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•♦•C'mon, Let's ALL try this RECIPE...•♦•


...and bake ourselves a HAPPY YEAR!!


Take twelve whole months,

Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate, and jealousy,

Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.

Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty, or

thirty-one different parts,

but don't make up the whole batch at once.

Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients:

Mix well into each day one part of faith,

one part of patience, one part of courage,

and one part of work.

Add to each day one part of hope,

faithfulness, generosity, and kindness.

Blend with one part prayer,

one part meditation, and one good deed.

Season the whole with a dash of good spirits,

a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play,

and a cupful of good humor.

Pour all of this into a vessel of love.

Cook thoroughly over radiant joy,

garnish with a smile,

and serve with quietness, unselfishness,

and cheerfulness.

You and those around you are bound to have a HAPPY [new] Year!
 
 
Wishing you and yours a very Happy, Healthy and Blessed New Year...
May we ALL find that we have within us, the ingredients needed to make 2011 the absolute BEST!! 
 
**Cheers**
Here's to YOU-My Friends!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, kind words, milestones, laughs, tears and ((hugs)) with me and for making it such a delightful year...I'm truly blessed!!
xoxoxoKathxoxoxo

✲♥✲ Christmas Love ✲♥✲

dining room cupboard

 

Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful experience. But
once again,  despite my plans, chaos prevailed. I had cut back on nonessential
obligations-- extensive card writing, endless baking, decorating, and yes, even the
all American pastime, overspending. Yet, still, I found myself exhausted, unable to
appreciate the  precious family moments, and, of course, the true meaning of Christmas.
My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year. It was an exciting season for a
six year old filled with hopes, dreams and laughter. For weeks, he'd been  memorizing
songs for his school's "Winter Pageant." I didn't have the heart to tell him I'd be
working the night of the production.
Unwilling to miss his shining moment, I spoke with his teacher. She assured me
there'd be a dress rehearsal the morning of the  presentation. All parents unable to
attend that evening were welcome to come then. Fortunately, Nicholas seemed
happy with the compromise.
So, just as I promised, on the morning of the dress rehearsal, I filed in 10 minutes
early, found a spot on the cafeteria floor and sat down. Around the room, I saw
several other parents quietly scampering to their seats. As I waited, the students
were led into the room. Each class, accompanied by their teacher, sat cross-legged
on the floor. Then, each group, one by one, rose to perform their song.
Because the public  school system had long stopped referring to the holiday as
"Christmas," I didn't expect anything other than fun, commercial entertainment -- songs
of reindeer, Santa Claus, snowflakes and good cheer. The melodies were fun, cute and
lighthearted, but nowhere to be found was even the hint of an innocent babe, a manger,
or Christ's sacred gift of hope and joy. So, when my son's class rose to sing, "Christmas
Love", I was slightly taken aback by its bold title.
Nicholas was aglow, as were all of his classmates,  adorned in fuzzy mittens, red
sweaters and bright snowcaps upon their heads. Those in the front row -- center
stage -- held up large letters, one by one, to spell out the title of the song. As the
class would sing "C is for Christmas," a child would hold up the letter C. Then, "H
is for Happy," and on and on, until each child holding up his portion had presented
the complete message, "Christmas Love."
The performance was going smoothly, until suddenly, we noticed her -- a small,
quiet girl in the front row who was holding the letter "M" upside down. She was
entirely unaware, that reversed, her letter "M" appeared as a "W." Fidgeting from
side to side, she soon moved entirely away from her mark.
The audience of 1st through 6th graders snickered at the little one's mistake.
But in her innocence, she had no idea they were laughing at her as she stood
tall, proudly holding her "W".
One can only imagine the difficulty in calming an audience of young, giggling
students. Although many teachers tried to shush the children, the laughter
continued until the last letter was raised, and we all saw it together. A hush
came over the audience and eyes began to widen.
In that instant, we understood -- the reason we were there, why we celebrated
the holiday in the first place, why even in the chaos there was a purpose for our
festivities. For when the last letter was held high, the message read loud and clear:
CHRIST WAS LOVE.
And, I believe, He still is.

