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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Wintry Blue each one of you. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. The holiday season is in full swing and I can't wait to join in. I've been itching to get my decorating started.

An elderly friend of my Mom gave her this vintage 1930s Bakelite Church.  It winds up and plays a tinnie but sweet sounding tune.
Several years ago my Mom gave it to me.
It is a treasured keepsake.
I display it every year for Christmas.

Meet my beautiful Russian Blue, Abbie.
She is very sweet and extremely shy.
When I found her at the Humane Society
 she was terribly traumatized.
It took me five years to win her trust and woo her into my lap.
Having, finally, conquered her fears
 she has become my forever lap kitty!

Just a little nine patch quilt that I made a few years ago.
I always use cotton batting and unwashed fabric when I make my quilts.
After I have totally finished making the quilt I toss it into the washer...
(adding a cup of vinegar to set the color)
and, then, after washing on warm I, promptly, place it in the dryer.
 All the cotton shrinks just a tad bit creating a soft, cuddly old fashioned looking and feeling quilt.

Now here's one laid back, Dude.
Schlomo is as mellow and easy going as can be.
You may ask, "Why the name, Schlomo?"
My husband is a violinist and a huge fan of the accomplished violinist...Schlomo Mintz.
It just happens to be that our last name is Mintz.
What can I say...It was my husband's turn
 to name our newest pet. 
It looks like I got my wish!
We've had several snowfalls in the past month.
The elevation here is 3,623 above sea level.
The ski resort at Mt. Bachelor is just 22 miles up the road.
At 5,700 ft. two feet of snow fell in just one day last week.

Thank you, my blogging pals,
for your friendship and kind words.
When I started blogging
 I had no idea how many treasured friends I would have the privilege of adding to my life.
I am grateful for each one of you!
Have a great week!
Carolynn  xoxo

In case you're looking for my Tweak of the Week...
Here it is:
Originally, these HOME votifs were a rustic dark brown.
I spray painted them a soft blue and then gave them a coat of spray adhesive.
For a wintry touch I sprinkled them with glittery snow.
I love tweaking things to match the season
and for just a few dollars worth of paint and glitter!
"Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name;
worship the Lord 
in the beauty of holiness."
Psalm 29:2

Linking To

Sunny Simple Life
Beyond the Picket Fence
Little Red House
The Dedicated House
Boogie Board Cottage
Cozy Little House
Coastal Charm
Knick of Time
Rose Chintz Cottage
Cedar Hill Ranch
 A Delightsome Life
Lavender Garden Cottage
Sue Loves Cherries
Vintage On A Dime
Have A Daily Cup of Mrs Olson
Brambleberry Cottage
At the Picket Fence
Common Ground
French Country Cottage
Mockingbird Hill Cottage



vivian said...

I love your pretty kitties! You know I'm a cat lover. I love that your husband is a violin player, to me that means that you are surrounded by beautiful music! And when I look at the pictures of your home, I can imagine hearing music playing. cozy warm quilts, pretty kitties and beautiful music! sounds wonderful to me!
have a great sunday my friend!

Primitive Stars said... the little bakelite church, so charming, and your nine patch blue my quilts.....Bless you for giving the sweet kitty a good home, she is so pretty.....Enjoyed your post.... made me feel happy, Blessings Francine.

The Shop Around the Corner said...

Beautiful pics as usual, Carolynn. I'm in a pretty creative mood as well.
I can so relate to your closing statement. I've been pleasantly surprised by all the supportive and encouraging friends I've met via blogging. My mailbox has never been so happy. ;)
Have a great Sunday.

Ms. Redo said...

Love your blog header, it makes me want to curl up with a blanket and hot chocolate and enjoy the holidays! All your pictures today are perfect, I just went from one to the other soaking up all the thoughts, the beauty, and the kitties. Thanks for a beautiful start to our Sunday and for the perfect verse. Hugs ~ Mary

Ruby and Arthur said...

Your kitties are so sweet! Jean

Juanita said...

