Monday, December 22, 2008

~ Merry Christmas

~ Peace on Earth ~

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God's Helping Hands on Earth

Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas
& a New Year Filled with Abundance
of Hope, Health & Happiness

Saturday, December 20, 2008

~ Christmas Decorating 2008 . White . Silver . Yellow

Home & Heart,
Come and Sit for a Moment ... or Two

A few years ago, I found this wonderful set of Radko ornaments, a little yellow striped sofa and chair. The dining room chairs had yellow/white stripe fabric at the time. I'm not sure if the ornaments have ever been on the tree, but they are usually part of a little vignette like this one on a "snow" covered silver tray.

They always remind me of Home during the Holidays.

Friday, December 19, 2008

~ Christmas Decorating 2008 . Friday . Silver White with Touch of Black & Vintage, too

Antique Hand Painted Teacup, a Gift 20 Years Ago
Small Collection of Vintage Ornaments
Vintage Keys

Spilling Beads & Baubles, with Magical Bird's Nest
Sweet Husband found in Christmas Tree years ago

(The black and white stripe ornaments are ones I painted so they would go with the colors I decorate with year around. The stars and double ornaments with black and white are McKenzie Childs. Most of the other glass ornaments are Radko's collected over the last 15 years or so.)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

~ Christmas Decorating Home Tour, Thursday

Acorns, Big & Small


is where the Heart is.
a little Heart for each one of my little Family

Living Room Bay Window
White Poinsettia, Mercury Glass Acorn
Cloche, Bell Jar of Ornments

Hope you are having a wonderful day.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

~ Christmas Decorating Home Tour 2008, Wednesday

~ Be of Good Cheer ~
The Gift of a Smile is Free

A special Thank You!
to all of you who have taken the time
to visit so many of the homes in blog tours this year,
and for leaving your kindness behind
in your comments.

See ya' tomorrow with more pictures.

Monday, December 15, 2008

~ Christmas Decorating Tour 2008. White. Stars. Snowflakes . Monday

Star Bright, Star Light
There's a Star on top of the Christmas Tree again.

It was always there when I was a child.
Now I missed seeing it. So I made a one.
Tin star on glittered snowflake
with a vintage rhinestone pin the center star.

Favorite String of Beads

Still loving these little lime acorns after a few years.

See you tomorrow, with more pictures.
Just need a bit of time to get them on the blog.

Friday, December 12, 2008

~ Christmas Home Tour 2008 . Decorating . White . Silver

and White - Silver Mantel

Happy Friday! See you on Monday with more pictures.

Have a Wonderful Weekend.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

~ Christmas Decorating & Festival Gingerbread Houses, Virtual Blog Tour 2008, Part 2

The Sun will be back tomorrow so I can get some pictures of the tree. But until then...

Santa says Welcome!

More of the Festival of Trees, Gingerbread Houses plus a bit more.

The smell of gingerbread, the twinkle of lights.
Almost free and yet priceless memories.

Merry Christmas
Peace on Earth

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

~ Christmas Decorating, 2008 Virtual Tour Part One

I am so happy to join sweet Tracey of Notes from a Cottage Industry's 2008 Virtual Tour. Click on the button to go to her site and pick up the tour of so many fabulous homes and pictures.

Today, more from the Festival of Trees (and Gingerbread Houses!
I haven't even taken pictures at home yet.
Actually, I haven't put the boxes away yet! But I will.

So follow along for the next few days.
More trees, more gingerbread houses, and
a few little pictures of decorating at home with me, too.

Merry Christmas ~ Happy Holidays

Friday, December 5, 2008

~ Soon Christmas Will Be Here ..... Gingerbread House

Sweet Daughter called from work yesterday to tell me that Christmas would soon be here. Just a couple of weeks. Did I have a tree? When will I get one? Funny girl.
Of course I believed her that I only had "two weeks" if a couple of weeks was correct.
She was fudging on the days to get me in gear.

For years I started Christmas decorating about 2 weeks before Christmas. And tossed the tree almost the day after Christmas Day. When Sweetie Girl went away to college, she wanted to see the decorations as soon as she came home from school. So I began starting earlier. Then of course there was all the decorating going with my on line friends. And that would really get us in the mood as we got to see what each other was doing that year. Now I even leave everything out until almost New Year's.

