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Monday, December 3, 2012

Sweet & Simple

December is finally here!
I love this time of year.
When I was in the fourth grade I wrote this poem and entered it in a contest at my local elementary school.
"Birthday Celebration"
Lights and tinsel
bells and balls
Red and Green and Gold.
Make the simple green fir tree
so lovely to behold.
Mother in the kitchen now
baking pies and cakes
cookies, candies, goodies, too,
that only Mother makes.
Santa stands and rings the bells.
Time to celebrate.
Christ was born and came to earth
God's gift of love so great.
                                              Carolynn Mae Austin Mintz 1959
"Cozy Christmas Pocket"
I filled this little pocket with a variety of homespun goodies.
Pinecones from my yard, a tiny candy cane, one green gingham bow, cinnamon sticks...
and, my very favorite...the small snowman that I stitched out of muslin.
It needed to be filled to the brim.
I stitched a swatch of cotton batting to the front of the tea stained pocket and then added a petite wreath and tiny charm.
Would you believe I thrifted this cute little vintage rocking horse planter?
I think it's perfect for holding candy canes, don't you?

"Lights and tinsel, bells and balls, red and green and gold..."

"It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones afterall."
Laura Ingalls Wilder
"He tends His flock like a shepherd;
He gathers the lambs in His arms
and carries them close to His heart;
He gently leads those that have young."
Isaiah 40:11
 I am linking to all of my favorite blog parties and giveaways this coming week. I hope you will stop by my sidebar and visit each lovely blog.


vivian said...

what a sweet post! I love blog hopping at christmas time. Everyone does such a great job keeping us in the spirit!
have a great week!

podso said...

I certainly enjoyed visiting from Monday's Mosaics. Cute poem and so nice you still have it! And I enjoyed all your festive photos!

Melanie said...

Loved your poem, so sweet!! Those candy canes are perfect in your vintage rocking horse, too cute!!!

The Shop Around the Corner said...

Love it all, and you had me at simple. :)

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, love all your Christmas touches, so festive....that pocket is adorable......Warm Christmas Blessings Francine.

My Vintage Mending said...

I can only imagine the smell of cinnamon and pine in your lovely home...smiles..Renee

Ms. Redo said...

What a beautiful post. I love your poem, it's still good these years later, warm and loving. Great job thrifting the rocking horse, he was meant to carry candy canes to good little boys and girls (and even the naughty ones!). Thanks for sharing a beautiful post. Hugs ~ Mary

craftyles said...

Your Christmas touches are wonderful. I love the poem most of all though. It sums up that Christmas feeling perfectly.

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Carolyn, I see you do like red! Love rocking horse planter. (I would have snapped that up too). The Christmas stuffed pocket is really cute. Great poem for a young girl!

Jeanmarie DiTaranto said...

Lovely poem to remind us of the real reason for this season, and cheery decorations to get us in the Christmas spirit -- thanks!

Cranberry Morning said...

Such pretty and cozy photos!

Stephanie said...

I love your vintage rocking horse and the candy canes look perfect in it:) Your header is beautiful with the Christmas ornaments. I hope you have a lovely day, sweet friend!


Kris said...

What a sweet, sweet poem!!! I loved reading this. I am catching up....been extra busy lately.

LBP said...

I LOVE your poem! And you little pocket full of joy is precious as well! What pretty photos!



Paula said...

My dear, sweet adopted momma! Your blog looks so beautiful and festive! I love the poem you wrote as a little girl. You have always been creative and talented! Your photos are so sweet and cozy! You did a beautiful job making the "Cozy Christmas Pocket." The little vintage rocking horse is so cute! Yes, it is perfect for holding candy canes! I love the quotes you shared and most of all the beautiful Bible verse! I love you dear heart! Your girlie, Paula xoxo

Shelia said...

Hi Carolyn! Oh, what sweet Christmas decor and you were quite the talented little poet! Just a sweet lovely poem. Do you still write poetry?
Thanks so much for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

20 North Ora said...

What a precious poem at such a young age!! Great heirloom. Your decorations are so pretty. Love all of your candy canes.


