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

Saturday, December 31, 2016

~JOYFUL NEW YEAR~

Resolved, that I will take each precious minute,
and relish all the joy within it!  ~ Kathleen Rice

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A number of years ago, my husband bought me some prints by Pat Fischer!
They all feature pastoral scenes filled with painted houses, willow trees, and sheep,
and many of them also have simple sayings!
 I still love them!

One of my favorites is this one!


Blessed is the life that finds joy in the Journey!

It hangs in my living room and is a constant reminder to me that life is a journey and I have choices to make as I travel my personal road!!

As I look to the upcoming year and make my resolutions, perhaps my most important one for this year is to....

CHOOSE JOY! 

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As we all prepare to welcome in 2017, may we truly be Blessed with Good Health, Peace, and Hope for a better future!!
Happy New Year, my friends!!

Wishing each of you  ~ JOY~

Julie 

Monday, December 19, 2016

~FINISHED........ALMOST!~

Happy Monday to you, dear friends!!
Can you believe it is only a few more days till Christmas??

Are you all finished with your preparations?
Have you been checking off things on your list?

Perhaps you are like me and say, "Almost!"
Hopefully, we will all get the last package wrapped and the last errand run
just in the nick of time!!

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I actually did get something finished.......almost, anyway!
I punched my last loop on my Horse Pull Toy punch needle design
created by my friend Lori of Homespun Prims!


I just love how it turned out and hope you like it too!!!

I still have to figure out how I am going to complete it, whether I frame it, make it into a pillow, or just add wool to the back for hanging,
 but that will be something to look forward to later!!
It is such a fun design and one I know you will love!

If you decide you have to make one, just contact Lori
 and I'm sure she will be happy to get you a pattern!! 
Thank you Lori, for this wonderful design!

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Something that I actually DID FINISH is my newest album on my Picture Trail called
Christmas 2016!

I had so much fun creating some different displays this year and hope you will stop by for a visit when you need a little break from all your busy activities!! 


You can visit the album HERE!

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I want to take this moment to say THANK YOU to all of you
 who have been a part of my life this past year,
 by visiting my blog, sending emails, leaving comments, making purchases, praying,
and sharing the gift of friendship! 
 You are truly a BLESSING, and my heart if filled with MUCH GRATITUDE!!!

Wishing you days filled with Finished Projects, Quiet Moments, and Gratitude~

Julie

Saturday, December 10, 2016

~SIMPLE PLEASURES~

Hello, dear friends!!

Reading is one of my favorite things to do so I was thrilled when 
I received a surprise in my mail box today!!

It is the new book by Stacy Droit called,




A Christmas Cabin
Presented by....Arnett's Country Store!

Have you seen it yet?
I only turned to the first page and then decided I needed to sit down with a snack, another one of my simple pleasures!





This is my absolute new favorite!!





It is called The Mix and is a combination of 
cheddar cheese and caramel corn....YUM!!!
We buy ours at Safeway here in AZ!
If you haven't tried it yet,
 IT IS A MUST!!!

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I have also been slowly working on my punch needle horse by Lori Rippey in the evenings
while watching Christmas movies,
 two more simple pleasures!




Here is my progress!

Hoping to get more of the background done tonight while we watch our next movie on the list!
I wonder what it will be tonight?




In the meantime,
  I am ready to sit down with my favorite snack
 and enjoy my new book!!!

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Wishing you an abundance of Simple Pleasures, my friends~

Julie

Thursday, December 8, 2016

~A Most Kindly Welcome To You~

My CHRISTMAS GOODES UPDATE is OPEN!

Click HERE to go directly to the album!!

Thank you for visiting with me and have a wonderful evening!

Christmas Hugs and Wishes to you~

Julie

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

~THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS, AND AN UPDATE~

Good Morning and Happy December, my friends!
I don't know about you, but during this time of year I pull out all my favorite movies and CD's to get into the spirit of the season!!



I gathered together a grouping of some of my very favorite CD's to share with you!




An Old English Christmas, Hillsong, Kenny G, Barbra Streisand 




Michael Bubl'e,  Avalon, Christmas Treasures, and
NSYNC was a gift from my daughter as it was our favorite when she was a teenager! 
Still love it!!


Point of Grace and Mannheim Steamroller!



Amy Grant and Kelly Clarkson, and the list goes on and on!!

What are your favorite CD's or songs at Christmas??

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Then there are the movies we always watch!


Just a small grouping of some favorites!



The Holiday, Miracle on 34th Street,




 Trapped In Paradise, A Christmas Carol,




The Bishop's Wife and White Christmas,




And my all time favorite......A Christmas Story!!  

Of course, we also tape so many on our DVR
 and have a long list of other favorites as well,

Christmas in Connecticut, Holiday Affair, Holiday Inn, and the list goes on!!

What are your favorite movies to watch this season?

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I always have some kind of project in the works and my latest punch needle project is by my dear friend Lori Rippey of Homespun Prims!


It is a wonderful Horse Pull Toy and I am really enjoying it!




Here is my progress so far, just working on it at night as I watch those Christmas movies with Jeff!!

Are you working on a special project?

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I have also been hard at work creating some items for my next update!

I hope you will join me on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8th, at 8 PM, EST
 for my UPDATE
 on my PICTURE TRAIL SHOPPE!



The album is closed for now but will be open promptly at 8 PM!
 I would so love to have you stop by!

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For the rest of the day I will be busy taking pictures to add to my Picture Trail
 for my 2016 Christmas Decorating around my home
 and hope to have all the pictures uploaded soon!!
Now to put on some lively Christmas music and get busy!!!
  Fa la la la la, la la la la!!

Wishing you a day filled with the
 beautiful
 SIGHTS and SOUNDS
 of this Blessed Season,
 my friends~

Julie