Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Winding Down...

When I was growing up, I thought that the year 2000 was something out of a science fiction movie or something.  Some how it just didn't seem real ... but here we are winding down year 2011.  
Isn't it funny how differently we see things when we are children.  

Now that I'm older, I'm amazed at how quickly time is passing by.  Maybe that's why I've left my Christmas decorations up until the very last minute ... I'm even thinking of leaving these little lambs out a while longer.
After all... Spring is just around the corner.  ":o)  
Have a Blessed and Happy New Year!
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow -Einstein

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Rocky ...

I just looked out my front window and noticed
Rocky is still hanging around...
He sure looks cold these days.   

One of my friends told me that squirrels in their attic 
almost ruined their Christmas Holiday ":o(

 I'm sure she wouldn't enjoy seeing Rocky  ...
but we still like the little guy!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

A Christmas Open House ...

My sister-in-law and good friend just finished putting the finishing touches on their cottage this Christmas.  I asked her if she would let me take a few pictures for you, because I wanted you to see their Red Christmas tree!  No, it's not your traditional tree, but it certainly brings the CHRISTmas spirit into their home.
Please Come In... 
This CHRISTmas tree is packed with memories!
Each ornament seems to have a story that reminds them of 
Christ,  Friends and Family.
There's even an ornament for their dachshund Haley.  
My brother loves to tease Debi, and actually placed a coca-cola can on the tree one year just to see how long it would take her to notice it.  As you can imagine, it didn't take to long... 
I was there the day she was filling bowls, glasses and cups with ornaments...and spreading cheer all around the room.
Fairy Dust! Fairy Dust! Fairy Dust!
Then Everything was Pretty!
CHRIST is the center of their home 
and this beautiful nativity is the newest 
addition to their CHRISTmas tradition.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing their Christmas Cottage
as much as I've enjoyed sharing it with you.


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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas Copy Cat

is a blog that I love to read because  I know I will be inspired by whatever she publishes ....  for instance, her post  which included this stylized Christmas Tree (below) started  wheels turning ... 

I couldn't wait to try it for Myself

I wish I could climb inside her head ...

Her simple, carefree decorating style 
really appeals to me.

My stylized Christmas tree is on display in our
Master Bedroom

Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Tea ...

This may be the closest I come to a 
Christmas Tea 

Still ... it's been fun socializing with these ladies.
We'd love for you to join us ...
I like mine with a little cream and sugar -
How about you?

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1 John 5:21 (NLT)

Just  Me... Trying to stay focused...
"Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God's place in your heart" 
   1 John 5:21 NLT

 John 3:16

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas Cards

I still enjoy sending and receiving Christmas cards...
they're like little gifts that make the season so much brighter.
I especially love the ones with family pictures and letters.
Oh the Joy!

                                                                         Source: via Geneva on Pinterest

I tend to hold on to the ones I've received from year to year...

                                                                   Source: via Geneva on Pinterest

Some have greetings from family and friends 
who are in heaven now, and it's wonderful seeing their 
handwritten messages from Christmastimes past.
                                                                       Source: via Geneva on Pinterest

Sometimes I think about cutting them up
 and using them for a craft project, 
but that hasn't happened so far.
                                                                              Source: via Geneva on Pinterest

My Mother and Grandmother would 
string their cards across the living room wall 
making a wonderful holiday display.
Source: via Cathy on Pinterest
After we read our cards, we usually place them in a basket 
with little snippets of each card showing off it's color.
                                                                            Source: via Geneva on Pinterest

I'm sure one of my Aunts used to make 
something similar to this with her old cards.  
It's actually very whimsical isn't it!

I'm hoping to get my cards in the mail soon, along with a short newsletter sharing some of our favorite pictures and happenings during this past year.

Cheerful * Merry * Joyful

Christmas Wishes from our House to Yours!
                                                                     Source: via Geneva on Pinterest

"The Lord bless you and keep you; 
The Lord make His face shine upon you; 
And be gracious to you; 
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, 
And give you peace."
  Numbers 6:24-26 (NKJV)

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmastime Memories

The memories that are made at Christmas 
 can last a lifetime 
I think that's why Buzz and I enjoy these old chippy glass ornaments ... Seeing them on our tree is conjuring up so many memories of the simple Christmastimes we had when we were both growing up.   These ornaments were a thrift store find a few years back - their faded colors, chippy paint and even hints of sprayed on snowflakes are what make them so beautiful to us.  

Chippy Glass Ornaments
Old Toys
Our Kids Handmade Ornaments
(from years ago)
 are making our home feel so Festive 

During the Christmas season,
I hope that your own times of excitement and sharing
and fellowship will leave you with a special gift -
Memories that will last a lifetime.
James Dobson

On another note...

                                                                          Source: via Geneva on Pinterest
When I was going through my ornaments yesterday,
I found an old slinky.
I think I have to make this... ":o)
"Merry Christmas Birdies"
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Considering Christmas Decorating

Most of our ornaments have been around for years ...

they sleep in crates and hat boxes until Christmastime.

It's always fun to see them from year to year,

but they don't all get to come out and play.

My favorites are the ones my kids made in school ... 
with glitter and glue
I especially like the paper ones ... 
Ephemera is my weakness
The Reason for the Season
I'll get around to decorating later this week...

I'm still pondering...

Haven't made up my mind just what I want to do...


This is so NOT like me!
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Guest Bedroom - Before / After

I can't tell you how many times this room has changed during the past year ...
so I'm sure we'll be tweaking it as time goes by.

This is how it looks  

And this is how the room looked before we started working on it.
They said the carpets had been cleaned?!?!

For more detail on what we did, see my Q & A

This room is approximately 
12 x 16
and does double duty as our study
(where I'm blogging from)
I think it's fair to say, we use this room
Every Day

We'll be adding / subtracting probably from now on
but I wanted to include it on our

If we make any major changes, you'll be the first to know.

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