Thursday, December 29, 2011

Oh, Bring Us a Figgy Pudding



Hello, Dear Ones! First I want to thank you all again as to how much you mean to me! Thank you for your kind words and prayers for our little grandbaby, Carter. As I type this, she has just left the hospital and is on her way home. She had a good night and they couldn't find anything just something viral and that fever. Hallelujah, praise God and blessings to you all! Now I feel I can breath again...

Okay, now on to the silly me...

Here we are in my little breakfast room and you've seen some of it already in my home tour but I hadn't shown you my table. It had a centerpiece of nutcrackers on it. But I didn't show it because Mr. Precious and Chloe Dawn had poked other things, not table related, all over it. Now you know it wasn't me who poked unrelated table things on it! :) Just sayin'...

So I had to make room in my little hutch, mainly on the top shelf, for the nutcrackers and they seem very happy here.

Now I can show you my table and please notice...no unrelated table items will your most gorgeous peepers peek!

First is my centerpiece with a tiny little Lenox Christmas tree poked under a cloche. Also a few sprinkled Christmas balls.

Just the cutest little tree I've had for many many years.

I threw down a red tablecloth and used my cheap, um, I mean inexpensive Christmas dishes I found at Target many years ago.

I liked them so much, I bought enough place settings for 24 people! I'm prepared for holiday parties! No paper plates for me. No, no Nanette!

I just love my little Christmas tree napkin rings. Got em at a thrift shop years ago. Cute as pumpkin pie, don't you think? :) Now you may ask, can you love little Christmas tree napkin rings? You bet your pine needles you can! :) I've used some napkins that are Christmasy but not Christmas. Make sense? ;)

My stemware gets used over and over again. I love them too and they just seem to go with everything. 

Right now these glasses are pretending to be ice! Brrr...you know how stemware can be! :)

Here's a little snap at night with the fire lights burning, well, I mean the votive candles.

Have a seat and I'll get the food. No, no Nanette, you just stay seated and I'll get the figgy pudding! :)

I just had to show you this snap of Mr. Precious and Chloe Dawn rejoicing after hearing 
about little Carter's recovery!




Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~


I CALL HIM LORD

MASTER, REDEEMER, SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD WONDERFUL,
COUNSELOR, BRIGHT MORNING STAR
THE LILY OF THE VALLEY, PROVIDER AND FRIEND
HE WAS YESTERDAY, HE’LL BE TOMORROW,
THE BEGINNING AND THE END
BUT THE ANGELS CALLED HIM JESUS, BORN OF A VIRGIN
AND MARY CALLED HIM, JESUS,
BUT I CALL HIM LORD
JEHOVAH, MESSIAH, THE MIGHTY GOD AND KING
HE’S THE BREAD OF LIFE, HE’S THE LASTING WORD
OF LOVE THAT I SEE
LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS, THE DOOR TO HEAVEN, MY HOME IN THE SKY
HE’S THE FOUNTAIN OF LIVING WATERS
AND THEY NEVER SURE WILL DRY
BUT THE ANGELS CALLED HIM JESUS, BORN OF A VIRGIN
AND MARY CALLED HIM, JESUS,
BUT I CALL HIM LORD
~ sung by Dottie Rambo



Oops! We Have A Winner!

Oh, Dear Ones! With all that's been going on around here, I completely forgot to announce the winner of the products from Alicia's website Eco Natural Soap.

The winner is:
Peggy from Seeker of Truth
Peggy said...

Sheila, This is my first visit to your blog-came over from a link via Pinterest! What a fun blog you have here! I don't usually sign up for giveaways, but after Iooking at the products on Alicia's website I thought of my mother. She has arthritis and I'm always searching for natural products to help her. The products specifically for arthritis might be of help.
Congratulations, Peggy!
Send me your email address and I will pass it on to Alicia!
Thank you all for entering!
Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

We Had A Scare This Morning


Dear Ones, some of you know what happened this morning from my comment on Facebook asking for your prayers, but I wanted to share this with those of you who may not know.


My son in law called me this morning and informed me they were in the ER with our little granddaughter, Carter, who is 21 months old. She's had a runny nose, cough and fever for about a week. You know how little ones are, they get sick and get better and play, fever comes back...

