I have to say it’s been pretty hard to stay in the Christmas spirit after the tragedy in Newtown Friday. I still can not fathom what has happened. And just before that the Mall shootings in Oregon. I feel a bit guilty at times when I find myself singing along to Christmas Carols or talking about what we want for Christmas. I know these little ones were so excited about Christmas day. My deepest condolences to all the families.
Many of you know about my group (TDIPT) swaps that we do. Christmas is always our best swap,I always love participating in them and seeing what everyone gets. This year I was the lucky girl who got one of our newest members Mona Holland of My Old Crow Primitives. I adore Monas work so when I got my package and seen my secret swap P was Mona I was just thrilled! Mona made me the most sweet handmades that I will treasure forever.
Just look at all the goodies I got!
Some yummy Starbucks hot cocoa,Yankee pumpkin hand soap,Yankee Tarts. Adorable spotted doggy bone ornie, a beautiful silver cone ornie and candy cane ornies, See’s chocolates (which we don't have around here so they were a special treat). A star feather tree pillow and her handmade Frostina snowgirl,Santa and a Santa ornie,all perfection.
Look at the sweet Moon shaped Santa ornie Mona made.
Mona made me this awesome prim snowgirl,Frostina. I adore her!
And check out the rolly polly Belsnickle! Mona did a fantastic job on him.
And knowing what a dog lover I am Mona sent along this great bone ornie.
And my star pillow....LOVE IT!
Thank you again Mona, I smile everytime I look at all my goodies from you!
You can see more of Mona's work at these links.
Here is a bit of the Christmas stuff around my place. My house is so small I try to keep it fairly simple.
My new Fa La La La La banner,made by me,sooo much fun to make.
2 of my favorite things are these sweet sweet little Santa & Snowman that I bought from the talented Vickie of Homespun Hugs and Calico Kisses. You can find her work on her website http://www.homespunhugsandcalicokisses.com/ .
This was the first year in 15 that I didnt have my old Goldie girl in the Christmas picture with me. And the first year to have Miss Tiger Lilly,the little spit fire in the Christmas photo. She & Lucy get pretty hyper together & taking a picture was beginning to feel a bit hopeless, as you can see in the "blooper" pictures. At one point I said the heck with it and got up but hubby wanted me to try again. I've always been pretty lucky to get the dogs to poise for me. It got a little harder after we got Lucy (white pit) but Tiger (brown pit,boxer mix) made it really hard. Mr. Biscuit was just going withthe flow,thank goodness he is always a good boy( well,for the most part).
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to everyone!!