Thursday, December 18, 2014

If You Have Time to Visit...

Remember the good old days of blogging, before Pinterest, when we would feature our blogging friends and what was going on in their world? Somehow I have gotten away from that, but today I will feature three four bloggers because you do not have enough to do these days. < insert wry, very wry, grin >

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(Because I have learned, reading Pinterest features, that one never should provide links until the end, I'm trying that today.) 
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First up, on Baking Day, a package arrived containing such treasures. I tell you, it was like Christmas morning.


Lovely vintage fabrics, vintage postcards, ornaments, a coaster, Before Amen by Max Lucado, and other items that must remain secret.


I'll take any opportunity to share the wee tree. My chickadee is wearing a knitted cap formerly used as an ornament. It fits him so well. All three of the new ornaments are on the tree, but they are well disguised. One is too well disguised.

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Love these crocheted hearts with their buttons and long ties. I might be tempted to wear one as a necklace some day!
I've not made many gifts this year. Have you?



Since December arrived, we have not had much in the way of weather except rain, rain, and more rain. Sometimes it's freezing rain. However, back in November on Thanksgiving Eve we had a doozy of a snowstorm and have I ever got a story for you written by a dear blogger. Here I live in Maine and have for most of my life, but this blogging buddy comes to Maine for Thanksgiving and has a great adventure. I'm thinking a Christmas movie adventure!




I may have been watching a few Christmas movies because the next story definitely qualifies as Christmas movie material, from the Yukon no less. It warmed my heart and, dare I confess, made me cry. I love stories like this! I know that you will, too.

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Now in case you're wondering what the last photo has to do with anything...




Back in the olden days of blogging, we used to get our decorating inspiration from blogs. Yesterday, I visited a home tour and found this decorating inspiration, only her poinsettia was in a crock and mine's in a tin. Either way, the black plastic pot is camouflaged. (I like the beautiful foil that they come in, but understand that it is not good for the plant.)


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So, without further ado, I present
1. Barbara's Adventure in Maine
2. Kim's Special Visitor
3. Cheryl's Beautiful Home Christmas Tour
and I say thank you, Dear Abby (not that Dear Abby), for the beautiful gifts!


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35 comments:

  1. Your pictures are so pretty. I love visiting new blogs, so thanks for posting the links :) xx

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  2. Now I am very intrigues so off I must go to visit your friends!

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  3. Oooo's an ahhh's...I am really enjoying reading and visiting everyones blogs...everyone has lovely homes and decorating ideas etc. Merry Christmas. (btw, it snowed a bit last night--suppose to get snow for Christmas Day).

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  4. A beautiful post, Vee. Blogging before Pinterest -- ahhhhhh, yes! Off to visit your friends.

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  5. What a wonderful package filled with holiday goodies! And it's nice to visit some of your blog friends. There are so many amazing posts right now....I can't keep up. But I did make almost all of my gifts this year. It was fun! Enjoy your day! I'm going to sew something for myself today....I hope! Holiday hugs, Diane

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  6. I have read the story of Barbara's adventure, and I agree that it could be a movie! I just read Kim's story and was so moved. It is a story of a Father's love. And thank you for your kind words about my home tour. I'm glad you were inspired...your poinsettia looks great. Boo to black plastic, right? :)

    The vintage fabrics from Abby are swoon-worthy!

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  7. I was thinking yesterday that I miss my "letters" from my imaginary Aunt Vee. And then you showed up this morning!

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  8. Your tree is so beautiful and I love Max's book Before Amen! THanks for sharing the links! We got our first snow last night and I love it.

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  9. Abby must know how you like to create things with fabric, a thoughtful gift. I visited the recommended links and the extraordinary man with the cello brought a tear to my eye also.
    I like the poinsettia display with the transferware plates.

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  10. You lucky gal! I enjoyed your post and those of your friends. Our weather has been confined to soggy and cold, but it looks like that may change around the middle of next week. The only gifts I've made have been baked ones. I'm about out of those. Of course I kept most of the toffee. :D

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  11. I'm afraid to say that we have had very little snow. . .there are still months (until May) for that to happen here. I come back later and visit your links. I want to sit with a cup of tea and pause to enjoy. Everything looks so beautiful here.

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  12. I keep thinking back to Thanksgiving in Maine. Thank you so much for featuring my adventure! I appreciate it. Your little tree is precious, I love your vignette with the cheery red poinsettia.

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  13. Thank you, Vee. The visits were wonderful!

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  14. Those were the days, those olden dayz of blogging. Love the vignettes you have shared. I'm going to click over and visit the blogs you shared.

