Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Day 2008

MERRY CHRISTMAS.....and enough warm wishes to melt a snowman's heart.

Peace and Joy !

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve

May your hearth be surrounded by joy and mirth. Happy Christmas to all.
Peace and Joy

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Joy And Crisis

I'm sorry that I haven't posted in a while. You see, in addition to the joy of the approaching Holiday, our family is dealing with a bit of a crisis. My brother-in-law has been injured in a serious automobile accident. He has remained in the trauma-ICU unit for the past two weeks and he isn't out of the woods yet, although he has made some progress. We are hopeful that he will recover. It's hard to stay focused on preparing for Christmas, but we are inspired to do so by the children.
One of today's projects was to prepare little boxes of doggie treats for eight of our Lady's neighborhood canine friends. My Granddaughter helped me fill the boxes and attach these little tags that I made from a photo I took of Lady enjoying the snow.
Doesn't she look cute in her snowy beard?
Health and happiness to you, and yours.

Monday, December 15, 2008

A Pretty Little Christmas Blog Party

Time for "A Pretty Little Christmas Blog Party" Hosted by: Heather at:

Be sure to visit her blog for the links to all sites that are participating.
My house is decorated and ready for your visit

As you enter my home, you're greeted by Frosty's hat and scarf, which remain atop the newel post, right where he left them.
Christmas music is softly playing while you take your tour.
Our tree is decorated with ornaments in shades of red and pink.

The Christmas village is tucked into a corner cupboard.

My favorite shabby angel sits in the drawer of a miniature chest of drawers.

The nativity, a gift from my daughter, is displayed on the mantle.

......And a ewe and her lambs gather on another.

A collage of some fun, vintage decorations.

A berry garland graces the neck of this sweet girl with braids.

This snowman, made of vintage Morgan Jones chenille from the 1950's, smiles up at you from the breakfast table.

The tree in the study is decorated with jewel toned fruit, and bows of gold.

My life sized, vintage Coca Cola Santa from the 1960's, is hanging out in the living room.

St. Nicholas and his flock adorn the library table.


the garden lion is wearing a mantle of snow.

Winter has come.

Wishing you and yours the blessings of the season. From my house to yours.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Photo Shoot

I enjoy taking photos, but to creatively manipulate those photos is even more fun. My daughter likes to give seasonal pictures of my granddaughter to all our family members. I help by shooting the photos, and using Photoshop to create something pretty from them. Our vision was to create a series of angel themed pictures. Here are excerpts from the photo shoot, and the finished products.
Angel Pose #1

Finished Product

Angel Pose #2-Collage

I snapped individual pictures of my granddaughter holding each of the letters. Then I put them together to make this angel collage.

Angel Pose #3-Flying Effect

I replaced the red ball with the planet earth, which I cut from a photo that I downloaded from the NASA website...added a night sky, some stars, and an effect that makes the angel look as if she is whooshing through the air.

My sister, who is the director of a life outreach center, asked me to create a card from this photo of two of her friends children.
Just look at those faces. They look like Botticelli paintings. Yes?

Hope you're days are filled with PEACE and JOY.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A Few Of My Favorite Vintage Things

This sweet 1960's decoration was my Mother's. I love the flocked branches, red velvet egg shaped baubles, decorated with pearls and gold accents, and the little red glass balls.
This bottle brush star and happy snowman face embellished with silver tinsel and gold jingle bells makes me smile.

Isn't this mouse family cute? I think so.

Here are two elves from my collection of bright eyed guys that were popular in the 1960's. Their colors have faded a little and the glitter that embellished their collars is gone, but they don't look too bad considering their age.

Just waiting to be placed on the tree.

Hope your Tuesday is filled with happy faces and fond memories.

Frosty Flourish frame by Nancie Rowe

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Holiday Open House At The Antique Mall

I love a trip to the antique mall. I spent an entire morning at GAS LAMP ANTIQUES enjoying the Christmas decorations, seasonal music, finger foods, delicious coffee and of course the antiques. There were some really wonderful treasures to be had. Just look at this great little box from Florence, Italy.
Don't you just love this pretty green vignette? I do.

What do you wish for? What sweet choir boys!

My mother made everyone stockings like these in the late 1960's.

This crystal chandelier belongs in a ballroom, don't you think?
I was amused by the captions underneath each of these prints from 1910. The pictures represent the steps leading to marriage...beginning with the proposal letter. The captions read as follows: The summons. Considering the evidence. The sealed verdict. Sentenced for life.

A cute apron made from flour sacks.

Sweet vintage baby coat.
A trunk full of Raggedy Ann Dolls.

Great French,"Shabby Chic" items.

A great pair of red gloves.

Sweet baby items.

Check out the picture of undergarments from days gone by.

Vintage attire from Hollywood's golden age.

I bought some of these vintage ornaments to add to my collection.

An entire booth of pretty things.

Wooden rocking horse.

Pretty linens.

Vintage charm bracelets.

I just loved these felted lambs and goat.

This stone lion would look good in any garden setting.

One could even purchase their very own "Rudolph" to hang over the mantle.

I like this soft white and lime green colorway. I can picture a Christmas tree decorated in these colors.

This bust of a peasant girl caught my eye.
I had a great time. Every booth had either vintage or handmade Christmas items for sale. I saw so many things that I wanted to take home with me. Be sure to click on the pictures to make them larger. Have a great Tuesday.