Are there really only seven days left until Christmas?! As the big day approaches, I'm feeling better about things than I was when I last posted. I've definitely cut back on the decorating this year and, you know what... I'm okay with that. The house still looks festive, just in a more scaled back fashion. I still don't have the tree entirely decorated--my ornaments are sitting in their underbed storage box waiting patiently for their moment to shine. Hopefully, I can get them hung later today as I have to work tomorrow. I also need to sit down and catch up with all of your blogs--have to admit, I've barely had time to glance at them since we returned from Argentina. I will make a special point of visiting as many of you as I can today...
I know many of you are new to my blog, but each year I devote one post to the monthly ornaments I've created over the past twelve months. If you are interested in seeing previous "Parade of Ornament" posts, you can find them by clicking on the highlighted year: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. Once again, even though this December has been much warmer than normal (with NO SNOW at all!), we have had a serious lack of sunshine, so my photos are not the best.
|2015 Monthly Ornament Finishes|
Yikes! That photo is worse than I thought!! How about some close-ups? You can click on them, too, for a better look...
|January ~ March 2015 ornament finishes|
|April ~ June 2015 ornament finishes|
|July ~ September 2015 ornament finishes|
|October ~ December 2015 ornament finishes|
I always enjoy hearing which is your personal favorite. I'll give you a closer look so you can make your decision...
|Prairie Schooler Santa from "Christmas Past"|
|Prairie Schooler "Winter Wind" motif|
|Country Cottage Needleworks "Snow Birds"|
|"Joyeux Noel" French freebie|
|Little House Needleworks: "Joy To the World"|
|Little House Needleworks: "Deer Valley Inn"|
|Prairie Schooler's "Button Up" finish|
|Grandma Kringles: "Winter's Night"|
|All Through the Night: "Merry Christmas" finish|
|"Let It Snow" snowman finish|
|Prairie Schooler: "Prairie Birds" finish|
|Homespun Elegance "Cinnamon Stick Christmas V" finish|
Oh, I'm so pleased with this year's ornaments (I know I say that every year, but, I feel so happy when I see them all posted together). I love that they are all very unique and I can't wait to move them from my stair garland to my Christmas tree! So, which one wins your vote? I hate picking favorites, but, if I have to, I choose February. It just invokes such a feeling of peace in me and, of course, the red cardinals remind me of my dad.
Here is a final look of my garland at night...
|All is calm, all is bright...|
Amidst all of the decorating, gift buying, card sending, etc. that December brings, I had to make a treat for work. Our tradition is to bring a treat in during your birthday month. So, why, you ask, am I taking a birthday treat in during December when my birthday isn't until January? Well, we had several people who had birthdays during the same months so there was some shuffling done and I ended up with December. So, for three nights this week, I baked and baked and ended up with this large cookie tray to share with my wonderful co-workers. They were so appreciative and I froze the cookies that I didn't take in to have for Christmas. This year, I made Christmas Butter Cookies, Reese's Cup Cookies, Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies, Raspberry Almond Shortbreads, White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies, Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies, and Bombshell Brownies! Can you smell the butter and sugar? As usual, the Reese's Cup Cookies were gobbled up first. Which would you choose?
|How many calories are on this plate? Oh, that's right--|
calories don't count at Christmas, do they?!
I have received some lovely Christmas gifts from around the world, but am waiting to open them until I've sent out my own gifts. I am so, so sorry mine will be late this year, but I just couldn't meet the mailing deadlines having been away last month. I hope you'll be patient with me and I promise, I'll try to do better next year...
Well, I'm signing off now so I can go visit your blogs, head to the post office, finish decorating the tree, wrap a few presents, and address the last of the Christmas cards. Sure sounds like a busy day, just like I imagine each of you is having. Thanks so much for dropping in to visit me today--I know it's not easy at this time of year. Try to relax and enjoy this last week before Christmas... I know I'm going to! Bye for now...