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Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday Morning Christmas Inspiration....

Good Morning my dears.. 
Here we are at the  beginning of another week and closer to Christmas then the last time I posted.. 
The weeks will surely fly by so I thought you might like a few images from the web and some of my own that turned my crank this week.. smile.. 

Christmas is all about Christ and our dear families that he has gifted us with, eh? 
It is nice to receive gifts but what blesses this mama's heart is the dear faces around the Christmas table.. 
Well, on Christmas Day or a day or so later once our children leave the nest... smile.. 
Such a wonderful time of the year to really celebrate!
The greatest gift He gave and the love we share with our families and friends... 
Looking forward to making and doing and planning and decorating.. 
Where is my List Books??  lol... 
So here we go.. 

Love love this wreath.. 
Went with some friends this weekend to a lovely Christmas event at an old train station and bought a homemade fir wreath from a sweet friend.. 
All I need to do is add a set of lights, a few pine cones and one of my little Christmas churches.. 
Ta da... 

This is a vignette from the little room that I used to decorate for my grandsons when they were little.. 
I would love to be able to do this again but one Christmas a couple of years ago we were short a chair for the dinner so someone brought this old red chair out.. 
After dinner they put it in the Sun Room and I was in there talking to our sons and just sat down on the chair.. 
It was old and dried out from the wood heat and when I sat down it just broke in two.. 
I landed on the floor and that Christmas is remembered as the Christmas that Mom broke the chair and landed on the floor.. 
lol.. 

I found this one on the web and it was entitled:
 The year I couldn't afford presents and made my own.. 
Loved the thought and expect the recipients were more then pleased.. eh? 

This is another idea for gifts or myself.. 
Little Rosemary wreaths.. 
I brought home a bunch of Rosemary so this is an easy one.. 
Just wiring on the branches and a bow.. 
You could buy enough herb at the super market and make one of your own.. 

This was our mantel in the family room a couple of years ago.. 
Not sure how it will be done this year.. 
We will see.. 

And another easy one.. 
A small evergreen wreath and a set of battery lights on an old chair placed in a corner some where.. 

My daughter's work.. 
Vintage ornaments from Dave's Mom and an old frame.. 
Beautiful, eh? 

She and I did a craft show together a year or so ago and this was some of her work.. 
She gave me one of the Jingle pillows for my birthday.. 
Love it.. 

I know that a lot of girls who follow my blog are much more modern with the whites, greys and blues but I love the cosiness of this room.. 
For years and years my decorating was governed by what crafts were in style that year.. 
Country, Victorian or Primitive, etc and I had to decorate accordingly in order to sell crafts here at my Open House.. 
A friend asked me this week what my style was now and I was so pleased to say that I just do what I like.. 
I think Shonda said that I was UK Country and I think she was right... smile.. 
This one reminds me of our Living Room... 

Usually here in Canada Christmas means snow.. 
Not every year mind you but often.. 
Snowmen abound here but I am very happy with a green Christmas.. Perhaps since I was born during one... grin.. 

Isn't this sweet.. 
I bought a lovely old pitcher this summer from my friend Barb who owns an antique shop in Sussex... 
I also have those sweet plate candle holders and lots of wood spools.. 
Very farmhouse style but I love it... 
And I think I can find a few preserves here, too.. smile.. 

Yes... 
Christmas baking.. 
I don't do nearly the baking that I used to but it is still fun to whip up some gingerbread and see what you can do with it.. 
Perhaps some gingerbread spoons or such... smile.. 

Keeping my eye opens for a few old fancy jars to make some of these window sill votives.. 
A bit of wire and some candles.. Add a sprig of pine and a few berries and they are done.. 

Simple and easy way to decorate a tree in a little out of the way place in your home.. 
Table settings.. 

Notice the mason jars in the first one.. 
There are 32 examples at this site... 

Well my friends this is all for this Monday... 
Hope you enjoyed them.. 

Thanks so much for dropping by and I love your notes.. 
Take care and God bless you today.. 
xo


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Return of the Winter Potpourri Post..


