Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Home Tour....Just a few Tidbits


Dearest Readers,

Well it is Christmas Eve here on our little farm....a beautiful white blanket of snow covers everything in sight.  The fires are blazing and we are cozily tucked inside enjoying all the diversions of the season.

Dear Mrs. Hottentot was gracious enough to allow me to snap a quick photograph as she and Clementine made their way home through the snow.  She called out a cheery "Merry Christmas", with strict instructions to send her best wishes on to all of you! 

I thought I would finish my little tour with a glimpse of some of the Dresden Ornaments that I made this year under the tutelage of my Darling Girl....




(Aren't they charmingly old-fashioned?  So very easy-peasy, nothing more than scrap, tinsel, trims and budget-friendly ornaments.)

It is almost time to start the board game marathon...lots of giggles to be had! So, I will close this post and wish you...


Merry Christmastide!




Yours so kindredly,
Shan


 

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Home Tour 2009.....From Room to Room

Dearest Readers,


I have a few more glimpses of the spirit of the season to share with you today...won't you follow me?












You have been such a delightful guest, would you join me tomorrow and let me show just a few more tidbits of tidings from around the homestead?


Yours so kindredly,


Shan

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Home Tour 2009....A Peek Upstairs

Dearest Readers,


Welcome, once again, to Honey Hill Farm!  It is a pleasure to have your company as we tour the upstairs of our cozy, old Victorian home.


Won't you follow me upstairs, so that we can take a peek into each room.....
















Well, Dear Reader, I know that you must take your leave and attend to all the sundry duties of the season.  Perhaps you will join me tomorrow so that I may share a few more pictures? I dearly hope so...


Yours kindredly,


Shan



Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Home Tour 2009....glimpses from the Parlour

Dearest Readers,


Welcome to Honey Hill Farm's Christmas Home Tour for 2009!  I am so delighted to invite you into our old Victorian home.  Let us begin in the front parlour where the charms of the season abound.....




















What a lovely time of year to share our hearts and homes...thank you for joining me today.  I so hope you will join me later this week Dear Readers, when I will welcome you once again to enjoy the sights of the season here on our quaint homestead.


Until then....


Yours so kindredly,


Shan

Monday, December 7, 2009

Quiet Warmth.....

Dearest Readers,


The temperature here on the farm will be hovering around -6 tonight (with the wind chill factor) so you can imagine that the woodstoves are burning brightly and all our heavy draperies are drawn against the cold winter's air.


Household management was on my agenda today.  It is always quiet but diligent work...paying the monthly bills, organizing my recipe binder, making a list of Christmas to-do's so that I am not worn to a fiddle-string by the month's end.


I find that my home is so much more cozy and welcoming when I am tidy and organized.  Bedlam is the enemy of a hospitable home.  With the Holiday season now upon me, I want to be able to open my door to all who enter with a quiet warmth....a shelter from the storm of this busy time of year.


My decorating is almost complete, just a few bits to gather tomorrow as I run my errands in town.  Then I can sit back and enjoy all the blessings of this loveliest of seasons.


Yours so kindredly,


Shan


P.S.  I am ever so curious about all the kind and thoughtful folks who happen to wander by my little home each day....would you be so kind as to leave me a comment and tell me a little about yourselves?




 

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Colorful Embroidery....a lovely gift!


 Dearest Readers,


If you are looking for a quick and thoughtful last minute gift to give this Christmastide, look no further than your sewing basket.  In only one evening, you can create a lovely embroidered tea towel, pillowcase, eyeglass case, etc. (the list is endless) to place beneath the Christmas tree.


I love to color my embroidery so that it has an even more vintage look.  If you have never tried this simple technique, just follow the directions below....I warn you, this will become your favorite creative pursuit!


Gather the item to be embroidered, making sure that it has been washed and pressed.


Either use and iron-on transfer or draw your own design with a transfer pencil.



Place a couple of folded tea towels (or similar fabric) underneath your item so that you will have a soft surface to color on.  Fuzzy towels will make your coloring look uneven.


Using good old Crayola Crayons (I don't know if other brands work as well) begin to color in you design...don't use too much pressure at first until you get a "feel" for the depth of color that you desire.  I color from the edge of the design toward the middle, using less and less color as I go.



When you are finished with the coloring, remove the extra towels and put your tea towel (or other project) between two sheets of white copy paper and iron on medium high heat for just a few minutes.  Now the color will be permanent.



Take out your embroidery thread and hoop and embroider on the transfer lines.


Once done, press, fold and wrap....a lovely remembrance of the season awaits your loved one on  Christmas morn.


Yours so kindredly,


Shan


P.S. I am almost finished with my Christmas decorating and will post soon!