Merry Christmas

12.28.09

I know I am late but I didn’t want to miss the chance to wish you a merry Christmas and happy holidays. I hope this past week was great for you.

I’ve enjoyed some quiet time catching up on many of your blogs. I loved what Marta writes about having a human Christmas. I find it true that a satisfying Christmas is something that comes with practice at being satisfied. Finally I’ve learned to be open all December long, to be ready for magic moments as they drop in. Some moments you can stage but so many drop in unannounced. And sometimes the unexpected ones are so sweet you feel like it’s hardly fair, that you’re hardly equipped to take it all in. Did I tell you we had snow this December? It’s rare here, the kind of rare that happens once every eight t0 ten years. For the first time ever my kids got to wake up to that magical surprise of snow on the ground. This has got to be one of the best ways to spoil a kid during the Christmas season, second to adoring grandparents.

I had that reflective moment before going to bed Christmas Eve. Just thinking of all the waiting and anticipating going on under my own roof and under other roofs. And in review of the season, I made a few notes for next year:
1. No handmade cards next year. I need a year off. Will you please remind me this come October?
2. It turns out both my husband and daughter are pretty good at gift making. I’d forgotten how great that is to work together to make someone a surprise. I liked it. Yes, I think there’ll be more of this next year if we can manage.
3. I really didn’t mind that things got a little hectic when we found last-minute Christmas service to do. I thought I disliked any kind of hectic, but this was good hectic. I’m not sure I knew there was such a thing.

I managed to snap pics of a couple of those homemade gifts I had help with before they got wrapped. Do you like them?

I’ll try to keep this week short and sweet, though that’s hard for me because I always have so much I want to share with you. I do have a giveaway and a crazy fun shop to introduce you to. So if you don’t mind I’ll share that this week because I can’t wait for next.

In the meantime, thanks for being here, and Happy Holidays.

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Sherry Cartwright December 28, 2009 at 7:54 am

I hope your week went well, too, AmberLee. Merry Christmas and happy new year to you and your family!

I love the shirt and the trays. LOVE them.

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Michelle December 28, 2009 at 8:36 am

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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RosaMarĂ­a December 28, 2009 at 8:26 pm

happy holidays!!!! (i love that shirt!!)

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Kortnee December 29, 2009 at 5:34 pm

I love that collection from Target. Love how you made it a serving tray. Too great.

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Andrea January 6, 2010 at 10:39 am

I think the serving tray is adorable. I bet whomever you made it for is a very lucky and special person in your life. Love it!

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mirutamarisen February 8, 2010 at 9:10 pm

hey can you please make a tutorial on how you made that lovely tray, Im getting married soon and I want to learn how to make a vintage tray for my cupcakes.
thanks a lot always for all your post I love you website !
mirtha

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Dusti February 10, 2010 at 9:11 am

Just discovered this blog and love it! Would love to see a tutorial on that adorable cupcake stand and those beautiful flowers!

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