Tuesday, December 29, 2015

12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas 2015
Day 1 | Pop popcorn and read a picture book together.
Day 2 | Make paper snowflakes.
Day 3 | Drink hot cocoa and watch a Christmas movie.
Day 4 | Make cookies and take to neighbor's home.
Day 5 | Work on a puzzle together.
Day 6 | Make a favorite Christmas treat.
Day 7 | Go on a drive and look at Christmas lights.
Day 8 | String popcorn garland.
Day 9 | Make easy gingerbread houses.
Day 10 | Bundle up and go on a winter walk.
Day 11 | Play a favorite board game together.
Day 12 | Watch the Nativity together.

We kept it simple this year.  We have been doing this a few years now and love the tradition.  You can find our 12 Days 2014 here.

Christmas 2015

I love this time of year!  Lights and cloves, presents and kindness, delicious food and tasty treats. surrounded by lights and sharing the story and hope of a babe in Bethlehem.  Our family has throughly enjoyed this Christmas season and we have loved sharing this time with our little family, our extended family and our friends and neighbors.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Book Report || November 2015

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
It took me forever to read through this classic novel.  It is long people and the story is an interesting one, definitely one I didn't connect with.  I didn't know the story before I started, the story of a Gentleman in Spain who goes a bit nutty and decides he is a knight.  He convinces one of his servants to become his squire and travel the country with him.  He has many ridiculous adventures.  A look into Spain at this period of time.  I"m feel happy that I do now know what this classic is all about.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Loved this reread of Pride and Prejudice.  If you haven't read it, it is so worth the read.

Cress by Marissa Meyer
This was a fun continuation of the Lunar Chronicles.  The romance is very young adult (perfect for young teenage girls, and a bit annoying at times for me), but the story is fun and it is so interesting to see how the author weaves in the fairytale with this futuristic world.

The Lake House by Kate Morton
I adored this story.  Haunting, compelling, and so very satisfying.  In the style of Kate Morton, she weaves the story of past and present beautifully.  The theme of motherhood is woven throughout, that connection between mother and child is hauntingly moving.  One of my favorites of her, okay, I have a lot of favorites.

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
This was a fun story, a mystery that my kids certainly loved.  My 12 year old went on to read the series and enjoyed those.  The story of 4 super special orphaned children that join with Mr. Benedict to save the world.

Very Good Lives by J. K. Rowling 
This was the speech that J. K. Rowling shared at Harvard.  A short and interesting read, especially as I'm rereading Harry Potter with my 12 year old.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Announcing Lemon Verbena Shop

I've decided to open my own Etsy Shop, the Lemon Verbena Shop.  I'll be using my shop to sell some of my handmade goods.  Right now I will be selling some of my stitched items.  I have a few things in the shop right now.

Stitched Letters

I have been working on these stitched letters for the last few months and am excited to be posting these in my shop. You can order them in any color combination or you can also do a custom order.  These are so fun to gift to friends and family.  They are perfect for children and adults, for babes or families.

I have also listed a couple of pumpkins.  One is a white pumpkin on navy blue burlap, my favorite.    

I'm also stitching up some names in gold.  I have loved working with gold thread on off white burlap, the perfect neutral combination. 

Also, I recently shared this on the blog.  These are so pretty, for all you makers out there or perfect for a child's playroom.  These can come in rainbow or gold. 

The link to the shop is located in the sidebar.  I will post on the blog when I make additions to the shop.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

On My Night stand...

My nightstand always has a steady stream of rotating books.  Some I'm reading, some I hope to read, some I just take time to glance through the pages.  As I was participating in documenting my day with  Hollywood Housewife on instagram today, I snapped a photo of my nightstand.  I thought it would be fun to share these titles on the blog.  Let me know if there are any that I need to make sure and read soon!

I friend just loaned this to me on Sunday, we were discussing books the week before, and when she realized I hadn't read this she promised to loan it to me!

I've been reading another book by Vanderkam and this is her newest book.  Hoping to get to it before I have to take it back.

I've heard this one is good and thought it would be fitting for our situation right now.  A library check out.

In the middle of this but it has taken a backseat to a few other books I've been reading now.

I received a giftcard to Powell Book and used it to get this book plus a few others.  I had someone tell me I had to read it before I saw the movie.

We are 3/4 of the way through this book, reading it with my oldest, and we have taken a break from it, so busy in the evening with all the other activities we have.  We need to carve out time to finish this one.  

I've started this one and will get back to it soon.

This I grabbed from our basement.  It is a book on homemaking, mothering, and organization and I wanted to take time to either reread all of it or atleast a couple chapters.  I have enjoyed all her books.

This is an embroidery book, but when my mom was here she picked it up and found that it also tells a story.  I'm hoping to take some time to read the story soon.

I checked this one out from the library.  Thought it may be fun to learn to finger knit and the knitted finished products look awesome!

I requested this book from the library after I found her blog.  It looks like lots of fun, though I haven't crack the book open yet.

Have you read any of these?  Do you have a problem with too many books on your nightstand?

Friday, October 30, 2015

Rainbow Create Cross Stitch

Here is a cute create cross stitch.  It was one I designed myself using a simple block alphabet I designed.  I gathered some fun floss in rainbow color and stitched it onto a some burlap.   I also want to experiment with it in other colors.  What a fun project, cute for a little studio or a kids room.

 I love how it turned out!