Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Recent Photos

It is the second week of Advent.

My Christmas cards are ready finally.  I guess it is like the cobbler whose children have no shoes.  I get my Christmas card orders done then I can get to my own.

Before craft sales came into my life I would have all my cards, my shopping done and parcels mailed off by December 1st.

Those were the days!

Take time this week, even just an hour to relax, have a cup of tea, put your feet up by the tree and enjoy Christmas.  My tree goes up today!

I was able to whip up a last minute gift this week because I had a Ready2Fill calendar left over from craft sales and 12 photos of various subjects in my photo organizer.

With a bit of double sided tape and some pressing this calendar will be headed off to its recipient.

My photo organizer is designed for cards but I use it to store my stock of photos.

It keeps them dry, dust free and out of the light.

I store the following.  Now they are all in one place and easy to find and labeled so I know if I have store of any particular size
  • 3.5 x 4.75 for photo cards sorted by wide and tall
  • 3.5 x 5.00 for half sheet calendars must be wide
  • 4x6 photo calendars usually 4 different styles in any given year
  • 4x6 photo for half sheet photo cards sorted by wide and tall
  • 5x7 & 4x6 photos for framing sorted by wide and tall

Finished The Lilac Bus this week.  I generally love her books. This one was okay.  Story about how some residents from a small town in Ireland travel home from Dublin each weekend on the Lilac Bus.   Some are helping family with a local pub, some are keeping secret relationships and do not want questions asked,  and others miss their home town and friends so visit to catch up.

My Christmas Tree is up!!  It took a lot of plugging to the task to get it done.  It was not as easy as other years to keep motivated.  Not sure what is up with that.

I always put clear lights on the tree.  This year I chose to include mostly clear ornaments with a few precious ones from years past.  The one on the left is one I received from Mom when she downsized her collection which were on the tree when I was a kid.  Clear lights with a diffuser helps to spread the light. The one on the right is clear glass with wire wrapped around it. 

I set up Christmas tea this morning.   A Lancaster County Christmas adds to the background in the top left.  I realize I don't have a Christmas Teacup so I will on the search. I used my red mug with the white tea pot.  I brewed a spiced black tea in the Marsala tea.  Some yogurt and banana, 3 cheese tea biscuits and a couple sweets rounded out goodies today.

This Christmas candle centerpiece was a gift from my sister many years ago.  I added a safe battery operated pillar candle in the glass rose bowl and it was perfect. Set on a Battenburg lace doily and was the focal point on the table.

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  1. Oh your tree with tiny white lights and clear adornments is just fabulous, it is so elegant...very nice. I need to do something with my table, yours looks lovely. Have a HAPPY weekend~

  2. What a beautiful Christmas photos!Love your pretty and brilliant tree!Merry Christmas!

  3. I can relate to the laborious task of putting up a Christmas tree, but their prettiness makes our efforts all worth it! Your holiday tea looks very festive. Christmas teacups can be hard to come by so I find one that you like!

  4. Sylvia, I love red plaid, anytime of year! I haven't read that book, but I do like Maeve Binchy. I have a letter from her here somewhere, must look it up.

  5. Warm and inviting decorations inviting Christmas and all it's friends...:)JP

  6. My favorite photo here is your tree with white and of course the green tree - that is so pretty. Thanks for sharing all these lovely decorations.


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