Monday, November 28, 2011

Nativitying on the Piano


Hello, Dear Ones. I'll bet you didn't know you could go Nativitying on your piano did you?
You can! You really can. Let me show you.

See? I've been Nativitying on my piano.

I usually keep the lid down on my piano that way I can poke stuff all over the top of it. That large floral is usually there all of the time and I just added a few other things.


See this little Nativity? Isn't it sweet? When I saw it I thought how islandy it was and it would just have to come home with me. That was a few years ago. Instead of a barn the little Holy family is enveloped by a palm tree.

Here's the sweet little Baby Jesus! It looks like He is singing a Note Song, don't you think?


How do you like my little sparkly trees? I found these at the dollar store and knew I had to have them too! I poked a couple of them over some skinny candlesticks so I could have different heights. Palm trees and Christmas trees! A great combination.


These little trees are so cute and I like how they look all staggered in height! I'm so talented to think of things like this you know! :)

Oh, this snap was just Reba (my camera) showing off! :)


Uh oh...

I enlarged this really big so you could see my little Chloe Dawn peeping around at me while I sat up my vignette! I know she was telling me that she was neglected. I'll have to take care of that and hold her and give her a big ole hug! :)


Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Sweet Little Jesus Boy

Sweet little Jesus boy
They made you be born in a manger
Sweet little holy child
We didn't know who you were
Didn't know you'd come to save us Lord
To take our sins away
Our eyes were blind, we could not see
We didn't know who you were

Long time ago
You were born
Born in a manger Lord
Sweet little Jesus boy
The world treats you mean Lord
Treats me mean too
But that's how things are down here
We don't know who you are

You have told us how
We are trying
Master you have shown us how
Even when you were dying
Just seems like we can't do right
Look how we treated you
But please Sir forgive us Lord
We didn't know it was you

Sweet little Jesus boy
Born a long time ago
Sweet little holy child
We didn't know who you were


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Oh, Christmas Tree!

Hello, Dear Ones! I've gotten my tree decorated! Finally!

We have a two story entry and at the bottom curl of the staircase this is where our tree goes every year.

We always use an artificial tree as it can be 80' on Christmas day so we can't have drying falling off needles! I hate that! :)

Here you see our tree looking from the foot of the stairs.

Another view.

I was so excited to use Deco Poly Mesh on my tree. I had seen how the mesh was used by Kristen at Kristen's Creations and Liz at Savvy Seasons. Oh, how inspiring these two young women are to me! :) So...I went to Michael's and bought some mesh and squished and twirled and wrapped. I don't know if I did it the right way, but it sure was fun and I like how it turned out. Also, I didn't even use all of my ornies! If you can see right at the top, I made these poffies, kinda like bows, all around the top. Kinda like a bouffant hair doo! :)

Then I made an explosion like I did last year. I learned how to do this from Kristen. By the way, this pretty lady decorates other folks homes for Christmas and she's fabulous. You must pop over to her blog to see some of her handiwork.


Sparkle sparkle. Twinkle twinkle. :) I love this stuff.

Here's a little peep at nighttime. I learned a new setting on my camera, Reba, for night snaps and look how the lights look like little stars.

Here's what I see from the chair I blog from in my den. I like my view and hope you do too.

Hope you're all having fun pulling out your boxes and tubs of Christmas decorations. I can't wait to see all of your marvelous work! Continue to sparkle and twinkle! :)


Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)


I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

O Christmas Tree

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Thy leaves are so unchanging;
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Thy leaves are so unchanging;
Not only green when summer's here,
But also when 'tis cold and drear.
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Thy leaves are so unchanging!

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Much pleasure thou can'st give me;
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Much pleasure thou can'st give me;
How often has the Christmas tree
Afforded me the greatest glee!
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Much pleasure thou can'st give me.

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Thy candles shine so brightly!
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Thy candles shine so brightly!
From base to summit, gay and bright,
There's only splendor for the sight.
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Thy candles shine so brightly!

