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Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve ...

 
Even as an adult
I find it difficult to sleep on
Christmas Eve.
Yuletide excitement
is a potent caffeine,
no matter your age.
~Terri Guillemets~
***
 
Wishing you a Blessed and Joyful Christmas
From my HOME to YOURS ♥
XO D
 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

Some Christmas corners around my home ♥
 
May you have
the
 GLADNESS of Christmas
which is
HOPE;
the
 SPIRIT of Christmas
which is
PEACE;
the
HEART of Christmas
which is
LOVE
~Ada V Hendricks~
 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Weaving a spell of Nostalgia...

From my {Christmas}  kitchen ...
Christmas ~
that magic blanket
that wraps itself about us,
that something
so intangible
that it is like a fragrance.
It may
weave a spell of nostalgia.
Christmas
may be a day
of feasting,
or of prayer,
but always
it will be
a day of
remembrance ~
a day
in which we think of
everything
we
have
ever
loved.
~Augusta E Rundel~
 
For me,
nothing has ever taken precedence
over being a mother
and having a family
and a home
~Jessica Lange~
***
Every year, since my children were little, we have baked and decorated a Gingerbread house.
This year, we made 3!  One with my grand baby ... which we hung outside in the birds/squirrel Christmas tree, one for the kitchen, and one for the dining room table.
I found a gingerbread house cookie cutter set this year at The Christmas Tree Shop which worked beautifully (finally, a house with straight walls) :-)
Jars are filled with homemade peppermint popcorn and "Cookies for Santa" mixes just waiting on the counter to be placed in wicker baskets and wrapped in cellophane ...
Handmade tags tied with red & white twine have special Christmas messages inside ...
I have wanted to make a Pepparkaksgranar {Gingerbread Tree}  for years but could never find star cookie cutters in enough sizes to make one tall enough!
A few weeks ago, I found a set.
Each star is joined with a drop of boiled sugar/lemon juice which acts as a glue, and finished with a tap of  icing sugar from high like fallen snow.  aah snow ... now wouldn't that be nice ♥
***
Gifts of time and love
are surely the basic ingredient
of a truly
Merry Christmas
~Peg Bracken~
 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12*12*12 ...

 
One kind word
can warm three
Winter months
~Japanese Proverb~
***
Happy 12*12*12
Hope your day is wonderful and filled with joy as we celebrate this Once in a lifetime date this century ♥

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

To be rooted ...

Over wintering Geranium ...
 
 
One morning, in early November, I took a few stem cuttings from the Geranium growing in a big clay pot in our garden.  I placed the cuttings in a vase of water and gave it a nice sunny spot on the window ledge.  Apart from changing the water every few days, I literally forgot about it.
Now, I have a vase filled with lovely strong roots and the sweetest little red blooms :-)
***
To be rooted
is perhaps the most important
and least recognized need
of the human soul
~Simone Weil~

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sunday Serenity...

2nd Advent ...
 
 
 
As we light the 2nd candle of Advent...
we reflect.

 
Sometimes,
just looking up
and seeing the light
is enough.
~Terri Guillemets~

Sunday, December 2, 2012

1st Advent ...

Each years Advent tray is a little different.
I've used candles of all shapes and sizes .
I usually stamp 1,2,3,4, out on small, hand made tags and attach with twine to each candle.
Fill the tray with fresh sprigs of pine and place pine cones around the candles.
This year, I found these stamped pillars to use.
We made pine cone fire starters by dipping the bottoms of the pine cones in hot wax, carefully placing the wick to one side as they set.
Each Sunday, we will place one in the fire ♥
As we light the 1st candle of Advent,
we will reflect.
 Faith
is like the bird
that feels the light
when dawn
is still dark
~Rabindranath Tagore~
***
Sending Love, Peace & Light this Sunday
xo D