Hi Carolynn,
I loved looking the little snippets of you and your little treasures, finding out more about you. Abigail and Schlomo are the sweetest :) It makes me smile reading that it took Abigail 5 years to win your trust. I have Fluffy, who is a feisty and grumpy puss, so he is hardly a lap cat. But over these 5 years, he has shown that he enjoys and seeks our presence in the home. That, to me, means he loves us already :)

AshTreeCottage said...

Your bakelite church is such a treasure!!! Send some snow over to Idaho will you please? I am ready for the ski season to begin!

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Marla and Steve said...

Love the church! The detail is amazing.

The Farmer's Daughter said...

What a warm and comforting post! Love your new header--and the feline friends! I'll have to show their photographs to Boo!

Daughter of God by grace. said...

First, your Church is beautiful! Then Abbie is adorable. Our Samuel is not a lap kitty yet. Perhaps someday! in the meanwhile, we will look at your kitties. Your recipe for sewing a cotton quilt sounds like something I should try. I have never made a quilt, but I made cotton skirts this summer. They faded and I wonder if washing them with vinegar would help the color stay fresh. Blessings!!!!

Jeanmarie DiTaranto said...

Visiting via MHC and LOVING your photos!

Carol OurSearsKitHome said...

The Bakelite church is a treasure. Your cats are wonderful, as all cats are, IMHO!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

My goodness, you've had snow! How lovely! That would put me in a festive mood. The little church is so pretty. Love those votives in your header. Did you make them?

Chenille Cottage said...

Hi Manuela!
I'm so glad you stopped by! It means so much to me.
Yes...I sort of "tweaked" these votifs. They were originally a dark brown and very primitive looking. I painted them a soft blue, sprayed them with adhesive and added some glittery snow. I repurposing things that I have loved with pretty new faces.
Blessings, my sweet friend.

Betty said...

Snow! We're neighbors. I live in Northern California and I have friends that own a home is Bend. You are so blessed to live in the snow. Photography is at it's best with a white background. Thank you so much for the wonderful comments you left on my blog this evening. I'm truly blessed and I love to blog. I have just become your newest follower.

Elena said...

Carolynn your Russian blue kitty is so beautiful. I had a Russian Blue in California and I called her Smokey. She was such a shy and sweet little cat. I lost her right after my husband I got married and I was so sad. We didn't have a pet for 8 years because of moving up her and having our daughter. Now we have our little Mackie and we all just love him so much. Have a wonderful week. It is so fun to get to know you and see all your wonderful treasures!

victoriantailor said...

Love the little church,I have one similar, however plastic not bakelite, it was my grandmothers, a treasure!

Celestina Marie said...

Greetings sweet friend, Oh I just love this post and the wintry feel of all your gorgeous pics. When I first saw your keepsake Bakelite church at the top, I just gasped. It is exactly like the little church my grandmother and grandpa had set up every Christmas in there home. When I was a little girl in the 60's it just fasinated me and I loved when they would play the music box in it. I believe it played Silent Night. I never knew what happened to that church long after they passed away. But seeing your pic brought back such special memories for me. Thank you for sharing the special photo.

Love your sweet fur babies. They are little darlings. Your quilt is gorgeous and I love the vintage look it has after washing. Visiting you is like going home. So warm, cozy and a wonderful place to be.
Blessings for a wonderful week.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

craftyles said...

Carolyn, I love all your blues. Your blog header is so pretty. The bakelite church is amazing-what a treasure that is. I can't believe you've had snow-we haven't even turned our heater on yet. Great treasures this week!

Crafty in the Med said...

Hello Carolynn
I'm a little bit behind wishing you and your family happy thanksgiving but I do so all the same. Hope you had a wonderful day.
Wonderful lovely cats....and isn't Abigail just a lovely colour too!
My cat Willie Shakespeare isn't people friendly at all and less so now he is so old .... 19 years very soon. He tolerates me but the love of his life is my husband he follows him everywhere.
Thank you for sharing your gorgeous treasures with us....I particularly like the church.

keep well

Amanda :-)

Anonymous said...

Love your blue/white quilt, you are so talented....suek

vintage grey said...

Such beautiful wintry treasures and how gorgeous is your Bakelite Church! Happy Sweet Monday!! xo Heather

Beth said...

The church is beautiful; what a treasure! Love your sweet Abbie too!

