Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Kitchen Window Wreath

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, needless to say I'm having a fun time decorating my new/old house for Christmas. Today I'd like to show you a little wreath I've made for my kitchen.
 I'll show you what I did on the window sill in another post.
My bay window was just screaming for decorations and a wreath seemed like the first thing I should poke up on the window.
 So I bought a wreath and went to town.
 The only things I bought were the little gingerbread baker and the red and white checkered ribbon.
 I could have kicked myself when I got home I realized the ribbon wasn't wired! But it was what I wanted so I made the bow the best I could, even though I couldn't make it poof as well as it would have if it had the wired edges! Live and learn! :(
 I had all of these little ornaments that I have used on my kitchen tree before so I poked them on my wreath. See the little spatula and whisk? Just the things for baking cookies.
 I tied on three little copper cookie cutters to dangle down from the nonwired ribbon.
I had two of these little stuffed gingerbread folks. They are very old.

This little wreath just makes me smile and my little grandson says "OOOOOOO" every time he comes over. That makes everything so right!


Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Christmas Is For Children


Christmas - is for children
Just for children
Grown up's save

Santa's found the chimney
That's for children
Like the reindeer
And the sleigh

That same tale is told
Every Christmas Eve again
We may think we're old
But our hearts can almost believe again

Christmas - is for children
But aren't we all children
Christmas day-ay-ay

That electric train
That no one could tempt papa with
Will someone explai-ain
Why it's all that papa will bother with

I guess Christmas - is for children
But aren't we all children
Christmas day...
~ sung by Glen Campbell


Monday, December 15, 2014

Crocheted Nativity

Hello, Dear Ones! I'm enjoying seeing all of your lovely Christmas decorating and you all are so amazing! I just love you all to pieces!
Today I wanted to share a little story with you and you know how I love to tell you little stories:

Once upon a time in 1975, a lady was buying the magazines "Women's Day" and "Family Circle" and I believe she paid about 59 cents for each. She waited patiently each month to buy these because they were filled with recipes, sewing projects and crafts. Being the most talented lady that she was, she was pretty handy with her crochet hooks, she spied with her most gorgeous baby blue peepers the instructions for a lovely little Nativity! She was so excited and ran to the nearest yarn store to get just the correct colors of yarn and grabbed her crochet hooks and went to town! And the crocheted Nativity was created
 Ta dah!!!
 She went to town crocheting the different ones for the Nativity.
 First she crocheted the young Mary with her long flowing brown hair.
 Then came Joseph and he was sporting a beard. There was also a little lamb. The most talented one had even crocheted a little gray donkey but many years later when she took the Nativity out to place them on a table, the donkey dropped to the floor and the naughty dog, Chloe Dawn, grabbed it and ran off with it and the donkey became her 'forever toy'.
 Then the lady crocheted the angel who came to Mary and Joseph and told them about the baby Jesus that would be born. The angel had baby blue eyes and long flowing golden hair.
 Then little baby Jesus was born and wrapped in His swaddling clothes and laid in a manger with with hay, um, little tiny cut up pieces of yarn.
 When the three wise men found the baby Jesus they presented him with gifts and bowed down to worship Him. They brought gold...
 Frankincense and Myrrh...um, the most talented lady didn't crochet the third wise man! She kept the pattern for years and thought she would finally make the last wise man, but she lost the pattern and so there are only two.
 So this year, just like the past 39 years (I can't believe it!) this little Nativity comes out of it's box and graces a table with the true meaning of Christmas...the birth of our Savior, Jesus, but with only two wise men! :) The most talented lady has allowed the Nativity story to tell about the birth of Jesus to her little grand children. The little lamb has jumped into the manger a few times and the hay has landed upon top of Joseph's head a few times but that's okay. The lady's own children played with this Nativity all through the years and learned about Jesus and His love for us.   
Amid all of the beautiful trees, lights, candy and the gift buying, let's don't forget why we celebrate Christmas! It's all because of the birth of our Savior, Jesus. He loves us all so much

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

O Little Town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And Peace to men on earth

How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may hear His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still,
The dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born to us today
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell
O come to us, abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel
~ sung by all of us

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmasing in the Entry

Hello, Dear Ones. Today I wanted to show you my little setup in the entry of our house.
We have a very small entry, just big enough for this little table, so I wanted to go a bit more simple in here.
I grabbed a silver tray and poked down my favorite trees that I bought years ago at Hobby Lobby on clearance! I just love clearances, don't you? :) They remind me of a wedding cake's icing ~ so soft and lovely.
Then I added a tiny little glitter house snow scene in a jar and called it done. Simple and sweet and hopefully not too alluring to the grandchildren! :)
I did a switch-a-roo with my front door wreath. It was getting all smushed when the glass storm door was closed so I added a little clear Command Hook and just poked it up on the inside of the door. Works for me!
This delights my gorgeous peepers every time I pass it! :) Keep on Christmasing, y'all!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;) 

