Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve

Thanks to dear customer Joan for this lovely, peaceful photo showing how she's displaying the Poinsettia Mat I made. I know the day ahead will be filled with activity--work, ushering at two services, wrapping a final gift or two, preparing some food for tomorrow's feast and finally attending an 11pm service at another church where my son's quintet is playing. Throughout all this busyness I hope to keep the real reason for tomorrow's celebration at the forefront of my mind. Wishing you a Christmas filled with peace and joy.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Simple Christmas

It's way too easy for me to feel frazzled and Scrooge-like at this time of year.  Days are filled with shopping, decorating and special events on top of work and I feel like I'm rushing from one thing to another. What a joy it was to attend Alicia's open house in Orrick, Missouri last weekend and enjoy the beauty and peace of Christmas through simple, natural decorating touches.
Even the bathtub had festive touches!
Photos above from Alicia's Home
I also attended a craft show and reconnected with some wonderful, artistic friends. Business was booming at their booths but I was fortunate to come home with a few handcrafted treasures to enjoy.
Santa and greenery from Dana of the Stone Rabbit; tree skirt a previous purchase from Shirley Weymeyer
Pincushion from Shirley Weymeyer
Just looking at these simple vignettes reminds me to take the time to remember and appreciate the kindness and love all around me and I have a lot to be thankful in that regard.  A dear volunteer friend treated me to a wonderful lunch at her home last week and my Bunco group surprised me with dinner out at a trendy restaurant after I announced that, after 17 years I'm stepping down as leader of the group. I know some of my friends are going through tough times with family and personal illnesses and job losses, but I hope everyone has some special moments during this holiday season that provide hope and joy. 

After writing this I came across this pin which sums up what I'm trying to do this season!