Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Where Christmas ISN'T

 With one week left until Christmas day I am determined to pull back the reins on running through the last few days of the holiday season like a horse racing to the finish line. At the risk of sounding like Andy Rooney, I have to confess that I resent the commercialism of this beautiful season. It seems like the push for getting the holidays ' right ' whether it be securing the perfect gifts on time or decorating to the nines comes earlier and earlier every year. 

By the time I got going on decorating this year I was already beginning to tire of seeing the mess of fake decorations and pre-packaged gift baskets everywhere. Earlier this month I went out to my local Michael's Craft Store in search of some Christmas decorating inspiration for our dining room table. After circling the floral department for what seemed like an eternity, I assembled some fake evergreens, selected a gilded bird cage and tossed some sparkling faux berries in my shopping cart  for some added bling. As I got close to the check out line ( which is also conveniently located right near the exit doors ) I parked my basket and made a run for it!  Yep! I left empty handed! The whole experience left me cold. It took a few days for me to shake it off so I stayed home, baked some cookies, went to an open house at friends ( which cheered me up ) and then I attempted to find Christmas again. 
This time I didn't travel far. I stepped outside in the wee hours of the morning (still in my jammies and slippers) floral cutters in hand and snipped some fresh pine branches from a lovely tree in our backyard. It was cold, misty and damp outside but it felt good to be in the garden. Once I was back inside I gathered supplies for creating a simple, sustainable bouquet. 
I dug out one of my gold plate chargers, a mason jar, some vintage lace with gold threaded edges, and a sprig faux of holly berries from my stash of Christmas decorations and got busy trying to find Christmas!

Low and behold the next morning when I got up the sun was shining brightly through the window in our dining room lighting up my natural centerpiece so beautifully. At last, I found Christmas! Right here at home!

Have you found Christmas yet? I know where it ISN'T. Do you?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sarah Hudock CHICKENART Christmas Ornament Giveaway!!!

Dear friends,
I'm so excited to share with you another amazing giveaway from the delightful and talented artist, Sarah Hudock of ChickenArt.com .

Cottage in Winter

 She's known for her signature Happy Tins signs adorned with down home sayings and images that warm the heart ( and your barn or coop if'n you have'm).  

Today she's giving away THREE of  her Christmas Tin ornaments.  They are a new design this year and have been flying out the door of her studio!


 Whoever wins this giveaway will be getting the last of her 2014 designs! 
Good luck everyone! 

If you don't do Facebook just enter with a comment and answer this question? 
Do you keep chickens?

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop # 180 and A LITTLE Farmgirl Christmas Giveaway from Santa Claus!

 Happy Farmgirl Friday! Welcome Back! 

Debbie ( aka Farmgirl Unleashed) has a cute little farmgirl giveaway on her blog for y'all today! 
She recently visited Santa Claus, Indiana and couldn't resist bring back this adorable little cowgirl boot Christmas ornament to give away!  Read about Debbie's trip here and then be sure to enter to win at the bottom of her post!
What farmgirl doesn't need one, two or TEN ca-Ute cowgirl boots on her tree? 

 I've spent my morning reading last week's entries and I am just over-joyed with the bounty you all shared! Where else can you find inspiration for creating your very own Vintage Fairy-tale Christmas,  tips for the novice pig farmer and just about everything else in between?

A BIG FARMGIRL THANK YOU from Debbie and I for taking time to stop here each week and share your talents and your daily lives with us and each other. 
Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart~ MaryJane Butters

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