Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve in our new home: Cookies for Santa

We arrived yesterday, with boxes and suitcases
everywhere.  No Matter, because "Santa Claus
is coming to town." 
We received sugar cookies, and set them out with ice cold Coca Cola for Santa.
We look forward to morning... for the first time we have a home
with a fireplace/chimney for Santa to come down!
May the Lord bless all who read this on this Holy Night!

Wednesdays with Blaine: Blaine Posts about: "mischievious elves"

an elf comes to my house at night and watches me
the next day.  then at midnight he goes to see
santa and tells him I have been good.
But our elf sometimes forgets to go to santa
and he gets into trouble, like last night.
he got all the musical instruments out and had a
party with a lot of my stuffed animals and stuffed christmas figures.
They must have had a big music party, then had food because
when we woke up this morning,
there was a HUGE mess under our
Christmas Tree!  My mom was kind of upset at Elf.
She wanted him to clean up the mess, but he wouldn't move.
She is going to write a letter to Santa about it.

Friday, December 23, 2011

At Home at the Blue Willow Cottage

Our family has moved 1,200 miles across the United States... and into a small 1950's cottage, which had not been updated in quite a few decades when we bought it. For Mike & I, this was ideal, because we wanted to do everything ourselves, putting "our stamp" on (and in) the house.

Our favorite part of the house is the Kitchen and Dining Room Area. We don't have a home office, so we sit at the dining room table with the laptop, and it's also where we entertain when friends come over for dinner. An Ivory Painted Buffet in the room is one of My Very Favorite pieces because it was my first rehab project so many years ago (a hand me down from my Grandmother Robertson). This piece helped me learn what I could actually do with a little paint and elbow grease!

One weekends these days, our family is mostly found dressed in paint clothes and bandanas. We work together to transform our new (older) home into a Beautiful & Cozy Cottage. Mike and I share a favorite color, Blue. I adore French Toile and Blue Willow China, so afer a few family discussions, we agreed to christen our "new" home: The Blue Willow Cottage. I think we will always love piddliing around in Blue Willow Cottage, creating the perfect "Home Sweet Home" for our family!