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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

One Word A Week Wednesday...

For last years words
belong to last years language
and next years words
another voice
and to make an end
is to make
a beginning
~T.S. Eliot~
Hard to believe this is the last O.W.A.W.W.
Here is a re-cap of 52 words a week Wednesday ~
1/52 anticipation
2/52 simplify
3/52 sentiment
4/52 reach
5/52 play
6/52 protect
7/52 shelter
8/52 question
9/52 hidden
10/52 walk
11/52 luck
12/52 breathe
13/52 attention
14/52 create
15/52 clarity
16/52 aspire
17/52 faith
18/52 home
19/52 persuasive
20/52 friendship
21/52 solitude
22/52 dream
23/52 bloom
24/52 shine
25/52 joy
26/52 focus
27/52 magical
28/52 thought
29/52 wisdom
30/52 embrace
31/52 gift
32/52 taste
33/52 art
34/52 fragrance
35/52 remember
36/52 dwell
37/52 eternity
38/52 quietly
39/52 perceived
40/52 happiness
41/52 belong
42/52 heart
43/52 kind
44/52 prevail
45/52 enthusiasm
46/52 beauty
47/52 talk
48/52 essential
49/52 peace
50/52 grateful
51/52 memories
52/52 await
Happy New Year ♥ May you have Health, Happiness & Peace
And may all your Wishes for 2011 come true!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Thankful {things I love} Thursday...

At Christmas
all roads
~Marjorie Holmes~
With Abundant Wishes
for a Very Merry, Magical Christmas!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

One Word A Week Wednesday...

God gave us memories
that we might have roses
in December
~J.M. Barrie~

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Ernie's "Gotcha" Day...

Today, we celebrate our 1 year Anniversary with Ernie ♥
My blog friend Kit @ dog daze used the phrase "gotcha" day when speaking of her Lab and I fell in love with this sweet term of endearment :-)
Sweet Ernie, you have been an absolute joy and left paw prints all over our hearts xo
We are so happy we "Gotcha"!!
An old dog
even more
than an old spouse
always feels like doing
what you feel like doing
~Robert Brault~

Friday, December 17, 2010

Each day ...

Grant me the ability
to be alone
May it be my custom
to go outdoors
each day
among the trees and grasses
among all growing things
And there
may I be alone
and enter into prayer
to talk with
the one
that I belong to
~Rabbi Nachman~

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thankful {things I love} Thursday...

I've had a real urge to purge this year :-)

If something hasn't been worn, or used within the previous year, it has been donated.

This is a real switch for me as I have been referred to as "the squirrel" in the past by more than one friend. I have always been someone who saved every little thing from ribbon & tags on presents, drying flowers from bouquets, and that was even before having children. That started an entirely new collection - every little scribble and school artwork piece, etc...etc...

This year, I crafted & created with items I had on hand in Sparrow Studio, before purchasing anything new, and I can see a huge improvement in the organization of my storage cupboard (although I am a bit sad to see only a few pieces of vintage lace left in a box that was spilling out before). It's amazing how once things get tidied, you realize just how many duplicates of items you have!! That, and the fact that my daughter and I have similar taste, and often purchased 2 of something we both loved :-)

Tastes change, and some items I once loved, I am now ready to part with.
My hope chest also had a big tidy up ... although I think I spent most of the afternoon reading through all my cards . I save them all and that won't change :-) My hope chest is the perfect spot to keep them, tied in ribbons, safe and sound.

There are some things, however, that I am so thankful to have held on to.

My son's first ice skates are one of those things.

Each Christmas, they get tied, along with my husbands very old ice hockey skates, onto my children's childhood sleigh.

Lots of memories ...
And each year, I think they become just a little more special ♥


is a way of holding onto the things

you love,

the things

you are,

the things

you never want to lose

~From the television show 'The Wonder Years'~

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

One Word A Week Wednesday...

