Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas projects and doings..

Good Evening everyone.. 
Welcome to the Blessed Hearth tonight.. 

As you can see we have a bit of snow here in New Brunswick.. 
A very heavy wet snow and the trees are gorgeous ... 
Thankfully, the hydro has stayed on and I have been working on house work and a few projects I thought you might like to see.. smile.. 
This is the little curtain I was telling you about.. 
I see one of the santa hats is not pulled tight.. 
Oh well, too late to fix it now.. grin.. 
My friend, Dawn found a pin on Pinterest that inspired our imaginations and this is what we came up with.. 
Just a hole in each side of the santa hats and the curtain rod poked through.. 
I have santas in my kitchen but the rest of the house is basically nativities and old fashioned Christmas decor.. 
I don't like him having first place but one room is fine.. 
Happy medium to everything, eh? 
The santa hugging the candle in the middle of the sill used to look like this... 

But after cutting off all of that fake fur and replacing it with sheep's wool... 
He turned out a bit more vintage, shall we say?  smile.. 
The red hats make the kitchen so cozy at night.. 

Terry took me for a lovely drive a couple of weeks ago to a wonderful open house near P. E. I.. 
Her name is Gael and she makes wonderful crafts... 
Her shop is full of antiques and vintage Christmas decor.. 
She is a darling and I totally enjoyed myself.. 
My husband is a dear to sit in the car and wait for me.. smile.. 
I found several Christmas gifts and I will try to get a few pics of them to show you soon.. 
Lots of wonderful gift ideas.. 

This was looking out our living room windows today.. 
So pretty.. 

I worked on the birch bunting and finished it..
It is all strung but too dark to take a pic of it tonight.. 
Perhaps tomorrow.. 
I did make this wee joy one for the guest bath.. 
I found these copper pieces at a thrift store and Terry polished them all up.. 

I am trying to fit some more copper pieces into my kitchen.. 
This is pinned on my Kitchens Pinterest board. 
I just love it and think after Christmas I am going to try and get the same feel here.. 
What do you all think?  
January inspirations, eh? 

I have a project for tomorrow for the basin as a centrepiece.. 
Maybe tomorrow... 
How are you ladies doing with all your preps for the big day?  
I need to get at my cooking.. I am so slow.. 
What baking item do your family want you to be sure to make? 
Mine always want ice cream cake for dessert and cookies and fudge.. Oh... and cherry cheese squares.. 
A sweet girl in our church gave me a recipe for Caramel Fudge.. 
I would like to make it for gifts as it was delicious.. 

Anyway, dear hearts this is all for tonight.. 
Thank you so much for the phone calls for my birthday and all of your dear comments.. 
Appreciate you sweet ladies.. 
God bless...   


  1. I am so glad I came by tonight to find such a lovely post full of all kinds of ideas and fun. You are such an inspiration, and so sweet to share with everyone. I love the copper too,My son started me with a copper kettle and from there I am getting a few pieces here and there.It is so beautiful when the light hits it. I am behind too on my preparations, but reinforcements come in this weekend to help me out a bit. Hope you have a lovely productive weekend, Stay safe on those icy roads, and God bless you.

  2. Lovely post, love.y photos. Merry Christmas!

  3. The Santa hat curtain is adorable. You always come up with the cutest ideas!

  4. A Joyous Christmas to you!
    God bless you.
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

  5. Always enjoy all the sharing you do!
    Love the hats! & the rustic St. Nick, presto chango! grin!!
    The birch pieces, wow, they would be great with names of them too.
    That last photo is a keeper, I really liked the back wall, and the stand next to the range.
    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

    I will be making fudge, a cheese ball, little smokey wieners, and maybe cookies, oh and I "have" to do pecan date balls! (like a snowball cookie, only it has chopped dates in in.)

  6. Hello Faye,
    Another beautiful post, thank you.
    I have started collecting copper too, I got a lovely old kettle the other day & two pans for hanging in the scullery, one was black so needed a lot of scrapping but I love a bargain & it tuned out lovely. Our thrift stores are called Charity shops in England.
    I love the birch tree garlands, the letters are beautiful.
    A lot of my baking is in the freezer, just mince pies, sausage rolls, savoury pinwheels & a old trifle to do.
    Have a lovely Christmas.
    Fondly Michelle

  7. Fay, you have so much to comment about in this post. Firstly, the snow that you and I got this week is so beautiful and plentiful too! lol I like your Santa hat valence. How cute! Gael's house and shop are amazing. Can you let me know where it's located? Thanks. :) The birch rounds are sweet. There were certainly lots of birch trees to collect this fall after Arthur! They literally disappeared from the roadsides and I'm sure they are chopped up in people's homes in various forms of decor for the holiday. Shortbread cookies are a favourite with our family and I made 3 different kinds along with Rocky Road Squares. That's all I've made. I may make a nice dessert for Christmas dinner but there will be cookies on the table too. And Candy Cane ice cream!! Can't forget that. :) I wish you, Terry and your family a wonderfully blessed Christmas. Hugs. Pam

  8. The santa hat idea is really fun! And all your wood slices look perfect!
    The copper will look so nice in your kitchen! It's always good to have plans for the new year too
    Blessings dear Faye

  9. Oh YO !
    Faye has taken me shopping again :-)
    Nothing more inspiriting than shopping with Faye :-)

  10. Beautiful photos! We got a lot of snow here as well! Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada...and Merry Christmas. :)

  11. Happy Belated Birthday to you......we had two at our house this week. Sigh! I posted it on my blog just now...the whole week was full but it was all good. Your snow looks so pretty. Daughter wanted snow for her birthday but we just got rain. Nice of your husband to take you to a place he knew that you would like! Phil sits in the car and listens to the radio when I'm shopping or out photographing a bit. I try not to take long. Have a blessed Christmas!!! Hugs!

  12. Just stopping by to wish you a very Merry Christmas!
    I have really enjoyed reading your blog this past year, and look forward to reading it in 2015!

    By the way, I love all your projects and pictures here, and adore the kitchen inspiration picture...
    I am working on new décor for the new year as well :)


  13. I just had to Wish you and Yours A Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year. I enjoy your Blog it is always so uplifting, just Lovely. Gods Blessing be with You and Yours.(Hugs)