December 16, 2012

Merriment Chain ~ Day 20 ~ Christmas Past....Christmas Present

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Good afternoon blogging friends......and for some of you good evening:)  I thought it would be fun to post the past pictures of my entry way during Christmastime.  It's so fun to see how my decor has evolved over the three seasons.  I have learned so much from blogging.  Everyone of you has been and inspiration to me in one way or another.  In a way......my current entry way reflects all my friendships.
I don't have a lot of spare corners and space to really "do" up, (but I do have a corner upstairs that is going to get some major attention this next year) so my entry way gets most of the focus. 
Isn't collecting things and displaying stuff fun?  I can't wait to see what my home could look like say in.........10 years!!!!!  


2010

2011


2012
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Also, something I didn't have in the past was many good friends and a creative outlet.  Something every Mother needs:) 
This Christmas I feel surrounded by those who care because I have such great blogging friends.  Each of you have been such a great support to me. Many of you have visited me regularly over the past year and a half and I have enjoyed getting to know you better. Thank You.
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Now, I know no better way than to thank a friend who sends you a beautiful gift than to share it with everyone.  Jan has been a wonderful friend to blog with over the past year.  She is constantly reminding me to enjoy my children and to cherish the time I have with them.  She is a very giving and talented person.  
One of my most favorite things is Primitive Folk Art and guess what..... that happens to be her specialty!!!!! 
This week she sent me a very special gift.  Some of her prints. I just couldn't believe it.  I feel so privileged to have them in my home.  I am going to redo the upstairs family room with them.
Thanks so much Jan.




 She also made each of the girls their own ornament.  They have their names on them along with the date.  The girls squealed (as they often do) with delight at the cute shapes.


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And lastly, kitty was watching me wrap gifts last night from a very comfy view.  
  









12 comments:

bettyj said...

It was fun seeing the evolvement!Isn't is funny how we get more stuff?lol Your prints are wonderful. Jan does wonderful work. Thanks for the visit

Primitive Stars said...

Evening Steph, love how your little Christmas corner evolved, looks so pretty........so many great friendships, so great......wonderful presents, sweet ornies for the girls.......Blessings Francine.

Cindi said...

Steph you have been so very blessed this holiday season, no I take that back you have been very blessed for all seasons. It takes a special person that makes people want to reach out to them and give them things from the heart and you sure must have done that with all of the nice gifts you receive! You are special and such a good mom! Thanks for sharing your beautiful things from Jan.I am a little jealous...lol. I hope to someday be able to travel to where she has a show and buy some for myself because they are just beautiful. Enjoy.
Be blessed,
Cindi

Hillcresthome Prims said...

You are doing so GREAT decorating your home,it was fun to see how you started and then the current picture. BEAUTIFUL.
I LOVE,LOVE what Jan made you and the girls too. Are those prints on wood? I would love to know.Jan does amazing,beautiful work.
Hugs,
Tricia

Hillcresthome Prims said...

Could you give me Jan's blog, I click twice on the word Jan and her blog doesn't come up.
I would love to check out her work!
Thanks,

prims by olde lady morgan said...

Steph, We do love to keep things on the move and chnage things up, don't we... It's one the best things about prim...hehe... and OH MY Jan work is wonderful, she is a most talented folkart painter! Love her work! wonderful additions to your home! OLM

Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

Steph, it's amazing the difference from the first year to this year! It looks like you have grown in your decorating confidence....it's just beautiful! Aww shucks...you made me blush! Your comments are just too sweet. I'm so glad you like the prints. You have a sweet family and are blessed beyond measure with them. Hugs...Jan

Primlish ♥ said...

I love seeing photos of past decorating. Mine can change hours after taking the picture! ;)
Jan's work is wonderful and she is a sweetie for gifting you and your girls!

TheCrankyCrow said...

You've come a long way, Baby!! :o) (And I mean that in the nicest of ways....) I have some older photos and look back and go "really?" Sometimes it scares me though too....it was much more minimalist "back then" - Daddy Crow is starting to use the "h" word (you know, like in the H**********, Buried Alive show???) ;o) Love your thoughtful gifts from Jan....That woman has a talent, doesn't she??? But there's nothing cuter than a kitty in a bag....Love her!! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

alltheseboys said...

Its fun to see how your entry way has evolved!!! I think someone needs to tell Kitty it's dangerous to play in plastic bags though! Lol!

BumbleBeeLane said...

It is so fun to see how things change.Giggled see the pumpkins in the christmas though..smile..Love your prints and how special for the girls to get their own ornies.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

So much fun to see how we change over the years.
Oh my ~ such wonderful creations you got from Jan.
Those ornies are darling!
Prim Blessings
Robin