Tuesday, December 10, 2019

A Little Break

I will be at Grimmwood for a few days so taking a blog break. My mother who is 89 has not been feeling the best and we are going to check on her. I would appreciate your prayers as we continue on this path of caring for an elderly parent. Most of you have been there or are on the same path. We want to be respectful yet firm as we discuss future plans. So thankful for my sisters who go above and beyond in caring for Mother.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Christmas in the Kitchen

My last post on Christmas at Nanaland....

The Breakfast Bar.

My Mrs Meyer Snowdrop products on a red stand by the tree. My favorite snowman from bestie, Deborah, is keeping the Snowdrops company. I found this scent at Target back in October and I have not seen it since....even on the Mrs Meyer Website. It smells so good. I will enjoy it through the winter.

All my besties in one place!! My good friend, Terry T, gave me the Joy plaque.

Christmas mugs on the hutch.

I had to move my nativities to two shelves....

And finally my little Christmas house

Merry Christmas from Nana's kitchen! 

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Saturday Stitching

It has been a busy week here in Nanaland but not much stitching on the schedule. I have been busy addressing Christmas Cards and finishing up my shopping. As I type this post, all the shopping is done, packages mailed and cards winging their way to friends and family.

I received a very special package last week from my blog friend and fellow stitcher, Georgia.( You know I LOVE her name!). Like me, Georgia is trying to organize and look realistically at her stash of charts. For those of us who love to stitch it is a hard thing to say, "I  love this pattern but I will probably never stitch it."  And who has not purchased two of the same chart at some time or other? So Georgia sent some lovely charts and magazines to me. She said I could keep them or give them to someone who would enjoy them. I have already sent some of them on to new homes where they will be loved and stitched. I kept a few for myself and I decided that Georgia and I would do a giveaway here on the blog. To enter you must be a follower of my blog and you will answer the question, What is your favorite Christmas Cookie? I will announce the winner here next Saturday.

Georgia contributed the Leisure Arts Magazine and the La D Da chart, And Rudolph. I tossed in Henry as I finished him up and I am started on Jack. I was too lazy to take it out of the q snap to get a picture but I will share next week for sure.   Good Luck my Stitchy Friends.

I did finish up Plum Pudding and decided to make it into an ornament for the tree. I have enough pillows and smalls. It is a large ornament but I was inspired by Priscilla Blain who uses large and small pieces on her themed trees.

I was very happy with it. I also finished Cranberry Christmas into an ormanent. Just changing things up this year! As I look at this section of the tree I see some other hand made ornaments. Look at the red and green ball in the upper left of this photo. My sis in law, Mina, made that for us in 1976, our first Christmas. Just to the right of Plum Pudding is a navy clothespin soldier. One of our cousins who was a Navy Pilot gifted everyone in the family with this reminder of him during the Gulf War. To the bottom left of Plum Pudding is a Polish Star I made several years ago. They are pretty but involved. You can find a tutorial on You Tube.  To the upper left of Plum Pudding there is a navity ornament that I made  with my Mops Girls one Christmas.  I could never have a themed tree as I have so many memories in each and every ornament on the Christmas tree. And those two baby boys are Joshua and Landon. I love remembering how the grands looked on their first Christmas. Thanks for indulging me in a walk down memory lane.

Have a good week friends...enter the give away if you are interested. Please just answer the question about Christmas cookies and do not use the word giveaway. Trolls love to enter them and spoil the fun for the ladies who read and comment each week.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Friday Five

1. New Mulch

So thankful for Joe Garrison who came to put out new mulch for the front flower beds. It has probably been two years since we have put any new mulch out. Joe works for many people in our neighborhood and does an excellent job at a reasonable price. My nandinas are looking pretty and red for the Christmas season. The hostas almost crowded them out during the summer. Joe will come back in the spring and divide the hostas for us. And the way time is flying by...spring will be here before we know it.

2. Christmas Door Hanger

After Joe got the flower beds looking so nice, I hung up my stocking for the season. I believe I got this from Etsy several years ago.

3.My favorite Santa

I think this will always be my favorite picture of Landon. His kindergarten teacher, Mrs R at Priceville Elementary School took this one. Amelia messaged her that I still put this out every year and Mrs R says she still does this with her classes and it is a hit. Also if you see the Palmers Peppermint Bark at Dollar Tree, get it. It is delicious and only a dollar. I like it better than the Ghiradelli chocolate bark squares.

4. Gum Drop Tree

This is one of my favorite decorations as it reminds me of my sweet Mama G. She had one of these out every year and my sis in law, Amy, gifted me with this one. I have to go to Dollar Tree to find spice drops. Kendall likes the gumdrops so I will have to keep an eye on her!!lol

5. Stinker Face

Charles calls this Joshua's Stinker Face. Marvin asked when I was going to get a hard copy of this one for the fridge. Mr J is also sitting up by himself now...six months old!

And I could not end this post without a Happy Birthday to Ben Grimm who is 41 today. Yes it was a busy birthday week in Hoover.

 Ben and my daddy. Everyone said they were twins.  Daddy did not have any sons so he really enjoyed his first grandson.
 Marvin and I had barely two pennies to rub together on Ben's first Easter but we were determined to purchase this hat for him to wear to church on Easter morning.
 Ben with my grandmother Henderson.  My granddad died in a car accident when I was a teenager and I so regretted that he did not live to see his first great grandchild. Be thankful for those birthdays folks.

 Sister Leta got Ben this monkey. She had one like it as a little girl and it was her favorite lovey.

