All here and all well! Hope everyone's Christmas was merry!
Monday, 22 December 2008
So tonight I was looking at pictures from the trip that Kelli and I took in April. Such great memories...interesting stories...beautiful buildings...fun food... and wonderful people! (Thanks again and again and again MOM and DAD!) Anyways, I miss traveling and so hugely appreciate all that I have been able to do. I also appreciate that I have done alot of that traveling with friends and family that made it even more special.
Saturday, 20 December 2008
Thursday, 18 December 2008
Amber alerted me to visitors yesterday. Momma and youth were in our driveway! Wonderful to see them again! Momma had already gone down to the neighbor's by the time I got the camera.
Monday, 8 December 2008
And this adorable Holy threesome was my very first Nativity set. Bought it myself from my Mom's cousin Mart when she had a store in Henderson, MI. Always kept it in a tiny xmas tin in the hutch. I am guessing that it is about 35-40 years old.
This pretty under glass is also a miniature and made from clay. Mike bought it for me when we were vacationing in Sorrento, Italy, March, 2005.
Put up the 3 miniature trees yesterday. This is a Hallmark "Woodland Baby" of Kelli's. The Kitchen fairy is from a set of 3 that Connie gave me in TX.
Saturday, 6 December 2008
Celtic Creche, given to me by Debbie Cox when we lived in Aberdeen and spent so much of our time Questing for Pictish Stones! Perfect!
This is the baby Jesus from a set I bought in Barcelona. I hemmed and hawwed about getting both parts and decided just to get the Holy Family and ox and burro. Got home and was furious with myself, Chelsi was in Barcelona for a Spanish Program, so I explained where I bought it and what it looked like, etc. (and in Spanish and all in text messages!) When she came home and showed me "tres reyes y tres camelos" that were exactly the same size and right color, I was sooo excited and so was she! Good job Chelsi! I love the bright colors!
This is the complete set...isn't it fun?
Newest addition to collection... gift from my Momma in Michigan this summer for my birthday.
"Traditional nacimientos picture the birth of Jesus. It seems than Saint Francis of Assisi was the first one to come out with the idea of representing with figures the scene in the stable of Bethlehem. That first nacimiento was placed inside a cave in Greccio, Italy, in 1223, to later become a well established tradition in that country.
The excellence of Mexican artisans helped in a significant way to the development of this custom in our country. A typical nacimiento shows Jesus in a crib, with the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph at His side. Inside the portal (porch), which can take the form of a cave, a stone house or a cabin, there are several animals surrounding the Holy persons: burros, oxen, sheep, cows, horses. Additional personalities who take part are shepherds, angels, pilgrims, and the Kings from the East who came to adore Him. The star they followed to Bethlehem always crowns the nacimiento, giving it light and color." This was found at http://www.mexconnect.com/mex_/travel/ldumois/ldcposadas.html
I have a collection af nacimientos and hope to post their pictures over the next couple of days.
This was honestly a headline in our daily paper today and it was the Prompt for day 5 of "Journal Your Christmas"!
We have always done Advent Calendars. My parents have a paper church with the steeple holding 24 tiny boxes that slide down. Each box held a tiny plastic figure of the creche. I loved that Advent Calendar! Mom...do you still have it?
When we lived in TX the girls received a Western calendar that is a pouch holding little felt ornaments in western shapes. It is pretty cute!
When Kelli and I were in Austria last spring, I know I picked up numerous beautiful paper calendars, but can not find them now! Surprise, surprise! I will probably find them in time for the 4th of JULY!!!
And look who is sleeping on Kelli Sue!!! Arran never does this and Kelli was so exhausted that she did not even know that Arran was there. I had to prove it with this shot! Amber is usually the lap kitty!
Thursday, 4 December 2008
Here we are: Kelli and Kendall making yeast rolls~~~Megan and Chelsi with deviled eggs and Chelsi is wearing an adorable apron designed and sewn by Megan (hint, hint)~~~our traditional pilgrim place cards ( a 45 year old tradition!)~~~ Mike and I (did I mention that Kelli is attending MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY next fall???)~~~Liberty and the rest of the turkeys!~~~ Our table with friends and family! ~~~And of course Amber and Arran!
So very thankful!
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
Will also be including this year's card in my journal. Here is page 3. Papers and embellishments in a free kit at Faith Sisters. Kit designed by kreativekarma.
More snow expected tonight.
Cymbre's Cranberry Relish
2 bags fresh cranberries (16 oz)
2 tart apples ( peeled and sliced)
10 oz. frozen raspberries
1/2 cup orange marmelade
1 t. lemon juice
1 cup sugar
Add all the above to a food processor and process till finely chopped. Will keep in refrigerator for six weeks! Enjoy! and if you know me at all you know that I can not follow a recipe to save my life...so this is what I did....Only 1 bag of cranberries, 2 granny smith apples, 12 oz bag frozen raspberries, 1 cup marmalade, no lemon juice, and 1/2 cup splenda. It was so tasty and so good for you! Makes alot and we are still eating it like jam on our toast in the mornings!
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
Here is prompt #2. I used (free) elements and papers from December Download a Day at www.divinedigital.com.
And here is the address to create library cards.
Really having fun using my own font! Want to go back and make another that is more precise...not like I don't have a million other things to do! Still working on putting cards together...have not even started the baking, but surprisingly early do have most of the shopping done! Ryan comes home on the 22nd! Can't wait to have the family all together again!