Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Glitter, Glitter Everywhere

I expect everyone is done or tired of Christmas crafts but I had a couple I needed to finish up so I could pack them away with everything else.  So here is what I finished up yesterday evening.
I started out with these unfinished wooden words I got a Joann Fabrics.

Then I painted them a metalic silver with some acrylic paint I already had.  Then I added Martha's glitter and some vintage look wired garland and some bells.

I also painted a little cardboard church that I got at Michaels and glittered it with Martha's glitter.

My middle daughter found these branches on her walks with her dog and put eye type hooks in the top and glittered them.  She made quite a few so I got a couple.  If you click on the pictures you can see better  what the church looks like. That is it for the Christmas crafts this year.  I'm linking up with DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land, so go check out all the other great creative things everyone is sharing this week.  And thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, December 27, 2009

New Challenge Blog

For all you crafters out there that make your own Christmas cards (I normally do and did not get it done this year) and other Christmas crafts check out the new ABC Christmas Challenge blog here:

They are having a blog hop running until midnight December 29th and you can win some fun things as you hop around checking out the challenge design teams sites.  But start out at the site I posted to get the complete scoop before you start.  Have fun!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Merry Christmas to All

Merry Christmas to everyone!
Have a wonderful holiday!
A Savior has been born
and his name is Jesus!

The pictures above were taken at a company Christmas party that I attended with my youngest daughter.  She was able to take a guest and I was her choice this year!  I want to thank each and everyone for visiting me here for the last few months.  I have had a ball meeting new friends and getting to know each of you!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Ethan Turns Three

Ethan with what I think was a third birthday cake. I think he celebrated with two other sets of grandparents so this little one was more for picture purposes. The next pictures include two of his three other brothers, a present from us and Ethan trying on his PJ's. He has grown, because the jammies were a little snug. Since this was just a few days before we had our Christmas party I had to go out and get larger cloths for this boy. His dad is close to 7 feet so what else would we expect.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Celebration Highlight Part Two

I must have too much time on my hands now that all the running around and baking and decorating and cooking for 18 is done, because I have something to post most everyday after work this week. My in basket at work has been plummeted this week so I actually am too brain tired to do much of anything except play around on my computer for a couple of hours. I'll get back to working on projects that I have started again on my upcoming days off. I want to show some more of these great stuffy monsters my oldest daughter made for the children for Christmas.

Cute huh? There were eight total but my camera was acting up so these are the best pictures I have of them. But if you would like to see a close up of all of them you can go to my daughters blog she has a post with all of them pictured. This is the link: http://lizseelye.blogspot.com/2009/12/monster-dolls.html If that does not work for you just go to her site it is listed on my side bar under WonderINK. I also want to show you my beautiful daughters.

Oldest daughter Elizabeth. Pretty happy here about a gift certificate for her favorite knitting shop.

Middle daughter Samantha, mother of our four grandsons.

Youngest, Shannon, mother of our two granddaughters.
We had a great day spending time together. And since I decided not to be selfish (because my daughters have always been home Christmas day) and had our Christmas party early, everyone was able to stay longer and be more relaxed. Jeff and I will just have to start a new tradition of some sort in our celebration together on Christmas day. We already decided there is going to be steaks. Yeah! Guess what I don't cook the steaks, that's hubby's job.
I am not sure why I am getting such space between my pictures and writing. I did not have this problem in the past until the last couple of weeks. I must have changed something. humm? Sorry about the blank spaces. Thanks for stopping in!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Some Christmas Celebration Highlights

Our family celebrated Christmas yesterday at our home. I put together a brunch with some really great recipes that I found in my Farm Chicks cookbook. Everyone enjoyed them so you might like to check it out one day. Our youngest daughter brought along a great DVD for the children that tells the Christmas story. And of course there were gifts. But we all mostly give gifts to the children in the family. Jeff and I do get one nice gift for our daughters, usually something they need or have wanted and have been unable to get for themselves. Not much extravagances around here. My camera decided to act up of course and there were a lot of blurry pictures for some reason. I do not usually have that problem. But here is a sampling of the kids fun. I think I will have to do two posts so it does not get to long because we had eight children here with seven of them aged 4 and under. But what fun we had!


Natalie, Savannah and Zaiden.

I think Ethan must be receiving a present what do you think?

My Mom in Law, Ethan, Lucas (our youngest).

Natalie and Savannah with dolls
Aunt Samantha got at her all
night black Friday shopping at

Son in law and Lucas.

We are all praying for healing of this little guy. We just found out about three months ago that he has Neuraofibromatosis. He had a CAT scan in October and there were no tumors at that time but his parents have not been able to find a local neurologist for pediatrics yet. So we are still waiting for diagnosis on what they did find.


And of course Ladybug at the end of a very tiring day. I think I could have crawled in right beside her if there was any room for me!

If you noticed the little monster stuffed toy Lucas had in his lap I plan on posting about them next time along with a few other pictures. My oldest daughter always makes the children some really cute things. Thanks for stopping by. I hope everyone is enjoying their Christmas week!

Vintage Christmas Monday "Five"

We had our big family Christmas gathering here yesterday and I have to leave for work shortly, so I only have a few minutes to get my vintage picture posted. I bought this Santa cake mold at an antique shop that is in a small town near by. I have not tried baking in him yet although that was what I had planed on doing when I brought it a couple of years ago. He is two pieces and I expect you bake him face down because his back side has an air hole in it. I have baked cakes similar to this when my girls were growing up but they clipped together and had a stand you sat them in to fill from the bottom. If anyone knows exactly how I would use this I would be glad for the information.

The last couple of weeks have been busy. I expect to have some new posts this week of a grandsons birthday, a Christmas party at Meijers Gardens and our Christmas gathering. Thanks for coming by and check out the rest of the party participants at http://www.thepottingshed-anythinggoeshere.blogspot.com/
Have a great Monday!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Good morning!
It is Vintage Christmas Monday and I am just getting around to posting. I have had a very busy week and have not been able to add anything to my blog since last Monday. Here is my only vintage piece to show this week. It is my childhood stocking that I still put out each year. My girls use to tell me I needed a stocking with my name on it. I have always told them that I am always a sister and I am attached to it. My husband tells me it is getting to worn for him to fill but still manages to do it each year. Lucky me! Here is the front.

And the back. I hung it on the tree just so I could get a couple of good pictures. I thought I would add a couple of pretty snow pictures from this past week also. This first one is of our drive. You cannot see the road from the house, actually you cannot really see the drive for the snow.

This is a view of our front pond. When the temperature changes it seems to churn up the bottom and look a little muddy. But it still made for a pretty picture.

And the last one is a picture of the walkway back through our woods.

Go over to the party at http://thepottingshed-anythinggoeshere.blogspot.com/2009/11/vintage-christmas-monday-blog-party.html with Joan and check out all the other vintage fun!
Thanks for stopping in for a visit!