Saturday, December 20, 2014

Farmgirl Friday CHRISTMAS Blog Hop # 181


Merry Christmas, Farmgirl Friday Friends! Forgive us for getting our hop up late this week, but Santa has had me very the last couple of days! Here's a little run-down for ya!
  • Mail Christmas Cards~CHECK
  •  Pow Wow with hubby to see how close we are to being DONE! CHECK
  • Pay bills. CHECK
  • Get packages mailed. CHECK
  • Wrap some gifts. CHECK 
  • Check out a big shoe sale. CHECK
  • Have lunch with Grammy Joy. CHECK
  • Get flat tire fixed on Grammy Joy's car. CHECK
  • Make Grape-Nuts Maple Pudding for Beach Farmgirl Blog post. CHECK
  • Publish Beach Farmgirl Blog Post. CHECK
  • Remind you  there are still THREE days to enter Sarah Hudock's Christmas Ornament Giveaway! CHECK
  • Feed the chickens and give them fresh water. ~ Thanks, honey! CHECK
  • Tell you that Cheri Duncan won Debbie's Cowgirl Boot Ornament Giveaway from last week! . CHECK.
  • Congratulations Cheri! 
  • Congratulate Cheri. CHECK.
  • Thank you all for sharing your fabulous farmgirl entries with Dandelion House and Farmgirl Unleashed each and every week! CHECK.
We'll be taking a break until the NEW YEAR and we look forward to resuming The Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop with you all in 2015!

Enjoy these last few day's of preparations and blessings to you all for a very happy holiday! 
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND MUCH LOVE,
DEB AND DEBBIE  ( aka Farmgirl Unleashed) 

PS.. See where it say's, "Get the Code here" below? Grab it and put it in your post this week and share our hop with more like-minded blogging friends! 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Where Christmas ISN'T


 With one week left until Christmas day I am determined to pull back the reins on running through the last few days of the holiday season like a horse racing to the finish line. At the risk of sounding like Andy Rooney, I have to confess that I resent the commercialism of this beautiful season. It seems like the push for getting the holidays ' right ' whether it be securing the perfect gifts on time or decorating to the nines comes earlier and earlier every year. 

By the time I got going on decorating this year I was already beginning to tire of seeing the mess of fake decorations and pre-packaged gift baskets everywhere. Earlier this month I went out to my local Michael's Craft Store in search of some Christmas decorating inspiration for our dining room table. After circling the floral department for what seemed like an eternity, I assembled some fake evergreens, selected a gilded bird cage and tossed some sparkling faux berries in my shopping cart  for some added bling. As I got close to the check out line ( which is also conveniently located right near the exit doors ) I parked my basket and made a run for it!  Yep! I left empty handed! The whole experience left me cold. It took a few days for me to shake it off so I stayed home, baked some cookies, went to an open house at friends ( which cheered me up ) and then I attempted to find Christmas again. 
This time I didn't travel far. I stepped outside in the wee hours of the morning (still in my jammies and slippers) floral cutters in hand and snipped some fresh pine branches from a lovely tree in our backyard. It was cold, misty and damp outside but it felt good to be in the garden. Once I was back inside I gathered supplies for creating a simple, sustainable bouquet. 
I dug out one of my gold plate chargers, a mason jar, some vintage lace with gold threaded edges, and a sprig faux of holly berries from my stash of Christmas decorations and got busy trying to find Christmas!


Low and behold the next morning when I got up the sun was shining brightly through the window in our dining room lighting up my natural centerpiece so beautifully. At last, I found Christmas! Right here at home!

Have you found Christmas yet? I know where it ISN'T. Do you?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sarah Hudock CHICKENART Christmas Ornament Giveaway!!!


Dear friends,
I'm so excited to share with you another amazing giveaway from the delightful and talented artist, Sarah Hudock of ChickenArt.comhttp://chickenart.com/ .


Cottage in Winter

 She's known for her signature Happy Tins signs adorned with down home sayings and images that warm the heart ( and your barn or coop if'n you have'm).  

Today she's giving away THREE of  her Christmas Tin ornaments.  They are a new design this year and have been flying out the door of her studio!


Cardinals

 Whoever wins this giveaway will be getting the last of her 2014 designs! 
Good luck everyone! 

If you don't do Facebook just enter with a comment and answer this question? 
Do you keep chickens?


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