Sunday, December 25, 2011


I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

Today in the town of David
a Savior has been born to you;
he is Christ the Lord.
This will be a sign to you:
You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 

A Savior is here to be a great JOY in our hearts
today and always!
Merry Christmas dear friends and family!

photos were taken Christmas Eve 2011 at St. Matthew's in Voorheesville.
The Nativity is the beautiful artwork of Fontanini.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Make some snow of your own!

One of my students taught me how to make these pretty paper snowflakes.
We made giant ones using 8 x 8" squares.
Here's how you make them!

To make a paper star or snowflake
step 1:  Get ready.
You will need six sheets of paper, scissors, tape {stapler optional}
step 2:  Cut.
Fold paper to make a perfect square and cut off excess.
step 3:  Fold again to make a smaller triangle.
step 4:  Open triangle and make 5 - 6 cuts toward the center fold.
Do not go all the way to the fold; leave 1/4 inch uncut.
step 5:  Do the same on the other side.
{If you feel brave, you can make easier symetrical cuts by keeping the paper folded}
step 6:  Open the paper completely to reveal all the cuts.
Step 7:  Start taping.
Gather the centermost diamond and tape the points together
Step 8:  Flip the paper over and tape the next diamond together.
Step 9:  Flip again and tape the next diamond.
Step 10. Continue this until finished.
Step 11: Make 5 more...and gather all 6 parts and staple or tape them together.
Step 12: Roll a little tape {or staple} the sides together.
Here are a couple of YouTube links that will walk you through it.
They are so much fun to make!

Hang up your starry snowflakes from windows all around the house! 
Wouldn't they be great to hang in a room decorated for a winter birthday party!?!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Snowy white

{photo taken this weekend while visiting Piers Flower Basket}

pretty whites for the inside

...not too much on the outside yet, just a little dusting of snow here and there.
Tomorrow night we're supposed to have 1-3 inches.
Not a lot for what the northeast can do!

I'm thinking too of white powdered sugar dusting my cakes
...maybe some light blue sparkling sprinkles for that icy snow look.

Getting ready for Christmas decorating and baking
but most of all
looking forward to lots of family time.
Christmas, my child, is love in action. ...
Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas.
--Dale Evans Rogers 

Wishing you love and joy all through Advent and Christmas.

Friday, December 2, 2011

stars, hearts and flowers {bread tubes}

These bread tube pans make the cutest loaves.

Let's see...
I'll take one of each,
thank you!

 Why don't I use them more often?
Easy peasy
...they really do come out this way!

Have you started decorating for Christmas yet?

Chris and I brought up some boxes and our little tree
that is part of a Christmas village scene.

We always take our time.

...finding little treasures that we put away almost a year ago...
bringing them out a day or two at a time
slowing things
down to a sweet
pace is our
·:*¨¨*.·. wish ·:*¨¨*.·.