Well, she had a bad night not sleeping, fever rising. This morning her fever popped up very high and she lost consciousness in my son in law's arms. They called 911 and the ambulance came to take her to the hospital. He said they were working with her and were getting her fever down but she was just lethargic. Needless to say our daughter was so upset and crying so hard. My heart just broke into pieces!

My husband and I felt so helpless. Many of you know they live in upper New York and my husband was searching for a flight. One of our precious ones offered to get us to New York! I just cried at the love. They had taken a chest xray, blood work and other things and all the results came back normal! Praise God! They said it was probably viral.

Her fever came down and our daughter said the doctors wanted to keep her over night in case her fever started rising again. I was so glad for that.

Well, technology as it is, made me very happy as we Skyped with her in her hospital room tonight. Bless her little heart! When she saw us she held up her bottle so we could see it. She talked a little bit to us but looked so worn out. They had put an IV in her little arm and taped her arm to a board and then had put a sock over it so she wouldn't mess with it! Her daddy had brought her some Veggie Tales toys and she was shaking them at us!

Just spoke with my daughter and she was holding little Carter and she was asleep now. My daughter and son in law are staying the night with Carter in her hospital room. Her fever had risen again but again they were able to get it down. I know they are just worn out.

I want to thank you all for your love, concern and prayers for my little granddaughter. I love her so much (I know all you grandmothers know how I feel).

So...I just haven't felt like visiting much today as I felt the wind was knocked out of me. But...I am so grateful to my God for His awesome power and answered prayer. Again, I thank you all so much for the prayers and I really do love you.

You are all my sweeties and God bless you,
Shelia ;)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Top Projects of 2011


Hello, Dear Ones! I'm excited to join Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for her Top Projects of 2011 Party ~ Wednesday, December 28! So pop on over to Rhoda's, after you look at my projects of course :), and you'll be so inspired!!

So on with my tiny projects...
I took this olden chest, I think it was a child's dresser at one time as it has the holes in the back where a mirror was attached and it's not very tall, from this...
to this...I think she turned out very sweet. I painted her with Behr Premium Plus - Parchment Paper and glazed her up a bit. Yes, she is a girl, can't you tell?  and I named her Charlotte! 

Then my most talented tiny delicate fingers went to work with fabric, thread, yarn and needles.
 I decided to spread some Christmas cheer onto a red pillow for my den. I made a Christmas tree with fabric yo yos. I cheated and hot glued down the yo yos instead of sewing them down. Shh...don't tell :)

 Then my dainty talented fingers almost fell off as I picked up some yarn and hooks and crocheted and crocheted and crocheted some more making this afghan for my daughter and son in law for Christmas.

 I have only one little tiny granddaughter and it was her turn to receive some hand made goodies from my tiny talented delicate fingers! I could not stop crocheting...so I made her a frog.

 Then my tiny delicate fingers made her a pony.
My tiny delicate fingers continued and made her a little bitty doggy! Whew! My tiny delicate talented fingers almost fell off! I kid you not!

 Earlier in the year I crocheted some chicken pot holders, even made some for a give away. I love them and my tiny delicate fingers loved making these! These little gals are cute, aren't they? :)

 Then I took to my sewing machine with my tiny delicate talented fingers and sewed up a spring time runner for my dining table, ruffles and all.

 Then I decided I would 'slip cover' my sofa pillows in the den! Back to the sewing machine and my tiny delicate fingers went to work sewing!

Then I decided to get out my embroidery hoop, floss and needles and go to town! I embroidered this runner to sit on top of Charlotte! Just a southern gal embroidering a southern gal!  

I truly hope you've liked seeing my projects and please know I'm just a silly when I talk about my tiny delicate fingers, I'm just teasing! :) Now pop on over to Rhoda's so see all of the inspiration.


There's still time to enter my give away if you'd like...just click HERE.

