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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Wintry Blue


Blessings....to 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!
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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!
 
Blessings,
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
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Beyond the Picket Fence
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Little Red House
www.dearlittleredhouse.blogspot.com
The Dedicated House
www.thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com
Boogie Board Cottage
www.boogieboardcottage.blogspot.com
Cozy Little House
www.cozylittlehouse.com
Coastal Charm
www.linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com
Knick of Time
www.knickoftimeinteriors.blogspot.com
Rose Chintz Cottage
www.rosechintzcottage.blogspot.com
Cedar Hill Ranch
www.cedarhillranch.blogspot.com
 A Delightsome Life
www.blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com
Lavender Garden Cottage
www.lavendergardencottage.blogspot.com
Sue Loves Cherries
www.suelovescherries.blogspot.com
Timewashed
www.timewashed.com
Vintage On A Dime
www.vintageonadime.blogspot.com
Have A Daily Cup of Mrs Olson
www.jannolson.blogspot.com
Brambleberry Cottage
www.thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com
At the Picket Fence
www.atthepicketfence.com
Common Ground
www.commonground-do.com
French Country Cottage
www.frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com
Mockingbird Hill Cottage
www.mockingbirdhillcottage.com

 
                                        

Monday, November 19, 2012

Family

Gratitude is the most accurate word to describe my feelings this Thanksgiving.  I am so aware of the families that have lost everything in Hurricane Sandy. My heart and prayers go out to them.  I'm very thankful for my faith, my family and friends, a roof over my head and a warm bed to sleep in. I don't ever want to take them for granted.

Happy Thanksgiving from my home to yours!
This little family is one of My Favorite Things!
They were lovingly crafted for me
 25 years ago
 by my secret pal, Lometa Green.
I love displaying them every Thanksgiving.
"Family" 
My sisters and brother...and, me.
(left to right)
Marsha, James, Sharilynn, Carolynn, Marilynn, Patricia
1959


If you look closely at the framed picture you will see our sweet Tabby "Nicolas". He lived to be a few months shy of 20 years old.
This is my favorite photo of him. I love this photo.
 I layed my Bible down to answer the phone and when I returned he was sound asleep...resting sweetly on God's Holy Word. 
"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it
 is like wrapping a present and not giving it."
William Arthur Ward

Thank you, my dear friends for visiting.
It has been such a joy getting to know so many of you
through the wonderful world of blogging.

I pray that each one of you
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Blessings,
Carolynn  xoxo

Linking To
Beyond The Picket Fence
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Little Red House
www.dearlittleredhouse.blogspot.com
The Dedicated House
www.thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com
BoogieBoard Cottage
www.boogieboardcottage.blogspot.com
Etsy Cottage Style
www.etsycottagestyle.blogspot.com
Rose Chintz Cottage
www.sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com
Cedar Hill Ranch
www.cedarhillranch.blogspot.com
Cozy Little House
www.cozylittlehouse.com
Coastal Charm
www.linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com
Lavender Garden Cottage
www.lavendergardencottage.blogspot.com
Sue Loves Cherries
www.suelovescherries.blogspot.com
Have A Daily Cup of Mrs Olson
www.haveadailycupofmrsolson.blogspot.com
Time Washed
www.timewashed.com
Vintage On A Dime
www.vintageonadime.blogspot.com
A Delightsome Life
www.blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com
The Brambleberry Cottage
www.thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com
Rooted In thyme
www.rootedinthyme.blogspot.com
Common Ground
www.commonground-do.com
Dandelion House
www.deborahjeansdandelionhouse.blogspot.com
Charm of Home
www.charmofhome.blogspot.com
Mockingbird Hill Cottage
www.mockingbirdhillcottage.com
Sunny Simple Life
www.sunnysimplelife.blogspot.com

 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Night Owl

Hello there...It's the middle of the night as I am writing this. 
     Ever have one of those nights when your creative juices are flowing and you can't settle down and fall asleep? As the holidays approach I find that I am filled with so many new ideas for sewing, decorating and gift giving. 
I'm glad it's Veteran's Day. I will be able to sleep in.