Amazed by His presence…

Humbled by His Love…

Christmas Love is a true story, authored by

Candy Chand-

I wanted to do a different kind of blog entry for this special month of December.  Not just my ramblings of holiday busyness or what kind of crafts I’ve been working on, more than just words about the holiday hoopla and prep…I’d never read this story before, I thought it was sweet, but also significant .  Christmas has a special meaning for all of us, more times than not, the meaning just seems to get lost in all the festivities-aka-holiday chaos.

As in the story, I too wanted to cut way back this year.  Make some much needed changes around here.  Keeping in mind what means the most,  purging the rest!

So when I came across this little story it seemed just perfect addition for my post!

I knew exactly what I didn’t want this holiday season:

STRESS, nonessential obligations, Obsessing, ENDLESS Decorating and Tweaking. [Even tho I enjoy decorating and tweaking]….

I knew exactly what I did want:

I wanted time… time to spend with my family, time to just relax and take in ALL that is Christmas!!

I told myself a while back…

‘I’m NOT going overboard with decorating!  Nor with shopping!‘ …and as we all know, I absolutely won’t go overboard when it comes to holiday baking (lol)!

After all, it’s not about “the amount” decorating or shopping or baking we do… It’s about finding a that harmonious middle ground, a peaceful calm feeling, a feeling that makes our hearts sing… rather than our nerves frazzled!

Being with family and friends, giving more than receiving…that’s what it’s all about!

Truly, every day should be celebrated as if it were CHRISTMAS….

Every day…should be filled with the SIMPLE LITTLE THINGS that bring us pleasure, that keep us well grounded and genuine, those things that make our hearts sing with love.

 

I celebrate my beliefs….

I celebrate my family and friends, I’m blessed with the best!

I celebrate my modest little home,  large and magnificent it’s not…. but warm and welcoming it is!

I have more than some and far less than most…

But I celebrate it all, because I know it’s simply enough and it’s just perfect for me….

I am amazed and humbled every single day and very grateful for what I have! 

SO I choose to celebrate all my simple little things which bring me much joy and love….

 

No matter your beliefs, no matter ‘Who’ or ‘how’  you choose to celebrate this season…

Remember what it’s all about.  Just take a step back and look around, for you too, have less than some, but far, far more than most.

SO

Just be grateful, be thankful…

LOVE who and what you HAVE, Love where you are right now in life, make Peace with the rest and enJOY life’s  simple little pleasures- for they are a true GIFT! 

Love, Peace & JOY…is the true meaning of Christmas

and for me

that’s what CHRISTMAS  LOVE is all about!

…may you surround yourself with what is most meaningful to you, may you not OBSESS….

but enjoy the ‘ALL of CHRISTMAS’…May you ‘FEEL THE CHRISTMAS LOVE’…without the HOLIDAY STRESS Winking smile

Decorating simply, with

~•✲•~Christmas Love~•✲•~

dining room corner

On a shelf, a simple cedar garland, some golden-brown pears…Baskets- hand woven by a friend,

Pewter, a gift from my Gram to my parents, handed down to me….the perfect holiday blend.

Christmas Love♥

dining room wide shot

I made the decision to put the tree in the dining room this year. 

tree

One main tree, in our home this year…simply displayed…

in drieds that I grew in my gardens, pheasant feathers …and at the base, a  simple coverlet I laid …

Christmas Love♥

fireplace

My Mantle- decked out for the holidays; it may be a bit “ho-hum”  to some……but not to me!

…all it really needed with my favorite dignified Sheep was a lighted garland and a simple unadorned tree…

Christmas Love♥

 

 

city of David

Pewter… from mom and dad and some gifted to me by friends…

One Glorious Angel …with a magnificent message to send…

Christmas Love♥

 

 

dining room 3

On the dining room Table sits Olde Santa and his Reindeer…

center piece A ♥ gift from my hubs, my sweet ‘other dear’

….Christmas LOVE♥

 

 

family room4

No tree in the family room? 

