had 3 other people besides herself
(Rolane Hopper~The Hostess with the Mostess) doing the sale.
All I can say now is "WOW" it has grown so much in just a few years.
Something that I am hoping for our show (Funky Junk Sisters)!

The end of summer sale had about 50 vendors... each one was just eye candy for me. You will have to go to her website to mark your calendar for next years sales.

This was so cool! If I had a place to put it right now... I would of bought it!

I just loved the colors mixed with the rust!

I never knew rakes looked so cool!

I have a fetish with schwinn bikes... Love them!

This would make a great island for a kitchen! It just might show up at our show... From Ann Caster of Nestting.

These were also at Ann's booth! She also does more shows from her Fire Station! How cool is that?!

This was from the Junebug booth! I would show you more, however, my sister wants to blog about the show too.

Don't forget about the Funky Junk Sister's Show!

You need to buy tickets to the GIRL'S NIGHT OUT on October 23rd... we are raising money for breast cancer awareness! Help support a great cause...!!!


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