"Night time is really the best time to work.
       All the ideas are there to be yours...
            because everyone else is asleep."
                           Catherine O'Hara

My husband's Grandmother hand carved this darling wide eyed owl.
When she was a young girl in Pleasant Hill, Tennessee, the children
were taught to handcarve at school.
My...How times have changed!

God's  Love  Forever  Shines


Beautifully handcarved by my husband's grandmother,
Annie Grant Keeling
1908-1982
  
There's nothing better at 2 am than an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie and a hot cuppa tea!
I designed this "Candy Corn" little quilt.
The buttons are made from Fimo clay. 
The quilting method I used is called
Foundation Piecing.
 

I captured this colorful display while driving home the other day.
Sadly, the leaves are all down after the strong winds we had last week.
I awakened to snow this morning.














Thank you for keeping me company...


my wonderful blogging pals.


I'm finally getting sleepy!

I hope you have a great day.
Be sure and thank a Veteran for his or her dedicated service to our nation.














God Bless You


and
May God continue to Bless America!

Carolynn  xoxo

"Give thanks to the Lord,
for He is good."
Psalm 106:1


Linking To
Little Red House
The Dedicated House
Boogie Board Cottage
Etsy Cottage Style 
Rose Chintz Cottage
Cedar Hill Ranch
Cozy Little House
Coastal Charm
Kathe With An E
Lavender Garden Cottage
Sue Loves Cherries
Have A Daily Cup of Mrs Olson
Time Washed
Vintage On A Dime
A Delightsome Life
The Brambleberry Cottage
Rooted In Thyme
Common Ground
Dandelion House
Charm of Home
Mockingbird Hill Cottage
Sunny Simple Life

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Happy Harvest

Welcome to My November Nest...
I'm so thankful for my blogging friends...
Each one of you!  
 
Happy Harvest from my home to yours.
 Isn't the sweet little wool felt quilt simply wonderful?
 It arrived in the my mailbox from my darling adopted daughter, Paula,
"Victoria Rose Primitives".
  She lovingly designed and handstitched it for me.
 Doesn't it look perfect with all the Autumn touches surrounding it?
Thank you, sweet Paula!
  
"These are a few of my favorite things..."
 
My dear Mother gave me this little dutch girl.
Mom turned 90 this year.
Her Father gave her this pretty porcelain
figurine when she was a young girl back in the 1930s.
 
 
When Summer ended I removed all my red accent pieces
and began adding orange touches for the Fall.
I love changing seasons with a new "Tweak" of color.
Easy Peasy! 
 
 
My sister, Rebecca, gave me this tiny tureen several years ago.
She knows how much I love blueware.
Thank you, Becca!
 
 
   
A beribboned wreath rests on a drawer pull.
I like the bright orange splash of Fall color
and anything plaid!

 
In Finland bringing a neighbor salt and bread as a gift
signifies ones offering of lasting friendship.
 
 
Thank you for your genuine offerings of friendship
 through your visits and encouraging words.
 
Blessings,
Carolynn xoxo


"The Lord bless you
 and keep you,
the Lord make His face to shine on you
and be gracious to you,
the Lord lift up His face toward you
 and give you peace."
Numbers 6:23-27
 
 I was featured
Rose Chintz Cottage
Thank you, Sandi!
 
I was featured
Rooted in Thyme
Thank you, Jody!
 
  
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Mockingbird Hill Cottage
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The Little Red House
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Kathe With An E
Cozy Little House
Just In The Knick of Time
Coastal Charm
Lavender Garden Cottage
Time Washed
Sue Loves Cherries
Welcome Home Wednesday
A Delightsome Life
Brambleberry Cottage
Common Ground
French Country Cottage
Romantic Home
Deborah Jeans Dandelion Cottage