Christmas gatherings

Christmas gatherings

I have recipes in these six Gooseberry Patch cookbooks

I have recipes in these six Gooseberry Patch cookbooks
I have recipes in these six "Gooseberry Patch" cookbooks

My Hoosier Cabinet

My Hoosier Cabinet
I love decorating my hoosier for the different seasons.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas, and please remember the real meaning of Christmas, "Jesus is the Reason for the Season".



Monday, December 21, 2015

Blog Hop Giveaway!

Brenda of The Rusty Thimble hosted the Greatest Gift is Love blog hop givaway.
I was lucky enough to be the winner of  Jessica of "Blessings in the Country"
ornament giveaway. I won one of her snowman ornies and two candy canes.
They are adorable!! Check out Jessica's blog, she does such nice work. I love them,
thank you Jessica!!!


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Second annual cookie bake!

Last weekend me, my sisters, my daughter, granddaughter, nieces and three of our friends went to our Farmhouse in WV and had our second annual cookie bake and pajama party.
 We had a ball of fun, baked cookies, had a fun gift exchange and watched Christmas movies.
I will share some photo's. I cherish these times with family and friends. One of my favorite parts of the Christmas celebration.

Me, Riley and Steph

My nieces Regina, Emily and Hillary
My sisters Lena and Lina

My best friend Shelia

Me

My sister Lena and her daughters Regina and Hillary

Riley and Stephanie

A work in progress

Going out to eat

Ava, Emily and Regina

Teresa, Ava and Hillary

My sister Annabel and her daughter Emily

Shelia and myself

Yummy cookies

Family and friends

Family and friends
Our gift exchange game

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Giveaway Winner

I was thrilled to find out that I was the lucky winner of Danice, "Homespun Hannah"
Holiday giveaway.

 Her box was filled with wonderful goodies and everything was wrapped so pretty.
First I received a beautiful mouse rag doll, a gorgeous holiday mug mat and holiday mug.
An amish star pinkeep, a snowflake ornie, paper mache "Joy" box with potpourri, and a
cute snowman tuck.

For me Santa arrived early this year. Thank you Danice for all of the wonderful goodies.
I love everything!!! Thank you for hosting such a wonderful, wonderful giveaway!!!




Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Wonderful Christmas swap

Yesterday I received the most wonderful package in the mail. My friend Wendy "Ravenwood Whimzies" and I decided to do a Christmas swap.
 Little did I know how much Wendy would spoil me. She sent me so many wonderful
things that I am still in awe.
 I have admired her wonderful Santa's for so long and was just thrilled so much that she sent me one,
and look at his little sheep , so much detail. I cannot tell you how beautiful this set is,
everyone should own one of these. Wendy's Santa's are fantastic!!!
 Next she sent me one of her santa appliqued pillows, it is lovely and so much detailed work,
I love it too.
 I love old kitchen things and she made me the most wonderful arrangement with a Christmas towel,
I have already hung it up.
 Also in the package was a Christmas ornament, Goats milk soap, which is just wonderful, (her son
and Daughter in law), have a wonderful business and they make the soap and lotion, I have to
say it is the best I have every used.
 Also enclose is a beautiful nativity pin, and a santa timer candle, and some wonderful homemade
peanut brittle. I have already gotten into it and it is so yummy.
 I can never thank you enough for all of these wonderful goodies Wendy, most of all thank
you for being such a wonderful friend.
 Also you need to check out the 12 Days of Christmas blog hop that Wendy is hosting,
just go to her blog and you will enjoy reading all of the great tutorials and recipes.

Everything is wrapped so beautiful

Just look at all of these wonderful goodies

I love the Santa with his sheep and the beautiful wool appliqued pillow
Love the tag, but I couldn't help myself, I couldn't wait.

Isn't it beautiful hanging

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop


I am honored to be participating in Ravenwood Whimzies 12 Days of Christmas Blog hop.


 Believe me there are so many awesome crafters each day that you won't want to miss a day.

I would like to welcome you to Day number 1.
 

I am not sure if you are like me, but I love making some of my Christmas gifts. And I love tutorials.
So I would like to share with you how to make a 10 minute table runner. I wanted to do an easy
tutorial that even the beginning crafter would be able to do.

First you need 1/3rd. yard  of fabric, that will be your theme print, then you will need 1/2yard
of coordinating print.

1)  cut fabric to size
2) Place right sides together, Stitch long (crosswise grain) edges 1/2" seam
3) Press seam away from the center fabric.


 Now you will have a long tube.


4) Turn fabric to the right side.
5) Lay flat on ironing board and press so that the theme print is bordered evenly on long sides with
    the coordinating print.
6) Trim short ends even.
7) Fold fabric in half lengthwise with theme print out. Stitch 1/2 " seam on both short ends,
   photo below.


 8) Press seams open, photo below
 9) Turn seams inside to form a point, press.
 10) Photo below,  Top stitch edge or add a decorative button on the edge of the short seam
        to secure in pace or top stitch edge to keep fabric secure.

 My finished runner, love how the colors coordinate. I also love snowmen because they can be left out all Winter long. My finished runner is 42" long.

Total cost of my table runner $3.50, and what an awesome inexpensive handmade gift.

 Next I want to share one of my all time favorite cookie recipes, My mom made these when I was a child, they were always my dads favorite cookies.
Butter-Nut Snowballs

2 sticks butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups finely chopped nuts
powdered sugar

Cream butter, sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Mix flour and salt and add to creamed mixture
mixing throughly. Add nuts and mix well.

Shape into 1" balls and place on baking sheet.

Place in slow oven 325 degrees, 20 minutes. Do not brown, Cool, roll in powdered sugar.
Makes approx, 6 doz.
Yummy snowball cookies.

I have enjoyed being a part of this 12 Days of Christmas blog hop and hope you enjoyed Day number one. Merry Christmas from my heart to yours!!!

Now I can't wait until day number 2!!!!!




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Riley's Birthday Party

Riley's Birthday Party
Me, Ron, Riley and Cole

Me and baby Jake

Me and baby Jake
"Just what I ordered"! Rem. everytime a baby is born so is a Grandma!!

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Mom, dad and my three beautiful sisters

Daughter Steph, Mat, Riley and Cole

Daughter Steph, Mat, Riley and Cole
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Celebrating parents 50th. Wedding anniversary

Celebrating parents 50th. Wedding anniversary
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Son with Applachian trail blanket
Luke hiked the entire AT 2007, he's the man!

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I have been married to my sweetheart Ronnie for 30 years.We live in the beautiful shenandoah valley of Va. We have 2 beautiful children and 3 beautiful grandchildren. I am a christian, and am blessed with two wonderful jobs. I am a hairdresser and also a nurse, I am proud of my nursing degree which I got at age 47. I give the Lord much praise for this. I also enjoy primitive crafts, antiquing, cooking, reading and gardening. My husband and I bought an old farmhouse in WV five years ago and it was ancient, floor rotted out in the kitchen, no bathroom, bats flying around, mice. Scary, well now five years later we have most of it completed, working now on a roof for the wrap around porch.We sand blasted some of the walls so they would be original, we also took all the old weatherboarding off of the outside of the house, planed it and put it back on some of the inside walls. We also have added a wrap around porch. Since we have remodled the old farmhouse, that is how I came up with my blog name.