Sunday, December 25, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Happy Pink Saturday!
The presents are wrapped, the tree is lit
The turkey is cooking (that is an adventure all it's own)

I want to share with y'all the most precious gift I own.
In 2002 my dad found a relationship with God, he never knew he could have.
He found that relationship by spending time with Him, while building
5 houses.
One for each of us.
They are 100% hand made,
right down to the hand cut shingles on the roof.
Personalized to fit us with our favorite colors and other little touches.

Mine is Red. Always my favorite color.

The living room.(Can you see little me in the fireplace?)

The bedroom with a little me tucked into bed.
And little Duncan keeping watch.
All lit up, it looks very cozy doesn't it.
(Note the hand plastered walls and ceiling)

The Christmas tree all lit up.
Someone asked me once what I would take from home if I had to leave fast.
This house and my photos.
It is my most cherished possession.
This little Christmas house is filled to the brim with love.

Even matching curtains in the windows.
He made the doors from a photo he took of the doors at St.Paul's Cathedral in Downtown Norfolk, he sized the photos to fit the houses.
The view from outside the living room window.

There is so much more to this story, but it is so personal, I can't really put it into words. Well I could, but I think I will keep it just for me...maybe next year.
 My daddy made something so beautiful for us. He poured his heart and soul into wood, plaster and paint. He loves us so much and we adore him.
I can hardly type for crying right now , when I think of how much my dad loves us, it overwhelms me.
Thank you dad.
Merry Christmas
I Love You!

I love you too Christy.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas

Night before last was lovely. It was a night filled with friends and do you think I took a load of pictures?
ONE.... I took 1 and it is not a good photo
sad little photo, no one is looking at the camera, red eye...oh well.
I love and adore all the people in it :)

I also wanted to share with you a gift I got from Angela 

We both love gingerbread men/women and vintage so she made me the darling Tag and Ornament that are just perfect.
She sent some candies from a sweet shop she likes, made me the sweetest Christmas card and enclosed this little Ornament book, to record your yearly traditions. I love that idea!
Angela and I "met" earlier this year when we did Sandy's (521 Lake Street)Easter Tag Swap.
We hit it off right away and are becoming the greatest of friends.
We are so blessed that Sandy matched us up.
I love Angela's faith and her spirit.
Her letters always make me smile.
Merry Christmas Angela, thank you for your sweet gifts.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Merry Christmas

So are you ready for Santa? I am almost ready, I still have 1 more gift to get for my secret Santa, 1 for a friend and ...the dreaded...stocking stuffer'!
I tell ya, I don't know what it is this year with the stockings, usually I have a plan this year...NADA! Oh well something will come up!

My mom is gonna kill me for posting this
This is my mom and her dad my papa.
Probably 1965 or 1966.
I have always loved this photo :)
She would be 14 or 15 here.

Tonight we are going to Beth and Steve's for dinner, and to celebrate Christmas with my cousin Leigh and her husband James. For dinner  it's homemade chow mien and egg rolls! YUM! When we were kids we could not afford to eat out too often so my mom made everything! Her chow mien is so good and none of us like it any way but hers.

Keep my Leigh in your prayers she is having surgery on the 23rd, that is why we are celebrating with her tonight.

I am sure I will be back with photos tomorrow :)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Pink Saturday

Happy Pink Saturday Y'all!
I hope this day finds you well and happy.
We are all meeting at Beverly's so grab a cup of your favorite warm beverage and lets have some fun.
Christmas is right around the corner...yay :)
Well almost yay, I have to be at work at 10pm Christmas night, so I won't get to enjoy much of it. (SIGH) oh well what can I do? Just deal :)

Yesterday I got my Ornaments from Misty. I LOVE THEM!!!

Didn't I tell ya she makes the CUTEST clay characters!
Her Etsy shop is Misty's Clay Cuties.
Thank You So Much Misty!
I loved doing this ornament swap, my swap partners are the best!
I also wanted to share one of my favorite Christmas decorations with you.

 I love this little ornament tiered display.

Top tier I love the happy snowman.

Middle tier and my FAVORITE ornament Miss Sprinkle!
 Dontcha just love her?
She always makes me smile.

Bottom tier, the rest of the gang :)
I love the little petite fore and the Christmas tree cupcake.

I always save this for last when I decorate, It is ridiculous how happy this little set makes me.
I bought the entire set,  the stand and all the ornaments
 I think it was 5 years ago.
It was at Hallmark and as soon as I saw it I had to have it (boy those were the

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Only 6 days

Only 6 days until sign ups for Blogging Sisters Secret Sisters closes.
Marcia told me about it and I ran right over there and joined up!

