Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Thoughtful Gift...

My favorite Christmas story is "The Gift Of The Magi." I mentioned this last year in a blog post. It is a favorite story for my dear friend Cindy Adkins too. Several weeks ago I received a package from Cindy and written on the package were the instructions, "Open on December 25th."  On Christmas morning I opened my package to find a truly thoughtful gift. I made a visit to Cindy's blog Whimsical Musings to find that Cindy had also posted a Christmas story about her gift to me. I love my journal and the thoughtfulness of the gift. Look at all the details Cindy used to tell the story. If you do not know the story here is a link to a U-Tube reading of the story that I thought was nicely done.

I'm linking this to:
Shades of The Season
Knick Of Time Tuesday
White Wednesday
Show andTell Friday
Pink Saturday

Friday, December 23, 2011

...A Midnight Clear...

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the Angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men in whom His favor rests." Luke 2:13,14 (NIV)
"Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you; You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Luke 2:10, 11,12 (NIV)
Wishing  you and yours Christmas blessings of 
Peace, Love, Joy, and Hope.
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Some Of My New Favorite Things...

Bottle brush trees and wreaths are for train yards. Well that is what I use to think when ever I would see them. Then I met Terri at Artful Affirmations. Terri does these wonderful FREE video tutorials on her blog. I watched the one she did for bleaching bottle brush trees and wreaths. I liked the idea so much I had to get some and try the technique. I bleached one tree and one wreath to a shade of light green and one of each to an off white color. I then dyed one set with food coloring to a shade of pink. I added glue and glitter. They remind me of gum drops and I love the way they look. For now they are just mixed in with other table decorations. Next year I'll use them to make some ornaments. 
I'm linking this to:
Deck The Halls Sunday

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Gifts Made With Love

Blogland is my main resource for inspiration and ideas. Magazines are another. The December/January issue of Country Living magazine featured one gift project idea that I liked immediately. The project was created by contributing editor Cathe Holden. She had collected vintage images from our good friend Karen at The Graphic Fairy. Then Cathe assembled the graphics into 4 game boards. She then created PDF files to print out. She gives great directions to make this awesome game in the article.

Concentration, a memory game
Cathe's game pieces were displayed in an antique toy truck. I loved that idea but I couldn't find a proper toy. I did find a French cookie tin at a flee market that was the perfect size.  I really like how it looks. I made a digital collage of sorts  with the name of the game, credits, and a message to my gift recipient and added it to the inside lid. I hope she likes it.

I'm linking this to the following Blog Parties:
Shades of The Season
White Wednesday
Show and Tell Friday
Pink Saturday

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tea Cup Tuesday ~ My First Time

I'm excited to be invited to the tea party. Below is my antique mall find. No saucer, hope you don't mind. I'm new to the party and new to collecting tea cups. I hope you'll let me know if I did well on my selection.

I thought it was a pretty cup and someday I might find a saucer.

The tea cup party is being held at Artful Affirmations. Hop over to say hello to our hostess Terri. Make yourself a cup of tea and  visit some of the other participants. Click here.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Deck The Halls Sunday ~ "Goodwill" Ornaments and Gifts

Here are some Christmas ornaments and gifts I've been working on.
The baby's 1st Christmas shoe ornaments are for the new members of our family. Scroll down to the post below this one to read more about this project and the inspiration for them..

 The wall sconce below (purchased at a thrift shop) is one of my up-cycling projects, or as I like to call them, rescued and revived treasures. I wanted to try my hand at making something in the Primative Style. I hope they like it!

Linking this up to Terri's Artful Affirmations' blog party.
Hop over to visit Deck The Halls Sunday
I'm also linking this to Knick Of Time Tuesday click here to visit and see some fantastic vintage style pieces.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Inspire ~ Encourage ~ Stimulate ~ Excite

A few weeks ago my friend Cindy Adkins from Whimsical Musings showcased a vintage baby shoe she had transformed into an adorable work of art. She is selling the shoe in her Etsy shop. She made a suggestion in her post about how the shoe would make a wonderful gift for baby's 1st Christmas. I really loved the shoe and the idea and I had a good reason to make two. We had two births in our family this year. A new grandson was born in March and a great granddaughter was born in May.

I began the quest to find the shoes. Unfortunately I could not find vintage shoes. I did find a more modern pair of white baby shoes at the Goodwill and decided they would be a perfect weight for a tree ornament. While my shoes look nothing like Cindy's shoe, her shoe was the source of inspiration. Thank you Cindy.

I love the way they turned out. I hope the babies will enjoy hanging them on their Christmas trees for years to come.

If you could use more inspiration you might want to read Cindy's new book Mixed Media Art: Living Your Passion and I know you would enjoy taking her free seminar "Launch Your Creativity." To find out more click on the link above or click on the links on my sidebar.

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Deck The Halls ~ Pink Saturday December 3, 2011

The tree is up and decorated with our favorite ornaments. Here are just a few, the  glass ball above, is Baby's first Christmas from 1975. The wooden figures below, Popeye The Sailor Man and Little Red Riding Hood from long ago (they are from my DH's childhood). And my pink glass humming birds.

Wishing you a Happy Pink Saturday! I'm linking this to Pink Saturday with Beverly at How Sweet The Sound. Please stop by to visit her, click here.