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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas My Friends

I think I'm ready...

Pillow and plaid blanket inspired by sweet Robin of Happy at Home

Beautiful gift and handmade card from Alayne... thank you for your friendship Alayne, that is the best gift.

We are ready for our dinner tomorrow with 
Greg, Maranetta, Naomi and Jonathan,
my son and his dear family.
I love them so much.

The living room is ready.

The kitchen is ready.
Did you see my "new to me" little Santa mug?
And the little wool wreath?
Thank you Jackie, I love you!
And there is sweet Ana and her family photo card.

Christmas Eve!

Are you ready?

"Jesus is not just the Reason for the Christmas Season, He is the Reason for Living".

May God bless and keep you, your family and your friends, as you travel to be together at Christmas time.

Merry Christmas!!!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

O Christmas Tree

Happy last week before the week of Christmas!!!
I love Christmas!
My shopping is  done, what little there was, and my Christmas dinner shopping list is almost finished.
My son and his family will be at our home on Christmas Day.
 I will also make dinner on Boxing Day for several people in our church who have no family here in our city.

This is going to be a better Christmas than many I have had, because we will have people around us during the holidays.

I don't have room for a nice big Christmas tree, so I have several little ones around the house.
This one is on top of the armoire and we have created "Christmas Mountain" up there.

I know it isn't real clear, but I worked on it for a very long time and this is the best I could get...not sure why.

This one is on the mantel.

There are two small undecorated trees on my sideboard.

I will leave you today with my all-time favourite Christmas album.
The beautiful Mahalia Jackson.
I LOVE her voice.

Who is your favourite singer of Christmas music?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Vintage Gifts

Hello my friends, I hope your week is going well.
And I hope you are feeling well...
I am feeling much better.
Thank you for your well wishes on my last post.

A friend of mine, Ruth, gifted me with this lovely set of bowls last weekend, an early Christmas present.
You can imagine my excitement when I opened the box. 

They match the sweet little butter dish that I purchased while visiting my daughter this Fall.

And they are the opposite of the beautiful bowl that I found at Value Village for $5.99 a few months ago.

Now you understand why I was so excited when I saw them.
The bowls belonged to my friends mother, but she said she would find more joy from knowing that I have them and are loving them, than she ever got from them sitting in her cupboard.

Love at first sight!

Thank you so very much for coming by and leaving a sweet comment.
I appreciate you wonderful ladies!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas Came Early

Hello friends,
I hope you had a good weekend and didn't get too much snow!
It has been cold here.
It is -24.5 deg. Celsius (12 deg below 0 Fahrenheit) outdoors this morning, and if there is any breeze it will feel much colder than that.
I am going to stay in today and try to get rid of this nasty cold that I seem to have gotten.
I was back to walking 45 minutes each morning and loving it, but not today.

 Next Sunday my hubby will officially be pastoring our new church, so the kind people from the church we've been attending for the last four years gave us a bit of a going away at the annual Christmas banquet.
I want to show you a couple things that we were so generously given.

First, this runner was given to me by a sweet friend who loves to quilt and knows the colours that I use in my home. 
Isn't it gorgeous?
I love it!

The mugs with the stags on them are large and are perfect for our morning coffee or hot chocolate in the afternoon.
And I cannot forget the Lindor chocolates, Lindor makes the best truffles ever, I think!

We also received money and gift cards.
The people of Truth Tabernacle UPC have been a tremendous blessing to us in the last four years.
We have learned to love them and they have so generously opened their lives and homes to us.
We will miss being a part of their lives on a weekly basis.
But best of all, the Lord blessed us with a Pastor and his wife who will be friends for life.

Later this week I will show you something else that I was gifted with...
it's something vintage...

Thank you for coming by and leaving such sweet comments.
I appreciate each and every one of YOU!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christmas Lights

Hello my friend,
I am writing to you tonight from a very snowy Winnipeg.
It started to snow yesterday afternoon and has not let up since.
We have gotten a good six inches today alone.
We don't usually get huge snowfalls at one time,
so this is a wee bit unusual.
We now have a foot of snow on the ground.

The lights are up...

The tree is on its way home... in my Christmas village.

And I've already redone above the mantel.
Have you been busy doing and re-doing?

Monday, December 2, 2013

Vintage Christmas Pretties

Hello my friends, I hope you had a good weekend.

Saturday was a lazy day for us,
so hubby and I stopped in at GW for a few minutes.
And what to my wondering eyes did appear,
but a Santa Mug!

Isn't it cute?
I love these and have decided to collect a few.
Hubby did not agree, (with the cute factor)
in fact he completely agreed with the sticker that is on the bottom of the cup...

Now who would think such a thing and 
then tag it as such?!
Hahaha, I think it is very funny.

I was very happy to find this... is vintage and slightly tacky, but that is what 
I love about it.
Now to find a place for it.

Here is a darling little pillow that you can make.
Be sure to check out Robins blog, 
Happy At Home, for the tutorial.
I really want to do this one.

Are you following any of the Christmas Home Tours?
This is a really great one.
The "Home for the Holidays"  tour starts at 
Worthing Court.
It is a tour of six different homes starting today, Monday through Friday.

Have a good week and be sure to do something 
fun. every. day!