Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sewing for Christmas 2011

Today you will find me over at Stash Manicure where I am the guest blogger.   I would like to thank Madame Samm for this fun opportunity!  Stop on over and take a look then come back here and read on...

I am on a mission this year to sew for Christmas each month so that I'm not making myself crazy in the weeks before Christmas.  Would you like to join me?  Here's the plan:

1.  Grab the cute button "Sewing Christmas" from my sidebar and add it to your blog.
2.  Stop in here the third Monday of each month where I will be featuring a gift you can make.
3.  Share your own project that day through the link provided.  It does not have to be a sewn item, it can be any great gift idea you may have.
4.  Rejoice with me in December 2011 over all the gifts we have created and the fun we will be having with all of our free time!

A big THANK YOU to the very talented, KEREN at
for designing a wonderful button!
Be sure to visit her for some beautiful, vintage freebies! 


Monday, December 27, 2010

A Few Favorites From 2010

So many ideas and so little time to do everything that we want to do.  We give our love to others through the gifts of our hands and hope they find as much joy in receiving as the joy we experience in the making.  Each project satisfies the craving to create, but not for long, as we move on to the next idea already forming in our minds.  I'm so glad that God gave me something to do with my hands and I'm ready to see what creations await you and I in the new year.  Blessings!

With joy,

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sunday Scripture

"This is how God showed his love among
us: He sent his one and only Son into the world
that we might live through him.  This is love;
not that we loved God, but that he loved us and
sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought
to love one another.  No one has ever seen God;
but if we love one another, God lives in us and 
his love is made complete in us."

1 John 4:9-12


Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

C is for the Child born that night to be our light. (John 8:12)
H is for holy is His name. (Rev. 4:8)
R is for rejoice with gladness & joy. (Luke 1:14)
I is for Immanuel, God with us. (Is. 7:14, John 1:14)
S is for the star that led the Wise men to Him. (Matt. 2:2)
T is for the truth and grace that was sent our way. (John 1:14)
M is for Mother Mary laying Him in the manger. (Luke 2:7)
A is for angels singing songs of joy. (Luke 2:14)
S is for salvation. (John 3:16)

Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas!
Thanking the Lord for the gift of your friendship
and the joy it has brought me this year!


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

Image from humblepiety.com

"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!