Daughter of God by grace. said...

Your poem was Beautiful!!! I love how you set up your blog, so that it matches the season.

GardenofDaisies said...

I love your poem from elementary school! And I love your cheerful decor. Simple but beautiful. The planter is perfect for candy canes. (I always have candy canes out, too.)

Ruby and Arthur said...

I loved your poem. As they say "out of the mouth of babes"! Sweet post, Jean

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The little Christmas pocket is just the cutest! I have lots of things I could put inside...I need to make one! I love getting great ideas and I love your sweet poem. You've always been so sweet! Holiday Hugs!

The French Hen's Nest said...

Such vivid photos! Another beautiful post, Carolyn. I'm so glad you include your faith in every post. Jesus is the Reason -for everything! The French Hens have joined your blog and you are on our list of Great Blogs to Follow. We would love it if you would visit us and join us.
Linda and Jeannie

The French Hen's Nest said...

Oh and I love your sweet poem!


Carol OurSearsKitHome said...

First of all, your header looks terrific! The pocket stitched from ticking is darling and wonderful and full of treasure.
The poem is a delight, and I love all the vignettes.

Salmagundi said...

Your poem is precious - what a keepsake! So much insight for a 4th grader. Sally

Jann Olson said...

Oh cutie do I ever love your new header. All that fabulous red and white! WOWZA!!! Your poem is amazing. Much better than I do at my old age. Can I just tell you I love that ticking bag full of goodies! I pinned it. Yup, finally caved and joined Pinterest.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Carolynn,
I love your cute poem! I used to write a lot of poetry when I was a girl. Your Christmas header is so pretty and the little pocket stuffed with little treasures is adorable!
What a talented lady you are, my friend. I like that Laura Ingalls Wilder quote too and I have it on my sidebar. Thank you for sharing a very sweet post and coming to tea. Hope you are having a lovely week.


Old Time Cindy said...

Your blog and post are so festive! My favorite is that little pocket. And how adorable is that little muslin snowman! Thanks for boot scootin' on over to join in at the Old Time Party!
Farmhouse hugs,

vintage grey said...

Hi Carolynn,
Your poem is beautiful, and I love that you shared it with us!! I love all your sweet Christmas decorations! Wishing you a beautiful week! Blessings, Heather

Cynthia said...

Love this basket it is so Christmas and whimsical. Visiting from the party hope you stop by Cloches and Lavender.


Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Love the precious poem! The little pocket stuffed full of Christmas goodness is just too cute and such a sweet idea!

I always enjoy visiting you!

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Hi Carolynn!
Your poem is so very precious - do you still have the original that you submitted? What a wonderful keepsake, such treasure. I adore all of your holiday decorations, so cheerful and welcoming. I bet your house is like Santa's Workshop.
You had asked me if I knew about as a way to perhaps find my Swedish relatives. YES! I sure do! The LDS site ... hmmm name of course escapes me as I type ... has proved to be of more help with my ancestors in Sweden though. It my be called Family Search??? Thank you so much for thinking of me and suggesting a resource, you are always so helpful and sweet.

Happy happy week to you!

The Farmer's Daughter said...

I feel like I'm visiting Santa's workshop every time I come here! So full of joy and definitely a blessing! Love that poem--well, I love it all. Made me smile. . .
Christmas Blessings to you!

sandy said...

What cute vignettes! I love your little horse carrying the candy canes! You must be very talented to have written that poem as a young girl! So cute!
Have a happy week!
Sandy :)

Hazel said...

Lovely poem. How nice that you've kept it all these years and shared it on your blog. I love the Christmas pocket. Always wondered if I could come across something like that in my part of the world. If I do I'd love to buy one. Visiting you for Rednesday.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Red anything sings "Christmas" to me!

Nicolas Lorenzo’s Red Virgin

victoriantailor said...

