Friday, December 23, 2011

Tis the Season . . .

Seasons Greetings!!

How are things going at your house? Ready or not, here comes Christmas !

No sewing going on at all at my house, not even a quick 20 minutes over the last two weeks! I've been too busy to even miss it. I spent a couple of days with family, shopping, visiting, and baking, I had a wonderful time, time well spent. I've attended parties and gatherings and ate wonderful food.

I also squeezed in a quick trip to New York City. My husband had to travel to the city for business and asked if I wanted to tag along, who would pass up a few days of Christmas hustle and bustle in the Big Apple? Well me, almost. A quick trip to New York, days before Christmas, I've got decorating, shopping, baking, and parties to tend to and what if we got to NY then couldn't get home! Well I adjusted my schedule, threw caution to the wind and went and am so glad I did.

Here's the tree at Rockefeller Center, as amazing as it looks on TV, it looks even more impressive in person. That's one huge tree! So much to see in just a few days, but I enjoyed all the trimmings, every decorated store window, the shopping, the show and the food. Plus I made it back home in one piece, on time, sans cold or flu! Who could ask for more!

I wasn't the only person who decided to visit the city before Christmas, I'll NEVER complain about the lines or folks at my only local store ever again. It felt great to be surrounded by folks from all over the world for a few days, a little reminder to me of how many folks there are in this world, lots and lots of folks!!

Here's the latest picture of my miracle Home Depot $4.99 poinsettia,

it's still yet to drop a single leaf! I am in awe of how beautiful this plant continues to be! Several of you mentioned that my poinsettia would easily last until Christmas, I had my doubts but you were right! Now I'm wondering how long it will last!!

I went with a new theme for my kitchen table decorations this year. My friend Donna at Sugar Spice and Southern Life has a wonderful knack for decorating, go check out her blog for a wonderful tour of her house, it's amazing. (click here)

One thing Donna decorates with year round are cloche bell jars. Every time Donna would blog about her latest cloche landscape I would say to myself, "I've got to get me one of those cloches", well I finally did! Thanks Donna for the inspiration!

If I was sending Christmas cards this year this would be it, so consider this your Christmas card from me to you.

My daughter picked up that reindeer last year when she was home for Thanksgiving. When she went back home I took it to the pack mail store so it could go live with her in California. Uh, shipping reindeer as it turns out is an expensive venture, who knew!! After a little research we found out she could buy the exact same reindeer online for less than the cost of the one she bought at the store plus, get this, FREE shipping. So that's why I have a white reindeer at my house, and my daughter has its twin at hers!

Well I'm ready for the holidays, the last minutes to dos, like grocery shopping and wrapping are done. My daughter arrived yesterday, all that's left to do is enjoy the season. I'm going to attempt baking a coconut layer cake, my first, wish me luck!

I hope you have a safe, healthy and happy holiday full of cheer, your support and friendship to me this year has been a wonderful gift, thanks so much.


  1. Thelma, Wishing you and yours a very Merry and Blessed Christmas. Hugs...

  2. Happy Holidays to you and yours, Thelma.

  3. I think New York City is busy 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

  4. Merry Christmas Thelma. I'm looking forward to another year of blogging, quilting and friendship.

  5. Merry Christmas , THelma, Thank you for blogging and sharing and spurring our enthusiasm for the love of quilts. May the New Year be grand for you and your family.Hugs and Stitches Always.

  6. Merry Christmas to you Thelma! So glad you enjoyed yourself in NYC. Was wondering where you were, as I'm sure everyone else wondered too. Glad it was a good thing! Cooper looks so handsome in your photo. He's such a good boy.
    *sillysally* aka choc chip addict

  7. Thelma,
    Thank you for all the pics! I know you had a wonderful time in the big city!
    I am so glad you got a cloche! Everything looks lovely!! Glad I could inspire someone! You know you are my inspiration for quilting :)
    Cooper is the cutest thing ever ... give him a hug for me :)
    Merry Christmas and Hugs,

  8. And a Happy Holiday to you and yours. Thanks for the pics, love to see Cooper,he looks so behaved. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Merry Christmas! I really enjoy reading your blog. A few years ago I had a poinsettia that stayed looking like the day I bought it until May!
    It only lost a couple of leaves and everyone wondered if it was real. Have a wonderful holiday.

  10. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones! Enjoy your time together...hope the cake turns out well!

  11. Oh gosh, I have always dreamed of going to NY for Christmas... to see the tree in the square! And the window displays! What a wonderful start to your holiday celebration Thelma! I love your deer... and the story:) Nice to have your daughter home, doesn't that just make everything perfect?!? Cooper is adorable, posing for you there! Have a very merry and very blessed Christmas.

  12. I enjoyed this post & glad I recently found your blog. How exciting that you got to spend a few days in NYC this time of year. Wishing you & your family a wonderful Christmas!

  13. Oooh, I love NYC at Christmas time! Luckily, we're not that far (although we haven't been in a few years, I'll have to put that on the calendar sometime soon). I love, your "Christmas card" picture! I wish you a very Merry Christmas (and I wish for your cake to turn out perfectly!)

  14. Happy Christmas! Love the photo of Cooper and the reindeer!

  15. Merry Christmas, Thelma. Best wishes for the new year.

  16. Merry Christmas, Thelma. I can't wait to see what quilts are in your future for 2012!

  17. Hi Thelma,
    Your decorations look beautiful! I'm glad you threw caution to the wind and visited NYC too. Isn't it amazing how many people can fit into that small space?
    Very best wishes to you for a wonderful New Year!

  18. Hi Thelma..oh you lucky girl getting to go to New York.....I love NY..but couldnt live there..but what a wonderful place to shop!!! this is a lovely post and an enjoyable read..Happy New Year to you...

  19. Hope you had a merry Christmas and best wishes for the new year!!


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