TOODay 4th Giveaway Winner!


Happy Wednesday,  #99  Jennifer You are the 4th Tie One On Day Giveaway WINNER.

Jennifer will be making someone’s day brighter: Kindness is a good thing and for TOODay, I am hoping to get my sewing machine out and make an apron with some cool fabric I pick up and then “file” and forget about. It will be given to someone who needs it for many reasons other than just protecting from the food splatters.


The generous sponsors of this fourth giveaway are: Cultivar, Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking, the American Sewing Guild, Stampington & Company, Emily Ellyn Retro Rad Chef, Simplicity and My Memories digital scrapbooking.

Without hesitation, sponsors responded to Tie One On Day as consistent with the heart of their companies, and I am extremely appreciative of their support.


MyMemories is also providing its giveaway of the My Memories Suite v4 and two Gift Certificates to four additional randomly selected winners:

#44  Terri K                  #165  Colleen

#15  Judy K                  # 81   Kimberlee



I titled this blurry Kodak moment “Waiting for the Doorbell to Ring” because it so perfectly represents that moment when all is at the ready – the gravy is simmering, the potatoes covered and warming in the oven with the vegetable casserole, the turkey plattered, the whipped cream for the pumpkin pie in a stainless container chilling in the refrigerator. Father is proud of the Mrs. for setting this beautiful table while she is likely exhausted from the preparation. Yet all is well in this home, where a feast awaits and thanks will be given.


To all who participated in Tie One On Day 2013, and through acts of kindness made someone’s day brighter, thank you, for giving from the heart. May all be well as we prepare to give thanks on Thanksgiving.

xx EllynAnne

Kodak Moments Pictures of Holiday Perfection

Call me the odd duck, but I love the yearly deluge of holiday cards, especially those that include a photo or , my very favorite, a catch up letter.

I can’t find any history on the tradition of the photo card, but Kodak appears to be the innovator of the template.
My collection of mid-century photo greeting cards are charming and hilarious. The cards themselves are in pristine condition, despite the years since first printed. What’s still to be known is whether in fifty+ years, our digitized picture cards will bode as well.

The holiday photos of some fifty years ago are not so different from those we take today. It’s the style of dress, hair and decor that age the greetings. Here, a sampling from my collection that proves the point.
Little Mister Handsome – looking just like the adult men of the era – suited up, hair neatly parted and shiny with Bryl Creme, his pose very formal. This could be Bill Gates or Steve Jobs.

I especially love photo cards that include the whole family. I imagine this Kodak moment was snapped at Thanksgiving by a camera toting guest or by Santa on Christmas eve of the previous year. Either way, the entire roll of film had to be developed, the picture for the card chosen, the cards ordered and delivered; then she, the mom, had to sign, stamp, lick the envelope and get ’em mailed. From the look on this woman’s face, she’s likely running all that through her mind.

Oh, boy, Junior’s now taller than dad! That’s what a yearly family photo was all about – showing the changes of the past year without displaying any dirty laundry.
While I enjoy seeing the documentation of our friends’ children, I think we all secretly adore cards that include the whole family, just so we can see how our friends have fared!

Pets-as-the-kids is nothing new. I wonder if these dogs first appeared on the yearly holiday card as cute little puppies, their maturation thereafter chronicled by loving master/parents and shared to one and all on the mailing list.
Or perhaps the dogs were more fun than the children or photographed better or the owners simply liked their pets better than their kids.

There isn’t anything Christmas-y about this photo – not a wreath on the door, no placard Santa and reindeer in the front yard, chosen perhaps to show friends and relatives far away the porch furniture, which looks very inviting…the purpose, maybe of the card in the first place!

I love a surprise, and the house card proved to be just that! It’s the only photo greeting in my collection that was mailed without an envelope, the address appearing on the backside. And it’s there you can see the postal cancellation stamp and the date, 1948. So, three years after World War II ended, the Clark’s Christmas card featured their new home, where I hope they lived

a very happy life.

Tie One On…an apron, of course!