Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Holiday Recap


Good afternoon friends! Like so many I have spoken to over the last few days, I am both sad and relieved that the holidays are behind us! We had so much fun hanging out with family on Christmas. I wish that part of the holiday could last longer! I also made a very conscious effort to listen to (and sing along with) my favorite, traditional Christmas Carols and Hymns because I enjoy it! So much of the time leading up to the holidays is exhausting. That is the part I am relieved to let go of! It takes a good long while before I can walk in to a store again after the holidays and I am not one of those that rushes out to purchase next year's trimmings on clearance.


I do love wrapping gifts and I try to do the wrapping as soon as it is purchased! I don't wrap anything that even looks remotely like a dog toy because my dog will assume it is hers and sneak it over to her chair and tear it open! She loves Christmas morning and is always the first one up. She lays next to her stocking until everyone is up and ready to open theirs. This year though, everyone slept in a bit so she meandered over to her stocking and gently removed one wrapped item from her stocking. She brought it over to the couch, jumped up on her blanket and opened it!

Prior to Christmas I was busy in Santa's workshop making ornaments for my shop. I will share a few.....















I think you get the idea. Some of these are new designs, and a few are oldies but goodies that I make year after year.

The new year rolled in for us without much pomp and circumstance though this year I did actually stay up until midnight to watch the ball drop. That does not generally happen. Earlier in the evening we did our usual dinner out and were home by 6:33 pm. I was in my new flannel jammies by 6:37 pm. I know, not terribly exciting.....but it was enough excitement for me!

Now I have moved on to sewing for Valentine's Day and well....I love Valentine's Day because  it is all about hearts and lace and all the colors and things I love to sew and sew with! These are may latest angels:


I added arms to my angels finally which opens up a whole world of possibilities! Why did I wait so long? Holding hearts is a good use of arms I think......;)




The black and white check angel was finished just last night. I have a few others cut out in both colors!



....and that is all for now except I would like to wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR! No resolutions for me either.....just focusing once again on last year's word....GRATITUDE! I try to wake up every day with a grateful heart....even when things are not so great!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIENDS!

            

20 comments:

  1. Hello to you Linda,
    It was great to see your post! and hear your holiday news~ Thanks for sharing these pics of your beautiful detailed work! I love to see what you've been making : ) I like both the colorful items, and the neutral stars and things. Your crafting is gorgeous! and has such a professional quality~ Wishing you a blessed new year ahead. karen o

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    1. Thank you Karen for your visit and sweet remarks! I appreciate it so much! I was just over at your blog admiring one of your creations! I've missed my blogging friends and I see that I have much catching up to do. I will be back to see what else I've missed.

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  2. You were busy! Hope that you have some time to relax now that Christmas is over. I am still sorting, organizing, and culling. Those little Valentine angels are so adorable. Happy New Year to you as well!

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    1. Hi Vee, yes I have been very busy! And now that the holidays are over, I'm anxious to do some cleaning out and purging. I have much work to do in the basement. Also, thank you. I've been having fun with my little Valentine Angel's! Happy New Year!

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  3. Linda, your Christmas tree adorned with your pretty ornaments with the beautifully wrapped presents resting underneath is truly a vision splendid. How magical it all looks! All your ornaments fashioned by your clever hands sing of whimsy and beauty and the Valentine angels are singing a sweet song of love. Love the red and white black all dancing together. May you enjoy a beautiful new year, lovely Linda.

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    1. Thank you Kim for your sweet comments! I do enjoy creating seasonal ornaments! So much fun! I am spending some time catching up on my blog reading tonight. Looking forward to visiting you for your usual feast for the eyes!!! Happy New Year to you too my friend!

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  4. Hello Linda~ Such a beautiful posting, especially that photo of your gorgeous Christmas tree adorned with pretty packages.
    Your dear dog sounds like a funny gal. :)
    Your new angles holding the hearts are darling, as are all your hand crafted pretties.

    Bless you♡

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    1. Hello Debbie! Wonderful to hear from you! Thanks for your kind words too! My sweet dog is part child I think....she loves Christmas so we indulged her with several gifts just so we could watch her open them. She gets so excited and opens her gifts with the same enthusiasm of a small child. She keeps us laughing! Hope all is well! Hope all is well....I think I owe you snail mail....so stay tuned! Happy New Year!

