Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.
I Chronicles 16:8

Monday, November 24, 2008

Christmas Kitchen

WARNING: Picture Overload!!

This will probably be my only post for this week because we will be going out of town for Thanksgiving for most of the week. Before we leave though, I wanted to leave you with a few (OK, a lot!) of Christmas pictures of our kitchen. I finished decorating this past weekend, which was my goal, so now I can enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday. When you walk in our kitchen, be sure to stop under the mistletoe:

Over the fridge is a pie plate I got at a craft fair last year with a Cmas arrangement.
Looking into the laundry room I replaced my "Blessings" sign with a Cmas one. I change this out for several holidays.
Flakes Welcome!
Over the oven I just propped up a Cmas sign. I love the towel from Village Monograms. She makes the prettiest things!
I get very mixed reviews on this wooden girl. I love her but a lot of people say she is rather scary with her white face.
Here is where we keep the Cmas cards that we get each year. I love looking back through the old ones that had pictures.

I got this jar at an after Cmas sale last year for $9.00 I think. It was filled with ornaments. They were not my color scheme so I filled it with fake snow and printed off some pictures from Prim N Simple and Graphics Fairy to stick in there.
Sorry this picture is a little blurry. I hung some ornaments from our kitchen chandelier.
I think I found this large wooden Santa at TJMaxx the first year we were married. I couldn't pass it up and it has always stood on top of our kitchen china cabinet at Cmas time.
I hope you enjoyed our kitchen all decked out for Christmas! Decorating for Christmas is one of my favorite things to do.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I will be in and out with limited access to the Internet but I will be visiting your blogs when I can. Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thank You!

I think the cream turned out great. I did add a little brown glaze on them to soften them up a bit. Now when you walk in you notice them instead of not really seeing them like before. Thanks for the advice! I am going to finish decorating for Christmas this weekend and start showing some pictures next week. I'm excited! Have a good weekend!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I Need Your Advice

***Thanks Ladies!! Cream it is!
I'm not really sure what color I should paint these frames. The hunter green does not go good in our house. Cody suggested black and thought my idea of cream was crazy. We need help! :) What color would you paint them?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Look Who Is One!


First Thanksgiving

Hanging Out


Baby Dedication


4th of July

Going to Dinner

Hanging out at Aunt Shannon's


Happy First Birthday Zach!!!
We Love You!

Monday, November 17, 2008

What I've Been Up To

Look at this cute bread basket towel that Andrea of Big Creek Cottage sent me! I was so surprised to see a package in the mail and to get this towel was wonderful. I love it! Thank you!
This past weekend I went to visit my parents and grandparents and our mail goal was to redecorate my Grandmother's den. I forgot to take pictures but it turned out great! She bought me these pilgrims as a thank you. I have been eyeing these at Hobby Lobby for awhile now.
I was inspired by this post from The Shabby Nest and wanted to make some for gifts. I made an "H" for my friend whose last name starts with "H". Hope you like it! :)
Lastly, this past weekend my mom and I went to countless Christmas Open Houses so I am inspired to get my Christmas decorations out. I had Cody get them out of the attic last night so I plan on working on it all week. Here are my boxes, not including the Christmas tree! I get so excited pulling it all out because I forget what I have.

I guess I will be parking in the driveway all week which is not good especially since tonight it will be in the 20's. I better get busy on some of those boxes right now...

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sunday Song

Safe in the Arms of Jesus
Fanny J. Crosby

Safe in arms of Jesus, safe on His gentle breast,
There by His love o'ershadowed, sweetly my soul shall rest.
Hark! 'tis the voice of angels, borne in a song to me.
Over the fields of glory, over the jasper sea.

Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe from corroding care,
Safe from the world's temptations, sin cannot harm me there.
Free from the blight of sorrow, free from my doubts and fears;
Only a few more trials, only a few more tears!

Jesus, my heart's dear Refuge, Jesus has died for me;
Firm on the Rock of Ages, ever my trust shall be.
Here let me wait with patience, wait till the night is o'er;
Wait till I see the morning break on the golden shore.

Fanny Crosby was born blind and on March 5, 1858 she wed Alexander Van Alsteine. A year later she gave birth to a child. No one knows if it was a boy or girl and the only thing she was ever heard saying about it was, "God gave us a tender babe, soon the angels came down and took our infant up to God and His throne." No one could get her to talk about this tragedy. She claimed that "Safe in the Arms of Jesus" was written especially for mothers who had lost children.
*History of hymn was taken from "Then Sings my Soul" by Robert J. Morgan.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Thrift Projects

On Tuesday I got to go to the thrift store and found a couple of bargains. My favorite purchases were the Santa prints. I will have to paint the frames but for $6.00 each, I couldn't resist.

