Cozy days

How is your week so far?  There is a chilliness to the air now and we have had some blustery days!  We had our first fire on Sunday afternoon and what a sweet warmth it added!I sat by the fire for some quiet time and then enjoyed writing an old-fashioned letter on paper!  Such simple pleasures! I have also spent some time working on Christmas things ~ so fun!!  I think the “cozy days” have arrived now!  What do you like to do on days like this?

This is one of the things I have been working on:

I loved how Monica at The Homespun Heart was making special things for the shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.  She made a couple of these little dolls and shared the link for the pattern and instructions.  I decided to give it a try, and this is my little doll! Abbie and I are working on a shoe box for a 5-9 year old girl and I thought it would be really special if we could add a homemade touch to it!

I hope your day is a sweet & cozy one!  Looking forward to visiting with you!

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May the blessings of the Lord be upon you!♥

Sharon

Coffee stained Christmas tags

I have been wanting to try making some tags like this for awhile, so when a I saw a link for Primitive tags at Cat Haven Crafts, I decided to give it a try for my Christmas gift tags this year.  I don’t think I made the coffee strong enough so they are a little on the lighter side ~ but I love how they turned out!  And since the cardstock is dipped in coffee and vanilla and then baked in the oven ~ they smell good too!

More tags all cut out and ready to go!  It is such a simple and fun tag making project!

How is your week so far?  The weather here is beautiful but, oh… it is starting to get quite chilly now!  I have several projects ready to work on and I’m looking forward to finding a little time for crafting!

Sweetest blessings on your days!

Sharon

“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.”  Galatians 6:9 (NASB)

Garden lights

On Sunday evening we went to a local botanical garden with Seth and Annaleah and Benjamin.  It is decorated with lights for the holidays and it was amazing ~ and beautiful!

Although it was a wet evening, it only rained for a few minutes while we were actually there so that was a blessing!

Here is a little peek at some of what we saw!

There was a small house on the property and outside there was all kinds of garden produce in lights ~ it was so cute!  Here is the scarecrow keeping watch!

Afterward, we returned to Annaleah & Seth’s apartment for Christmas treats ~ so it was a fun Christmas time evening!

I hope you all are enjoying some simplicity in these last days before Christmas!  Blessings!

Christmas utensil holders

Recently, after working on my Christmas gift tags, I saw an ad for some utensil holders for sale.  They were in the shape of a stocking and it inspired me to try and make some.  I used the same pattern that I had used for my stocking gift tags ~ only I made these with felt on both sides and I left the top open.  I tried one out and was so happy that it worked!  So I set to work making some more.  It is such an enjoyable simple stitching project.  I do keep things very simple at the holidays ~ but I thought these would be festive along with an added candy cane at my Christmas dinner table.

Now I just need to finish the Christmas presents I am making !

How are things coming along at your house?


Our Christmas tree

We decorated our Christmas tree last night ~ I think every year the simple beauty is a delight!

“Standing in front of the crowded benches was a tree.  Laura decided it must be a tree.  She could see its trunk and branches.  But she had never before seen such a tree…Laura was too excited to speak.  She squeezed Mary’s hand tighter and tighter, and she looked up at Ma, wanting so much to know what that was.  Ma smiled down at her and answered, ‘That is a Christmas tree, girls.  Do you think it is pretty?’  They could not answer.  They nodded while they kept on looking at that wonderful tree.”

From On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wishing you Christmas simplicity just like in the “Little House” days!

Blessings

Welcoming in the Christmas season

The Christmas festivities are officially underway here at our house!

What a lovely time of year this is!

We started the day off yesterday doing two favorite Christmas traditions ~ the first was going to the Quiet Light Candle shop.  They make handmade beeswax candles there and have a variety of other treasures as well.  It is always a joy to browse in this cozy little shop!  My husband was doing a little Christmas shopping himself (as I tried not to peek 😉 )  When we got home he gave me the two candles in the picture above as a “Welcoming in the Christmas Season” gift.  Isn’t that so sweet?  He originally was going to pick out one but in the end he decided to buy them both!  How blessed I am by his sweetness!

After we were finished there, we went just down the street to a little tree farm and cut down our Christmas tree!  We have the tree up in the stand in our livingroom waiting for the lights and decorations which we will do later on today!  Don’t you just love the pretty glow of the Christmas tree?

Have the festivities begun at your house too?

Blessings to you as we enter into a new month!