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Hi Friends,

We had a very blessed Christmas day spent with my little family opening presents in the morning, then sharing a yummy ham lunch and a good visit with my parents in the afternoon.  And last but not least, we played a fun game of Taboo with some dear friends in the evening.

Today has been nice and relaxing.  I had some vacation time left this month so I am using it to enjoy the holidays and be home with my family.  So wonderful! In a few minute we are going to play a game we received from my brother: Settlers of Catan.

Here are a few photos of the day (and a few more thrown in from this week):

Here is a photo I took of my sweet peeps after we say the play, A Christmas Carol, last weekend.

Here is a photo I took of my sweet peeps after we saw the play, A Christmas Carol, last weekend.

Christmas Day.  Sure love these two!

Christmas Day. Sure love these two!

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Some crochet snowflake ornaments that I sent to family. :)

Some crochet snowflake ornaments that I sent to family. 🙂

Christmas Eve beauty.

Christmas Eve beauty.

Do you have a fond memory from your Christmas you would like to share?  If so, I’d love to hear it.

Joyfully,

Jackie

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Merry Christmas!

Dear Friends,

We wish you a very Merry Christmas! And may you be filled with peace and joy as you remember the best Gift that was ever given.

“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.'”
-Luke 2:10, 11

With JOY,
Jackie
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12 Days of Separation!

Hi Friends,

It’s been 12 days since my last blog post.  Can that even be right?!

My days have been pretty full and my goal this month is to try and keep focused on Jesus, my Joy.  So far so good.  🙂

Up until today we haven’t had much snow.  But today is a different story! And a week ago or so we had such bad freezing rain and ice that schools were closed for a day.  You know it’s bad when OUR schools close, ’cause they hardly ever do!

I am finishing up the last of my product orders and now all I am selling in my shop are patterns until the end of December.  I actually published a new pattern today, Easy Elegance Fingerless Gloves.  We’ll see if it generates any interest.  🙂

I sure hope you are all doing well.  Remember to choose (and pray for) peace and joy instead of worry and negativity.  And if you are sad or hurting this season, I pray that you will find love and comfort in Jesus our Immanuel (God with us).

Adoring Him,

Jackie

This was taken at Ozarks Americana.  A delightful shop in town.

This was taken at Ozarks Americana. A delightful shop in town.

Dear son had a Christmas band concert this week.  They did a great job!

Dear son had a Christmas band concert this week. They did a great job!

I got to go to dear son's play again (2nd time). This is what the set looks like for Christmas on the Yukon.

I got to go to dear son’s play again (2nd time). This is what part of the set looks like for Christmas on the Yukon.

My latest pattern - Easy Elegance Crochet Fingerless Gloves

My latest pattern – Easy Elegance Crochet Fingerless Gloves

It's beginning to look a lot like ... a snowstorm!

It’s beginning to look a lot like … a snowstorm!  This was early afternoon today and it’s still coming down steady.

Another pretty setting at the gift shop.

Another pretty setting at the gift shop.

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P.S. If you crochet and are looking for some special gifts to create for your loved ones, I have an option for you:

Click on photo to go to my crochet patterns of my Etsy shop.

Click on photo to go to the crochet pattern section of my Etsy shop.

A Feast for the Eyes!

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Hi Friends,

There’s a shop downtown that I love to visit around the holidays!  It’s called Kimball’s (aka The Kobuk).  HERE is a little history on it that I just dug up, in case you are interested. 🙂 The document says that the store closed in 2002.  However, it reopened as The Kobuk – specializing in gifts, treats and fine teas.

Well, today was my first “holiday” visit of the year.  They have a little corner dedicated to Thanksgiving with some lovely items, and a large part of the store dedicated to Christmas goodies of all sorts. Heaven.  They also carry many varieties of yummy teas and tea accessories.  Better and better.  Today I came away with a super cute hat {to go with my new, oh-so-warm coat} and a Christmas pin that reads ‘JOY’ {of course}.  🙂

Here is the pictorial tour for your viewing pleasure.   {Photos were taken with my phone camera.  Some are slightly out of focus, but they still capture the surroundings.}  A definite feast for the eyes!  Enjoy!

Joyfully,

Jackie

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A Fun Felt Ball Garland DIY

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Hi Friends,

Plenty of things going on this week!  Hubby got home from his out of town job – yay!, car went back in and out of the shop, crocheting and working on another pattern, dental appointments and dear daughter getting all 4 wisdom teeth extracted – ouch!, and the normal stuff like work, errands, cooking, etc.

Today I snooped around on Etsy and Pinterest looking for ideas and DIY tutorials for wool felted acorns, crocheted snowflakes and such.  A feast for the eyes to be sure!

I decided to highlight one of my finds:  How to make a felt ball garland.  Click on the picture to get to the original post.  Isn’t it joyous?!  I love it and now I may just have to try it.  🙂

Is there anything artsy or craftsy you are thinking of trying for the first time?  If so, please share.

Have a great weekend!

Joyfully,

Jackie