Lavender Cottage said...

The church is very nice and I find your kitties adorable.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Simply gorgeous!

Sylvia said...

Love your post and how you did your pictures. The church is adorable.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Carolynn,
Your little church is precious and a lovely keepsake! Your kitties are so sweet and I'm glad you rescued poor Abbie! I cannot inagine how anyone could cause her harm! I like your little HOME votives. They look so much prettier than brown. Thank you for joining me for tea and have a lovely week, my friend.


My Vintage Mending said...

That is a gorgeous church...I love to see all the decorations come out this time of the year...smiles...Renee

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I always love every one of your posts. I read this one last night but got pulled away from the computer. I have been thinking about that precious church. What a treasure. And I love the little votive candle holders that you painted. You're so smart! I've never heard of doing that with a new quilt but I like how you described the effect...more like an old quilt. I am longing for a 'new' quilt this winter. I wonder if Santa reads our blogs! heehee! Sweet hugs!

LBP said...

I love that church! I have to keep myself in check from collecting churches because I certainly do not need any more collections, but I LOVE them! Your kitties are both so cute!



sandy said...

I love all your blue! Your photos are lovely! Can't wait for snow here!
Have a wonderful week!
sandy ;)

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Love everything Carolynn, so very charming. How wonderful to have a bakelite church ... well, a bakelite anything for that matter! ;) Adore your quilt, you're so talented. But most of all I love your pooty tats! It's obvious you're a very dear soul Carolynn, but you've sealed the deal with your Abigail. And Schlomo is the coolest, such a cutie pie!

Happy week to you! xo

Marti Cooper said...

These are lovely! I'm a new follower and enjoyed your blog.

I currently have a blog party posted and would love for you to post this! :)


donna said...

Carolyn I just love to read your blog. Your church is so beautiful something to treasure forever. Your poor abbigale I am so glad you rescued her into a loving home your fur babies are precious. I do the very same thing with my quilts. They are so nice after the come out of the wash and I just love the old fashioned look.

Jann Olson said...

Carolynn, you will have a wonderful blue Christmas. Your nine patch is so sweet. Your kitties are so purr-fect. Makes me miss mine terribly. Love your sparkly H.O.M.E. header! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup. I too had no idea that blogging would lead to wonderful friendships with fabulous people like you. Happy to call you a friend!

Red Rose Alley said...

I usually decorate for Christmas with the traditional red and green, buy I am really lovin' this blue theme. It reminds me of a wintery wonderland. It's snowing where you're at - how wonderful! I wish it would snow here. Your mom's church is just beautiful. What a treasure. Christmas is upon us, and I hope you are enjoying this special season.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Old Fashioned Gal said...

I love your kitties! My tuxedo was a rescue also. It didn't take me long to earn her trust. I think she was thriving for love and attention. Now she is my fat lap cat and I love her to pieces!
We had a wonderful holiday with family and friends! I hope yours was blessed and full of love! Happy holidays! :)

SueLovesCherries said...

I love your tweak - the sparkly blue is so pretty! As are all your pictures this week! Beautiful church! I remember my grandma had a similar one when I was growing up. Who know? Maybe it was the same kind!

✿Carol✿ said...

It always touches me so much when I hear stories of traumatized animals finding happy and safe forever homes! We adopted a kitten a year ago that had been left in a dumpster. I don't want to know a person that would do that to a defenseless animal. Bless you Carolynn!
Happy REDnesday,

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Dear Carolynn, thank you so much for your sweet comment - I've left you one in return on my blog. You are the dearest of souls.

Happy (blue) holiday Rednesday! ;)

Lily said...

Hi Carolynn - your cats are so cute. Imagine taking 5 years to trust someone - she must have been so badly treated poor little thing. I am a little envious of your snow. We rarely get much snow here in the middle of UK and when we do everyone moans about it so I feel guilty saying how excited I am! Enjoy decorating for Christmas. We are starting on Sunday. Your church is really pretty. I found a crochet pattern for one of a similar style but the it will not be ready for this year as it is a very involved project. You have given me the idea to buy a little musical movement for it to make it more special. Lily. xxx

Shirley Hatfield said...

