I am so ready for the New Year that I can hardly contain myself!!! Out with the old and in with the new........... I did have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas. But, I definitely am ready to move on to the next thing which is 2009!!
This year has been a tough year in many regards but I am full of hope for what the future will bring. I am even pondering my word for 2009 as in Ali Edwardschallenge on her blog. Last year my "word" for 2008 was "Intention." I choose the word "Intention" in that I wanted to live my life with more meaning and accomplishment......to follow through on my intentions!!!! And I think I did a pretty good job except one area of my life. This neglected area will have a lot to do with the selection of my word for 2009.
So if you are up for the challenge its not too late to join in and select your word for the year. It's better to select one word and apply it to all aspects of your life than making up a list of resolutions that you forget to follow. This way you can integrate your word into all aspects of your life.
I have been a little absent from blogging because I was gifted with a Mac Pro Notebook and I am still figuring out how to use it. But, I did want to show you a few stitching things that I have been up to:
I had been dying to make these birds and had envisioned them for awhile. Luckily I was able to make them with the help my friends Dianne and Susan---thanks girls. I also had birds on the brain when I randomly stitched this for my friend Karlene to tease her about my stitching skills.
I found an old frame for this little birdie. My first attempt at random stitching.
Next with my love of burlap on my brain I made these bags with the help of Mary Ann. (See how much help this poor girl needs............) These were inspired by Heather Bullard's blogPresent Past. She featured some creative ways to gift wrap for the holidays so the first thing that came to my mind was of course burlap. I scaned a vintage postcard and then copied into fabric that I ran through my printer. The I stitched it onto felt and the bag. Add a ribbon and you are all set.
And to top it off I gave Karlene a box of goodies to get her own mojo on.....
And lastly, I made these little vases out of old milk bottles for a little holiday cheer:
The bottles are decorated with vintage wall paper that I purchased from Pam Garrison or vintage sheet music and lace. I decorated them with things that I had in my stash like the cameo broach and dove adornment. I think they are quite lovely with the roses don't you think?
Mary, a virgin, was living in Galilee of Nazareth and was engaged to be married to Joseph, a Jewish carpenter. An angel visited her and explained to her that she would conceive a son by the power of the Holy Spirit. She would carry and give birth to this child and she would name him Jesus.
At first Mary was afraid and troubled by the angel's words. Being a virgin, Mary questioned the angel, "How will this be?" The angel explained that the child would be God's own Son and, therefore, "nothing is impossible with God." Humbled and in awe, Mary believed the angel of the Lord and rejoiced in God her Savior.
Surely Mary reflected with wonder on the words found in Isaiah 7:14 foretelling this event, "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel." (NIV)
The Birth of Jesus:
While Mary was still engaged to Joseph, she miraculously became pregnant through the Holy Spirit, as foretold to her by the angel. When Mary told Joseph she was pregnant, he had every right to feel disgraced. He knew the child was not his own, and Mary's apparent unfaithfulness carried a grave social stigma. Joseph not only had the right to divorce Mary, under Jewish law she could be put to death by stoning.
Although Joseph's initial reaction was to break the engagement, the appropriate thing for a righteous man to do, he treated Mary with extreme kindness. He did not want to cause her further shame, so he decided to act quietly. But God sent an angel to Joseph in a dream to verify Mary's story and reassure him that his marriage to her was God's will. The angel explained that the child within Mary was conceived by the Holy Spirit, that his name would be Jesus and that he was the Messiah, God with us.
When Joseph woke from his dream, he willingly obeyed God and took Mary home to be his wife, in spite of the public humiliation he would face. Perhaps this noble quality is one of the reasons God chose him to be the Messiah's earthly father.
Joseph too must have wondered in awe as he remembered the words found in Isaiah 7:14, "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel." (NIV)
At that time, Caesar Augustus decreed that a census be taken, and every person in the entire Roman world had to go to his own town to register. Joseph, being of the line of David, was required to go to Bethlehem to register with Mary. While in Bethlehem, Mary gave birth to Jesus. Probably due to the census, the inn was too crowded, and Mary gave birth in a crude stable. She wrapped the baby in cloths and placed him in a manger.
The Shepherd's Worship the Savior:
Out in the fields, an angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds who were tending their flocks of sheep by night. The angel announced that the Savior had been born in the town of David. Suddenly a great host of heavenly beings appeared with the angels and began singing praises to God. As the angelic beings departed, the shepherds decided to travel to Bethlehem and see the Christ-child.