Yes, that’s right, we don’t miss it a bit…

there’s still plenty of holiday glow…..

once all the candles are lit!

hospitality door box1

In keeping with my plan, I opted for NO TREE in the family room, instead I wanted to create a simple yuletide focal point in this room.  So I designed this door box, Hubs made it for me and I dressed it with greens from the real Olde Weeping Cedar. family room door Tall, skinny, undecorated trees flank the door as a large rusty Angel hovers above, scattering blessings on all who enter…

Yes…this is….Christmas Love♥

 

santas bagSanta Claus with his bag fulla toys!

What can I say…like a kid…the jolly ole elf just fills my heart with joy!

Christmas Love♥

 

 

 

kitchen cupboard1

Quaint and Unpretentious…Nothing grand in here…

just a cozy warm feeling of holiday cheer!I

 

 

kitchen tree no lites

A small tree in an Olde Wooden Pail…

So simple and plain…

kitchen chair-bonnet

…Dressed with nothing more than a dried berry-orange garland, it exudes the yuletide season… all the same!  stocking

…an olde wooden chair, a bowl of Christmas Eve eats and a stocking chock fulla olde thyme treats…

Christmas Love♥

 

 

kitchen window box

This end of the Kitchen faces our drive

A candle glows in the window as we look out to see our holiday guests arrive.

Christmas Love

mudroom1

A Feather Tree, Two Belsnickles and some Snow Flakes made of salt dough,

greet  family and friends as they come in from the cold…

Christmas Love♥

 

 

I thank you kindly for stopping by. 

I extend to YOU and YOURS…

The Merriest of Yuletide Blessings …along with my Christmas wish;

 

May we ALL just be  grateful, thankful for every little thing in our life

May we Love what we have,  let go of the things we can’t change, for those are the things that cause us strife….

May we grow a little each day,

in Peace  and  in Contentment…

and never hold onto worry or live one minute with resentment…

May our Thankfulness for the simple things carry on  and on

throughout this holiday season,

into the New Year… and  BEYOND

Wishing You  Much

‘Christmas’ Love,

~♥~

Kath

•Autumn Slide Show•

I've removed the slide show since all the photos are now viewable below :)

Thank You to everyone who left me a comment♥



I've added a slide show above this entry...I have receievd comments and lots of emails saying
many of you CAN NOT see my photos in my previous entry.  I don't know why and I can't seem to fix the problem.  I'm sorry...hopefully it's a 'blogger thing' and will remedy itself...if not, I will just delete that entry at a later date.
Thanks so much for stopping by and for 'trying' to take a peek at my pics ;)
and....Thanks for your sweet comments♥
I hope you all can see the slide show!!
Enjoy your day-Have a happy weekend
-Kath

~•~Welcoming Autumn~•~

Dear Autumn,
Oh…how I’ve been anxiously awaiting your arrival….only a couple more weeks and it’s official…and yes, I’ll be ready for you…
Hello Friends,
This entry is EVERYTHING Autumn-There’s lots of pics of my fall decor and  pics of some wonderful goodies I’ve been [ever so patiently] waiting to share…
So lets get started!!
  This is my “Halloween” gathering. I received these wonderful hand-mades from a sweet gal named Sharon.
She placed an order with me just before I took my break and a couple of weeks later, to my surprise, these cute lil’ prims showed up on my doorstep!  Sharon made the prim witches hat, the boots and the black cat!
She sent them to me with a note enclosed saying just how much she loved the pieces I made for her!!  I was more than surprised when I received the box-I just plain speechless! 
That was so nice—made me really really happy to know she liked the  prim pieces I made for her that much!! 
I thanked you when I got my big box of goodies, but I’d like to say THANK YOU again, Sharon!
So-I gathered up some of the goodies and came up with this darling little gathering! 
I made the Witch’s broom, I just dried some corn husks and wire/wrapped them to a stick!  Cute isn’t it?? 
Sharon included lots more goodies in the box too, you’ll have to keep goin, to see what else she sent.
Some of my mini pantry cakes and my dried Hydrangea.  I LOVE drieds…LOVE LOVE dried Hydrangea! 
Blackened beeswax candle nub with some sweet annie, wax dipped black-eyed susans and some tallow berries. I have some blackened beeswax corn in crock bowl also.  Makes for a nice little gathering, if ya have any corn husk,  dry some up…you’d be amazed at the things you can do with it.  I added some to the prim wax corn.  Pam made the little ears of corn, she is offering it on her selling blog if you’d like some….check with her and see if she has any left!

