Friday, December 19, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

Hi friends, I would love to show you a few Christmas decorations in my house this year.  We decided for the first time in many years to buy a real Christmas tree.  I had fun picking it out.  I just love the smell of pine when you walk into the room.  My tree is decorated with mostly handmade ornaments and the yo-yo garland that I made many years ago.  To see the post on how to make your own yo-yo garland in case you missed it you can click here.



This nativity set used to be my Mom and Dads.  My Mom and I bought the Santa hooked rug together.  In the photo below you can see the yo-yo garland that I made.



I love how colorful the tree is and looking at some of the ornaments that my daughter made when she was little.



The stockings hanging on the mantle were knitted for us by my Mom and I just love them.  My daughter and I made felt ornaments together the other night.  We had so much fun crafting together.  I love the tradition of decorating my house with handmade items.



I have kept the Christmas decorations very similar to last year except that we have a real tree.  To see how I decorated my house last year you can click here


WISHING YOU ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR!







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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Christmas Tree in the Park


I pass this pretty Christmas tree each morning while walking Bosco.  I love it so much I had to stop and take a photo.  It looks so pretty lit up at night with white lights. 
Below this is what the arbor looks like in the summer with the bright green leaves.

Take time to stop and look around your neighborhood during this holiday season.




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Sunday, December 14, 2014

I'm a Winner of Random Acts of Kindness

Hi friends, I was the winner of a Giveaway I entered for Random Acts of Kindness that Kris @ Junk Chic Cottage hosted.  To see that post and to read the story about how Kris showed her Random Act of Kindness and all of our comments you can visit HERE.

To see where I was announced as the winner you can click HERE.

Here are my goodies that I won.  I won Hot Chocolate and a Fur Coat Tote Bag!
I will enjoy drinking this hot chocolate during these cold days we are having here.
I'm just loving this little fur coat that opens up to a shopping bag!  This will come in handy when I'm out shopping.
I love this pretty Christmas card that was included too.

Please stop by Kris @ Junk Chic Cottage to see how she decorated her beautiful house for Christmas this year HERE.  Thanks so much for these gifts for entering your fun giveaway.  I will enjoy everything and thanks for your thoughtfulness.

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Many thanks to the people who featured me on your blogs last week:

Mary-andering Creatively Book Musing Monday's for reading Rose Harbor in Bloom by Debbie Macomber HERE

April J. Harris - The Hearth and Soul Hop for Crochet Christmas Wreath HERE.

 2 Crochet Hooks - Retro Repin Party for Cheddar Dog Biscuits HERE.

The Cottage Market - Junkin Joe Link Party for Crochet Christmas Wreath HERE.

Scrapality - Scrapality Saturday's Link Party for Crochet Christmas Wreath HERE.

Clairejustine - Creative Monday's for Easy Meatloaf Muffins in Minutes HERE.

Please check out these fabulous and fun link parties.  Thanks so much ladies for featuring me last week and it makes me happy and I appreciate it.

Blog friends are the best!


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Friday, December 12, 2014

Vicky's 2nd Ornament Exchange

I recently joined Vicky at Life on Willie Mae Lane for her 2nd annual ornament exchange that she hosted.  This is my second time involved in this fun exchange with other bloggers.  I enjoyed gathering and making the items for the person that I was assigned by Vicky to send my ornament to.

I sent my package off to Tina who blogs at What We Keep and I look forward to being blog friends.

My lovely gifts arrived in the mail from Linda who blogs at A La Carte and I loved opening up my box of goodies.

Linda included a pretty Christmas Card for me and a sweet note.



I'm in love with this acorn ornament and I can't wait to put it on my Christmas tree.



I also received this cute rustic snowflake ornament with a cardinal on it.



Look at these adorable Christmas clothes pins.  I can't wait to decorate with them.



I love chocolates and I'll look forward to eating them during the holidays.



Thanks Linda for my ornaments, I can't wait to decorate my Christmas tree with them and for the other goodies you included in my package.  I love everything!

Thank you Vicky for hosting and organizing this fun ornament exchange.  I totally enjoyed it and had fun crafting and gathering my gifts for the exchange.  I look forward to getting to know my new blog friends and for the next ornament exchange next year.

You can visit Vicky's blog Life on Willie Mae Lane to see what everyone else received from the ornament exchange HERE!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.


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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Yo-Yo Christmas Garland

Hi friends, I made many years ago a yo-yo garland for my Christmas tree.  I love the way it gives my Christmas tree a country feeling.   



Here are my yo-yo's laid out on my table that I made.  I cut all the fabric into circles and then sewed them to form the yo-yo and then sewed each end together to make the garland.



Here you can see the garland on my Christmas tree from last year.





Here is my Christmas tree 2013 decorated with my handmade yo-yo garland.


To make each fabric yo-yo you need to have each fabric cut into 5 1/4 inch x 5 1/4 inch circles.  To make each yo-yo you can see the tutorial at Stephanie's blog The Enchanting Rose.  

I really enjoyed sewing these together and I hope I have inspired you to make your own Yo-Yo Garland.  

In case you missed my house decorated last year for Christmas you can see it HERE!  I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season and thanks for stopping by!


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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Easy Meatloaf Muffins in Minutes!

Hi friends, this is such a busy time of year and I thought that I would share with you a dinner that can be made in minutes!  Back in November of 2012 I shared with you this recipe and I'm sharing it with you again.  I hope you enjoy it as this is a family favorite.





MEATLOAF MUFFINS

Ingredients:

1 envelope of Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion Soup Mix
2 lbs. of ground beef, pork and veal or just beef if you prefer
3/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
2 eggs
3/4 cup of water
1/3 cup of ketchup

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a large bowl combine all the ingredients.  Spray muffin tins with Pam (non-stick spray).  With an ice cream scoop place meat in tins.  Bake for 15-20 minutes.  Makes about 24 mini meatloaf muffins.


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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Simple Crochet Christmas Wreath Ornament

Hi friends, I have a simple crochet wreath ornament that you can make in minutes!




Here are the directions to make this easy and simple Crochet Christmas Wreath Ornament.

Crochet Christmas Wreath Ornament

Crochet Hook:  U.S. size G or H
Yarn: green yarn is by Ice Yarns in light green, gold yarn is Vanna White Vanna's Glamour by Lion Brand Yarn in the color 170 Topaz, red yarn is Red Heart Yarn

ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
hdc = half double crochet 

Chain 9, sl st to make a ring.  Chain 3 and make 15 hdc in ring.  Sl st to end of top of the 3 chain. Make a loop and tie a knot to end.  Take red yarn and cut 9 inches long to make a bow and attach at the top of the wreath.

NOTE:  This wreath ornament can be made with a single crochet, or double crochet stitch.

This wreath can also be made into a pin by adding a small safety pin onto the back of the wreath.



To make this mini wreath ornament I made last year you can click HERE.


These crochet wreath ornaments are made in U.S. Terminology.

I hope I have inspired you to make some crochet wreath ornaments for Christmas.  These would also look nice attached onto a Christmas present. 


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