Sunday, December 02, 2007

The centerpiece, tree toppers and baby blessing

Holy Crud! Never in a million years did I think I'd ever get 96 comments. I was just really hoping for over 50. I'm overwhelmed with gratitude to see so many people that read my blog. So fun to see the lurkers come out. I truly appreciate each and every comment I get. They ALWAYS make me smile and cheer me up when I'm feeling cruddy. I bet you didn't realize how much power a simple sweet comment has, huh?! I was trying to figure out how to pick a winner this time. I usually print the comments, cut them into strips and pick one out. Since there are so many, I decided to save a tree and ask one of my boys to pick any number between 1 and 96 and that would be the winner. I didn't tell him why....and I'm not telling you which boy I asked so that the other 95 girls wont know who to be mad at for not choosing them. :o) The prize package includes a big jar of monster trail mix, my MOST favorite candy in the world-(candy cane kisses), ice skates ornament, gum drop ornament (I made it), sparkly present stickers, and our family Christmas card.

...and the winner is....







#6- Velvet Brick...AKA Carol!!!!

Congratulations Carol...I hope you like your prize. Email me your address so I can get this off to you. :o)

Be sure to congratulate her. She is truly deserving.

This weekend I made a centerpiece for my kitchen island. I wanted something long. I bought 4 pieces of cheap wood fencing from home depot, cut them down to about 3 1/2 feet, cut the ends and nail gunned them together to create a long box. I left it natural, because I like that look. I filled it with a lighted pine garland that I already had, pine cones, candles, poinsettias, and berries. Simple, cheap, easy and CUTE!


One of you asked to see my tree toppers. On the main tree I have a country angel. I got her at the barn boutique years ago from a fellow crafter. I still love her after all these years. She is made using a 1 liter 7 up bottle with the bottom cut off so she sits on the tree really well. The other one is a rusty star with a cute snowman painted on it. I got that one at another boutique. Every boutique I ever participated in, I always bought a few things from other crafter friends. Had to do my part to support them. ;o)

Today was a big day for little John. He was blessed in church today. He was so good through the whole thing. Brittany's dad is the one who blessed him. It was so nice. He was named after him and Marks dad. I need to go take some better pictures of him this week, but here is one of their family at lunch afterwards.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I appreciate ALL of you...honest!
I leave you with some silly holiday cheer Staring me, Mark, his brother Rodney and wife Cam. Click here. We can shake it with the best of them. hee..hee!!!


September said...

The centerpiece is stunning, Jolene! I love it. Great job!

Congrats to baby John and family. :)

velvet brick said...

OH MY GOSH!!! (is jumping up and down and doing her 'happy dance'!!)
I can't believe I won!! Oh my gosh!

Thank you, Jolene!! A million 'thank you's'!! I don't think I have your email address, so here's mine...
give me a quick zip and I'll zip you back! Gosh, thank you!! : ))
I am so excited about my adorable prizes!!

Your centerpiece is absolutely gorgeous! I just love how you whipped it together from fencing and the sort!! Honestly, you are such a creative angel ... it's just the best and who wouldn't get into the holiday spirit when walking in and seeing that beauty! Thank you for the pics..and the adorable family photos as well... Everyone looks so wonderful, Jolene! Blessing to all of you! : )


Valerie said...

congrats, VB!! you're so lucky and i love the gumdrop the best!

i got some Candy Cane Kisses yesterday and SO thought of you doing it!

your centerpiece is beautiful - you are truly talented!

Amie said...

WOW your centerpiece is just stunning I love it, Congrats to VB on winning your RAK, I would have left a comment but I am sure you wouldn't want to send all that to Australia had I have won.... LOL

Have a great week.

Amie xx

Jacquie said...

Congrats VB, lucky you to win one of Jolene's great prizes.

That center piece is lovely, your talnet just doesn't quit girl!

Oh my I love the rusty star tree topper, I heart snowmen LOL.

Becky K. said...

Love the centerpiece. And you used power tools! I am so impressed. I am going to have to break into my dear husbands power tools and make me something special.

Congrats to VB in winning. That was a cool group of gifts you put together.

Becky K

Chris said...

LOL, the look on Rodney's face is PERFECT for that video!!! ;-)

Deanna (dw) Shain said...

I love the centerpiece!! i wish you lived close, I need a friend who can help me not be so helpless when it comes to power tools and construction! LOL!!!

Nina Diane said...

I love your centerpiece@

Chickenbells said...

Congrats Carol!! She really is deserving (this coming from someone who's hung out with her several times...lucky me!!)

I love the is so pretty and festive! I didn't even know you had 2 trees...I actually have 4...but, I only put one up...2 are smallish store displays...and one is a vintage pink aluminum one...yikes!

Melissa said...

I don't know what looks better - the centerpiece or the happy family.

(What's wrong with me? Of course it's the family!)

Leslie >j said...

Congrats Carol!!!

How did you make that gumdrop one? My son just said it's cool, so maybe I should attempt to make one :)

Love the awesome centerpiece and thanks for showing your tree toppers! They are both so cute!!! And the family is so cute!

Marilyn said...

Oh Jolene, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the centerpiece. I need a new one and this is just gorgeous. Thanks for being such an inspiration!

Zoe's Mum said...

Hi Jolene, My name is Marie, I'm from Melbourne Australia, have been reading your blog for about a year now. I'm a 53 year old mum of one 22 year old daughter, I work full time & have all my life. However, I am amazed at the energy you have, I really get tired just reading your blog, you are an incredible woman, what with all your sons, grandchildren, your church activities, amazing! I'm not all that familiar with blogging so hope this gets to you. Regards, Marie

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

You know we have a centerpiece of the month... send me a link and I'll post this at the end of the month.
It is brilliant!

patti_cake said...

Congrats to Velvet Brick and to you all on Baby John's blessing. I think he looks like his Mommy!
Y'all are a MESS :)

Pam said...

Oh that centerpiece is just awesome! I am in awe of you and all you do!

Congrats to baby John on his blessing!

Love those toppers!

Susie Q said...

Gorgeous decorations, beautiful home, love the sofa table and the pictures of your family. AND I MISSED YOUR GIVEAWAY???? ARGH.....
Sweet baby are a lucky lady dear heart.

I was off line for a few days. Just catching up now!

LOVE your Elf dancing!!


Jane said...

I followed a link from Carols blog. I just have to tell you how much I love that centerpiece. I got some pine boughs today from the tree lot, and I know what to do with them now.

I am loving your blog. I am glad I stopped by. I wish it would of been sooner...I missed the contest. LOL!

Merry Christmas!!