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  15. I read Kim's post about her visitor yesterday, then read it again today. What a story! Angels among us! Thanks for sharing the links.

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  16. I love your posts. You really have a knack for photographing the simple things and making them seem so grand. I'm glad you like your goodies, and glad it arrived on cookie day so your sister could see some of your things. Thanks for sharing and for the link. I'll read the other links you posted. ~ Abby

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  17. Well Vee, I've visited these wonderful blogs and already follow Kim and read her amazing story yesterday. Thanks for these wonderful suggestions as I am rarely on Pinterest!! I pin but rarely look unless it's for something specific. I love your tree. It really is the sweetest. Your plate vignette is also pretty. So many ideas that I'd love to tackle if I had a bigger house! And, what a beautiful gift you received. We have about a foot of fresh snow here from this storm. Crazy! Another school day for the kiddos and a work-at-home day for Murray which includes cleaning out the driveway. Have a cozy afternoon. Pam

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  18. Well, I have to say I have never been to Pinterest. Not sure what I am missing but I'll have to deal with that for now. I just love your wee tree. So creative!

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  19. I drool over wonderful blogs and then feel guilty that my house isn't decorated, I haven't started my cookie baking and presents aren't wrap. I so looked forward to being in our home after being in a rental for a year, but it's just pitiful and I keep wondering how my life became so crazy. Happy Holidays to you, dear friend, XOXO

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  20. Kim's story made me cry too. I'm off to visit the others, thanks for sharing :>) What a sweet sweet package you received!

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  21. Your Poinsettia looks great in that tin! I am inspired to put mine in a white one I have! Hopefully it will fit!

    Your link stories were wonderful! I am so thrilled still by how God met that heart need for Kim! Beautiful!

    I have made several scarves, and a quilt for Kamryn for gifts this year. The rest are purchased.

    I really LOVE your tree. I think I say that every time I see it, but it's so true!

    Deanna

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  22. When I first started blogging it was all about visiting someone that someone else had mentioned or promoted. I will try to get around and visit these gals tonight. I don't think I can stand a cry right now. Your package sounds like it was especially wonderful. Gotta love those blogging friends. I know that I am OLD SCHOOL but I just can't get into seeing something pinned 52 times in 52 different ways and still not knowing where the real source is. I rarely go to Pinterest anymore at all. Bad me!
    Have a wonderful night, Vee. xo Diana

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  23. I haven't made anything in a coon's age (that's a long time in the South, not to be confused with Once In A Blue Moon -- ha ha). However, I did just finish re-covering my dining room chairs. Does that count? Now I want to make my own napkins and napkin rings. They have to match the new dinnerware. [happy dance] So, no gifts, handmade or otherwise, for anyone else this year. I sent money to the kids in the family and cards to everyone else.
    Merry Christmas To All! ~:)
    PS: You take the nicest photos. Very well done. It feels Christmas-y.

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  24. Vee
    Thank you for directing your friends to my blog. Everyone has left a sweet comment.
    I loved the Maine story, what a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    And Cheryl's Colonial home makes me feel like I had stepped back in time.
    Lastly, lovely gifts from you friend. Now you'll have to share what you make with all of the lovely calicos.
    God Bless-Kim

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  25. Love this Christmasy post...love your tree...love your gifts...love the features...love Pintrest...love Mr. Sweet..
    oops...gettin' carried away with LOVE...I just love LOVE...:)
    I have a new recipe in the oven and I am SOOO hoping it's good 'cause we are so hungry.....

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  26. All very pretty ! I don't do Pinterest have heard to many bad things about the site ! But each to his own right ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  27. Everything is just beautiful. Love your little tree. It' packed full of pretty things.
    I've just made a LOT of little pumpkin breads and I've been handing them out.
    Working on some knitting gifts but not for Christmas - just surprise gifts.

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  28. Hi Vee!

    How fun to visit all those wonderful blogs, such inspiration! Your little tree is adorable, I really love the little bird on the tree - I love birds!

    Not much snow in my little corner of the world, maybe on Christmas?! I have not done any baking this year, as I have recently discovered I am gluten intolerant - who knew! I am going to my daughters today to make some candy, (most candy does not have gluten) yum!

    I read something interesting yesterday - I read that Face*ook, is on the way out, and that Instagra* will be the big thing. But, the most interesting of all, was that blogging is making a comeback...I didn't think it ever left... ;-)

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  29. Thanks for pointing us to the posts. I don't do Pinterest, but am active on Facebook. Come see me there, I am Terra Hangen on FB.

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  30. Ah, the good old days of blogging - LOL :) Off to see your friends! Merry Christmas to you and yours, Vee!

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