2014 in review

Hello dear friends I hope that your Christmas was joyous and full of family and friends. I am taking down Christmas and getting ready for the new year when my yearly report from WordPress came in and I want to share it with you. These are the results of my first 9 months of blogging results. Kind of like having a baby. LOL Thank you dear readers!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 58 trips to carry that many people.

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Have a very warm New Year! Jo

Thanx to all my dear friends that have helped me along the way!

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Inspire Me at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Trash 2 Treasure at Kammy’s Korner
Treasure Hunt at From my Front Porch to Yours
Blog Hop at Katherine’s Korner
Blog Hop at Vintage Mama’s Cottage
Blog Hop at Over Fifty Feeling Fourty
Before & After Wednesday at The Dedicated House
Tues. Garden Party at Creative Country Mom
Inspiration Exchange at Town-n-Country-Living
Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Make’s
Big Autumn Bash at Mila’s little things
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Makes
Funky Junk Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Big Christmas Party at Mila’s little things
Craft Schooling Sunday at Creative Jewish Mom
Christmas in the Country at Creative Country Mom
Twirl and Take a Bow at Art is Beauty

. . . and all through the house

Merry Christmas to all my dear friends out there in blog land. This will be my last post until after the first of the year. It’s time to enjoy the family while school is out. I want to share a poem that I thought was cute and reminded me of when I was small, thinking that if I was out of my bed and not a sleep Santa would not come. Also I would like to show you the rest of my home that is ready for Christmas!

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A squeak on the stairs.
Could Santa be here?
Better pull my blankets,
Up to my ears.

He comes down the chimney,
That’s how he gets in.
Santa uses magic,
To make himself thin.

I better keep still,
Can’t make a peep.
He doesn’t leave toys,
Unless you’re asleep.

My door just opened
Someone’s by my bed.
It wasn’t Santa after all,
Cause Mom just kissed my head.

Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/listening-for-santa#ixzz3MHYZs5rW
Family Friend Poems

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I love making Christmas stockings. The stockings hanging from the fireplace I made to match the pillows on the sofa. The single stocking I made from vintage table cloths.

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I add little touches of Christmas all through the house, yup even the bathroom.

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Here are some fun vignettes in the kitchen.

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Ice skates hang ready at the back door.

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The back door.

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Kitchen window.

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My vintage bread box is so fun to fill with Christmas decor.

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This Santa sits on my work bench sewing away. LOL He is my favorite Santa.

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Great rusty buckles, rings and old red thread make for a lovely vignette on my work bench, which is closed down for the season.

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The presents are wrapped and under the tree. Now I will spend most of my time in the kitchen baking.

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Here are some fun areas from the sitting room.

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I got this lovely wooden star this year from a Etsy shop.

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I hang star garlands around the house.

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A wooden bowl full of antique ornaments.

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If you want more inspiration get Jennifer Rizzo’s book Creatively Christmas it is amazing you will not want to put it down.

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No matter how many pretties that we put into our home and know matter how many good smells come from the kitchen the reason for Christmas is because of the Jesus Christ and his great sacrifice that he went through for us. Because of this we celebrate Christmas.

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Have a beautiful Christmas with love in your hearts. Merry Christmas!

With love, Jo

Jo

Thanx to all my dear friends!

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Inspire Me at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Trash 2 Treasure at Kammy’s Korner
Treasure Hunt at From my Front Porch to Yours
Blog Hop at Katherine’s Korner
Blog Hop at Vintage Mama’s Cottage
Blog Hop at Over Fifty Feeling Fourty
Before & After Wednesday at The Dedicated House
Tues. Garden Party at Creative Country Mom
Inspiration Exchange at Town-n-Country-Living
Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Make’s
Big Autumn Bash at Mila’s little things
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Makes
Funky Junk Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Big Christmas Party at Mila’s little things
Craft Schooling Sunday at Creative Jewish Mom
Christmas in the Country at Creative Country Mom
Twirl and Take a Bow at Art is Beauty

Religious Christmas Relics in the Home

Thank you dear friends for stopping by. I want to share with you today some beautiful vintage and antique Religious Christmas Relics. I really love having these pieces in my home and because of my faith in our Savior Jesus Christ I like to have several reminders, for myself as well as others. It brings a beautiful warm feeling.

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On the night of the birth of the Savior, Angels herald his coming.

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I have a collection of many Angels and these are just a few.

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Angels are true messengers sent from above, they minister to us here on earth.

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I call this one my little lost Angel for he has a haversack on is back.

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I but them on my tree as well.

