Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas Time Is Here

I have been so excited to start decorating for Christmas.
I love pulling all the boxes out and going through memories as I unwrap each of  the decorations.
It is always a time of reflection on how far our little family has come and the memories we have made.
I started this year by decorating  my mantle.

The first thing I did was make my Book Page Wreath, after it was finished I added the Merry Christmas sign from last years Christmas wreath.
Then thanks to my beautiful magnolia tree 
I had great greenery to fill my antique butter churn and pot.
With a few candle and berries added my mantle is now ready for Christmas.. 

And these fabulous stockings have been a dream of mine for a couple of years.
I was tired of the ones we had and when Hubby even said I should make new ones,
I knew this was the year.
So, I dug out my sewing machine and after a night with no sleep
these are the stockings we will be using for years to come.
I think they are worth a little sleep deprivation, don't you?.
I am still on the look out for the perfect beaded letters to hang from the hook with them,
Just so Santa doesn't get confused trying to guess which stocking belongs to which person.

I love that Hubby's is nice and manly
and the girls and I have sweet frilly ones.

Oh, by the way I got the awesome bottle brush tree at the Country Living Fair,
I love the vintage feel it adds.

I hope to have my dinning room table ready to show you in a day or two.
Happy Decorating.

Sit Relax and Read
Remember if you want a chance to win this cute bag from Bag Full of Posies

Come link up your Christmas cards to my 1st Annual Christmas Card Link Party

Life Is Busy

I know I do NOT need to tell you lovelies how busy life can get.

Let's just say life has taken over here and there has been no time for writing.

The good news is that when I do finally have time to sit a collect my thoughts again I have lots to show you.

We have been in project mode and have done much.

I say all of this to beg your forgiveness for no Sentimental Sunday today

If you have something planned please link up next week when I am back in the swing of things.

Also,  I am going to relaunch the Christmas Card Party this week,

I now realize after many emails and comments I was far to early for you ladies on this.

So get your cards ready to link up, I can't wait to see them.

Cha Cha

**If you want a sneak peek at what we have been up to, like Sit Relax and Read  on Facebook , I will be adding pictures there today**

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Check it Out

Hi Lovelies,
I just wanted to check in and let you know about an awesome giveaway my friend Kat is having this week on her blog

I am a huge fan of Country Living and think this book would be a great one to have.
So head over and enter to win.
while you are there be sure to look around she has a great blog with beautiful photos and wonderful tips and some amazing recipes.

Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving,

Sit Relax and Read

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sentimental Sunday #6

Welcome to Sentimental Sunday #6,
I can not believe it has been six weeks already.
Time just seems to fly by these days.
I have to tell you lovelies that I am really enjoying our time together and learning about what is important that  decorate with.

This week I am take the opportunity to let one of you show off your beautiful and sentimental decor.

told the most beautiful story of  memories of her Grandmother and her cooking.

These sweet measuring cups were her grandmothers and they bring back sweet memories for Michele.

Please go read Michele's whole post.
It will pull at your heart, I know it did mine.

Use What You Love

I would love to hear how you decorate with what you love.
Just grab the Sentimental Sunday button off my sidebar and link up your stories.
Sit Relax and Read

Sit Relax and Read

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sentimental Sunday #5 Highlight

Hi Ya,
Hope you lovelies have had a great week,
I have been sick and without a voice (no one seemed to mind that).
The good news is
I am feeling much better and ready to have a great weekend.
During my couch time this week, I have been planning a spot in my house that I am going to be redecorating soon.
I have to tell you that Angie from Echoes of Laughter

Is who finally got me going on this project.

I have been wanting a Family photo wall for a long time but never took the time to make it happen.

But after seeing her beautiful pictures and reading her sweet words
I knew now was the time.
Thank you Angie for sharing and inspiring.

Sit Relax and Read

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sentimental Sunday #5

                                                                                 Here we are
time for another Sentimental Sunday.
This has by far become my favorite part of blogging,
I love reading each and everyone of your post
they inspire me to look harder at what is around me and find beauty in all that I see.
Your writing has made me cry and made me laugh and I treasure both,
so thank you to each of you who have joined in so far.
If you haven't joined in, I hope you do in the near future,
I would love to know how you decorate with the things that are important to you.

This week I have decided to share with you some sweet little jade eggs.

