Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
This is some fabric that I bought on our trip to Iowa and Missouri. The blue stripe might be vintage, I am not sure - I only have a wee bit of it. But I love all 3 and I love how they go together. I haven't decided how they will be used yet, but I loved to pull them out and think on it... Their colors remind me of the ones in the vintage Christmas balls. I think it is interesting how my color pallet is so consistant across all seasons and holidays.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
To be honest I have been so busy with banner orders and Life in General that I hadn't put much thought into how I was going to set the table until Thanksgiving Day. I settled on using faded red tablecloths as a background because that is what I had the most off. Then I mixed the Tiffany blue and some white with the napkins, candlesticks and some of the china - again, because it's what I had the most of (I was setting 16 places after all!)
I had purchased the orange pumpkin picks at Hobby Lobby (at 80% off,) so I used those as the napkin rings, just twisting the wire pick part around the napkin and tying some fall ribbon over the top. For the centerpiece on the main table I through some styro pumpkins and a bunch of wine corks (that Jemimah had sent me from Germany) onto a tray, then lit the candles on either end and called it DONE! I think it looked lovely despite the lack of planning....
The rest of this post is mostly for Jemimah and Adam and Judea and Frank and Jenni who couldn't be with us yesterday- please excuse the overload of family photo's!!
Notice I didn't get my dad or my MIL or Puddin because they were the busy bees all day, helping with the kids and keeping things refilled and adjusted, and in Puddin's case, dancing around...lol... I guess they never sat still long enough for me to point and click!
Here is the Family Album from Thanksgiving 2007:
This is the Turkey. I mean Turkey Chef, AKA, My Sweet Man.
This is my Father-in-Law Patrick, and my brother Joshua.
This is Joshua's girlfriend Brandi. Must be serious, he never brings a girl home and they stayed the WHOLE time! Shocking!
Somebody - I was never sure who - decided the boys should eat in the living room and the ladies should eat in the dinning room. As much as this looks like some crazy anti-feminist idea, everyone agreed it actually made for some of the best Thanksgiving meal conversation ever - for both tables.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
on yesterdays Home Page of Etsy.com, (to my surprise and glee) was my HoHoHo Banner... (do you see it there, down in the left hand corner?)
and here, both my Merry Christmas and HoHoHo Banners were shown in the Etsy article on Traditional Christmas Decorating!
To say that this was a bright spot in my day would be a huge understatement! After working till 3AM some nights filling orders, it was so exciting to see this... and in the company so many other great items too!
I love how they added the Banner over the window, what a cute idea.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
All the goodies in this post are from Bristol and I love each bit so much - they are full of fun and creative inspiration, but I must confess that I have a favorite:
The best of the best ... A 1956 Here's the Bride Paper Doll Set...
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Yesterday I bought a 4ft lit tinsel tree at Target so that I could have something to photograph the new Holiday Gift Cones on. Miles was very excited to help me set up the first tree of the season. Somewhere along the way, I have turned into one of those people who has a tree in every room. I didn't set out to be this person, but it has happened... So now I will have a Studio Tree too - a lovely vintage looking tinsel tree to display my goodies on and brighten my work days. As I was setting up the tree and taking these pictures, I was thinking of all the things I need to do, want to do, will have to do.., and as usual, I was not quite sure how they were all going to get done. How I would pull it all off this time. Then that great line from You've Got Mail started running through my head... "I'm not sure what to do, but in the mean time...I'm putting up more twinkle lights."
I love that movie. So many great lines. So many things that just say it the way you would want to say it if you could. Oh, to have Nora Ephron writing the script for your life... But thinking of You've Got Mail made me think about how grateful I am for not only More Twinkle Lights (because frankly, how could you not be grateful for those???) But also for my sweet man. My sweet man who got my computer to play DVD's for me so I could watch all my favorite movies while I craft... I am very grateful for Nathan, I really am. Our marriage is not perfect, it is a process, but it is real and honest and full of things that I am truly blessed to have.
Recently during the office/studio shuffle, I came across a poem he wrote for a creative writing class he had a few years ago. The poem is about us. About about his acts of love for me, and I am so grateful for them, even the smallest, simplest act, because when you string them all together, over time, the impact is lovely, and heartwarming and full of hope. Like twinkle lights.
Things That Sustain Her
by Nathaniel Greer
It is not like changing the air filter for the central heat
Or cutting the grass out of a sense of obligation
More like an obsessed greaser polishing his street machine
When I massage her neck until my hands cramp from motion.
Nor like taking out the trash or washing the silverware.
But like a gardener kneeling in moist dirt
Gently nurturing each sweet scented and soft flower
When I switch off the small screen and surrender the night.
Like a voyager out of matches who must regularly nourish
His fire to survive, I am grateful and glad
To take her window gazing at furniture,
Clothes and fixtures I could never afford.
These activities mean no more to me
Than any other time spent together
But yielding the remote or bringing home sweets
Are things that sustain her.
(PS - He got an "A" on this poem, which of course I thought he completely deserved!)
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
But any of you who know me well, or who have read this blog since the beginning, or have read my sweet man's blog post about it, know that about 2 years ago Nathan and I made the hard decision to leave a church that we were very involved in, that we loved completely and that was led by a family member. The decision - even though it was the right one - was not easy, and the journey since has not been easy either. Actually it has been heart breaking at times, and we are always surprised when some remnant of the hurt rises back up and smacks us in the face, even 2 years later. We found our current church almost immediately after leaving our old one, but it has not been a seamless, easy transition. There have been plenty of bumps along the way... Lot's of feeling out of place, frustrated, confused and alone...
I know that some of our issues are because we are so darn opinionated. And I blame that on the fact that Nathan and I are both preachers kids, and because I have been on staff at a church before, and he has been on worship teams and because frankly, I am just wired to see things a little differently than most church goers... I care, really strongly (sometimes too strongly I am sure) about things related to how church gets done. I have seen both the good and the bad and the really ugly when it comes to church, and I know how it can destroy people's faith and hope and unleash oceans of cynicism in their hearts. I know it has at times in mine...
They say that when you move to a new place it takes 2 years to feel at home. I think that applies to moving churches as well. Luckily in the last 9 months or so the tide has begun to turn for us. We have slowly began to find our footing, our voice, our crowd, and our friends at our new church... Nathan has begun to play with the worship team more and more, Wylie has made great friends and now runs around the building like he owns it (which is always a sign that a kid is comfortable at church, and is great to me.) And we are beginning to feel less alone, less confused, a little more at home.
There are still moments, services, statements and conversations that leave me pulling my hair out. Times when I wonder why we have landed there, and what the purpose is... But I now have a place to go with those thoughts, and people who care, like I do and as much as I do, about these sorts of things.
Today something that will seem small happened that really isn't that small to me. I stayed late talking to people after church... I stayed so late, that Nathan was able to load all his gear in the car and wait, hands on hips in the parking lot. Oh, that did my little heart so much good. At our old church that was what a typical Sunday was like, me having to make the rounds, chatting it up with everyone, him anxious to go get lunch, hands on hips, waiting on me...
So I am grateful for the little bit of "normal" that we felt at church this morning- Nathan playing with the band, Wylie running around with his buddies, feeling at home, me talking too long with friends....
Today I am grateful that I can see that maybe it is all going to be OK after all and I won't die of a broken heart.... Just maybe.
(these pics are from our Missouri trip in September...)