Monday, December 15, 2008

Come, Welcome . . . Enjoy the Tour via BooMaMa!!!

Welcome ~~ Welcome!!!

So as many of you know, today is the much anticipated, BooMaMa's Tour of Homes!!!
This is the first year I have participated, because this is the first year I've had a blog.
So this is our CHRISTmas tree. We really have no good place to put our tree . . . But I do love it!! Isn't she lovely . . . Isn't she wonderful . . .

Every year I do some kind of theme for wrapping gifts. For example: red and white packages, or purple and silver or country. I've done many different themes. But this year I'm using paper that I have left over from last year, so I wanted to do something a little different for the top of the gifts. I've done pretty ribbons and greenery, but this year I needed simpler.
So I have a whole collection (10 in all) of the Gooseberry Patch CHRISTmas idea books, so I was looking through it and found this idea. Over sized gift tags made from scrapbook papers and fun stickers and die cuts.
Aren't these cute?
And here is the tag in action. I know it isn't a bow and all fancied up with greenery, but simple dictates that I do something a little different. And I love it!!

Here is our book shelf all decked out for the season.
(Do you like how I kept it real ~~ coats hanging in the foyer and my knee machine in the corner ~~ yep just keeping it real for ya =)

I love this Nativity set. We received this a few years ago from Dick's grandfather. He passed away last September, we miss you Paw.

This is a Nativity set I got several years ago at like a dollar store or somewhere like that.
It didn't cost very much but I just loved the unusualness of it. I'd never seen one like it.
And the Jesus to the left with his hands out, is a statue of the one in Brazil. I friend of mine went to Brazil several years ago and brought it back to me. Thanks Helen, Love it!!!

This is another shelf of our bookshelf. I really love this snowy scene.
There are a lot of memories wrapped up on this shelf.

This little stocking is hung in the kitchen this year. I got this at a garage many years ago for like .25 or something really inexpensive like that ~~ LOVE IT!!

This is our table right now. I change it very often. This is the arrangement that I had in another basket earlier in the month, but now it sits in the top of our picnic basket. Speaking of this basket, I got this at a garage sale for $3 a few years ago ~~ WOW ~~ I know!!

BooMaMa said we could also invite you for something a little yummee as well.
This is my fav holiday tea: Peppermint Green Tea ~~ delish!!
Please come in ~~ have some tea with cranberry bread and pumpkin chocolate chip bars.

This is the most beautiful, sweetest thing on our tree each year.
Dakota made this when he was 4 years old at our churh.
It is made out of the bottom of a paper sack with hay included.
How cute is this?
This is the second fav thing on our tree. Dak made this in the 1st grade.
It is made out of a dog bone, and the only thing we've had to do to keep it looking good is reglue the ears. It is so GREAT that it has stayed in such good condition all these years.
This is an ornament from one of the girls from the Youth Choir I used to direct. GREAT!!!
And then I'd like to leave you with this thought.
Don't get to busy. Don't be like Dak here trying to get it all done at once . . .
pace yourself . . .
enjoy the True Reason for the Season.
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
and the government shall be upon His shoulder,
and His Name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

Merry CHRISTmas from our house to yours,


  1. Okay, I could really go for one of those pumpkin chocolate chip bars and some tea right about now!

    Everything looks so pretty, and I love your cutie gift tags!!

  2. GREAT gift cards! I always do themed wrapping too and then have tons left over. I may have to try that one year!

  3. Love it all!!!! Love the tags too! bows & ribbons get all squished anyways- that is a great way to add a beautiful touch!!!

    Love the ornaments Dak made too - how special is that!!!

    Hope you're having a better day friend!

  4. Love the big tags and all the special ornaments on your tree. Merry Christmas!

  5. Dawn - I love those tags!!! I am a wrapping "theme" person too (this year it's pink/green) but I might have to use this idea next year to use up some of my old wrapping paper. Thanks for having us into your warm and comfy home!

  6. I LOVE your tags. That is the cutest idea ever!! My presents are wrapped and I have yucky sticky cheap tags on my gifts. Oh well, next year I will try yours. Sure wish I had a piece of your cake and a cup of that yummy tea! It's soooo cool and sleety here today. DOUBLE YUCK!!!

  7. I love your nativity sets!! It looks so great!! Merry Christmas!!

  8. Those tags are great, oh crafty one!

    Thanks for sharing with us.

    Merry Christmas!

  9. I enjoyed touring your home---thanks for sharing! Could you also please share the recipe for the pumpkin chocolate chip bars?

  10. I would like nothing better than to sit down with you for a cup of that tea and some pumpkin chocolate chip bars! Maybe one day we will get to do that!

    I love all your decorations and how smart are you with your little gift tags! Too cute!

    Love you, friend!

  11. Oh my! That little baby Jesus is so cute! Your house looks wonderful. I'd love to have tea!

  12. Dawn - thanks for allowing us a look at your CHRISTmas - love the sweet wreath on your front door - and the gift tags are very cool!!!
    Merry CHRISTmas

  13. Love your gift tags! Those are adorable. Isn't Gooseberry Patch great?

  14. Thank you for inviting us into your home. I love your nativity scenes. And your gift themes are a great idea!

  15. Dawn-
    I had so much fun touring your home!! I wish I could sit down with you and enjoy a cup of tea and just chat for a while! :)

    Your house looks so great and so Christmasy!

  16. Love that baby Jesus!


  17. Those gift tags are ABSOLUTELY PRECIOUS! I love them!! Thanks for taking us in a tour of your home!

  18. Everything is beautiful. I especially like the nativity, which I know has so much meaning as it came from your father-in-law, and the gift tags - great idea.

    Merry, merry Christmas.

  19. Lovely tour!! Thanks for inviting us in.

    I have relative in Roach, MO - - - ever heard of it???

    Merry Christmas!

  20. I love your snowman wreath on your door - what a neat idea! The paper bag Jesus and dog bone ornament are too cute, but it's kinda scary that dog bones last that long so well! :P