Thursday, December 23, 2010

Making Progress

Christmas preparations are winding down at my house.  I've baked Cranberry Almond Bread and made one delivery already.

Shann over at Daisy's Are My Favorite Flower shared the recipe for this Vanilla Snack Mix which I believe may be our new family favorite.  I also made toffee bark but alas, not one single cookie yet.   Hope your day is filled with sweet treats!


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Don't You Love Linus?

Every time I watch this I feel like a child again, laying on the floor in my living room, manually turning the knob to the channel, all excited because this show was on, the one you waited for all year long!


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Words of Promise

I would like to share with you, today, an excerpt from the devotional, "Grace for The Moment" by Max Lucado.  May you be blessed by it!

Every Christmas I read this reminder that came in the mail several years ago:

If our greatest need had been information,
God would have sent an educator.
If our greatest need had been technology,
God would have sent us a scientist.
I our greatest need had been money,
God would have sent us an economist.
But since our greatest need was forgiveness,
"God sent Us a Savior", by Roy Lessin

He became like us, so we could become like him.
Angels still sing and the star still beckons.
He loves each one of us like there was only one of us to love.

"God has given a son to us...
His name will be Wonderful Counselor,
Powerful God...Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6


Monday, December 20, 2010

Joy-filled Fingers

Today finds me finishing up a gift that has brought me great joy to make.  I've used pieces of a vintage quilt, a fragment of an old lace trimmed pillow case and some lovely cream buttons.

There are some gifts that just seem to sing from your finger tips as you create, and this was one of them.  I'll show more pictures later this week.

We are expecting more snow as the temps remain frigid.  A good day to look through my recent finds, bake cookies and enjoy the sound of laughter coming from a family all together again.

May today keep a prayer of thankfulness continually flowing as I remember the reason for this Christmas season and the blessings I have received.  Have a joy-filled Monday!


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sunday Scripture

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"In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel
to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged
to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant
of David.  The virgin's name was Mary.  The angel
went to her and said, "Greetings you who are highly
favored!  The Lord is with you."  Mary was greatly 
troubled at his words and wondered what kind of 
greeting this might be.  But the angel said to her,
"Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with
God.  You will be with child and give birth to a son, 
and you are to give him the name Jesus.  He will 
be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.
The Lord God will give him the throne of his father 
David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob 
forever; his kingdom will never end."  Luke 1:26-33

How He loves us so,

Friday, December 17, 2010

Friday Pretties

A Christmas present from Diane

A newly acquired vintage bride doll

A pretty Christmas corsage

A Christmas gift to myself

For more Friday Pretties visit Joyce


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.