Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas

"Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest heaven and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.'

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another 'Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about'." Luke 2:13-15.

In the Annunciation the angel spoke to Mary "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God." Luke 1:35

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

More Christmas Bits and Bobs 2015

The above blanket is ever so soft, and I bought it this month to keep on the sofa and cover with for reading or tv watching.
Santa on left above is hand painted by my friend and this photo shows it more clearly than in the previous blog post photo. And I have to smile when I see Surfing Santa with his Ho Ho Ho surfboard, sent to me by my sister.

Our nutcracker collection. The one third from the left is the cowardly lion from the Wizard of Oz, but I think of him as Aslan from the Chronicles of Narnia. He is a cute lion.
Do you have a Christmas collection of something?

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Christmas Bits and Bobs

The first two decorative pieces are hand painted by a friend of mine and are gifts from her. Can you see in the photo how there are subtle color changes and touches in the Santa? The artist flew to Russia and eastern Europe to take classes in the art of decorative folk painting and taught it here in the United States. See Pinocchio? My friend was an older home bound lady and I met her when I volunteered to visit her in her home and bring her library books. Among many touches of beauty, her home had a piano and a grandfather clock artistically painted in folk art styles. Pinocchio is a nutcracker as is the photo above, of a knight or one of the three Musketeers. He is standing on his book "Knights of the Realm."
I write the year on the bottom of each nutcracker so I know when I got it. My oldest one may be from 1997.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Our Thanksgiving 2015

I announced the winner of the two ornaments, Wendy at Ravenwood Whimsies, and sent her an email.
Here are photos of our Thanksgiving.
I used our rather new cloth autumn leaves tablecloth and our white plates with gold trim that we have had for decades.
This photo above is of me and my darling husband and was taken by our older son. We toasted with Freixenet champagne. We like Extra Brut and Brut which are dry, and this brand is an excellent price for the quality.
A fun mixed bouquet and lots of joy. I hope your week is joyful too, as we head toward Christmas.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Christmas ornament blog hop

I am giving away these two ornaments for the blog hop ornament giveaway organized by  Brenda at
The Rusty Thimble  They are each heart shapes, one is cloth of a reindeer and one is metal of Santa Claus.

To enter to win these, please leave a comment on this post and I will select the winner using and I will announce the winner on December 8. Make sure I have a way to reach you, via email or your blog. Because I did not make my ornament (they are store bought) I am giving away two instead of one. I know many of the hand made ornaments are super gorgeous.
There are 15 bloggers giving away ornaments so just visit Brenda's blog with the link I gave above to find links to all of us and many chances to win ornaments.