Nov 30, 2016

{It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year}

Thanksgiving has come and gone and now it's time to crank up the Christmas festivities! 


I know that our Lord did not ask me for my opinion about the holidays but I really wish we had a little more time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It just seems that gobble, gobble, gobble turns into ho, ho, ho too quick. 

Speaking of Thanksgiving I do hope that you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Our family surely did. We had lots of people, lots of food and lots of laughter.

And just so you know....our babies are never too old to sit in your lap!  

Despite the busyness of the holidays I did manage to stop at a yard sale and so glad that I did....

As soon as I spotted this plate I knew I needed wanted it. 

She had four of these darling Johnson Brothers plates and a bowl.


And I grabbed the 4 plates with matching bowl for $10. If you are familiar with Johnson Brothers then you know I got a deal. 

Grabbed this cutie too. She meshes in quite well with my blue and white dishes on my baker's rack.


But now it's onto Christmas.  

I love hearing how others celebrate holidays and all the other good stuff that goes along with the Christmas season.

Share me with if you would....

1: Live or artificial Christmas tree for you?
2: Traditional Christmas colors or more modern?
3: What is one thing that you truly enjoy doing for yourself over the holiday season?

Well the one thing I enjoyed just yesterday was enjoying a cuppa tea in my beautiful tea cup from Celestina on a beautiful tray gifted by a friend with a few peanut butter cookies!

Matter of fact I wish I had a cookie now! 

For years we would take our girls to the Christmas Tree Farm and cut down a live tree. We would ride in the back of of trailer sipping on hot chocolate while other years we just simply walked around the farm trying to pick out that perfect tree. But with my girls being grown and gone (well they are right down the road from me....) we no longer do a live tree and haven't in years. 

Answer to my 2nd question...I am your traditional Christmas decor girl. Nothing against modern at all but for me...I love the red, greens, golds and silver. I actually have a friend that decorates with pink and silver and I am here to tell you that it's simply beautiful! I may need to do a pink and silver little tiny tree....shh...don't tell my husband though! LOL! 

And the one thing that I love doing (besides watching Hallmark movies) is sitting in my living room with a cup of coffee, all of my Christmas decor burning brightly, in total quietness. No music, no television, just lights and coffee. That may sound boring to some...for me...REFLECTION
 
With the Christmas season approaching us may we remember to 
"Not get so caught up in all the 'hoopdala' that we forget the reason we celebrate".

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Hugs and blessings, Cindy

 

Nov 15, 2016

{Pancakes and Pajama Party and a Little more Fall}

My granddaughter Mallory will be celebrating her 9th birthday on November 23rd but we celebrated her special day with a Pancake and Pajama party over the weekend. 





My daughter Melissa had a sweet lady make her the cutest cookies ever. Pj's and pancake cookies! The kids loved them. (And some of of us older kids did too!) 

My niece Stephanie made her cute cake!  



The kids had a great variety of breakfast goodies. Pancakes, Sausage, Cereal, Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, three different kinds of Donuts, Cake, Cookies, Milk and Orange Juice. Us big kids had COFFEE!   


Of course everyone came in their PJ's in which I loved!!!

 And Nana just had to be a little different with a bow in her hair....(that silly Nana)


 Here's a few collages of our Pancake and PJ party.






Mallory's Nana and her Grammy enjoyed every minute of this sweet girl's special day!
 


I shared a little Fall in my kitchen last week so this week I'd like to share just a little more Fall to finish out the season. 
If you missed last week's post you can see it here... http://creationsbycindyphotography.blogspot.com/2016/11/fall-tablescape.html

 




I can't believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner can you? I surely do know that our Lord knew what He was doing but if I could have had any input I think I would have told Him to maybe spread out Thanksgiving and Christmas just a tad! LOL! 

