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Christmas Dishes and unexpected blessings

Good Afternoon fellow bloggers,

This is sort of a strange post for me but I recently came into possession of a new set of Christmas dishes and they are so very awesome that i had to share it with the rest of you. A good friend of mine contacted me last week saying that she had a set to give away and wanted to know if I was interested in them. Of course I said yes because I no longer own a set and I absolutely love all things holiday. When she asked me if I wanted them I really thought they would be the $20 set from Walmart. Like these:

That would have been fine. I would have been happy, but little did I know she had a full 10 place setting of Spode Christmas Tree Pattern from England dating back to the 70’s.

It is awesome. I’ve got all the accessories including Salad bowl, cake plate, butter dish and salt and pepper shakers. I am truly awed by the gift. My friend told me that a friend of hers was giving them away and wanted her to find a young couple who would love them to give them to and I am so very thankful she thought of us. This is the first blessing of what I am sure will be a wonderful holiday season. I can’t wait to start new holiday traditions with this beautiful set of dishes.

Have a wonderful day!

J

Oh in case you are as clueless as I was here is a link to a blog about the dishes.

http://spodehistory.blogspot.com/2010/12/spodes-christmas-tree-pattern.html

Christmas DIY Ideas

Good morning!

 

Today is going to be deemed DIY Friday. I am going to share with you all my list of DIY’s for the weekend. Most of these I am making to put in cute little gift baskets for my coworkers but I found some neat things at Hobby Lobby so I may also include some things for my family. I will post some pictures of this weekends completed projects.

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http://www.recycledlovelies.com/2010/11/06/12-days-of-diy-christmas-day-6-countdown-to-christmas-blocks/

My first project are these cute little countdown blocks. I am using 1″ blocks because they are cheaper and I can do a lot more that way which is the goal since I making about 20 baskets. I made a set yesterday and they are adorable.

Free printable candy bar wrappers

 

I couldn’t find a good place to just print these for free so I am going to get out the construction paper this weekend.

Washer necklaces

These cute washer necklaces are seemingly simple and very cheap. I’ve got to stop by the hardware store but I am excited about this project.

 

Snowman made from a baby food jar. The top jar is filled with marshmallows. The bottom jar is filled with hot chocolate mix.

These are easy and adorable and perfect for a little gift basket. Just add some marshmallows and hot chocolate mix and you are good to go.

Cinnamon Christmas Stars

Not only are these cinnamon stars cute, but they are easy, cheap and smell awesome.

DIY snowglobes also make mini bottle snowglobe charms with mini bottles: http://www.ecrafty.com/c-517-mini-glass-bottles.aspx #ecrafty

http://notsosahm.blogspot.com/2011/12/where-its-so-white-as-snow-snow-globes.html

And lastly here are some adorable snow globe ideas. I love snow globes and working at a day care means that I get dozens of glass jars that no one wants and that make cute snow globes and hot chocolate snowmen,

 

I hope you have been inspired by this list of awesome crafts.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

J

 

Life is like a…

I read a blog post today that really made me think. The basic gist of the post was that life might be like a book, and everything is not supposed to happen in one chapter. That resonated with me. I love books, I love to read. I’m obsessive about it. My husband can tell you that when I pick up a book I rarely put it down until I am finished…usually sometime that next morning. There is not a single well written, or entertaining book out there that has all the best parts in one chapter.

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This past September I turned 24. This was not an easy birthday for me. I have always hated my birthday because I have always felt like I haven’t accomplished enough, I am beginning to realize that this notion is ridiculous. I am 24 years old. married, working, paying my bills, and shaping the hearts and minds of dozens of children on a daily basis.  What I am doing right now, that has purpose and value. Yes, it is not as exciting as Harry Potter slaying the basilisk, but in some ways it is just as much fun. I have always been so hard on my myself, without a doubt my own worse critic. I think a lot of people are like this which is absolutely ridiculous. If we can’t believe in ourselves, in what we are doing, in who we are becoming, then no one else will either.

Yes, life is like a book. Everything has a chapter or a season. I think the key is finding out what our purpose is right at this moment and slowly changing to get closer to whatever it is we want to do. For me, I have no idea what my end goal is. I know I am not going to be an astronaut, or a stay at home wife, but what I truly want to do for the rest of my life is still rather undecided. I have a feeling it won’t be too far from what I am doing right now. Be happy! With who you are right at this very moment.

 

Have a lovely afternoon!

J

My Christmas organizational secret..

Today is the first Sunday in November, which is also the end of Daylight Savings time. While I absolutely abhor the Spring forward portion of this event, I love to Fall back.  I am one of those rare individuals that actually gets more done, and enjoys the days that are shorter and the nights that are longer. This morning was especially sweet due to that extra hour of sleep and a wonderful cup of coffee.

While I have been strangely blog silent lately I have been rather busy outside of this. Part of my time has been spent on Christmas preparation and organization. I would like to share with you all one of the most helpful tools I have found so far. I used this last year and am using it again this year. My secret to success is this website: http://christmas.organizedhome.com/

They have ready made lists, planners and daily updates. You should check it out. It is absolutely the best thing since sliced bread.

 

Have a lovely day!

 

J