There they found Mary, Joseph and the baby, in the stable. After their visit, they began to spread the word about this amazing child and everything the angel had said about him. They went on their way still praising and glorifying God. But Mary kept quiet, treasuring their words and pondering them in her heart. It must have been beyond her ability to grasp, that sleeping in her arms—the tender child she had just borne—was the Savior of the world.
Were tucked away inside our home as the falling snow dances outside our window. Children are sledding down the hill by our house and our doggies are having fun watching & barking at them. We are listening to Christmas music as we enjoy this wonderful scene.
Yesterday I was surprised at a very special gift from my friend Karlene:
This wonderful arrangment is from Maxine's Floral and Gifts. Isn't it special when a friend knows exactly what you like? It will look great on my dining room table for Christmas dinner.
Christmas Eve has always been treasured day in our house. I love waking up on Christmas Eve morning and realizing that this special day is here. I am very sentimental about the day before Christmas.................a special time to reflect on this wonderful time of year.
A time when a baby was born in a manger in Bethlehem.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish.
Titus 3:4-7 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
May we take time to reflect on God's greatest gift to the world so that we may have eternal life. The birth of our Savior, The Messiah, King of Kings, Lord of Lords-Baby Jesus born in a manger in Bethlehem.
Snow, snow go away! It's fun and exciting when you live in an area that is not accustomed to snow. But, the thing about Seattle is that it is not equipped for large amounts of snow or any snow that sticks on the ground! They only have 27 snow plows for the entire city and do not use ice on the roads. The grocery stores are running out of food because there have been no delieveries and lack of gasoline at the gas stations. It reminds me when we had the hurricane when I was living in Miami.
Did you know that Seattle is very hilly? I guess I knew that; but, I have become more aware of the hills since I have had two scary experiences in the past two days!!!! For the past two days I ventured out of the house only for essential errands. Well, there wasn't much activity on the roads because people here are not used to driving in the snow. Many of them have bad tires and slip and slide everywhere. Well, for the past two days I have been the one doing all the sliding. Making it safely back to my subdivision felt like a "big accomplishment."
The feeling of accomplishment went away quickly when I slid down the steep hill adjacent to my street into my neighbors yard.! Forget the 4 wheel drive that didn't really help me at all. All the neighbors who live on hills are parking there cars on the side streets. There were several people out walking or going to their cars who failed to stop and help me. How nice is that? So I had to call my husband to walk down the street to help me & he was not really happy.............
The next day I skidded in exactly the same spot. This time it was even more scary because a tow truck was stuck in the middle of the street on the hill where I need to turn to get to my house. Oh, no I thought as I tried to stop and avoid hitting his truck and the heating service vehicle that was also stuck on the corner of my street.....
But, I did stop my SUV with the front end of my truck about to go into the ditch of another neighbors front yard. Sooooo I called Charlie again Iand this time he really wasn't happy. When Charlie got behind the wheel of the car he slide down the hill sideways before he could stop. Finally, he got control of the car (in 4 wheel drive, mind you) and started down the street to our house. I started walking behind the car, towards our house when I fell on my face in the street. This time the repairmen came to my rescuse. Quite embarrassing and to say the least I should have stayed home!!!
Anyway, I have been working on a few things in the house for Christmas. These are two holiday houses that I made:
Front of the house.
Back of the house.
Sides of the house.
And the second house I made is in non-traditional holiday colors.
Front and back of the house.
The first house I made was intended to be a gift but I kinda wanna keep it for myself. Well, that didn't go over well with Charlie. He said "keep it for what? where are you going to put it?" Isn't that a typical man? Well, I am pretty sure it will be a gift as planned! I think that because we will be moving he doesn't think I need anything else.
Both houses are made out of vintage wall paper, sheet music, a fun holiday collage sheet for the birds, and lots of German glass glitter. I am starting to get addicted to glitter..........so is everywhere in my house.
Just wanted to quickly show you two more cool things I have found:
This rustic garden pot at Raised In Cotton. It's so cute.......I can imagine it in my home along with this wonderful pillow cover:
Maybe after Christmas, it would be a nice treat for me............
