Are You Done Yet?

Thursday, December 22, 2011
With Christmas being only two days away, are you done with your decorating? Are you finished with all the work that goes into the holiday? Can you sit back and finally enjoy these next couple of days?

                                               
  http://plushemisphere.com/2010/12/country-christmas-decorating/

     http://plushemisphere.com/2010/12/country-christmas-decorating/

Putting up the tree? Now that's a job itself!


  http://www.designmom.com/2010/12/putting-up-the-christmas-tree/

                                   
   http://www.designmom.com/2010/12/putting-up-the-christmas-tree/


     http://thestir.cafemom.com/home_garden/8266/Putting_Up_the_Christmas_Tree

Did you finish your Christmas shopping early, or are you a last minute shopper?


 http://budgetfashionreport.com/?tag=/christmas+shopping



Unfortunately I had some last minute grocery shopping to do and the lines were long and of course not enough registers were open! I just can't understand why all the registers and not enough people to work them especially for the Christmas holiday!!


                                                           http://pinkroma.blogspot.com

Are you busy preparing foods ahead so you'll be ahead of the game?


Let's not forget the baking... cakes, cookies and other goodies.


 http://www.pleasuresoftheplate.com.au/cherry-ripe-fudge-christmas-baking/


  http://www.adventuresinshaw.com/2008/12/christmas-christmas-time-is-here/

Have you sent out all of your Christmas cards, and then get a card from someone you didn't expect to get one from? I did and now it's to late to send one to them!



  http://www.leahfritz.com/stay-ahead-of-the-holiday-hustle/

I finally finished all of the wrapping and gift cards! Whew!


 http://www.fancyhouseroad.com/tag/christmas-gift-wrapping/


 http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/818997/8-Modern-gift-wrapping-ideas-we-love

Some of you may like to volunteer your time to help those who may not be as fortunate. This would be the most rewarding gift of all.


http://www.jobcorpsnews.org/tonguepoint/tongue-point-job-corps-students-lend-many-helping-hands


    http://onmilwaukee.com/seasonal/festivals/articles/christmashelp.html


                             http://www.co.burke.nc.

Well I don't know about you, but I'm exhausted! I'm finally done, but exhausted! I love Christmas, but it truly is so much work preparing for it.

I hope that all of you have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a BLESSED holiday!


                           


Crafting Ideas for Your Table

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Better Homes and Gardens always has lovely ideas for decorating your home for the holidays. Here are some of the ones I like for the table. You can find them HERE and how to do them.











Waiting For Santa

Thursday, December 15, 2011
I wanted to share this ECARD  from Dec. of 2009 with you again in case you missed it. If you love your pets, you'll love this! It's so adorable! Pause the player to the left to listen. It will put a smile on your face!

A Kid's View of the Christmas Story

Monday, December 12, 2011


 A friend of mine sent this to me via email and I thought it was so cute I wanted to share it with all of you. Thanks Ginnie! You will need to pause the player on the left side bar to listen.

The Christmas Bells

Sunday, December 11, 2011
Ring the bells, the Christmas bells
Chime out the wond'rous story,
First in song, on angel tongues,
It came from realms of glory,
"Peace on earth , good will to men",
Angelic voices ringing, 

Christ the Lord, to earth has come,
His glorious message bringing.

Source

Ring the merry Christmas bells, 
Chime out the wond'rous story,
Glory be to God on high,
For evermore be glory.

Wise men hastened from the east,
To bring their richest treasure,
Gold and myrrh, and frankincense 
And jewels without measure,


Him they sought, although a King,
They found in birthplace lowly,
There, within a manger, lay
The babe so pure and holy.


Earthly crowns were not for him,
He came God's love revealing,
On the cross he died for us,
His blood forgiveness sealing,


'Tis the Saviour promised long,
Ring out your loudest praises
Every heart this happy day,
It's grateful anthem raises.


Ring the bells, the merry Christmas bells,
Chime out the wondrous story,
Glory be to God on high, For evermore be glory.

Glittered Fruit Ornaments

Friday, December 9, 2011
I love watching Martha Stewart show. She has so many crafty ideas! Earlier in the week, I watched this episode of making glittered fruit ornaments. The crafty creators of these ornaments, all sisters,  were on her show and they also have their own blog, The Letter 4, which you can check to see how to make these lovely citrus ornaments.




You can also find the how to on Martha Stewart. Aren't they beautiful!

Pictures of the Christmas Party

Sunday, December 4, 2011
Happy Sunday to all. Last night we went to my sister-in-law's hospital Christmas party and I thought I would post some pictures.


This was inside the photo booth. The pictures were free from 8:30 to 10:00 and you could come back as many times as you wanted to. This is Sharon, my sister-in-law and myself.



They had all of these fun hats, boas, etc. on a table and you could pick whatever you wanted to wear for the pictures. That's hubby on the right.


Bruce and myself.


This is Sharon and her ex, Cloyd, but they still get along well.




