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Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Winter's Day...



I am a winter lover...for most of it anyway...when spring approaches though, I am usually quite ready!  I love the snow, and the fresh look it brings to everything.  After a recent snowfall, I ventured outdoors to photograph some of the beauty...






Looks like this feeder is ready for a refill...
 

See the little chickadee peeking around the suet cake?



We get a lot of birds after a snowfall...looking for food, I suppose.  Cardinals, in particular, seem to love the seed blend we use...they are so beautiful against the white snow and love to perch in our cherry tree.




Are you a snow lover, too?
Wishing you a safe and happy New Year's Eve 
and a wonderful 2013!

Until next time...

Friday, December 28, 2012

Fun Projects of 2012...


I've had some fun creating simple projects in 2012, here at Itsy Bits And Pieces!  Here's a recap of some of them!  You can click on the collage above to see the tutorials!











I'm looking forward to the adventures 2013 has in store...hope you all have a safe and happy New Year's! 

I am joining the fun with Debra over at Common Ground for


Until next time...


Thursday, December 27, 2012

A Special Simple Project...


For Christmas, I decided to send my parents a special gift.  They often say, " I love you..." with the response, "I love you more."  With this in mind, I decided to make a sign for their room.   Using the computer to type out a pattern...I chose the Engravers MT font...I printed it out in pieces sized to fit the sign.  You could make your own sign, but I picked up a vintage wood sign at the thrift store that was the shape I wanted (wish I had taken a photo of the before...really awful), and primed and painted over it.  I used Behr's Swiss Coffee.

I laid the pattern out and taped it on the newspaper.  The newspaper will serve as your transfer paper...


When you place the pattern on the sign, just draw over the letters to transfer the pattern...


I left the edge unpainted, and hand painted the letters with black acrylic craft paint.  Nothing perfect about it, but it's made with love...


My parents loved it! I think we need one in our home, too!


Until next time...

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A Warm and Wonderful Giveaway Win in the Mail...



I'm back from a little break celebrating a wonderful Christmas with my family! Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my last post, which revisited some Christmas memories...lots of new ones were made this year, too!

Recently, I had a wonderful giveaway win from talented Amy of Vintage Marketplace!  The package was wrapped so prettily, it was a prize in itself...I almost didn't want to open it!  But I knew what was beneath the wrappings and proceeded carefully...
 

And inside... just look at this work of cozy goodness...a lovely covered hot water bottle!  She crocheted a cover, and used vintage doilies to create this!  I think it is just beautiful!



It is incredibly soft cotton and so wonderful to cuddle up with, along with a cozy blanket!



She included this sweet Dick and Jane tag, too...love the little pompom trim...


Amy has a wonderful ETSY shop full of her beautiful creations and her artwork has been featured in several magazines!  I hope you'll stop by to see her shop, and visit her blog!  I am SO happy to own this wonderful treasure!  Thank you so much, Amy!


Until next time...

Thursday, December 20, 2012

One of My Favorite Posts...A Few Christmas Memories and a Special Treasure...

I originally wrote this post December 22nd of 2010.   Some of you might remember it...it is one of my favorites...I hope you will enjoy it, too!  I've done a little editing, to bring it up to date...

 I love this old (over 50 Christmases ago now) photo of my sister and I (I'm on the right) with Santa!  My parents always made the holidays so fun for us...I remember my father decorating~ putting up our trees with colorful lights and ornaments, tinsel, and OH... the bubble lights!  How they fascinated me!  Dad always enjoyed decorating the outdoors~ he would put foil on the front door with a big red bow and greens we cut ourselves, and transform the column poles in front of the house into candy canes.  Our window panes were lit and decoratively sprayed with snow spray and stencils~ we lived in the south for much of my childhood, but you'd never know it by looking at our windows...I can still remember the scent of spray snow!
 
My most special gifts were handmade by my parents~ Barbie and troll clothes, a dollhouse and big doll furniture, and a fun toy box with Dad's hand painted characters from the Sunday Comics...
My mom did crafts with us and had fun art supplies~magical glitters, stars, and construction paper for cards, trees, and chains, and I remember making lots of special cookies~ especially cut-out frosted sugar cookies with sprinkles (dad did the spritz).  She made a VERY special apron for cookie baking- an appliqued and embroidered Santa face with a big pompom.  My sister and I spent many fun hours using it like a mask and pretending to be Santa.  Over the years, and many moves later (my father was in the Air Force for over 20 years) the Santa apron was sadly misplaced.
Two brothers arrived when I was older, and Christmases became even more fun watching them through little ones eyes.  We took many snowy evening drives to see Christmas lights, and played Christmas music on the stereo!   Here's a photo of the four of us... you might remember the furry hats in the late 60's...I LOVED that white hat!  Around this period of time my father was gone for a year in Vietnam~ a hard time for my family...


 
One day several years ago, I received an unexpected package in the mail from my mother...it was THE Santa apron!!  She had found it, quite by accident, in a storage barrel out in the garage!  She worked hard to clean it up and gave it a new fluffy white pom pom!  I had wished for it for so many years!  Needless to say, it reduced me to a blubbering girl, and is my Christmas treasure today!  It takes me right back to being a young girl again...





I think the things I do for Christmas today are directly influenced by my childhood memories...I love to have the outside of our home decorated!  For the last 40 Christmases, my dear husband has decorated every year (and I know it's not his favorite thing to do).  It has been a gift of love to me, our children, and now grandchildren, and I am so grateful for it!  Thank you sweetie...XO



And to my sweet parents...I know many miles separate us this Christmas, but we are with you in spirit...thank you both for so many wonderful Christmas memories, for always being there, and for being the best parents a girl could have!  I love you both!  Merry Christmas! 





Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas with those you love, as we celebrate our Savior's birth... I hope you make some of your own memories this year!

Until next time...I'll be baking cookies and wrapping presents...the kids and grandkids are coming Christmas Eve and I am so grateful they'll all be here!  I'll be back to posting after Christmas!  A big XO to you all!  Merry Christmas!
Until next time...

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas at Itsy Bits and Pieces...


Well, it's nearly Christmas and thought I'd share some glimpses of the decorating around our home!  It's a bit of a long post, but I hope you'll enjoy it!

































 


I am joining Linda at Coastal Charm's Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
and
Kim at Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesday

Until next time...