Monday, January 17, 2011

Farm Girls Frolic With The Snowmen

Mary Jane Farm Girls got together at my home on Saturday, Jan 8th to frolic with the snowmen. We were missing one of our member's Erin, she was away, hoping to be with us for our next gathering in February. I have left some of my Christmas up through the month of January so I can share the magic with my friends and family. One would think I would be tired of it by now, not really. There is just something magical about all those twinkling lights, don't you think?
A must for us Farm Girls, when we can get it, we get a group shot, here we have myself, Robin and Katy.
Katy made this quilt, I am so proud of her. We love to share our projects that we have been working on. After sharing our journal pages and apron stories, it was time for lunch before we started our creating.
Snowman plates and mugs complete this theme for the Farm Girls luncheon.

Our lunch menu included black bean soup from Bob's Red Mill that Katy made, a spinach, walnut, cranberry salad, cherry sparkling cider to drink, pumpkin muffins from Robin.
Pumpkin muffins from Farm Girl Robin.
Desert was easy, a pumpkin souffle from Trader Joe's with some whip, a special treat.
These snowmen heads were ready for making snowmen bodies, creating our own little snowmen to adorn our winter decorations. I think half of the fun for me is the gathering the supplies to make our projects, oh so much fun. The next few photos show you what we had to work with.
Lots and lots of pearls, special hand made carrot nose's from Erin.

Robin and Katy having fun putting their snowmen together.
Our finished snowman jars, I think they turned out quite whimsical, don't you?
We do a gift exchange, trying to keep it simple and of course from the heart. I found these initial labels at pottery barn, a perfect accent to the bag. With us all thinking about our fall harvest, we definitely like to share our bountiful blessings, with jams, jellies, muffins, gift tags, a vanilla bean to make our own vanilla extract, a sugar hand scrub rounded out our treasures received. Thank you to you my Farm Girls, I feel so blessed.
I made all the girls, homemade elderberry jelly and a medley syrup to go over their Bob's organic pancake and waffle mix, yummy and healthy all at once.
Robin sharing her new pincushion I made these Farm Girls, the base is a galvanized jar lid, the fabric is wool, accented with wool flowers.
Katy and Robin sharing their new Christmas aprons.
Katy and I showing off our new Christmas aprons from Robin, Robin said she got these from Uncovered Ruby in Battle Ground, Washington.
Myself holding some gift tags from Farm Girl Robin, one of our next projects for our gathering in February.
Robin holding her new flour sack towel from Bob's Red Mill. Don't you just love the feel of a good dish towel? We are all looking forward to our next gathering in February, not only will it be for Valentines Day, but our two year anniversary of getting together, truly I am blessed. I hope you have some special friends to share your creativity with.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Celebrating The Holidays

The Muma household was all decked out for the holidays, I love this time of the year, as soon as I walk in my home after being gone all day, the holiday lights go on, jammies next and then just ahhhh comes into play. I will leave everything up until the end of January, as I have several activities in January of which I love to share with my family and friends. Enjoy the view!
These lights went on the weekend before Thanksgiving to be ready for turning on Thanksgiving night.
A wind storm came in with 66 mile an hour winds, so I had to re-think my sidewalk area, as I lost a lantern holder, that held three lanterns due to the storm. Change is good, it gets the creativity flowing.

I have chosen to have a tall slim tree, love it, it is artificial and works really well for us. I add some fresh greens to bring out the Christmas smells.

As you can see I lean towards a more primitive theme in my decorating, that carries on to my table as well.
My holiday dishes came from Meir and Frank many years ago, this was my first time using plate chargers, I am thinking that I really like this look. How about you?
We always get a family shot at the table, it was so nice to be able to have all the kids at our same table, a small group for us this year. Heather and Jason came earlier in the month, to avoid the holiday travel snarls, that always seems to happen. We missed them dearly, you'll see later in this post, how we were able to see them on that day after all.

Here we are using my lap top with skpe, talking with Heather and her family while they are in Montana and we are here in Brush Prairie, Washington. The technology so amazes me.
Jordan and I sharing some olive time.
Each one of my girls received one of these from me, now we all have one.
Jennifer and Julie enjoying some down time, what were they talking about? Secrets? This is a really good photo of them together.
My son-in-law Jeremy enjoying some I- phone time, notice the log cabin quilt, it is one I made over 12 years ago, it is one of my favorites.
A little wine and some candle ambiance. Um!
I love receiving Christmas cards and most certainly send them out, that is close to 100 of them, it has been a tradition since I got married 39 years ago. Do you keep up that tradition?

A silver angel, a gift from a friend, she adorned my tree perfectly.
Love this heart with all it's sparkle.

Now is the time for some relaxing and enjoying some tea. Happy New Year Everyone!