I have decided to post tonight although my heart and mind have been wrapped around the families and children in Connecticut. It's hard to pretend things are normal when they are not normal at all. I just put my Christmas decorations up yesterday. I almost didn't. But because I use a lot of soft lights inside our living room, I decided to put the decorations up and have the lights be symbols of love and hope for the children who are no longer with us, the children who have suffered so much trauma, the adults who left loving families and children behind and the grieving hearts of so many especially the parents. My heart weeps.
I dedicate my Christmas blog to the Light of the World in whom we put so much trust - may our prayers be heard and solace be given to those who are in pain. Peace and Grace my friends.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Did you know that the Poinsettia plant originated in Mexico? It is the most popular Christmas plant used in our homes today.
These are library cards that I bought at the Funky Junkie Boutique. Linda is closed right now but she will reopen January 20th. The flowers were made using a clear plastic sheet that Linda carries in her store - I think it is by Wendy Vecchi - Art Parts. Thanks Linda for teaching me how to do these flowers! I am sorry I forgot to take a picture of the card itself. It pulls out of the sleeve where you can leave your message.
Please visit my friends below and don't forget, if you comment on each and every blog you might win a really nice prize. Not to mention we all appreciate you comments!
Also, remember all the people who are still trying to recover from hurricane Sandy, the flooding in England and now in Northern California. The world does seem topsy-turvy right now and it is hard to get my head around the festivities of Christmas when there are so many people in need. Along with the gorgeous Christmas music I love, I hear the Salvation Army bells ringing loud and clear reminding me of what the true gift of Christmas is all about. My heart weeps for the war torn areas of the world and I pray for peace. I do hope you and your families are well and will carry the gift of love in your hearts all year long.
Thanks to all my followers old and new and thank you so much for taking the time to leave such lovely comments. Peace and Grace -
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Sweet Lori asked me to join her and some of her friends for the second annual Visions of Sugarplums event. Well of course I answered yes with a big smile on my face. Now this is fun!!
As I reflect back on my life, I see how many traditions have changed especially now that all the kids are grown and have moved to far away places. But one tradition that still remains the same, is hanging a Christmas wreath on the front door. The wreath represents the unending circle of life and love and is a sign of welcome, inviting all to enter.
One of my favorite treats to offer guests are roasted pecans. Melt one stick of butter and blend in one teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce , one teaspoon soy sauce and a fourth of a teaspoon of garlic powder. Mix well and then combine with four to six cups of pecan halves. Put in a shallow pan and bake at 225 degrees for 45 minutes or until toasty brown. Shake pan every fifteen minutes. Marvelous with drinks!
My Christmas wreath card invites you to enter the following blogs.
So Santa tells me that if you leave a comment on each and everyone of our blogs today - you are eligible to win a prize. And then - Lori will announce Monday's winner Tuesday on her blog. I can't wait to visit all the blogs. You never can tell what tip or trick you have been waiting for all your life!! Enjoy this fun week. I know I will!!
Thanks for all your comments!! Sandy Claus