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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas Lights/Wed. Blog Hop

Yes we are having our Wed Blog Hop..
but first...Christmas Lights....So much
fun! We have a tradition of Christmas
night or the night after going out & seeing
the neighborhood Christmas Lights..We
usually bring hot chocolate, blankets,
& have Christmas music playing in the car..a
wonderful family fun time!

The 1st house is our house..We have a ton of
white lights, candy canes, white deers, trees, etc.
This is about 1/2-3/4 of our front.



I love all the Christmas spirit that this neighborhood
shows each year. We love & give applause as we look
at each house that put up such a wonderful display
of lights for all to share in..Good for them! Bravo!!
Below are some Favorite home displays..Enjoy!!

Thank You to all who decorated their beautiful houses!







Now for our Wednesday Blog Hop/Walk of Fame...

We all know Blog Hops increase traffic to your
blog so people can see what great things you've
been working on!

You can GRAB my Button/Code & put it
on your Sidebar to get more people to
join in..The more the merrier..to Spread
the word that we have Monday & Wed.
Blog Hops each week..Both are different..

If your not a Follower..Why not?? Join
in and have a blast with new friends &
inspiration!

I
will pick some Favorites from the previous
week to be in the "BLOG HOP WALK OF FAME"
so check back each week to see if your there. If you
are take a "I was featured" @ Santa's Gift
Shoppe Button/Code..You deserve it!!Good Job!


These are my Favs from last Wed. Blog Hop!

1) Isn't this the cutest thing??
"Snowmen Spoons"She has
a wonderful tutorial of how she did it.
as well as a great blog..Check it out..
2) Talk about getting organized..Take
a look at this blogs great "Mobile
Command Center." Inspired?
Check it out..CLICK HERE

3) I have fallen for "Melting Snowmen Cookies"
They're just so cute. I've seen them all over this
year. She has a great blog & step by step tutorial
on how to make them. Check them out...CLICK HERE
4) Below is a beautiful table setting for
"Christmas Morning"..but you could do the
same for New Year's. Her blog is simply
wonderful..I love family traditions & she
has put into words beautifully some of theirs.
Check it out..CLICK HERE
5) YUMMMM.."Cinnaburst Copycat Bread"
Does this wonderful bread not look simply delicious?
Have you ever heard of Cinnamon Chips??? I haven't.
She gives the the fantastic recipes & how tos on
her great blog..Check it out..CLICK HERE..
Ok..great job everybody..You make it really
hard to pick any favs.

Now for Wednesday Blog Hop...

We would love to see any: craft, tutorial,
trash to treasure, great recipe..

This blog hop originated @ trendy
treehouse..Thanks trendy treehouse

Remember This is a Family Friendly
Website!

Click on the "You are Next enter Here"
& follow the prompts..


Monday, December 27, 2010

Blog Hop/Walk of Fame

It's that time again..Monday Blog Hop..Sorry I'm
so late in getting this up..It's been a hard day..
enough said..

You already know Blog Hops increase traffic
to your blog so people can see what great
things you've been working on!

Please GRAB my BUTTON/CODE & put
it on your sidebar to get more people to
join in.. The more the merrier..to Spread
the word that we have Monday & Wed.
Blog Hops each week. Both are different..

If your not a Follower..Why not join in
the Funnnnnn!

I will pick some Favorites from the previous
week to be in the "BLOG HOP WALK OF FAME"
so check back each week to see if your there. If you
are take a "I was featured" @ Santa's Gift
Shoppe BUTTON/CODE..You deserve it!!
Good Job!!

Here are my Favs from last Monday's Blog
Hop...

1) Isn't this cute?..I have a collection of
Nativities.. so I love them..She has a
wonderful tutorial on how to make this
on her great blog..Check it out..CLICK HERE

2) These are fabulous!! They are "Chocolate
Peppermint Blossoms" Would you like the
recipe?? She has it here..Check out her
other super ideas as well..CLICK HERE


3) How about "Oreo Brownies"..
Oh these sound delicious..I've got to try
these..If you would like to try these &
see a wonderful blog..Check this out...
CLICK HERE


4) How cute are these??? "Marshmallow
Pops" She has a fantastic blog & a lot of
great ideas..Check it out..CLICK HERE
Now for the Blog Hop...

