Saturday, December 26, 2009

Birthday Star Winner

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas... and are still enjoying family and friends this weekend. We are still in snowy Minnesota and we are still enjoying our family. What a blessing this Christmas has been.

I would like to announce the winner of the Birthday Star in celebration of my birthday and Jesus' birthday. I want to thank all of you for all your wonderful comments and birthday wishes...each and every one is so appreciated. I have enjoyed reading them so much and it has enriched my birthday week! The winner of the star is

...drum roll please...

The Gypsy Nurse at Writing Out Loud won the Birthday Star! Thank you so much Cat for your encouragements and your visits to my blog!

Now for the six winners of surprise gifts that were awarded for each day up to Christmas... please email me your addresses and I will send you a surprise gift!

Rose at Bella Rosa

Kathleen at Faded Charm

Nancy at Life is just a bowl of Bon Bons

Cyn at cynzplace

Sherry at Country Wings in Phoenix

Sylvia at My Trinkets

Please be sure and visit all the gals at these blogs, they all have such inspirational blogs and are such a fun place to visit!
Thank you again for enriching my life...

Friday, December 25, 2009

Wishing you a Blessed Christmas!

Just wanted to say to all of you how much I have enjoyed your company this past year and thank you all for your warmth and hospitality at each and every blog I have visited. May the Lord Bless you and Keep you, may His face shine upon you and give you His Grace and may the love that God gave to us that first Christmas be in our hearts and minds this coming new year...
Blessings from my home to yours

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Vintage Christmas Monday

Hello and welcome to Vintage Christmas Monday hosted by Joan at Anything Goes Here... Please visit the other blogs posted on her blog to see inspirational Christmas displays.

Welcome to my home this week...

Our tree is always in the family room... we put this addition on in 1992. Then we had teenagers and we needed a television room. Our home was built in 1860 so it needed a casual room. The ceilings are 12 foot in here so it shows a tree nicely.

One of my favorite things to decorate with at Christmas is boxwood greens and tallow berries.

The tree is decorated with all old ornaments from the Victorian era to some of my husbands mothers ornaments from the 60s.

My vintage bear collection

The picture is of my father, mother and me...

I have a small tree in the dining room,,,

My father painted the Christhead many years ago and it is my favorite painting of his.

My Christmas bottle brush tree collection

I love sheep...

I am continuing my Birthday til Christmas give away - that is 7 days and 7 gifts with the final gift a Star ( pictured on my last post). Please leave a comment and post the birthday star picture on my side bar and you will be entered in the give away. Thanks so much for all your birthday wishes, you are all so kind thank you, thank you.

This week I am finally in my home and not the shop! I did manage to bring Christmas home finally... not as much as I have in the past but none the less I have some put up. Usually I have fresh greens everywhere but this year got a little hectic with all the events at the shop and no help. Hopefully this next year will bring a better economy and I can hire some help in the shop, but I am not complaining I have enjoyed it all.

My husband does the lights on the tree and he is amazing - it usually takes him a full day and a half to put lights on the tree. He starts on the inside and wraps all the branches - he is so patient unlike me...

I will be going home to Minnesota on Wednesday for Christmas to be with my mother and all my children. I will be posting on White Wednesday and then on the day after Christmas to announce the winners of the birthday giveaway. I want to thank all of you for your kindness and thoughtfulness this past year and wish all of you a blessed Christmas week.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Birthday Giveaway

Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas...

Because I have a birthday one week before Christmas I have heard that all my life, my parents always told me I was a lucky little girl because I shared my birthday with Jesus and I always was happy about that... even when my gifts were combined with Christmas. And so this year I would like to give a little something in celebration of another year of blessings and sharing my birthday with my dear Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

I will be giving a gift everyday from my birthday to Jesus' birthday... so seven gifts will be given with the final Christmas gift of a star. But this star will be made especially for the person who is chosen. I will put your photo or one of your choosing in the middle, if you wish, like the star shown in the picture. Please grab the star button with my url and post it on your website and leave a comment and I will pick the 7 winners on Christmas day. I wish to thank each and everyone of you for brightening my life like a Star... this past year and blessing me with your encouragement and friendship, I love you all.

Today is my Birthday and I would love to give you a gift!
Just a note to say I had a lovely birthday with a party at my daughters. It was such a nice dinner and a beautiful cake! Most of my children were in town and it was such a fun time.
Thank you for all your birthday wishes - it was so nice to get up this morning and read them! What a nice birthday surprise...

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Vintage Christmas Monday

Hello and welcome to Vintage Christmas Monday hosted by Joan at Anything Goes Here...
Please visit her blog to see more Vintage Christmas at all the wonderful blogs she has posted on her sidebar. Thanks Joan!

This week I am still in the shop but I am posting some traditional colors and a little more color. Next week I will be in my home but since I spend most of my time at the shop it is where most of my pictures are taken. I hope you aren't getting tired of the shop pictures -
I will try to change it up a little this next week.

I love bottle brush trees, whether they are new or old. -They are so pretty and add so much to a display.

The wire tree here is a great display for jewelry-you will have to look close to see it!

Old silver just goes so well with greens...

A little garden Christmas...

I hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas season... I have to tell you how blessed I am to have all of you joining me this Christmas. It has added so much to my Christmas this year and I so enjoy all of your blogs with your inspirational pictures and getting to know you through your posts. I haven't been able to comment as much as I would like to but I am enjoying all of your Christmas blogs... thank you so much for adding so much to my life this blessed Christmas season.