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Sunday Sentiments ~ Finding a Nativity

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In the sixth month  God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David.  The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said “Greetings, you who are highly favored!  The Lord is with you.”

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.  But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”

Luke 1:26-33 



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Years ago  my family and I found a large
Italian-made nativity at Costco, I believe it was, and so
we brought it home and it has been a feature every
Christmastime in our home.

A little nativity ornament found this year at Wal-Mart.

Until the past couple of years where space was an issue.

Now that we have more room and while out looking at all of the lovely holiday decorations I began thinking of our nativity and realized it was my 

most missed Christmas decoration.



Finding this new one at Hobby Lobby
which was just the right size
was perfect.
Even with a couple of broken parts
which were easily fixed with a
little glue.
😉


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A Little Nordic Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to my home tour here at
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French Ethereal !
When I was thinking about what kind of theme
I wanted to create for this Christmas I kept coming back to all of the beautiful snow scenes
that I’ve seen over the years in lovely magazines ~ 
pictures of homes from all over in Europe…

Our garden angel last Christmas time.
A Nordic ChristmasI wanted to recreate a little of that
here in Texas so today I’m happy to take you on a
little tour of our prairie home.

If you are coming over from the
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Presents waiting to be wrapped, boxed and shipped ~ fun!!!
Any Nordic style Christmas has to include
silver and whites as nights are long during the winter-time
up along the 49th parallel.
Europeans like to brighten their homes year-round
but especially in winter with light colored walls
painted in soft greys and whites.
Often their furniture is of Gustavian or French origin and is
also painted in those same brightening shades.
Other favorite colors used in Nordic style are
pops of red, silvery greys of tin and antique silver,
and of course the green of pine boughs.

I’ve added these colors to my Christmas decorating
with cream-colored throw pillows,
a pure white sheepskin throw wrapped around the base
of our little Christmas tree,
and sparkly silver and white ornaments
hung from our tree’s deep green branches.

Our home also includes more of these Nordic touches with
our white leather couch and reclining chairs
plus a soft cream and grey plaid blanket draped over
the back of the couch.
Subtle pale red and grey stripes run crisscross
along its breadth and length
bringing in more of this wonderful look.

My one break with all this European Christmas goodness
is including a little more pink perhaps…
Pink is my favorite color along with white
and I had to include a bit of that when I found
dear old Santa Claus available online.
The floral stocking came from there, too.

Europeans appreciate good wood furniture whether
painted or stained and here in our prairie home we have a lot of stained wood which is thankfully
not too dark.

Reading material ~ always a good thing.

As we move into our master bedroom just a little reindeer
accompanied by a snow-dusted Christmas tree
is all that is needed
to bring in some holiday cheer.

Our bathroom also has a little bit of
Christmas spirit…


And no home tour would be complete without a visit
outside to a festive table set for family and guests!
More Nordic touches abound out here with bright red
and snowflake-white napkins
boughs of fresh pine boughs running the length
of the dinner table and dried Christmas-red tea and
sweetheart roses
tucked among the greenery.
One lit candle scents the air with its
pure vanilla perfume…
It sits snuggly in an old soup tureen turned
candleholder for the day.

Our Pekingese Yoda enjoys the outdoor scene, too.

One last look inside…
I hope you have enjoyed our
little home tour today ~ it has been
my pleasure!

* God Jul! *

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5 Favorite Gifts to Give this Holiday Season

Happy Cyber Monday, Everybody! 
I hope your Thanksgiving weekend with 
family & friends was wonderful! 
Today I’m joining a wonderful group of bloggers 
in bringing my
Favorite Holiday Gifts
to give to family and friends
and you’ll find them all
at the click of your {Christ}mouse!


1. Wedding Cake Serving Sets


A wonderful present for 
the lucky couple 
with a wedding in the coming year 
or here at year’s end!



I gave this gorgeous
Wedding Cake Serving Set 
from David’s Bridal
tmy son and daughter~in~law 
this summer and they loved it!


This serving set must be based off real vintage pieces!
I love the stamped “I Do” and the 
Art~Deco retro styling!
Seriously pretty with its swirls and graceful lines
reminiscent of that lovely era ~
a lovely, thoughtful gift
any bride and groom would surely appreciate.


2.  Warm & Cozy Winter Scarves

I have become a scarf~oholic the past few years.
I have had a few scarves since my early 20’s
but now there are soooo many choices!
I just don’t think anyone can have too many scarves.
😉
I found these at a sweet little shop called
Mia’s Mirror
and this shop was actually inside another store
H.E.B.
which is a grocery chain here in Texas.
Some of the scarves were only $5.00.
Seriously!!!
Mia’s Mirror can be found at:
3.  Christmas Ornaments


Christmas ornaments are the perfect gift to give
your coworkers, bosses, your children’s teachers, 
really anyone!
Every year after Christmas I like to go out and buy up
left over ornaments to stash away
for next year’s quick go~to present.


Ornaments make lovely add~ons to tie into a package.
It is fun to give your children an ornament for their first year of life, 
then a new one every year after to go along with 
whatever they are into right now.
These were also found at H.E.B. in their houseware section.
4.  Meaningful Signs

Sooo many beautiful signs out there with 
wonderful sayings on them!
Some are so elegant with gilded frames 
or the writing is scrawled
across a mirror.
Others are more rustic and have been made with
recycled wooden boards.
Others still are cut out of sheet metal.
There’s a meaningful sign out there for all tastes.
🙂
These framed signs I found at
Hobby Lobby
and there were many different ones 
from which to choose!
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5. Home Cooked Meal

It’s what most of us dream of having
someone else to cook for us!
{at least I do!}
😉
Why not give your loved ones a little “coupon book” 
homemade by you for homemade meals
that you’ll make for them?
or…
So many restaurants deliver so perhaps a gift certificate
or prepaid card with an amount that would cover
the cost of a nice meal.
Everyone appreciates a good homestyle meal so that
they can take a break from cooking ~
especially with today’s busy lives
after work.


Thanks for stopping by!
I hope your holiday season
is a wonderful one.
I’ll be sharing more holiday decorating 
and gift giving ideas over 
the coming weeks.

Blessings to you,
Barb 🙂

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Victorian Candy Cones How-to


Victorian Candy Cones
are pretty easy to create
and
a lot of fun to design!


*First, pick out some lovely papers, heavier papers, 
and/or velum 
at your local scrapbook supply store.

Mine came from
Michael’s and Joann’s.

Creating the cone:

*Start by laying out your paper, printed-side down.
Begin rolling the paper with holding the left side tight
to create the bottom, pointed end.
(or right side, if you are left-handed!)
🙂
*Keep the left side tight/small as you roll the upper-end looser.

*Put a bead of hot glue along the edge lengthwise
to hold the edge in shape. I also glued a bit along the upper edge, 
next to the vertical long edge just glued-down.


*Make a slit 2″ down (or however long you like) 
to create a way to cut off and even up the top edge.

*Glue down the inside loose piece around the inside top.

Decorations:

*Pull out all of your laces, cheesecloth, buttons, whatever
and have fun loosely wrapping these around
your cone!

*Hot glue in spots to create any bent lace/ribbon pieces
and to keep in place. I put on the laces around the upper-edge first,
then put on the lower, wrapping, lace pieces. 
🙂

Create the hanger:

*Use more lace(s) and form a loose knot on one end.
Hot glue to the edge to hide some of the edge-glueing.

*Once the first part is glue on, then twist or 
layer your hanger piece, 
create the second, opposite knot and glue that in place.

Lovely and ethereal gifts to make
for Christmas, birthdays, weddings,
anytime!

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