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  5. How sweet about your dog! Just like a little child on Christmas morning so hard to wait. Too cute. I love all the pretty ornaments you made to sell this year too. The angels are always a favorite and love the new valentine angels. Happy New Year. Wishing you lots of creative days to soar with your talents.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Hi Kris,
      I so appreciate your kind remarks! Yes, my dog is very childlike!! It makes Christmas morning a lot of fun! The angels are my favorite too. So much fun planning and creating them! Wishing you the best in 2018 and I look forward to seeing you continue to make your new home your very own slice of heaven! Hugs!!

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  6. Linda, so good to hear from you, so glad you enjoyed time with family, I am with you on the shopping though, that part I can do without, unless I already have in mind what I want to get, that makes it so much easier. I just loved all your beautiful ornaments, I especially love your trees :) I had to laugh about your dog not being able to wait to open her present. Our dog was the same way, she would not touch the presents until she saw us opening ours and she new it was time to open and she would want to help everyone open theirs too, I so miss that now that she is gone.
    Your valentine angels holding the hearts is just so sweet, I do love the fabric and their pretty flowers in their hair! happy new year!

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    1. Connie,
      Thank you very much....and yes, I still have not walked in to a store, other than a grocery store. Shopping is exhausting. I am not much of a shopper unless it is fabric, craft, vintage or antique related!!! haha! Then I can lose myself for hours! I think most dogs enjoy Christmas! Our previous two dogs were the same way! Have a wonderful 2019!

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  7. Hi Linda! That's so cute about your dog, and what an adorable picture of her. Your packages beneath the tree look so pretty. I'm like you, and love the Christmas carols, but the shopping and such is exhausting. Your angels and other ornaments are just so beautiful. You do such a great job. Thank you for sharing with us. Happy 2019!

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    1. Hi Kitty,
      Happy to hear from you and thank you for your sweet comment! Btw, I am still singing Christmas carols! Christmas 2017 was a bit of a rush...too much to do in too little time and after it was all over I realized that I had not listened to one Christmas carol...which made me very sad. So last Christmas, I started early, like right after Thanksgiving and played them constantly while I was sewing and crafting. It is the little things that bring us the most joy! Wishing you a wonderful new year ahead!

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  8. Linda, first of all let me say that I LOVE your gift wrapping! YES, a gal after my own heart! Time consuming but I love for my packages to match and ribbons. Love all of your sweet things you made. You was a busy GAL! I hope that your New Year has started off wonderful for you Linda. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Hi Cindy,
      Thank you! I have always loved wrapping gifts! When I was a kid, I remember wrapping my own birthday gifts. My mom would tape the boxes shut so I couldn't see what was inside and then she let me wrap them!! LOL! Ribbons, bows and all! Yes, I was a busy gal over the holidays and boy the time flew! I needed about 6 more weeks....;) Hugs and have a HAPPY 2019!!

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  9. Good afternoon, sweet Linda! Ah, what a delight top pop in for a visit. I have been away on a blogging break and I hope to return to my blog soon...I miss you and the other lovely bloggers.

    Your Christmas tree and packages were simply beautiful! I, too, love to wrap. I put on the Christmas music and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa while wrapping gifts.

    And oh, aren't your ornaments divine?! You truly make the sweetest things. Have a blessed weekend, my friend. Hugs to you!

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    1. Happy New Year Stephanie! Thank you for your sweet comments! I've missed you too as I haven't been able to blog as much as I used to. I hope to find more time this year to attend to my poor, neglected blog. I cant believe I missed your ornament swap. It sounds like you all had fun. Maybe next year!!! Have a nice weekend yourself! Xx

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  10. So good to catch up with you on the blog Linda! I have enjoyed seeing your creations on IG! Those angels with hands are just darling, and oh the lovelies you will have fun creating for Valentine's Day! The black and white checks, and the reds are just gorgeous together! I too am very grateful the holidays are over, so nice to enjoy winter! I have been out doing some cross-country skiing, which is so fun to do. I'm trying to catch up on my blogging as well! Winter is a good time for that :) I enjoyed the funny story of your dog enjoying opening his Christmas presents, so funny! We slept the new year in too... felt so good! Blessings to you sweet friend :)

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  11. Hi Marilyn, so nice to hear from you!....and thanks for your kind words! I've really enjoyed making the Valentine version of my angel ornaments. So much fun!

    I want to do some skiing, too...we do not have enough snow. I've got new snowshoes too, but I may not get to use them.

    Keeping up with blogging is so difficult but I really miss it. I'll be stopping by to see some of your beautiful photos! Thanks for the visit!Happy New Year, blessings to you as well!!

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