Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas is over for another year…

Well, Christmas is over for yet another year and we had a wonderful one.  Cameron truly enjoyed opening every single gift.  Yep, not just his gifts, but everyone else’s gifts as well.  I tried to explain to him that ALL of the gifts weren’t for him, but he didn’t quite understand.  He tore into every single gift, the paper went flying and in record time he had everything opened.  I think he enjoyed unwrapping the gifts more then what was inside (lol).  Shawn and I exchanged a few small things, but nothing too extravagant.  We always just spend the money on Cameron. 

Anyway, we had a wonderful time with family.  Having my parents so close was wonderful and the time we shared with them was so memorable.  Here are a few pictures of my tree with the gifts under it.  Doesn’t it look so pretty?

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Here is a picture of Cameron just relaxing after opening all of the gifts.

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Did you all have a nice Christmas?  What else have you all been up to?  I don’t know about all of you, but once I take down the tree and all of my other decorations…. I feel the need to re-arrange my family room along with a few other things.  Goodness, where should I start?  I have so many pictures to share that it is unbelievable.  Well, let’s start out with some items that have great stories behind them.  My MIL gave me some old christening gowns along with her great great grandmother’s wedding dress.  I have just found the perfect spot for everything that she gave me and I guess I will start with those.  Trust me…… they are beautiful and they add so much beauty to my home.  I absolutely love them!!  Let’s take a look – shall we ladies?  Here is the wedding dress.  I thought it looked great on my old barn door at the end of my hallway. 

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Here is a closer look at it.  It is aged to perfection if you ask for my opinion.  No coffee/tea staining necessary!!

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I took something very simple and used it to hang it up.  I cut a twig from a tree and used a small piece of homespun… very prim and perfect!  The great prim hanger.  Isn’t the dress beautiful?

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Here are the christening gowns….. my sweet hubby made the peg rack for me out of old barn wood.  Didn’t he do a nice job?

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I just thought that they were beautiful and I was so happy when she gave them to me.  This old bag was also in the tote of things that she gave me, but I wanted to add something more to it.  I wanted it to look old so I coffee/tea stained it and then stenciled something on it.  I then stuffed it with poly-fil to make it look like it was full of old seeds.  I currently have it in my entry way and it looks great.

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My MIL also gave me this old prim quilt (aka. crazy quilt) that someone had made.  She isn’t really sure who, but it was packed away with all of the christening gowns and the wedding dress so she is assuming it is pretty old.  I thought it had character , but I knew that it had to be on the wall all by itself since it was a bit busy.  So, I used another old twig that I cut off a tree and hung it up by that.  What do you all think?  Do you like it or not?  It took me some getting use to, but it is wearing on me a bit more every day.  Be honest…. what do you think?

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I will leave you with a picture of one of my favorite Christmas gifts that I received this year.  My SIL had someone sketch a picture of Cameron.  She gave this to me for Christmas and I absolutely fell in love with it and yes….. it made me cry.  My other favorite gift was from my in-laws… I don’t have a picture of them, but hopefully in the next couple of days I will.  My FIL made me window sills for my windows and I am so excited.  He is going to put them in tomorrow evening and I will finally be able to put candles in my windows (YAY).  More pics coming soon!!

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Here is the picture in my family room.  Isn’t it beautiful?  Thanks Karen!!

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I have so much more to share, but I hate to share it all in one post….. my new chandelier that I re-finished was put up tonight, my ladder back chairs were started today, my bowl rack is finally up and well there are so many more pics.  So, please be sure to come back and see them soon.

Until Next Time ~ Enjoy your last few days of 2009 and be ready because 2010 is just right around the corner!!

17 comments:

Pam said...

Oh wow what a great Christmas present...that sketched picture is so cute! I love the old wedding gown & those christening gowns are amazing! What special gifts those were! I love the quilt too...I think it looks great! Thanks for sharing all of your goodies...I enjoyed looking at them! Can't wait to see more!
Hugs,
Pam

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

What beautiful Christmas gifts...you are such a very lucky person in all ways Lisa...how wonderful to receive those beautiful gowns and the picture of Cameron is precious.
Karen

Susannah said...

Wonderful Christmas gifts, Lisa.....I bet you were really surprised with the sketched picture of Cameron! I really like the quilt on the wall and the new windowsills will be great. The wedding dress and Christening gown are gorgeous.
I enjoyed all of your pictures and look forward to more. Glad you had a wonderful Christmas with all of your family....especially Mom and Dad being so close. I am happy for you,

Friends,
Susannah

Stacey said...

