Friday, December 30, 2011

Goodbye 2011

And so the year 2011 comes to a close.  The year seemed to just fly by.  Although the summer humidity felt like it lasted forever.  We are just now starting to get some nice cool temps.  I love sitting by the wood stove and sipping my morning coffee. 

I spent a good deal of time in the studio last week putting away all the Christmas papers, embellishments and ribbon.  Time to move on to something new.  Started working on a couple Valentine projects, a birthday tag pocket and making some felt flowers.

I love Valentine projects.  All the shabby goodness, the cupids, the hearts.  The pink.  I bought some pink paper bags some time back and had no clue what I was going to do with them.  I just knew I needed them!  So today I pulled one out and made this.

Happy New Year and Until Next Time,

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Most Purrfect Christmas Gift

It’s Christmas Eve day.  The cat’s stockings are filled, the tree is bright with lights, the fruitcake is baked (don’t groan, John loves it) and Santa will be visiting soon.

I got my gift early this year.  In the form of an elusive, gray male cat that I have been trying to trap/neuter for over a year.  Seriously.  This guy has been the most clever cat I’ve ever known. 

Well, I finally won.  After much sitting, waiting, working I got him in the trap.  He is now neutered and has been released back to the colony.  Hurray!!!  Wish I had a picture of him but I didn’t want to distress him in the trap so I didn’t take one.  I’ll get one of him soon and post. 

So, my Christmas is complete!  Merry Christmas to me. The most purrfect gift.

Here’s my last Christmas project of the year.  A card for John.  Not too fru fru, yet still vintagey, shabby. 
I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!  How blessed we are.

Until next time,

Friday, December 16, 2011

A Little Holiday Joy

Ok, so for the 5 friends who are reading my blog, I know I have been gone very long.  I am trying to catch up with several things and this blog is one of them.

On a personal note, I have had some health issues and many days it’s a struggle to do all I would like to do.  But I do like my little blog and hope I can do better at posting.

It seems like the end of summer arrived and then BAM!  the holidays were here.  I have managed to create a few things while lots more are on the to-do list.  One  thing I really had fun with is this altered chipboard Santa hat. 

I plan on creating some more projects like this.  I have plans for a couple banners, a recipe book and an embellished book to house all the cards my husband and I have given to each other over the years.  Right now I just keep them in folders in a file cabinet.  Not ideal I know.  The idea of the greeting card book came from Dawn McVey.  She created this super cute Christmas Card Mini Book which can be found on her blog here.

Another thing about the holidays are the traditions.  There is one thing I do every year without fail.  And that’s bake Christmas tree spritz cookies.  They are easy to do.  So cute on a cookie tray and yummy to boot.

I’ve used the same recipe for 50 years!  Seriously.  Well, wait.  Initially I was the helper in the kitchen using the recipe when I was about 8 years old.  Then I continued the tradition in my own home.  I even have one of the original Mirro cookie presses. 

Here’s a little picture of some of the trees I made.

Well that’s it for today.  I hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful time of year.

Until next time,