Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tell Me Why

Tell me why...

I said yes to two custom order quilts in December?

I wait until the last minute to decide to knit some 
Christmas gifts when I had the whole year to prepare?

I haven't figured out, after all these years, that skipping
my morning devotions to "get to work" is never a good idea?

my immursion blender decided to start smoking and melt
while I had it in a pot of potato soup?

we, as women, think we have to do it all in order for our
families to have the ultimate wonderful holiday experience?

there's never any chocolate in the house when you need it?

Off to grab my Bible,

Monday, December 13, 2010

Snow Day!

My highschool daughter walked around singing the snowday song she learned back in middle school yesterday.  Sure enough, she climbed in bed with me this morning letting me know that school was officially closed and then promptly went back to sleep.  I had to go take a peek.  This was the view out my front window when the sun was coming up.  I love the soft glow from the vintage nativity that a friend found for me a couple of weeks ago.  I need to build a creche but that will have to wait until the summer.

This is the view from my three-season porch.  The garden is under ice and snow, taking a long rest before next spring's awakening.  I sometimes wonder if the flowers need the rest because it takes so much energy to be spectacular for months on end.

I thought you might like a peek at the porch decorations while I was out here.  The Christmas decorations are pretty simple in this room.  Most things come inside for the winter because of the cold and moisture.  A little tree in a red pot brightens up one corner.

Floral pillows with tulle and silver ornaments give it just a bit of sparkle next to the church I covered with buttons one year.

A bit of greenery reminds me of the great flowers of the summer and what awaits in the spring.  

The colors of the wicker furniture really pop against the white of the snow outside.  Winters are l-o-n-g in Michigan so we need all the "pop" we can get!

A large Christmas ball that my Mom made hangs from the ceiling fan.  Just looking at it has me wanting to go make one.  Today sounds like a good day for baking, sewing and wrapping gifts.  I wonder if I can coax a certain helper out of bed.  Probably not, isn't that what snow days are all about when you are young?  Blessings!


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sunday Scripture

"Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary?
Who may live on your holy hill?
He whose walk is blameless
and who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from his heart
and has no slander on his tongue,
who does his neighbor no wrong
and casts no slur on his fellowman,
who despises a vile man
but honors those who fear the Lord,
who keeps his oath
even when it hurts."
Psalm 15:1-6

Sunday Blessings,

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Tour Continues - The Entryway

I have been looking for a topper for my silver tree and on a recent outing I found this angel.  She is not in the best of shape but I couldn't pass her up.  She still has a working light but I don't use it in the hopes of perserving her longer.   She is the perfect addition to the tree.

This tree is covered primarily with vintage bulbs but I have added a few newer ones as well.  I have used some civil war era lace for the skirt.  A piece given to me by a friend many years ago.  She had the blessing of a trunk belonging to a family member from that time period and so graciously gave me lace from it.

My Mom cross-stitched this picture for me.  It is one of my favorites.  There is beading in the wreath surrounding the picture.

What would an entry way be without vintage mistletoe to grace it?  My daughter likes to stand under it when a certain young man comes a-calling.   Blessings this Saturday!

With joy,

Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday Pretties

We continue the Christmas tour from the kitchen, one of the favorite rooms in my house.  This tree hold my Grandmother's and Mother's cookie cutters as well as some miniature kitchen utensils, small tin teacups, snowflakes, candy canes and more.

A girl can't go wrong when preparing meals on a pink kitchen island.  Everyday is a holiday using this.

A big glass jar holds my collection of vintage cupcake picks, candle holders, candles and nut cups.  I store my cupcake liners here as well.  The measuring cups are a new find and yes, that is a pink one sandwiched in the middle. 

The little pink cupboard is prettified for Christmas with the addition of  a tiny tree.  I'm on the lookout for a stove to add to this piece.

I'm loving the vintage container found this week.  It holds my coffee liners and adds such charm to the coffee corner.

A little wink and a smile from some happy Holt Howard salt and pepper shakers.  Oh how I love Holt Howard!

Some sparkly pot holders from a local Christmas Bazaar add a homemade touch.  I try to imagine the person who made them.

My friend, Diane, made the little wreath and it ties the kitchen colors together so well.  I'm off to make some coffee and start my day.  A visit from my sweet niece is in order.  I love that she's in her 20's and I'm still Aunt Nay!

