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Friday, December 30, 2011

{Everyday I'm Shuffling]

Good Morning!

Today I don't have any pretty pictures to show you.

Today i woke up around 5- maybe a little earlier-
and my mind started working in overdrive.

Are you like that?

I have no trouble sleeping, unless I happen to wake up around 3 or later.

My life becomes a panoramic moving picture, in living color,
I either stress or get creative ideas.
(mostly be honest)

Today, it started with a small amount of stress but 
became a free flow of ideas.

Yesterday, we worked all day moving my daughter and son-in-law out of their apartment.

Life is about to change drastically for the two of them.

He is going soon for training and then to Afghanistan for a year.
She -on the other hand- has moved back in with us.
For now they are both here, in a small bedroom, having to cull down a 2 bedroom, fully furnished apartment to a smallish (if you compare it to the amount they stored)  pile of  stuff that is currently abiding in my foyer. 
It  has no where to go.
In July, we will also add a baby into the mix.

These are not necessarily things you think you will be doing with your life after your children leave, 
but let me be quick to say
we wouldn't have it any other way.

So I was laying there, thinking about all the work that seems to be upon us, all at once,
and trying to figure out how to make all her stuff fit into her old room.

And then like a flash of light (you creative ladies know that flash)
the solution hit me.

God, sometimes has a way of  making things work out, even when we do not know about the need.
He knew she would be back.
He knew a baby would be joining us.
He knows and cares for our needs.
He is even more creative than me.

I have been so frustrated, because I have been unable to complete a few projects.

The guest room which I wrote about herehere, and here has never gotten finished as my daughter has been in part time residence here since the end of the summer when her man had to go for training.
I just let it go, figuring I would finish it some day.....

The boys room is still not inspected.
It is finished.
NOT furnished
BUT still not inspected.
I am frustrated, because I did not want to enter 2012 with that one not completed.

Alyssa's old bedroom has become a storage compartment for all things crafty, china and other sundry items.

So here I sit, waiting for them to rise and shine so I can assault them with my ideas share my ideas with them.
Shuffling, shuffling....

I will let you know how it goes.

Coffee anyone?

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Tablescape 2011

I hope you are enjoying the Christmas season!

As a nurse, it had come to be my turn to work this year.
We tried to make the best of it and actually, it was not so bad.
No one, patients and  nurses alike,  wants to be separated from family at this time of year
I determined to try and have a good attitude about it.

I helped a couple of new mothers welcome Christmas babies, very special.
I also ate entirely too much food, as we all brought goodies in to share.

Tonight our family gathered to share our Christmas meal.
We usually eat on Christmas Eve and enjoy fish and seafood.
We discovered that tradition while living in the Northeast,
but this year
we decided to make it a little simpler and had  roast beef and crab cakes.

I was feeling tired and was tempted to forget the tablescape, but I knew the kids would like it if I made everything look pretty, so I threw something together using things from other rooms around the house.

 I went with the traditional red Christmas color then added  cobalt blue, white and silver..

Snowflakes here

and here...!

I layered red chargers, paper doilies and my English china from John Maddock and Sons. The pattern is Rudyard. and is quite old.
From my research, it may date to around the late 1800's -early 1900's.

 Pretty, pretty. and so worth the effort.

Now I am off to play a few games with the family, then I will catch up on my sleep!


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Vintage and Simple Gift Wrapping

Today started out a bit crummy...

because I am irritable
and I  fought with my man.

I hate it when that happens,
 words are something that you can't really take back,
aren't they?

Today I want to share this years  gift tags and wrapping ideas.
Every year I do something different.
I love a pretty package, don't you??
For last year's ideas go here and here.

This year the colors are white, brown, silver and green, with a splash of silver...

I looked to the Graphics Fairy for my vintage inspiration and used these images.
I chose them for their colors and for the vintage feel that I am loving right now!

I added Christmas sayings to some:

and others I adjusted the color to sepia.
( I use Picasa, I need to learn to use Photoshop)

All of these images can be found at the Graphics Fairy!

I then took a gift tag template and put it in Word, making several copies and cut them out.

Then came the assembly:

And the glass glitter,
(oh I love that stuff!)

They are pretty enough to go on the tree, which is where they will go afterward!

I made a few others using a punch from Martha Stewart:

And then...
(I was getting tired by then- glitter overload)
I started wrapping presents.

Once, many moons ago, I used the stencils that you used to use to put fake snow onto windows and doors.
I have not seen them for years, but wanted to do that again this year.

I was wondering around Michael s and discovered these:

( oh, and I discovered that the green craft paper is BROWN on the other side, Yea!)
Paper bags work nicely for small packages though!

I also used the simple punched tags here:

Pretty, pretty, pretty!

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Welcome to my Home!

Good Morning!

I thought I'd finished my shopping, but alas, I forgot one thing...
but not today.

Today I am baking cookies with my kiddos,
shortbread of different varieties,
almond butter crescents,
chocolate peppermint cookies, 
last but not least 
Then I shall work on my gift tags.
(post coming soon!)

I spent a big part of my day yesterday looking for brown craft paper to wrap my gifts.
I could not find it anywhere.
Everyone must be using it this year!
I think my choice is going to have to be paper bags...
Free ( if you don't count the groceries).

I thought I would share one last look at my home, a tour. 

Welcome, come on in!

I made this wreath from cardboard and Dollar Tree snowflakes...
In fact everything either came form my yard or the dollar it!~

My foyer and my feather tree, decked out with pink and green are next on the stop.
Pretty, pretty!

We made these ornaments a couple of years ago, from a kit that I found at Michael's  

Next the {amazing} new office, decked out in turquoise and red!

Pastel shades in the dining room...

My peaceful family room:

and last but not least the hub of the home.
The kitchen.
Again I must emphasize, it is hard to get pictures of a clean kitchen!
How do you other bloggers do it??

Each room had a different color scene, I did it that way because I can not be placed in a color mold. 
Must. Have Color..

Thank you all,  that have visited this year, I have had a grand time during this first year of blogging,
What a blessing it is has been to meet so many of you and get to know you a little bit!
I love your kind comments, they make my day!


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