I still have a bit more than a couple of weeks to go so I think it will be OK. We will go get the tree this weekend. Only Sweetie Hubby will go with me. He is patient as I look at one more tree to find the perfect one. I can tell when he has held the last tree without saying anything about me being so selective. I'm sure he enjoys himself!

The gingerbread village was so aromatic and beautiful at the festival. Isn't that house fabulous. The chefs and companies try to do out do each other. (That one is a faux gingerbread one though.) It took me forever to figure out where I put the pictures from the festival on the computer. I'll get them resized and start putting them up for you all to see next week.

After all.....soon Christmas will be here!

See ya' soon!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

~ Happy ThanksGiving

Wishing You All a Wonderful Day to Give Thanks

Monday, November 24, 2008

~ ThanksGiving, Giving Thanks Monday

If you've known me a long time, and some of you really have, you will have seen this picture before. That's because I haven't stopped long enough yet to even think about a little decorating for Thanksgiving. This may be the same items I put there anyway. It's my favorite pumpkin and I love decorating with it this time of year.

But my mind has been filled with Giving Thanks. I spent all of the weekend trying to be with both Sweet Hubby and Sweetie Girl, and they had different interests. There was necessary shopping trips, watching movies, eating yummy food and a lot of my favorite things. As a special treat, Sweetie Girl took me to the Festival of Trees. It was an extension of my "birthday week." You do know that you should celebrate it for at least a week! She whines a little about the festival being boring or the same ol' thing, but she knows how much I love going. I really think she loves it, too. I've been taking her there since she was so little that her daddy had to pick her up to see all the gingerbread houses. Now at 5' 8" I guess she could pick me up if I needed it. As usual it was so beautiful, and it really helps get me the Holiday mood. This year it has been cooler though which also helps a lot.

I'll share some pictures after I get them downloaded from the camera. Hopefully some came out because I haven't even looked.

It looks like the opening of the Lollishops site is going to be pretty close to the projected time of Nov 28th. I'll keep you posted. Everyone is working very hard on it to make it happen.

Happy Monday, Have a Wonderful Day!

Friday, November 7, 2008

~ Chandelier Silhouette Art & Happy Friday!

It's probably time to go spend a moment or two dancing the dust bunnies, but first I wanted to say Happy Friday! I'm ready for the weekend, how about you? Seems to have been such a busy week. Both Sweet Hubby and the Sweetie Girl have said more than once... is it Friday yet? during the week. I'll spoil them some on the weekend. Although I have cooked more this week than usual. And it was chocolate chip cookie time. Love those days when it is finally cool enough to feel like cooking.

Copyrighted Art, Donna, The Decorated House
This is what I've been busy with during the week. I love how they are turning out. It will be a really nice series, so they can be featured alone or added to to over time.
(Thank You dear Suzie Q who has already found them!) They are starting now to be added to the shop, come by and look around as I try to get ready for the Holidays.

Happy Friday! Hope your Weekend is a Wonderful one!
See ya' soon!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

~ It's a Beautiful Day!

Thank you to everyone who came by to spend a little time here for Halloween and for letting me and a few thousand others visit your sites for the holiday. It was fun!
I remember what a big deal it was not only when I was a kid but when Sweet Daughter was little too. Not as many cute kidlets at my house as then. BUT...
boy did they come out over at Sweet Daughter's new house! Tons of them. She ran out of candy.

I'm working on some Christmas cards and putting them in the shop. I try not to think "Christmas" until after Thanksgiving usually. But I learned last year that you have to start much earlier with being online.

It's a beautiful day, not just in my backyard, but in the world. A day of hope, at long last. The sign reading "white only" has come off the big white house.  To all the millions and millions of people who stood in line, or mailed their precious ballot in, you are amazing. Thank you, no matter who you favored.

Friday, October 31, 2008

~ Happy Halloween!

Wishing all those who travel by
a Happy Halloween, with lots of Treats!

See Y'all Soon~

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