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I have been married to my childhood sweetheart for 42 wonderful years. I have been blessed with one daughter who is grown and gone! She and her hubby have blessed us with a precious grandchild, Darbee Rae. She is eight years old and the sunshine in our days. I have always been a stay at home maid, cook, doctor, babysitter, taxi, wife, mother, and grandmother. I enjoy crafting. My interests include primitives, vintage and colonial styles. I love decorating my home. I enjoy traveling with my hubby and friends, reading, and trying different recipes. I am a Christian and enjoy activities within my church. I hope you enjoy reading about my daily adventures in crafting, shopping, and enjoying life thru the eyes of my darling grand daughter.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Our Christmas 2011,,,,,Packages and Pictures

Good evening all my dear friends.  WOW, do we ever get completely ready for this big holiday?  I so love the Christmas Season but it is always such a busy time.  There is the constant crafting, shopping, wrapping, cooking, decorating, visiting and eating. And then in a blink what do we have?  Yep, the day afer Christmas.  I must say I am kind of glad that Santa has come and gone, but then the child that still lives deep inside of me hated to see him leave.  It was a wonderful Christmas here at the homeplace.  I was one thankful wife, Mother and Nana this season.  Saddness did creep in as Mother's death is still fresh in my mind, but I am thankful she is at peace this season also. 

On Wednesday before Christmas I stopped by the mail box on my way into town and was so surprised to find a box from Angie at http://lilraggedyangie.blogspot.com/ . I couldn't wait to tear into the package.  I sat right in the car and ripped into the box.  I immediately opened the card and there was a sweet note telling me she was thinking of me as she knew I would be missing Mother.  Angie it really touched my heart for someone who I have never met , and at this busy time of the year, thought of me.  Thank you so much.  This is what I found.

Angie sent me blackened beeswax ornaments and bowl fillers.  A really cute ticking stocking , a candy bar and that sweet card.  If you look close you will see the candy is NOT in the wrapper.  I was on my way shopping when I got the package, it was like 2 in the afternoon and I had not had lunch.  Can you guess what my lunch was?  Yep, and it was absolutely delicious.   And she could not have sent anything I would have been any prouder of.  I only had 2 little pieces of blackened beeswax.   When I got home , I immediately put the ornaments on my german twig tree.

The bowl fillers I put on the coffee table so I could see them from where  I sit. 

Thanks again Angie.  You are such a sweet and giving person.  If you haven't visited Angie's blog I strongly suggest you check it out.  She does some amazing crafts and is always busy. 

On Saturday afternoon, Mr. P and I came in from our annual Christmas Eve Breakfast with family and friends and a huge box was on the doorsteps.  It was from Shirlee at http://farmhouseponderings.blogspot.com/ .  Shirlee had just e-mailed me the day before stating that the package she had so wanted to be a surprise apparently had been lost in the mail.  It had been mailed a while back but didn't even show up the tracking.  I was so anxious to shoot her an e-mail and let her know the box had been found and had reached it's destination.

Wow, It was full of wrapped goodies.  As I began unwrapping I felt like a prim shop had just been delivered to my door.  I was having too much fun.  The mister just stood back and watched as I discovered one goodie after another. 

Shirlee knows how much I love the pinkeep pillows.  I now have one I can keep out year round.  But she didn't know how much I love pineapples.  This is where it found a home.

There was a Christmas book.  I have already started reading and enjoying the stories in it. 

Here are some cute gingerbread bowl fillers and a muslin gingerbread man.  I only have a few gingers so I couldn't wait to put these in the kitchen.

They quickly found a home on the island

I really wish you had a "scratch and sniff"  computer screen for this next picture.

Shirlee made these beeswax ornaments.  They are orange scented and smell yummy.  Each one has a different design on it.  I can't wait to add these to the german twig tree when I put the snowmen ornaments on it in the great room.  I will leave it up for winter.  

She gifted me with these 2 grungy candle ornaments.  These will go on the Santa tree in the great room. Are you beginning to wonder how big that box was?  Well, there is more. See why I thought I had a prim shop in a box?

A big bag of tart chucks scented with gingerbread.  One of my favorite scents for the winter.  Smells so yummy in the tart burners.  Such a welcoming smell in the home.