We would love to see any: craft, tutorial
,
trash to treasure, great recipe..

This blog hop originated @ trendy treehouse..
Thanks to trendy treehouse..

Remember this is a Family Friendly
Website!

Click on the "You are Next Enter Here"
& follow the prompts..

Christmas Tour 2010 (Fam. Rm. Tree)

Here is the last of our Christmas Home Tour..
Family Room & 2nd Christmas Tree..Hope it
inspires..
I love good buys!!.I got this 7 1/2' tree w/lights
a few yrs ago @ Target for $20! It is easy to put
up & take down..I love it..
These are big beautiful stockings I had
made 34 yrs. ago..They still are as great
as when I first ordered them..


I made dough ornaments many yrs ago. I did
not make this one but love it. We have a
mixture of handmade/old fashion ornaments
on this tree. There are many cross-stitched
ones too. These are some of my favorites I
love to reminisce about each year.


I love our mechanical Santa..He has been
a part of our Christmas for many years..
He hasn't changed a bit in all these yrs..

(In Photo Below)
Here is the tree all 7 1/2 feet of it. We
always have red bows/Angel on top & red/
white fur tree skirt...I love the old fashion
look..
It reminds me somewhat of the
ornaments when I was growing up..Our
tree however was always a Charlie Brown
type for a few dollars..I always thought it
was beautiful..I guess because of all the
love that it received...It looked like the
Rockefeller Center tree to me...My parents
always made things wonderful even if we
did not have as much as others.










Hope you enjoyed the tour of 2010.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Tour 2010 (Favorite Things)

Happy Dec. 26th!! Hope you all had a magical
Christmas with the ones you love! I did!

I wanted to continue with our Christmas Home
Tour with some of my Favorite things I love to
put out at Christmas time. I hope it will give
some inspiration to all of you who like to craft..
Especially...That you can do anything!!

(Below) is a picture of our Family room coffee table
with a Big Black wooden "Blessings" sign & "Believe"
Blocks I made last year. I love them.
The pic. (below) is of a favorite Christmas Quilt I
got years ago..The Stocking were Hung..I made
a couple of years ago to sell. I love the homeyness
of the Stockings/Quilt..

This is my Choir Angel Girl that is on on our
Fireplace Mantel..
This is the Choir Angel Boy on the other
side of the mantel.. I bought them at a
Christmas Boutique years ago..I have
treasured them ever since.
(Below) are a few things on the fireplace..a large
lamb/cat/quilt I made & a glass Jingle all the
way cube my daughter-in-law made me last
Christmas.
These 2 strip quilted pillows (below) I had made
about 33 yrs ago believe it or not. I love them
now as much as I did when I asked a lady to
make them for me..(I started crafting soon after)

Bathrooms can be dressed up for Christmas
as well. A small tree here..some silk flowers
there..some JOY silver letters...a Christmas
wall hanging heart quilt...


Even a hallway can give inspired thoughts to
your guests...This is a big oval cross stitch
that I look forward to putting up each yr.
Below is The Snowmen Quilt I hand-stitched a
number of years ago. Don't you love the feel of
a hand-stitched quilt??
This is one of my Favorite little "Peaceful"
spots in our home..The end of the hallway
where the "Atonement Tree" is displayed
with all the "Gifts" that our savior has freely
given to each one of us...Hope..Love...Joy...
The Atonement....I got the idea a couple of
yrs. ago seeing a dear friends atonement
tree/gifts...Don't you love the idea???

This is one of our extra bedrooms..I love the
Christmas Quilts on all our beds..It's so festive.
One thing I love to make is take Red pillowcases
& put contrasting print ruffles/binding tape sewn
on them..They're just fun to sleep on them! Hope you enjoyed our tour...Family Room/Tree tomorrow..

