Monday, November 26, 2007

Christmas Thought of the Day

29 Days Until Christmas!!!

Candlelight and Starlight
By candlelight and starlight came He then,
To kindle Hope of Peace in hearts of men.
And every Christmas candle on the sill,
Reminds the world that Hope is burning still.
We see a promise in it's glowing beam
Of one day the fulfillment of that dream.
By candlelight and starlight came he then;
May star and candle light his way again.
~Helen Lowrie Marshall

We're going to go to a neighbors house today to help her decorate for Christmas. Lots of garlands to hang and decorations and lights to put up! I love to decorate and since my house is all finished, she asked if I would come and help her out. The kids don't go back to school until tomorrow and she has five of them so all of the kids can play and have a good time while we decorate! Fun times!!! Have a great day everyone!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Happy Sunday!

November 25...Exactly one month until Christmas!! I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving! I know that we did. My sister came up from South Carolina as well as my brother. My two stepsisters came, one with her husband and the other with her fiance on leave from Iraq. The wedding is next weekend so we'll all get to see each other again very soon!
We're all in Christmas mode now. I love Christmas and have decided that I will post a little Christmas joy each day from now until Christmas day!

Why do the bells of Christmas ring?

Why do little children sing?

Once a lovely shining star,

Seen by shepherds from afar,

Gently moved until it's light

Made a manger's cradle bright.

There a darling baby lay,

Pillowed soft upon the hay,

And it's mother sang and smiled:

"This is Christ the Holy Child!"

Therefore the bells of Christmas ring,

Therefore little children sing.

~Eugene Field

Today I have decided to tackle the boys' bedroom with a paint brush, roller and a couple of cans of paint! Hubby and I have discussed painting the boys' room for awhile but just haven't seemed to find the time to do it. So, I have decided, with the help of my boys (well, sort of, they're 7, 5 and 6 months old), to do it today and surprise him with it! It's going to be so cute! I painted the walls ochre above the chair rail and then I'm going to stripe them with a creamy white. Below the chair rail moulding, I'll paint the walls in the same creamy white. The chail rail is going to be painted a nice shade of red. With all that cream and ochre, I'm going to need a punch of color! We're going to have a travel/safari theme. The kids have this huge giraffe that they can actually sit on like a chair so that was our inspiration piece. They have antique airplanes hanging from the ceiling already, so that is where the travel part of the theme is going to come in. Well, we just took a short lunch/blog break and I can hear that the baby is awake from his nap so I must say goodbye for now and go feed the baby, play with him for a bit and then it's back to work while my troops (aka boys) look on.

Have a great day all!!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksging!!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Wherever you may be today, I hope you have a blessed day with loved ones! For those who will be traveling, I wish you safe travels!

God Bless and be safe!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

HUGE Score at the Flea Market!!!

I decided to go to the flea market today and would you just look at what I found!!

I got lots and lots of pink, white, blue and mint green vintage Christmas balls as well as a vintage Woolworths Christmas tree topper. It has silver tinsel surrounding all of the white lights.

I also found a pretty little teacup!
I love to collect those cute little baby planters in the nice shabby pink and blue colors and I found one of those too! A great day at the flea market!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

My Little Tiny Crowns!!!

The tiny crowns are finally finished!! I first made them with superfine glitter but that was a little too fine and it didn't cover well. So, I went with regular glitter and that worked much better. Here are my reindeer...

My angel got a pink one

and even one of my Christmas tree angels that I made got one


and Miss Mabel each wanted one too but I told them that I thought all that glitter and glue would probably cloud their water too much :)

Have a great day everyone!!!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

A Fun Little Craft Project for You!!

