Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Decorations, Gifts and Retreat Announcement

So how was Christmas for those of you that celebrate it??  Ours was good.  Not without it's share of drama though.  Amy fell down the stairs and has further damaged her already damaged knee.  We're giving it until tomorrow to feel better before we call the Dr.  She said she heard a snap when she fell so I am praying she didn't tear any more ligaments or cartilage in it.  Then Abby called to say we should go ahead and open gifts without her and the boyfriend.  She wouldn't explain any further than that except to say they hadn't left his parents house yet and it is a 2 hour drive from our house.  I told her we wouldn't open without them and if necessary we'd open after we got home from my parents house.  What she didn't want to explain was that Jordan was not feeling good and had thrown up.  Further, several in his family had had the stomach flu in the last couple of days.  BUT, she didn't know if it was the flu or if he was sick due to having a bit  too much to drink the night before.  When they hit town she called to explain what was going on and if it was okay for him to come over and when I said no, she got herself all bent out of shape.  And lets just say the day went downhill from there and I was really happy to get home last night and call the holiday over.  Apparently the boyfriend is feeling better today and they plan to come over tonight but to be really honest with you...I don't want them here.  I'm sure he's still shedding virus and since Abby has been exposed she most likely is percolating it right now and I don't want it!!  Horrible of me I know.

I have some holiday decor to share with you if you are interested.  And if you didn't see the previous post with the link to our Christmas Village, I have put it in my side bar and will keep it there for a while.  I didn't decorate as much as I usually do and I didn't take many pictures but here's what I've got.


The Libray
Library Tree
Close Up of Library tree
Kitchen Hutch
Fireplace in family room
Candles lit up
Family room tree
wall above couch
Santa Smoker
I hope you enjoyed the decorations.  I meant to post them before the holiday but time just got away from me. The last two pictures are pieces I bought at craft shows.  Both were made by the same lady and the detail is just amazing.  I haven't been to a craft show in several years now so I don't know if she is still making things or not.

I must have been a really good girl this year cuz Santa was very good to me.  I am the proud and thrilled owner of a Kindle Fire and finally I can say I have an app for that!!  It's a pretty cool little toy and if that had been all I received I would have been completely content.  But Santa Dan also built me this:

It has 3 drawers that open which is awesome since I only have 7 drawers in my kitchen and one of those doesn't really count as it's so small.

And in this picture you can see the new curtains too.  That pretty much finishes off the kitchen remodel except for a few little details which knowing my husband the way I do....will never get done.

I received many other nice things too, a new building for the village, some craft stuff, gift cards, a popcorn popper and still more I can't think of right now.  I am a very lucky lady.  Thank you family and friends for all the lovely gifts this year!!

Still not much stitching to show you so I will hold off on that till next time.  Maybe by then I'll actually have something to show you!

I put a link to the shops latest newsletter in my sidebar.  We announced our Spring Retreat and all the pertinent information is in there for those that wanted it.  I do  hope some of you might be able to come!

Gonna end this here.  I'm working on Laundry and my washer just buzzed at me.

Take care till next time!!



stitcheranon said...

Beautiful decorations. I know what you mean re; the illness...I cannot let anyone with even a hint of illness of me and whilst most people understand, you would be amazed at home many people think 'OVER THE WORST' is enough to get to be with me. So not!!!!

Barbi said...

The single strands of beads on your library tree are a brilliant touch! I like that so much better than the long continuous garland type bead. I will have to remember that for one of mine next year. Everything is just beautiful Julie, and I hoping that there was not more damage to the knee ... oh dear!

Mouse said...

cooo where do I start ... first hope the knee hasn't had too much damage to it ... good for you re the flu bug .. need to be clear for 48 hours before let near any one ... I have to avoid things like this due to immune system ... so I am with you on that one :) beautiful decorations ... love your library I want to curl up with a good book in there :) and way to go on the new piece of furniture ... looks lovely :) wishing you a very merry stitchy new year :) love mouse xxxx

Doreen said...

Beautiful photos, Julie. You have such a creative eye for decorating. I love the kitchen table/island. It's perfect for that space. How did Dan keep that a secret from you? He does such nice work.

I hope Amy's knee is okay, and that Abby doesn't get sick.

Talk to you soon!

Cari said...

Merry Christmas Julie and Happy New Year. I love all of your Christmas decorations. I think you did quite a bit there girl!! And I love the island your husband made for you. I'm sure it will get plenty of use!! Take care (and I wouldn't feel bad about telling the sickies to stay home) !! Hugs

marly said...

I sure hope the knee is OK. As for your house...holy moly. Fabulous! That library and the tree are just spectacular. What a lovely house. Happy New Year!

Rachel S-H said...

Beautiful decorations. They put mine to horrible shame. Sending good vibes so that illness does not darken your door.

Meari said...

Your decorations are so beautiful! Sorry you a bumpy holiday. Is everyone OK now? How's Amy's knee? Did anyone else get the flu? Or, was it the bottle flu? lol

leeni1176 said...

Wow, your decorations are top notch....beautiful !!!!

Savannah said...

I LOVE your decorations. I REALLY love the library tree! Can you PLEASE tell me what the crystals like. Hanging pieces tou have on the tree, and where I can get them? Thanks!

Savannah said...

I LOVE your decorations. I REALLY love the library tree! Can you PLEASE tell me what the crystals like. Hanging pieces tou have on the tree, and where I can get them? Thanks!