Yes, with snow we have record breaking low temperatures, icy roads, and the Seattle area coming practically to a standstill. That's what is going on in the world around me. I have been staying snuggled inside my abode trying to avoid outside at all costs. Even the puppies just want to nap all the time.
I think they are getting ready for Santa to surprise them with new toys and lots of bones.
Or it could just be boredom.......you just never know. But, I am inside this evening when I was suppose to be going to a special evening out. A dinner party for a friend's birthday at a fabulous resturant with the company of great people. Instead, Charlie and I cooked dinner, washed dishes, and I worked on some last minute Xmas projects. I'll let you know when cabin fever strikes.............because when it does I know I will be going nuts!!!!
Today a funny thing happened. My friend Carmen called me from Houston and asked me if I had opened the holiday gift she had sent me. When I told her that I hadn't..... she insisted that I open it immediately. And when I did, I was shocked!!!!! Shocked because we had sent each other the exact same gift.
Carmen and I started a tradition of buying each other a special holiday ornament when we lived in Green Bay, WI. Carmen and I had a favorite store that we were always buying home decor items from. We stalked them for their holiday decorations and ornaments which were to die for. So after we both left Green Bay we continued buying unique ornaments for each other in all the different cities where we lived. So as Carmen moved to different NFL cities she would have to find me a special ornament there. So are ornament exchange came full circle today.........I guess good friends really know each others taste inside and out!!! There's nothing like a great girlfriend..............
My postman also delivered these wonderful parcels to me and I was so excited.
This is my second order of vintage wall paper from Under The Red Roof. I can't wait to start cutting and pasting these beauties on a special project I have in mind........ I also have my eye on these......
which might be the next treat for myself!!!! When its cold outside its time to be crafty don't you think?
I am still here..................freezing in Seattle!!!! It's definitely cold here especially when you don't own a winter coat or much of any type of coat that is. No kidding, I do not usually wear a coat around here. Usually its just a sweater and turtleneck all winter long...........but, the weather here has surprised me. Mr. Weather has tricked me into thinking that I was living somewhere else. Maybe back in Minneapolis or somewhere in my past like Michigan or Wisconsin. But, not Seattle...........it doesn't get cold like this!!!!
Well, I am breathing a sigh of relief that most of my Christmas projects are completely and safely in the mail. I have been wanting to show you for a while what I have been up too but it will ruin someone's surprise. But, I will give you a peek at one of my holiday cards......
The sentiment inside this card says Peace on Earth. All the papers are from My Minds Eye.
I will show you this project that I just finished for my friend Jacque. She has been busy at work and hopefully won't check my blog before this gift reaches her. I was inspired to make this when I received these beautiful pictures of my favorite little friends!!! I miss them a lot.......their so much fun!!!
This project was inspired by Tamara's Blog at Lasting Memories Scrapbook Store. My friend Dianne and I purchased this kit from Lasting Memories to make this project together.
If you would like to make this "Noel" Project you will need 4 pieces of chipboard that are 6x12. Cover the chipboard with your favorite holiday papers and trim. I used a Cropadile to punch holes in the chipboard and set the brads. The chipboard letters are covered with silver german class glitter.(I added the glitter to make the "Noel" stand out more). The "Joy" bingo card is from Jenni Bowlin Studio.
I added the chipboard bird that was a die-cut that I had previously cut out at Lasting Memories. I also added the snowman and covered him with Mica Snow. The snowman came as part of Tattered Memories Glimmer Chips-Frosty Memories (Vintage Seasons Collection).And the star, tree, and german glass glitter snowflake were made using the Making Memories Slice-Fa La La cartridge.
I enjoyed making this project and you can easily create one of your own using your imagination.
It snowed in Seattle last night. This is what I woke up to this morning:
What a wonderful sight for those of us who hardly ever see snow. During the holidays I really miss the Midwest and the snowy days. It just doesn't seem like the holiday season without the snow and cold weather. Now many of you might think I am nuts......but I think you too would enjoy snow at least for Christmas Day. That is one reason I wanted to stay in Seattle for the holidays instead of going to our home in Arizona.
Things are quite different around our house this week. The football season is officially over for Charlie which mean the reality has set in that our entire staff is fired. There is a new coach in place and he quickly gave the guys their walking papers which wasn't unexpected. Now, they want Charlie to return his university car so he and I will be sharing a vehicle for awhile. That should be interesting since I am on the go a lot. We will have to coordinate schedules; but, at the moment he doesn't have one. For the first couple of days he might enjoy relaxing at home; but, that is going to get old fairly quick. For a guy who never had time to develop any hobbies, this is going to be a time when he wished he had some to keep him busy!!
