Friday, December 24, 2010

From my home to yours this Christmas Season! And a Christmas Prayer for a Friend & her family...

Merry CHRISTmas Friends!
In preparing for this wonderful time of celebration, I am reminded
of all the family and friendships God has blessed me with throughout the years and I'm so grateful!
In preparation for this occasion, I have been one of Santa's little elves working on this dollhouse. I found it unpainted at a yardsale at a nearby Antique Shoppe a couple months back. I thought it would be the perfect gift for our grandie, Cate.
I used gray for the roof, pink paint for the interior walls and a very light minty green for the external paint...and painted the front porch gray to match the roof. I even added pink shutters to the home, a MUST for all little girls.
The little doll standing in the front door is a mini Madame Alexander doll that I found at the outdoor yardsale as well. She came with the little boy sitting on the retro chaise lounge I made for the cottage. Finishing touches were the custom drapes I made for inside the home and a few pieces of furniture using what I had in my home. And, what would the home be without a few Christmas Wreaths hanging in the windows? Found those teency weencies at Holly Lobby. The pink lace, replicating a light pink snow, was found at Goodwill in perfectly mint PINK condition~ :)

Cate will be surprised, and I will love adding to this cottage throughout the next several Christmases.

As I close in sharing my Christmas post today, please remember a dear Blogging Friend of mine from Mimi's Garden, Kathy Black, in your prayers. Her family experienced this week the highest high and the lowest low. Kathy's daughter in law, Jenny, and her son had their first child. Jenny experienced complications and as a result died on 12/22. The baby, a precious little girl, was born by emergency C Section and last I heard was doing fine. My heart has been so heavy for Kathy, her son and grandbaby girl...and the rest of the family. In your own celebrations this Christmas Season, please say a prayer for comfort & hope for Kathy and her family.

My heart & verbal reply screams out in response to all the Happy Holidays I hear in line and everywhere I go this year, Merry CHRISTmas~I chirp merrily back. I cannot leave Christ out of the REASON for this Season!

Love to All, and especially to Kathy Black & her precious family!
~CC Catherine


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oh, CC! How very sad! I will keep her family in my prayers. Your sweet dollhouse is wonderful! I can see all the love and care that you put into it! Wishing a wonderful Christmas filled with peace, joy and love to you and your family!...hugs...Debbie

The French Bear said...

Yes, I heard the sad news....devastating.... I am praying for healing for this poor family!!
Wishing you peace and love for the holidays.
Merry Christmas,
Margaret B

Karen said...

I too am so sad at Jenny's passing. That poor family. The Lord does work in mysterious ways.
But you are going to have a very happy little girl when she catches sight of that little house! Great job!
Christmas Blessings my friends. Prayers for all.
Hugs! Karen

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

CATHERINE! WHat a delight to meet you today! AND TO THINK that we shall meet in Canada chez Claudie's! What a blessing this is going to be. I am so looking forward to this event and I have to thank you for taking the time to find fact, HOW DID YOU FIND ME? I love your little pink house with the little dolly at the door! I never tire of toys and little girl should see my studio...full of theatres and paper dolls.


claudie said...

I was so happy reading your post about this sweet doll house, and I even see my little tree with the blue bows I sent you. Sweet CC really sweet, but now I read this news? OMG, poor Kathy. I will look for that verse you told me about.
It's very late, 2:30 am. I'm going to bed now, and will say an extra prayer my dear friend.
We did have a lovely Xmas Eve at my sisters. Randy's dinner was outstanding.
Merry Christmas dear CC.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh dearest Catherine,

It is a delight to see your comment and to come again to your wonderful post...I LOVE TEA TOO! I enjoy my pot of tea EVERY EVENING with frothed milk and my husband and I both enjoy this ritual.

Yes, our construction is really taking shape. Here in Minnesota, it is EXTREMELY cold, but our builders are up on the roof working away, ever since about 9:00am. It will be a wonderful spring to have this new structure to play with. I wish you the best New Years as you celebrate and ring in the new year.

