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Monday, December 22, 2014

Almost Christmas



Most of the work is done. Presents are wrapped (but not tagged), cookies are baked. Some sewing projects were ditched and others completed. Now come the final preparations - ironing the table linens, cleaning, last minute cooking.
 

There is joy in these days of preparation - tree lights twinkle, music fills the rooms, good smells waft from the kitchen. 
 

I saw these tea towels last year and admired the snowflake pattern. When they appeared again this year, I bought a set and cut them in half to use as Christmas napkins.
 

Red ticking plus white linen in the fabric stash were turned into a tablecloth for our breakfast area.  After a couple of recent sewing disasters it was good to have a simple project that turned out just fine.
 


The angel said to the shepherds, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. .... Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

Wishing you all a joyous and very merry Christmas!

I'd like to give a special Christmas greeting to family members scattered far and wide who read my blog. It's kind of daunting to know so many of you read my words (and don't comment) - thank you, Mom, Mum, Auntie Betty, Auntie Ruth, Caroline, and Teresa. I'm so glad to be part of our wonderful family. 

37 comments:

  1. I too cut tea towels into napkins! Everything looks lovely and waiting for the celebrations. Have a wonderful Christmas.

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  2. Beautiful, elegant, and Christmassy!
    Wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! ♥

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  3. This is a time of magic and joy there last few days before Christmas. A time to celebrate Christ. Merry Christmas !! Clarice

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  4. Hi Lori,

    No pre Christmas stress for you Lori. I can see you are ready for the festivities to start. Wishing you and your family a lovely time! Have fun!

    Madelief x

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  5. I hope this holiday week is the merriest! I love your pretty decorations and beautiful photos. Merry Christmas!

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  6. Yes, there is joy in these days. Almos all preparations are done. WELCOME CHRISTMAS. Merry Christmas .

    xx Kyllimarjaana

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  7. I love your holiday table and the linens are so pretty! Merry Christmas!

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  8. It looks like you're pretty well ready for Christmas Lorrie. Your new linens are sweet and the idea of making the tea towels into napkins is a good one. Merry Christmas!!

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  9. Yes, I'm pretty much done too, except for cooking. I didn't do much baking as we kept receiving cookies and treats from others. I read a couple of your previous posts (trying to catch up!); that Christmas with the tornado was something! And the desserts tobogganing off the car roof! I guess those are the things that make for memories!
    Have a Merry Christmas, Lorrie, and blessings to you in the New Year. xo Deborah

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  10. Those days of final preparations, after the "big" projects are done, are so satisfying. Today I am making the sugar cookies that my mom has made every year since I was a child. I have never made them myself, but today is the day.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours as you celebrate His coming!

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  11. I love these last few days before Christmas. I love wrapping last minute gifts, whispered secrets about Tim's birthday gift, listening to Christmas music, and focusing on Jesus' coming.

    Merriest of Chirstmases to you Lorrie!

    Deanna
    who is feeling much better!

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  12. I'm just in a panic Lorrie as I have left everything far too late this year. However, decorations are complete, one more present to get tomorrow and then the food shop late tomorrow night. I think Christmas Eve will be a calmer day but I have to get there first! Have a wonderful Christmas Lorrie, to you and your loved ones xx

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  13. Lorrie, your home is looking ever so beautiful. I love your ideas for making napkins out of teatowels. I will keep that in mind for next year. I do hope you have a most wonderful Christmas celebrating the birth of our Lord and Saviour.

    PS... I love that you don't tag your gifts to early. Smart!

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  14. This time, when all the shopping and a lot of the work is done, is almost the best, is it not?
    Anticipation of the wonderful time we will share is half of the fun.

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  15. Everything looks wonderful! Have a Merry Christmas. Kit

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  16. what a great idea to cut the tea towels in half and use them as napkins!

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  17. I love your napkin idea ..... genius!
    Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful and joyous Christmas~time!
    love Jooles x x x

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  18. Everything looks peaceful, and beautiful, just as it should be : )
    May you all have a blessed Christmas!
    x

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  19. I love having most tasks completed in order to enjoy some quiet moments in the evenings at home before Christmas. Looks like you are ready to do the same. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  20. Merry Christmas to you too Lorrie! Your table looks lovely, I really like the red ticking tablecloth (hmmm... it's not too late....) thanks and enjoy the holiday!!

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  21. Very, very pretty Lorrie! I haven't yet begun to work on the table...still making cookie & snack mix!
    Your tree is lovely & I think splitting the tea towels into napkins was a brilliant idea.
    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family. Ours comes in from Chicago today...missing the nasty weather, we hope...so I'm under pressure to finish up everything!!

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  22. I am so glad to have discovered your blog Lorie, and I appreciate so much your visits to the Garden Spot. We will have fun come spring as we share the awaking of our gardens. Merry Christmas.

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  23. Merry Christmas to you and your family Lorrie!! Wishing you joy and happiness as you celebrate with family and friends! A wee baby came to bring us JOY and PEACE and HOPE! may you experience all of those in the NEW YEAR ahead!

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  24. You have family blog stalkers! :-) It is so nice that they read your blog. Your pictures are so pretty. I love the star garland over the Nativity. I hope you have a wonderful, love-filled, blessed Christmas.

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  25. I can't believe I wasn't a follower until now!

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  26. Merry Christmas, Lorrie!

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  27. Good Morning Lorrie, what a lovely home . . . here's wishing you a glorious Christmas.
    God bless you.
    Connie :)

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  28. Great idea for making the snowflake napkins! Love the tablecloth too. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas, Lorrie.
    Helen xox

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  29. Merry Christmas to you. I like that idea of cutting up the towels to make napkins! :) and such a pretty tablecloth. :) Enjoy !

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  30. You sound so calm. Good for you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Lorrie.

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  31. Everything looks so lovely, Lorrie. Neat idea about turning the tea towels into Christmas napkins.

    Enjoy and be blessed! Merry Christmas....
    Brenda
    xox

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  32. Dear Lorrie, like you I'm down to the wire trying to get it altogether to make a joyful Christmas for our loved ones. I'm late in commenting, I read posts and then go check the oven or some such awaiting chore - and get lost in the shuffle, so admit I'm behind. I love your tablecloth and napkins - your sewing projects always look so beautiful.

    I wish you and your family a Christmas full of joy and peace - and may the coming year be a better one for us all.

    Hugs - Mary

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  33. LOVE the pattern of your new napkins! Wishing you a very blessed Christmas and New Year!
    Blessings, Aimee

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  34. Have a wonderful Christmas. And thank you for the yearlong gift of your lovely blog.

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  35. Love the napkins and table cloth. More industrious than myself.
    Have a wonderful holiday.

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  36. You're so cute, Lorrie! Love to see glimpses into your life.
    I find your photos heart- warming and so peaceful.
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!
    xo

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  37. Such a beautiful post, Lorrie! The second picture is magical, and your nativity scene is just gorgeous. I love the snowflake tea towels turned napkins and your ticking stripe tablecloth. You did a great job. :)

    Blessings,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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