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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A furry feast ...

This was the scene Christmas morning ...
the only thing left of the garland was a small strand of Cheerios.
I do hope the birds managed to get a few nibbles!
I thought he looked so cute with his "candy necklace" :-)
Little bits of loose twine hung from the branches with
no food in site. On the ground were a few orange/tangerine peels.
The only proof that there was ever garlands of food strung on the tree.
yes, I think this proves that our squirrels are
very well fed :-)

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Boxing Day ...

Hope you had a Wonderful Christmas

We need
Church bells
and the smells and sights
of Spring-green
to keep us human
~Rene Dubos~

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

Twas the night before Christmas
and all through the house ...
garlands were being strung for our garden birdie tree ♥
One of our family traditions is to string fruits and peanuts and "Santa button" cookies
and hang the garlands outside for the birds (and squirrels)
The garlands are a bit different every year because we use what we have.
Popcorn * Cranberries* Dates* Figs* Apple slices* tangerine * oranges* Peanuts in their shell*
strung outside
to be enjoyed
tiny little "Santa button" cookies are always added
something for everyone to enjoy
fresh blocks of suet for the wire  baskets
and feeders filled
we were thrilled to have 3 Blue Jays in our garden this afternoon
so they will be happy to find lots of peanuts in their shell as part of the garland
and strands of Cheerios ... I love these
and they are perfect for stringing with little ones :-)
Merry Christmas feathered friends ♥
~all creatures great and small~

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Thankful {things I love} Thursday...

I love anything in miniature & have a few mini Christmas trees set up throughout my home.
One in the kitchen ... one in the dining room ... the studio ... our bedroom :-)
o.k ... maybe more than a few ♥

Last year, some of my blog posts were around the theme
"A Vintage Christmas ♥ Comfort & Joy" where I shared tutorials to  some easy to create crafts.
One of those being a garland especially for miniature trees.
It was created using bakers twine and miniature pom poms.
*these blog posts/tutorials can be found on my blog sidebar*
I came across a bag of pom poms in various shades of red this morning and a long strand of vintage lace and thought how pretty the two would look together as a garland for one of my trees.
So easy to create
You only need
~ ribbon/lace
~miniature pom poms
~hot glue gun /glue stick
I found the bag of pom poms & lace when I went about looking for some miniature bells for my original craft idea this morning :-)
A miniature frame that was waiting for a little Sparrow to be painted  and hung on my Woodland Animal tree.
Created using the tiniest square of watercolour paper
and a few paints ...
Attach a small piece of cardstock to the back (remember to sign and date)
Cut a  strip of ribbon/lace long enough to create a loop on the top for hanging,
and a tail to fall from the bottom.
Add a small jewelry finding and hook 2 miniature decorative bells.
Loop the finding through bottom of ribbon .
Hang on your miniature tree (or attach to gift)
~It's a small world ... after all~

Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Coloring Studio Giveaway Winner ...

Thanks so much to Everyone who left a comment on
The Coloring Studio
Giveaway post ...
and for all your lovely, thoughtful comments on Living A Colorful Life
I appreciate all your sweet Congratulations xoxo
All the names of those who left a comment were put into a dish and
Julie ~ from ~ Sage & Spirit ... your name was chosen.
Please drop me an email with your mailing address and I will forward the information on to Stampington/ the coloring studio who will mail your copy to you!
Have a Wonderful Day

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Coloring Studio Giveaway ♥

Contest is now closed ~ Sage & Spirit was the lucky winner of The Coloring Studio
It's Giveaway Time
has very generously offered one of my viewers the chance to have
their very own copy of
The Coloring Studio.
Everything you'll need all in one book, including tons of Bonus Material, tips and tools of the trade,  which I feel sets it apart from all the other Coloring books on the market.
The paper is thick and smooth and ideal to hold all mediums.

There are lists of basic coloring supplies to get you started ...
as well as Step by Step "Simple binding techniques" to create a booklet with your finished art should you choose.
Carving out a little "me time" is always a good idea.
  So gather up your supplies...
I like to find pretty vessels  to hold my pencils, pens, markers , watercolors and paint brushes, 
and place in a Gathering Basket.
  A mason jar is perfect for holding your water.
Your basket is all ready ... all you have to do now is find the perfect spot to sit and create ♥
I also have a lovely old vintage suitcase that's the perfect size for holding  supplies and keeping bedside or sofa side ... all ready when you feel a surge of creative energy.
The suitcase, when closed, doubles as a mini table top :-)
What ever you choose to use ... fill it with all the things you love ♥
The pages of The Coloring Studio are filled with page after page of the most gorgeous images
just waiting for your personal touches.
Because making it your very own is what it's all about.
Lots of themes ... birds and bunnies... tea cups... feathers ... quotes and quirky images ...landscapes ...flowers... there is something for everyone.
After the busyness of the Holidays has passed,
what a lovely way to settle into the calm of the New Year.
For my own copy of The Coloring Studio, I plan on turning it into  a Journaling Coloring Book.
I'll fill in the white space with my thoughts ...
For my Soulful Whispers page, I've created the prompt
Ways I live a colorful life ...
*woodland walks gathering treasures along the way & pressing found treasures between the pages of books * journal writing ... filling the pages with all my hopes, dreams, wishes ... *creating wild flower bouquets ...* staying close to nature *dancing *meditation *letting things fall as they may* embracing new beginnings* being open to change* blooming * embracing imperfections ... remembering that even broken crayons color ♥
What are some of the ways You live a colorful life?
To enter the Giveaway for your very own issue of The Coloring Studio, simply leave a comment on this post {I'd love to hear some of the ways you live a colorful life} .
I will choose a Winner from all the comments Saturday December 12th 2015 at Noon.
I'll contact the winner for your name and mailing information and will pass that on to The Coloring Studio Stampington who will mail you your prize copy ♥
Please note
"Contest is open to U.S.A.  residents only"
I'd love you all to leave a comment however, no matter where you live, so if a name is chosen outside of the U.S.A. I will send that person one of my prints ♥ and then choose another name for The  Coloring Studio giveaway.
Good Luck

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Sunday Serenity ...

~2nd Advent~
My rosette "kissing ball" is hung from the chandelier just outside my studio ♥
bannisters are wrapped with cedar and strung with mini white twinkle lights
hubby's Nutcracker collection is standing guard :-)
Archer is supervising it all
the kitchen smells amazing...
peppermint bark popcorn
and cookie mix jars have been filled
we made cookies
and a ginger bread house
the tree is up
and branches that needed to be removed now decorate
the "birds" tree outside
treats have been put out for them too.
*I found this old mechanics light holder years ago & it's so handy holding apples for the birds*
did I say birds?
they are waiting patiently in the tree for someone to finish his lunch :-)
meanwhile ... I am enjoying a mug of tea writing out Christmas cards.
Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday also ♥
** I will be hosting a Giveaway on my Blog next week ... Stampington has generously offered an issue of The Coloring Studio to one lucky viewer**