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Tanya (pronounced like the color TAN) : ))

Saturday, December 31, 2011

What a 'Winful' Year!!

Only a few more hrs. to go here in the States. As of today, I've finally got my house back in order after a week -long endeavor to take all my gingers and Christmas items down and replace them w/snowmen, which I'll share on my next post.

But before I show you all my tweaking, I wanted to show several things that I've either won, swapped or been RAK'd with, which I mentioned on my last post. By the way, I also want to say a big THANK YOU to all who left me sweet comments about my gingers! Yes, I do have a LOT, and it does take me awhile to get them all out and then put away again, LOL.

First up is this gorgeous hooked rug I won from Katie, over at Primitive Woolens. This has been awhile back, but I didn't want to forget to show it. I absolutely love it!! The colors are beautiful and it fits right in w/my decor. A great big thank you once again!! sorry it took me so long to show it.

She also made and sent along a couple of cuties as extras, a little wool bird and a sweet rose pin.Earlier in the fall I also won a great big door prize at a quilt shop.....A 10~minute table runner kit....3 fat quarters of MY choice......One small and one large pattern of MY choice.....A $25 gift certificate, which I purchased these patterns with and had a little $$ left over..., so I got some flannel fabric w/it. Also a little key chain that turns into a tape measure.Another goodie from a prim gift shop that's only a few doors down from the quilt shop.....the shop owner had a few of these cute mice left over from her open house, so she gave me a set and you should have seen how pretty it was gift wrapped.....Valerie, from the Wooden Acorn sent me this darling resin ginger 'man' to go w/the 'momma' and ''child' ginger I bought from her earlier in the fall. Thank you again Valerie, it was so sweet of you! She knew I needed to complete the ginger family~ LOL!!Christine, from Preferably Prim also sent me a wonderful surprise........ a sweet snowman card, a pretty sheep scene on a magnet....She made me a prim burlap tree...Stitched me a darling gingerbread pillow.......and colored him in perfectly!! Thank you again Christine, I was totally surprised when I saw your package from the UK. Love it all, but esp. the gingerbread boy!! :))Last, but not least, was my gingerbread swap w/Wendy, from The Quiet Room. She ended up sending me not one, but TWO boxes full of prim goodies!! Heart shaped ornaments, a box of the most delish chocolates, and several hand~made items.....

Thanks again Wendy~ I love everything you sent me and I'll try not to send you a bill when I have to buy bigger clothes from eating all that chocolate!! LOL

One last gingerbread pic.........this was my centerpiece on the island this yr.......now they are all packed away for another yr.
Well, I hope you've had a chance to think back over the highlights and hopefully not many 'lowlights' of 2011. One of my main goals for this yr. is I hope to be a bit more organized w/mostly my time. Even tho' I did get quite a few things made this yr, I felt like there were several things I started that I never finished or I had good intentions of making, but then never got around to it, so I'm going to try to be more disciplined w/my time, among other things(and believe me there are plenty) ha . Any goals or resolutions you have for the New Yr??

I hope that all of you have a healthy, happy, prosperous NEW YEAR full of God's greatest blessings in 2012!!!

Happy New Year everyone!!! Here's to more stitching, sewing, quilting, crafting or whatever makes you happiest! See ya next yr! and don't forget to plan a new adventure!!

"Continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours." Beethoven

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

More Gingerbread?? Part 4

Here's my newest addition to my ginger collection~my honey got for me at Cracker Barrel restaurant. I love their food, but even more their gift shop! It's a cookie jar which didn't get used this time around, but hopefully next yr! :))
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas w/their family and friends! We celebrated ours on Fri. and boy did my house look like a tornado hit w/paper & glitter flying all over the family room. I don't know why I bother to clean BEFORE hand, I should just wait till afterwards, lol. There were 13 of us and we had a wonderful day together. The ginger on the right has a pot scrubber in the back of it. Got it at HL on sale for half price! :))This is my new philosophy...hee hee.My Boyd's gingerbear sat under the 4ft. gingerbread tree.I had this tree in the living room last yr. for those who remember, but this yr. I put it in the laundry room on top of the pie safe.This was in the kitchen last yr. next to the island, but got moved into the laundry room as well.Can't remember how many yrs. I've had this little gal.Love those Gooseberry Patch calendars ~ I use my 40% off coupon at HL every fall when they first come out.Another new addition to the ginger collection this yr. is this towel that I finally found time to stitch. I even went to the library one day and worked on it! It's a small section of a Plum Pudding Needleart pattern. I still have a few of these towels left in different colors if anyone is interested.
Bought this one at Hobby Lobby last yr. I never did try this particular recipe, but I did manage to bake some gingerbread cookies this yr. for the first time, but ran out of time to decorate them, ha.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my little tours, LOL. Next time I hope to show you some of my winful items that I've either won, swapped or been RAK'd with, and yes~ some are GINGERS!!! LOL

"If life were predictable, it would cease to be life and would be w/out flavor." ~Eleanor Roosevelt.

Happy Stitching until next time!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

More Gingers ~ Part Three

Ok you guys, I think I have ginger~itus!! I'm thinkin' I have a strong addiction going on! LOL
But until I find a 'cure', I'll show ya a few more ginger items in my third cabinet along my kitchen wall.

I made a new wreath this yr. to go along w/the ginger theme. I found this cute ribbon at a craft store awhile back w/gingers on it and I knew I had to make it into a bow. (It just jumped into my cart)~ LOL I kept the wreath pretty simple this yr. cuz it's all I had to work with and my time was running out, but next yr. I might add some more berries or something to jazz it up a bit. (those of you who make beautiful wreaths, just turn your heads) tee hee. It's looking a bit too plain in the pics.
I wanted you to see the sparkles on it....Here's another new item, but I forgot to show it lit up. This cute guy is made out of wood and has a light inside.....Not exactly ginger~related, but I thought it was too cute to pass up........it's also real sparkly too.This little guy was the one I bought off of Valerie awhile back when I visited her shop. I stuck him in this old grater.......Hanging inside one cabinet door.........and a wool stocking I made a few yrs. ago, hanging on the other door.......

I still have some more to share, so will be back hopefully before Christmas Day. If not, I will continue my ginger posts next week and some random Christmas decor around the house.

IF I don't make it back on here before then, I hope everyone has the most wonderful Christmas ever!! We will be celebrating our big day w/the grandkids this Fri. for the very first time and we can't wait!! For now tho' I still have lots to do to get ready for it.

Until then, MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone!! Don't forget to read Luke chapter 2, which tells us all about the TRUE meaning of Christmas.

Friday, December 16, 2011

More Gingers?? Part Two

Hi everyone! I'm finally back and it's been a wild week of last minute Christmas shopping and running errands. I've been gone all day, everyday this wk. and today I just needed to stay home and get some things done.
Hopefully this blog post won't get all messed up like last time. Planned on showing a lot more pics per post, but decided not to take a chance, so just gonna show you a few at a time.

This cabinet stands to the right of the big hutch I showed last time. I know many of you will recognize several gingerbread from last yr., but I did try to mix it up and also added a few new pieces to my collection. Can anyone have TOO many gingerbreads??? I don't think so! LOL
I bought these 3 blocks several wks. ago off of Grandma Kringle who has an Etsy shop. I just fell in love w/them.
Sorry this one turned out so dark. I didn't realize it till after I had already uploaded it. The round box was also a special order. I loved the handpainting on it! I wish now I had taken a close up of it.

That's all for part two, but I still have plenty more to share, so I'll be back in a few days to continue the tour. Hope to see you back then! I sure am enjoying all the Christmas music and movies this time of year! Let me know what your favorites are.

Are you feeling the pressure yet?? Don't worry~ you still have over a week yet before the BIG day! Until then~ "The greatest sweetener of human life is friendship." I certainly hope each of you connects w/the sweetest of friends in the universe this season~Jesus~ the ONE and ONLY reason for our Christmas Season!!