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Tour 2010 (cont.) Kitchen & Blog Hop

A Few days to go..I still have lots of things to do..
How bout you? Welcome to our Wed. Blog Hop...
Before we do our "Walk of Fame" & Blog Hop I
thought I'd continue our Christmas Tour (we will
visit the Kitchen area & get a Easy Fun Recipe
for an ICE RING (Below)

We always have a Christmas party Buffet Dinner
for about 40 people..One of the most festive ideas
I know to dress up a punch & Bowl is to have an
ICE RING floating on the top of the punch..Take
a look below & see what you think?

All you need is:
bundt/angel food type pan
7 up or ginger ale
silk or plastic flowers/berries/holly
orange slices

Take the pan & pour 7 up or ginger ale
(whatever will go with the punch your
serving) to make it 1/2 full. Add holly,
flowers/berries whatever..fill a little
more to push flowers down (they most
likely will float to the top but that's ok.

Gently place in freezer (make sure it's
on a level place) Freeze overnight. When
punch is made place a hot washcloth under
the pan or put pan in a small amount of
warm water just to loosen it to float on
top of the punch..add slices of oranges
& wait for the compliments..

One of the best things about this is that the
punch won't be watery..


Here is a picture of the kitchen at our party.
I love the red kitchen curtains..It really changes
the whole feeling of the kitchen into Mrs. Claus'
Kitchen.


Some of our desserts at the party.



This is the Gingerbread wall..I love this wall..
It has sorta evolved thru the yrs.

This is the Santa & Menu wall..Also countdown
calendar.

This is a close up of my Christmas dinnerware..
Alpine Village (They no longer make it)
It's displayed in our China Hutch..I love our Christmas
kitchen
This is part of the gingerbread collection (on top
of the refrigerator)
Our 2' Gingerbread Baker "Got Milk"?

Mr. & Mrs. Claus (out of Terra cotta flower pots)
I made & sold these yrs. ago
I love this Gingerbread Blvd. Sign...

I love this gingerbread bag holder..It's
so fun..

This is looking from the kitchen into the family
room. We have a artifical tree in the Family Room
but a real on in the Living Room.
Even a picture of gingerbread boys can make
a cute addition to my gingerbread wall.





This photo of an Alpine Village I absolutely love..



I Love my Christmas Apron I made..
(about 10 yrs. ago)I wear it all year long!!
This is my 2' Candy Cane out of fabric..
I have made these for many yrs. I love
them...
I just put up this "kissing ball" this yr. I have
always had the garland but the kissing ball
really adds something..Don't you think?



I love my Countdown Calendar..I made & sold
these yrs. ago..
This is my "Mop Angel"
Hope you enjoyed the continuing tour..
Stay Tuned.. more to come this week..

Now for Wed. Blog Hop..

You already know Blog Hops increase
traffic to your blog so people can see
what great things you've been working
on..

You can GRAB my BUTTON/CODE & put
it on your sidebar to get more people to
join in..The more the merrier..to Spread
the word that we have a Mon & Wed Blog
Hop.

If your not a Follower..Why not join us &
all the Funnnnn!

I will pick some Favorites from the previous
week to be in the "BLOG HOP WALK OF
FAME" so check back each week to see if
your there. If you are take a "I was featured"
Santa's Gift Shoppe Button/Code..
You deserve it!! Good Job!!

Now for my Favs from last Wed. Blog Hop.
Welcome to our "Walk of Fame".

1)
Doesn't this look wonderful?? She
has a fantastic recipe & tutorial..
Super Blog..Check it out..CLICK HERE

2) These little stuffed trees are great!
I made these yrs ago only a lot bigger.
She selected wonderful fabrics.. If you
want to see a fanatastic tutorial of how
to make these visit her Blog & check
it out..CLICK HERE

3) Believe it or not these are Snowflake SOAPS!
What a great idea...& great blog..Check it out..
Super tutorial of how to make these festive
soaps..CLICK HERE

4) These (gingerbread boy/girl count down to
Christmas) Calendar is wonderful!! What a
Great Blog.. Check it out!! CLICK HERE


Now for Wed. Blog Hop..

We would love to see any: Craft, tutorial, great recipe, trash to treasure....