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
How richly God has decked thee!
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
How richly God has decked thee!
Thou bidst us true and faithful be,
And trust in God unchangingly.
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
How richly God has decked thee! !"

~ sung by me and my tree :)


Friday, November 25, 2011

I'm Christmasing!


Hello, Dear Ones! I'm decorating for Christmas, are you? I know you are and most of you are way ahead of me. But I'm catching up! ;)

Here's one little shelf in my den that I Christmased up. Wish I had a Santie Claus picture there! Hmm...


I've gone with fruits and pine cones in here and poked down that big orange I found in the early fall. I laid down a greenery stick and piled on some fruits ~ faux, of course.


Sugared or jeweled tiny pears and some green thingys. These were in with some potpourri and they smell wonderful, just like Christmas, but I don't know just what they are! ;)


But they are pretty, aren't they?


Okay, one shelf down and how many more to go? If you're finished decorating your house, the invitation is open to come and help me.

Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Holly Jolly Christmas

Have a holly, jolly Christmas;
It's the best time of the year
I don't know if there'll be snow
but have a cup of cheer
Have a holly, jolly Christmas;
And when you walk down the street
Say Hello to friends you know
and everyone you meet.

Oh Ho the mistletoe
hung where you can see;
Somebody waits for you;
Kiss her once for me
Have a holly jolly Christmas
and in case you didn't hear
Oh by golly have a holly jolly Christmas this year
~ sung by my shelf

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Little Yo Yo Birthday



Hello, Dear Ones. First of all, I want to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow. Be blessed with your dear family!

Now, I want to show you a little Christmas craft I'm made with my most dainty creamy talented fingers! :)

See? A little yo yo Christmas tree on a Christmas tree red pillow! I searched and searched for a red pillow! I could have made one, but didn't want to. I found this at Garden Ridge and it actually has an outdoor fabric on it and I love it!


Darling, huh? I have to tell you something...this idea has been in my tiny mind for the last two Christmases but I was just to lazy to do it! Two Christmases in my mind, one evening to make! What a sluggard I am! :)


Okay, it's Hammer time ~ let's break it down! :) The little red yo yos are the tub or urn if you will that holds the base of the yo yo tree. You can't see the base as it is pretend! :)

Then we move on to the green yo yo branches of the yo yo Christmas tree, tapering up so high until we reach...

the star! The yo yo star with royal beauty bright. Westward leading, still proceeding guide us to thy perfect light! :)

I want you to know, not one single piece of Christmas fabric was used to yo yo on my yo yo Christmas tree! Just poodled around in my fabric stash and found some green, red and yellow!
Now to further convince you of what a sluggard I am, I didn't even tack the yo yos together, I just used hot glue on the back sides of the yos and poked them down! :) Genius, huh?


Now I'm sure you all can yo yo, but if you don't know how to make a fabric yo yo, you can Google it and find lots of cool sites and blogs that will show you how!

It's my birthday today! I've had a wonderful blessed time, but dog gone it, I do have to cook some to get ready for tomorrow. I'm 60 years old! Can you believe it? Well, I can't! I really don't care about my age as long as I'm healthy and happy and blessed and I really am. Well, I won't be 60 until 11:00 pm my mother tells me! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

You say it's your birthday
It's my birthday too, yeah
They say it's your birthday
We're gonna have a good time
I'm glad it's your birthday
Happy birthday to you.

Yes we're going to a party party
Yes we're going to a party party
Yes we're going to a party party

I would like you to dance (Birthday)
Take a cha-cha-cha-chance (Birthday)
I would like you to dance (Birthday)
Dance

I would like you to dance (Birthday)
Take a cha-cha-cha-chance (Birthday)
I would like you to dance (Birthday)
Dance

You say it's your birthday
Well it's my birthday too, yeah
You say it's your birthday
We're gonna have a good time
I'm glad it's your birthday
Happy birthday to you.
~ sung by The Beatles and me! :)


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Nothin' But a Hound Dog



Hello Dear Ones. Well, I'm still crocheting for my little Carter for Christmas and I have another little animal to share with you.

