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

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.

Because it's such a busy time of year, my blog has been neglected.  It seems to always be that way but it's hard to squeeze everything in...I don't know how some of you do it!

I hung plain grapevine wreaths on my windows last week at 1:00 a.m. just so I would have something up. 

I finally took each one down and embellished them just a little last night.

While I was doing this, I thought, these are just fine.  I don't have to make them real "fancy" this year.  And  I realized how much I don't want to miss by making things too complicated.

The memories of doing things with friends and family are what stays with us, not that I didn't add berries to my wreaths :)

We've made gingerbread houses with friends,

went ice skating a few times,

and have baked loads of Christmas cookies.  (cookie dough truffle recipe here.)

It's been fun.
As far as decorating is concerned, it is a very simple Christmas this year.  I've got enough lights, enough gifts, and enough ornaments.

I've been so very blessed with my family and business, I am grateful. 

And just in case you don't hear from me before the New Year...

May God bless all of my blogger friends with a merry, happy Christmas and wonderful 2013! Thank you for your friendship, kind words and big hearts.  I treasure each and every one of you!!!


Primitive Stars said...

Such pretty Chistmas pictures, that looks like one tasty cookie......sweet skating photos......Merry Christmas to you and yours,Francine.

Janet - underthewillow said...

Hi Jen!...the wreaths look lovely and the yummies look great!!...Merry Christmas!
Janet :)

ctlogcabin said...

Sweet Family Time making
Memories .... the Very Best.
All your Decorations look Beautiful.
May the Joy continue right into the
New Year. Merry Christmas My Friend.
Love & Hugs ~ Connie xox

Janet - underthewillow said...

Hi Jen!...the wreaths are lovely and the yummies look wonderful!...Merry Christmas!
Janet :)

Paula said...

Hello sweet Jenn! You are gorgeous dear friend and so are the girls! I loved all of the beautiful photos! Your Christmas decorations are pretty and I love the Gingerbread house! Sweetie, may God bless you and your dear ones with a very happy and Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! Thank you for your friendship and for your kind visit and sweet words! I was so happy to "see" you! Much love and big hugs to you sweet girl! Love, Paula xoxox

Penelope's Beehive said...

Dear Jenn,
Thank you for sharing your lovely home, beautifully decorated with sparkle and glistening!
Wishing you and your loved ones a holiday filled with love, light, and joy!
Judy x

primlin56 said...

hi jenn....merry christmas to you and your family.....hope you have the best one ever....i wanted to let you know how much i enjoy your blog....so thanks for taking the time to share with all of us out here in blogland...thanks again....linda

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Jenn,

Enjoyed seeing your beautiful Christmas photos and love the one of you and Lydia ice skating.
Merry Christmas and wishing you and your family much love, joy and happiness. Your friendship is a most treasured gift, thank you.

Happy holidays

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