|The quilt is a guild retreat mystery from 2006. Love how the blocks poke into the border, and that there are 3 layers of stars.|
I pinned this to my Pinterest page for house decorating ideas probably 2 years ago. I decided to try to recreate it. I'm pretty pleased with the result! Dollar Store fake twigs (which, by the way, I discovered on my walk with Rocco the other day, are exactly what Burning Bushes look like right now!), Dollar Store craft paint, wine bottles (the most enjoyable part of the process, ha) and some gold ribbon.
|From left to right: first coat of paint to cover, the second sponge-blobbed on (technical term right), still wet, the third end dried product.|
I made my own stencils, just printed out a J and a Y from an Old English-style font, and cut it out with an Exacto-knife. For the snowflake, I made a beautiful one out of paper and then realized I needed it in stencil form, like the reverse image.....nvm I know what I mean! So using a pencil, I drew the outline of a simple snowflake very lightly, and then, holding my breath, trying to be steady, I went over it with red paint and a very fine paintbrush.
|Front foyer at night. Dayna gave us some of her decorations she didn't use this year. The vast majority of my stuff is in Florida.|
|Did a decorative stitch and other top-stitching in Sulky metallic on the towel. Red Isacord on the tea towel, which hasn't been washed yet, as you can see.|
|On the Greenway in Kingsville, Dec. 19. The "snow shower" lasted half a day with the temperature hovering around freezing.|
|December 12, dogs and MacGyver catching some rays--I even had an Osteospermum blooming still at that point in the pot you see by the patio door|
I won't be posting again until, well, not sure exactly when. On Christmas Day evening, we are FaceTiming with Brianne and Brady, and that is when we are going to tell Brady that he is coming here for 8 days!!!! This is the conversation I'm imagining:
Me: Oh Brady, I so wish you could come to Nana and Grandpa's house for Christmas...We miss you so much.
Brady: Yeah, me too, Nana. I wish I could dive through my iPad and land in your house. (he will probably mime diving through his iPad, as he has done in the past on more than one occasion)
Me: Wouldn't it be cool if you could hop on a plane tomorrow morning and fly here?
Brady: Uh huh...I would like that very much.
Me: Well, Nana and Grandpa have done that! You and your mummy are going to get on a plane at the airport tomorrow morning and fly here!! For 8 whole days!!
Brady: HUH?!! Really??
Then we all will be laughing and cheering and jumping around...well not MacGyver, man of restrained emotions...but Dayna and her boyfriend will be here when we FaceTime and Brianne and MacGyver and I have been DYING with excitement to tell Brady for a couple of months now, almost spilling the beans on several occasions...it's going to be an awesome Christmas!
I've been meaning to get a photo of this little sticker in the yoga studio bathroom, but I don't usually have my phone on me. I did the other day. It is very appropriate at this busy, busy, often-stressful season:
Merry Christmas everyone, and remember to be kind to yourself as well. :-)