Sunday, December 21, 2008

Weekend Update

I had a great weekend, how about you? I got so many things done and am very excited for Christmas. I love Christmas! It is one of my favorite holidays. I want to share a couple more things from around my house with you. Do you hang mistletoe? Did you ever hear of "mistletoes"? Look at these! Aren't they cutest??!!!

When I was a kid, my mom had the cutest little elves. The ones pictured below she gave to me when I first got married so I could bring some of our family home to my new home.

These little guys have been around for years, peeking out from here or there . . .

This cute guy is missing his little red glove!!

You just never know where you may find one . . .

Here's another one sitting on the teapot!!

And then there's the tacky plastic Santa and his reindeer that we bought for Logan's first Christmas in 1990. Nope, just cannot get rid of the tacky plastic Santa. He sits in our television armoire faithfully each and every year.

This is a little tree collection that I display in my red bathroom. Logan made the tall tree on the left when he was in pre-school out of fabric scraps and Rachel made the little tree in front of it, also in pre-school, from paper plates. Do you have handmade decorations that you display each year?

I have loved to make crafty things for as long as I can remember. Crafts have come a long way, but each was fun in its time. I just cannot bring myself to get rid of some of the crafts I made many moons ago, as outdated as they may be. They bring back many memories of days gone by. I remember working on these things when I look at them and I cannot toss memories to the side. So, yes, they probably look ridiculous, but I made them and I like them and it's my house so it's okay. Here is a hooked wallhanging that has graced the inside of my front door for probably over twenty years.

Do you remember these heart hangers? I don't remember how long I've had this, but I'm thinking from at least when Logan was just a little boy. Still looks good on my bathroom door and it hasn't even fallen apart!! Imagine that!

And I made more "jewels" this weekend!! How do you like this car mirror hanger? This one is shades of brown/gold.

And this one is shades of blue.

The pictures aren't the greatest, but hopefully you get the idea. I love making jewelry. You can get so creative in what you do and still just use the basic tools and techniques. There are so many fancier pieces that can be made, but I'm having fun with the basics. It's a great hobby and it is such fun looking for different beads, but it is very easy to get carried away. I have such an inventory now that I could probably make about forty more pieces and not need to buy a single bead to do it. Yet I still find excuses to hit the bead store cause there's always something I just gotta have!!

A couple weekends ago, Rachel and I made these cinnamon applesauce ornaments for the first time. I don't know why we've never done these before as they were so easy. If you haven't either, you should try it. Three cups of applesauce, which is your average size container, and three cups of cinnamon, which is 5 containers (50 cents each at Walmart). Once prepared, I read that you can either let them sit on wax paper for three days - which I do not have the space for - or you can bake them at 175 for three hours. I chose the latter option and my house smelled great during the process.

I'm sending my Christmas cards out late this year. I was just too busy doing other things. This picture below will be going in the mail with my cards tomorrow. The background is not the greatest, but the foreground is superb!!

This coming week will be crazy and fun. Our office party is tomorrow. We're meeting the girls from our Port St Lucie office in City Place. Should be fun browsing through the shops, a late lunch at the Cheesecake Factory and a trolley ride through downtown West Palm Beach to see the festive displays. This truly is the most wonderful time of the year!!

8 comments:

Connie said...

Logan looks so much more mature in this picture, honey!! Rachel looks like the sweet teen she is. How beautiful they are and how happy they must make you......
Smooches,
Connie
Merry Christmas

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Merry Christmas Joyce! Have fun and enjoy!!! Big hugs, Sherry

rachel said...

I love ellen's car mirror hanger the best! the cinnamon shapes were fun, but messy to make! (: i love the way they smell too! i think im going to hang one in my closet so all my clothes smell nice and warm.
i love love love love love love love the 'mistletoes'. they were always my favorite! ahah, they are adorable! i CANNOT wait for christmas to come! omg its almost here!!!!!!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Those little elves are just the cutest Joyce ! Don't ya love making the cinnamon ornies .

countrygirl3031 said...

Hi Joyce ~ omg, I love your mistletoes...that is sooo cute! Your decorations are beautiful!

Rachel and Logan are so beautiful!

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Hugz,
Michele

Kay said...

You are seriously talented and have the most amazingly fun and unique decorations of anybody around.

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

What beautiful Christmas Treasures you have....It is so much fun to see things we have saved over the years...brings back so many sweet memories....I loved the picture you are sending out....
I want to wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and I hope the New Year brings you many blessings....
Holiday Hugs,
Mo ;-)

myaliasgigi said...

Joyce-
You always find the coolest stuff, unique. I love that miseltoe, if you ever see one again pick one up for me I just think it's the cutest, Cassandra LOVED it! and as always you make the most beutiful jewlery...