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I'm a wife, mom, grandmother and great grandmother. I try to be creative - sometimes it works, most times it doesn't. I'm my own worst critic! I'm self taught in a lot of my crafts, but have taken quilting classes and most recently a beginner's rug hooking class. I enjoy both crafts tremendously. I'd like to learn to be a better gardener.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Happy Belated Thanksgiving and an early Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

I've been very lax in blogging and as I've read your blogs I just don't know how you fit it all in.  I can't even say I've been so busy because so have all of you!  Anyhoo, I've done some things - sadly no rug hooking yet.  But I wanted to share with you some of the things I've done.  First we painted the hallway and living room of our house about two weeks before Thanksgiving.  I took some before and after pics.  My living room had previously been mostly light houses - well actually all light houses and I decided after viewing a lot your pictures that I liked the primitive/country look so I did not put back all my light houses. 

 Before - light blue

 Another before shot - light blue wall

 Now - a Colonial revival tan (sorry about the clutter around the sewing machine!)

A Christmas ornament I made for my staff - from a pattern idea in Create and Decorate.  In Create and Decorate the designed used buttons to make a hate and lace as the scarf.  I wanted a more rustic look so I did the homespun, no hate, and peppercorns for the eyes and mouth.  Everyone seemed to really like it when I gave it out yesterday.

I took a class at a local quilt shop in Vermilion, OH and made this lovely Santa wreath.  I loved it!  It was sooo easy to make.  I'll be making more for gifts next year!

I still want to take pictures of some of my purchases from earlier this fall, but my craft room is such a mess I'd be too embarassed to take pictures!  LOL!

Next weekend my daughter and her children are coming over so we can bake up a storm.  I need 8 dozen cookies for a cookie exchange at work, she needs cookies for them (there are 7 of them) as well as gifts.  I'll try to take pictures along the way!  I hope I maintain my sanity when it's all said and done!  LOL!  It should be fun.

I hope you're all staying warm and are not too overwhelmed with all that needs accomplished yet for the holidays.

Thanks for stopping by.  Leave a comment/let me know how you're doing!



  1. Hey there Char, you've been busy as usual. The paint job looks nice and fresh. It's a moral booster for sure.

    What a cute santa wreath for your door. It feels very welcoming and festive.
    Wow, that a lot of cookies. Cookie exchanges are a great way to have a variety for Christmas. I hope that you'll find the Russian Tea Cookies easy to make although maybe a bit pricey because of the nuts and butter, but they are so yummy, they melt in your mouth. Have a great week. JB

  2. I love your Christmas wall hanging and the Christmas moon too. Very pretty. I wish I had time to quilt too but I can only do so much. heheh

  3. I'm often too embarrassed by mess to photograph things. Such is the life of a crafter. Thanks for visiting Everyday Ruralty.
    Happy New Year!