I received a gift the other day, from a couple from church. I've been baking for them, over the past few years, and sharing my recipes with them. I've never met the women, she is ill and isn't able to come to church. But we write notes back and forth to one another, and have gotten to know each other that way. Today I thought I'd share my gift with you. First the card, which I thought was so appropriate for the season. And here's my gift. Isn't she beautiful. She is part of the Jim Shore Collection, an artisan that I have come to admired for years now. I often see him on QVC, and have wished to own one of his works, but was afraid to start 'yet another' collection. This figurine is called 'Angel Of Hospitality'. Maybe they chose this one for me because the husband first had some of my baking at one of our Hospitality gatherings at church. He was there to help serve. That's when I first learned of his wife's illness and his being the baker in the family. Don't you love her little teapot and cup and saucer.
I put her on the table, with the card they gave me, to take the picture.
Then I thought maybe I should make her part of the centerpiece. But later removed it, in fear that she would get knocked off. I wouldn't want anything to happen to her.
I hope that you will all receive a gift that means as much to you as this does to me. Hugs to you all and a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY & HEALTHY NEW YEAR.
I grew up in a little town in New Jersey, where I met my husband, Al. We married soon after, had three children, who have now blessed us with ten grandchildren. After we were married about ten years, Al was transfered to Pennsylvania, where all of our family is still living, and settled with families of their own. We were able to take an early retirement and moved to our new home in Delaware.
I love to decorate and drive Al crazy at times, with ideas that I need his help with. I guess after my family and my decorating, I have to mention my dogs. I love their company and often speak of them as if they are one of my kids.
My name is Marian, but was given the nickname 'D' by my first grandchild, first calling me Gram 'D' then droppiing the Gram and just calling me 'D', and it stuck. So I answer to both names.
I enjoy company and hope that I will get to meet many of you here. My door is always open. ;)
I THINK I MIGHT HAVE TO DO MY KITCHEN OVER AFTER SEEING THIS
# 1 ROOSTER
# 2 ROOSTER
I've been trying to get a good picture on my beloved Sergei for a while now. I take the camera ouside with me every time I take him out. I wait until I see him in a nice setting, where I'd like to take his picture, but as soon as I pick up the camera, he puts his head down, runs up on the porch and sits at my feet with his back turned towards me.
Now I've always been pretty good at taking my other dog's pictures in the past, so I'm disappointed that I can't get a good one of him. He's ten now, so I better get a good one soon.
One day while I was cleaning and had all the furniture pulled out in the middle of the room, I turned around and there was Sergei curled up, asleep on the sofa.
Our computer is starting to run slow, so my husband asked me to delete some pictures. When I was going thru them, I decided to share some on here. They are just some of my favorites.
I just love this picture.........
My decorating books are always close by. This is only a few of them.
The picture above and below are of the mural I put at the bottom of our guest bathroom wall. I did it mostly for our grandchildren who are the ones that use it the most.
This picture is for POOH ;)
These are Christmas ornaments that I make. I've given many as gifts and when I get started making them, it's like eating potato chips, I can't stop. Although they show up pink in the picture, they aren't. Maybe I'll make them as a raffle gift on here around the holiday. That's if I have the time now that I have a blog. It takes me about a day to make each one.
There is just something about this picture of this office window that I really like.
We took apart a closet to make room for Al's desk in his little office. I made that desk for him, from a kit, many years ago, he doesn't want to get a new one. I also covered his desk chair recently, it was my first attempt at something like that.
I just love sitting in this little enclosed porch, off our kitchen. I can watch the birds at the feeder, which I can see right over the top of the curtains. Plus these doors that enclose the porch, were once used as the store front of my boutique
Before you ask yourself why I'm writting about my mother-in-law as one of my first post, let me answer that question. One of the other blogs showed a beautiful crocheted table setting, that a women's mother made for her. It got me thinking, and taking out the stored boxes, which contained, most of the pieces that my mother-in-law made for me. I thought I'd like to share, some of those things, that made this women special and some of the gifts she gave to us.
Where do I begin....... I guess the first thing I have to tell you is that my mother-in-law and I could never understand one another. She didn't speak English and I never learned Italian. :(
She didn't have much in life and during the second world war, the family lost everything, except each other, and even found themselves living in a refuge camp, when their beautiful town was invaded. Remember all the movies you've seen about those times and camps like that, well, that's what the family went thru. But Mamma always put her family before herself and the stories that have been passed on to me, are hard to listen too. So her generosity thru the years has humbled me and made me cherish the time we had with her and all those things she gave us over the years. I know I haven't taken the time to display all the items carefully, but after seeing the beautiful crochet pieces that Gollum put on her blog, I had to take some of the things she gave to us and share them.
THE DEMITASSE SET
Okay girls, get out that box of tissue that you keep passing around, while I tell you about my wonderful mother-in-law and her first visit to America to meet me and her first grandchild. After we picked her up at the airport and she got setteled in for her visit with us, she retreived her suitcase that Al had put in the bedroom, where she would stay. She sat down on the sofa, next to me, and carefully took out and unwrapped the demitasse set. After admiring it and giving her a big hug and a thank you, I placed it carefully on a shelf. then I proceded to take her suitcase back into her room. As I picked it up, it felt empty, so I mentioned it to my husband. He took it upon himself to look inside, out of concern. All that that unselfish women bought with her to wear, were the clothes on her back and two pair on underwear. She had come with a group from Italy and there was a limit to how much luggage they could bring with them.
Can any of you understand how very special these pieces are to me. Mamma gave them to me on one of her visits to us and America. She carefully unpacked them and placed them under pieces in our livingroom. I've left them just about how she first placed them, removing them only to dust and to wash twice a year.
I thought you might like to see a close-up.
OUR BACK PORCH
We really love our porch :) Before Al put the roof over it last year, it was just a deck, one we didn't use much unless we had company. Last year, he built a roof over it and we ate out there all the time. Just last week he finished laying a new floor and it's looking better, and better all the time. Now it's my turn, to add all of those finishing touches.