Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Christmas at the farmette

Christmas Mantle

I usually go all-out with Christmas decorations and lights and garlands, etc,
But....this year is going to be a bit different.
With knee replacement surgery coming Jan. 8, I want to be able to get thru the holidays with as little time on my feet as possible.
And since I am the one who does the majority of the decorating, that means I had to decide to pare down a bit.
The mantle is NOT where I began!
I put my itty bitty elves here and there, strung my twinkly white lights and created a brand-spankin' new garland for it!
Made out of cast off wool Goodwill sweaters and felted in my washing machine, I cut out rectangles and strung them on cotton yarn.
I then crocheted trees, snowflakes and rounds inspired by The Royal Sisters, and stitched them on the rectangles.
That was not enough.
I got out my ample supply of granny-chic buttons and found just the perfect "ornaments" for my work.

In the next week or so we will head to the "farm around the corner" and chop down the perfect (in OUR eyes!) tree.
And I think that will be about it around here. No garland strung willy nilly around the porch columns or stair rails.
No snowmen or santa collection displayed.
Just the tree.
The mantle.
And the nativity.
And that is enough for me.

Here at the farmette things are not as they usually are, and tho I typically keep my private life sorta private, I would ask that if any of you are prayin' folk, that you would keep our family in your prayers.
We are facing some very difficult challenges here (no worries, Farmboy and I are just fine!!!) and would greatly appreciate prayer from the Body.


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Maria said...

Hi Cindy~
Your mantle is soooo cute! I love the homemade garland. You do such good work*

Cindy, I will definitely keep you & your family in my prayers. I'll use your sweet pea Christmas card to remind me~

Please stop over and see your "thank you post" at my blog ;o)
I'll keep your sweet pea seeds in my prayers too... hoping for not so severe a winter!

God Bless You, Always. . .

Melodie said...

I absolutely love the garland you made!
I will be praying for you all.

Jessica Cangiano said...

How sweetly beautiful. I adore the look of homemade decorations (at Christmas or any time of the year). These are really lovely, thank you for sharing them with us, dear soul.

Thank you very much, too, for recently entering my giveaway for a beautiful set of Jessie Willcox Smith art prints. The lucky winner is going to drawn at random and announced on Chronically Vintage later today. I really appreciate your support of this giveaway and wish you the best of luck!

Have a splendid Tuesday, honey - big hugs,
♥ Jessica

Anonymous said...

Your mantle is so pretty -you did a wonderful job decorating.
I'll be praying for you.
Nothing is impossible with God.

Anonymous said...

Your mantle is so pretty -you did a wonderful job decorating.
I'll be praying for you.
Nothing is impossible with God.

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Nice work with your mantle!
You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Holly said...

I hope you left some craft projects for when you are resting up after your surgery because you sure have been busy lately. You will definitely be in my prayers,thanks for asking.

Camille said...

Many times less is more...and I think everything looks and sounds lovely! I would love to go chop down a tree...but hubby would not and since we live in a wet climate I caved and we have an artificial tree...almost looks real at night. ;-)

I will seek to remember you in prayer Cindy...God is good and will hear the unspoken request of your heart. He KNOWS!

(Psalm 138:8)

SusanD said...

Hey FarmgirlCyn,

I've seen your post a couple times here and there at places I visit too. Most recently at Beth's spot about her daughter Melissa's malaria. So thankful she's on the mend. What a powerful testimony they have.

Then I noticed you follow Mrs. Peterson's place too. That's pretty funny.....cause she's my sister. How crazy is that?

Blessings, SusanD

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

Will do...Cyn...and that's what friends are for, right?

Love your lil' banner, so clever are you! I'm not decorating as much this year either, sometimes I just need to throttle back to enjoy the season more!

Regan Family Farm said...

"He will keep him in perfect peace, him whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusts in Him."
Isaiah 26:3


Pam said...

I didn't put as many decorations out this year either - we will be gone for so much of the month.

I love your mantle - it looks so cute with the elves and deer.

Lindah said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers. May His healing love and grace overflow through your family.
Blessed Christmas to you all!

Jenna said...

I love your creation, Farmgirl Cyn!

Yes, I will most definitely keep your family in my prayers.

Blessings to you!

Jayme, The Coop Keeper said...

I need to pare down a bit this year too...it's hard isn't it?

Love all of your craftiness!

You and yours are in my prayers.

Laurie and Chris said...

Ilove the garland you made!

We will be thinking of your family!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

A very good friend of mine just had her second partial knee replacement in the span of under two months. You are wise to put it off until after the holidays. I'll be thinking of you!

Keeper of our Home said...

What a beautiful mantle. I love it!

~Mrs. M

Michelle said...

Dear Cindy...
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful christmas decorations and I love how you have made some Grandma Twinkles your very own...so lovely...
and I yes I am the praying sort of girl so I will put you in my prays and do hope it all works out well...