Good Evening everyone.. 
This is just a little midweek post .. 
A bit of a rerun, actually.. 
This is a project I hope to get at very soon.. 
My homemade Winter Potpourri .. 
I have posted about this before but thought I would do a little reminder for you just in case you are interested.. 

I find this an excellent potpourri to have on hand and pass out to friends who visit.. 
Keep it in an old pottery bowl and have several paper lunch bags ready so they can carry a bit home with them.. 

This is the time to gather the ingredients for the mix before the snow arrives here in the Maritimes.. smile.. 

In the post before when I gave this recipe I told a wee story so decided to include it here also.. 
Hope it isn't too repetitive for you all.. 
Anyway.. 
On with the story.. (I just copied and pasted it from the last time)


Remember the other day when I posted  about being at our old farm and seeing these growing here..

 I told you that I wanted to make some  pine or balsam potpourri with them..
Well, I have a funny little story to tell you..
 Hope you have time..smile...
 Anyway.. Terry and I went out to the farm and I took a bag all ready to pick them.. Terry had to take some stuff into the house so I headed down to the old spring where the fir tree was... 
OK...Can you picture it?...
I have my bag ready and look into the branches and guess what?  Not a cone was to be had.. Every last one of them was gone.. Honest... So.. I am looking all around the base of the tree No way..  They are all gone.. 
Well, some of you know me pretty well and you know that I am not an emotional person...I am very calm and passive.. LOL.. oh yes... 
Stop laughing, my friends...
 Anyway.. I go around to the back of the tree.. Surely, there is one left on there somewheres..
 No.. they are GONE..
While I am behind the tree looking in vain Terry comes out on the step and can't see me..( He probably thought I fell in the spring..)
 He hollers.. Faye!!... 
He said that all of a sudden he hears someone bellowing (his word..grin..) ...
"Someone took them!!!  They took all of my cones!!   All of them!!
He yells at me to calm down because he was sure that they could hear me up at the windmills... grin.. 
Anyway, he comes down and sure enough they are gone..
Isn't that odd?  Where on earth would they go to? 
Does anyone know ??  smile..
There is a reward... A bag of potpourri... grin.. 
To make a long story short... 
Terry went out a little further and found some on another tree ...
 I did get some after all..
Let's just say that this was a  typical day in the life of Faye Henry.. smile.. 

Here is the recipe..
8 cups of cones... fir or pine.. or a mixture..
2 cups of dried rose hips
2 cups of bay leaves
several cinnamon sticks broken into small pieces..
2 cups or so of dried apple slices..
You can buy these or slice some up and put in the oven on low heat for several hours or use your dehydrator..
I also added some small pieces of pine boughs..
If you have some orris root or some kind of carrier then you add several drops of pine or balsam oil.. I use a quite a lot...
You can add it to the potpourri itself..
Cover all this with some plastic wrap for several days and then toss.. I usually keep it covered for a couple of weeks..

Here is a little decorating idea for lunch bags you can make to go along with the potpourri.. 
pinterest
Place a cup or two of potpourri in the bag and then tie a cone on with the string and add a label.. 
You can buy the red and white twine from Michaels, too.. 

And this is it for tonight dear hearts .. 
Not much but just an idea I am working on.. 
Sometimes, I will glue a pic on the front of the bag and spray a with of glue and shake on some glitter... 
Or use some stamps and stamp pad and so on... 

Hope you are having a great week.. 
Love having you drop by for a visit.. 
God bless.. 
xoo

Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday Morning Inspiration ....


Good Monday Morning dear hearts.. 
Here I am once again with some lovely images from the web..

Quite a few of you were so kind to let me know you enjoyed this type of post.. 
The last one was of projects and the first was just a few images like this.. 
If you continue to enjoy these Monday morning posts I will try to do different ones.. projects, recipes, etc..  

Here is the link for the delicious looking bars in the first pic.. 