I saw this fun idea in the Wisteria catalog and thought that I could make that for a lot cheaper than $40+shipping.

So I found this old frame at the thrift store for $2.00 and stapled some twine on the back and added little clothes pins. After seeing the picture though, I am going to paint it cream like the one in the catalog. I thought I liked the old shabby chic-ness but I think I want a little "cleaner" look.

If I had had more time when I made this, I would have made it a lot cuter with more ribbon and things but I will get to that soon. Oh! I always forget to tell you where I put things. I put it in our laundry room behind the door where I had a regular memo board. This one goes much better with the new color scheme.

I am going out of town this weekend so I will see you on Monday! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Before and After Art

A couple of weeks ago, while browsing some blogs, I came across a blog called The Vintage Moth. It is the coolest blog! It has free clip art and vintage pictures for you to print off if you want to. You have to check it out. It is updated almost daily.

So, I had this old picture from Kirklands that I wasn't using anymore but had kept in the closet because I liked the frame.
I picked a picture and printed it on my new printer (thanks Dad!).
I ripped off the paper backing and taped the printed picture on the back and then put the cardboard backing back on. I just taped it back on because I'm sure I will want to change out the picture at some point.
Go check out The Vintage Moth!

Monday, November 10, 2008

A Few Things

I have not been up to much lately around the house because I have been Christmas shopping, but I have been doing a few things. My mom surprised me with this pretty brown and white plate a couple of weeks ago so I hung it in our room. I love it over this picture. One of my best friends, Leah, drew this picture when we were in high school and I just framed it!
Don't you just love it when you find unexpected things at unexpected places? I was in a fabric store a couple of weeks ago and found this cloche for eight dollars. It was so unexpected but I could not pass it up for that price! I haven't done much with it at this point.
A couple of people asked me where I put the "Family" picture I made awhile back. I added it to our desk in our office. I have mostly black and white things in there.
So there are some things I have been up to the past couple of weeks. Has anyone FINISHED their Christmas shopping? I'm about half way there.
PS Rambling Girl, when I click on your name it says "Profile not available". I want to comment back but I can't get to you! :)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Sunday Song

How Great Thou Art
Carl Boberg

O Lord, my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy pow'r throughout The universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

When thru the woods and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze.

Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the cross my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died To take away my sin.

Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

When Christ shall come With shout of acclamation
And take me home, What joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow In humble adoration,
And there proclaim, "My God, how great Thou art!"

Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

Carl Boberg was a Swedish minister and wrote a poem in 1885, when he was 26 years old, that translated very similar to the first verse of this hymn. Stuart Hine, an English missionary, was in Russia when he heard the hymn for the first time. He loved it so much he changed some words and added the last three verses. In 1954 George Beverly Shea heard this song and introduced it to the Billy Graham Crusade team. In the New York Crusade of 1957, Bev Shea sung this hymn ninety-nine times.

*The history for this hymn is taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Blogging Is So Fun

I just love blogging for so many reasons. Mainly because you can meet such nice people. A couple of weeks ago I won a wallet from Jules from The Roost. After I sent her my address we realized we lived in the same town! I got the opportunity to meet her on Thursday night when I went to a Christmas Open House. It was so fun! We hope to get together for lunch soon with some other girls from our area.
Bev from Village Monograms was SOOOO sweet to send me a monogrammed tea towel! Look at her beautiful work! I was so excited to see this in the mail. I cannot wait to put it out at Christmas. She also sent a different one that I ordered but I can't show it because it is a Christmas gift for someone who might read my blog. You must go check out her etsy shop because she has the cutest things and at very reasonable prices. Perfect for Christmas gifts!
And last but not least, look at what my Dad bought me yesterday!! I could not be happier! It is an all in one printer, fax machine, scanner and copy machine. This is so exciting to me because I have been without a printer for almost 3 years! I have been saving things to print for years. I cannot wait to start playing around with this. Thanks Dad!!

Friday, November 7, 2008


I usually put up all of my fall decorations after Halloween to give me a break before Christmas but this year I decided to just pack up the Halloween decorations and keep the fall things. I just rearranged some things and added a few turkey decorations.

I turned my "BOO" pumpkins around so I don't have to pack them up just yet.

I also put out the wheat stalks that I got at the recent craft fairs. I think in the future I would like to buy more Thanksgiving-type decorations to transition to Christmas. How do you transition to Christmas without skipping Thanksgiving? I'm always open for ideas.