Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas at Anthropologie

Do you have a shop that you like to visit ... just for the sake of inspiration?  

I'll admit that it takes a lot to impress me, but there is one store that does it every single time.  Therefore, when I get within five miles of any of their shops my car knows just what to do.  If you've never visited an Anthropologie all I can say is... "treat yourself" because their creativity will speak to all five senses.

Anthropologie in Southlake, Texas

When I visited a local store a few weeks ago, I was delighted by this full size paper mache reindeer and bird in flight.  I just stood there amazed, wondering what kind of mind thinks up these glorious displays!

Even their street side windows were spectacular... at first I thought this design was painted on, but it's like a giant scherenschnitte.  
Who does this?

I'd love to see the Anthropologie elves in action...
and maybe let some of their elfish talent rub off on me.... ":o)  

I'll admit that I don't always just look when I visit Anthroplogie...I would say that Buzz hates it when I go, but he's my equal when it comes to finding little treasures there.

We Both Love It!

ps:  If you follow my facebook page, I know you've already seen some of these pictures, but it was worth sharing them again.  

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Christmas Inspiration via Pinterest

I love keeping Christmas decorating simple

like this open Bible with little pieces of greenery

                                                                Source: lillablanka.blogspot.com via Geneva on Pinterest

a simple n.o.e.l

                                                                    Source: sweetpeahome.blogspot.com via Geneva on Pinterest

White on White

                                                                     Source: bonjade.blogspot.com via Geneva on Pinterest

or repurposed jars

                                                        Source: nellyvintagehome.blogspot.com via Geneva on Pinterest

You don't have to spend a lot of money to have a 
beautiful home at Christmas... just a little imagination.

For more simple decorating ideas
visit my Christmas inspiration board

Friday, November 23, 2012

Nana's Best Christmas Decorating Inspiration Ever...

(the day after Thanksgiving)

I decided 
to pull my itty bitty fake Christmas tree 
out of storage 
to see if I could use it one more year.

 What put me in the Christmas Spirit?

It was my phone call from Penny;

she's coming for Christmas!

It's been a long time between hugs,

so this Nana is pretty excited


ready to make some special memories!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks

"We thank Thee, Lord of Heaven,
For all that Thou hast given
To help and to delight us, 
For friends who gladly greet us,
For flowers of field and garden,
For bees with sweetness laden, 
For swift and gallant horses,
For dogs with friendly faces,
For homely dwelling places,
For song and kindly voices,
For good and sleep and ease,
We thank Thee, Lord, for these."

Author Unknown

Wishing You & Yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Autograph Quilt

A few years ago I purchased an old autograph quilt with the intention of repurposing pieces of it.  Only thing, I could never bring myself to cut it up.

All the hand embroidered autographs were so sweet... I loved looking at all the names and imagining how these families were connected.

Now that Buzz and I have retired and are downsizing I decided the best way for me to repurpose this quilt was to take pictures of each square, then donate the actual quilt to a local charity.  I didn't have to destroy it, plus I can use the digital images in dozens of ways.

At first, I was only going to share a couple of the images with you, but I finally decided to share all 19 squares so you could see the names, and maybe connect to some of these people as well.


Did you know any of these folks?

Feel free to download any of these images for your own art projects...I think these folks might like the idea that their handiwork was still being enjoyed today! 

Friday, November 2, 2012

give thanks - Banner

A Simple Reminder
made from ... 
      shipping tags  - 1 3/8" x 2 3/4"
          each tag is hand stamped with a letter
             and tied to a piece of grapevine 
along with a leaf we found a few days ago
We are truly thankful, but certainly don't take it for granted.
After seeing the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy
we realize Life can change in an instant.

Psalm 46:1

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