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Glass Teardrop Ornaments

November 29th, 2018

Many, many years ago I ordered glass teardrop ornaments from Gardener’s Supply. They quickly became my favorite holiday decoration, simple yet stunning. After falling in love with them, I looked and looked for more, but they were no longer made. Fast forward to this year, I found new ones, though they’re smaller than my original ones, at Terrain.



These little glass raindrops are one of my favorite things to pull out each year. There’s something beautifully simple and natural about a tree with lights and these little sparkling beauties.

Do you have a favorite ornament?

Here Come the Holidays

November 28th, 2018

I don’t decorate for the holidays as much as I used to. We get so much snow that I quit putting the winter container by the front door. We cut a nice little wild tree in the woods, string one strand of large white lights, then add a few glass raindrop ornaments (more of that tomorrow when it’s a bit brighter and I can get photos). Two years ago, when my mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and I was traveling back and forth to Ohio for one week each month, I tackled this embroidered advent pillow.
embroidered advent pillow
embroidered advent pillow
Now it’s one of the things I’m most happy to get out of storage for the season (which happened this weekend). Since I don’t do much else as far as decoration, it has a starring role in our holiday decor, which is just as it should be. My mom was always working on holiday crafts and loved doing handiwork projects. She watched me make this as we sat around her dining room table talking and telling stories. It’s a beautiful piece for more reasons than the needlework, this is a heirloom for me now.

Do you have any sentimental holiday decor?

Homemade Gifts

January 9th, 2018

I’m always making gifts, sometimes they come out of my sewing room, sometimes I crochet them, sometimes they come from my kitchen, other times they’re just creative things I come up with. Most recently, I made a set of spice jars for a good friend. The jars originally came filled with delicious local mustard, I’ve been saving them for a year just for this project. For those of you that love mustard, give Raye’s Mustard a try, I’ve tried most of their flavors and they’re FANTASTIC. Old World Gourmet is the most used variety in my kitchen, but I always have a few others around as well.

The labels were designed on Avery’s website, I printed them here at home, then added a few details with a gold pen. Overall, they turned out beautifully and she LOVED them.

I’ll keep saving jars and keep printing labels. She’s been wanting to organize and beautify her spice cabinet, so I gave her a good start and will continue to add to her collection.

Have you come up with any creative gifts recently?

Friday Favorite: Tree Time

December 1st, 2017

I love having a Christmas tree in the house during December. We typically cut a little pine from our property, it’s never a beautifully pruned tree, but it has quirks, big empty spaces, and lots of character.

Our tree is always cut the first weekend of December, after we have arrived home from our yearly trip to Ohio to celebrate the holidays with family.

I’ll drape it with a few strands of white lights and some etched glass bulbs. Simple, and it doesn’t take forever to set up and take down. This year, I’d like to make some pine garland to hang around the front door. There’s no outlet, or I’d decorate it with white lights as well.

One thing I do miss about our Ohio house is the yards of pine garland and white lights adorning the outside of the house during the winter.

Luckily, I can string lights in the old apple tree, those are actually left on all year long. White lights really help brighten up these dark winter nights, they are probably one of my all time favorite things.

When do you set up your Christmas tree? Or do you decorate in other ways?

Happy Thanksgiving

November 23rd, 2017

Wishing you all the happiest of Thanksgiving weekends. Most of us eat a few dinners and celebrate with multiple groups. I hope every one of your gatherings is filled with thankfulness and gratitude.

We did not eat one of our birds, we enjoyed a delicious smoked turkey from a local farm. We have all the normal side dishes, stuffing is my all-time favorite. There’s just something about sage, celery, onions, butter, and toasty bread. I really should make it more throughout the year.

What’s your favorite item on the menu at Thanksgiving?

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