Friday, December 31, 2010

Welcome 2011!!

Wishing happy new year to everyone, and a blessed Hogmany to all my Scottish friends and family!!



Sunday, December 26, 2010

Holiday Music

I'm not quite ready to let go of the Christmas holiday music just yet.  I love it so!  Here is one of my favorite holiday songs, "The Holly and the Ivy" as performed by the amazing pianist, George Winston!

I hope your holidays have been sweet and magical!

Enjoy!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas!

The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given--when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes.  
~ Joan Winmill Brown, American author and editor.




Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

He who has not Christmas in his heart, will never find it under a tree.   ~ Roy L. Smith




I hope your holiday season is joyous and loving!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Still time to shop on line!!

There is still time to shop on line and receive your packages in time for Christmas!  However, don't wait too much longer to find that wonderful handmade item for a friend, office worker, teacher or family member. And, many online shops are still offering free shipping (all of my online shops are).   Here are some great gift ideas from a recent curated collection I curated from Artfire.com.

Enjoy, and happy shopping!!







Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Handmade Holiday Decor!

I love decorating the house for the holidays. This year I wanted a new wreath to hang over the fireplace, and was looking online but found myself dismayed at how expensive they all were. Especially for the large size that I wanted. So I got industrious, and went to Michael's and came home with the supplies to make my own. Here's what I bought:

24" base artificial pine wreath with metal base and bendable boughs
4 large premium silk poinsettias - burgundy
gold tipped eucalyptus branches
branches with red berries
gold glitter branches
gold tipped baby's breath
one roll of 2.5" wire ribbon - burgundy with gold
and one roll of florists wire

I arranged the various branches and flowers around the wreath and attached them tightly with florists wire. This way they will be sturdy and secure. I then fashioned a large bow with the ribbon and attached it at the bottom and here is the finished result:



Once the branches were fluffed out, and all the extras were attached, it ended up measuring about 32" in diameter, and just what I wanted!  And for less than half the cost of a purchased one.  So don't be afraid to attempt a little handmade decorating this holiday season.  You may be pleasantly surprised at the results!



Happy "handmade" holidays!





Friday, December 3, 2010

Hallelujah!!




I would have loved to have been there to see this in person! Amazing choir and a fabulous job of the "flash" rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus!


Happy Holidays!