No longer forward
nor behind
I look for hope
or fear
take the good I find
The best
is now
~John Greenleaf Whittier~

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Garden Glimpses ...

Ernie patiently waiting for me to put on my boots, hat, coat, scarf , mitts etc etc ... :-)
It is C....O....L...D today!
I tossed some bread out for the birds and peanuts in their shell for the squirrels
A little pop of colour from the berries in the garden
snow capped hydrangea
my sweet little Shadow watching my every move
garden urns with all the bells and baubles covered up in a blanket of snow :-)
and little lanterns ...
A Winter Blessing
May Blessings be upon your house
your roof
your hearth and walls
May there be lights
to welcome you
when evening's shadow falls
~Myrtle Reed~

Monday, December 13, 2010

We Have Snow ...

The first fall of snow
is not only an event,
it is a magical event.
You go to bed in one kind of world
and wake up in another
quite different,
and if this is not enchantment
then where is it
to be found ?
~John Boynton Priestley~
We have snow ...
lots of snow ...
and someone is
VERY happy :-)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Snowmen ...

This is the snowman that started the collection.
My husband gave this china snowman/music box with the little boy hugging him to me on our son's 1st Christmas. I never really put this one "away". I keep it in the secretary desk bookshelf, and at Christmas time, place it inside a cloche decorated with snow and bottle brush trees.
We each have our own little collections that come out at Christmas & Nutcrackers aren't the only things taking over our home :-)

I ♥ love ♥ Snowmen.

These little battery operated flickering tea candles are perfect. I use to keep a regular tea candle in this holder but now, I can turn on the light and enjoy it all through the evening without worry :-) He's tucked into a book shelf I have in the kitchen.

Each year, we all get a new ornament for the Christmas tree ...

I have lots of little snowmen.

I painted this folk art picture on a chalk board years ago.

Snowmen just hangin' around everywhere ...

Part of my Dicken's collection ...

Blown glass snowmen ...

tucked in amongst the needlepoint pillows ...
I made the Nutcracker needlepoint pillow about 20 years ago.

Snowmen on the kitchen table...

More in the Christmas tree...

I love their happy faces ...

and wide open arms ...
but mostly, I love all the special memories each holds ♥

May no gift be too small

to give

nor too simple to receive

which is wrapped

in thoughtfulness

and tied with love

~L .O. Baird~

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thankful {things I love} Thursday...

Hubby & I headed out yesterday afternoon with our Christmas lists in hand looking to cross off most of the remaining items.
Many of the stops were at sports stores as we were looking for new Hockey skates and a jersey for our son.
Mid way we stopped off for a coffee and muffin and just enjoyed the Christmas music & lightly falling snow flakes. Even with all the busyness that comes with the month of December, it really is one of my favourites.
All the traditions ...those kept just for the month of December.
When we arrived home around 5ish, I noticed a parcel on the front porch.
Trish from sister act catering had stopped by and dropped off the sweetest parcel.
Handcrafted & stamped burlap tote bag
wine bag
lavender soap
The smell of fresh lavender was amazing.
I placed the soap on a small glass dish for our downstairs bathroom.
And I plan on using both the tote and wine bottle holder on the table next week when we host a Christmas tea and scone afternoon.
I have a small artificial tree that I think will fit nicely inside the gift bag ...
Our home is decorated in a Country Christmas theme and the burlap will be perfect.
Thank you Trish for your generosity!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

One Word A Week Wednesday ...

be your gift
at Christmas
your Blessing

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Nutcracker Collection ...

In December of 1977
I bought my sweetie a Nutcracker for Christmas ...
I didn't think at the time that it would be the beginning of a collection...
but the following Christmas, I found another adorable Nutcracker ...
and the following Christmas ...
and the following Christmas ...
Now, the hardest part is finding one he doesn't have ...
P.S. This years Nutcracker is adorable ... but he reads my blog, so I have to keep it a secret until after Dec 25Th :-)