Friday, December 31, 2010

!~Wishing you a Happy New Year!~!

Wishing you a Happy New Year filled with blessings!
I'll be back tomorrow with new offerings on TDIPT Mercantile!
Please be safe with your celebrations tonight.
We will be go out for dinner tonight
then play games while waiting for the ball to drop ~ a family tradition...
Blessings, Patti

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas from Chicago!

Merry Christmas to all!
I am sorry that I have been MIA. I have been seriously under the weather with a horrible case of the flu - I had a fever that peaked at 102.7 and lasted for days.
Luckily the fever broke and I began to feel better just in time. We had a quiet Christmas Eve and hosted dinner for 25 today, Christmas Day. Our guests have gone home and I just wanted to share a bit Christmas from Chicago.
A few weeks back, we attended the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade.
We were excited to see and hear Wilson Philips (above) and Crystal Bowersox (American Idol) perform in the parade.

I love those big balloons and would love to be a balloon handler some time...

I also visited the Christkindlmarket several times.

It always puts me in a happy holiday mood!

I'm always mesmerized by these paper stars, but have never bought one...

These gingerbread cookies are almost too pretty to eat :)

I did buy a new ornament for our tree - a dachshund of course, to celebrate Orion joining our family!

Please keep the reason for the season in your heart :)
"The shepherds went back to their fields and flocks, glorifying and
praising God for what the angels had told them, and because they had seen the
child, just as the angel had said."
-Luke 2:20

Blessings, Patti

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Decor

I've made a conscious effort this advent season to simplify the holiday, both in decor and gift giving. I wanted to focus more on the true meaning of the season.

It has helped a bit, but the holidays are still hectic and can't be as simplified as I'd like.

But I think that the simple decorations have helped to lend a sense of peace and calm.

I love the combination of rustic wood & wire, aged mercury glass, and tarnished glitter.

I've added lots of candles and in the interest of safety and forgetfulness, I've found that I really love the flameless candles ~ especially those with built in timers :)

The beautiful fabric box is a Stacy Nash project from last year's Boxwood & Berries. The sampler for inside the top of the lid is still not stitched, but I still love the box just as it is...

Some traditions had to stay and just couldn't be simplified, like our collection of nutcrackers.

I just found this great vintage Marshall Field's gift box that I couldn't pass up for 70 cents ~ it brings back lots of memories of visiting the store with my grandparents.

I'll try to post again soon with photos of Christmastime in Chicago.

"Good Tidings Mini Christmas Sampler"
design by Nancy Woodson
I did have one stitching finish during our winter storm this weekend.
This lovely design is a freebie and can be found here.

Wishing you a simplfied advent season!
Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December is here!

December is here and it is time to open that first little window of the advent calendar!
Christmas will soon be here!
The artists at TDIPT Mercantile have updated their offerings - be sure to go take a peek!
My offerings sold quickly - thank you so much for your support!!!
We are having our first snow of the season here in Chicago ~
it is swirling but not sticking to the ground ~
just enough to get me in the holiday spirit!
Blessings, Patti