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Thursday, December 27, 2012


        "When It Snows...
              The Earth Whispers."
I love collecting snowmen!
My dear friend and college roomate, Judy, made this darling quartet of snowmen for me several years ago.
I enjoy displaying it every winter.
I added a few extra soft flannel snowmen that I made.
The musically gifted snowman was a delightful Craft Faire purchase.
From My Home To Yours.....
"Snowmen fall from heaven...
"Kindness is like snow...
It beautifies everything it covers."
"When it snows you have two choices:
Shovel or make snow angels."

Did You Know?
***All snowflakes have six sides.
***The largest snowflakes ever recorded fell in the state of Montana.
 The snowflakes were 15 inches in diameter.
***The snow capital of the USA is Stampede Pass in Washington State.
 Each year the average snow fall is 430 inches.
***The average snowflake falls at a speed of 3.1 mph.
***Billions of snowflakes fall in one short snowstorm.
***Eskimos have 52 words for snow.

Thank you for your visits and kind comments this past year.
I am grateful for your each one of you.
You have blessed me immeasurably!

Carolynn  xoxo

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give to you.
 Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid."
John 14:27

I'm linking to all my favorite blog parties and giveaways this week.
I invite you to stop by my sidebar and link with these lovely blogs.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

"For unto us a child is born,
for unto us a Son is given.
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name shall be called Wonderful,
Counselor, Almighty God, Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6-7
Heart felt wishes to all my blogging friends and family!
Please take a moment to enjoy this Ode To Joy!

"Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee"
 God of Glory, Lord of love;
 Hearts unfold like flow'rs before thee,
 Op'ning to the sun above.
 Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
 Drive the dark of doubt away;
 Giver of immortal gladness,
 Fill us with the light of day!

All Thy works with joy surround Thee,
 Earth and heav'n reflect Thy rays,
 Stars and angels sing around Thee,
 Center of unbroken praise.
 Field and forest,
 vale and mountain.
 Flow'ry meadow,
 flashing sea,
 Singing bird and flowing fountain
 Call us to rejoice in Thee.

Thou are giving and forgiving,
 Ever blessing, ever blest,
 Wellspring of the joy of living,
 Ocean depth of happy rest!
 Thou our Father,
 Christ our Brother,
 All who live in love
 are Thine;
 Teach us how to love each other,
 Lift us to the joy divine.

Mortals, join the happy chorus,
Which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning o'er us,
Brother love binds man to man.
Ever singing, march we onward,
victors in the midst of strife,
Joyful music leads us Sunward
In the triumph song of life.
      Henry J. Van Dyke 1907

Have a wonderful Christmas celebration!
Carolynn   xoxo 

 In the coming week I will be linking with several of my favorite blogs.
 Many of them host weekly parties.  I'd love for you to stop by my sidebar to link up with them and say hi! 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Let It Snow!

Greetings on this WINTRY WHITE DAY!
The snow is falling gently on this December morning.
    This Christmas I pray each one of you are blessed to spend time with family and friends to celebrate the season.
     Christmas services...
          Exchanging gifts...
            Dining together...
               Helping the needy...
          Celebrating Jesus birth.
Several years ago I made this little Christmas quilt. I added hand embroidered touches, buttons, tiny charms, soft flannel, festive homespun prints and a cheerful Christmas theme.  
"Every time a bell rings an angel gets it's wings..."
from "It's A Wonderful Life"
One of my favorite Christmas movies

"Mother in the kitchen now
baking pies and cakes,
cookies, candies, goodies, too.
That only Mother makes."

Can you smell the sweet aroma from Mother's pies and cakes?
I enjoyed hand embroidering the steam escaping from each pie!

I love embroidering french knots! They make the prettiest snowflakes.

Baby.....It's cold outside!
The winter weather has arrived in style.
We have a beautiful coat of white puffy snow
blanketing the landscape.
It's definitely mitten weather!

"Over the hill and through the woods...
to Grandmother's house we go..."

Having a little fun with picmonkey...
Would you believe it's snowing inside???
Merry Christmas!
This year my husband is home.
I am so grateful and never take it for granted.
I recall the year that he was deployed overseas.
Please remember those who are serving away from home
this Christmas.
May God bless them and their families.
Carolynn   xoxo
"Joy to the world
the Lord has come...
Let earth receive her King!"

This Christmas I know many of you will be remembering the families who have suffered
tremendous loss. May God give them comfort.

I'm linking to all my favorite blog parties and giveaways for this coming week.
I hope you will stop by and visit with each lovely blog.

Thank you, Meri, for sharing so many of your sweet vintage images.
They all speak of a simpler time. 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Take Time

Please take time to pray for the families who have lost their precious loved ones this past week.

Carolynn  xoxo

"May the peace that passeth all understand guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:6-7

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Homespun Christmas

Greetings to all my wonderful blogging friends and family!
     I've been having so much fun adding festive Christmas touches to my home.
          I hope you'll come join me in the celebration!

Sleigh bells ring....
Are you listening?

Each Christmas my little red sleigh sits happily in my kitchen.
 I love adding homespun items in hopes of filling it to the brim.
Small pillows,
 quilted stuffies,
 wooden toys,
 patriotic touches,
 pretty red and green ribbons
 and a chubby quilted Santa...
They all make the season so bright and colorful.

"Gather Round the Christmas Tree"
Do you see my shy little kitty, Abigail?
She waited to come down and investigate until after I had left the room.
When I decorate, my kitty, Zoey is always right in the middle of things.
She gets so excited with all the activity and always finds a spot to claim as her very own. 
I love Teddy Bears!
Over the years my family and friends have given me each one of these little darlings.
Can you tell I love all things patriotic?
I was a Navy wife for many years and always find myself favoring the colors red, white and blue.  

My mischievous Zoey is always looking for places to hide.
When I discovered her she startled me!
This adorable scene reminds me of one from the movie "E.T."
"E.T......Phone Home!"
Thank you for stopping by and sharing this wonderful season with me.
Around the world people are celebrating this glorious time of year.
I pray that you have a blessed Christmas as you celebrate
The Birthday of a King
Blessings and A Merry Christmas!
Carolynn  xoxo
"Behold, the virgin shall be with child,
and bear a Son, and
they shall call His name
which is translated
God with us."
Matthew 1:23
 Oh, My Goodness! Have you seen Meri's giveaway? It's absolutely wonderful.
If you would like to be included in her drawing you will want to pop in
and say hello!
I'm linking to all my favorite blog parties and giveaways this coming week.
I hope you will stop by my side bar and visit with each lovely blog.

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.