Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Peppermint Candy Sticks

Nowadays, time seems to get away from me over and over. I make plans, but then those plans change... quite often. I thought I'd make certain things to offer you before Thanksgiving, but those things are nowhere to be found, other than in bits and pieces, still waiting to be brought together on my workroom table.

Instead, I found all these fabrics in a box and decided at the last minute to whip up some old fashioned Christmas decorations. I will have several Christmas stockings listed tomorrow afternoon. All are lined and have loops for hanging. Some are long and skinny, more colonial in style, and some have cuffs and are more traditional, and then there are a few one of a kind stockings, that won't be duplicated and are not sold in pairs.

Among the fabrics, I found some red stripe canvas ticking... perfect for old fashioned peppermint sticks! There are several bundles available. You may need a few to tuck here and there throughout your Christmas decor. While making these peppermint sticks, I thought of an old country store in my hometown. It's no longer operating as the store where you could buy feed for your horse, a twist of tobacco for your grandpa, a chunk of bologna for your dad, fabric, shoes, or stockings for your mom, and a piece or two of candy for yourself... but the building still stands.

photo from facebook

The exterior was made from large blocks of the local sandstone, while the interior was creaky wood floors, wooden counters and shelves overflowing, and there was an old stove with chairs nearby for all the men to sit and spit and tell tall tales.

I have no idea how long the store was there... I think at least as far back as the 40s or 50s, maybe earlier. I remember going there in the 70s when I was a little girl. And later, in the 80s when I was in high school, that's where my mom bought my sewing supplies for Home Economics class. I still have those scissors and used them to cut out these peppermint sticks and Christmas stockings.

Ahhh, nostalgic memories! :)

Tonight, I have the peppermint sticks listed. Tomorrow afternoon I will add the Christmas stockings.

View An Old Fashioned Christmas here.

Take care & God bless,

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