Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!!

Hello Everyone! Merry Christmas! I wanted to share with you some pictures taken of my home in East Tennessee and the wonderful Live Nativity the church presented at our barn! The shepherd with the donkey is my grandson who is here from Ft. Knox!

It has been a season of trials but even more blessings for my family! We got to share some awesome family time together! Movies, dinners, Nativity, laughs, cries and so much more! And, we even have our first white Christmas in many many years! Just beautiful!

Hope each of you is having a joyful holiday! Celebrating the birth of Jesus makes every day joyful for me! I hope, too, that the New Year brings Bountiful Blessings to you!

Love and blessings,

Thursday, December 16, 2010

White Christmas....Maybe?

Hello Friends!

I wanted to share some pics of our first snowfall with you. It is so beautiful! I just feel bad for those who have to get out in it! The first pic is my view from my kitchen window. The horses don't seem to mind the snow as long as they get some extra hay and corn! You can see that the right side of the barn faces the road. Our church will be presenting a Live Nativity there on the 19th. Viewers don't even have to leave their cars! Now we are just hoping the weather will cooperate so folks can be safe driving the road!

The next pics are the views from my front porch. Amazing how a little snow can make things look so peaceful! We have three creeks on the property and they merge in my front yard. It's beautiful when it snows but a little scary when the heavy rains come! The little metal house you see on the right is a canning house that my grandfather built so they would not have to heat up the house kitchen so much! The wooden building by my mailbox is the wood shed. No, I never had to make a trip there for a good "whoopin" but I carried many a piece of wood to and from there! The little bit of a building you see on the left of that pic is the general store my family had here for years. My Mom has most of the display pieces from the store in her house now, but there is still a HUGE safe and several other things in there. The store was closed by the time I was born, but you can imagine the stories we have heard that came from the front porch of that building!!

The last pic is where the road curves around my house. This was just a dirt road made from a wagon trail until the 70's. I had so much fun racing down the hill on a homemade cart! Stopping was the hard part! Now the dogs wonder why all this traffic keeps coming through their yard! The little bridge is one lane still and one of the few left in the county. Many a traveler has misjudged their speed around that curve and they got to see the creek "up close and personal" with their cars! Those who think the country is a quiet little place with nothing happening have never been here!

We are now covered in ice! Hopefully, it will all thaw soon so I can get to the church to decorate for our "Keenagers" (Seniors) party on Saturday!

Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me share a bit of home with you! I love this place and feel so blessed to enjoy it every day! Come back when you can and feel free to leave a comment anytime! Hope you all have a Blessed Christmas or a Blessed Holiday to those who observe other special days! We'll be looking forward to your next visit!

Blessings to all,

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Anniversary Wishes

Hello Everyone!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! I had a fantastic time with family in Kentucky! Even Missy enjoyed herself and was exceptionally good with the traveling! The rest of the herd stayed home and was attended by an awesome neighbor! Thanks again, Janice!

Today's card was designed for an anniversary. I started with some DCWV cardstock for the base. I used a Fiskars border punch around the edges. Next I stamped a French script background on vellum with Versamark and embossed that with white powder. I cut the sentiment square with scallop scissors and stamped the sentiment with Versamark and embossed with copper powder. The leaf images were stamped and embossed the same way. I took some pewter photo corners, pressed them into the Versamark pad and embossed them with the copper powder also. I finished the card with green satin ribbon and a little bling accent on the knot. The inside of the card was completed with computer generated sentiments on white cardstock layers edged in green. I really liked the look of this card! It was made for an elderly couple and the vintage feel seemed just right! Hope you like it!

Thanks so much for visiting today! Hope you enjoyed your visit and maybe felt a little inspiration! So many of you inspire me with your amazing talents! Please come back soon!

Blessings to you,