An apple cinnamon candle in an old rusty tin can with grubbies on top.  It smells great also.  It is sitting on a mat won from Traci at http://yorkmountainprimitives.blogspot.com/ 

How did she know I love gooseberry patch cookbooks?  And I didn't have this one. You can see my paper marks on the top of recipes I can't wait to try.  The cookbook was Mr. P's favorite.  He thinks I might decide to use the stove soon since the holidays are winding down. (smile)

In the box there was a package for Darbee Rae.  She was excited to see what she had gotten. 

It was a cute prim doll for her room.  Everytime I would go to snap the picture she would say 'Thank you Shirlee"  That is why she looks so funny!  We had just given her a Barbie video camera for Christmas and I think she was thinking Shirlee was going to be able to hear her.    So there you have it... Pictures of goodies from two great blogging friends. 

Thank you to all of you who took the time to send Christmas Cards.  It brightened my day to find a card from you in the mailbox.  Thanks Lois http://huckleberrylady.blogspot.com/  for the card for Darbee Rae.  She was so excited to get her own mail.  All of you whether with your visits to my blog, a comment, or allowing me to visit with you in  your beautiful homes played a big part in making this a wonderufl Christmas for me at the homeplace.

I am leaving you tonight with a few pictures of Darbee Rae on Christmas Day.  Santa was good to her and we enjoyed spending the day "playing" with her.

Santa brought a Barbie jeep, but it poured rain all day.  She just had to give it a test run on the carport. Notice Cuddles in the passenger seat.  That was one more brave bear!!

Don't you love the metal shopping cart ?  It would look great rusty as a prim accessory.  I told her I wanted it when she grew up and didn't want it anymore, but I think Holly had already staked her claim on it.  She is so much like her  Mommy.....a shopacholic!!

Loving those legos.  See the purple to her back?  One of her favorite gifts from Santa.  A little trampoline. 

And we couldn't end Christmas Day without celebrating the real reason for the season.  We had a Happy Birthday Jesus cake and sang Happy Birthday to him. 

Hope you enjoyed a snippet of our holiday here at the homeplace.  Although Christmas Day has come and gone, Peace and Goodwill of the Season can linger on in hearts.  Until next time.......


  1. How happy I am for you, so glad to see the things your friends sent! Darbee must surely have been a very good girl this year, and Nana must have too! Can't forget your Mister, he gets to enjoy the fruits of your labor from the cookbook! All that goodness! Wow! Only love could produce such goodness all around! Smiling your way!

  2. O Angela so glad to hear that you had a good Christmas ! Beautiful goodies from Shirlee shes so talented and sweet ! Looks like Darbee made out well Christmas morning loving her smiles and that shoppping cart how cute ! Have a great evening ! hugs lilraggedyangie

  3. Angela
    Santa was very good to you by blessing you with sweet friends.
    Darbie Rae sure looks happy with her gifts and glad to have a special cake for Jesus too!
    Happy New Year!

  4. So glad to hear your Christmas was a very happy and fun time! Your tree looks amazing and all your goodeis, wow! Darbee Ray sure is a little sweetie and I LOVE her Pink Barbie Car..! Have a great week and enjoy all those goodies you received...Hugs, K

  5. Hi Angela, You were really a good girl to get some great goodies. Glad Darbee Rae liked her card. I know kids like to get mail too!!!! Glad you had a nice Christmas.
    Christmas hugs,

  6. Hello Angela-
    What wonderful goodies you have recieved in the mail. And Darbee Rae got some great goodies too!
    I Love the shopping cart too, I never seen a metal one like that for kids.
    Have a wonderful week!

  7. Sure enjoyed y'all being with us all day yesterday. We must make it a tradition. Love both of you. Miss you!

  8. Angela,
    It looks and sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas. What great goodies you got in the mail.

  9. Angela,
    What a wonderful post. Sounds like you had a great Christmas. Your goodies are fantastic, esp the orange scented ones. Lucky you.