I have posted one of these images before just because I love it..  
I wonder if any of you who have been aboard for a while will recognise which one it is.. grin.. 

We are completely moved home now.. 
Yesterday I was so happy to get the cold room cleaned.. 
It is a job that has been bothering my subconscious for a couple of weeks now.. if you know what I mean.. 
Anyway, I had some lovely helpers.. 
They carried up the ones that needed to be discarded and did that chore for me.. 
Then all the bottles were washed and returned to the basement.. 
Now all we have to do is go to the farm and get the pickles and canned goods and it will be all she wrote... 
Until next year, Lord willing.. 

I must say that I am so glad to be home.. 
So many things to enjoy and appreciate once again.. 
My bed... 
 I know that I always mention that old water bed but I do really love the thing.. smile.. 
And the bedroom window that almost goes to the floor and stays open all Winter long.. Really!!
Then everything on one level... 
And the washer and dryer... 
Although, next summer when and if we go to the farm again we have a new purchase that is wonderful..
Well, actually we traded an old wood washer from our shop for this one..  
A vintage electric wringer washer with a copper tub that sits on the deck and you just use a hose for the water and do your washing right there.. 
Hang them on the line and ta da.. Done!!  
But that is just for summer.. 

Anyway, my friends you are getting the jist of the story.

Hope your week goes wonderfully for you.. 

I will pray for you and you pray for me.. 
Ok?  
We have a prayer answering God and I am learning more each day to put my trust in Him.. or not.. Right?  
You either trust Him or you don't.. 
I choose to trust Him.. 

Looking forward to reading your sweet notes... 
God bless.. 
xo






Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday Morning Projects...


made with some luggage tags..
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note to self.. 
wrap gifts with uniqueness... is that a word?  lol... 

just some magazine cutouts of birds pasted on cardboard and glued to a clothespin and spray glue and glitter... sweet!
terry has already cut me out boards for this project and some pages for really old books.. 
modgepodge and wire hangers.. easy.. 
a litle bit of needlework needed here... But a bird cut from a piece of bird fabric and go to town.. 

something I have been planning for a couple of years.. 
teatowels using old embroider pieces that are decrepit ...a bit of lace and ribbon.. I would love to receive a few of these.. would you? 

sometimes I make batches of tags and give to my daughter .. you who follow the blog have seen this pic before as I really love these tags... this summer I scored a bunch of Beatrice Potter books so we are on.. don't tell my friend Joelle.. grin.. she would be mad at me for cutting up books.. 
love this apron even if it is not useful as my friend pointed out.. 
pretty is as pretty does... smile.. 
another easy one with some wire and a strong husband.. lol... 

my plan for my sunroom craft cupboard this winter.. starting in november, I hope.. 
brought home tons of old embroidered pieces from the shop and thought my mom would love these.. 
another simple project but just so different from the usual market bags we use here.. 
kind of hippie like, eh? 
sorry about the embroider works projects but I have a basket full.. 
no, I don't think I could do this but love it anyway.. perfect... 

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Good Morning my dears.. 
Another Monday has rolled around so quickly.. 
Such a lovely Monday it is, too... 
Warm weather and warm rains.. 
It is quite fierce outside at times with the wind and what but just my cup of tea.. 
That's it in the pic above.. grin..

This wee Monday post is just a few projects I would like to attempt in the next while.. 
Christmas is coming and there are gifts and exchanges coming up so it would be nice to have a few things ready.. 

I know that they may not be to your taste but they captured my attention.. 
What say you?
Anything appeal to you... 

This post is a test to see if it is anything that will catch your attention and if I should do a regular Monday Morning thingie... 
smile.. 

We had a blessed weekend and our family dinner was great!  
Lots of things to do this week just like everyone else.. 
The whole world is busy, eh? 

Anyway, take care my friends and will catch you later.. This week I am not going to promise a midweek post as I probably won't get to it just like last week. Sorry... 

Looking forward to hearing from you all.. 
Here and on the Face Book page.. 

God Bless... 
xo