Sunday, December 11, 2011



I would like to wish all My Wonderful Blogging Buddies a Very Merry Christmas Season and A Very Happy and Healthy New Year!
I have been absent from blogging because I have started a new full-time job. It is totally different than any kind of nursing job I have ever had.  Hence, with it being very challenging my poor mind is very tired when I get home at night.  I hope in the New Year I will cut back in my hours so I can have some more time to do the things I love, like stitching and blogging.

My Sweetie and I put up our Christmas decorations yesterday.  We did cut back allot on them this year. I added this new Sparkling Ribbon Reef to the collection. 
I have found some time to create a few wool Christmas Snowflake Ornaments.

WE put out the Winterkinder Pyramide which I bought in "Seiffen Germany" back in 2003. The Winter scene display of children playing on their sleighs spin around when the candles give off heat. 

Because we are so busy we decide to go with a much smaller tree this year.  It is a fiber optic tree which is so lovely in the evening to watch all the colors sparkle off the ornaments. I did not get a full photo of it this year because the lighting was not good. I have three Christmas German Smokers that I truly love displaying, so this year they are under the tree. 

The wee church is an exact replica of the Church in Seiffen Germany with its Caroler singing.

Below is a close up of the Christmas tree smoker.  They come apart toward the bottom and you can put in the wee incense inside and the heavenly scent comes out its mouth. 

I absolutely fell in love with them while in Germany and brought home many special ones with me. 

Of course there is the German "Pickle" Ornament which I hide every year for the grandchildren to find.  It is a wonderful tradition they love and as soon as they come in the door on Christmas Day they are searching for it.  It is so much fun trying to find a good hiding place and watching them search for it.

The above cookie molds are also from Germany. They are replicas of the original ones. The molds are pressed into the cookie dough and then baked. These cookies are called "Springerle". 

A few years back I made paper Christmas Ornaments and then painted them and gave them away as gifts. Below is the the book I bought on how to make many different kinds of German Cookies.It is called "My Favorite Cookies from the Old Country".

I was so excited to walk into my Creative room and find my Christmas Cactus blooming this week.  Right on time for the Holidays.  Amazing isn't it?

We've had a love of BBC movies for many years.  This past year we bought three different series of movies. I would have to say so far, "Lark Rise To Candleford" is our very favorite.  We just started watching the 4th and final series of this one.  I will be very sad to see it end.

The other movie is called, The Land Girls. They have two series. We truly enjoyed watching this series but are disappointed there is not a 3rd series.  Hopefully one day they will film another one. They left us wondering what will happen to many of the characters.

The other one is called Random Passage. This one starts out in Ireland and ends up in Newfoundland. A Very good movie. 

When our Winter weekends are so blustery cold outside and the snow is several feet deep then we snuggle up and watch these Wonderful BBC Movies. vbg If anyone has any other suggestions of great BBC movies please let us know.  Thanks 

I hope all my dear friends in the UK are safe and warm after the horrible winds that blew through their country.

With all the incredible, awful, natural disasters around the world this year, you have to wonder if global warming is the cause. 

Take care all my friends and I will chat again with you all in the New Year. 

Oh and by the way it is December 11th and we've not had any snow yet. Huge Very Big Smile. Do you think this is a sign we will have a very mild Winter this year.  One can wish, hey?

Hugs Judy 


Bev C said...

Hello Judy,

A lovely post. Love the idea of the grandies looking for the treasure you have hidden. A great family tradition. Good luck with your job, sounds like it is taking up lots of your energy,take care.
Enjoy those movies too. the BBC really know how to make things.
Merry Christmas and have a wonderful time with your family.
Happy days.

Quayceetatter said...

Merry Christmas!! Now Judy if you want some snow I will send it North!!! We received 7 inches the first of Dec along with -7 and only a high of 35 for over a week. We still have snow on the ground. Burrr!! We just put the outside lights up and our tree with all the Santas and houses. I made them in the 90's and are needlepoint. Still have cards to send and cookies to make. Have a wonderful holiday!!! Linda in NM

Mindi said...

Thanks for the tips on the movies, I added a few to my Netflix queue!

Heather said...

Hello Judy... Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too... ahh, you are just as busy as I am, VBG!... but you are away ahead of me, we haven't put up any decorations yet! Just wondering if your email is working because you said you hadn't heard from me in a while and I have written 3 times... perhaps you are just busy, so not to worry, but let me know if you've had email problems... I know I'm busy too, but found time to drop you a few lines every now and then. Hugs.

Linda said...

Hello Judy, and what a lovely post, full of beauty, and information. Your decorations are all so lovely. I hope you enjoy all your viewing. Thank you for your friendship and support throughout 2011. I hope your new job goes well, but I also hope you will continue to share your world with us. All the best to you, your wonderful husband, and your family for the holiday season, as well as good wishes for 2012. Love.

Dianne said...

A very Merry Christmas to you and your family, Judy. I enjoyed this post very much and all the lovely German decorations and things. Love the idea of hiding the gherkin decoration - cute. Snuggle up and keep warm in front of those movies and enjoy the festive season and the holidays. Thank you for your friendship throughout 2011 and all the best for the New Year. Di.

Frances Leate said...

What a lovely post and I love all the decorations with a snow setting - another world away when you live in the tropics. I too own all the "Larkrise to Candleford" DVDs and absolutely love them and thanks for the tips on the others. Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2012.

Deb H said...

Have you watched the "Foyle's War" series? That a good BBC series too, that we hated to have end. I'll have to put your recommendations on our list.

Mickaëla said...

My favorite tv series is Dr Quinn !
Don't now yours .
I find your blog on that of Nancy, and I like what you do!
Good day from France.

Alanda Jacobs said...

So glad that somebody else knows of Random Passage... I've cherished the novels it's based on for years, and when the mini-series came out I was excited... So good...

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