Friday night we went out for cocktails with our friends Mike and Dianne. It was a much needed outing with lots fun and laughter. Good medicine when you are sitting around the house trying not to think about being fired and losing your job. Here's a couple of photos I took of our staff who will soon all go their separate ways..............It really part of the coaching profession with coaches moving on to new jobs, teams, and cities.
Jamie & Diane
Greg and Charlie
Kim & Nancy
Charlie and Mike
Everyone one has been through a lot this year........but we have to remember there is a blessing and lesson we take from each experience in life. We also try to remember that when when one door closes another one opens!!!! The last time we were fired (2 years ago) I stopped blogging for almost 4 months. I just couldn't find the right words to express what was going on in my life. One thing I've learned about being a football coaches family, is that as a coach you have been fired or are waiting to be fired............And that's just kinda how we live our lives.
Yesterday Charlie and I went over to my cousin Eric and Mary Ann's house to check out their Christmas tree. After I sewed up a couple of things on Mary Ann's sewing machine, we went to a thrift store where she had previously found some vintage ornaments. At first we thought that more vintage ornaments would allude us. But out of nowhere Mary Ann found these:
And guess what? The ornaments were only priced at $5.00. And on Saturday all Christmas decorations were half price so these definitely were a steal at $2.50. I told Mary Ann to keep these gems when she offered them to me..........But, as you can see they are now safely in my possession and will be loved and cherished in our home. I surprised that Charlie also likes my vintage collection and doesn't miss the other decorations I usually use each year.
Hope each of you had an enjoyable weekend as we continue the countdown to Christmas!!
If you haven't completed you holiday shopping........ you might want to take a peek at these fabulous gifts. And the best part about it, is that they are all handmade. Lots of fun things out there for your holiday shopping pleasure. Like this cute bag from Prettylithings.
I previously bought one of Lori Marie's flower pins and I loved it. You can check out her blog at: Lori Marie and her website here: Lorimarie.com.
Vintage Wall paper is so fun to craft with. I have bought two parcels from Under The Red Roof. Great gift for those who love all things vintage.
Just some fun ideas for your last minute holiday gifts.
Did I say last minute...........well the clock is ticking especially if you order a gift by mail and then have to re-send it!!!! I know I shouldn't talk about this subject because I am a little behind in this category. Yesterday, was my first day out holiday shopping and I just started addressing my Christmas cards last night........
So, I really need push myself to make a list of all the holiday gifts that need to be completed. Every last gift I am making is not finished!
I guess I better get with it and out of blogland. Have a great inspiring day!
I am so in love with Heather Bullard holiday gift wrapping ideas on her blog Past Present Collection/Inspired Vintage Living. She has some awesome ideas for using vintage materials to make your presents unique. As soon as I saw Heather's post I had a million ideas swirling in my head. Now, I will have to figure out how to make the time to make all these great things.
Several weeks ago before I went to Silver Bella one of my best girlfriends-- Regina came to Seattle to visit me from Michigan. We did a lot to exploring and shopping and had just plain girly girl fun. So of course that included shopping, visiting Pikes Place Market, and Whidbey Island. I wanted to share a few photos of the neat places we visited.
Our first stop on Whidbey Island was Anacortes. We went to a fabulous antique store Days Gone By where I purchased a few things that I needed for Silver Bella. It was the most organized non-junky store with great finds.
Next we ventured to a home decor store called Maison Jardin.
There was plenty to see inside this store and lots of holiday decorations and ideas.
I have a buffet in my dining room almost exactly like this.
Of course I was sneaking and taking pictures of these gorgeous ornaments.
This is one of the store's many Christmas trees. The shoppe was decorated in sections by a specific color scheme. I love the lampshade on the ceiling fixtures and the mirror.
Next we went to Wildflower Home and Garden that was a sweet store.
Then we were off to Deception Pass with its spectacular view.
It wasn't very clear that day due to rain the previous three days.
I tried to get Regina closer to the water but she was afraid of heights.
So we continued along our adventure across the bridge to drive to Coupeville.
We found more great shopping in Coupeville, plus this great shot of the town and the water.
Then it was time to take the ferry back home before dusk.