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Thursday, December 18, 2014

holiday blessings | little things Thursday ...

From home to home
and heart to heart
From one place to another
The warmth and joy of
brings us closer to each other.

Emily Matthews

linking up with:

 Little by Little

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

the gangs all here | black and white ...

Hail, hail, the gang's all here

One of my favorite trios during the holidays.

linking up:

My Memory Art

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mary | song*ography

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?

Did you know
that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?

This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.

Mary, Did you know?
Mark Lowry, Buddy Greene

{I especially like the Pentatonix take on this melody}


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Monday, December 15, 2014

Artful ... Good | Random | Fun ...


When I think of fruit around the holidays I am reminded of the movie "Little Women" where the youngest was thrilled to get lemons at school and held the orange from her Christmas stocking like it was gold.  We sometimes forget how good we have it - fresh fruit and vegetables readily available and at a cost bearable in most instances. (my daughter found this not to be the case in Japan - an apple, as in 1 apple - $3.00.  Not oppressive, but certainly steep by comparison to $.99 - $1.29/pound at Kroger).


For some unexplained reason, I have a set of mouse Christmas ornaments.
Each year I hang them from a cat mirror and pretend it was all part of the plan.


Before there was "Elf on the Shelf" there was this guy.  This dude has been around since I was a young child and considering he is perched on the tree yet again, I am sure he has seen his fair share of fun. 

The first image was edited with Topaz Adjust Impressions Cezanne,
the other second and third were accented with textures from the generous and talented Kim Klassen.

 linking up with Tamar at Random-osity 


Saturday, December 13, 2014

one down ...

one to go ...

Kiddo #2 is home from college, his first semester of "the real world" under his belt and (hopefully) a little wiser for it. A markedly different experience than with kiddo #1, as has been the way from the get-go between the two.
How, pray tell, did my parents do it 4 times and live to tell about it?
How did all 4 of us kids live to tell about it?

  Honestly if we manage to get them both through college I am going to do the happy dance all the way to the car following their commencement ceremonies.
Speaking of which - we have already booked hotel for our daughter's commencement week.

Have I mentioned already how fast time flies?
Why it seems like just yesterday the kids picked out Mickey Mouse bell ornaments for the tree.

Friday, December 12, 2014

and I helped ...

I've shared these before but figured I'd share again
as they are as dear to me as the ones from my childhood.
They have survived the years, countless moves, pets and children. 
 They were designed and hand-painted by my sister when we were in college, 
and I helped.
I was responsible for the base/white-wash.
(as I'm sure my sister will attest, "good help" was even hard to find back-in-the-day) 

And now their image has been painted with topaz adjust impressions,
and I helped
Admittedly the program does most of the work, but I did the selection and some tweaking.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

merry | little things Thursday...

If you are lucky
all the little things will add up
to something pretty merry

linking up with:

 Little by Little