Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Eve Birthdays

my first baby grand
was born on my mom's birthday
~Christmas Eve~

it was a very snowy 
cold night in germany... 
i was there from start to finish
bringing this little one into
the world that night...

this is the first year she has been
for her birthday

so early morning 
before all the chaos to follow 
i let her open my present to her

it was a a musical porcelain doll
that my grandmother had given  to me when I was four
it sings the happy birthday song

then later when her 
great gram
got here we all 
celebrated with a tea party

i am hoping my 
got more pictures
i was a bit too busy
by then

Monday, December 19, 2011

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care

The socks are done...
the grands are coming so I 
thought up putting a plastic pocket 
so that whoever happens to come will have
their own stocking
working on getting the pictures in there

Mom & Madeline's
Christmas Eve
birthday presents

per Annie's request
as a child she loved mom's train set and asked  
for  it set up for her kids to see
I was able to make it work
she's right the grands are going to love this

isn't it funny the things they remember as kids
those special christmas memories...

brother tony and i went to see dad in 

i am loving that place...

sort of a spur of the moment
let's show dad we love him
and sorry we can't be there on christmas day
sort of trip

got home to computer not working
 the router got fried when the hubs turned on 
all the lights 
inside and out 
to show a buddy he is 
~mr. christmas~
power surge

then i got a cold/flu thing
the hubs is just getting over it
this is day 2 for me and he is still sick on day 7

son helped us get new router hooked up today
yahhh... we are up and running
why is it they move out when you need them the most?

we have a baby due any day... 
already one false alarm
we will find out more on tuesday about his arrival
we have a daughter and 2 grandbabies coming thursday from across the country...

my arms ache to hold them...

my sister and family are coming on friday to spend the weekend

mom and brothers family
joining us all on Saturday

I wonder if we will have snow like a few years ago
so far they say no
you never know up here in the

and that little guy in the middle is having a
birthday celebration on wednesday
i am so excited for it all
the crazier the better
all my shopping and decorating is done
i was going to spend this week
enjoying the christmas season

but i'm too sick to get off the couch

so i am doing nothing
laying here doing nothing
enjoying my holiday decorating
and it's driving me crazy

the calm before the storm
wish me luck
 I wsh you all a very
merry christmas

leaving you with one of my favorite pictures
taken on Christmas morning a few years ago
we love snow

Friday, December 9, 2011

New Kitchen Chandy it's a Dandy

A finished project
I couldn't be more excited
I've had this chandy for months
bought it on sale at Ethan Allen from my friend 

I just love the detail in this chandy

I was showing her pictures of ones I liked for months
and then one day she calls and says she saw one in the 
~clearance room~
I rushed down and bought it
that was several months ago

we both thought it was black
it wasn't
it was
dark, dark, green...

so finally a few days ago I got up the nerve to spray paint it
hung it from the hanging basket
hanger thingy

 needs to be thanked for giving me the encouragement
like she said 
"it's easy"
she was right....
it couldn't have been more easy
it was cold outside and dried very fast

yesterday Rog came by and put it up
he's asking how high to put it
yikes that was a tough one
I had to go look at pictures
notice we have one bulb in to see
if it works

I had bought for like 5 bucks each some shades that were adhesive
so I cut out the pattern they give you and stuck the fabric right on there
then put the sticky trim on
JoAnn Fabric for this stuff


the hubs walked in and didn't notice until I pointed it out
~he loved it~

I couldn't have been more proud of myself
the easiest, simplest project
and here I had put it off 
so intimidated by it

Ok I'm ready for another! 

did you notice it's the same fabric I used on the 

Master bath reveal
coming next

Monday, December 5, 2011

New Kitchen window treatments

I have been working so hard to get this decorating done
so I can enjoy the rest of the holiday season
here's the kitchen

I replaced my sunflowers 
for a Christmas look
most of this came out of the backyard

mom gave me some cool 

so I put them in this big ole thingy

I am loving my new window treatments
in the kitchen

It is so hard to see this because the light coming in makes it hard to get the flash to work

this is what was there before

I like this so much better

I wish I could get a better shot
new years resolution...
figure out how to use my 

next up the family room...