Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Bling

These are the domino necklaces and pins I currently have available.  Contact me if you are interested in buying one.  I'm currently selling them for $10.  If I ever get my act together and set up an Etsy shop, they'll go for $15 each.  Get 'em while you can!

Ornament pins:

Ornament necklaces (these can come with a long ribbon or as-is for you to put on your own chain):

Tree necklace or pin:

Snowman necklace (same deal with the ribbon):

Miscellaneous necklaces:

Friday, December 5, 2014

DPP Day 5

Part 1.  This seemed like an appropriate read this morning.  (Found on

Part 2.  Sharing the story.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

DPP Day 4

 More dreariness and rain today, but also snowflakes nearly the size of snowballs.  (No photo of that, unfortunately.  But we did witness a mom and a middle-schooler taking photos and playing in the slowly-falling snow.)

 This ornament and many others that are on my tree this year once hung on the Christmas tree in my Great-Grandma Strohm's house.

 Goobie wanted to come outside and see what I was doing on a cold, rainy night.

 Another shot of the surprise tree in the front room.  As of today, it's close to being completely decorated.

My Fiesta and china (from Grandma McMurray) alongside some of the glassware from Tim's mom's house. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

DPP Day 3

 A collection of Santas from Grandma Case's house. 
  Beautiful sky as I was bringing Jeremy home from school today.  Stuck in traffic at the train trestle, I couldn't resist snapping a photo.

I arrived home last night to find a SECOND tree was erected in my house while I was away.  (Not decorated, mind you, just erected!)

And here is one of the (many) ornaments I brought home from my mom's house today.  It has always been a favorite of hers. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

DPP Day 2

What I like about DPP is that it forces me to slow down and notice some of the small, sweet moments each day.  I struggle with the authenticity thing - I like to shine a light on the stolen moments of peace and joy this season.  Not every moment of the day is peaceful and joyful.  Today's rethinkchurch devotion focused on transformation.  I don't really think of myself as transforming the world at large.  Every day, my home is being transformed from a place of chaos to a place of peace and back again.  Over and over.  In the midst of school and activities and preparation and waiting, it is hard to think of myself as someone whose reach extends too much beyond my front door.  

 Today my Tuesday morning Bible study group (which I severely neglected this fall) had a brunch and ornament exchange.  It was a fun morning - a few stolen hours to relax and enjoy friends.

This evening, we ran to church for some preparations for this weekend's Living Nativity.  There's been lots of activity over there over the last several weeks.  Looking forward to seeing it all come together once again this year!

Monday, December 1, 2014

DPP Day 1

Here are my runners-up for Day 1 of the December Photo Project.  Today was a typical day around here - making my way to the gym in the morning, popping into Target for a quick Christmas mission, some online shopping, some cooking, a little cleaning and tree-decorating, some Christmas CDs turned up loud before the kids arrived home (Jane Siberry - it's been a while since I've listened to that one), an after-school kid pickup, a last-minute flu shot, dinner, kid shuttling, and back home for a few minutes online and maybe some Homeland before bed.

 The ornaments are waiting to be hung on the brand-new tree.

 We were rained on and hailed on and snowed on in the school parking lot.

 A little bit of practice happened today.

 My dear husband requested very few physical mementos from his Mom and Dad.  This is the first year that his much-loved ceramic tree has been a part of the decorations at our house.  It has already been knocked off the end-table one time.  (It's fine.)  Sheesh.

One table is fully decorated and done!  I love the poinsettia/houseplant combo I found this weekend.  A new arrangement for this new table that Tim made for me in the spring.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Latest Pages

Yes, I'm working back in 2006, but I'm loving this Autumn Splendor paper line from We R Memory Keepers.