Tuesday, November 26, 2013

December kitchen window

My December kitchen window is already done so I thought I'd post it a little early, before things get too hectic. The next few days will be busy...full of family, fun and turkey. 

My window is full of trees, deer and tiny, white lights.

I made a new tartan flannel valance. Tartan is great all year round, but it is especially cheerful at Christmas time. I love tartan! This plaid is a deep forest green, with a bit of black and red, and goes well with the woodland theme. 

This wonderful Kolene Spicher print has beautiful shades of green...

and the German lead putz deer and vintage bottlebrush trees pair well with it.

I added these tiny seed lights to the garland. Although I usually like just the lantern and candles, these little lights give the scene a dash of sparkle and look magical when the overhead light is off and the room is dark.

My favorite Christmas scent is bayberry. The mercury glass votives hold bayberry candles and they make my kitchen smell wonderful! My grandmother always burned a bayberry candle at Christmas so the scent takes me back to Christmases of long ago.

December is right around the corner!


Thank you so much for the lovely comments many of you left on my last post. I appreciate your visits and am always happy to hear your thoughts...especially when they are so kind and gracious. It was a great anniversary!


Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the day with your family, your friends and the bounty on your table. 

Annie and I made turkeys today...the pinecone, pipe cleaner, googly eyed kind...they are magnificent!

Welcome new followers!

Enjoy the day,

Saturday, November 23, 2013

...a fruitful two years

Mugwump Woolies blog is two years old today. What an enjoyable journey those years have been! Meeting new friends...sharing our home and travels with you...visiting you on your blogs...it's how I start my day. 

I appreciate the time you take to come by for a visit, and am grateful for your encouraging words and many kind comments.  And your friendship...I am especially grateful for the friends I have made out there in the blogosphere. You have lifted my spirits on hard days and made sharing good days more fun. I thank you for being there.

And...you have enriched my girl's life as well. Annie is a silent partner in this endeavor. She often gives me this advice, "You should put that on the blog.".

We traveled down to Sarasota yesterday. Just for one night. I snapped this pic of Annie and her faithful companion Clancy napping. Clancy has been been by Annie's side for twenty three of her 27 years....

...I'm happy so many of you have been by my side for these two years...on this anniversary I wanted to "...put that on the blog".

Enjoy the day,

Saturday, November 16, 2013

And so it begins...

Here's a wee peak at some of the goodies I will be playing with this weekend. With Thanksgiving so late this year, and a little traveling in the coming weeks, I need to get busy or it won't get done.

I smell Christmas!

I did manage to get most of the crease out of this early sampler. Thanks for all the tips many of you offered...you are appreciated.

Norma Schneeman Snowman

Are you in Christmas Mode yet? My turkeys and pumpkins and bittersweet are still center stage, but things green and red are popping up.

It's pouring rain and gloomy out...a perfect day for a cup of tea and some Christmas decorating.

Have a great weekend!
Enjoy the day,

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The hustle and bustle of it all...

Punch needle turkey by Lori Rippey

My girl loves Thanksgiving. She will tell you it's because, "It's all about the food!".
It took us a long while to like Thanksgiving again. Eighteen years ago, on Thanksgiving, my mother-in-law enjoyed the day with her family at our house, got up from the table, went into Annie's room, sat down in her wicker rocker and quietly left this world. The memories of that night are always with us. Although Annie was only nine at the time, she remembers it all vividly...the firetrucks, the paramedics..."the bed" they rolled into her room. To say it was traumatic is a gross understatement. 

But time has a way of lessening pain...something for which we are truly grateful. Annie has wonderful memories of her grandmother. After a few years of healing, we were able to enjoy, once again, the festivities...and the turkey. We spend the day together, just the three of us, with our own traditions, making new memories.

 Contrary to what you might think, the spirit of "thanks" has been heightened by those events many years ago. We know how precious each minute is, and when we are together...well, we try to wring every second of joy out it. We can already feel that special holiday feeling in the air around here!


Over the weekend, I was looking for something and ran across these old Santa patterns. (Marly over at  Samplers & Santas has done wondrous things with this series).

The original price tag with .50 cents is still on them!

Only one fellow was finished...bought them...B.A....Before Annie. Hmmmm...Have to admit they have held up and still look as appealing as ever. Maybe I can get a few more done!


 My Christmas pomegranates have been bought and are drying in the kitchen.

 Mr.MW brought Annie's owl tree down from the attic this past weekend. She has been asking for it for a few weeks, so it will be unwrapped and lit this week. Why not? 

We're getting the Christmas spirit...not that we want to rush things...we just want more time to make merry..and bright. 

Enjoy the day,

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

November kitchen window

November's window features my favorite turkey...a wonderful watercolor fraktur by Lori Brechlin. If you have visited here before, then you most likely are acquainted with this lovely fellow. He will spend the month watching over all the festivities that the month of November brings.

Keeping him company...a lone German candy container...

...and three pumpkins that Annie will decorate with our names for our Thanksgiving table.

Priscilla and John 

Hope your week is going well!

Enjoy the day,