Saturday, November 27, 2010

Making memories

Hi sweet bloggy friends!
It has been a very sentimental week.  I am usually not one to be too gushy {unless I am watching Titanic or The Notebook  -- ok, ok, maybe I can be a very gushy at times} but I did want to share a significant event that happened in my life this week.

My grandmother, Sadie Ennis Cowart, passed away earlier this week.  She is the woman I want to be when I grow up.  I remember, as a kid, laying awake in bed with her when I was little - talking and listening to trains go by in the middle of the night.  I will always think of her whenever I hear one of those midnight trains.  She cared deeply for her family and extended family.  With her, there was never a loss for an extra plate at the table or an extra pair of hands for a family in need.  Resourceful and determined was her mantra.  She loved the Lord and truly loved and helped the people in her community.  It is a great loss to me that she is no longer with us physically.  This Thanksgiving has been particularly meaningful to be able to spend it with my Dad, Stepmom, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends during this time of loss.  I am so thankful for the time spent with them.

Once we got home I needed to do something {other than cooking another complete Thanksgiving meal}.
It seemed right to get down some Christmas decorations to begin to celebrate the season Granny Cowart loved so much.

Here are some of my favorite decorations.  I am NO WHERE near finished!  It has been nice to get started though!

Mr. Snowman ~ don't you love his top hat?!
I love his word "BELIEVE"
Believe in LOVE ~ it IS a powerful thing.

Last year I was a lucky girl.  I found this Nicol Sayre angel at TJ Maxx.  Did anyone see her sitting there? 
Calmly, I placed her in my buggy and then ran to the check out!

I couldn't believe it!  Did you see her wire cage form around her glass glittered skirt?
Or her tinsel wings cherubic face?
Or crepe paper skirt with dresden trim?
I thought I would faint . . . really.

Nicol is amazing in her folk art style and attention to details.

I filled my ironstone pitcher with some frosty branches
and adorned the neck with a vintage rhinestone necklace.

Sidebar ~ I almost did not put the necklace on the pitcher.
I had tied a little seam binding to each end since the necklace was too small to fit around the pitcher and had an "A-Ha" moment.
I could wear this as a longer length necklace and junk it up a bit with a few baubles and a scrap of crochet!
Ok, put it on the pitcher and keep going. (In a few days a may change my mind ~ I am a woman after all).

This year, yes . . . . again at TJ Maxx I found a holy family scene by Nicol Sayre.
Yes, I about fainted  . . . again!
So inexpensive too!  I couldn't believe it!!
The manger with angel and family was only $16.99!!!

I love the pastel colors, vintage style paper and sweet faces.

Such an adorable angel ~ it puts me in the mood for the PEACE, LOVE and JOY season.

I thought I would share more holiday decorating inspiration as created by a very talented lady, Cathy Scalise of Treasured Heirlooms.  She makes amazing, enchanting decorations that are so frothy you can't help but smile!

Here are some wish list items:

Love this wreath!  Glam and glittery ~ swoon swoon swoon!

Such enchanting ornaments!
These would also be lovely on packages ~ how lucky would that recipient be!

Thanks for stopping by Sugahs!  I am off to get more boxes from the attic.
I hope you have a wonderful week and are able to spend some time with the people you love.
xo's ~ Heidi


Cathy said...

Wow, what a lovely post. I just jumped over to read the story about your sweet grandma and lo and behold you had posted my wreaths. How so very lovely of you to do such a sweet gesture.

Thank you so much and have a wonderful evening decorating for Christmas.

xo Cathy

Whimsey Creations said...

I'm so sorry about your grandmother. Mine passed almost 30 years ago (can't believe it's been that long) and I miss her all the time. So glad you had lots of family to be with right now. Love your decorations - especially that snowman. Very cool! Merry merry!

Linda said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved grandmother... you wrote such a nice tribute for her...I know she will be missed! Your decorations are really lovely, being creative really can help when you are feeling down...

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

What a sweet tribute to your fortunate you were to have her in your life for so long, and how happy the angels are now to have her with them.