A thank you to Joyce for continuing to host Friday Pretties!
She's off to visit her sister and cousins for a fun weekend.
Visit her here.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Tour Continues

We find ourselves in the "Pretty Room" today.  I name coined by my family for the ultra-girly living room in our house.  I think most of the rooms are pretty and girly but this one seems to stand out.  It could be my use of old doors for backdrops and coffee tables or the lavish use of floral print.  At Christmas what makes it more girly is the white tree.

Most of my Christmas decorations can be credited to my Mom who has made me beautiful things through the years.  One of my absolute favorite is the paper garlands of dancing men and women.

The pattern came from an early Martha Stewart magazine.  It was quite the labor of love.  I have two strands each of men and women.  Two years ago she made me the second batch from velum instead of paper and they are holding up much better.  I cherish them both.

The mantel is all a-shimmer with garlands and trees.  The pink deer is a new find this year and fits perfectly in with the decorations.  It may stay there year round.

The shelf on the mantel was purchased at the Junk Bonanza in Minnesota three years ago.  Two years in a row I made the 18 hour round trip with my friends Diane and Sally.  We had such a fun time and I remember those trips each time I look at the shelf.  It makes a wonderful display piece for all the little treasures I find.

Years ago I made this wreath using my Grandmother's ornaments.  I want to publicly thank my friend, Diane, who lovingly fixes it each time I drop and break an ornament.  Diane makes and sells vintage ornament wreaths so I can count on her for a repair when needed.  Perhaps I should package it a bit more carefully.

I have two nativity scenes from my Mom which I switch out each year.  One she made in ceramics class and this one is cross-stitched.  I just sent away for a pattern I saw on Tina's blog "The Quiet Home".  I plan on knitting one and then when each of my children have their own homes, they may take one of their Grandmothers.  The wooden puzzle of the three crosses was made by my now college son when he was in shop class in middle school.  It makes the perfect backdrop for the nativity and is a reminder of the reason God came to earth and was born in a manger.

This chair was found at a barn sale this summer for $35.  It looks perfect with the heart pillow and the throw my Mom made several years ago.  My Mom is always creating something beautiful with her hands and my Dad is artistic as well so I got a double dose of creativeness from them.

My last picture today is of the sweet little mouse I found at Ikea a couple of months ago.  I have such an affection for mice.  When I saw this one, I instantly knew she was coming home with me.  A tiny top to a little chair makes the perfect home for her.  


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Christmas Tour Continues

We find ourselves back in the dining room today finishing up a look at the Christmas decorations.   I thought you might like another look at the dollhouse all set for the holidays.

The oil lamp that belonged to my Grandmother finds it's way to the sideboard.  I remember what it once looked like at her house this time of year and remember the smell of the oil burning.

The table wears it's Christmas quilt that I made last year at this time.  It was a great stash buster, using many different red prints.  The wonderful thing about this quilt is that whenever I look at the individual fabrics, I remember other things that I made with it.

By the window stands a small tree that I made a few years back.  The garland is made from sheet music and the tree skirt is lace from the Civil War era.

A small church pew that found it's way into my heart and home several years ago makes me wonder about the people who would have been sitting there for a Christmas service.

A cross-stitch picture my Mom made hangs on the wall and reminds me of a simpler time.

A favorite item in my dining room are these Rudolph dishes.  Whimiscal and charming and must have once held cookies for Santa.  Off to the "Pretty Room" tomorrow!  Blessings!

With joy,

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

My Red Rose Farm Quilt

I want to take a break in my Christmas tour to show you my quilt I just got back from the quilter and quickly bound.  Most of you know of my love affair with the Red Rose Farm fabric by Elizabeth Scott of  The Late Bloomer.

The quilt is made with about 80% Red Rose Farm, a bit of Lecien's Flower Sugar and some yellow buffalo check that I had in my stash.  It is backed with a large hot pink on white polka-dot.

Thank you to all of you who sent me messages when I inquired about the proper way to do embroidery.  I have been in love with these vintage dish towel transfers for quite some time and knew they would look great on a quilt.

The quilter did a wonderful job, though it is hard to see in these pictures.  She even quilted tea pots into the cake stand blocks.

My kitchen walls are yellow and the kitchen is decorated in aqua, yellow and pink with a retro feel to it.  This hangs on the wall in the kitchen and really ties the room's theme to the vintage items I have placed there.  I used almost every bit of the fatquarter bundle of Red Rose Farm.  With the scraps I would like to make some placemats.

A big thank you to Elizabeth for designing such a wonderful line of fabrics that will certainly keep my kitchen bright and happy in the cold, dark, dead of winter here in Michigan.   See you tomorrow for more Christmas decorating pictures!