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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Simple Abundance

I want to thank everyone who have left me such wonderful comments, tweets and messages during this difficult time. While I am still currently in Minnesota I felt that it was appropriate to run this post, which was written prior to my Grandmother’s passing, as she was one of the most faithful women I have been blessed to know. Next Sunday as I light my first makeshift advent candle I will be thinking of her.
 
Photo by Uusi kuu. This would make a good table centerpiece. I have a plate like this that I use on the table for Fall. I could do this for Christmas!
Black Friday is coming.  
Along with it there will be mobs of people pushing, fighting, cursing….everything that the spirit of Christmas is not.
To safeguard my peace I no longer participate. I stay home and pray for those, like the Fashionista, who leave still warm Thanksgiving turkeys to go serve the frenzied masses.
Never would have thought of my green's from Christmas. But wow how pretty. I will be putting this at my entry to my front door.
It’s easy for the peace of season to be stolen. Joy can disappear as quickly as the last parking space being taken even though your blinker was on. Hope can be lost when you travel to three different grocery stores only to discover that there are no cranberries left to be found.  Love can be lost when tempers short out faster than Chevy Chase’s fuse box.
So how do we keep the joy, hope, love and peace of the season alive?
We keep our mind and heart focused on what really matters.
Eyes on the prize so to speak.
Could translate easily to an advent wreath
The season of advent helps us to do that. Every Sunday a new candle is lit.With it anger can be replaced with the light. Fresh promise awaits. 
Tips para tu mesa: Crea una Navidad llena de luz con velas y de aromas cálidos con especias como la canela.

In years passed I have hosted online cookies exchanges, Christmas craft link ups, perfect present parties…All good things, but probably now long forgotten.

Advent Wreath in Cake Tin: Moss, ribbon around the candles, and matchboxes wrapped in Christmas paper
This year I am trying to capture something more.
More goodness, more hope, more joy, more happiness, more peace.


Each Sunday throughout the season of advent the focus will be on the good I have gleaned from the previous week. Small joys and glimpses of the reason for the season.

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Like a single candle that is lit then passed on I invite you to join me. Either by posting your own small bits of bliss every Sunday on your own blog or just by leaving happy stories through the comments here.

Gives me inspiration to use a bundt pan for the base of  the advent wreath center piece
A lovely reminder to help you focus on the good during harried weeks is to create an advent candle display in your home. Each glimpse of it may slow your breath and remind you to focus on the eternal light. Of course with the help of Pinterest you can see that the lighting of the advent candle has come a long way. It is no longer limited to just a wreath. You can use simple canning jars, old tins, wooden boxes, and so much more. Ever simple, but truly lovely.


As I was collecting christmas inspiration, I came across some trends. Candles in vintage vessels (such as metal pots, tins, cermaic pots or bottles) and surrounded by greenery, such as moss and pin...
It was my mother, Nadine, who introduced me to the advent candle. In her memory this week I will be creating our display in her old crazed ceramic bundt pan.

Yes, I will still be sharing crafts and recipes during the week but the Sabbath will hold something more.
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Will you join me in lighting the first candle next Sunday?

Advent candles - I wonder if I could find a cool old cake tin that is round? I love this idea but still want the round wreath.
"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” ~ Matthew 5:14
Laura
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Eleanor Emma Becker Ingalls– "Grandma Jingles”

Born April 22, 1922

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Received Her Wings November 17, 2014

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So many of you, over the years, fell in love with “Grandma Jingles”.

It was easy to do.

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Over the years Grandma Jingles was mentioned countless times. Here are just a few favorites.

Me too Grandma, Me too

Laughter Is The Best Medicine

A Wee Little Tea Set

Toyland, Toyland

Over the River and Through The Woods

Queen For A Day

A Rose By Any Other Name

Do Me A Favor

But truly the best post was this… To think of all we could have missed.

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She was love and she was loved.

My friends I will be stepping away from the blog for awhile as I travel to Minnesota.

I rest secure knowing heaven is rejoicing at the newest angels arrival.

Laura

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Grandma Jingles Needs Your Prayers

I received a call tonight that my dear Grandmother is in the hospital. She has been having heart trouble and her aortic valve (the main heart valve) is so narrow that it can barely pump any blood throughout the body. She is almost 93 and has opted for no extreme measures.  I have booked my flight and will leave in the next few hours, God willing, as it has started to snow here in Fort Worth.

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I did speak to her a few minutes ago. They are keeping her comfortable and I told her I would be there in time to have lunch with her. She said that she is looking forward to seeing me.

Her doctor has advised me that there is a strong possibility she will not make it through the night.

Please my friends pray that my flight leaves on time, that the three hour car trip from Minneapolis to her town near the Canadian border goes smoothly and I will get to her bedside in time.

Please pray I get there on time. She has asked for me and I SO want to be there.

Laura

The Choice To Sparkle

Earlier this week Mr. Décor spent several hours in the attic. The next morning he announced “The mice are using the area from the garage to the house as a super highway.” This is definitely a sentence now on my list of things I don’t want to hear. Yet at the same time I’m thinking this:

This latest gem is just the tip of the iceberg with our cottage. There is so much that needs to be done with this money pit house that I will have blogging material for the rest of my days. It was and is overwhelming. This past week I sort of just shut down. There was/is so much to do that I had no idea where to start. While everything is technically unpacked there are piles of things that still need to be put away, pictures to hang, books to be shelved, curtains to make….I did none of it. For three days I woke up and said “Nope.”

Instead I said “Let’s start this years Christmas crafts!” Which required trips to Hobby Lobby, Michaels and Joann’s. Yes, let’s bring MORE stuff into the house. But really nothing motivates me faster to set up my craft room/office than the possibility of getting glitter everywhere.

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So it’s chaos at my home. Yours too? I am still managing to keep up with the laundry and feeding my people. They don’t seem to mind the mess because everything has a bit of shimmer to it

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So too life can be messy, but God can help bring the glimmer back into your life.

Something more is coming on November 30th.

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Will you be sparkling?

Laura

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” ~ Matthew 5:16

Friday, November 14, 2014

Storybook Cottage Kitchen Curtains ~ Sneak Peek

I’ve been thinking about what kind of curtains I would like in our kitchen.

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I love the idea of traditional café curtains.

The kitchen has one window over the sink that looks out onto a….large tree trunk. Um, yeah, that tree needs to go STAT before the next storm takes it down or it wreaks havoc on the plumbing.

Because it could be so pretty.

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We also have a large bay window The strange perch below is too low to be a window seat. Since the area extends beyond the foundation it really shouldn’t/couldn’t support the additional weight. The dogs have claimed it as one of their prime lookout spots so it may become the worlds nicest dog bed.

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Of course I could turn it into a little herb garden….

These cafe curtains are an essential for a bright kitchen like this one. The beige looks really nice when paired with the green plants. The cafe curtains block out enough light that it won't blind you while you're eating but still lets you enjoy natural lighting.

The adjoining utility room might get something a little like this:

I picked up some inexpensive tension rods. I already had the ring clips.

french pleat café curtains in the kitchen

If you follow me on Instagram last Wednesday viewers were given a sneak peek of the antique linen and trims that I have in mind for the project.

Now if I can just find my sewing machine….

Laura