Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I'm getting there....slowly!


The decorating is almost finished.
Today, finally, I figured out how to put all of the addresses for Christmas cards on the computer to print labels.
This morning I wrote the letter that will go in with our cards and tonight, David & I can sit and finish them and get them in the mail tomorrow.
I am in the process of wrapping up the gifts to be mailed...yes, I know that Monday was the biggest postal day of the year...I hate crowds so I'll wait until tomorrow. I've done a lot of shopping on-line this year. Grown children are not easy to buy for when you don't see them very often....gift cards to their favorite shops are perfect I think.
I still have to shop for David. In some ways he's easy to buy for because he never...and I mean never, buys anything for himself. He wears black every day to work (he's a pastor) but he's a guy who loves color. I have some ideas....tomorrow is my day to shop for him. (After I go to the post office) When I asked him what he wanted for Christmas, his answer was "I really need a good pocket comb...maybe 2." You can see why shopping for him is an adventure!
It is very cold here in Pittsburgh but today we had a few hours of sun which is pretty unusual. I ran around taking pictures of our Christmas decorations. I will share some today and some in another post.

First, I want to give a big shout out THANK YOU to all of the tag makers in Elizabeth's (Creative Breathing) tag swap. The tags everyone made were so fine with attention to each little detail. If you go to Elizabeth's blog and scroll down you can see  pictures of almost every tag. The artists who participated are all top-notch and I was honored to be included. (Paula Clare-personalized-WOW! that was so special!)
Elizabeth and I have been blog friends for over a year now. We write back and forth and share ideas and supplies. She is a source of great inspiration to me (and lots of other women too!) and I always love to see what she's creating. A year ago she posted pictures of ornaments that she made for her Christmas tree that were inspired by Jenny B. Harris of Allsorts. Elizabeth  made scottie dogs and star garlands out of felt in bright, happy colors. She fashioned peg dolls into bearers of good tidings of great "JOY". She made felt Christmas trees trimmed with buttons. They were pieces to behold. Several months ago Elizabeth decided to part with some of these decorations and I was a lucky recipient of some of these precious ornaments. I decided I wanted to use them in my kitchen....the room where I spend a lot of time. I hung the garlands from my valances...



The girls are on the windowsill so that I see them often during the day....

The felt tree was paired with a Swedish woodcutting Santa.....
The individual scottie dogs almost went up on the tree but I liked seeing them all massed together so I took this little bargain basket...

removed the tin label for now.....

and piled the puppies in! Elizabeth's beautiful decorations, combined with some things I already had....like a Goodwill (Poor baby store to you E!) find for $2.95.


Not really big enough for many cookies but perfect for these....

and some faux (I love the word faux...so much nicer sounding than FAKE) holly on my punched tin chandelier, make for a cheery place to sit and sip my coffee with Peppermint Mocha creamer or Susie's Chai Tea or even some sugar-free hot chocolate!


Thank you Elizabeth, for brightening up my home and my heart with your kindness!
Next we'll take a look at our Swedish diningroom!
Oh, I almost forgot! I have gotten ornaments from 3 of the gals in my swap group in the
Say It With Letters ornament swap....

A darling little clay gingerbread bouse ornament from Melanie Adey,(look at the tiny wreath!) a colorful Merry Christmas pillow ornament and tag from my sweet friend Laurie who has an Etsy shop called Trinkets  and a cute little wooden house door hanger from Deb, the owner of Say It With Letters. Look at one of the items from her shop...

She is a real peach and their products are great to work with.  Go-shop!
OK-that's all for now!
Thank you to all of you who posted well wishes and cheery words about my ugly black eye. Two weeks post-procedure today and it is still somewhat yellow and purple but not nearly as prominent as it was. It's healing and I feel fine. Please wear sunscreen and by all means, protect your face from the sun.

11 comments:

Sandy said...

Joyce thank you for the kind comment on my post...and I love how you decorate! Those things of E's are just too cute! I have to get some of those Scottie Dogs! I love the whole metal basket of them! Soooo cute! My email is sanjos333@yahoo.com. Thanks for thinking of me! Sandy

Celestial Charms said...

You have made you home so cozy, with all your lovely decorations. The tags made for Elizabeth's tag swap all look fantastic. Now, you can just sit back, and relax! Somehow, I don't think you will ;)
Maureen

Tracy Suzanne said...

Oh' Joyce. I'm so glad that I was a part of Elizabeths Christmas Tag Swap, because now I have something of yours. I just love the precious vintage tag you made. That sweet little girl is a favorite of mine. I hope to see you in the next swap too. I love all your creations and your Holiday blog page is so pretty!

Merry Christmas...Tracy :)

Mimi Sue said...

I so love all of Elizabeth's work. She is inspiring for sure. I've been seening some of the tags around blogland and every single one of them are gorgeous. Such talent! Mimi

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh, lucky you, Joy!!! All the Scottie dogs are precious beyond belief. I LOVE how you stacked them together in the basket. Such a happy sight!
And the tags all look so amazing. I'll do as suggested and go see them a little bigger over at Elizabeth's place.
Glad you're getting all the items checked off your "to-do" list. We're all racing to the finish line...but that's all part of the fun. : )
Mary Lou

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Ha-ha, of course you know I meant, Joyce!

deb said...

It's looking so festive!! And my kiddos, I have to say, caught my attention. :) Much cuter than my ornament. HA!

Paula Clare said...

Hi Joy,
So YOU'RE the one who ended up with the basket o scotties?!?! I pleaded with E for said goods but she had already boxed them and sent them your way...so completely adorable and perfect...

Your decorations are fabulous, and your tag so cute! I LOVE your blog banner also...cute overload!

Creative Breathing said...

Joyce! What a fun surprise after being absent for several days! Don't you love how just using something in a different way makes them even cuter still. Your kitchen is inspiring me to make more Scotties! (You can never have enough!) One more week of frenzy baking, TSG home to make gingerbread men, and Christmas. This truly has been a blessed season for me! Thank you for all that you inspire! Elizabeth

She'sSewPretty said...

Aren't you lucky to be the recipient of E's creativity. I was one of those lucky tag swappers and I just adore your tag with the cute little girl! I'll treasure my tag book!

Stephanie O. said...

Love those little scottie dogs...What a sweet garland they make!

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