What a gorgeous picture that Karen had done for you and Shawn. It brought tears to my eyes, so I can only imagine what it did for you. :)

I love what you did with the wedding dress and christening gowns, especially the hangers. The peg rack is perfect! Shawn did a great job on that for you.

As always, I love the pictures and do my usual drooling over them. :) And yes, I too will certainly look forward to seeing more of your great prim ideas and pictures.

Love and hugs,
Stacey

Janet-Olde Crow Primitives said...

Hi Lisa.
You certainly got lots of wonderful things for Christmas. I just love everything. I really like the quilt.
That type of Quilt is called a "Crazy" quilt and they were really popular in days gone by. They do take a bit of getting used to, as they used every colour and type of fabric they could find. You just have to appreciate them for what they are. The peg rack is perfect!
Looking forward to the next round of pictures :)
~Janet

Willow said...

Lisa,
What beautiful gifts! I love getting anything that belonged to someone in our family or my DH's family. It has soooo much more meaning. And what an awesome sketch of Cameron. How sweet of her to have that done for you!
Wishing you and yours a Happy Joy filled and blessed New Year !
Prim Huggs n Blessins
TJ

Karen from WV said...

Hi Lisa,
I absolutely love that crazy quilt. You are one lucky girl! Crazy quilts have always been a favorite of mine. You really have a way of displaying all your prim things. I love the way you hung it!

That picture of Cameron is really good! What a great gift!

You & Shawn are truely blessed with a loving and close family.

Really looking forward to more pictures!

Blessings to you and your family,
Karen from WV

LeeHillPrimitives said...

HI Lisa, The Cameron picture is just perfect. The gowns are amazing, you are so lucky to have them.Really, they are awesome gifts. I love your posts, please, share more pic's soon. Happy New Year to you and your family.

LeeHillPrimitives said...

HI Lisa, The Cameron picture is just perfect. The gowns are amazing, you are so lucky to have them.Really, they are awesome gifts. I love your posts, please, share more pic's soon. Happy New Year to you and your family.

Teri said...

I just love, love the wedding dress and christening gowns...and the way you hung them up (love the twig!) The sketch is just too precious! I cannot wait to see more pics! You always keep me on the edge of my seat, Lisa! lol

the primitive country bug said...

Oh Lisa, how precious is that sketch of Cameron!! I love the picture of you holding it out, I can still see your tears of joy. :)
The old gowns are beautiful and look perfect in your cozy, prim home. I like the seed bag too! I have a blank bag like that and now I'm inspired to stencil on it too. I just have to find a good stencil. Where did you get the crow seeds one from? That's sweet!
Happy New Year to you and your sweet little family.
Hugs~ birgit

Lynda said...

...What gorgeous gifts you received Lisa....The sketch of Cameron is so precious and I cried to see you cry....Blessings to you and your family in 2010 and in the years to come.

Sherrie said...

Oh Lisa, what wonderful keepsakes you received for Christmas!! Everyone knew just what would touch your heart!! Love the gowns and they look great on the pegboard designed by Shawn. He is a keeper, 'ole girl!!
The sketch of Cameron is priceless!
So glad it was a good Christmas for all. Looking forward to more stories and pics. Have a happy New Year!! Hugs, Sherrie

cynthialeedesigns said...

Lisa,
What wonderful Christmas gifts!! Love the picture of Cameron...that is so special!! I think it was the Christmas for getting old goodies...my MIL gave me her old sugar bucket/firkin and I've been doing the happy dance ever since. It is something special that I will cherish forever.
Happy New Year.
~Cindy~

Hillcresthome Prims said...

Lisa, I just found your blog and I am a follower now. I hope you will come by and see my blog. We have the same values and you don't find that in many people today!!!!
The picture is beautiful of Cameron, what a wonderful gift that is!! I love your home and the gowns are just breath taking!!! I am happy you had a wonderful Christmas and I am wishing you and your whole family a Happy New Year from my family to yours!!! I hope to get to know you better!!!

Blessings to my new blog friend,
Tricia
Hillcrest Home Prims

Mary said...

What a wonderful MIL! The wedding -WOW! What a special treasure!!!

Mary
Willow Ridge Primitives

rebecca said...

aren't gifts from the heart, the best kinds of gifts to receive.. you are very fortunate to have people like that in you life.