December 30, 2014

The Art of Card Giving

I have no image to post today...maybe, if I get a card image edited, I'll add it later...but I wanted to speak about the lost art of card giving.  I remember lots of Christmas cards taped around the double doors in our home when I was a child growing up...a signal to me that Christmas was just around the corner. I loved looking at all of them and was always excited if mom let me tape some up!  But technology, or indifference, has pushed the art of card giving to a tradition of old.  As much as I embrace the new technology and love its convenience, there is still no greater thrill to me as opening up the mailbox and seeing it packed with greeting cards.  With Santa covered in glitter and ribbon, beautiful Nativity Scenes, Bells and Christmas trees and the glow of a candle, nothing compares to it. The feel of the paper, the sentiment on the inside and the signature of friends and family that we see every day or haven't seen for years.  No email or Facebook post will ever replace the feeling of this type of love!  Just knowing that the sender thought about you in such a loving way as to get in their car, drive to the store, purchase a card and then sit and sign it and add a stamp and then drive to the post office to mail it; this is priceless!  With technology, I'm sure the art of card giving is never coming back but to those folks that still send out personal greetings, my heart swells!  And every Christmas, my greatest thrill will be opening that mailbox and seeing another card from a thoughtful, loving friend or family member! Maybe its my age and my memories of cards of yore, but physically touched greetings surpass an email tremendously in my book!  As long as I can still sign my name (in cursive, by the way), I'll continue to send this art of happiness to the folks that are nearest and dearest to me!

As you can see, I got one image of the four cards I made this year!

To all my family and friends, may 2015 bring you peace, love, joy and contentment!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

May this morning find you happy and well!  Our wish is only the best for 2015!

Merry Christmas, dear friend!

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December 12, 2014

A few Christmas shots

I finally got around to taking a few Christmas shots but as you can see it wasn't easy. I either has to much light or not enough and some shots I have to much light on one side and to dark on the other. But since I'm not a professional I guess they are OK.

I have added a few new trees to my collection this year I even found one of the old clear glass ones in an antique store a couple of weeks ago.

I got this beauty last year and love it the picture doesn't it justice it's very sparkly.

The Dashing through the Snow is from Dear Lillie that I had printed and framed. The Drummer boy I cut out with the silhouette machine and stuck it on the plate with double sided tape. Can't decide if I need something on the other plate or not.

This sets in the corner of the kitchen I just love the scrabble words.

Table in the sun room. Putting things in trays keeps things neat if you have to move them.

Another scrabble word.

I'll try getting a few more shots later. Maybe some at night.
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December 9, 2014

Forgot this!

I really meant to get this posted before Thanksgiving but I'm have lots of memory problems any more...can't remember what I'm doing from one room to the next.  Anyway, here is the be quite honest, I'm not sure it was even appreciated...she took the bag from me and never even looked inside of it.  But, I was grateful for the lovely meal and wanted to show my gratefulness.  I added strips of paper to the bottom and then made the tag to match.  I got 3 gifts made today....if the sun shines tomorrow, maybe I can get a shot of them....but don't hold your breath...LOL
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December 8, 2014

Welcome to my Home!

I've had this wreath and letter for a few years now...bought the wreath ages ago and the letter was bought the last year that I worked. (Can you believe it will be 3 years, in less than 3 weeks, since I retired!).  I had some faded red balls and a Santa face on it and decided it was time to spruce it up for the holidays.  I used spray adhesive on the letter and added glitter to give it a more festive look than just the gray painted metal did.  I then hot glued some new balls, berries and snowflakes to it.  I think I must have at least 3 dozen of those berry to decorate with them.  I'm an old fashioned traditional Christmas my green and red with just a hint of silver and gold. Jerri Ann likes blue and silver and, while I admit its very pretty, its still not Christmas colors to me.  Anyway, the front door is a much more inviting now!...Hopefully, I'll get some shots of the inside and post them before long.  My Christmas cards all went in the mail today and the decorations are complete.  Now to do a few projects for gifts.  

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