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This nativity scene has been in my home for over 40 years. It is a dear friend that I love to take out of the box. When my children were small we would read the story of the nativity from the Bible and the children would put the figures into place as we read.

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These Three Wise Men sat on my Mother’s mantle when I was small. She gave them to me and I adore them.

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Here is an old Swiss Bible that has been in my home for over 40 years. The year Bible was printed in 1892! I wish I knew a little Swiss so I could read it.

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During the Christmas holidays many hearts are open to do special things for others. But there are others whose hearts are sad and lowly because of experiences that they have had to deal with. I urge you to go the extra mile, help one another a little more, give a stranger a smile with a Merry Christmas. Say a little prayer before you get out of bed in the morning and ask that people who need your help will be brought into your life. If we have a belief in our hearts we can share it with others in many ways.

I would love it if you shared your special experiences with me. We all come into one another’s lives for a reason, let’s not miss a chance to share.

((Warm Hugs))

Jo

Thanx to all my dear friends!

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Inspire Me at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Trash 2 Treasure at Kammy’s Korner
Treasure Hunt at From my Front Porch to Yours
Blog Hop at Katherine’s Korner
Blog Hop at Vintage Mama’s Cottage
Blog Hop at Over Fifty Feeling Fourty
Before & After Wednesday at The Dedicated House
Tues. Garden Party at Creative Country Mom
Inspiration Exchange at Town-n-Country-Living
Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Make’s
Big Autumn Bash at Mila’s little things
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Makes
Funky Junk Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Big Christmas Party at Mila’s little things
Craft Schooling Sunday at Creative Jewish Mom
Christmas in the Country at Creative Country Mom
Twirl and Take a Bow at Art is Beauty

More Re Do’s

I am so glad that you have come to Anne’s Attic – design there is so much going on and I really want to continue to share them with you. As I have said in the past I have been redoing all of my furniture and turning it WHITE! I live in a basement apartment that is pretty dark, and the walls are painted a pale dove-gray, with white trim, adding the white to the furniture really reflects the light and brightens all the rooms.

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Here is the beginning of one of my projects, turning my blue wicker end tables into white ones. Usually I would use spray paint on wicker but I really wanted a real flat look so I painted them with a brush. If you choose to paint like this method use old paint brushes because they wear out pretty fast.

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This robin egg blue really looked great in my last apartment, but in this one with the lovely gray paint on the walls white on the furniture really does it right.

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Here is the look with the flat white paint. The paint washes finish washes up nice to.

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I was really surprised as I was painting these end tables, they painted up really fast and it left a nicer coat than the spray paint.

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I am very happy at how they turned out. I will have more to come don’t miss a post! Have a great Halloween weekend!

Life is LOVERLY when you are doing what you love!

((HUGS))

Jo

Weekend Junk n

Welcome, welcome all my dear friends, and welcome to all you new friends! I sure hope everyone had a beautiful weekend. I had a great weekend, and I has able to go Junk n! I have to share with you one of the items that I found and just had to take it home with me.

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Luck was with me and I found on my first stop a Capodimonte lamp! I wanted just one more for my bedroom and there she was waiting for me at the Urban Country Store. She is pristine. I couldn’t believe my eyes. She was just the right size that I wanted. I paid $50.00 for the lamp, not to bad for one that is in such good shape, and the shade was perfect as well.

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Here is a close up of the swans, not even a scratch. Sorry the photo is so dark, but it gives you and idea of the beauty of this piece.

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Here is another close up that shows the whole loveliness of the lamp.

I spent time finding great deals on vintage fabric as well. I’m going to make new pillow covers and Christmas stockings out of it. Yup, Iv’e been searching through magazines and the Pinterest for Christmas ideas for my home and family. There are so many great ideas out there I want to make them all, but being that time & money is not on my side to make them all I had to choose a few. LOL I’ll be sharing them later on with you.

If you had any great finds this weekend let me know, I would love to hear about them.
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Life is so LOVERLY when you are doing what you love!

((HUGS))

Jo

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Thanx to all my dear friends!

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Inspire Me at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Trash 2 Treasure at Kammy’s Korner
Treasure Hunt at From my Front Porch to Yours
Blog Hop at Katherine’s Korner
Blog Hop at Vintage Mama’s Cottage
Blog Hop at Over Fifty Feeling Fourty
Before & After Wednesday at The Dedicated House
Tues. Garden Party at Creative Country Mom
Inspiration Exchange at Town-n-Country-Living
Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Make’s
Big Autumn Bash at Mila’s little things
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Makes