Tuesday, December 28, 2010

" Heart From The Heart" Swap Update

Lots of interest in the swap
if you missed out on the details
they may be found here.

Here is a list of participants
I have recieved info from;

Sue
DeeDee
Donna
Shirley
Kim
Wendy
Jan
Terri
Stacie
Jill
Laura
Jillayne
Peggy

If you want to be included
we would love to have you
join us.

Love to all,
Debbie

Sunday, December 26, 2010

A "Heart From The Heart" Heart Swap

Now that we have Christmas behind us,
 I am hoping everyone is ready for some
 quiet time of stitching and sharing. 
 I would like to organize a Heart Swap. 

 You may remember I participated
 in a heart swap last fall.
 Here is the heart,
 I created for that swap.


Have you ever participated in a swap only to be
disappointed by the fact you received nothing in
return?   Or, what you received did not
compare to the amount of work you had
invested in the creation you sent.
So, these disappointments won't happen
please, consider the following.

"Heart from the Heart"
Heart Swap
Guidelines


Heart should be no larger than 8" x 5"  
and no thicker than 1  5/8"
(this will allow them to fit into a Flat Rate Shipping Box). 

  Heart to be created from fabric and stuffed.

A loop or chain for hanging should be attached.
    
 Surface is to be decorated. 
 You may use the 
media of your choice,
 beads,
stitching,
 lace,
 mixed media,
 paint, whatever
be creative!

Please, put your heart into the heart
 you create.

After you create your heart,  mail them to me,
with the return postage included,
by Monday, February 7th.
If I have not received it by that date you
will not be included in the swap.

I will then swap the hearts
 and mail one back to you.

I will mail out in a Flat Rate Shipping box.
Include postage for a heart to be sent back to you.

Flat Rate Fees for 2011
Small  Box
8 5/8" x 5 3/8" x 1 5/8"
$5.20  USA
$11.95 Mexico and Canada
$13.95  International
Add $1.00 for Delivery Confirmation


This eliminates any guess work as
to what the cost will be.
Since you are paying the postage
this Swap is open to everyone
no matter where you live.
(I have had questions about sending
money from overseas.  I have found
there are International Money Orders.
Maybe this option will work,
 if  this is your situation.)
You will find a Valentine Surprise from
me in your return package!


If you would like to participate
please, email me with the following info,
 as soon as possible.

Your name,
 address,
email address,
 and blog name.
Your favorite colors.
Preferred media you would like
to receive back if possible.
 Crazy Quilting,
 Mixed Media,
Patchwork....
  It may not matter
 and sometimes seeing
something new, may inspire you
into a new direction or media.

Please, if you see any additional
details I have forgotten, let me know!


Love to all,
Debbie

Friday, December 24, 2010

Answers to Final Exam Christmas Songs

Hope you had fun with the game.
100% correct answers assures
you of a full Christmas stocking
tonight!

1.  Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer

2.  Silent Night

3.  Oh, Little Town Of Bethlehem

4.  Jolly Old St. Nicholas

5.  Deck The Halls

6.  Joy To The World

7.  Hark, The Herald Angels Sing

8.  We Three Kings

9.  Away In A Manger

10. Up On The Housetop

11. Oh, Come All Ye Faithful

12. Holy Night

13.  I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas

14. Silver Bells

15. The Twelve Days Of Christmas

16. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

17. Frosty The Snowman

18. All I Want For Christmas Is My 2 Front Teeth

19. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

20.  Walking In A Winter Wonderland

Results
15-20 Correct    You don't need any yuletide spirit.
10-14 Correct    You could use something in your stocking
   5-9  Correct    Are you sure you have the right holiday?
    1-4 Correct    Surely you jest?!?!

May visions of sugar plums dance through your head.
As tonight you lay sleeping, all snug in your bed.
My wish for you,
I hope it comes true.
Is happiness and cheer,
in the coming New Year!

Love to all!
Debbie

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Final Exam---Christmas Songs

The following words are alternate titles for several well known Christmas carols.

 1. Quadruped With Crimson Proboscis

 2. Eight P.M. to Six A.M. Without Noise

 3. Minuscule Hamlet in the Near East

 4. Ancient Benevolent Despot

 5. Adorn the Vestibule

6. Exuberance Directed in the Planet

7. Listen, Aerial Spirits Announcing

8. Trio of Monarchs

9. Yonder in the Hay Stack

10. Cherubim Audited from Aloft

11. Assemble, Everyone Who Believes

12. Hallowed Post Meridian

13. Fantasies of a Colorless December 25th

14. Tin Tintinabulations

15. A Dozen 24 Hour Yule Periods

16. Befell During the Transparent Bewitching Hour

17. Homo Sapien of Crystallized Vapor

18. Desire a Pair of Incisors on December 25th

19. I Spied my Maternal Parent Osculating

20. Perambulating Through a December Solstice Fantasy

I will post the answers tomorrow!

Love to all,
Debbie

Friday, December 17, 2010


WHY WOULD GOD BECOME A MAN?


There was once a man who didn't believe in God,
 and he didn't hesitate to let others know how he
 felt about religion and religious holidays, like Christmas.

