Thursday, December 23, 2010

begining our christmas week!

There's still gifts to wrap, and baking to do...but just wanted to share a quick post of our lovely weeks beginning! With the company of some dear friends we headed to the coast for a little pre-christmas vacation! Although the weather wasn't favorable for sightseeing, the views we're still breathtaking! Who can fathom the greatness of our God...

This was my first encounter with a creature of this kind! He made for a great photo, but thats all that I admire this little guy for!
Evenings we're not short on game playing! We had the energy of 4 wonderful young individuals!

And this one provided christmas cheer!
When these two weren't playing games, they we're my faithful babysitters!

Such a blessing to enjoy fellowship with friends, and behold the beauty of the Creation!
May the Creators love make your Christmas more wonderful....

Thursday, December 16, 2010

some paint & some pinecones

The way it goes with Christmas decorations, is you pull them out for 3, maybe 4 or 5 weeks if your on the ball right after thanksgiving...and then back in the box they go for the 50 other weeks of the year! Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the warm fuzzy's of the seasonal decor as much as the next guy, but I have a hard time spending much $ on embellishments that don't serve much of a term. And maybe in exposing a bit of discontent in my nature...I get tired of the same ornaments & colors every year! So it's become a fun challenge to re-furbish them into a new object of lovely! Throw some fresh greenery in and around...and deck the halls!
Here's my two favorite projects this year that I wanted to pass on in hopes of inspiring you...

Before: they we're some cheap black candle holders i picked up at target several years ago...when I was going through my "paint everything black" phase. To add some texture to them, I picked up a crackled paint treatment to give them a little vintage make-over!

After: about 10 minutes of actually painting involved, and a couple hours of drying time! The good thing is when you go "vintage" it doesn't have to look perfect! ;)

Next up was a couple Styrofoam cones I've used for various occasions over the last 5 years. They we're white when i purchased them, so I sprayed them brown to create a more disguised under color for my project. I picked up some pine cones from the craft store...(but you could get them from your yard.) Mine we're cinnamon scented, which adds a great aroma to my house! With probably more time than I had, and a hot glue gun...I layered in decorators moss and the pine cones, working in vertical sections, going from bottom to top around the cone!

Voila'! I give you a pine cone tree! The bag of pine cones came with these little glitter balls...I used the gold ones, but not the red to "trim my tree" after it was finished!

Here's my complete centerpiece...atop my burlap table runner! p.s burlap is my new favorite fetish...but that's another blog for another time...maybe sometime soon...maybe not!
Have fun!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

same song...second verse

Sisters like to do things together, you know!
If your gonna put on 30 lbs, and volunteer yourself for a painful experience, it's always comforting knowing your not alone! :)
And if your gonna have permanent bags under your eyes from the countless sleepless nights, you love to know someone else has the same!
And if your gonna start smelling like a mixture of sour milk, dirty diapers, and bad breath, it's comforting to know it's someone elses odor too!
And if you find yourself singing senseless songs and jabbering in "foreign" tongue, it good to know your not the only crazy one!
But really, I like to think little sisters just wanna be like their big sisters...

Nov. 2010 (sweet baby's #2, just 6 weeks apart!)

August, 2008 (sweet baby's #1, 8 weeks apart)

Here's to sisters! Especially the ones that are best friends like mine! God's blessings indeed!
Here's to babies! And the countless joys they bring (and craziness!) God's blessings indeed!

Friday, December 10, 2010

OHIO {greatest hits}

Seasons greetings friends! This post is long overdue, but like the rest of you...this time of year finds us busy! I won't spend much time with the details, but hopefully my pictures capture some of the fun we had!
We spent a lovely Thanksgiving on thursday, with the extended Fisher family....

Then Christmas on Sunday with my family at mom & dads.....
It's always great to spend time with cousins, not only from one family...
But, two is even better! Thank you again Skiles' for coming to see us!
Getting to go swimming in the middle of winter is great fun...
Especially when the next day you play in the snow!
And spending time with precious friends....

We are blessed with sweet memories from family and friends alike!

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