It just takes the simplest little touches to make me happy in my home….
The gathering is on top of the Pantry Cupboard in the kitchen.  Pantry Cakes, dried orange slices and some Cinnamini bowl fillers.  This kinda stuff makes me feel all warm and fuzzy… ;)
Back Entry/ Mudroom gathering.  Sunflowers, some drieds and some cattails along with some prim beeswax pumpkins add just a little ‘Fall Welcome’ as guests walk in.
Acorns, another of my favorite Fall things
This fabric pumpkin (along with a black one, not shown) was made and gifted to me by Sharon too.

♫Sunflowers and Acorns, and Pumpkins and Leaves….. these are a few of my favorite things ♪ :) 
You’ll surely see a ‘trend’ when it comes to “Fall” inside my home.  Everything is Sunflowers, Acorns, Pumpkins and Leaves…. oh and Hydrangea! ;)
Lots of Warm, Natural colors…golds, pumpkins, browns…such yummy yummy fall hues!





This Autumn Stocking was made and gifted to me by Sharon, the sweet lady I mentioned at the beginning of this entry…I love it, and it’s got SUNFLOWERS in it!!
Prim window box we made, now filled with sunflowers and candy corn!
Candy Corns were made and gifted to me by Sharon, also!  (she spoiled me, didn’t she?)!

Trencher chock fulla sugared acorns, large acorns, brown pears, sunflowers, and some leaves….

Kitchen, sink area…still very simple, leaf garlands & pumpkins,

see the little punkins in my cabinet :)
I ♥ Pumpkins
Fall garland on the fireplace, this one has acorns and grapes on it…some moss pumpkins and my old antique Shoe Shine box filled with faux hydrangea make up my fireplace decor.  I have a grapevine with leaves and grapes around my dining room light too, forgot to take a pic…

Outside now,
a sign I made for my fall garden.  I made out of a really olde and very weathered piece of barn board.  The Crow on the pumpkin and the other crow are both removable, so come Spring and Summer, I‘ll change it out and add something else.  I have a wooden beeskep and some bumbles to add next gardening season! 
So-That’ll do it for this entry…betcha thought it was never goin to end, huh?! ;)
Fall is my favorite time of the year, I just LOVE Fall, love everything about it! The colors, the smells, the crisp air….I enjoy decorating more for the Autumn season, than I do for the Winter/Christmas season!
…I try to keep things simple when I decorate, I stick with (or try to) the things I love the most, and I carry those few things through out my home….Sunflowers, Acorns, Pumpkins and Leaves…Oh and Bittersweet would have definitely been included,  if I could find some!!
I hope you enjoyed your visit, I’m always happy to have ya stop by…
I’ve been enjoying everyone’s beautiful fall decor, you’re all so talented and busy….keep them pictures comin---there so much beauty & inspiration out there!!!

Until my next post – TGC!
&
HAPPY AUTUMN Blessings, everyone!
Kath

♦Simple Summer Pleasures♦

012

Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!

I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand.... Simplify, simplify.
- Henry David Thoreau

 

020

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. 

~Hans Hofmann

 

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Well, here it is mid-August, already…I thought it would be nice to pop in and

extend a  friendly “hello”!!

I hope you’ve all been having a great summer….[minus the dreadful heat and humidity], it’s been a beautiful summer here.

I’d like to invite you to share just a few of the simple pleasures I’ve enjoyed over these past summer weeks….

some gardening, a little bit of crafting, relaxing by the pond and having hubby cook for me over the campfire ….just a glimpse of some of my favorite summer things as seen through my [camera’s] eye and narrated by the words of others’…[using some of my favorite quotes & sayings--did I ever mention, I’m a “quote” collector!]

Hope you enjoy your visit and are enjoying the simple pleasures of these last dog days of summer….Autumn is just around the corner…and….

I know that makes us all SMILE just a little bit bigger!!

 

 

My Plain and Simple Days of Summer

005  Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are.  When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. 

~Lao Tzu

 

019

Nor rural sights alone, but rural sounds,
Exhilarate the spirit, and restore
The tone of languid nature.
~William Cowper

 

 

022

There is more to life than increasing its speed. 