Ben and hard to believe the years have flown by. He is a good looking, kind and good man. All that a mother could wish for in a son.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

In the Dining Room

I love my dining room but I must admit, it is not used as much as I would like!  It is fun to decorate in there however.

My bling bling table.

I left my blue and white things in place and just added my favorite Santas.

You may remember this from last year. Yes, those are the paper plates I put in front of my China plates. It looks festive and from a distance who can tell? The little pine cone tree is a memento from my days as a preschool teacher. My friend, Donna, made it for me and I pull it out every year.

The tea cart is pretty simple.

One more look at my Willow Tree Nativiy. I purchased this with a little inheritance I received when my daddy passed away. I think of him whenever I see it.

I added a Cracker Barrel Christmas tree to the Shepherds Scene.  They needed some light for their journey.

And today is grandson Elliott's sixth birthday.

He is a charmer and a scamp all rolled into one. He adds lots of laughter to our family.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Christmas in the Living Room

This year I decided to put the tree in the front window.

I was all for changing things up this year. I do think it is more convenient to place it in its usual place by the secretary and it may go back there next year.

I added some pretty picks to the tree topper this year.

Another sentimental piece. These reindeer and the sleigh always sat on this table that we inherited from Mama and Papa G. Marvin had it refinished for me this year and I could not wait to put the ceramic pieces in their old place. Sweet memories. Mama G put her Christmas cards in the sleigh but I chose Christmas ornaments.

The Dough and green are my favorite Christmas colors with a bit of gold thrown in.

A Santa Side Table.

I had to show this work in progress in my stitching chair. Henry is almost finished then I start on another snowman. There are three in the series.

This is my favorite new Cross Stitch ornament for this year. Tiny Modernist ..My wish for you this Christmas Season!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Nanaland Christmas Tour

I thought I would share some scenes from NanaWonderland. I am going to share a room each day. Today I will share the master bedroom. I finally decided on my decor for the dough bowl.

I love it when some of my decor from the Target Dollar Spot can be used in other rooms. This green truck held some pumpkins in the fall. Here it is holding a miniature Christmas tree from the Dollar Tree. The plate is also a Dollar Spot find.

Here is a close up! The doily is from my friend Sharon G. She had a lot of old doilies she ws getting rid of and I gladly took them off her hands.  Christmas balls always brighten a corner and they are a frugal purchase at Dollar Tree.

This is one of my favorite things as Mama G made it for us. She took ceramics classes at her Tuesday Craft group and this is such a treasure. If my house was burning down, I would try to find this and take it with me.

Come back tomorrow for the Living Room.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Happy Birthday Margaux

It is hard to believe that Margaux is 10 years old today.

On her first birthday...

Second Birthday

And now she is ten years old.

Here she is with her cousin, Gabby, while we were exploring downtown Brevard. I can almost see the teenager she will become.

Today is also Hudson's birthday. He is eleven so he and Landon are twins once again until next October. I dont have a good picture of Hudson to share...but wishing him the happiest of days. He will be celebrating next weekend so maybe I can get a photo then!

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Saturday Stitching

Good Morning my Stitching Friends. I am sorry to report it has been another slow stitching week at Nanaland. I have been trying to decorate for Christmas, I had a doctors appointment for my yearly check up with my favorite gyn doc and I was doing some Thanksgiving prep. As an old nurse I have to remind all you ladies to get those regular check ups. I have been going to Dr S for 20 something years. I just prefer a specialist to my GP for GYN check ups. He reminded me yesterday that it is important to keep an eye on breast health, ovarian health and colon health as we age.  I got the orders for my yearly mammogram and will be checking that off the list soon.

I did finish Cranberry Christmas.

I will be making this into a pillow for the dough bowl. I plan to use red and white ticking as the back and I have some cording for the edges. I did change it up a bit and I love the red letters versus the white letters that were charted. I used the very variegated Cupid for the berries so I did not have to change colors as charted. The green is also a variegated color from Colour and Cotton..

I worked on Weatherwise by Prairie Schooler.

I am leaving off the lettering and doing just the harbor scene. I love villages.

Here is an oldie but goody that I stitched many years ago. You saw it on my Thanksgiving post. I noticed that this chart was recently re released. My copy was in a book with lots of scripture stitches. Speaking of re releases. One of my readers, Miss A, let me know that Santa Rides was re released. It was a very popular Prairie Schooler chart in years past.

I did go through my stash to make some plans for 2020. I will be doing a Very Prairie Year. Some You Tube ladies did this last year and I was late to the party so I will try it in the New Year. Each month you stitch a Prairie Schooler design, large or small.  I have a list for the whole year. I will try to share that before the beginning of 2020. If any of you Prairie Schooler fans want to join me I will be glad for the company!

On to stitching from Stash...

I have had this chart for a long time and I have tried to decide if I want to stitch these two separately or stitch them as a happy couple. Thoughts?  This will be a Grimmwood piece.

Oh we have all drooled over this piece that was available only on EBAY until it was reprinted by Blackbird Designs.  I do believe the first reprint of this chart sold out right away. I will be stitching the bunny with the tulip. I do not believe I have seen anyone stitch the basket...everyone is bunny obsessed.

Welcome Spring by Brenda of my new favorite designers.  This has lingered in my stash along with a Mama Chicken that I may stitch for spring as well.

I need to get this stitched for Grimmwood. I might change up the colors a bit.

And finally another Brenda Gervais design....

This Hoop La was released last year but I never got around to stitching it.

We will see if I stick to my desire to stitch what I have. We all know that March will bring all sorts of new things from the cross stitch designers. Will I be able to resist????