A Doggy!
A wee wee little Doggy who's only about 6" tall.

Isn't she sweet? Just look at that little face.

She's a wee wee Beagle in case you were wondering.


Did you know wee wee Beagles have blue eyes?
Well, this one does.

And she has the most teeniest of tiniest noses and little mouth.
Oops she's been wallowing on the floor
and now there's a piece
of blue thread under her little blue eye! :)

Look at her precious little Doggy feet!

Wag wag wag...

She is just having a great time rolling around on the pink baby blanket!

She looks sad but she is really very happy!
Now as hard as I tried, I could not make her little ears look like the ears on the pattern.

This was another fun project and pattern is at the end of my post if you're interested and I'm sorry that some of the words are a little askewed, hope you can read it.

Kristens Creations for Share Your Creations

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

Because this post is so long, I won't add a Note Song, but you know I'm humming "You Ain't Nothin' But a Hound Dog" by Elvis! :) woof woof!

Puppy is 5" tall (sitting)
Materials:
-Worsted weight yarn in MC (black) and and two CC (white and med brown)
-Size E crochet hook
-12mm animal eyes
-Size 8 or 12 perle cotton for eyewhites (optional)
-Size 9 steel hook (for eyewhites)
-Six strand black embroidery floss, nose and mouth
Gauge:
work tightly so stuffing does not show throught the stitches
Eyewhite,
perle cotton and size 9 hook
1. ch7, join to form a ring. 14 sc in ring, join, ch1.
2. (Sc in next st, two sc in next) twice; sc in next st, (sc, hdc) in next st, (dc in next st, two dc in next
st) three times; dc in next st, (hdc, sc) in the last stitch. Finish off
Design by Beth Webber
10-15-2009
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Place the eye post through the center hole of the eyewhite.
Head:
With Main Color
1: Ch2, five sc in second ch from hook. 5sc
2: 2sc in each sc around. 10sc
3: (Sc in next st, 2sc in next) around. 15 sc
4: (Sc in next two sts, 2sc in next st) around. 20 sc
5: (Sc in next three sts, 2sc in next st) around. 25 sc
6: (Sc in next four sts, 2sc in next st) around. 30 sc
7: (Sc in next five sts, 2sc in next st) around. 35 sc
8: Sc in each st around.
9: Sc in next 13 sts, change to Contrasting Color brown, sc next seven stitches in brown, change back
to black and sc in the remaining stitches. Leave tails about three inches long and keep these stuffed
inside the head. This way you can break the yarn when you need to, but you don't really need to weave
the yarn ends in, as they will be kept in place the by the stuffing when the head is stuffed. Makes two
color crocheting a lot easier :-)
10: Sc in the next 10 sts, change to brown, sc next 12 stitches in brown, change back to black and sc in
the remaining stitches.
11: Sc in the next six sts, change to brown, sc next 19 stitches in brown, change back to black and sc in
the remaining sts.
12: Sc in the next three sc, change to brown and sc in the remaining stitches. Drop the black yarn at
this point and stitch the remainder of the head in brown.
13-16:Sc in each st around. After round 14 is complete, attach safety eyes between rounds 13 and 14,
seven stitches apart, with the brown blaze at the center of the face.
17: (Sc in next five sts, sc next two sts tog) around. 30 sc
18: (Sc in next st, sc next two sts tog) around. 20 sc. Stuff the head firmly, but do not let the stuffing
show through the stitches.
19: (Sc next two sts tog) around. 10 sc. Finish stuffing the head
20: (Sc next two tog) around. 5 sc. Close opening and leave a long tail to sew the head to the body.
Muzzle and blaze
: With Contrasting Colors 1 and 2
1: Starting with white, ch3, three sc in second ch from hook, six sc in last ch, three sc on opposite side
in same ch as first three sc. 12sc
2: (Sc in next three sts 2sc in next) around. 15 sc
3: Sc in the next four sts, ch9, sl st in the second ch from the hook, sl st in the next two ch, sc in the
remaining ch, sc in same st as the last sc on the muzzle, sc in the next three sc, changing to CC2 in the
last of these three stitches, sc in the remaining stitches of this round.
4: Sc in the next four stitches, up to the blaze, ch2 behind the blaze, then sc in the remaining stitches of
this round. Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew the muzzle and blaze to the face.
Position the muzzle between the eyes, low down on the head, and stuff the muzzle lightly. Sew to the