I am looking forward to our Thanksgiving with our family. It just seems that it's that time of the year when no one expects anything from you and no one is in a hurry. Time is taken to stop and reflect on the many blessings that we have in our life and fellowship seems to be more important than the turkey and pumpkin pie. As the holiday is approaching fast I am all the more prayerful and mindful of those around me that are less fortunate. Sometimes others truly do need our help and oftentimes it's more of just being willing to simply encourage another person or family. My challenge to you all over this Thanksgiving season is to truly count your blessings....and then GO and be a BLESSING to someone else. 
 

I will be making my rounds to visit with you all over the next few days because #1, I am nosy and I want to see what you all are up too (LOL)  and #2, I love visiting with you all. So many talented blogger's that displays so much creativity, talent, gifts and love to others! I will take a bloggy break for a few weeks. As of this Thursday I will be off of work until the end of November! Of course my list is full of things to do. Deer hunting, Thanksgiving prep, Christmas shopping (which I am almost through) but plan to do some wrapping, baking, family, grands, friends and well I am never BORED I can assure you. I hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and remember, 
Psalm 100:4  Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

Happy Thanksgiving!  

Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Nov 8, 2016

{Fall Tablescape}

Oh I do love the colors of Fall.


My beautiful glass pumpkin took center stage on my dining table. 


I've had my gold wired box for years and decided my glass pumpkin would fit nicely in it. I made a little Fall spray to fit on the top and flow down the side. Added a small pumpkin with some ribbon and I am pleased.

 The napkins I made a couple of years ago along with a runner to match but decided not to use the runner this year. Instead I had bought some curtains from a yard sale last year and decided to cut one of the curtains and make a runner to match. The gold flat wear was gifted to me by my long time, life time friend Janice.


 I added some flowers to the tops of my little pumpkins and placed one on each plate. I love my new chargers this year. 



 You just can't beat goblets in any color can you?


 Purchased two new candles along with the candle holders this year and they added to my table nicely.



 The cute salt and pepper shakers I found at Ross.


 Yep, I love my Fall tablescape.



 An old wooden cake stand I found many years ago at a yard sale was perfect to hold my coffee condiments and teas.

I found some new teas this year too. Thanksgiving, pumpkin, apple and well...I've tried them all already and oh so good!

  I'm ready for a another cup of coffee matter of fact.

A little corner in my kitchen needed a little Fall going on. I've had the plate and pumpkin for years but found the cute acorn tea pot last year at a Thrift store. I just love it!


Pumpkin canister holds my favorite kitchen utensils.


And of course I needed something Fallish to store sweet cakes, cookies and candy for my grandbabies. I have this gorgeous set of canisters that I had bought for my motherinlove years ago. When she went home to be with the Lord they came back to me. I love them. 




Old Henry here has been with me for years. Henry has been everywhere in my house that you can imagine and on my front porch at times.  When you plug him in he lights up and glows. My grandbabies love him.

 The orange vase belonged to my grandmother and it is brought out each year for Fall.

Henry decided he wanted to be next to granny's vase this year so now he's in my kitchen. 

 This stand has been used for everything you can imagine. It sits in my kitchen now and speaks of Fall. Of course I just to add my wire tea pot this year.

I didn't want to take everything off of my Baker's Rack this Fall so decided to add a few Fall touches. 

Every dish on my Baker's rack belonged to my granny and my motherinlove. YEP...I just love dishes! 

The recipe was handwritten by my motherinlove and I have used her recipe for years now for my dressing. I know it by heart and I have made it so many times. The eye glasses, once called spectacles, belonged to my great-grandmother Dollie Lee.





My daughter Kristy gave me my baker's rack several years ago and it holds so many things that are dear to my heart. 


 I LOVE my new Welcome sign!


And this is what Thanksgiving is all about....GIVING THANKS! My daughter Melissa gave this to me last year and it is a perfect reminder to be mindful to Give Thanks to our Lord...He is worthy of our praise, our gratefulness and our dedication to Him.  

I wish that you all could come and sit at my lovely table and share a meal with me or maybe have a cup of Thanksgiving Tea. I'll even make some shortbread wedges that you would love topped with some whipped cream and a strawberry! 

Thanks for letting me share my Fall kitchen with you today. Now let me start making my list for our Thanksgiving food menu........It's only a few short weeks away! 

Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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