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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Snow & Red Bows ...

Hope you all had a wonderful, memory filled Christmas ♥
Snow was in the forecast here, and we anticipated as we went to bed Christmas Eve that we would wake up to at least a sprinkling.  Snow didn't come that night ... though SANTA did! :-)
A new ornament is one of our traditions.  I collect Snowmen & this years ornament is on the top row, center - a sweet little singing Snow girl with Mom embroidered on her toque :-) 
A few days after Christmas, we got snow!
So much so, that you could barely see the red velvet bows hanging on our picket fence.
And this morning, we woke to a few more inches.
Archer loves it as much as we do!
I think he even likes his red bow :-)
Happy snowy Saturday
from Me & Archer

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve ...

Even as an adult
I find it difficult to sleep on
Christmas Eve.
Yuletide excitement
is a potent caffeine,
no matter your age.
~Terri Guillemets~
Wishing you a Blessed and Joyful Christmas
From my HOME to YOURS ♥

Sunday, December 23, 2012

From Home to Home ...

From Home to Home
Heart to Heart
one place to another.
The Warmth and Joy
brings us closer
each other.
~Emily Matthews~
Only 2 more sleeps ♥

Friday, December 21, 2012

A Gift from A Friend ...

Through my blog, I have met so many wonderful, kindhearted people.
My list of "favourite blogs to visit" grows larger each month!
When I receive a comment here, or an email, it always adds joy to my day.
This morning, a little brown envelope was sticking out of my mailbox.
I wasn't expecting anything...
To my surprise, my Blogging friend Meredith had taken the time to create a set of gorgeous coasters.
They are so delicate, with the tiniest little sequins sparkling throughout and really show the amount of time and love Meredith puts in every gift she creates.  How lucky am I to be the receiver of such a beautiful gift. Even the attached gift tag had an exquisite red button ♥
These coasters fit in perfectly with my Christmas decor.
I have a Scandinavian tablecloth with dancing reindeer, my red and white Advent candles, and red place mats.  I sat for a little pick me up this afternoon with a mug of hot chocolate, topped with a little mug hugging gingerbread house and candy cane stir stick.  The latest Country Living magazine had arrived and I always look forward to sitting and having a read.  In between reading, and taking sips of hot chocolate, I sat and admired my new coasters ♥
~Thank you so much Meredith!~
 No friendship
can cross the path of our destiny
without leaving
some mark on it
~Francois Muriac~

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

Some Christmas corners around my home ♥
May you have
 GLADNESS of Christmas
which is
 SPIRIT of Christmas
which is
HEART of Christmas
which is
~Ada V Hendricks~

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Weaving a spell of Nostalgia...

From my {Christmas}  kitchen ...
Christmas ~
that magic blanket
that wraps itself about us,
that something
so intangible
that it is like a fragrance.
It may
weave a spell of nostalgia.
may be a day
of feasting,
or of prayer,
but always
it will be
a day of
remembrance ~
a day
in which we think of
~Augusta E Rundel~
For me,
nothing has ever taken precedence
over being a mother
and having a family
and a home
~Jessica Lange~
Every year, since my children were little, we have baked and decorated a Gingerbread house.
This year, we made 3!  One with my grand baby ... which we hung outside in the birds/squirrel Christmas tree, one for the kitchen, and one for the dining room table.
I found a gingerbread house cookie cutter set this year at The Christmas Tree Shop which worked beautifully (finally, a house with straight walls) :-)
Jars are filled with homemade peppermint popcorn and "Cookies for Santa" mixes just waiting on the counter to be placed in wicker baskets and wrapped in cellophane ...
Handmade tags tied with red & white twine have special Christmas messages inside ...
I have wanted to make a Pepparkaksgranar {Gingerbread Tree}  for years but could never find star cookie cutters in enough sizes to make one tall enough!
A few weeks ago, I found a set.
Each star is joined with a drop of boiled sugar/lemon juice which acts as a glue, and finished with a tap of  icing sugar from high like fallen snow.  aah snow ... now wouldn't that be nice ♥
Gifts of time and love
are surely the basic ingredient
of a truly
Merry Christmas
~Peg Bracken~

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12*12*12 ...

One kind word
can warm three
Winter months
~Japanese Proverb~
Happy 12*12*12
Hope your day is wonderful and filled with joy as we celebrate this Once in a lifetime date this century ♥

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

To be rooted ...