The ice sculpture, which was slowly melting away. There were two large lights in the front and back of it which didn't help.


This is where Santa would sit later in the evening and you could have your picture taken with him.


It was a fun night out. The food was good and so was the music. Hope you're having a great day!

Taking Down the Christmas Tree!

Thursday, December 1, 2011
Wow, I haven't been able to visit many Christmas blogs lately, but I'm going to do that today! I've been very busy as I'm sure all of you have been with Thanksgiving last week and decorating for the holidays. We decorated the outside of our house Sat. and Sun. and it looks so pretty. When I finally plopped into my recliner Sunday evening, I told my hubby that's it...time to rest for the evening...or wait...how could I even think that might happen....rest...what's that??? I was admiring the Christmas tree and noticed the middle section looked rather dark...NO TELL ME I'M SEEING THINGS!! My tree has been up since the week before Thanksgiving and I had some light problems that I posted about Here. I didn't like that I had to string extra lights on those bottom four branches that wouldn't light up for anything, but we really didn't want to go out and spend money on another tree that seems to last for three or four years and ends up having sections of lights go out (this happened to us before, this is why we ended up with this tree). That part of the tree was facing the wall so it wouldn't be so noticeable. Well, my eyes were not deceiving me!! Hubby said he didn't think it looked bad and to string more lights around it as we were not getting another tree! A few things were wrong with this statement. When I put the lights around the bottom branches, the tree wasn't already decorated! While you are sitting there watching me try to figure out where the problem is with the lights on this section, what about the next section that could go out before Christmas. Maybe by Christmas I'll have a tree that's barely lit!! My daughter stopped in to visit and she said it wasn't real noticeable....c'mon...I NOTICED IT!!! I stewed about it for a while and then like a light bulb lighting up, I knew what I had to do. My daughter and I were in the kitchen and I told her hubby says no more trees, but that while he was at work, I was getting up very early Monday morning to take the tree down so I could go and get another one and have it up by the time he got home from work. She said I was crazy for taking it down as it was so much work for me to put it up and it looked so pretty and that I was OCD!!!!! Me....OCD! I'll admit I'm a bit of a perfectionist which I am working on, but OCD?

Well anyway, I did get up at 7:00 Monday morning, brought up all of my storage containers from the basement again, took the decorations off of the tree, laid them all over the place, took apart the tree and stuffed it into a big box, took a shower, dressed, and off to Kmart I went.



I was not going to spend a huge amount of money on a tree again that's probably going to give me another headache down the road. These last two trees we bought were $300 trees!! I was hoping I would not have to go farther than Kmart. I was not in the best of moods. I went in and checked out their trees which were all on sale. I had my eye on one, but just wasn't sure if I really liked it, after all, this is the one that will be in my living room for Christmases to come! Of course no one was there to help, so I had to go to electronics to ask if someone could help me in the Christmas dept. I decided on a 7.5 pine tree from Jacklyn Smith. It came with a revolving tree stand...my sister-in law said that's just another problem waiting to happen...but I can live with a tree that doesn't revolve!! I just want the lights to work! That's the kind of stand it came with! I wanted the one with colored lights and Bill had to go to the stock room to get it as I waited. He came back and put the huge box in my cart. O.K. Dorothy, here's your tree, now I'm thinking to myself are you sure this is the one you want....hmmm...I walked round and round looking at it not knowing for sure if I really liked it! Then I got to thinking that when they put those trees together for display, they really don't do a very good job at shaping them and I think that's what was holding me up. I know I could make this tree look really pretty just by shaping it the right way!! So I bought it and asked if someone could please put it in my SUV...luckily it actually fit in the back seat!

 I had to drag it into the house through the front door, opened the box, set it up, shaped all of the branches, decorated it, and it looks beautiful!! Not bad for a tree that was on sale for $139.99. That's a big difference from $300! The plan was to have it all decorated before hubby came home, but I was just about done shaping the branches and heard him come in and thought...OH NO...here comes the showdown! He came in looked at it, then looked at me, and said it was a pretty tree and wasn't even mad that I had bought another one. I finished decorating it on Tuesday. Monday was a long day and I had to work in the evening. So I'm hoping this tree will last longer than the other two that we had! I made a video of the tree. This is the first video I've ever made and it was from my camera, so the quality might not be the best, but you get the idea. Well, I'm off to visit some Christmas blogs! Have a great weekend everyone!

Pinecone Crafts

Friday, November 25, 2011
Here are some crafty ideas for using pinecones in your Christmas decorating. All of these are from http://www.marthastewart.com. There are instructions for making them if you're that crafty kind of person.

Norway Spruce Pine Cone Wreath

Pinecone Penguins
Love these little penguins!

Pinecone Turkey
This is used as a place-card companion.

Pinecone Mouse
So cute and so clever!

Pinecone Cardinal
Love these!

Gilded Pinecones

Bleached Pinecones Basket
These are just a few ideas and there are more on her website, picture frames, place-cards, rosette garlands, etc. Wonderful ideas from Martha.