observations, ideas and inspiration... from my pennsylvania home, garden, kitchen, and studio

Friday, December 23, 2011

Wishing you great joy!

What’s really important this Christmas is that we don’t confuse happiness and joy.  
Happiness is impacted by external circumstances. Joy, on the other hand, is an internal state of heart. 
It’s an approach to life or an attitude. We can choose to act like the Grinch and rob ourselves and others of pleasure or we can allow our hearts to grow three sizes and join the celebration. 
Life’s problems temporarily may rob you of happiness. But a person with a truly joyful nature will not surrender it because of circumstances. 
The words above really resonated with me.  (you can read the entire article here.)  It made me think about how lucky I am that I have both happiness and joy this Christmas.  All and all, it's been a pretty good year.
As always, I'm running last minute.  Having a ball though, wrapping, baking, shopping, and enjoying family and friends.  Lots of family are here in town now and it's been great!  Tomorrow will be our feast of seven fishes at home (it's an Italian thing).  And on Christmas it will be here, there and everywhere!
I hope that you'll be doing some wonderful things this holiday with your family and friends.
Remember Christmas is a time for hope and to celebrate salvation. 
Love and gratitude to you ALL for sharing the joy of the season with me.  It's been wonderful!!!!  
Wishing you a holiday with many blessings and so much love.

 Merry Christmas.

Jenn xo

~top photo that I love is from http://www.lisaleonardonline.com/blog/

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Website Update Tonight 8pm est

Please kindly stop by if you have a moment.

I've been listing things all day...vintage and handmades.  You will be able to see them all at 8:00 p.m eastern time.
a little teaser....

I will be sending out a reminder email once it's opened.  If your not on my mailing list you can sign up on the left. 

Thanks and enjoy this lovely day! 

Hugs ~ Jenn

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas PIN~spiration

With the Christmas update coming on Thursday (be there or be square!) I haven't much time to blog.

 ......or decorate.

Every morning with my tea I've been allowing myself 15 minutes of pinning.  (Visit this post if you want to know what what pinterest is)

Source: bhg.com via Jenn on Pinterest

It makes me dream and hope and think about how I want to do things.

Somehow if I've pinned it then I almost feel like I can do it.

These are just a few Christmas inspirations on my holiday board.

So much fun!

Friday, December 2, 2011


Christmas music or not playing on a blog?

What do you prefer???

I am torn.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December on Early Work Mercantile

I have three offerings this month if you'd like to take a peek.   

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