Sunday, December 21, 2014

Know someone who would get a good laugh out of this?  Go to
to print out full size.  Use Malt Balls (my personal favorite) or chocolate covered raisins.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Now this is a different tree.  I think it's adorable and would be even cuter with vintage jars, but these new ones work too.  Wonder if I can gather enough vintage to do this in window next year.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Need something cute for the kids to do?
Go to link below and see some cute printables

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Do you give baked goods as gifts? 
I found this site with free labels like the ones in the picture and more. 
to see them.

Monday, December 1, 2014

I can't wait to try these.
Gooey, butter, cream cheese
What's not to like?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Have a happy Thanksgiving all!
Saturday is
Small Business Saturday.
Come to Niles and My Friends and I
and do your part while having a fun day.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Yum..........Apple Crisp.  This is my favorite recipe.  Go to
for recipe.  I just made some tonight.  The welcome rain put me in the mood.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Do I dare make these?  Chocolate Chip cookies are my husbands favorite.  Maybe for a treat.  Go to
for the recipe.  Let me know if you make them.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The lucky winners picking up their Gift Certificate.  Have fun spending it you two!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pat in the shop is know as the Cookie Lady because she makes cookies to serve almost every time she works.
These are my favorites and I've sent it to customers who have requested it.
They are wonderful!
Shortbread cookies
3 1/2 c flour
1 c sugar
3 cubes room temp butter (not margarine)
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
In mixer
cream butter and sugar till fluffy...........add vanilla
Add flour and salt and mix just until it all comes together (don't over mix)
Pour onto piece of saran wrap and form a disc  chill 30 mins.
Put disc on parchment paper covered pan and roll or press out to approx. 1/4 inch
Poke small holes all over top with fork and sprinkle with sugar
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.  DO NOT OVERBAKE
Sprinkle with a little more sugar
Let sit 5 minutes and cut with pizza cutter into desired size pieces and let sit until
completely cool before removing from pan.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

All of us at My Friends and I want to thank everyone who came to the Open House.
If you couldn't make it, there is still lots of cute Christmas in the store.
The winner of the $100.00 Gift Certificate is Pam Hallstrom.  Congrats Pam!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

We are so excited for this years Open House
It's our 32nd!!!
Hope to see you all there.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

 Popcorn balls.......YUMMY!
Go to this site for recipe.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  Old clocks
They are in all the new decorating magazines and yes we have some. 
 Most don't work, but who cares, they are wonderful for displaying.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Second post of the day............This looks too good not to share!

Mississippi Sin Dip. Sour cream, cream cheese, cheddar, ham ,green onions, etc. Bake in hollowed out French bread for one hour wrapped in foil.
Last days for this bag drawing
It's really cute and did I tell you that there is a small
My Friends and I Gift Certificate that goes with it?
Make a comment here or on our facebbook page or email me
 that you want to win and I will
put you in the drawing.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I saw this and wanted to share.
 A cup used as curtain tie back. 
 How clever is that!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Record Case
As a teenager I had one of these.
It was so handy.  Just put the 45's
you wanted to take to a party in it
and off you'd go.
My Friends had them too.
I have 2 vintage ones in the shop.
This pink one and a baby blue one.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This is from a post in 2012
and oh so true!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Love Scotties?
If so you need to come and see all the really
cute ones in the shop.  These are just a few
of what's available.  Space # 85
is where to see them.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Another Globe picture.  Note in the background the game boards on display.  They are all for sale
now in the shop.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Have you noticed in all the decorating magazines that Globes are in right now?

If you like them come on in and see the ones we have.  I think there are at least 3 or 4.