What a lovely post filled with beautiful winter blues! The best part is your pretty kitties...who can resist a beautiful cat?

Sherry said...

I love those churches. We had one at the church I grew up in. Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

debra said...

Well what a fun post with so much variety...and I love those beautiful kitties! :) That vintage church is such a treasure, too! And I love anything to do with quilts so of course I am oohing and ah-ing over the nine patch :)

Doni said...

Wow what sweet kitties! I have dogs that we 'rescued' (some truly and others we thought needed to be ours!), but each one has their quirks. Cats I know are so many times hard to win over, and I know you've done a great job. Abbie and Schlomo are probably the happiest kitties around! I love the name Schlomo! I play the violin too, and because of that all of our dogs have 'musical' names such as Turner (Nocturne), Minnie (Minuet), Nattie (Sonata), and Medley.
Thank you so much for joining me for Pearls and Lace Thursday! SO glad you dropped by!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Love your header and tweak of the week. Really love the bakelite church, I see why you cherish it. Abbie is a beautiful cat.

Angela said...

I headed over to my Fearless Friday post to start leaving some comment prayers there when lo and behold you had already come..I thanked God for that, for joining me in prayer. I thought I needed to come and 'visit' you with a beautiful name (I adore chenille) tears welled up in my eyes when I 'entered' into your 'home'...thank you for your sweet blessings and praising God for our paths connecting today..Blessings to you and yours Carolyn.

White Weathered Hutch, said...

Carolyn, what lovely memories.
I love that nine patch. I keep telling myself
that I need to do one in red and white.
It's funny over the years I have sewn sew many quits...
but for others because I love to see the joy it brings
to them.

J9's Happiness in the Every Day said...

Hello there!! I've finally made it back over to your blog!! It's been a manic week and I'm catching up on my blog reading! I love your space - and can't believe you've only been blogging a few months like me!! I've still kept my blog from my friends and family (excepting the hubby and kids) - somehow it's easier to share parts of me to strangers first?! Strange I know, but I'm thinking I should become more brave!! I stay away from facebook as I'm a shy gal, but I'm thinking the time is coming... J9 x

Paula said...

My dear, sweet adopted momma, What a lovely post as always! I love all the pretty blues, beautiful photos and images. Both your kitties are so sweet!!! They have the best home! I did not know your sweet hubby was a violinist! That is wonderful! How neat that you share the same last name with the violinist he is a fan of! Your quilt is so beautiful and the Bakelite Church is lovely. What a treasure! I am glad you have enjoyed snow dear heart! I hope you have a great week! I am so happy you began your beautiful blog! You are such a sweet, loving, kind and godly woman. We are all grateful for you dearest! I love you so much! Your girlie, Paula xoxo
PS~I love your Tweak of the Week! You are so talented and creative! They look lovely and festive! xoxo Oh, I love the Bible verse too! Beautiful!

Linda said...

Beautiful blog and enjoyed my visit here. Lovely kitties-precious!
Have a lovely evening.

Cynthia said...

Abbie and Schlomo look like sweeties! Funny, but when I saw the name, the first thing that came to mind was the violinist Schlomo Mintz! Boy, that vintage church is a real treasure. . .Merry Christmas.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I like the new blue look of your blog and header and all the blues you've showcased in your post. Your kitties are precious. Have a wonderful weekend. Tammy

Claudia said...

The vintage Bakelite church wins my heart this week! I love vintage Christmas and this is such a lovely piece! Oh, and of course, your sweet kitties are darling and wonderful!

Thanks so much for joining in this week!


20 North Ora said...

Your blues are just beautiful! They look like they fit in with your snowy weather! Love your little church. What a keepsake.


Susy said...

Hi Carolyn ~ love your vintage church, what a special treasure. And the kitties are beUtiful ~ glad they found such a happy home.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I have one of those bakelite churches, too, and it's one of my favorite things to unpack when I start my decorating!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carolyn, I love coming by and seeing your pretties again, especially your keepsake church. Hope you had a nice weekend and looking forward to a creative week ahead. Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. It is always a joy to have you visit.
Blessings to you dear one~~
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Pasa said...

I have the same church from my mother...its more info regarding brand and age than I ever knew