Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
These two were hopeful we had some bananas...maybe next time I will come prepared.
Nestled into an alleyway of ribbon and trim heaven was a beautiful row of homes. As I have sad before, the details can make or break it.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this."
One Solitary Life
Rev James Allan Francis
"He was born in an obscure village, a child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village where he worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty. Then for three years he was an itinerant preacher. He never had a family. Or owned a home. He never set foot inside a big city.
He never traveled two hundred miles from the place he was born. He never wrote a book or held an office. He did none of the things that usually accompany greatness. While he was still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His friends deserted him. He was turned over to his enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While he was dying his executioners gambled for the only piece of property he had,
his coat. When he was dead, he was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave.
Nineteen centuries have come and gone and today he is still the central figure for much of the human race. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, and all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned put together have not affect the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as this One Solitary Life."
May your day be filled with happiness, hope and love and may the joy of the season last throughout your year!!! Merry Christmas to all!!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I really like having the pink armoire in my bedroom! Inside is a TV and lots and lots of books. I have displayed all my silver, Tiffany achievement bowls on top. I love looking at these luxuries that remind me of important dates when I wake up every morning.
All my small treasures are next to my bed! Here is a peak from my room into the bathroom. I have TWO closets now! One is a HUGE walk in and the other is a two door space (it is rather large too, not a walk in though).
Monday, December 21, 2009
Delicious cupcake Christmas tree!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
What hostess does not LOVE candles?
One of my very favorite candles of all time was the Slatkin Christmas candle (and the Slatkin Elton John candle!!). It smelled so good I could just sit there holding it even when it was not lit. Well thank goodness for me the Laura Slatkin continues the tradition with her NEST Holiday candle. This candle warms up any house and the packing is just beautiful as well. All this red velvet box needs is a well tied bow and a little ornament and voila, yet another gift!
If NEST candles are not in your budget (they quickly add up after a few parties) consider trying some of Henry Slatkin's (Laura's husband) holiday candles from Bath and Body Works (Winter, Tree and Spice are all nice) or a Belle Fleur holiday candle which is currently on sale at Talbot's (if you have never tried Belle Fleur candles you are missing out too!).
A quick candle related tip: always have a candle burning when you are home. The lovely aroma makes a winter night so much better! Plus, if you happen to have a guest pop in you can rest assured in that your house smells delightful!
Surely the majority of you have at some point sent a card to a solider through Let's Say Thanks. However, this is the time of year when days get long and the young and old are away from their families so it cannot hurt to send another. Let a hero know you are thinking about them today!
However, thanks to the generosity of a patriotic American every veteran's grave now has a wreath! Starting in 1992 the Worcester Wreath Company (a company I think everyone should support!!!) began donating wreaths to be placed on graves. While every grave was not adorned in 1992 with the help of volunteers and groups of Maine school children over 100,000 wreaths have been laid in 17 years. Thanks to the idea of one man the fallen heroes that provide us with out everyday freedom are now honored during this holiday season!
Now, enough of Tiger and more on our heroes!!
Monday, December 14, 2009
What a generous and fun giveaway!One of our traditions is at Christmas Day dinner we all have Christmas Crackers/Poppers as part of the table setting which we open and everyone wears the silly hats!
Congrats CRICKET and thank you to all who entered!!!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
With the weather having taken a turn it is time to bundle up! Scarves are everywhere and anywhere! You can find a lovely scarf in your recipient's favorite color for well under $10. Buy up a handful for all your best friends and have them monogrammed in a contrast color. People love to wear their initials with pride and there is no better way to brighten a dreary winter day than with a color pop of color!Baked goods are a plenty during the holidays. As mentioned before presentation is everything! Many of you have inquired about my toile making boxes and I am finally ready to let you in on the secret (an inexpensive secret too!). BakingBoxes.com is your one stop shop for darling monogrammed baking boxes. Twenty boxes cost $9.99 so you can order enough for the entire block! Bake basic chocolate chip cookies and package them in your toile boxes with coordinating ribbon and you are sure to be the talk of the town!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
(I LOVE Faith Hill's A Baby Changes Everything too!!!)
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Oh Holy Night
Must Be Santa
Raffi was by ABSOLUTE FAVORITE when I was little! I listened to his Christmas tape on repeat for years (the tape finally had to be hidden to give others a break) on my Fisher Price tape recorder. This one just had to be thrown in there as a joke for the family!!!