Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Monday, December 23, 2013

~MERRY CHRISTMAS, ONE AND ALL~



Winds through the olive trees
Softly did blow,
Round little Bethlehem
Long, long ago.

Sheep on the hillside lay
Whiter than snow;
Shepherds were watching them
Long, long ago.

Then from the happy sky
Angels bent low,
Singing their songs of joy
Long, long ago.

For in a manger bed, 
Cradled we know,
Christ come to Bethlehem
Long, long ago.  ~ Katherine Parker 

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May you and yours have a Most Blessed Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year!

  ~~ From my Heart to your Home ~~

Julie

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

~LET IT SNOW?~

Good morning, dear friends!
  You will notice the question mark I have added to my post title!  While many of you are getting lots of the "white stuff" from Old Man Winter, here in sunny CA it is supposed to reach 80 degrees today!!  So much for any snow here!!!  So since I can't go outside and make any snowmen, I've decided to share some that I collect by Cody Foster!

The beauty in that is that they never melt!!
 
This will be Part 3 of my Christmas Decorating Series!!
  Hope you enjoy!!

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Happy faced Snowman!

Did you remember to bring your scarf?

Sweet little guy holding his prize tree!!

Won't you come out and play?

Don't forget your warm stockings!

I love to play in the snow!

I think this tree will do, don't you?

Would you like to ride on my sled?

I love standing in the front!

Big Happy Snow family!

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Above the snowmen is a long black shelf that I use to display some of my old textile bobbins and I have added a few things to that as well!
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Primitive Snowman Makedo I made using a Kentucky Primitives Pattern!  Just love him on the old bobbin!

Have you been naughty or nice??

Little chalkware snow angel by E. Smithson, a gift from a friend many years ago!!


Snowman Makedo made by me!  I can't find the pattern, but think it was by Country Stitches!

Shelf topped by a large tin star!

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Below the snowmen is a grouping of some of my brown crocks!!  Just keeping it simple to focus on their beauty!

Here it is all together!!

I've had this window for years and thought if fits perfectly with the snowmen!

Some long johns and mittens in.......what else, but RED!!  I made the large red mitten with rusty bells from old red wool!

Darling red mittens hanging on a line with old clothespins!  I purchased the mittens several years ago from Pat Byers of High Button Shoe!

Doesn't it just make you want to go out and make some snowmen??

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!!  I hope you have enjoyed your visit and if you do have snow, please stay warm, stay safe and do drink some hot chocolate for me!!  If you don't have snow, put on some good Christmas music, turn on your Christmas tree lights and watch a wonderful Christmas movie!!  It will definitely get you in the Christmas Spirit!!  In fact, I think I am going to go do that right now........"let it snow, let it snow, let it snow..............!!

 

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Wishing each of you your own special Winter Wonderland today....real OR imagined!

Warmly~~

Julie 

Monday, December 9, 2013

~CHRISTMAS - Part 2~


Happy Monday, dear friends!!  I'm so glad you stopped in for a visit today!
I'm continuing my theme on sharing more decorating, and this time the focus will be on a small corner in my dining room!!  There are LOTS of PICTURES, so sit back, relax, and enjoy!

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 Here is a full view of the corner!
  
The bottom corner cupboard

Santa picture and some favorite things on the top shelf

Old firkin with aged patina and rose hips

Tin lantern in RED

Wonderful prim Santa in Brown, a gift from my husband a number of years ago

Sweet little mittens made from old cream wool


Old wooden bowl, filled with potpourri, and a Plum Pudding I made (a Homespunheart Primitives Pattern) sitting on a painted game board
surrounded by old jars with zinc lids, old graters and an old muffin tin!  Of course, I had to hide the outlet under one of those graters!!  If you look closely you can see some of Bella's artwork on the wall!!

Little black corner cupboard filled with some smalls

Top shelf filled with lovely things!  Notice the wonderful wax Santa mold, made by my sweet friend Mona of My Old Crow Primitives, holding a little twinkle light! 

Red Belsnickel and a framed postcard

Love the colors and the sweet little bird

Green Belsnickel and a MakeDo Pear Pincushion I made from vintage velvet (a Stacy Nash design)

Bottom shelf in black cupboard

 Close up of mustard Belsnickel with some old chenille for decorating his feather tree!
Even Santa decorates!

Both shelves

Old wooden stocking forms with some red jingle bells

Prim Santa stocking in aged ticking that I made (a Kentucky Primitives Pattern)

Love the reflection of the stocking forms in the mirror!

Two velvet birds I made, perched at the very top with a small Nantucket basket filled with greens!

One final look!

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Thank you so much for all of your wonderful comments on my previous post and for taking the time to stop in again today for Part 2!  I hope you enjoyed the tour and perhaps even got some inspiration!
Please be sure to stop in again for Part 3........coming very soon!!

Wishing you a Wonderful Week~~

Julie  

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

~CHRISTMAS - Part 1~

Good Morning, dear friends! 

Yesterday I spent the entire day decorating!  I only planned on doing some minimal displays here and there, but once I opened up all the containers, that plan was forgotten! 

So armed with my trusty step ladder and some Christmas music, I rolled up my sleeves and went to work!

These are photos of my kitchen window and who better to start with than......SANTA! (an Arnett Santa)


Painted sign on old barn wood!!  LOVE that RED!!!


 On Dasher!! Reindeer I made from a Netty Lacroix pattern.  



On Dancer!! Another Reindeer I made from the same Netty pattern!!  LOVE his antique coverlet blanket!!


"All hearts come home for Christmas!"  Sweet little lighted house to welcome you!!

LOVE Arnettt Santas!!!

Sweet Face!!

Bottle brush trees

Love the sprinkling of snow!

Wonky but wonderful!

Candy canes and a kitten!

Red and green!

My newest Arnett Santa from my dear friend Marlene!!  

I will treasure him!!!

Sweet Grouping!

All together!!!

Another view!

The End!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!!  I want to welcome all my new followers and thank all of you who have continued to follow along, and for leaving your sweet comments!!  Each one is a special gift that brings a smile to my face!! 

 
May this week be filled with love and laughter, joy, and LOTS of DECORATING!!

Heart Hugs to you~~

 Julie