These eggs were a gift from My Ms Betty, she is a dear friend who I adore.
Her aunt collects jade and had shared some pieces with her and she in turn shared these three eggs with me one year for my birthday.  I have treasured them from day one, they are one of only a few decorations that I have in my bedroom (like so many of you our master bedroom is last on the to do list).  They sit on the dresser under a glass dome and I love looking at them every time I stand there to get ready.

Each of the eggs are hand painted

with flowers and a bird.

Thank you Betty for thinking of me and sharing your inheritance with me,
it is an honor to have them.
Use What You Love

I would love to hear how you decorate with what you love.
Just grab the Sentimental Sunday button off my sidebar and link up your stories.

Sit Relax and Read

Sit Relax and Read
Sit Relax and Read Don't forget to come back Monday and link up your Christmas Cards

Sentimental Sunday #4 Highlight

I am happy to show off this weeks Sentimental Sunday Highlight,
Theresa, from All is Well

First, I have to thank Theresa for her kind words and support of Sentimental Sunday.

Now on to the good stuff...

Check out this cute plaque that here daughter made.

Each of her kids made one.

Look how she so cleverly hung them together.

Hung together it looks so amazing,

and how wonderful to have them hanging as a memory of a day spent together and a time in their lives.

Love It.

Sit Relax and Read

Friday, November 12, 2010

Book Page Wreath

I have been planning to make a book page wreath for a long time,
well today I made it happen.

I used some scrap cardboard

and cut out a ring.

Roll the pages into cone shapes.

Then glue the pages onto the ring.

add a second layer.

I love how it turned out,
oh did I mention I punched the corners.
It adds a nice "lacey" detail.

Sit Relax and Read

Sit Relax and Read  Don't forget to come back Monday and link up your Christmas cards.

I am linking at

Christmas Card Inspiration Party


Today I am going to let you lovelies in on a little secret about me....

I love Christmas cards.

I get excited each and every time I open one

and my goal is for our Christmas card to be the first one everyone gets in the mail.

I try to have our cards done, addressed and in the mail the Friday morning after Thanksgiving,

I drop them off at the post office while I am out shopping.

So with my love of cards I decided why not see what you lovelies send out.

So, starting Monday November 15th, I am having a  Christmas card link up party.  It will run until Christmas day, so don't feel rushed.

You can link up this years, past years or even the funny attempts that did not make it onto a card.

I can not wait to see your cards and hear the stories behind them.

Merry Christmas, oh wait is it too early to say that

Sit Relax and Read

PS. If you have a great card and no blog email them to me
and I will get them on, just be sure to put Christmas Card Party in the subject.

*** update just lined up a great give away for those who link up or comment or tweet***
Can't wait to tell you what it is.

Best Idea Ever

Have you ever been so moved by an idea that you can't wait for it to happen?

Well that is what happened to me this morning as I sat at my computer, early--way early, unable to sleep.

I was getting ready to write a new post for this weekend when I accidentally scrolled down,

I am so happy I scrolled down because when I did I found where Christy from

Had linked up her friend Mary's Thanksgiving tablecloth.

This tablecloth for me is what Sentimental Sunday is all about.

The short version is that she has a king size sheet that she uses every year at Thanksgiving and everyone who is there signs it later she goes over their writing with embroidery thread.

Melt my heart

Please go and read the full post and let Mary and Christy know how much you love it,

I know you will love it,

then come back and tell me if you are crying and heading to the store to buy a king size sheet, I am.

Sit Relax and Read

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I am Thankful

As Thanksgiving draws near.

I wanted my girls to do a craft project on being thankful.

We took a different approach

and decided we are most thankful for God

and who He is.

So, our project is based on the attributes of God.

We started with a clear vase and some milk glass pieces we had,

filled with acorns from our yard and apples.

Next we found some sticks from our yard and put them in the vase.

We traced and cut out leaves from scrapbook paper.

Looked up verses from the Bible for attributes that started with each letter of THANKFUL.

Wrote them on our leaves

and tied the leaves to the sticks.

Ta Da, Thanksgiving center piece.

My friend Debra wants you to know you could just cut the center out of a paper plate and staple the leaves on, if you are not crazy like me, wait did I mention I spray painted the sticks--like I said crazy like me.

Hope you are Thankful today.

Sit Relax and Read

I am linking at

Sit Relax and Read Don't forget to come link up your Christmas cards on Monday


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