head all around the muzzle and blaze. Take a couple of stitches through to the head at the point where
the muzzle and blaze meet.
Ear:
This ear is for the beagle pup, use CC (med brown) and MC
Design by Beth Webber
10-15-2009
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1: With CC1, ch2, 4sc in second ch from hook, ch1, turn.
2: Sc in each sc, ch1, turn. 4sc Change to MC in the last stitch
3: Increase one sc this row, ch1, turn. 5sc
4: Sc in each sc, ch1, turn. 5sc
5: Increase one sc this row, ch1, turn. 6sc
6: Increase two sc this row, ch1, turn. 8sc
7: Increase two sc this row, ch1, turn. 10 sc
8-13: Sc in each sc across, ch1, turn. 10 sc
14: Decrease two sc this row, ch1, turn. 8sc
15: Decrease two sc this row, ch1, turn. 6sc
16: Sc in each sc across, Finish off leaving a long tail. Join CC1 at the top corner of the ear and sc
evenly all around, with four sc in the tip of the ear.
Sew the ears to the head angled across round five of the head. Shape the ears to the head so they perk
up slightly then fold down.
Using main color, take three straight stitches across the top of the eye at an angle to give a wistful
'puppy' look.
Using six strand embroidery floss (seperate the plies then put them back together) satin stitch a
triangular nose at the end of the muzzle, then take two loose straight stitches for the mouth.
Body
: with Main Color
1: Ch2, seven sc in second ch from hook. 7 sc
2: Two sc in each sc around. 14 sc
3: (Sc in next st, two sc in next st) around. 21 sc
4: (Sc in next two sc, two sc in next) around. 28 sc
5-8: Sc in each sc around. 28 sc
9: (Sc in next st, sc next two sts tog) three times, in in remaining 19 stitches. 25sc (back of body
shaped)
10: Sc in each sc around. 25 sc
11: Sc in next 11 sc, (sc next two sc tog, sc in next) three times; sc in last five sc. 22 sc (front of the
body shaped)
12: Sc in each sc around. 22sc
13: (Sc in the next nine sc, sc next two sc tog) around. 20 sc.
14: (Sc in next two sc, sc next two sc tog) around. 15 sc
15: Sc in each sc around. 15 sc. Stuff body firmly
16: (Sc in next st, sc next two sts tog) around. 10 sc. Fasten off. Finish stuffing the body.
Place the head on the neck and sew to the body.
Contrasing belly overlay:
With Constrasting Color (white)
1: Ch2, two sc in second ch from hook ch1, turn. 2sc
2: Sc in each sc across, ch1, turn. 2sc
3: Increase one sc this row, ch1, turn. 3sc
4: Sc in each sc acorss, ch1, turn. 3sc
Design by Beth Webber
10-15-2009
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5: Increase one sc this row, ch1,turn. 4sc
6: Increase one sc this row, ch1,turn. 5sc
7: Increase one sc this row, ch1, turn. 6sc
8: Increase one sc this row, ch1, turn. 7sc At the end of this row,l sc evenly all around the belly
overlay. Join to the first sc of this row and fasten off leaving a long tail to stitch overlay to the front of
the body.
Legs
, make four: use CC
1: Ch2, six sc in second ch from hook. 6sc
2: Two sc in each sc around. 12 sc
3: Sc in next four sts, (dc in next, sc in next) three times; sc in last two sts. 12 sts
4: Sc in next three sts, (sc next two sts tog) three times, sc in last three sts. 9 sc
5: Sc in each sc around, changing to MC in the last sc.
6-9: Sc in each sc around. Stuff the bottom half of the leg, less firmly than the body and head. At the
end of round 9 take stitches as necessary to orient the top of the leg to be stitched to the body; flatten
the top of the body and sc it closed. Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew legs to body.
For the back legs, stitch the legs to the body toward the back of the body between rounds five and
eight.
For the front legs, stitch the legs to the body on either side of the belly between rounds 11 and 14,
angling the top of the leg toward the top of the body.
Tail:
with MC and CC (white)
1: Start with CC, ch2, four sc in second ch from hook. 4 sc
2-4: Sc in each sc around. 4sc Change to MC
5: Increase one sc this round. 5sc
6-8. Sc in each sc around. 5sc
9: Increase one sc this round. 6sc
10-11: Sc in each sc around. 6sc
12: (sc in next st, two sc in next) around. 9sc. Fasten off leaving a long tail.
Cut a small piece of pipecleaner, bend in two and twist together. Insert this into the tail, then sew the
tail to the body between the back legs. Bend the tail to it points up perkily :-)
Your Beagle pup is done!
Design by Beth Webber
10-15-2009
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Simple Thanksgiving Table