Also hot are old clocks (working or not) and birdcages.  This charming arrangement is in booth # 7

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Early Fall?
According to this tree with its leaves turning in the
Niles Park it is. 
 Guess we'll be thinking about
Fall decorating in the shop soon.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

When July was over I took the Red White and Blue out of the front window.
It's in the store and still one of my favorite color combos.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Coming to Niles this Sat.
Gals bring your guys, they can look
at cars and you can SHOP!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

We're gearing up for the Antique Faire which is August 31st.
This is the 50th year for the event and  the 32nd for
My Friends and I
The girls will be loading up their booths with
wonderful merchandise from now till then.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

This is a picture of some really pretty cards
and vintage tablecloths that dealer #4 sells.
The cards are from photo's she takes herself.

Friday, August 8, 2014

This is along the Niles Creek where I walk.
They are cement buildings that I'm sure
belong to the Water Dist. 
Each one has
been painted on all sides with some
really cool murals.
If you want to see them go to Third Street and
walk through the park to the pathway that
follows the creek and start
walking right.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Best Ice Cream in Fremont and it's right
on Niles Blvd. in Niles.
You've got to give it a try.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I've been looking at old posts and here is a recipe from
Oct. 25th. 2008  I used to make these all the time.
Trust me.  These are really good and really easy.

Apple Dewies

2 cans refr. crescent rolls
2 large apples
1.5 stick butter
1.5 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. cinnamon
6 oz. Mt.Dew beverage
Peel and cut the apples into wedges.
Roll each wedge into a crescent dough triangle.
Arrange in a greased 9x13 dish.
Melt butter and add sugar. Don't stir too much.
Add vanilla.
Pour over apple crescents.
Sprinkle cinnamon and 1 tsp. sugar over top.
Pour Mt. Dew between apple crescents.
Bake @ 350 for 35-40 min.
It will seem soupy. It's supposed to!
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. Drizzle 'soupy stuff'
over both.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

When I went to the Gift Show in Las Vegas this year
I got several cute bags that different companies were giving away.
This one is super cute.
I'm doing a drawing for it in August.
Make a purchase and get in the drawing.
It will have a Gift Certificate with it too.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Peggy decorated a table with yellow things today.
If you want to see she's dealer #6

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Pink in the other window
It's pretty hard to take pictures of the store front windows.
Lots of reflections.  See the Palm Tree across the street in the Plaza?
I kind of like it.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Wood Numbers
One Gal bought them to put on her gate
another to decorate her babies room.

Any way you use them
they are  just FUN!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Happy AUGUST 1st!
Here is a picture of a tree in the Niles Park on 2nd street. 
Looks like fall, but it can't be!  It way too early for that.
 A few things I put in the front window yesterday.
The bird looks like he belongs in the tree at the park.
As you can probably guess this window has a lot of yellow

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Oh my gosh!!! I can't believe it has been so long since I've posted any thing on here.
Well here's to a new month tomorrow and me trying to post something everyday in August.
We'll see how that works out.  By the way if you like what I post please comment, it keeps me inspired to do more.
Do you like Pyrex?  Well here's a neat site you can go to and learn about it.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Gardening with junk can be fun. 
 Look what someone did with this old chair.  Just let the flowers grow up inside it..  I happen to have an old chair without a bottom and I'm going to put it with this picture at the store July 1st.  It's not painted, but that could be done to suit your taste.  I love red so that would be my choice.

By the way it's going to be a drawing for the month of July.  Come in the store to enter.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

How much is that doggie in the window? 
Well he's not really in the window but this cute dog frame is in the store right now. 
Also in the store are fruit jars, lots of fruit jars.  One would be great for doggie treats.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Wouldn't this be cute in a kitchen window?  Or outside? 
I love what people come up with.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Wildflower, Art and Garden Show is this Sunday May 18th
The pictures above are from the Gardens that are on tour.  You can see all 11 gardens that day.
The tickets are only $12.00 advance and $15.00 day of. Get them at My Friends and I or on line at    Great yards this year, everything from succulents to roses.
 Also that day the free events include
Quilt Show in the Plaza (across from us), sidewalk vendors featuring, plants, crafts, jewelry, etc...............2 open Artist Studios..................the Fremont Art Assoc. annual event..............Quilt challenge and display of Quilts of Honor at our 2 Niles Quilt Stores and of course shopping at our wonderful Niles stores.
Come spend the day............Lots to see and do.