His wife, however, did believe, and she raised their
 children to also have faith in God and Jesus,
despite his disparaging comments.
 One snowy Christmas Eve,
 his wife was taking their children
 to a Christmas Eve service
 in the farm community in which they lived.
 She asked him to come,
 but he refused
. "That story is nonsense!",
 he said.
 "Why would God lower Himself to come to Earth as a man?
 That's ridiculous!"
 So she and the children left, and he stayed home..
A while later, the winds grew stronger
 and the snow turned into a blizzard.
 As the man looked out the window,
 all he saw was a blinding snowstorm.
 He sat down to relax before the fire for the evening.
 Then he heard a loud thump.
 Something had hit the window.
Then another thump.
 He looked out, but couldn't see more than a few feet.
When the snow let up a little,
 he ventured outside to see what could have been
 beating on his window.
 In the field near his house he saw a flock of wild geese.
 Apparently they had been flying south
 for the winter when they got caught in the
 snowstorm and could not go on.
 They were lost and stranded on his farm,
with no food or shelter.
 They just flapped their wings
 and flew around the field in low circles,
 blindly and aimlessly.
 A couple of them had flown into his window, it seemed.
The man felt sorry for the geese
 and wanted to help them.
The barn would be a great place for them to stay,
 he thought. It is warm and safe;
 surely they could spend the night
 and wait out the storm.
 So he walked over to the barn
 and opened the doors wide,
 then watched and waited,
 hoping they would notice the open barn and go inside.
 But the geese just fluttered around aimlessly
 and did not seem to notice the barn
 or realize what it could mean for them.
 The man tried to get their attention,
 but that just seemed to scare them
 and they moved further away.
 He went into the house and came
 back out with some bread, broke it up,
 and made a bread crumb trail leading to the barn.
 They still didn't catch on.
 Now he was getting frustrated.
 He got behind them and tried to shoo
 them toward the barn,
 but they only got more scared and
 scattered in every direction except
toward the barn.
 Nothing he did could get them to go
 into the barn where they would be warm and safe.
 "Why don't they follow me?!",
 he exclaimed.
 "Can't they see this is the only place
 where they can survive the storm?"
 He thought for a moment and realized that they
 just wouldn't follow a human.
 "If only I were a goose,
 then I could save them",
 he said out loud.
Then he had an idea.
 He went into barn,
 got one of his own geese,
 and carried it in his arms as he
 circled around behind the flock of wild geese.
 He then released it.
 His goose flew through the flock
 and straight into the barn
and one by one the other
 geese followed it to safety.
 He stood silently for a moment
 as the words he had spoken
 a few minutes earlier replayed in his mind:
 "If only I were a goose,
 then I could save them!
 Then he thought about
 what he had said to his wife earlier.
 "Why would God want to be like us?
 That's ridiculous!"
 Suddenly it all made sense.
 That is what God had done.
 We were like the geese - blind, lost, perishing.
 God had His Son
 become like us so
 He could show us the way and save us.
 That was the meaning of Christmas,
 he realized.
 As the winds and blinding snow died down,
 his soul became quiet
 and pondered this wonderful thought.
 Suddenly he understood what
 Christmas was all about,
 why Christ had come.
 Years of doubt and disbelief
 vanished like the passing storm.
 He fell to his knees in the snow,
 and prayed his first prayer:
"Thank You, God,
 for coming in human form
 to get me out of the storm!"


Author unknown


Hoping you have found
 Refuge from the storm.

Love to all and
Merry Christmas!
Debbie

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas Ornaments

I have been busy making Christmas Ornaments for a local photographer.
The ornaments have 2 photographs sandwiched between 2 pieces of glass,
or in some cases 1 photograph with a mirror on the back.  They are a lovely
keepsake.  Liz the photographer is very talented and is making quite a name
for herself. 
I have a 95 year old Grandmother that up until the last couple of years,
was a crafter that few could keep up with.  I taught her how
to make a folded cloth Christmas Ornament.  The squares of cloth
are folded and pinned to a Styrofoam ball.   Once my Grandmother
started making these she was like a little factory.  I would go for a
visit and she would have a box full of them finished.  She would
not allow anyone leave without taking some Christmas Balls with them.
I have enough to cover my large Christmas tree and both of my
brothers do as well.  I have cousins that have Christmas Ball
covered trees as well.  I have made a few and my daughter
has also contributed.  My Mother has made a few of these too, but
by far most were made by Gramma. 
Cost of Styrofoam balls ----$4.00
Cost of Fabric Squares----$2.00
Cost of Pins----$1.00
A tree covered with Gramma's Christmas Balls
PRICELESS!


I have requested  that Santa  bring me a special book this year.
Did you know you could have your blog printed out in book form?

 I would like everyone
 that reads this post to please, leave a comment.
You will then be a part of my book.

If you have never left a comment on a blog,
it is easy.  My friend Jillayne has a short
tutorial on her sidebar that will tell
you how.  It will only take a minute and once
you know how to do it...you can tell everyone
what you think in a comment.

Love to all,
Debbie

Monday, December 6, 2010

In Stitches: Holly Jolly Blog Bingo … 2010

Doing well and in the midst of
Christmas preparations!
I did find this while doing a little blog hopping!

In Stitches: Holly Jolly Blog Bingo … 2010

Go check this out!
Looks like fun!
Debbie
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