I have been away for too long from this place I love to be.
The problem being...
I have too many places I love to be.
I have been in the studio for two weeks making gifts for family and friends
and getting ready for a little craft bazaar at my daughter's workplace.
I also made some things to sell at a store in Boise that I have written about
here on my blog called
Most of what I have been making are sachets that I fill with the lavender
grown here in the garden.
The photos show a few of the ones I have left after the bazaar and
sending some to Warehouse Beautiful in Boise.
These will be gifts for family and friends.
Isn't it funny how it's hard to stop once you start?
It is always a joy to sit at the sewing machine or stand at the table
and create things that weren't here before.
The graphics I used on most of the sachets I got from the Graphics Fairy
and Dawn at The Feathered Nest.
I have got to get busy doing some serious Christmas decorating here in the house.
Now that the turkey is nothing but a skeleton (poor little bird) and the pies
have gone to my hips...it is time to get the halls decked!
I haven't even been to any of your beautiful blogs to see how your
decorating is coming along.
After I get back from doing some shopping today,
I plan on remedying that.
I'm going to sit my 'pie' hips down and catch up with all of you.
I know many of you are more on the ball than I am,
so I can't wait to see and be inspired.
The last of the children and the grands left for home about noon yesterday,
and Dale and I were left to clean up the last of the left-overs.
How thankful I am for a full table this time of year.
Thankful for the blessing of family.
I remember looking around the table Thursday and thinking to myself,
''how did I get so lucky to have these people be a part of my life?''
There's always a lot of laughter and a lot of chatter,
and NO one remembers to get the camera out to take pictures of it all!
Thankfully there's always Christmas!
I received a special delivery from Italy!
A few weeks ago I won a giveaway offered by Monica of The White Bench.
I feel so lucky to have have won two 8x12 prints of Monica's amazing photography.
I was able to choose my favorites, and then she generously tucked in special gifts for me.
I imagine many of you know of Monica and her beautiful artwork that is published in
many of the Stampington publications.
I love it when I pick up a Somerset Life or Home, etc
and see many of her creations within their pages.
She has an incredible talent for painting and you can see many of her
paintings on her blog. I know you will recognize them as soon as you see them.
She has a generous heart and shares many tutorials on her blog.
I have learned how to do many things from following her instructions.
Monica has been a great blogging friend from almost the time I started my blog
and was always so encouraging.
I thank her for that.
At this time of Thanksgiving I would love to let all who read this blog know
how grateful I am for each and every one of you.
This blog is a joy to me and I am thankful to be---here!