Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I wanted to use my Cuttlebug for the cards, and chose two embossing folders for the background. The one shown here is Textile Texture, and the other one I chose is D'vine Swirl. Unfortunately, I sent all the cards with that background, so I don't have one to show you.
The die cuts are Sizzix dies. The bird is part of the Sizzix Bigz Die Bird w/Vine; I cut off the vine part. I'm not entirely happy with the birds - I had wanted them to appear more dove or cardinal like, but I ran out of energy.
The tag, which I did in two different sizes, is from this Sizzix die.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
This is the house across the street.
Our driveway. Again.
After all this, it rained on Christmas Eve, and most of the snow melted, although we had enough left to qualify us for a white Christmas. On the 27th, the temperature soared to over 60 degrees, melting what remained of the snow, and resulting in a terribly soggy lawn. We were actually able to finish some outdoor shores that didn't get done in the fall! Within 24 hours, however, temps will fall some 30 degrees. Such crazy weather.
Monday, December 29, 2008
There were several baking sessions this year. Sarah made Chex Mix, as she has for several years.
Yum! Phil and I found garlic and whole wheat bagel chips (these are hard to come by); they turned out to be good choices.
Sarah made the most delicious cookies, filled with strawberry jam.
While we were cleaning out the freezer, we found several bags of sweet bread, which had already been sliced. We ate some, but turned most of the rest into bread pudding.
I don't have pictures of the other cookies we made. Phil helped me with Peanut Blossoms and Keebler N0-Bake Cookies. The Keebler cookies are a recipe from my grandmother. They didn't turn out as well as we'd hoped - the layers wouldn't stay together - but they are delicious. We also baked up some cookie dough that we got from a fundraiser, and some sugar cookies. I'd still like to make Cherry Delights (a plain dough that you roll into balls, then into beaten egg white and nuts; when they come out of the oven, you press a marischino cherry half into them) and Toffee Cookies (another recipe from Grandma.) Maybe Monday.
I started with the Happy Birthday embossing folder for my Cuttlebug.
I used the Sizzix Sizzlits Die - Gift, Polka Dot - for the package. I cut it three times - once out of purple cardstock, once out of purple decorative paper, and once out of yellow decorative paper. I then layered these together to create the look I wanted. I used glitter glue on the bow and polka dots.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through him,
and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life,
and the life was the light of men.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
He was in the world,
and the world was made through him,
yet the world did not know him.
He came to his own,
and his own people did not receive him.
But to all who did receive him,
who believed in his name,
he gave the right to become children of God,
who were born,
not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man,
but of God.
And the Word became flesh
and dwelt among us,
and we have seen his glory,
glory as of the only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
It took some searching, but we finally located the pearls for the tree. We haven't used them in many years, mostly because one of our cats, who will remain nameless, likes to bite them! They didn't quite reach to the bottom of the tree, so we'll see what happens this year. The cat in question was given a stern talking to tonight and told to stay away from the tree, and her white cohort too. We'll see if it did any good.
Here are some pictures of what it's doing outside now:
We're expecting 2" - 5" overnight, with the storm ending around 9:00 am. Then Friday we're slated to get snow and ice, with possible "significant accumulations"; Saturday we get a bit more snow and the temps will be around 27. Finally on Sunday and Monday, there will be even more snow, again with possible "significant accumulation." It's also supposed to be very cold Monday - around 19. I know some of my readers in other parts of the U.S. are experiencing even colder temperatures, so I suppose we don't have anything to complain about.
Ah, the joys of winter.
Monday, December 15, 2008
On a whim, I decided to wrap some (fake) pine roping around the light fixture in our dining area. I think it came out pretty good! (Try to ignore the pots and pans in the background.)
I found this wonderful welcome swag at JoAnn's. It was marked down 60%, making it affordable. With the hearts on it, I thought I could leave it up through at least Valentine's Day. It's hanging in an empty space in the great room from one of my favorite hooks - a Command hook.
Monday, December 8, 2008
The blocks I use all year long, rearranging them to say various things such as "country cottage" or "fall blessings." They used to sit on top of one of the electronic components in our entertainment center, but we had to do some rearranging, so I decided to put them on the shelf by the front door. The candle lamp I purchased from Home Interiors many years ago. The wooden ornament we found (I think) in the gift shop at a local Christmas tree farm.
This lovely decoration, which hangs on the interior of the front door, was made by my sister-in-law many years ago. She did a wonderful job!
Our entry way is an inverted "T", and on the right side of the "T" is a pie safe that Phil and I stained. None of the things I put on it ever go with the decor of the entry way, but I enjoy putting a variety of items on it.
The picture frame was made by Grace, and I've always intended to put a picture in it, but never have. I thought I'd find one of a snowman, but now I'm thinking a nice winter nature shot would be good.
We opted not to put a fireplace in our house; we have so much furniture that had to go in our great room that we wouldn't have been able to include the fireplace. So instead, I clear off this large shelf, which hangs over one of our couches, and it becomes our substitute mantel.
This little tree is perched on a small corner shelf at the edge of our dining area. It has lights on it, and some mini ornaments that I found at various stores, plus a bunch of gold and white snowflakes that I embroidered.
We finally put up the tree tonight, and I hope Phil and I can work on stringing the lights later today. If Grace is home on Tuesday night, perhaps we can put the ornaments on. Otherwise, we'll have to wait until Friday. It's rare that both of our girls are home on the same nights these days!
It's freezing here. Tonight's predicted low is 10 degrees F! We usually don't see temps like that until January or February. Our temperatures have been up and down, and although we haven't seen enough snow for our driveway to be plowed (must be 3" or more), we do get a coating now and then. Sure is strange weather.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
~ Christmas cards. I'm using my Cuttlebug, and I'm hooked!
~ Ornaments. I finished one cross stitch ornament and completed it as a hanging pillow. I also started another ornament; we'll see if I get it done before Christmas! (Or maybe I should say, before we take down our tree.)
~ I finally added the name and date to the First Christmas ornament on Thursday night. I'll finish it into a heart shape; I need to find one the right size. At WalMart, I found some Christmas edging.
~ The final finishing for Country Garden is underway. I found a great backing fabric, and have created a ruffle to go around the edge. I am going to make a doorknob pillow.
~ Secret Christmas gift. I can't even tell you the genre!
Friday, November 28, 2008
Rule #1 ~ Link to the person that tagged you.
Rule #2 ~ Post the rules on your Blog.
Rule #3 ~ Write 6 random things about yourself.
Rule #4 ~ Tag 6 people at the end of your post.
Rule #5 ~ Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their Blog.
Rule #6 ~ Let the tagger know your entry is up.
Let's see . . .
1. I love cats and would have at least half a dozen if I could.
2. I collect snowmen, although winter is my least favorite season.
3. My husband and I helped design and run a homeschool program at our former church from 1992 - 2007.
4. I took piano and flute lessons in my youth, but my church ministry in music has always been through singing.
5. I am a sci-fi fan, although it's mostly limited to outer space stories and the X-Files.
6. My mother taught me to sew; by 7th grade Home Ec, I was more proficient than any of my classmates (I suppose that's not saying much). I now sew much more and better than my mom.
I hate tagging people, so if you want to play along, please do so!