Hello, Dear Ones! I wanted to share with you my Thanksgiving table all set up and waiting for the food! :)

Here we are in the dining room...opps! Again, I forgot to vacuum. Well, I don't do it, Mr. Precious does. He's excused! :)


I've set a simple table for the two of us, Mother and a friend.




I'm using a creamy colored charger and His Majesty dishes by Johnson Brothers.


Isn't he a grand bird? or poultry? or fowl? I don't know which. Doesn't matter because his goose will be cooked nice, brown and tasty come next Thurday! :) I'm so mean!


Each place setting has a little glass gourd sitting on the dessert plate which I will be using for the bread plate! Oh, I'm just confusing my tiny self! :) Note to self: don't eat the glass gourd but wait until the flaky biscuit sits here. :)


Very nontraditional Thanksgiving color - purple or amethyst. I just love these goblets and since there is some purpley colors in the dishes, I thought these would look nice. I got these from Dillards many many moons ago.


To wipe the gravy dripping off our tiny chins is a freshly washed napkin poked through a Fallen napkin ring from Walmart.


Onieda silver will be used to deliver the scrumptious foods to our pie holes. This was a gift from Mr. Precious a few Christmases ago. He is so sweet, he even got my mother a set - complete with a silverware box!


Now here is a set of salt and pepper shakers I found - somewhere, some time ago, olden and silver plated. Makes my tiny heart zing!


Then another set of salt and peppers. I don't know if you can tell in this snap, but the shaker on the right is copper colored and the other one is silver. Cool, huh? They're quite olden too. Shake, shake, shake! Shake, shake, shake! Shake your booty...um I mean salt shaker! :)


Now on to my simple centerpiece. I love that milk glass footed bowl and I use her a lot! I mean a whole lot!

She is just poked full of faux fruits. I love my faux fruits! And you say, "Can you really love faux fruits?" Well, you bet your plasticness stuck between your pearly whites you can! :) I love my faux artichokes. Can you really love faux artichokes...you know that answer, don't you? :)


I'm so tickled to show you these salt and pepper shakers. This turkey couple has been together for more than 50 years! Yep! As a little girl I had a collection of salt and pepper shakers and these were in that group. Unfortunately, some nasty little girl was visiting and acting up and ran smack into the bookshelf where all my S/P were and most of them fell out on my mother's most gorgeous hard wood floors! My S/P just laid there in bits and pieces! I just cried and cried and cried. I had about 5 sets that survived. I don't think I ever invited that nasty little girl to come back and play. :) I mean it!




Thank you for popping in to see my simple thanksgiving table! I'll wish you all an early Happy Thanksgiving! May you all have a wonderful day with family and friends and be very blessed.


I thought I would leave you with a view of a little turkey butt! Are you smilin' yet? :)


Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)


I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

We Gather Together

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

~sung by me