Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Is Just Around the Corner

It's only three days away.  It is hard to believe how fast it came upon us.  I wanted to share some pictures of a few of my favorite things.  

These are some of my favorite ornaments.  I would decorate the whole tree with these but the kids add a new ornament of their choosing each year.  Someday these will be for them to take with them when they leave the nest.
Snowman from my friend Heidi

I found this one at Target and immediately fell in love with it.  He looked like he needed a home.

I love this wonderful stocking ornament from my friend Missy.

This is the centerpiece on my table.  

Our Christmas tree and some just out of the oven yummy cookies.  These have a little surprise in each of them.   They're Santa Surprises.  It's a peanut butter cookie with a miniature Snickers wrapped inside.  YUMMY!

I have been working on some ribbon scarves.  I have finished a black and white and another autumn leaves.  I am working on a thin autumn leaves scarf.  This one won't have a trim.  I think the ends will be knotted to finish it off.  

My daughter made the Noel sign above and dear son made this snowman.  We will bring them to the nursing home to hang them in my mother in laws room.  Unfortunately, most of the things we bring her either get broken or disappear.  It is very frustrating and a violation to these people who cannot help themselves.  I am hoping that these will bring her some cheer and not entice anyone else to make them their own.
These are our gingerbread creations.  There has already been some demolition on them and pieces are missing.  

Had to try a train for something different.

This is the wonderful apron I received from Lolly in the Sassy Apron Swap.  I had a fun time with this swap.

I used the left over fabric from the apron swap to make a half apron for a dear friend.  She calls herself our daughter's surrogate grandmother.  They met when dd was in first grade and have been close ever since.  She is a wonderful lady and our daughter is blessed to have her in her life.  She lives in one of the most amazing homes we have ever seen.  It was built in 1675, I believe.  It belonged to Priscilla Alden, daughter of John Alden, a pilgrim that came to Plymouth, MA in 1620.  It is amazing to walk into her home and be taken right into the past.  There is a modern addition to the home but the original structure is there unchanged and kept in pristine condition.  So amazing.

These are some ornaments I worked on.  I crocheted the mini-snowflakes inside the ornament.  They are each glittered and added with some faux snow to the ornament.  I enjoyed making these and dh took them to work as gifts.

As most of the country is, we are covered in snow.  It began on Friday afternoon.  We accumulated about a foot of snow.  It continued to flurry through out the day on Saturday.  Sunday brought us another 4-5 inches.  It rained later and turned everything to ice. 
These are pictures of our backyard.  I do love the look of the snow on the branches.  The fresh blanket is so beautiful.  Until you have to get out there and shovel.  
This greenhouse is built with plans from MaryJanes Farm magazine.  I can't wait to start seeds in there anticipating spring planting.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit.  Come back soon.


Bella Modiste said...

brrrr...looks cold there! The aprons looks very nice, and the gingerbread house and train are so cute!
keep warm and have a Merry Christmas!

Autumn said...

The train is adorable! I never did have the patience to do that. I love the NOEL sign also-great job by your girl!

Looks like your all set for a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Ruth, cute, cute, cute..yum, yum, yum...LOL Thanks for dropping by for a visit...I think I'll probably use the two section sectional sofa..believe the three sections is gonna take up to much space.

Hugs, Steph

monica said...

Ruth, All of the things you have made are just beautiful! I love the snowflakes inside of the ornaments! You ought to open an etsy shop!

ReviewsbyHeidi said...

Wow - you've been busy, Ruth! All your decorations look so very pretty. I love those clear glass balls with your snowflakes inside - they look so gorgeous! I would like a whole tree with just those ornaments!

Hey, I gave you an award - stop by my blog for the details.

Carol said...

I love, love, love the snowflake ornaments! Hope you & your family have a very merry Christmas!

smoothiejuice said...

what to comment on 1st! felt creations r great, lovely tree and ornies...i love stuffing those empty glass balls! yummy cookies, great snow, fun santa pics....oh in the spring i am making mjs greenhouse....any tips or isit as easy as it looks in the mag? merry christmas to you all....your card came and is so cute!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I just LOVE all the Christmas pictures!!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them! - Thanks soooo much for sharing them with us! - Charity

smoothiejuice said...

ruth, try ma and pas spindles..i will send u the link later

Amanda in RI said...

Great pictures!

And my mom LOVED her scarf! :)

Talk soon!

Dalyn (AKA The Queen of Quite Alot) said...

From one farm girl to another- great blog and cute aprons!

Gayle @ thewestiecrew said...

Hope your Christmas was a blessed one, dear Ruth.

Anonymous said...

thanks for your sweet post on my blog. I can't wait to check yours out - it looks like it's filled with treasures. oh, and I love Jesus, too!

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