I remember being so disappointed when Gerber started using little plastic boxes for their baby food instead of glass jars. I loved using all of those little glass jars for craft projects and I was afraid that eventually you wouldn't be able to find them anymore. But alas, here we are 5 years and another baby later and Beechnut still sells their food in glass jars. But anyway, one day while shopping I couldn't find what I was looking for in the Beechnut brand and so I had to buy Gerber in one of those dreaded plastic containers. After the food was gone I thought "hey...these are kinda cute" and I washed it out and saved it. So...that brings me to my craft project(finally! whew...I got a little off track there...sorry)

Here are the containers before

And then... I painted the little boxes and lids pink. I decoupaged some reproductions of vintage postcards to the lids and added a little glitter(of course...I LOVE glittery sparkly things) Then I dipped the bottoms and sides of the boxes in some shimmery glass glitter and added a few ribbons and pearls. There you go! Gerber would be proud!!

The one on the right with the blue background has a picture of a fairy and a little boy floating through the stars while sitting on a pillow. It doesn't show in the picture but on the side of the box I added:

Through a sea of stars we float

With a pillow for a boat

Off to dreamland every night

There and back by candle light.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

A Chilly November Evening!

As I was unpacking yet even more lovely Christmas decorations, I came across my beautiful Christmas With Victoria book that my mom gave me last year. I had been looking for it and I guess I forgot that I packed it in with my Christmas decorations!! I think this chilly November evening calls for a hot cup of tea, a cozy blanket, lots and lots of pillows and of course "Christmas With Victoria" I love to snuggle up with my hubby as he watches TV and read my books and magazines! Ahhh the joy of a chilly evening in the warmth of one's home!

Ohh and I almost forgot!! As I was reading through Sandra Evertson's blog this morning, she had the most adorable post about making teeny-tiny little crowns covered in sparkly glitter. know I just had to try that!! It just so happens that I had all of the supplies needed on hand so I tried a couple of them today. I'm letting them dry right now but as soon as they're all finished I will post a picture. I have two papier mache reindeer on my mantel this year that will be wearing those adorable little crowns very soon! Keep an eye out for the pictures to be posted! You've just got to go over to her blog to see these. She's even posted a mini tutorial on how to do them! Love these!

Here are my reindeer without their crowns....They will soon be wearing them though!!

A Great Blog!!

For those of you who haven't already been for a visit to Nunnie's Attic blog, you should definitely hop on over! She has an inspiring blog where she posts "Blessings of the Day" each day! She's even having a giveaway but you must hurry because it ends today! You've got to visit her store too, Nunie's Attic. She has beautiful things there and great chandeliers as well. She also has the cutest rooster lantern! Go check out her site. You won't be disappointed! Have a beautiful weekend everyone!!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

So Much Catching Up to Do!!!

Wow, it feels like I have been away for months, although 11 days may as well be months because I have missed my blogger friends so much!!

Anyway, we all had a great Halloween. Lots of candy has been enjoyed by all - including me who has had entirely too many Twix and Kit-Kat bars. Well, okay, and Almond Joys and Snickers - you get the idea!!

Where have I been? What have I been doing? Well, let me show you.

You see, at our house, Christmas is a HUGE deal and it takes quite a while to decorate for this beautiful and holy season. Everyone gets involved, we even had one of my little 5 year old's friends over helping us put the trees up. Today we moved on to the lights for the trees. We will put up and decorate 5 full size Christmas trees, at least 10 mini tabletop trees, tons and tons of garlands and lots of little white lights (all tastefully done hee hee-not too over the top) It will take the next few weeks to get it all done! This is why we start so early. Don't get me wrong, we love Thanksgiving too just as much, however, we like to have all of the Christmas decorations up by December 1 so that we can enjoy them for the whole Christmas season. Here is a little sneak peak at what we have accomplished so far. We'll put up the real trees as it gets closer to December. That way they'll stay fresh. I'll post the remainder of the pictures once it's complete and once it gets closer to Christmas!

I've been busy working on Christmas items for my shop too! Also, the Vintage Tree Topper Swap is under way so I can't wait to get started on that! Donna over at Under the Red Roof is hosting the swap. You should definitely wander over to her blog and pay her a visit. She is incredibly talented and has a great blog!
Well, I will close for now but I will be back with lots more to share and I won't wait 11 days to do it! Have a lovely evening everyone!