  10. What sweet and thoughtful gifts you've received Angela. Glad that your Christmas was wonderful!

  11. Wonderful gifts from Angie and Shirlee.It's wonderful when you get a surprise but even more wonderful to know someone cared.Darbee Rae just adorable as always.Have a blessed New Year!~Amy

  12. ANGELA...WHAT A WONDERFUL FUN POST...I loooove all the treasures you received. Shirlee has been a good angel this Christmas season spreading her cheer around Blogland. Glad you received some of the rewards. Well deserved.
    Goodness that Darby is adorable...the red hair is too cute.
    Blessings and have a wonderful New Year.

  13. Wow! Looks like you had a fabulous holiday at your house. What great prim goodies you received! Hope your New Years is just as special, Dawn

  14. Looks like, and sounds like, a very heartwarming holiday at your house! Sweet goodies from Angie and wow - what a box of merry and bright from dear sweet Shirlee! Your pinkeep is adorable - and there is nothing more special than knowing someone has spent so much time making such a wonderful gift for you. Looks like you had no problem finding perfect homes for everything. Truly enjoyed the photos of Darbee's Christmas - Christmas is just a little more fun with little ones like that around. Sure looks like Santa knew exactly what would light up that little angel's smile. (And, oh - I so want that adorable little shopping cart...too fun!) Wishing you a joy-filled rest of the week....Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  15. Wow so many neat goodies you received from Angie and Shirlee. You are a lucky lady Angela. It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas.


  16. Nana Angela, I LOVED reading your post. I loved seeing all your wonderful prim goodies and the wonderful gooseberry cookbook and the beautiful book" Christmas in my Heart". I love, love to read and my husband came home last week with a book he saw, is a Christmas book of stories that are so beautiful, and heartfelt and they are true stories.
    I will take a picture and post it on my next post, when I get a chance to do one.

    I wrote down that book title, I am going to look for it.

    Also I saved the BEST for last your cutie pie grand-daugther looks so HAPPY in her NEW car. Maybe we could all get a ride from her and she could take us to all the country/prim shops, LOL!
    I also loved that you made a B-Day cake for Jesus, we did that every year this year is the only time we didn't, our sons are 20 and 17 but we still sung Happy Birthday to Jesus on Christmas morning and we did it this year and we all said something to Jesus!
    I LOVE the shopping cart and I see your vision, prim it up and put some goodies in there.I
    can't you tell how much I LOVE your blog. I think I wrote enough.
    I am happy you all had a wonderful and blessed Christmas. I wish you all a Happy New year(2012)!

    Tricia XO

  17. Wow... what lovely gifts.. You are one blessed girl, Angela.. But you deserve it, too .. You are one sweet lady..
    Your grand daughter is a darling, too..
    Blessings my dear friend...

  18. Darbee Rae is so cute! Angie and Shirlee are such talented ladies. What wonderful goodies they sent you. Plus your tree is simply gorgeous! I hate when the season is over, cause it goes by so quickly, that it seems we do not enjoy it that much. Happy New Year...we are getting our Christmas snow today. Janice

  19. Wow! You have been really good. Shirlee is a great gifter. We had a Happy birthday Jesus cake for Andrew and Mollie at Debs. Darbee will love her car when she can drive it in the dry.Andrew has one and he drives it to his other Grandma's and his daddy walks beside him. She lives 3 doors down and they are on a cul de sac.

  20. What a wonderful Christmas!
    And blessed we are with such wonderful Friends.
    Woolie Stitches & Joy Friend


  21. What treat going through all the wonderful moments of Christmas with you! Too many blessings to count! So very thankful for wonderful Bloggy Friends like you that brighten my day, spark my mind to new things and a big thank you for visiting Granny Mountain this year. May you have a healthy, happy New Year!

  22. What a sweet, sweet post Angela! I'm glad you all had a wonderful Christmas. Love the goodies you received from prim blog friends, that is so very nice and perfect timing too. It all fits perfectly in your home! I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks also. I have 31 of the spiral bound ones, hehe. I love them just as much for the neat little tips on each page as I do the recipes.

    Enjoy bringing the new year in~

  23. Oh goodness, I forgot to mention how sweet Darbee Rae is! She is a pretty little girl with such a beautiful smile, love it!

  24. Looks as though you had a wonderful Christmas and those boxes at your doorstep? Wonderful! Darbee Rae looks like she had a great year also. Love that little shopping cart also! Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.