Friday, May 9, 2014

CAR SHOW in Niles tomorrow
Bring your guy and
While he's checking out the cars
you shop!
 Maybe he'll let you pick out
something for MOTHER'S DAY

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Ok this is pretty cute.  Wonder if it works.  Think I'll give it a try.  Looks like more seeds than in a circle pattern.  If you try it and it works comment here on the blog.  Fun challenge.
DIY: Grow A Lemon Seed Indoor Plant •Soak lemons seeds overnight. •Gently remove outer layer of seeds. •Put back into water as you prepare soil. •Plant lemon seeds in a circle pattern. •Place small pebbles on top of seeds. •Water occasionally and watch it grow

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Yum Yum!  Let me know if you make these
Chess Squares

1 box yellow cake mix
3 eggs
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
4 cups (1 lb) powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 300 and spray a 9×13 dish with cooking spray. Mix cake mix, melted butter and one egg to a soft dough. Press into the bottom of the pan. Mix powdered sugar, softened cream cheese and remaining two eggs until smooth, about 1-2 mins. Pour on top of crust. Bake at 300 for 40-50 minutes until top is golden brown.


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Ok I've been missing in action with posting on the blog.........I swear Facebook has me hooked, but will try and do better and if your not following me on Facebook click on the link and follow me.

I've got to ask you "how cute is this"?????  Dot Sticker Garland!!!  .  Who thinks of these things?  Guess I'll be looking for some of these and the bakers twine too.  I want lots of colors and I want to hang them everywhere.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Next Sat. and Sun. the 12th and 13th is the
Second Annual Niles Fling. 

 What is it you ask..........well several stores in Niles are going to have SALES, DISCOUNTS, or DRAWINGS those two days.
If you make a purchase in any of the participating stores that weekend you'll be entered in a drawing for a $100.00 Gift Certificate that Niles Main Street Assoc. is giving away.
The girls at MY FRIENDS AND I will be doing their own thing in their booths. For instance  Space #1 will have lots of items on SALE.
 Also we will be doing a drawing for two $25.00 Gift Certificates.

 Participating stores will have a Spring Fling poster in their window so look for it.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

This is perfect for a rainy day.  I love everything this Artist did.  
Agnes Richardson, born 1885 in Wimbledon, London, died 1951. Designed posters for the Underground Group 1912-1922
I'll see if I can post more of her art here on the blog as days go by.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Our 32nd Spring Open House is next weekend the 15th and 16th.  
We are offering a 15% discount both days and we are doing drawings for two $50.00 Gift Certificates. 
We are also doing a drawing for 10 of these cute bags and the heart charm that comes with it.
Hope you can make it and be sure to tell all your friends!

Monday, March 3, 2014
Forgot to tell you we are on youtube. Check it out.

Spring is making a showing in the shop. 
Lots of bright colors and pretty things.
If you haven't heard our "SPRING OPEN HOUSE" is March 15th and 16th.   10:00 to 6:00
Discounts and drawing for TWO $50.00 Gift Certificates.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Here are some pictures of some of the spaces in the shop.  We look really, really good!  Try clicking on picture to make bigger.  Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't.  I like it when it does!

Friday, January 10, 2014

This made me laugh. It's me but they left off craft room, catching up on favorite tv show, talking to friends on the phone, looking at a magazine...........Well you get the picture, anything BUT work on taxes  As bad as I dislike it, I always get it done on time so I guess I'm doing ok.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

. Valentines Day is right around the corner.  We have some really cute items that just arrived at the shop. It's not to early to put a touch of red on a little table, or shelf to celebrate the day, and best of all, lots these things can stay out year round.