Over wintering Geranium ...
One morning, in early November, I took a few stem cuttings from the Geranium growing in a big clay pot in our garden.  I placed the cuttings in a vase of water and gave it a nice sunny spot on the window ledge.  Apart from changing the water every few days, I literally forgot about it.
Now, I have a vase filled with lovely strong roots and the sweetest little red blooms :-)
To be rooted
is perhaps the most important
and least recognized need
of the human soul
~Simone Weil~

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sunday Serenity...

2nd Advent ...
As we light the 2nd candle of Advent...
we reflect.

just looking up
and seeing the light
is enough.
~Terri Guillemets~

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Thankful {things I love} Thursday...

Thankful we held onto ...
{Texture: Kim Klassen - Back In}
Childhood keepsakes,
like this little tin truck that belonged to my husband,
then given to our son,
and bottle brush tree from my daughters childhood dollhouse.
At Christmas, the two just seem to belong together!
Looking forward to getting our Fraser Fir this weekend ♥
It comes every year
and will go on forever.
And along with Christmas
belongs the keepsakes
and the customs.
Those humble,
everyday things
a Mother clings to,
and ponders,
like Mary
in the secret spaces
of her heart
~Marjorie Holmes~

Monday, December 3, 2012

A Homemade Christmas ...

A few years ago, I made this "kissing ball".
A take on the traditional one out of mistletoe.
I found extra large styrofoam balls (at the Dollar store), and already had a basket of fabric rosettes already made, left over from other projects, so all it took was some hot glue ... well, lots of hot glue,  and an afternoon listening to Christmas music and drinking mugs of tea.
A long ribbon was added for hanging, and I topped it off with some pinecones and artificial sprigs.
Making a few more this week to give as gifts ...
And sewing up a few candle cases
to hold white tapers ...
Just think
of the illimitable abundance
and the
marvelous loveliness
of light,
of the beauty
 of the sun
~St. Augustine~

Sunday, December 2, 2012

1st Advent ...

Each years Advent tray is a little different.
I've used candles of all shapes and sizes .
I usually stamp 1,2,3,4, out on small, hand made tags and attach with twine to each candle.
Fill the tray with fresh sprigs of pine and place pine cones around the candles.
This year, I found these stamped pillars to use.
We made pine cone fire starters by dipping the bottoms of the pine cones in hot wax, carefully placing the wick to one side as they set.
Each Sunday, we will place one in the fire ♥
As we light the 1st candle of Advent,
we will reflect.
is like the bird
that feels the light
when dawn
is still dark
~Rabindranath Tagore~
Sending Love, Peace & Light this Sunday
xo D

Friday, November 30, 2012

Sweet as Chocolate ...

This Christmas I have fallen in love with the colour Brown!
An unusual choice for Christmas, but mixed with fresh greens from Nature, copper accents  and splashes of red ~ calm & festive.
I think it started early in the Fall, collecting pine cones and acorns with my sweet little grand baby.
We pointed to the big pines that lined our path, their branches hanging from the weight of the cones, showing where they came from, watching precious little hands picking up the fallen cones.
"Mummy will be so surprised when she sees the wreath you are making her" we said.
We came home from our outings and placed our found treasures on the table ~
I am probably one of the very few who does not care for chocolate.
I do, however, have a husband & daughter who are chocoholics :-)
So it did not take long for a box of Christmas chocolates to be finished once they were opened up the other night.  The one thing I did want from the chocolate box was the little brown covering that protects the chocolates!
I have some little presents that are on their way to friends and needed some soft packaging material & this was perfect.
Simply fold in half, punch a hole on either side, do the same to a little stamped tag,  and thread through both  with a  pretty ribbon.
It's not how much we give
but how much love
we put into giving
~Mother Teresa~

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

There are so many gorgeous wrapping papers on the market ...
and ribbons
and bows
and tags ...
but I still love the simplicity of
plain brown wrapping paper
bakers twine
and treasures from nature.
topped with a special
tea/coffee stained
hand stamped tag ...
sometimes a few candy canes...
I found the red and white tape at Ikea and I've been using it on everything :-)
wrapped up
with love ♥
Anything simple
always interests me
~David Hockley~
A heartfelt THANK YOU  for your lovely comments & sweet e-mails on my last post.
I appreciate each and every one so very much xo

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Gifts, in all shapes and sizes ...

