Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everyone!  May your day be filled with wonder and light!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Stockings

I finished!  Well, I plan on putting our names on our stockings with iron-on letters, but I think I will wait until January to do that.  They are complete enough.  Wyle's is in the top photo.  Brian's is the one on the left on the bottom, featuring his rank from the Marine Corps.  Mine is the one on the right on the bottom.  I made ours ten years ago when we were first married, and I wanted to make Wyle's this year with materials from both of ours, since she is a little bit of both of us, and also with some different fabrics, since she is her own person, of course.  They are huge - I don't know if the scale shows up in the photos, but it is a fun challenge every year to fill those stockings up!  I always feel as good about finding great stocking stuffers as I do finding 'big' presents.  The actual felt stockings, prior to embellishment, came from my mom.  She made them thirty years ago, when she was making stockings for Dad and me.  I love that even though I did not decorate them the same way as my childhood stocking, they still remind me of it.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Holiday Preparations

I realized it doesn't seem very merry on the blog lately, but that is just because I have been so busy!  It is a challenge to do two birthdays in December and also everything else that the holidays require, especially when you don't start early!  I have been spending the last few nights working on Wyle's stocking.  This is technically her second Christmas, but last year this time she had just arrived and I was not in the mood to craft.  I have been having a lot of fun working on it now, though, and I am nearly done.  I can't wait to see it hanging beside the ones I made for my husband and myself when we were first married ten years ago.

I hope all of the rest of you are a little further ahead on holiday preparations this year.  This is the time of year I would like to relax and just bask in the joy of the season, and I hope that you are all taking the time to do that, even if you are behind like me!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Congregation II

Here is another shot of the birds that had gathered in my backyard this weekend.  Just moments later, they all took to the sky, on their journey.

Monday, December 17, 2012


I stepped into the backyard yesterday to hear a cacophony of birds.  They had congregated in the trees in my backyard, meeting there, perhaps before heading south for the winter.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

McConnells Mill State Park

Here are a couple more shots from McConnells Mill State Park here in Southwest Pennsylvania.  It was so pretty there and I can't wait to return in the spring.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

McConnells Mill State Park

A few weeks ago I ventured up to McConnells Mill State Park with a friend for the first time.  I had no idea such a treasure was so close!  This park showcases the Slippery Creek Gorge, so there are lots of big beautiful boulders and of course, a creek, and lots of that moss I love so much.  There is an old grist mill that we will have to tour another time, and a lovely covered bridge which is still in use.