Weekend Family Gathering

Family Gathering in the Foothills

My side of the family (as many of those who could make it) got together for a (hopefully annual) gathering in Nevada City, California, on Saturday.  I hadn’t seen one of my cousins in many, many years and it was wonderful reconnecting.

Nevada City is a charming old, Gold Rush mining town situated in the lower Sierra Nevadas. The town is built on many hills, so some of the pictures I took seem crooked but were taken on multileveled streets.  We ate lunch at Lefty’s Tavern and I had a “Frenchy” burger with carmelized onions, mushrooms and Brie cheese, with sweet potato fries.  Obviously, a “Yum” facility (the green building with the red door below)!

family Reunion DecNext to the Stone House was a cave, but there weren’t any lights on, so we only made it about 30 feet into the entrance before turning around.


Coming out
Coming out

It was a beautiful day to spend with family and we all came to the same conclusion: we have to do it more often!

IMG_0518The scrawny tree in the town square.


The most important thing to God’s heart is relationship and it should be the priority in our lives also.  Most of what Jesus had to say dealt with the “one anothers” and the commitment that we should have in establishing and maintaining our family ties, friendships, and the care for those in our community.  I want to encourage you to find ways to strengthen “the ties that bind” our hearts together in this coming new year and to be committed to laying our lives down for our friends (and family).




Christmas Time

Christmas at Our House

I wish you all an absolutely wonderful Christmas holiday and a glorious New Year!


Going into this holiday, as far as decorating, my thoughts were “white” and “vintage”.  After working weeks and weeks on craft projects and finding the right decorations; I finally finished.  All I need to do now is wrap presents and cook the family dinner.  Then I get to rest!

Details of the tree….

Some of the ornaments that I made. The top left picture is the handmade star tree topper.
I even made a paper chain with antique paper.


Here are the stockings I made to go with the decor, I didn’t use our family relics this year, but started from scratch.

The letter medallions are removable so that I could re-gift them next year.
The letter medallions are removable so that I could re-gift them next year.



IMG_0457Finally, the real reason we celebrate this time of year…

My daughter found these Nativity figurines at Good Will – 1/2 price, which fit my “white” theme, so I have displayed them in a tablescape.

Merry Christmas to all!  May your coming year be blessed with all the desires of your heart, favor, and riches in the Holy Spirit! Love to you!

The Reason for the Season

Reminder of the Reason

With all the pressure to find gifts, decorate our homes, bake fabulous Christmas goodies, visiting family and friends, attending parties, and the social whirlwind surrounding the holidays, sometimes we forget the reason we do all these things.  So to help me remember I wrote a little note on my chalkboard wall.


“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.”  Isaiah 9:6-7





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Yes, I am still decorating and I am almost finished!  Today I put several projects together to do a tablescape.  I included my Dollar Store painted and glittered ceramic houses, flocked bristle trees, and the chalkboard sign in the background.

Using an old frame that I’ve had for years,  I painted a 1/4 ” piece of plywood (cut to fit the frame) with black chalkboard paint. Then “cured” the finish with white chalk covering the entire surface.

In Microsoft Word I printed the word “Believe” in the Edwardian Script font at 600 pt. – I traced it to the chalkboard but I didn’t think it was white enough, so I used white acrylic paints to cover the script to make it look stronger.

Time is passing by so quickly and I am finally seeing an end in sight.  My house tour coming this week!  Blessings!




Christmas Cards

Easy and Unique Christmas Cards

I was shopping for Christmas cards for this year and just couldn’t find anything that I really loved.

#1 Rule: never buy anything you don’t absolutely love or at least really inspires you).

I wanted something “vintage” to go with my Christmas theme this year, but most cards were “cheesy” (slang for something that is not attractive or funky – which means lacking style or taste, unsophisticated). . . So I came up with my own.

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I remembered I had blank cards and found some beautiful gift tags that resulted in one-of-a-kind cards.



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Materials that I found:

  • Target – Reindeer gift tags
  • Papaya! – vintage gift tags : Holiday Swan and Peace Flower (I found them at Whole Foods)
  • My Mind’s Eye – “All Dolled Up” 50 pre-folded, double-sided cards (I found them at Barnes and Noble) www.mymindseye.com