Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A tradition, some presents & a giveaway!

A tradition.

Dan and I have been exchanging Christmas ornaments for 20 Christmases now. It really is one of the funnest parts of our holiday shopping each year to see who finds an ornament first. This year I made Dan's ornament on Christmas Eve while he was out with the kids delivering gifts to co-workers. It's a simple felt heart that I traced with a cookie cutter and then stitched with embroidery floss and stuffed with half a cotton ball. Cute, huh? I was really pleased with how it turned out and wish the picture did it justice. :)

Dan's ornament to me was the cute knitted tree below. No, he didn't knit it himself -- I think he told me he purchased it at Pier 1 Imports -- but I do love that it's knitted. :)  It must have been the year for heart ornaments, though, because we were sent the heart ornament to the right of the knitted one below by Jess and Zack all the way from England. We love it!


I have to brag on my generous husband who completely surprised me with this beauty of a mixer!

We did have a spending limit. Someone went over...

He tells me it was a deal that he simply couldn't pass up. Whatever the reason, I love it and will be baking bread tomorrow for sure!

A few of the other treasures I received were essential oils and candles...

the cutest spoon rest ever from a sweet friend (thanks, Jess!)...

and a knitted cowl from my talented daughter in law. Not the best lighting in some of our pictures today, but oh well -- I really wanted to show off my cute new cowl! :)

The kids received gifts galore from family and friends. It's Nerf war time!

More weapons! Real throwing knives for Daniel, and yes, that's a pink Red Ryder BB gun that AnnaLynn's holding.

A BB gun was on her wish list...we bought pink! Isn't it wonderful how it perfectly matches her skirt?

And a giveaway!

And because I have been blessed beyond measure this year, I'm hosting my first ever giveaway here on the blog to say "thanks" to all of you who've made my blogging experience so much fun. :) And just what am I giving away? Three bars of my handcrafted soap! My all-natural soaps are made using a blend of olive, coconut, palm, and sweet almond oils and are scented using pure essential oils. Each bar weighs approximately 2.5 oz.

All you have to do to enter is be a follower and leave a comment (one entry per person, please). I'll draw a winner at noon on December 31!


For what are you thankful today?

However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts. ~John Calvin

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
~I Thessalonians 5:16-18

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  1. What a thoughtful hubby you have! It's nice when the Mister's get us Missus's...mine gave me stainless steel pots & pans! :)

    Love the ornaments!

  2. Anonymous12/28/2011

    Well, I totally green my friend!!!! That mixer is just perfect - but alas, even if I hint and wish and write it all over the cottage so that my hubby can get the inclinations - I don't have room in my kitchen for it :(

    But I know that you will use it and enjoy it!

    Thank you for sharing your goodies with us...and yes, enter me in the giveaway, what a nice way to begin the new year :)

    Be blessed today Lisa,


  3. I loved peeking into your Christmas! Such sweet, thoughtful gifts! And I love the way you've packaged your soaps...so sleek and professional! I love you my friend!

  4. I read an article before Christmas about gifts husbands should NOT buy for their wives, even if they ask for them. Mixers, pots and pans, and other kitchen tools were listed. It was so frustrating and I made sure my husband understood that I did not feel that way. I get giddy over things that make my life easier, especially in the kitchen :)

    Thanks for offering such a lovely giveaway.

    The Happy Wife/Danielle Garcia
    ldsmom2201 at yahoo dot com
    Twitter: The_Happy_Wife

  5. I love the ornaments, especially since they're handmade. And thanks for the giveaway. Have a good New Year.

  6. Yeah! A giveaway! :-) Love your mixer. It's so shiny. reminds me that I need to give my very much loved mixer a good scrub. :-)


  7. You are so sweet. I gave my son a bb gun too.

  8. lovely gifts! im a new follower :) raineoc@yahoo.com

  9. wow- a new mixer?!?! What an amazing gift!
    I'm glad you like the spoon/ tea bag rest. As soon as I saw it, I immediately thought of you. <3

    Love you lots!

  10. Last year, I received the same mixer! I LOVE mine and I know you will love yours too!

  11. What a great BB gun! I didn't know they came in pink :-) I love your ornaments...I have some knitted ones, and I love them.

    I'm already a follower, and I LOVE your soaps...count me in for the contest!

  12. Anonymous12/28/2011

    found you thru raising homemakers. love what i am reading!! and yes i'd like to enter the giveaway but i'm sticking around for the whole blog :)

  13. yep - gotta leave a comment!
    Enjoy the mixer - I love mine! Nerf wars are a way of life here! Have fun!
    Looks like everyone had a great Christmas, Blessings for a Happy New Year
    thanks for stopping by - it has been a joy to 'talk' with you this year!

  14. I am a faithful follower [o= and here is my comment... YOU are one of my favorite bloggers.(( HUGS))

    I hope I win a bar of soap! I love love love homemade soap. And I am sure yours is one of the best! Am I biased ? Yes but why not?!?

    Blessings and ((HUGS))

  15. Would love to win these, thanks for the giveaway! :)

  16. I've been "following" you for a long time now, making muffins lots of weeks!! I am now officially following you. :) Your's is the first blog that I have signed up to actually follow. I didn't know that I knew how to do that...(whew, does that even make sense?):)
    My husband got me the Keurig coffee brewer for Christmas and I have really been enjoying it!!


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