MERRY CHRISTMAS 2015
One week and a few days before Christmas and I'm in a mad rush. The years when Thanksgiving falls on the last Thursday in December are getting harder and harder to manage. Adding to that I'm not sure if I'm glad or sad the temperature outside is so warm. I'm kind of looking forward to some cold weather so I can wear my new winter coat and scarf and make hot cocoa with marshmallows!
But no matter what, the decorating has to get done.
Over Thanksgiving we visited the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA. It was a fun, memorable day trip. I was told to go there during the first weekend in December when the Christmas tree is lit and the holiday festivities begin. It was really crowded there when we visited as it was, so visiting the weekend before worked out well for us!
When we arrived, we caught a short library talk and tour of the museum. It was interesting to find out that most of the people in the paintings lived in town and posed for Rockwell while he lived there. The very famous work below is of the actual town of Stockbridge. If you look down the street, you can still see the shops most of which still have the same names. On the first weekend of festivities, a part of that strip is re-created to look exactly like the painting. It must look magnificent especially if there's snow on the ground.
When I told my friend Mary Ellen from quilt group that we were going she suggested lunching at The Red Lion Inn. It was wonderful!
After lunch, we did some shopping and took in the beautiful homes on the main street. This is a Bed and Breakfast.
OK, back home Santa is waiting to pop down the chimney!
This is the only project I made this Christmas. I'm sad to say life got in the way AGAIN! It's a felt candle mat from a book I bought at Camille's store in Barrington, NH in the Fall.
...but I'm using it as a Christmas tree mat!
This dolly got a bit of a make-over for Christmas.
Do these two pixies look familiar? Yes, their Maileg! I love these dolls. This pair was an early Christmas present to myself.
YES I got a little carried away and bought this lovely trio too!! I haven't bought a doll in years so these beautiful treasures are a big treat for me!
But we all hear it over and over - IN MODERATION! Not sure if I've ever been able to moderate Christmas! I'm always hopeful but always fall into the same old pattern of excess!
I was so happy when Jessi gave us this peppermint bark candy! Little did we know she made it in her dorm!! So no excuses for those of us who have kitchens! Best of all she saw this recipe on one of my Facebook posts! We'll be making this too Jessi because we ate all of yours already!! It was so delicious!!
From: 12 Tomatoes
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Thanks so much for visiting and always letting me know you're still there!
See you in 2016!!