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Wonderful Christmas Time

The mood is right
The spirits up
We're here tonight
And that's enough

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

The party's on
The feeling's here
That only comes
This time of year

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

The choir of children sing their song
Ding dong, ding dong
Ding dong, ding ohhhh
Ohhhhhhh

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

The word is out
About the town
To lift a glass
Ahhh don't look down

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

The choir of children sing their song
They practiced all year long
Ding dong, ding dong
Ding dong, ding dong
Ding dong, ding dong

The party's on
The spirits up
We're here tonight
And that's enough

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

The mood is right
The spirits up
We're here tonight
And that's enough

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

Ohhhhhhhhh
Ohhhhhhhhh
Christmas time
~ sung by Paul McCartney




Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmasing On The Mantel

Hello, Dear Ones. How is your Christmasing going? I thought I would bring you into the den today to show you my mantel. Since we have the grandchildren close by I wanted to decorate it with them in mind. Santa! That's what I went with...
I grabbed all the Santas I could find and started poking them on to the mantel.
 But first off, I poked my olden wreath up on the mirror. I made this wreath many years ago before I started blogging.
 I'll show you some of my Santas.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

He's making a list
And checking it twice
Gonna find out Who's naughty and nice
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!

O! You better watch out!
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
~ sung by my Santas




Friday, December 5, 2014

The Year of the House Christmasing


Hello, Dear Ones! Well, you may be sick and tired of me blogging about our move but that's just the way it is right now. So when it came time to decorate the tree, I thought ~ this has been the year of the house and I would decorate our tree accordingly.
The tree is in the living room in front of what we call 'the picture window'. My little mother always called the front living room window 'the picture window'. Have you ever heard that before? Now 'the picture window' is not as grand a place for the Christmas tree as our two story entry was in our Texas house, but I'm really falling in love with this house!
Okie dokie! Do you see anything unusual on the tree? Yep, you're seeing glitter houses! If you follow me you may remember a couple of years ago I made a gazillion little glitter houses and I've also bought much sturdier and larger ones too. I thought I would have enough houses to poke into the tree to pull off this Year of the House Christmas tree theme. Do you like it?
 Have you noticed the tree is very full at the top? Now don't laugh! This is a large thick tree, we love it, but it was 9 1/2 feet tall. Too tall to stand in this house. Well, being the most talented folks we are, Mr. Precious got out the hack saw and just sawed off the top section. Well, the top section came out on its own but he sawed off some of the top of the next section so it would fit! Does it look funny to you?
Since the tree now doesn't go up into a pretty little point, it was up to me to make a topper to disguise that flat top. I gathered lots of ribbons and wet to town making bows and lots of curly streamers. I poked in a few little swirly twigs and thought it looked fine.
I cut and twirled some wired ribbon and poked it in all around the tree too, sometimes just curling the ends. I kinda liked that look. Now I'll show you some closeups of my houses. The smaller glitter houses are the ones I made and the larger ones ~ store bought.
Of course I poked lots of balls and some other things in the tree too. I think I could have used more balls! Are Christmas trees ever done?
It's beginning to get dark outside and now you can see the lights shining on 'the picture window'. One more thing...
Chloe Dawn wanted to show you our new rug! It has really made a difference in the room. It may look a little busy to some of you but I just love it and it has all of my colors in there! This is Chloe Dawn's favorite napping place at the moment. I think she's telling me she doesn't want to lay on the hard wood flooring! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas 

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go
Take a look in the Five and Ten
Glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Toys in every store
But the prettiest sight to see
Is the holly that will be
On your own front door

A pair of Hop-a-long boots and a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Bonny and Ben
Dolls that will talk and go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Jenn
And mom and dad can hardly wait
For school to start again

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go
There's a tree in the Grand Hotel
One in the park as well
The sturdy kind that doesn't mind the snow

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Soon the bells will start
And the thing that will make them ring
Is the Carol that you sing
Right within your heart

A pair of Hop-a-long boots and a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Bonny and Ben
Dolls that will talk and go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Jenn
And mom and dad can hardly wait
For school to start again

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Soon the bells will start
And the thing that will make them ring
Is the Carol that you sing
Right within your heart, right within your hear
~ sung by all of us