Sunday, December 19

I hope everyone's...

having a very Merry Christmas!
My wish is that you're able to enjoy all the things you love most about Christmas and the holiday season. I hope you forget about the long to do lists that can fill your days, and that you focus on all the little things that make you smile this time of year!
I love the merry making of it all, though it's changed over the years as my kids have gotten older... my husband reminded me today that I don't bake like I use to. Then he said he didn't miss it; we have no willpower over cookies, Rice Krispy treats, peppermint bark, or English toffee! Especially when it's usually just the two of us at home.
And this will be the first Christmas that we won't wake up with Ethyn and Jamie, as they've decided to spend Christmas Eve at their house for the first time since Ethyn's been born. It'll be different waking up without them here, but I understand Jamie's ready to start traditions of her own.
Thankfully there are some things that won't change! I'm looking forward to Christmas morning brunch at our house with the whole family... mimosas, hot cocoa, everyone's favorite foods, the yule log and Christmas music in the air.
So while I have wonderful memories of Christmas' past, I know we'll make new memories that we will cherish as much as we do the old.
(All photos from my White Christmas Ornament Swap)
I guess my point is that this time of year, whether different from days gone by or the same, they can be whatever we want it to be. Even with the sadness of lost loved ones and those we miss, I know I'm only as happy as I make my mind up to be, and I'm choosing to be Merry & Bright! I hope you're doing the same!

Friday, December 10

Sneak Peek....

After a slight snafu in our White Christmas Ornament Swap (my husband wrapped one of the boxes of ornaments, and had it under our tree thinking it was something he'd ordered online. It had been there for almost a week!) I finally packed up everyone's Christmas treasures and got them out in the mail today. They're coming Priority so you all should have your ornaments soon! I'll share a few photos so if you want to be surprised, close your eyes. For the rest of you, here's a sample of what you'll be getting...
Sweet Girls made by Sylvia Estrada
Darling snowflakes from Cindy Wood
Debbi Greenlee's soldered snowflakes
Carol Pohl's musical notes
and the sweetest little Christmas throne
I've ever laid eyes on, made by the talented Connie Freedman

look at the 'D-throned' card she sent me...
oh, I love it! By the way, go take a peek at
the amazing gingerbread house she just made with her daughter. It's stunning!

Didn't everyone make wonderful ornaments for each other? I'll share more next week... everyone have a fabulous weekend!

Sunday, December 5

Sunday morning finds...

I took a break from sorting ornaments this morning and headed to my favorite little flea market. It was the perfect morning... shopping with Nancy, running into friends and customers, and finding a few little things. The last photo shows a Christmas project I've had in mind for over a year...a decantler (as Nancy named it) for Mr Warren (my archery loving husband). A friend saw a wonderful soldered bottle with an antler as the topper, that I hope to recreate with her help. I'll share photos soon if it turns out as planned. Happy Sunday!
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