Christmas In The Making ~ PART ONE
Happy December! Have you started your holiday preparation's yet? We aren't tree puter- uppers on Thanksgiving weekend are you? Many New Englander's start decking the halls before the turkey leftovers are all gone! Not this girl! I like to eaaaaase into Christmas for a few reasons. One. I don't like to over-spend and I'm not a fan of crowds, especially at 3 in the morning. To say I'm NOT a Black Friday shopper is an understatement. To each her own! Two. I like to feel some spark of inspiration in my decorating and gift giving before I jump into Christmas. And three, I don't always know right away what KIND of Christmas I want to make. I have to have the right craftitude before I can get my holiday craft on! This year I'm in the spirit for some creative recycling! I'm decking the halls at Burlap and Bling for the annual OPEN HOUSE at the Antique Marketplace this weekend and I've got a huge mess on my kitchen island where I've been getting my Christmas craft on!
Come on in for PART ONE of my Christmas In The Making...
Beauty, Comfort and Peace
What is it about late fall that gets us farmgirls feeling so darned sentimental? Maybe I'm just getting soft the older I get. I turned 52 last week for heavens sake! Perhaps it has something to do with the leaves on the trees popping all around us like fireworks sending tracers of burnished red, harvest gold, brilliant yellow and deep purple slowly to the ground where they'll lie until someone comes along with a rake and scoops them up into a pile. Or maybe it's because we've finally succumbed to trading in our flip flops for fuzzy sox, swapped out the BBQ for the crockpot and tucked the garden in for a long winters nap. I like to think it has something to do with the beauty,comfort and peace another holiday season promises. I'm feeling festive already just thinking about what's to come and grateful. Very, very grateful...How about you?
Have you ever wondered what life would be like without the occasional visit from Sweet Serendipity? I don't like to thing about it for too long. Serendipity is what makes life more magical, mysterious and just plain fun! It's what turns and ordinary day into an EXTRA-ordinary one. It touches our hearts and strengthens our faith because it always seems to come when we least expect it! It could be a simple as a phone call from an old friend who you don't speak to very often and you just happen to be home to get the call. Or maybe while you are out doing errands a perfect stranger says the exact thing you needed to hear to help you solve a problem or situation you are dealing with.
My all time favorite is when you see words (or an entire phrase ) printed in bold letters on the side of a truck or building that ring so true you know in your heart they were meant for you! Has this ever happened to you?
I had a MAJOR sweet serendipity moment this week when my mother- in- law ( mum ) came for a visit! I can't wait to tell you what it was, and what she brought with her! Here's a hint. It has something to do with another sweet serendipitous moment I wrote about in my last post. Curious yet? Come on in for the rest of the story...
I hope this post finds you well and knee -deep into the gloriousness of harvest season. Here along the farm coast in New England there's no shortage of farm stands packed to the gills with fresh produce, mums a plenty, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, hay rides and harvest celebrations. Right now it's Cranberry harvest time and I have it on good authority that it's going to be a record year for Massachusetts Cranberry growers! What do ya say we take a ride through CRANBERRY COUNTRY? I've got a soft spot for cranberries. Come on in for the whole SCOOP!
Do you ever get a hitch in yur creative git a long? It's rare that it happens to me, but I've got a slight case of it right now. Hey, it happens to the best of us! I've got a list of fun fall things to make and projects to do but I just can't seem to get at em... It's as though something's blocking my way. I always call this sort of lull " the calm before the creative storm". Don't panic sisters! I think I know the CAUSE AND the CURE to my SLOOOW FALL conundrum. Can you relate?
Off to The VINTAGE Bazaar!
Before we get lost in the isles at The Vintage Bazaar let me first wish you all a very HAPPY FALL! I know I've told you this before but fall is my all time favorite season. Indian summer days filled with golden sunshine, cloudless clear blue skies and cooler nights for sleeping with the windows open have returned. Just in time for apple picking, fall festivals, and flea market shopping at it's finest! Who's up for an early fall farmgirl adventure? Think Round top East!
Off we go to The Vintage Bazaar where nothing but the finest rust, must, dinge and dust await!
Get Well FARMGIRL STYLE!
My sweet mom recently had a hip replacement surgery and I've been " on duty " ever since doing my best to get her back on her feet and feeling like her ( I'm not gonna say old self cuz we don't want that ) NEW self again! Do any of you suffer from arthritis? Gosh, I hope not. I've watched my sweet moms' life come to nearly a complete stop due to one of her hips being riddled with it. I'm happy to say, she mustered up the courage to have it replaced a couple of weeks ago and we're hoping she'll be good as almost new in a couple of months.
In the meantime, I'm spoiling her WELL with daily doses of farmgirl fare in the way of good cheer, fresh flowers from my garden and nutritious food to keep her spirits light and her body nourished with all good juju so she can have the best of recoveries... After all, I need her well so we can get back to being creative together again!
Back To School or NOT?
Whew! My little doggies are burnin'! Why? Back to school shopping that's why! Our ( always homeschooled )daughter is attending public high school for the second year in a row and she's had me runnin from one end (of two of the largest malls on the south shore) to the other shopping for her back to school wardrobe. She's a good little shopper... Only shops clearance and the sale racks! The good news is we only have to shop till we drop for one child because the other one will NOT be going back to school. Our son is in his senior year as a homeschooler. I get choked up just thinking about it. Sniff, sniff... I know many of my farmgirl sisters are already homeschooling and I bet there are a few of you out there who are on the fence trying to decide if homeschooling is for your family. Come on in for a little gentle persuasion from dear old Deb. I've got a few pearls of wisdom for ya!
A Little Piece of Sunshine
Can you believe it's the middle of August already? Where has summer gone? I feel like I say that every year come this time. If August was named after a color I reckon she'd be called yellow, don't you? The rays of the August sun bring a brightness equivalent to the most brilliant yellow and a mellowness of the palest golden yellow of fresh churned butter. No, I haven't taken up churning butter but I did go on a hunt for a little piece of sunshine to share with you! I think you'll like what I found!
I hope today's post finds you all deep in summer fun! After all, the gift of summertime's long days invite slowing down and relaxing times with family and friends!
Everyone has their own ' brand of summer fun', but for us it's always the same! You can always find us at the cottage- ' off grid and out a touch' on the sandy shores of Cape Cod Bay. If you're a beach lovin' farmgirl, come on in the water's fine! It's BEACH DAY with Deb and her crew!