Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas Tour Part I

It has been a slow process for me this year in decorating for Christmas.  I am chairing a very large women's event at our church next week which will bring in nearly 600 women.  My husband leans more towards Scrooge when it comes to the holidays so I thought I might let some of it go this year.

Imagine my surprise this week when he asked me if I was going to "put up" Christmas this year?  After 30 plus years of being together, maybe he does enjoy them after all!  So I started in the dining room with my white tree decorated with red and black.  There are tiny hats, vintage gloves, little dolls and much more.

This year I added the silver icicles, just like we always had on our tree when I was growing up.  Without animals in the house now, or little children, I know it will stay on the tree!

In front of one of the windows I have a little tree decorated with my grandmother's novelty jewelry and ornaments I made by hand.  The trimming is a tiny garland made out of sheet music and a felted star.

There is always my favorite doll with my favorite book from my childhood, "The Doll's Christmas".  Next week I will take you on a tour of the other trees.  Blessings today!


Friday, December 2, 2011

Winner of the Giveaway!

What a fun week I've had reading all of your comments and finding out what your favorite Christmas carols are!  The winner, selected by Random Generator is:
Graceful Little Honey Bee!

Missy's blog can be found here.  Yesterday she took us on a tour of her home decorated for Christmas.  Stop on over for a visit!  The two songs that were the most popular are "O Holy Night" and "Silent Night".  Including my vote for "O Holy Night" the two songs were tied for first place.  Missy chose "O Holy Night" as well.  In her honor I'm sharing with you today this song sung by Celine Dion.  It makes me cry every time!

With joy,

Monday, November 28, 2011

Sewing Christmas Giveaway!

I decided to combine this month's "Sewing Christmas" and my 600th post celebration into a giveaway!  Thank you to all of you who have joined me in the monthly sewing for Christmas and have linked your wonderful creations to my blog.  So what's the giveaway you ask?

31 - 8x8 squares of novelty Christmas fabric (all with a retro feel)
5 - 20ish" x 45" pieces of additional novelty Christmas fabric (yes, with a retro feel)
1 - "Get red, red, ready for Christmas" book by Natalie Ross
and some additional surprise goodies from me!

To enter, leave me a comment on this post by midnight December 1.  Tell me your favorite Christmas carol.  My international readers are included as well!  To see what I have created with this fabric, click on my flickr photos.  I used it to make a throw size quilt using a snowball block.  For additional inspiration, see this quilt below...

Next month, on the third Monday, we will have our final "Sewing Christmas".  Thank you for joining me through 600 posts and being such a wonderful part of my day!

Many blessings,

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Simple Joy

All it took was an old mason jar,
some leftover batting,

and a $4.99 little tree to make
a pretty Christmas decoration!


Thursday, November 24, 2011

With Gratitude

photo from twocrazycrafters

Wishing all of you a most blessed Thanksgiving
with family and friends!

Thank you for inspiring me to do better, be
better, create and explore possibilities.

Many of you have become more than blogging
friends, you are sisters in this journey.

Asking God to touch your lives in a special
way today.  To God be the glory!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Pondering Thanksgiving

photo by Emily Barney

"It is therefore set apart Thursday the eighteenth day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise, that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and consecrate themselves to the services of their divine benefactor."

~ Samuel Adams, First Official Thanksgiving Proclamation        

Words to ponder as we prepare,

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It's Almost Here

Today I'm finishing the grocery list,
baking bread,
chasing dust bunnies,
thawing the turkey
and thinking of you doing the same!

Sending love your way!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday Scripture

"Therefore, since we have a high priest who has
gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God,
let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  For
we do not have a high priest who is unable to
sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have
one who has been tempted in every way, just as we
are-yet was without sin.  Let us then approach the
throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive
mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."

Hebrews 4:14-16

With joy,

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Field of Violets

photo found on flickr

"Forgiveness is the fragrance
the violet sheds
on the heel that has crushed it."

Mark Twain


Friday, November 18, 2011

Little Bits of Happy

Little things are making me happy today...
new Denyse Schmidt fabric at JoAnns.

Sewing the pieces of a tiny sweater together
for a sweet little one entering the world next month.

The morning sun shining into my sewing room,
it's 37 this morning, a few snowflakes yesterday.

Thanking the Lord for His love and grace
and for giving me little bits of happy today and everyday!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Around the House

I apologize in advance for the dark photos.  Not an ounce of sunlight in the house today and currently it's foggy and cold outside.  Last week snow, then 61 degree temps = Michigan weather.  BUT, there's flowers and sunshine in my half bath because the new wall paper is in!  I just love it!  I have fabric to match and need to make a curtain.  Yesterday I took the toliet out all by myself.  What a disgusting job.  Now it's ready for the new floor.  I know what you're thinking, shouldn't you do the floor first?  Well yes, but we're back to that if you give a Mouse a cookie theory.  One thing led to another with the remodel of this room and none of it in proper order.  Oh well!

I started adding some Christmas touches to the dining room.  I know it's a bit early but I'm excited for this year's Christmas season.  I'm already listening to Christmas music.  I can't help it.

One wee little fellow made his way onto the buffet.  Red scarf, holding the gift of a flower, perched on a peppermint candy, pure sweetness!

I'll leave you today with this picture.  What a thought that the creator of the universe wrote your life with His fingers.  Have a wonderful day, friends!


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday Scripture

"May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer."

Psalm 19:14

Friday, November 11, 2011

Blueberry Crumb Cake

This wonderful book arrived in the mail yesterday.  I have been excitedly awaiting it's arrival.  Ever since I saw a preview of the fabric online, I was smitten.

I have always loved Blackbird Designs.  Their patterns and projects are beautiful.  I have been intimidated by their designs in the past thinking they were too challenging for me or too primitive for this shabby girl.  I hadn't quilted long enough to think outside the box.

This book and fabric line have changed all that (don't you love that coneflower bed runner?).  So what's a girl to do.  First buy the book...

and then use the 20% discount code that Fat Quarter Shop sent me to order a layer cake of this wonderful fabric.  I've been on fabric lockdown for so long that they've wondered where I was.  Such caring people to inquire of me, don't you think?  (insert wink)


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Oh the weather outside is frightful...

This is the picture from my house today.  Our first snow.  I've been singing Christmas carols all day.  I'm certain my family will put a stop to that later.

I'm not ready for boots, mittens and scarves but I better jump on board because winter is here!