Friday, December 23, 2016

Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas.... And a Few Life in December Photos

Oh my!! Hello friends..
How are you doing?

Well I hope.. 
Christmas day is almost upon us.
Can you believe it?

My mind is swirling with so many thoughts as I'm resting a bit.

 Hanging onto all of the beauty and wonder of the lights,
the gatherings and special events.

Today, my daughter and I went bear hunting at the grocery store.
                  And we caught one and then we took it hostage and stuffed it into
the back of my husband's car!

HAHA... just plain fun.

our trip, of course.
Which was absolutely
perfect and amazing!
We had tickets to the Ballet Arizona
production of the Nutcracker.
It was spectacular beyond words.

And for our youngest daughter's
late 20th birthday present,
we went to see the 
For King and Country
Christmas Tour concert featuring Lauren Daigle.
I love to go on "holiday"in the winter. 
There's just something so exciting and special about it.

I will save that for another post.
I'm still gathering pictures from the phones and cameras.

There have been some really exciting times but much of the time I have 
 been enjoying everyday things. 
It was quieter and more simple for me. 

And it has been a Christmas to remember.

These past couple of weeks, we've played music with our friends to 
raise money for gifts for local children.
We were able to bring in $500.00 and we had s much fun doing it!

I enjoy such a mix of Christmas music.
Traditional O Holy Night ( one of my favorites ) by Nat King Cole to the
pumped up version of 
The Little Drummer Boy by 
For King and Country.

You can watch it here

Do you have a favorite Christmas carol or song?

I just want to share a few pictures of what I've been
busy at. I have enjoyed seeing others homes
and projects and hearing about their
families and friends. So I thought I'd share a bit also. 
Part of my Christmas village... it's a work in progress!
And I always enjoy making some cards to send some handmade love
to friends and family! 
 A little thrifting and a smoothie outing with my daughter
is always in order! 
I have found some beautiful
things this year. 
My middle daughter, Hannah, says that I'm a 
treasure magnet. 
(Maybe I just spend a lot of time in thrift stores ;)
Just today, I found the most adorable
little music box for my granddaughters.  The cutest
group of snowmen with halos and the music box 
played Joy to the World. 
It was perfect! 
I secretly wanted to keep it but I wanted them 
to have it more. They will love it!
Part of my HUGE pile of CHEX MIX that 
was atop my kitchen counter cooling!
 My Christmas wreath that I made.
 The December craft show.
 The following pictures are all of angel wing ornaments that I made.
This little tree has since been decorated with gleaming
silver, glass pinecones and a string of shiny silver beads.
The giggles had fun making it pretty!
And I am still decorating.. Shhhh!
Am I the only one?

Well tomorrow is Christmas eve.
And all is well.
What we've done is enough.
I am purposely practicing the
discipline of NOT doing that one more thing!
It has helped me to release that
temptation to make things perfect.

Well done ladies!
The baking and shopping and wrapping.
All that giving and doing. 

We might have a white christmas so in lieu of that,
 here's the classic and classy Bing Crosby
 singing one of our favorite songs of the season!

And here's a clip from Meet Me in St Louis with Judy Garland

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. 

So warm wishes to you and I hope that you do!

Enjoying family and friends..cozy fires, good food,
playing games, opening gifts... feeling the love that came down
and that is all around.
And always, always counting our blessings.

Thank you so much for coming by.
I always hope that you find a bit of peace,
happiness and inspiration here.

Love and hugs,


Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2017.

Gaby Bee said...

What a beautiful post!

Merry Christmas and a very Happy Healthy New Year to you and all your loved ones.

Gaby xo

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh Tamara that picture of you and your daughter is so cute. I can see the love in both of your eyes. Such a wonderful pictures. Merry Christmas sweet friend. Enjoy these next few days. Love those angel wing ornaments you made. Super pretty. Have a wonderful time with your family.
Merry Christmas

Jeff LeFevre said...

I love your words and pictures! You always make our home so beautiful and snug and Christmasey feeling! Thank you my love for a beautiful and fun Christmas season!

Kelly @ Homespuns 'n Hayfields said...

Hi Tamara, what a wonderful Christmas post, it's very warm and fuzzy. Your photos are magical! It looks like you have been extremely busy but enjoying every moment. Your daughter is beautiful, the two of you look a lot alike. I love all your crafting and I love how you decorated your wreath, the angel decorations are adorable.

Blessings to you for a wonderful holiday season! Kelly

white and vintage said...

Hello Tamara,
wonderful fotos. I wish you too a wonderful Christmastime.

Fil said...

You are so talented Tamara - your angel wing decorations look lovely.
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas day and that the winter break and coming year is full of love, fun, art and music.
Love and Blessings from Ireland.

Sea Gypsy said...

Your home looks so beautiful! I love the angel wing ornament!It sounds like you and your girls are having a fabulous holiday.I look forward to seeing more pics!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hi Tamara, I hope you had a Merry Christmas. Wishing you a Happy New Year too!
Hugs, Julie xo

white and vintage said...

Hllo Tamara,
I wish you a happy New Year <3!
Have a good time,

Dorthe said...

Dear Tamara,
such beautiful photos, from your home,- I love your angel-wings ornaments, and your wreath so beautiful, too. Such sweet photo of you and your daughter ,you look so happy !!
I wish you a very happy and healthy New Year, Tamara, hoping it will be good ,in every way, with lots of creative hours, for you.
Hugs from Dorthe