Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

From my house to yours.

  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  I hope each day is filled with great delight and spiritual significance in this season of new birth.  We have much to celebrate, reviving new hope and new paths before us in the coming year.  May all your desires, promises, and expectations be fruitful, coming to pass as we live each day with the blessings of Heaven.  Lovingly thankful, Annie








Ornaments 2014

Altered Altoid Tin Lids

I guess because I have so many Altoid tins that I’ve collected over the years, I figured I’d do something with them again.  Last year I used the bottom of the tins turning them into ornaments, that became my most pinned pin on Pinterest!  Those ornaments are still my #1…but I still had all the lids to turn into projects and decided to make a few more.

Last year’s review:  2013 Altered Altoid tins.

Varieties finished
Varieties finished

Here is my new 2014 line-up of tins:

2014altoidornThese are much more colorful and detailed (just goes to prove with practice you can improve).

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Weekend Treasures

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Evolution of Style Blog     Here is a taste of what was posted for this weekend:

Be sure to visit and have a little reading for this long weekend.

Ikea Hacks

This summer I am setting aside the entire months of June and July to finish projects and start some new ones.  First thing is the redecorating/remodel of our kitchen.  It is so dated and needs an uplift.  I was totally inspired when I went to IKEA last week and came up with this general concept…all things I can do (with a little help of course).  I love the farmhouse sink, counter tops, shelving, drawer pulls –  all from IKEA.


Of course there are all kinds of projects you can begin with the simplest purchased items from IKEA, I think I may try some of these myself. Here are a few below: click on the pictures to get a full view.

Thanks to Censational Girl, Live Simply by Annie, Style Me Pretty, The Golden Boys and Me –  and just type in the Search on Pinterest : IKEA hacks and you’ll find loads of awesome ideas.

Cute Idea


When I stumble across this birthday crown on Pinterest, I fell in love with it.  Linda Albrecht of Maya Road makes these and it is featured on her site.  Since both of my granddaughters have birthdays in May, I thought it would be a perfect surprise on their special day (making them myself of course). They could keep them as treasures for years to come and remember their Nannie.

Keep having a fabulous weekend!

Most Repinned on Pinterest

These are the most repinned Pins on my Pinterest boards:

Christmas Altoid Altered Tins on my Holiday board


Varieties finished

And this favorite Saying or Quote:

God will provide

My input on what this means: 

This is so true!!!     Many times when we have been in need, God has always supplied those needs in many and various ways.  We have gone on mission trips to places like India and we were supernaturally left money on our doorstep, the next time our way was paid for and we had to pay the money back, and still another time we went with nothing, and had to trust God along the way every day.  The Lord wants us to trust Him, not methods or manipulation (trying to figure it all out on our own).

We had other means of financing trips and projects: selling all that we could – even cars, working part-time jobs, and trading services.  God is creative, He wants to bring ideas to you that you wouldn’t think of except by a “word of knowledge”, by the Holy Spirit.  Believe Him for the things you need, He will supply them beyond what you can think of or ask for!  I love that about God!  Once when I needed money for a trip He specifically told me, “When you were a child and you went on a road trip, did you ever question your dad about where you would sleep, what you would eat, or how much the trip would cost?” I had to say “no”.  “So put that same kind of trust in Me and I will take you where you need to go!”  I have never forgotten that!


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!