(now we're only supposed to show three projects and I have more. Just pretend you've only seen three and maybe Kimmie won't kick me out! )

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Whistle While You Work

Just whistle while you work
And cheerfully together we can tidy up the place
So hum a merry tune
It won't take long when there's a song to help you set the pace 

And as you sweep the room
Imagine that the broom is someone that you love
And soon you'll find you're dancing to the tune 

(Spoken: Oh, no, no, no, no! Put them in the tub)
When hearts are high the time will fly so whistle while you work 

Just whistle while you work
Put on that grin and start right in to whistle loud and long
Just hum a merry tune
Just do your best and take a rest and sing yourself a song 

When there's too much to do
Don't let it bother you, forget your troubles,
Try to be just like a cheerful chick-a-dee 

And whistle while you work
Come on get smart, tune up and start
To whistle while you work

~ sung by me and my tiny, delicate, talented fingers! :)

Monday, December 26, 2011

Hope Your Christmas Was Merry and Bright



Hello, Dear Ones. I do hope you all made some wonderful memories yesterday as you celebrated our Jesus' birthday.




I feel so blessed and I do not take those blessings for granted. 



Love and joy, peace and light!

The family, the food, the smells, and fun, the memories, even the presents...make for a wonderful day!


Just a short little post filled with love and also to remind you of my giveaway with the winner to be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 28.   Click HERE if you'd like to enter. Oh, and I've got to start putting up all this Christmasing! :)


Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ I think this still applies :)

My Grownup Christmas List

Do you remember me
I sat upon your knee
I wrote to you
With childhood fantasies

Well, I'm all grown up now
And still need help somehow
I'm not a child
But my heart still can dream

So here's my lifelong wish
My grown up christmas list
Not for myself
But for a world in need

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
And everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end
This is my grown up christmas list

As children we believed
The grandest sight to see
Was something lovely
Wrapped beneath our tree

Well heaven only knows
That packages and bows
Can never heal
A hurting human soul

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
And everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end
This is my grown up christmas list

What is this illusion called the innocence of youth
Maybe only in our blind belief can we ever find the truth

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
And everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end, oh
This is my grown up christmas list
This is my only life long wish
This is my grown up christmas list
~ sung by Amy Grant

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas, Dear Ones!

I want to wish all you Dear Ones the most blessed Christmas ever! I pray your lives will be filled with love, joy and precious memories. I also want you to know how much I appreciate every one of you who have been such a big part of my life this past year and thank you for popping in to visit with me! You are all my sweeties!
Shelia :)

The reason we celebrate!

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~


For Unto Us A Child Is Born

For unto us a Child is born,
To us a Son is giv'n;
The government shall rest on Him,
Th' anointed One from Heav'n.
His name is Wonderful Counselor,
The Mighty God is He,
The Everlasting Father,
The humble Prince of Peace.
The increase of His government
And peace shall never end;
He'll reign on David's ancient throne
As ruler of all men.
Upheld with justice and righteousness,
Forever His kingdom will last;
The zeal of the Lord God Most High
Will bring these things to pass.
Lord Jesus, come now and reign in me,
Be Lord of my life this hour.
Come be my Counselor and my God,
My source of wisdom and power.
Watch o'er me with Your Father care,
My heart and my mind, fill with peace.
I worship You, my Lord and King,
My praise will never cease.
~ Sung by Amy Grant


Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Reason for the Season

Hello, Dear Ones! I just want you all to know how much I have enjoyed visiting your Christmas homes, seeing your decorations, drooling over your most delicious looking foods, wanting to copy cat your crafts,  and reading about your Christmas family traditions.

But let us not forget the Reason we celebrate Christmas ~

 The birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!


 I have a few Nativity sets and I love to set them up in my living room.
Some are expensive and some are not but the theme is the same ~ 
the celebration of our Savior's birth.


 This is a very sweet one. All the pieces are little boxes. 
I do believe the Joy of Christmas is inside each one.


 Sweet little Jesus boy, lying in a manger. 
Sweet little Holy Child...


This one I purchased over 20 years ago for my mother.
When she downsized to a retirement home, she gave it back to me.
I love it.


This is truly my favorite Nativity. 
It is an Italian set by Fontanini that I've had for many many years.


Just a beautiful Nativity of a glorious celebration.


