Just a note to all of you who may have your own cottage industry through etsy or other venues. I was at Kroger today and all their USPS shipping supplies were marked 75% off! I stocked up on tape and things last year at Kroger right after Christmas too, so it might be worth your while to give the supplies a look next time you are there. I am all for keeping my shipping costs as low as possible and passing the savings on to my customers. Also, a big thank you to everyone who has ordered from me this year. Your kindness is so appreciated:>) There are still a few sale items left in etsy, take a look and get them while you can!
Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
I am excited about what the new year may bring. I have a surprise to announce the beginning of February, and we keep hoping that a new year will bring a change for the better in the economy and job opportunities. What about you? What are you looking forward to? Do you have any dreams for the coming new year? I would love to hear them!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I will be visiting blogs over the next few days , but I wanted to say Merry Christmas to each of you. You are a never failing source of kindness, encouragement and inspiration to me. You are all Christmas gifts that give all year:>) I wish you all God's peace, joy and love and the happiest Christmas imaginable!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
I Corinthians 13:4-7
Saturday, December 20, 2008
All I can say is this is why God made pheasants. Oh yeah. This creamy filling soup was one of the best things I have ever eaten. You can find the recipe here. We also substituted a little white wine for the Sherry and half and half for the cream. Just so you know. Hot soup is perfect on a snowy, blustery day. We got 12 inches yesterday. It is still snowing now and I think we are having the rest of this with fresh crescent rolls for dinner:>) YuM!
Friday, December 19, 2008
One of my favorite ornaments came last year from Alice at Inspired Tokens. She sent me the most wonderful box of beautiful things. The box itself is gorgeous with toile and glitter and stars and all kinds of lovely things. I use it to store my grandmothers nativity set and then I set it out just to enjoy.:>) This beautiful bell was one of the ornaments she sent me.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I found this little cottage ornament at Marshalls the other day and I loved it. It goes well in my little cottage:>) The poinsettias were actually free when we purchased our Christmas tree! The man we paid gave us three coupons to take to a local nursery and the freebies were just beautiful. They have really brightened some corners of the house. God has been so good to us this season with deals like this. With Earl off work we havent had much budget for frills. This little side table is in the dining room.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
These Stained glass windows were actually made by the congregation for the church fairly recently. The windows are original but only had plain squares of colored glass at the top in a patchwork effect. The congregation made these intricate windows for the lower panes and the effect is breathtaking. I am such a pushover for these beautiful pieces of art. I have always wanted to make some windows like these for our church. Maybe some day. The brilliant colors of these windows along with the Christmas decorations was just amazing! Is anyone else in love with these old gothic chairs? Is it wrong to covet something in a church? No doubt, but these old chairs make my heart go pitty pat. God knows that it was only a momentary temptation to put this into the back of the van after everyone else left. Really. As long as you don't yield to it temptation isn't a sin.Isn't this a beautiful family? Congratulations Rick and Marie and baby Nicky. We love you! It was a beautiful morning:>)
Sunday, December 14, 2008
"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
Saturday, December 13, 2008
My new banner is made by Isabellas Closet. Thank you Isabella, I love it!
Last night we picked Victoria up from college and this morning we will get the tree. We have a very full day planned and a lot of catching up to do. I hope your weekend is spent with those you love too:>)
A special treat for you! All items in my shop are 30% off until Dec. 22. Shipping still applies and the percentage off will be refunded after payment:>) There is still plenty of time to get your order before Christmas!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I am going to tell you a little secret. I wasn't into Christmas this year. I have always been the big Christmas cheerleader around here. I decorate, I bake, I light the candles and the tree and relax reflecting on how great life is. But recently I have had some things happen that didn't feel all that great. It happens to everyone, I have been blessed that those things have rarely happened to me. Until now. Just to reassure everyone, Earl and I are fine, the kids are fine, it's just...stuff. This year I couldn't wait for the season to be over. There, I said it. But with Victoria coming home this weekend I decided to put on my big girl panties and deal with it. Just get those boxes of decorations out of the attic. Maybe I wouldn't put as many up as I usually do, but I would, by golly, decorate if it killed me. So Earl got the boxes down and I started digging, and funny thing, I started feeling a little tickle in my heart. I added some Christmas music. I lit all the candles in the house. The tickle grew. I am quite certain I am growing a little Christmas spirit here girls. Yes, I am feeling a little better about things. The house is taking on that Christmas glow and as I sit with my coffee in my candle lit living room tonight (we are getting the tree this weekend), I plan to reflect on my present blessings. Of which I have many.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
I told him every woman in America cares. It's all about the pretty dresses! When my girls were little, family night was an old movie snuggled on the sofa. I remember taking them to the video store to find the classic movie we would watch. The question was always, "Are there lots of pretty dresses in it mommy?" Yes, we picked our movies for the longest time based on how many pretty dresses might be starring in it. Don't we all wish we had more places to wear pretty dresses?