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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