I hope this find each of you enjoying this holiday season. We have been busy around here. Those last minute orders have all been shipped, the house is decorated, and the shopping is complete!!! Here it is 12:45 AM....and we are leaving at 4:30 for Arkansas!!!! Everything is ready to go....all we have to do is load the vehicle and hit the highway. I am so excited....I will see both of my boys and spend the next week with ALL of my family. I hope each of you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.I'll be back next year with lots of new things to share.Until then....Happy Holidays!!!Debbie
This holiday season would you like to give a gift that could help make a difference in someone's life? I have two Altered Journals and two Vintage Inspired Collages listed on my website as Art for Charity. During the month of December 100% of the net proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
If you are like me you are still looking for a few great gifts and I have just the places.Teri Martin...Our Designer can be found online or at 626 San Mateo Avenue, San Bruno, CA 94066 for those of your lucky enough to live in California. Our Designer - Dreaming of weddings and beyond...Distinctive gifts and home accessories that celebrate your lifestyle.I love the Vintage Santa - Old fashioned Christmas mixed with a pinch of vintage flair best describes this adorable glittered Santa tin filled with Peppermint Bark. Oh how I would love to add this Vintage Santa to my Santa collection.
Aileen Casillas of Country Bunny Bath & Body - Our bath & body products are for the whole family, made right here in the U.S.A and not tested on animals-AT ALL!!! Our products have the best natural oils and butters derived from vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts. They do not contain harsh chemicals or oils. We have a variety of scents including a Naturally Unscented line for those sensitive to dyes/perfumes. There is a fabulous assortment of gift sets for any budget!! With Country Bunny Bath & Body, a little goes a long way!!!While there be sure to click on "Adopt-A-Bunny" and meet Elisabeth Grace. With every Adopt-A-Bunny purchase, Country Bunny will donate the net proceeds to the American Diabetes Association.
If you happen to be visiting Savannah don't leave without dropping by Savannah Candy or visit them online. I love their White Chocolate Gophers - A bed of Fancy Pecan pieces, a dollop of their own delectable caramel, and topped with a thick cap of rich chocolate. Gophers come with your choice of chocolate toppings... classic Milk Chocolate, sophisticated Dark Chocolate and delicate White Chocolate. I would go for the White Chocolate!!!Everyone, especially the kids will love the Chocolate Reindeer Drops - Melt in your mouth chocolate covered Georgia peanuts. The label on the gift tin reads Reindeer Drops, presumably because they look like... well, you get the idea.
Bruster's Real Ice Cream - Farm-fresh milk and cream with giant chunks of real fruit, nuts, cookies and candies to make absolutely delicious ice cream. We love to go by Bruster's in Brunswick and then head out to Jekyll Island for the afternoon. If you have not visited a Bruster's you must find one today. My favorites are the Turtle Sundae - Vanilla ice cream smothered with hot fudge, caramel, whipped cream and whole pecans, and their Strawberry Shake - Thick, creamy and real fruit chunks!Until next time.....Drive through Bruster's for your favorite Ice Cream treat and then log on to the internet and do a little shopping at Our Designer, Country Bunny or Savannah Candy.Debbie
Only a few more days to get those Christmas gifts ordered to insure delivery. And to help you, here are three more Great Places to Christmas Shop.
"Vintage China for the Shabby Dog & Snappy-Happy Delights for their People, too."
The best smelling little shop in South Georgia! Francie's handcrafted candles will make you think you just walked into your local bakery, plus she has oodles of other wonderful treasures.Artful jewelry & accessories for all of the special moments in life.
If things are anything like they are at my house then you are one busy elf. I am working on orders, planning a Christmas Party for 30-35 teenagers on the 20th, still have some shopping to do, trying to do a few final touches to the Christmas decorating....we didn't pull everything from the attic, actually we have not found all of our Christmas boxes from the move. I decided not to even think about unboxing the 152 Dickens Village Houses and their accesories. Our 8 ft tree has only half the twinkle lights and ornaments that I normal cover it with....some of those boxes are still missing in action. Kaycee decorated most of the tree this year....just like the kids did when they were little....everything is at eye level and pretty much in one spot....I did move a few things around last night as there were no ornaments above 6 ft!!! And I am okay with all of this....as I am enjoying things just as they are.
We will be celebrating Christmas with our Families back in Arkansas and I will get to spend time with my boys!!!! It has been 24 years since I woke up in my parents home on Christmas morning. Steve, Colby, Seth, Kaycee and I will have our own little Christmas there....so things will be different for us this year but the most important thing is that we will all be together for a few days.
Until next time.....Remember the reason for the season!!!
I have received "Lessons on Life" from several internet friends over the past several weeks. I know many of you have received it too, but for those that have not been lucky enough I hope you enjoy it. The following pictures are of the same place but taken under different seasons!! (be sure to scroll on past the last)
There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall.When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.
The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.The second son said no it was covered with green buds and full of promise.The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen. The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment. The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree's life.He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up. If you give up when it's winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of your fall.
Moral: Don't let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest. Don't judge life by one difficult season. Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come some time or later.