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!


Raggedy Creations said...

very pretty vignettes Roberta. I have tried to go with "more is less" this year too.


Carmen and the Primcats said...

Just beautiful! Love it all!!!

Carmen and the Primcats

Carmen and the Primcats said...

Just beautiful! Love it all!!!

Carmen and the Primcats

Prims By The Water said...

Love your simple decorating. So sweet! Janice

Penelope's Beehive said...

Your "simple" is ever so lovely,,,with a story tucked into each gathering of treasures.
Wishing you and your loved ones a holiday season filled with love and joy.

Julie Zakrzewski said...

Hi Roberta,
Thank you for sharing this post!! I really needed it!!
Warmest Hugs~~
P.S. I love your sweet purchases and your header!!

barbara paquin said...

Family and friends are the blessings of this season.
Wished I had made it to the Bunco dinner, you have been mother hen of the group for so long!
Merry Christmas to you and your family Roberta!
Barbie Jo

Three Sheep Studio said...

I truly love the simple decorating.
Beautiful pics !

Karen said...

Hi Roberta,
I love simple decorating and using greens and berries is so simple but yet makes a huge statement. I love what you have done.
Blessings and a very Merry Christmas