“Advent is a winter training camp for those who desire peace.”
This is the Advent wreath at the Hermitage where I am an oblate. We had the blessing of the wreath on Sunday and it was very peaceful and very beautiful. I had decided that I would like to add some of these red berries to our Advent wreath at home, so all the way home (it’s an hour and fifteen minute ride), I was on the lookout for the bush it grows on, in a spot that wasn’t too marshy that I could get to in a dress. Just at dusk I saw a bush in just the right spot and succeeded in getting through some dry marsh and cutting a branch. I felt so triumphant when I arrived home and showed it to my husband. “We have one of these bushes behind the shed,” he said. I have a lot to learn about watching and waiting!
Yesterday Joseph and I made up the ten Christmas cards in the new Paper Pumpkin kit, so he could use them for thank you notes. (He turned twenty on Monday). There was one mistletoe left over so I was able to make a copy of the card using the Writing Notes Background stamp. For the zig-zag edge I used the Mini Gift Bag Framelit. I think it came out pretty close to the original! : )
“Taking JOY in life is a woman’s best cosmetic.”
Good Morning! Today is the day that the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog goes live. This is a card that I made straight from the catalog and is made with a new set called “Wondrous Wreath.” I’ll be putting in our first holiday order on Monday in case you are interested in starting to prepare for Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas before we begin our fall classes. The dates for fall classes are Sept. 15&16 (please note date change), Oct. 20&21 and Nov. 17 & 18, 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. We have a lot of fun…hope you can join us!
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
~Deb Dewit Marchant
A Happy and Blessed Feast of Epiphany to you! (Also known as “Little Christmas”). The snow has been piling up here at our house and to usher in our last week of Christmas, I want to show you the beautiful Christmas card that my friend and downline, Beth Mills, made for me with the Joyful Christmas stamp set (which made it to the Carry Over List). She used Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla papers, embossed the poinsettias with what I am guessing is clear embossing powder, and sponged the flowers with cherry cobbler and blushing bride inks. Accents are Basic Pearls and Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine. Beth is so creative and has such an eye for detail, which you can experience firsthand at her stamping events in Downeast Maine. If you live over that way, or want to make a visit, you don’t want to miss Beth’s workshops. She offers such a wonderful variety of projects, awesome door prizes and delicious snacks at her events, which are held in a school near Dennysville. Hope to see you there sometime! : )