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Psalm 113:3

Psalm 113:3

 

I’m sharing this with:

Time to kick back and put your feet up – new socks and all!

I took this while snuggling with my little one on the couch last night.  I am enjoying the comparative calm that is settling over us as we move past all of the activity connected to Christmas.

 Sweet Shot Day

Wrapped Gifts

gifts

Today’s Simple Pleasure is wrapped gifts.
Why?
Because every gift wrapped now means one less thing I will be wrapping at midnight on Christmas Eve!

Also, the presents above were wrapped for me by some very eager helpers. Watching gifts get wrapped while I work on something else is another simple pleasure in itself!

Come take a look at some other Simple Pleasures at Dayle’s site:

Project Simple Pleasures2

The Calm of Creating.

Glass ball

In a departure from his norm, my husband decided we needed a Christmas craft to do over Thanksgiving break.  He’s not an artsy-craftsy sort of person.  But, he saw some frosted and clear balls at Hobby Lobby and decided that we needed to decorate them.

He got some glass stain, and glass paints.  The kids added some puffy craft paint, and we all set off to work.  We had family visiting, so everyone got into the spirit and started decorating.

It was fun to see people getting so absorbed in their creations.  It really was quite relaxing to sit and swirl paint in our little ball ornaments, pondering, and experimenting with different effects.  Even the non-crafty folks were taking this very seriously.  It was fun to see the variety in our end results.

Sweet Shot Day

Homemade Frosting

 

cupcake

Today, my daughter helped me make white cupcakes.  Later, we made strawberry frosting from scratch.  That doesn’t happen often in our house.  Frosting out of a can is the norm.  

 Making it ourselves takes more time and involves doing more dishes.
I prefer zero time and no mess.

But, memories are sometimes born in the messes.    And time is only ours for the moment.
Today, I chose homemade frosting.

 

Bokeh

 

Bokeh

Darcy, at Life with My 3 Boybarians, teaches regular people like me how to use their cameras.  This week she taught us about ‘bokeh’.   My Canon Power Shot wouldn’t let me turn the aperture any lower than 2.8, so I had to find other ways of getting the light to blur. 

This was a spindle from a beaded snowflake ornament with the tree lights in the background.

Here is a favorite nativity ornament:

Nativity

 

Visit Darcy’s site for her Holiday Bokeh Party, and see what others were able to do with their cameras.

boken party at http://my3boybarians.com

Season of Light

I am enjoying the sights of the season right now.
We simplified our decorations, putting up only the tree, stockings and mantle wreath.  Christmas shopping is almost done and the pace is slower than normal. 
Nice.