~Mohandas K. Gandhi

 

016

*garden sign made and gifted to me by Amy

Gardens are where heaven touched the earth

~Author Unknown

 

 

010

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. 

~Ingrid Bergman

 

 

014

When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other. 

~Chinese Proverb

 

041

How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!  ~Emily Dickinson

 

 

051In my garden there is a large place for sentiment.  My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams.  The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful.  ~Abram L. Urban

 

 

008 Adopt the pace of nature:  her secret is patience. 

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

030

Gardens are a form of autobiography.  ~Sydney Eddison

 

 

040

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.  ~Sam Keen

 

 

025 Nature is my medicine. 

~Sara Moss-Wolfe

 

 

041

I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it....  

~Alice Walker

 

 

022

 To poke a wood fire is more solid enjoyment than almost anything else in the world. ~Charles Dudley Warner

 

 

010 The story of barbecue is the story of America:  Settlers arrive on great unspoiled continent, discover wondrous riches, set them on fire and eat them.  ~Vince Staten

 

 

034 It's so beautifully arranged on the plate - you know someone's fingers have been all over it.

~Julia Child

 

 

014

All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. 

~John Gunther

 

 

018 Life goes faster on protein. 

~Martin H. Fischer

 

 

024All sorrows are less with bread. 

~Miguel de Cervantes 

 

 

027 The belly rules the mind. 

~Spanish Proverb

 

 

 007

  ♥What I need to live has been given to me by the earth.  Why I need to live has been given to me by you

~Author Unknown

 

 

037

 In the sky
an infinitude of hope,
a canvas of glory
all possibilities mine.
~Neroli Lambent

 

 030

 Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.  ~William Morris

 

 

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•From my Workshop•

~Signs~

002

Really we create nothing.  We merely plagiarize nature. 

~Jean Baitaillon

 

 

001

Love, and do what you like.
- Saint Augustine

 

 

005

Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes.  ~Author Unknown

 

 

 

008

If you don't have time to do it right you must have time to do it over. 

~Author Unknown

 

 

007

Out of the strain of the doing,
Into the peace of the done.
~Julia Woodruff

 

 

009

Some pursue happiness, others ‘create’ it. 

~Author Unknown  

* Baskets made and gifted to me by Pam

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Beeswax Goodies

 

~ Lantern Lighters~

004

 Manifest plainness,
Embrace simplicity,
Reduce selfishness,
Have few desires
.
-  Lao-Tzu

 

 

~Lantern Lighters Keep~

021

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.

~Franklin D Roosevelt  1882

 

 

022

bonnet made and gifted to me by Maurine

Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing.
- Oscar Wilde

 

 

Prim Acorns ~Bowl Fillers

009 …relish small, simple pleasures

 

 

Bundt cake

015

Simplicity is an exact medium between too little and too much.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds

 

 

Mini Cinni’s ~ bowl fillers

001

The simplest things give me ideas.
-   Joan Miro

 

 

Prim Pumpkins

042 The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person. 

~Frank Barron

 

 

Autumn Harvest Fixin’s

Fresh cut flowers, berries and some dried corn….

all Hand-dipped in beeswax then powdered with spices, some dried orange slices have also been  thrown in the bowl too!

028

Simplicity, carried to an extreme, becomes elegance.
- Jon Franklin

 

 

Pantry cakes

made from antique molds

044

Making the simple complicated is commonplace;
making the complicated simple,
awesomely simple, that's creativity.

-  Charles Mingus

 

 

Mini Prairie cakes ~ Bowl Fillers

002

Simplicity is the essence of happiness.
-   Cedric Bledsoe

 

 

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I will end with one more, VERY favorite, quote of mine….

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.   It turns what we have
into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos
to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes
sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.
-   Melody Beattie

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As Always, and with much gratitude, I’m so happy you stopped by, I’ve missed you guys a lot…and…

hopefully, with the changing season, I will have more time to be on here.  

I’m already looking forward to my next blog entry…it will be full of

AUTUMNAL Goodness!

~Until my next post~TGC, friends~

 

‘ ♥’Felt Blessings, Kath