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Whimsical Christmas Tree #2….Grace Kelly

A friend sent this to me and I just had to share her with you….

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Whimsical Christmas Tree…Audtree Hepburn!

As I scanned through my friends posts on Facebook I came across the most adorable interpretation of a Christmas Tree...From what I can tell from where I came in on the story is that Sue at Reblinged was asking her Facebook friends to help name her creation…I read a few of the comments and there were several clever suggestions…However, I agree with Sue and have to say that there was absolutely no other choice…So let me introduce you to Audtree Hepburn! Isn’t she a knockout!

Audtree Hepburn

You can also check out Sue and Re-Blinged on Pinterest….

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Sweet Decorations…

How sweet it is to watch the faces of the children when they see the big tree in the lobby of the church. This year we decided to go with a new theme and it is sweet if I do say so myself.

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…Snowflakes and Cupcakes!

11…Colorful Coned Shaped Trees!

10…Houses covered in frosting and gumdrops!

7…Candy Canes Twisted and Swirled!

5…Glittery Snowflakes with colorful sprinkles!

8Cupcakes that would satisfy any sweet tooth!

I can’t wait to see the kids faces light up when they see the tree for the first time this weekend.

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Carol of the Bells – Pentatonix

nolagirlatheart:

In the giving spirit of Christmas the Gift of Saving Grace shared this incredible rendition of Carol of the Bells by the Acapella group the Pentatonix. I have chosen to reblog this to you on this 6th of December. Merry Christmas!

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As Christmas gets closer I like to listen to Christmas music even more ( yes I listen to it sometimes year-round.) Carol of the Bells is one of my favorite songs (or melody). This group did such a good Acapella  job, I wanted to show you!

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Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill

nolagirlatheart:

Thanks to Sherry at Fabulous 50′s for this beautiful pictorial of the Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill. A true labor of love and worthy of today’s Christmas reblog…Merry Christmas y’all!

 

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Last night my husband and I drove an hour North to see the Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill in Clifton, Ohio.  I was excited to test out my new photography skills, since I’ve taken a few classes, and am now shooting only in Manual mode and RAW format.  And because I now have a remote shutter release for night-time shots.  The 50 degree temperatures and weekday night made it the perfect time to go.  We didn’t freeze and weren’t squeezed by too many people!  We arrived at 5:30pm and there were already a few photographers set up even though the lights don’t come on until 6:00pm.  As we munched on some popcorn, since we didn’t have dinner, I talked with the other photographers a bit.  An announcer came on a loud-speaker two minutes before the lights came on to notify us and once they did, I heard a…

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SAVE SAEED, FREE SAEED! Use your voice – he can’t…

nolagirlatheart:

Step up…this is not a political issue. This is a human rights issue. Be Saeed’s voice. Let this be your random act of kindness today. Use your social medium platform today for something other than posting what you had for lunch. #FREESAEED

 

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Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen, has been imprisoned in Iran for over a year for the crime of being a Christian.saeed-abedini-with-SONIn recent negotiations with the government of Iran over their nuclear program, his plight was left unresolved by our administration.Use your platform to speak out and demand his release. Don’t have a platform? If you have a voice or a cell phone or email or twitter account or face book page or instagram or linkedin or blog, etc – you have a platform. Use the hashtag: #freesaeed and/or #savesaeed on all your platforms today!What if it were you? What if it was your spouse, son, brother, father?

And lest you think that he is being cared for as a political prisoner know that he is in a horrific, over crowded prison. A prison in the middle of nowhere built to house 5,000 currently holds over 20,000. He…

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Christmas Cone Trees…

I have a thing for trees…all shapes and sizes.  I especially like the cone shaped trees you see during the Christmas season.  Here are a few that a friend and I made today.  They are part of our Christmas Tree themed decor at church.

TreesAll you need to make these festive trees are a few cone shaped tree forms.  You can use Styrofoam, Paper Mache or Grapevine forms. You can even make your own if you are feeling especially crafty.  Next you will need fabric pins and floral wire.  Finally, you will need some fabric or burlap ribbon, and lots of bling on a string.

Cone TreesThe point of making any craft is to let your personality shine through.  Remember to have fun!

Merry Christmas,

Nolagirlatheart

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The World’s Top 10 Most Unconventional Christmas Trees

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Every day this month I am going to reblog one post that screams Christmas…And this one form The Worlds top 10 of Anything and Everything! does just that. This post has captured some of the most unusual Christmas Trees I have ever seen. Each one is more amazing than the one before it…I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Merry Christmas!

 

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The World’s Top 10 Most Unconventional Christmas Trees

The World’s Top 10 Most Unconventional Christmas Trees

Some people have real ones, some have plastic ones and some people (like myself) even have fakes ones with built in lights! I am of course talking about Christmas trees! We all think out own trees are works of art, but some people like to make a nice festive tree out of anything they can find, so I would like to show you….

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“Playing” Interior Decorator…

Today I wrapped a word a day photo challenge  and my desire to freshen up our bookshelves into a neat little package.  Today’s word challenge was “playing“.  When I first saw today’s challenge I immediately thought about children on a playground or kids playing baseball or football.

I don’t usually encounter kids in my day so that idea went out the window almost immediately.  Then I thought about our little dogs and trying to catch them playing but mostly they sleep.  So, how was I suppose to capture the concept of playing?  So here you go…I “played interior decorator today.

I sat down with a hot cup of coffee and I googled decorating tips for bookshelves, read a couple of blogs and viewed numerous images.  I found a few ideas that I liked and the next thing you know…Everything was removed from the shelves and spread across the dining room table.  I whipped out the furniture polish and gave the wood a quick wipe.  The dust jackets on my coffee table books were tossed and the books were used as backdrops for the center shelves.  The larger items were placed on the tallest of the shelves and the layering began.

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Then I took a step back and looked at the pictures and remembered the words of one of my favorite designers, Coco Chanel.  I read that she said that after you are finished getting dressed, take a look in the mirror and then take off at least one accessory.  So I decided that I would take that advice and apply it to my bookshelves…

Shelves Finished

My goal was to create a visual story…I hope I accomplished my goal.

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Amateur Wine Enthusiast…

I am not sure who or what determines when you graduate from amateur to expert wino… I was a wine Rep for one of the premiere wine distributors in the Houston area in the late 80′s.  Although my palette received an excellent education, I left the industry before I received my degree…My enthusiasm for good wine has continued through the years.  Although back in the day I enjoyed Big Bad California Cabernet’s and Oakey Toasty Chardonnay’s…Now I prefer softer reds; Merlot, Pinot Noir and dare I say a Blend…I rarely drink white.

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