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I did it!

I feel like a prize boxer that just won after nine rounds! Because I finally got my blog page updated from the Christmas theme! I do not feel defeated that it has taken me way more time than I think it should! I mean.. I am victorious , because after several hours , it looks like a pretty good rendition of what I feel is the the theme of my blog! Boy.. this blogging is not easy to get the hang of, but I am doing much better now after a few months of attempting to start my blog. I am sooo happy to all my new friends and followers! Thank you for reading my posts! It has been so fun getting to know you all, and visit those of you with your own blogs!   God bless you all! Little Susie Home Maker

Christmas is a Coming!!

 Every where I go, I am reminded that it is the Christmas season. Santa and his red suit. Red and green colors, lights, and people busy taking packages to the post office. It is a bright and happy time of year.  We got a snow blowing in today, and it's mighty cold outside. The snow is welcome, but not fond of the winds. But it is nice to have some snow blowing around at this time of year. Just because it is so pretty.  I will be getting my last minute preparations in order this week. Waiting for the beautiful Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to spend with family. I will spend more time getting presents in order, baking holiday goodies, last minute decorating, and preparing for the holiday menu. It will be so exciting to watch the children enjoy the holiday and get together with family and friends. The gift of my Savoir in which  I am so thankful. It is His day to be thought of often and remembered for the greatest gift of all. Merry Christmas! 

Sewn Bird Ornaments

I love birds and I really like the charm of a hand made ornament. I thought it might be fun to show you these little birds I am making. These can be done with felts or your favorite fabric scraps.  Home sewn birds on my snow frosted tree. These fit into my Christmas decorations, but any color would be so pretty! I chose the red because I am doing a lot of red and white this year, and red is my favorite high light color any time! They are made of fabric and or felt. So I started by getting out my paper and drafting a basic bird shape to use as a pattern for cutting out fabric.  I chose pinking sheers to cut out because the raw edges are going to show. Now I used a decorative stitch in contrasting color to sew on the wings. So either hand stitched or used sewing machine, which ever you prefer. I decided to try an embroidered french knot for eyes, I also used buttons. Next, I hand sewn in a looped ribbon hanger, a dab of hot glue

Our Tags are Swapped!

It's time to share with my blog the Christmas Tag Swap 2011 that Sue over at It's a Very Cherry World   hosted! Thank you, Sue! What fun this has been. My partner in this was the wonderful, Deb of Garage Sale Gal ! Deb is an amazing person and I love her blog, so if you haven't checked it out, I really hope you do, and tell her I said "Hi"! Now for the fun! We set out in November to start making a tag that we would swap with our partners. I had never read Deb's blog before, but quickly knew she had a blog to follow. I found out that Deb is an avid collector of antiques and vintage finds. She also, has a love for her dear family pet dogs. She has several pictures posted on her blog of family Pets. I wanted to make her tag personal, so I used these as clues to how I would  design her gift tag. But I will show you my results later. Now, our packages had been mailed to each other, and I was getting nervous about our exchange. You know

Salt Dough Ornaments

If you feel like getting your hands into your Christmas crafts, this is the perfect one! You can definitely include your children and have a lot of fun with this, too. So with just three simple common house hold ingredients lets whip up a batch of Salt Dough.   Salt Dough Recipe 1 cup salt 2 cups all purpose flour 1 cup cold to luke warm water Mix salt and flour together in a large bowl. Then slowly add in the water and stir well, until it begins to form a consistency of dough. Knead the dough for 5 minutes, adding a few more drops of water as needed (but not making it too moist). The dough will become smoother, the more you knead it.  Directions to make ornaments That simple.. now you can divided and roll it out about 1/8 - 1/4 inch thickness. Keep unused dough in airtight container or plastic wrap. Use cookie cutters, or create shapes like you would with playdough. It's up to you and your imagination. Have fun. For hanging ornaments use a s

Me and Christmas

1.  Wrapping paper or gift bags?  I really love wrapped presents.  But I enjoy the time you save on bags, so I do both! 2.  Real tree or Artificial?  I really wish I said real tree because they are so lovely, and smell good.  But the truth is my trusty artificial  one is going on 17 years, I believe?  It makes me sad to see a tree chopped down.  We live on a prairie and have spent just under the last two decades planting  hundreds of trees and shrubs on our property, turning it into a little wild life haven,  s o I really value the living life of a tree. 3.  When do you put up the tree? Usually, we wait until a weekend night just about 2-3 weeks before Christmas.  We like to make a family event out of this, with music and holiday treats. The kids want to hear the stories behind every ornament! 4.  When do you take the tree down?  I like to take the tree down just before New Years Eve.  My kitties have been sleeping in the branches

Chocolate Chip Cookies in Jar

Christmas is a wonderful time to share all your handcrafted talents. I wonder how many of you give away hand made gifts this time of year? What percentage of gifts you make? I know that I always make something for someone with my own two hands. I also prefer these gifts. These are gifts with real heart put into them. I have been known to be in my kitchen on Christmas Eve, still putting together all the layered cookie ingredients in a jar. (I have the recipe below.) Yes, I sometimes am that bad! It's usually not that I wait, it's that I plan too much for too many people. So being a little more organized and figuring out just how much time you can spend each day before gift giving day is essential! That is something I am going to focus on for the rest of this season. So plan on relaxing and enjoying the time you spend with your close ones, and enjoy the time you put into the hand made gifts you make. I am off now, to finish some pretty tree ornaments!  

Farewell Fall Leaves

With Thanksgiving past, and what a wonderful time it was, I am now switching gears to prepare for Christmas. For me this means saying farewell to the gorgeous Autumn color pallet. I will first take down all my Autumn leaf garlands and little pumpkins and gourds, etc. Out with the oranges, yellows, reds and browns. What a pretty pallet of colors. This always makes me a little sad because I don't believe my Harvest theme gets enough time to be on display. Next year I must start right in September! Just like my pretty trees, the leaves just start to glisten in gold and a cold snap hits and BOOM! They all drop to the ground! Don't blink or you will miss it. So I decided to share a couple of pictures I took of my large Cottonwood tree that was in full golden beauty just a few week ago. I really believe that trees change to these fire colors in the Fall so we will look at them in awe. Not to mention, make us feel as if we are really the worlds greatest photogra

Liebster Blog Award...My Picks!

Liebster Blog ... I received such a wonderful surprise! While looking at a comment on my Date Bars I received a message from Shirley of Zetta's Aprons . She informed me that she has chosen me to be one of her picks for the Liebster Blog Award.  This award is to showcase up and coming blogs with less than 200 followers. I am very happy to be recognized from a fellow blogger. I have only started my blog and want it to be a blessing. This award has made me feel blessed. It is a rewarding feeling to know that someone is enjoying my blog and wants to share that feeling with others. Thank you kindly, Shirley.  If you haven't visited her blog, I urge you to soon. Below you will find my picks. Congratulations, I pray that your blogs are a blessing and that anyone reading this post will take a peek at my blog pick's for this award, as well. They have been fun and rewarding for me to read. Donna at Donnas Lavender Nest Lady Farmer at Lady Farmer Parables Conni