Saturday, December 31, 2011

Memorial Candles

 Hello Everyone! Feelin' better(thanks for your sweet comments)  and this is what I have been working on! Each year we honor our church members that have passed on with the lighting of a candle in their memory. It is my job to do the candles.

Usually I just use my gold candlesticks from the Christmas decor but this year I needed 12 and only had 9 candlesticks!

So this is the idea God gave me since I could not find any candlesticks that I wanted to use.

I had such a great time picking out the cup and saucers to make the holder.

I thought that each family might enjoy getting the candle holder along with their family members candle. Some take them and some do not. It will be easy to replenish my supply of candle holders! And more antiquing to boot!

Happy New Years Eve to One and All! (I hope I can stay awake until midnight!)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Goodbye Christmas '11

I had one last (terrible) picture left from Christmas. This old cash drawer kept taunting me every time I went into my Candlelight Antiques. I just could not figure out what to do with it! So finally I decided to buy it anyway which is breaking one of my golden rules! (I usually only buy something if I know exactly where it is going! Unless it is a spectacular find!)

I ended up hanging it on the wall and love it there. It is at the top of the stairs so I can stick words in it that might inspire my children each and every time they walk up to their rooms. (Along with the chalkboard message sitting on the desk underneath)

I never could find the perfect vintage snowman, and sled to add to my words. But I can be on the look out for next year!

Forgive me please, but I am just having trouble finding my joy again. With everything that has happened this Christmas and now on the final stretch of my job of "stay at home mom" for the last 22 years I just seem to be at a crossroad in my life. Hmm....

Oh well, enough for today! Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Advent Wreath

Hope everyone has enjoyed their Christmas break. We are slowly getting back into the swing of things. I am ready to get things back to normal, although that will still be a few weeks away from happening.

This is our Church's Advent Wreath.  I am on my way to remove all the decor there and change this out to our memorial candles to honor all our beloved members that have passed on this year. A bittersweet service.

May today find you all peaceful and happy!

Monday, December 26, 2011


If you lifted up a prayer to our Father for the Silcox family. Thank you.  Chad has been carried to Heaven this morning. Will you please join me in continuing to pray for his friends and his family.                                                                

The Anchor Holds

Words and music by Lawrence Chewning and Ray Boltz

I have journeyed
Through the long, dark night
Out on the open sea
By faith alone
Sight unknown
And yet His eyes were watching me

The anchor holds
Though the ship is battered
The anchor holds
Though the sails are torn
I have fallen on my knees
As I faced the raging seas
The anchor holds
In spite of the storm

Ive had visions
Ive had dreams
Ive even held them in my hand
But I never knew
They would slip right through
Like they were only grains of sand

I have been young
But I am older now
And there has been beauty
That these eyes have seen
But it was in the night
Through the storms of my life
Oh, thats where God proved
His love to me

CHORUS (repeat)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 

 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
                                 Happy Birthday to the King of Kings!

(And if you don't mind could you say a  prayer tonight for the Silcox family. Their sons were burned today while burning leaves. Cory has been released but Chad is in critical condition and is in need of prayers.  Thank you!)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas!

  Thought I would share the rest of Christmas Pics '11.

Zeke and I received a gift yesterday! We had been told to be on the lookout for it!

Zeke was so excited!

Diving in!

Oh and Look at what I got!

A Vintage Christmas Card!!!!! I quickly changed out my little old frame! It just fit! I love it Lynn!!

And who could it be from but none other than Lynn at Life on the Wienee Ranch and her family of furbabies!

Zeke would like to say a Big and Sincere Thank You to Lynn and Pebbles and Bella and Sarge and Cocoa!

And from me... Thank You Lynn for being so sweet! I think I am going to like this blogging thing!

Merry Christmas to Lynn and  to You All!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A McDougall Christmas

       Some people have Hoosier Cabinets but I had to be different. I have a McDougall! Actually, I didn't choose it. Daddy gave me this cabinet right after I married some 25 years ago. I cherish his gifts. Here are its Christmas decorations.

Here is the same tool box that I have shown before. I just changed out the frames with vintage Christmas Cards.

A brooch in my little bird nest. I found this nest this summer in my holly tree. It is so tiny I wonder if it is a hummingbirds nest. The little white ribbon paper was in it naturally.

My Ironstone Pitchers. The one on the left came from my father in laws Aunt. It sat in the garage and one day my mother in law asked me if I wanted that old thing! Uh, Yeah! The other two were found in Mississippi . I love the big round one!

I have been baking a little and working a puzzle which is a Steadman Christmas Tradition. Hope you are enjoying your days leading up to Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Kitchen Reds

The last two days have been insanely crazy. Tragedy struck when I lost my 2 page grocery list while in the store yesterday. Had to rewrite the list and go back again tonight after working around a doctor's appointment  and Casey having her wisdom teeth removed! Ouch!

With all that being said, I thought I would just share some remaining photos of my kitchen...

Hope your days are slowing down and you are getting to reflect on the joys of this wonderful season!

Merry Christmas!

Linking to Rednesday!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Good Monday Morning!

Good  Morning everyone! Can't chat long, I have to get my grocery list made and head on out to town. But I am glad that you stopped in for a visit!

 Why yes! Y'all know me too good! Of course I used some old boxes to decorate my child size cabinet.

What is that? Another canister? Well, sure. Who could resist that cute little stove!

I spent many a day playing with these little dishes when I was just a wee little girl. Butter anyone?

How about a little cream for your coffee!

Maybe a slice of Fruit Cake?

No? Then a box of Christmas Treats will just have to do! You can take them with you!

Thanks for the visit. Wish you could stay longer, but I have to mosey on along! 

 Goodbye friends. Hope your Monday is cheery and bright!

Sunday, December 18, 2011


Finally, after hours of wrapping, I have some presents under the tree!

So happy to have this job behind me! Now, let the festivities begin!

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Elf Ornament

One of my favorite ornaments that I have made was for Dalton's 1st grade class 11 years ago. My how time flies! 

I took pictures of each child against a white background and had them blown up at the printers. I rubber cemented  their face onto a round wooden circle purchased from the craft shop and I painted one side green.(You could probably use poster board or cardboard). I made a template for the hat and collar and cut out 2 hats, 1 edging of hat, and 2 collars.  Glued them onto the circle, flipped the hat through  the cord, glued and added a pom pom!

Here is the back to show how I glued one collar and hat on the back and one on the front with Tacky Glue. This ornament still looks like the day I made it and it makes me so happy each year that I pull it out and see Dalton's sweet smile!

I believe if I were making them again I would reverse the colors so that it would show up on my green tree a little better!

 Happy Weekend and Merry Christmas from Dalton the Elf!

Linking up to Funky Junks Saturday Night Special!