Sweet post, love the little bag!

Jody and Stan said...

Thanks so much for sharing this inspiring post on Simple & Sweet Fridays.


April Dunlap said...

Oh, so sweet! Your little rocking horse is such a jewel, and you paired him with a perfect Laura Ingalls Wilder quote. I love her writings--the stuff for grownups is as rich as the children's books!
You have me intrigued to stitch up a fun little pocket or two--I have some tween aged boys to do gifts for; it's such a hard age to have a limited amount to spend for!
Blessings in this wonderful season--April

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Ooo! Such lovely reds here! Thanks for posting, Carolyn! sweet little poem, too! ♥

✿Carol✿ said...

I hope you still write poetry Carolynn, because that poem is so charming! And so is that little Christmas pocket. I can picture one of those hanging on every doorknob in the house!
Happy REDnesday,

Tami Von Zalez said...

Lovely blog header.

Visiting from Rednesday. Come and join me in my Countdown to Kitschmas.

Doni said...

Hi Carolynn!
What a simply sweet poem. I'm so glad you shared it on your blog and with us for Pearls and Lace Thursday.
I guess I'm old fashioned. I love the peppermint sticks!!
Have a blessed day,

suzyq said...

Carolyn, thanks so much for stopping by!!! Isn't it fun to start bringing out the Christmas decorations? I adore your header...did you make it? You are very clever if you did!!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carolyn, Oh what a beautiful poem written by you. So talented then and now. I share the same passion to write poetry and have all my life. Now and again I still find one in my head to write. I hope you do as well.
Love your pics and decor vignettes. So inspiring and fun to visit. Love your blog look for Christmas too.
Have a special week.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Elena said...

Such a beautiful post. I loved your poem so much. I agree that the simple things in life are the best!!

WendyBee said...

I love your poem. I am so glad you saved it and shared it. I think I'd like to print it and frame it in pretty colors and fonts, maybe with a little clip art. I will of course put your name on it. Do you mind? I'd like to share it, because I know I will bring smiles.
What a talent you have!

Ann said...

First of all your header is just gorgeous!! The festive pocket is so cute and filled adorable.

Anonymous said...

More lovelies..winter is my favorite time of yr. Looking forward tomthe Christmas songs, decorations, but mostly to celebrating Christ's birth,Joyful Joyful we adore thee!!!!! Suek

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

First off I am in love with your header. It is so darling and festive. Second I just love your photos you do the best job. I wanted to ask you what you use for editing? I have photobucket but it has changed and I cannot find my way out of bag in there any longer.

Claudia said...

Goodness, Carolynn! What a sweet, sweet poem! I love everything in your post, but I have to say that the rocking horse planter is calling my name!

Thanks so much for joining in this week, my friend.


donna said...

What a great post. Your poem is so sweet. Your blog is so uplifting. I just love all your pictures and sweet sentiments.

Micupoftea~ said...

Hello Carolynn~ How wonderful that you still have a poem you wrote in childhood. Your home has so many festive touches. LOVE the sewing machine charm dangling from the door hanger. Have a lovely Sunday, and hope each day of Advent brings you joy.

Yolanda Renee said...

Beautifully captures the spirit of the season!

Love the poem and all the pictures showing your creativity!

Merry Christmas, such a fun blog hop!

Cheryll said...

Your decorations are wonderful! Merry Christmas to you and your family... :)

Sandy said...

What a wonderful post! Do you know that I have that same sweet metal rocking horse planter? I got him years ago at a garage sale, he is one of my favorite decorations! Just love your blog!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Carolynn you've outdone yourself - everything looks so marvelously cheerful. Love the stuffed animals - they do remind me of 'E.T'. I have moved my blog. You can find me at I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

Teresa said...

This is my first time to visit and I must say I am so inspired. I love all your Christmas Decorations, poems and sayings. I truly love the quilt with all the added charms and buttons. It says "LOVE". I must be back to see what 2013 has for us from you. Till then Hello & Happy New Year!