I am also looking forward to more of your delightful posts as well!

Blessings, Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Catherine dearest,

OH! I would love to share the room with you up in Quebec! I just saw your email welcoming Dana as well! I just "met" her yesterday through Doré's blog, Burlap Luxe....this is going to be a blast of a meeting. Wow, hasn't blogging been fabulous? I feel that I am a part of a special enclave of the blog world. WHile I see many blogs out there for strictly fashion, politics, food, etc., I feel that those of us that combine many of those things with just a little extra something.....(LOVE, perhaps?) makes for an incredible caring group of women. I look forward to more!!! Anita

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

May your New Year be filled with many Blessings and abundances of Joy for 2011. From my mountain to yours, Until next year
Hugs and Smiles Gl♥ria

Deb said...

Happy New Year Catherine....

wendy said...

Hey Catherine. What a cute doll house for sure!!!

very sorry to hear about your friends loss of Jenny. That is tragic indeed. Sometimes things in life are so very very hard.

I feel that poignantly this year as my son just died Nov. 11th. It has been heart wrenching.
So YES I too am very well aware of and remembering Christ this past Christmas....and as the new year approaches.

Hope to meet you at Claudies this summer if I can put it all together. What a great bunch of diverse ladies she has put together.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

CC it was so good to hear from you today. I hope your holidays were filled with nothing but Blessings. I am so sorry to hear about your friends DIL. The Lord does have his own timing and reasoning, but it is so hard for us to understand. My heartfelt prayers are with them all.

Your dollhouse for your grand is just so precious. I am sure she loved it. What a wonderful thing for both of you to enjoy for years. Hugs, Marty

Kathleen Ellis said...

Hey Cath! thanks for coming by! aren't those quotes so inspiring!
I'm so sorry to hear about Karen's very sad! I hope they are able to rejoice in the blessing of a new baby as they mourn the loss of her daughter.
Have a beautiful day~

Jillian said...

Just popped on over from Kathleen Ellis' were mentioned! (Nice napkin rings)

I totally agree with you on the Happy Holidays thing! Amen to that.

Bella Rosa Antiques

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, CC... stopping by to wish you a very Happy New Year! Loved sweeing your CHristmas decor. So pretty.

I'm sorry about your friend's DIL. That has got to be the most tragic thing I've heard with the excpetion of what happened yesterday in AZ. Just said prayers for the family.


Sheila :-)

Kathleen Ellis said...

Hi Cath!
Just read the comments you left me! Are you off today? Nice to see your face! It does not surprise me that you and Rick are "messy cooks"! LOL! Glad to hear your mom is doing so much better and going home soon...PTL! We'll have to arrange another caht soon!
Love you~Kathleen

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

CC! I saw you visited me! I hope you see that I am coming here to wish you a beautiful day my friend!!! Anita

Shelia said...

HI Catherine! It's so good to hear from you! I've missed you! It was so sad to her of Jenny's passing. She was such an uplifting lady.
What a precious little doll house!
I hope you're having a great start to the new year and I can't wait to meet you either! We'll have fun!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi CC,
It was so wonderful hearing from you!
I know about the young Mom and my heart has been breaking too.
You have created a wonderful little dollhouse for your granddaughter! I bet she just loved it!
I hope that all is well and I know your a busy gal. If you ever get back to Minneapolis let me know.
I am only 2 hours away from there.
Big Hugs Friend,

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi CC! How fun to hear from you! I hope all is well! Here, I am doing LOTS of babysitting. I get my new grandson in April! :-) It looks like your church has a lot of big new stuff going on, huh? Hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

Anonymous said...

Have missed your posts and seeing you around in blogland and wanted to come by and say "Hi" and make sure everything is ok. Hope that you are just very happily busy with life. I think life will slow down maybe just a bit today for me as it is -16 and I plan on staying cozy inside with lots of cups of tea!

Bee blessed