Many of you are posting photos of your beautiful finishes for the Year 2011 or your plans for the coming year. I look back and think, not a lot of stitching took place. Yet, with all it's challenges, the year was indeed one to hold dear. One has only to review their blog to see all the "joys" life gives. Spending time with family and friends are the true "jewel" in each of our lives. I've never made New Year's Resolutions, however in 2012, I am going to wish for more patience.
Whatever you wish for, may you know Peace, Love & Joy!
From A Schoolgirl's Work was a fun little stitch. One would think it could be finished in time for Christmas...one would think, but not so. Not a lot of stitching, or should I say finishes recently, but I'm hoping she still wants it anyway.
Of you have been posting photos of your Christmas decorations, some even rethinking this year's decorating. Few changes take place here, which may seem boring, but I think of it as tradition. Every year when I begin to decorate fond memories come to mind as I place each ornament, Santa and treasure in it's usual place.
Yet simple as it may be, I did rearrange the deer tray and...
The Santas came down from the mantle...
Allowing one of my favorite samplers to shine without the clutter. What changes did you make this year?
On "First Saturday", no less. The "jewel" had the idea to visit historic hotels around the City to view Christmas decorations. Having been in the hotel industry in another life, sounded like a great idea. More gawking than picture taking on my part...lights and photos are not my thing.
The Hotel Phillips still holds fond memories for me. So glad it was renovated and is now on the National Registry of Historic Places. As is theAladdin. The art deco decor in the lobby was of more interest than the tree.
No pictures of theHotel Savoy building...you wouldn't believe them! Not only is the china the same, so was the very old and worn pink, yes pink, flowered wallpaper. Supposedly this Hotel has ghosts, a couple very well may belong to me.
The President Hotel was filled with beautiful decorations and a favorite! The Windows on Main, decorated to raise money for various organizations, were a slight disappointment...tiredness and the cold were setting in. Perfect window display for a jewelry store. Beautiful jewelry and nice glass of champagne. And the day ends...at the Brick with a new brew. Does your city have sites you visit at Christmas?
Is upon us and I'm having fun. Fun doing a lot for "joy" that is...like a staycation. Oh yes, the tree and house are decorated, but I'm told I should be shopping. I'm just not a shopper and since there hasn't been a road trip for a good long while, time spent playing in our hometown seemed in order.
Visit toIrma Starr's studio with an addition to the red ware collection.
Of course, First Friday shopping in the west bottoms. Why is it I'm drawn to disco balls and teasel? The upside down tomato cages are just a fun way to hold greenery. There was much more packed into twenty four hours, but you tell me...
That Thanksgiving has come and gone and the flurry of the Christmas holiday begins. Yet before turkey, we had a birthday dinner party two days before. At the request of the birthday boy, we had cheese cake. No surprise, since it's been that way for at least the past twenty years! Tradition, one would say. However, this year was almost disastrous. I cannot remember ever having a failed cheese cake, not so this birthday. After many tears and a trip to the grocery store, another one was baked and it was delicious! A sweet little tradition was started with the scrabble pieces. Every one took turns thinking of words with the Happy Birthday letters. Oh my, the words and fun. Thanksgiving was wonderful...easy for me to say, I just fixed a cranberry salad and spent the day with a nice glass of wine or two. Lucky me. Yes, lucky me...the teen grandgirl spent the night and helped set up the tree. Another tradition that is so loved! I hope to concentrate on the "Traditions" rather than the "so much to do" this year. Thank you to those of you that drop by and leave a comment....they're always appreciated. Now I have two questions for you...
What are your Holiday Traditions and are you addicted to Pinterest too? Gosh, could I call that a Tradition?
Is now among us. Where did the years go? Something about that number, 13, is mind boggling. One could write a book on each and every year. Only a teenager could sit like this! One thing for certain...she has a happy heart and still "dances in the moonlight"...full moon on your 13th...some type of sign?
Are always fun and filled with new adventure. There are so many places to visit in and around the Kansas City area, one of them being the Kansas City Garment District Museum. Although there were many lovely garments on display, the hand made hats drew me in. When was the last time you wore a hat? Was your favorite adorned with plastic fruit?
A favorite brooch?
Or jewels of the heart? After the tour, a little antiquing in the west bottoms, dinner at Manny's, a stroll through a couple of art galleries, with an ending of Christopher Elbow chocolates. Port Wine Fig and Venezuelan Spice, chosen strictly by appearance, proved to sweet choices. Can the rest of the weekend be sweeter?
They say as we pull off the road near the woods. "Picking up hedge balls, you know those green balls some call hedge apples." "What do you do with them?", they say in unison. "Decorate around the garden, of course!" It didn't take long to get into the art of gathering hedge apples. She did help, although her heart wasn't really in it. And she will become the sidekick when gathering goodies from the woods. After all, it won't be long to search for red berries and pine cones. "You mean we can do this again?", she says with a smile.
Sun, sand, stitching, family and friends---memories. Now that fall truly is in the air, only the sweet memories of summer remain. Had it not been for Anna hosting a challenge, this little project would have been just an unstitched memory of a project seen on a blog some where.
A summer overnight with the oldest grandgirl leaving behind a note tucked under my bed pillow. Can a memory be any sweeter?
At Hallmarket: A Hallmark Artist Art Fair. About 100 employees/artists showcased work done on their own and not through the company. Amazing art in various mediums, however, I was drawn to leather. The sweet journal was made by a young lady who sold everything she brought. I wish I had taken a picture of all her varied pieces...they were all wonderful. And the cuff, made from a belt, caught my eye first thing. I'm not sure why I didn't buy it right away. So happy it was there when I returned. The artist said it was one of his favorites and glad to see me wearing it home. What this gal did with bottles and odds and ends, words cannot describe.
It was a wonderful way to bring in the month of October. Great weather, art, food and friend. Next year more photos, artists names and more cash!
It's Fall. Even though the calendar doesn't say Fall, I do! We are having temperatures in the 70's and it just feels like a new season. The decorating has begun...remember my "deer tray" from Christmas...well, now it's Fall. I love it!! And I love decorating through out the house--this must be my favorite time of the year.
And anything that has the word Pumpkin on it, has to be good...right!? What says Fall to you?