You commit to 1 year of daily prayers, and lifting her up spiritually.
Don't forget her special days birthday, anniversary, and holidays.
Each month send a little note, card, gift, something to let her know she is loved and thought about,
Blog about the love you are sent, and visit your sis's blog and comment.
Keep Quiet about your identity for 1 year. Next December will be the big reveal :0
I am super excited about it and I can't wait to start writing and praying for my Secret Sister.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Swapping Fun

Hey Y'all,
How are you today? Can you believe Christmas is almost here!
I am almost done shopping, I am STILL stuck on the stocking stuffers though...grrrr :) Something will catch my eye.
Last month I signed up for an Ornament swap at An Artful Adventure.
Cassandra was so nice to host us and group us all together.
Thank You Cassandra, I hope to swap with you again in the future.
I had so much fun making these Ornaments.
We had 3 swap partners mine were
Jessica,  who made the sweetest quilted ornaments.

Stacey  who made the most creative rock candy ornaments, I LOVE them!

MistyI haven't received Misty's yet, but she makes the CUTEST clay characters! They are so sweet and I can't wait to see what she sends.

And I made 3 different ornaments, a shadow box, a felt marshmallow (toasted), and a snow man. 2 ladies got the styrofoam snowman ornies and 1 got a glass one I painted and forgot to take a photo of.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Pink Saturday

Merry Christmas!
I say that every chance I get! It makes me sad that a lot of people don't anymore.
Today I thought I would share a few more of my Christmas decorations.
We have a small house, so I don't so as much as I have in the past, but it is cozy and homey and I love every bit.

I got the snowman garland from a little shop in Pennsylvania years ago,I love it, it is one of my favorite things.
My sister Beth made the wreath for me several years ago. I adore it, it took her so long to make. It is precious to me.

This photo was obviously taken a couple of weeks ago :)
My sister Joanne made this as a gift for me a few years ago.
It makes me smile every day :)
confession: I love changing the numbers every morning...

there are 2 of these, one I bought at hallmark and the other my mom made. I mixed up the gloves just to keep it fun. On this one my mom made the red with white ric rac and the blue with red trim.

and on this one my mom made the pink (you can't see it here but they have glittery snowflakes on them) and white with red flower.

So these are a few more bits I love. They make me feel good and happy.
Please join us over at Beverly's for Pink Saturday.
Oh and I have a question for you?
What do you put in your loved ones Christmas Stocking?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Help me please

I am OVERWHELMED with too much information!
I would like to find a unique/special/new to us foodie gift for our Christmas stockings.
(These are not all of the stockings, 6 of them were taken down while the fire was lit.)
We do a name exchange and only but a gift for 1 adult and we buy for all the kids, but we still fill each others stockings and I like to do something yummy and different each year.
One year was cocoa's, another was nuts, another was soup mixes.
you get the idea.
This year I want something special.
HOWEVER in my Internet searches I have found too much.
I can't decide. I can't even narrow it down. SHEESH.
So what do you suggest?
Please Help :)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Pink Saturday

Happy Holiday Pink Saturday.
Thank You Beverly for hosting us again this week, please visit her and all the other pink ladies for loads of fun.

Today I thought I would share a small and drastically un adorned Coca-Cola Town Square Christmas Village.
I USUALLY have little lighted lamp posts, mirrors for ponds, snow and roads, ceramic people, cars and trucks,snow banks..... Well the electric does not work on the wall they are on so they can't be lit nor can the lamp posts I decided to go bare bones simple, I have a vintage table cloth that I KNOW does not look like the ground, but I like it and I adore all the little businesses :)

 I would love to have the church that goes in the town square village, but I missed it years ago. One day maybe.
My favorite one is the first one I got. Jenny's Sweet Shop! That is really the name, I did not paint it on!
Lee gave it to me for Christmas in 1997 or 1998, and that started this little collection.
Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Blessed Again

Well,  I thought I was done with blessing posts after November, boy howdy did God have other plans.
My husband is a Mason, at Masonic Lodge #30 in Suffolk, Virginia

Last night the Worshipful Master (the head guy) at his Lodge, came to the house to visit with Lee.  He is also a friend of ours and we have known him and his wife for many years. * on a side note they had a baby boy 2 weeks ago :) we love them all!
Any how...
The lodge "passed the hat" and blessed us with a monetary gift, which is a great blessing to us and will help us in so many ways!
We will be able to pay a couple of bills and put food in the house.
We were really trying to figure out how to make what we have work until payday and after payday to be honest.
We are so thankful to them and to God... who had a plan all along.