Friday, November 30, 2012

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Thanksgiving is over and it is time for decking the halls!  There is so much to do and so little time. Usually I am a rebel and try to have everything decorated before thanksgiving, but that was not the case this year. 

In order to get the ball rolling, I try to grab something small to that will take no time at all, thus giving me a feeling of accomplishment.   One of the first holiday decorations I put out is a collection of Santa's that belongs to my step dad.   I get to store  and display them and my parents come over and enjoy them.  Here they are. 

I love how cute their little faces are! 

 Do you have a holiday collection?  I was just at a friends house over the weekend and her collection was a yearly picture of her kids with Santa!  It was her favorite Christmas decoration of all time and I have to agree it was pretty darn sweet.  

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The never ending project

Did you ever have a project that you agreed to do for someone, but then it just took forever to complete!  I just finished one of those.  I am not sure why it really took so long.  I think I just kept letting myself get distracted by LIFE!

About a month and half ago my neighbor down the road hired me to redo his chairs for his wife. I jumped on the opportunity.  Then I did something ridiculously crazy,  I decided to have a garage sale!  Nothing says time vacuum quite like a garage sale!  I was so glad when it was done.  Then our swim club hosted a swim meet and there was much time spent volunteering and coordinating a hospitality room for 120 coaches and officials.   

These chairs have great curvy lines and details and it was so much fun bringing them to life.  Here is what the looked like when I started. 


I hit them with a little sweet cream paint and some fabric that the client had picked out.  I think the two came together quite well. 

 Now that I have recovered from the garage sale, turkey madness and chair chaos, maybe I will be better with blogging!.

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Today I am thankful for my boys.  We traveled to a swim meet for the weekend and here they are just after their warm ups, swimmers hair and all. 

They don't always see eye to eye, but for the most part they get along as brothers should, nagging and pestering included.   I love watching the bond between them grow.  Every once in a while I am privileged to witness an act of grace or kindness between them  and it always gets to me.  
The best highlight of my life.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Fall Flavors

I love fall.  I love all the colors it brings, the changing of the trees and the cooler weather.  I love wearing long sweaters, boots, and fleece pajama pants-the best invention ever!  I also love the flavors of fall, pecan pie, apple cider, and a new favorite Snicker-doodle cupcakes with cinnamon butter cream frosting!  A friend of mine introduced me to these over Facebook and they are fabulous.  I have to admit that for me it's not really about the cake, but it's all about the frosting.  These delectable little treats are full of cinnamon and are perfection with a cup of warm cider.  But, don't take my word for it.

The proof is in the pudding, I mean icing.  I am so thankful for all the flavors of life, but this one has to be one of  the best!  Try them out and let me know what you think.

 Today, I  am very thankful for these flavors and the chance to enjoy them with some very special people.  

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Giving Thanks!

This year is flying by so fast!  The days just keep moving on and with the recent storm on the east I can't help but think about all the many blessings in my life.  Our days here on this earth are numbered and I am going to make the most of my time here.

I have seen so many " Days of Thanks" posts on Facebook and loved the idea.  I have promised to count mine on numerous occasions, always with the best of intentions.   Truth be known, that lasts about 2 days and then I get caught up in the messiness of life and drop the ball.   Today that changes.  

This is my first day of thanks, my Family.  
We all look so polished and clean there I almost don't recognize us.  I saw this post on pinterest and find it so true:

Keep in mind that this is one of my  family's highlights.  This is one hour of one day that is in no way representative of my life!

Please share your blessings with me.  I think that state of mind is everything and in a world that constantly tears us down, we should spend more time building each other up!