This one plays music. 


And this little angel is joining in with her horn.


"And it came to pass in those days..."

Dear Ones, I want to wish you all the most blessed Christmas ever 
with your family and friends. 
God bless you all.


Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

How Many Kings

Follow the star to a place unexpected
Would you believe after all we’ve projected
A child in a manger
Lowly and small, the weakest of all
Unlikeliness hero, wrapped in his mothers shawl
Just a child
Is this who we’ve waited for?
Cause how many kings, stepped down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
How many Gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that has torn all apart?
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?
Bringing our gifts for the newborn savior
All that we have whether costly or meek
Because we believe
Gold for his honor and frankincense for his pleasure
And myrrh for the cross he’ll suffer
Do you believe, is this who we’ve waited for?
It’s who we’ve waited for
How many kings, stepped down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
How many Gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that has torn all apart?
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?
Only one did that for me
All for me
All for you
All for me
All for you
~ sung by Downhere



I'm Still Christmasing With You and a Give Away!



Hello, Dear Ones! Well, I hope you don't mind but I wanted to show you a little more of my dining room ~ all ready for Christmas. I'm just a bit shy to show you my room after showing you my friend's beautiful home. I'm so glad you all liked it!

This is the view you saw in my Christmas home tour.

Here's a peep looking from the kitchen.


I kept all my white dishes in my china cabinet that I had during the fall. I just took out the fall things and poked in some Christmas things.


Here's a little view at the top! I poked up those three big balls and added a ribbon. I liked how it looked.


Here's a little peep at the inside of my china cabinet. This china cabinet is so special to me. When we lived in Roswell, New Mexico, I bought this from a friend who owned a furniture store and she was my best friend. It was my very first ever china cabinet.


You've seen this side of the dining room with my olden buffet dressed up for Christmas.


Then there's this side with Little Richard decked out for Christmas, too!


Here's my table softly Christmasing.


I poked down a very olden white tablecloth and then the fun began. You know how I'm all about the fun! :)




I used my Haviland Blue Garland dishes, white napkins and blingy napkin ring. 


Here's my centerpiece. If you visit me often, you'll recognize this little piece of milk glass. I just love this and use it so much. I poked in blue and silver balls to match the blue in my dishes and the silver trim.


Can you see my little salt cellars I'm using with the tiny little spoons? There's not salt in them yet though.


The sugar and creamer are so pretty, I think. I love all the frilliness of the design! Can you love all the frilliness of design of a little sugar and creamer? You bet you scratchy petticoats you can! :)


The salt and peppers with the covered casserole in the background. Silver and blue looks icy to me.


Blue, white and silver spells cold! Are you getting a chill yet?


I poked down my little silver sugar scuttle but alas, I don't have the scoop so I use a little sugar spoon. That works.


I'm using my crystal glasses with a candy cane poked into the tea glass. I just love this! Can you love a crystal glass with a candy cane poked into it? Well, you bet your ho ho hos you can! :)


Just in case someone wants butter on their roll I'm using my olden Fostoria butter dish. That's a little butter knife propped up against the butter dish in case you're wondering.


There you have it ~ every inch of my dining room. Now I've got to start cooking so I can poke down some food on those dishes! :)

Please click HERE if you'd like to enter my giveaway!




Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~


Merry Christmas, Darling


Greeting cards have all been sent 

The Christmas rush is through 

But I still have one wish to make 

A special one for you 



Merry Christmas darling 

We're apart that's true 

But I can dream and in my dreams 

I'm Christmas-ing with you 



Holidays are joyful 

There's always something new 

But every day's a holiday 

When I'm near to you 

The lights on my tree 

I wish you could see 

I wish it every day 

Logs on the fire 

Fill me with desire 

To see you and to say 



That I wish you Merry Christmas 

Happy New Year, too 

I've just one wish 

On this Christmas Eve 

I wish I were with you



Logs on the fire 

Fill me with desire 

To see you and to say 

That I wish you Merry Christmas 

Happy New Year, too 

I've just one wish 

On this Christmas Eve 

I wish I were with you 

I wish I were with you 

~ sung by The Carpenters