Yesterday was a day of gifts.
A day of surprises and Thankfulness.
We passed our mailman on the road as we walked Archer to the park, and when we returned home found that our mail was too large for the mailbox and had been placed on our "Christmas bench" on the porch.
As soon as I saw the bright yellow inserts, I knew my Stampington issues had arrived!
Two of my mixed media pieces are in the Winter 2013 Artist Spotlight pages of Somerset Studio Gallery.
I Heart this Earthly Life has been on my blog side panel for a while,  Fox Sparrow singing to my soul ♥
I've picked up many discarded books over the years, the majority have pages torn out and are scribbled in making them perfect for Art Journals.
One day, an idea for a painting came to me, but I had no canvas available.  Suddenly, I realized that the covers from these books made for an instant canvas!
You can paint directly on the paper. Depending on how old your book is, the paper may be thin, in which case you will not want to add a lot of water to your paints.  If you'd prefer, you can glue on a piece of watercolour paper.
Birds, especially Sparrows hold a special spot in my heart.
Also in Somerset Studio Gallery are some of my Dear Friend Mini Bags.
Our little picket fence enclosed country cottage front garden was created with the birds, butterflies and bugs in mind, is completely chemical free, and almost maintenance free, left to it's own doing.  Even the spent flowers look lovely to us, and we leave them as long as possible for the Yellow Finch to have one last feast on the Cosmos.
Since I love to send friends home with gifts (from the kitchen and garden) I make up little mini bags to hold the seeds.  Super easy, recycling brown paper shopping bags and adding a little watercolour painting and garden themed quote.
In the Winter 2013 issue of Sew Somerset, is my Power of Words Offerings Pouch.
Following a serious car accident, I turned to my books of quotes often, finding myself gravitating to the positive messages.  I began writing out favourite affirmation quotes and carrying them with me.  They found their way in my purse, my pocket, I had them tucked in the corners of mirrors around my home, and placed them on the dashboard of my car, reminding me to live life in the present.
I truly believe in the power of the written word which is where my idea for a little "offerings" pocket came about.  An expression of my belief that a few kind words speak volumes.
Made from a recycled pocket from jeans and 2 of the waist band loops, slip through a belt and fill with inspirational water coloured cards.
Share your cards freely ~ you never know who may need to read an uplifting message xo
Thank you so much to all those at Stampington who help make Artists dreams come true
Keep your hands open
and all the sands of the desert
can pass through them.
Close them
and all you can feel
is a bit of grit.
~Taisen Deshimary~

Friday, November 23, 2012

And then, it snowed ...

The first snowfall
is always so
magical ♥
I am younger each year
at the first snow,
when I see it, suddenly, in the air,
little and white and moving;
then I am in love again
and very young
and I believe
~Anne Sexton~

Friday, November 16, 2012

I'm Dreaming of A Vintage Christmas...

I get into "Christmas mode" as soon as Halloween is over.
And if I wasn't already excited about Winter and the Holiday Season approaching, I definitely am now, especially after spending a few lovely, relaxing (and inspirational) days in New York.
Visiting some of my favourite stores like Pottery Barn and Anthropologie & the fabulous Christmas Tree Shop and I couldn't wait to get home and display my new finds.
The weather has been gorgeous and hopefully will continue so we can start some outside decorating this weekend.  I'm looking forward to seeing the house all lit up with twinkle lights.
Each Christmas I try to make something special to let each person on my list know how special they are to me & create a little package that is a gift in itself.  A few packages are leaving the country, and a few won't leave the house :-)
Dawn @ The Feathered Nest is always so generous with sharing her gorgeous vintage images & she posted a few that I fell in love with & they became the focal point in the gift wrapping.  I like to make little tea/coffee stained tags , stamp a special message & attach the tiniest of bells with a little twine.
A walk with Archer always has me coming home with pine cones and leaves and twigs, and these nature finds are being incorporated in my artwork.
I'm Dreaming of A Vintage Christmas

Friday, November 9, 2012

Hello November...

When the trees
their Summer splender change
to raiment red and gold
When the Summer moon turns mellow,
and the nights are getting cold;
When the squirrels hide their acorns,
and the woodchucks disappear;
Then we know
that it is Autumn,
loveliest season
of the year
~Carol L Riser~
♥Have a wonderful weekend♥