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Archive for December, 2010

Moving Day…

To a new Blog site that is…hope you will come along with me and share in the never-know-what-will-happen-next days at Taylorsoutback…

After playing around with the Blogger vs. WordPress format, I will be moving my blog over to Blogger – why? Just because  I think Blogger is cute! I have liked the WP format and ease of posting & adding images, but their offerings are a little on the “dry” side for me and I still don’t have the know-how to customize via an upgrade. Besides I would rather put any extra pennies towards new fabric!!

I will keep this WordPress site up and running for awhile but from now on, all the new postings can be viewed at

Thoughts From Taylorsoutback

http://thoughtsfromtaylorsoutback.blogspot.com

Hoping you will add my new home to your Favorites list and I have a Followers List started which will welcome you most happily!

See you at the new site!

Wishing you a Happy and Productive New Year!!!!!!!

Pat

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Christmas – 2010

You are probably familiar with Fra Giovanni’s beautiful letter written in 1513 A.D.  While enjoying Tasha Tudor’s Forever Christmas book recently, I found an excerpt on the last page. It is timeless and as always, so appropriate to read again at this time of year.

“I salute you! There is nothing I can give you which you have not, but there is much that, while I cannot give, you can take.

No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take Heaven.

No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present instant. Take Peace.

The Gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet within our reach is joy. Take Joy!

And so, at this Christmas time, I greet you, with the prayer that for you, now and forever, the day breaks

And the Shadows fly away…”

Wishing each of you, dear readers, a Christmas filled with family and friends and Good Health and Happiness in the New Year.

Pat

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From Simple Things…

Come Simple Joys…

And so that will be this Christmas of 2010…keeping things simple, a few less lights, a little decorating around everyday objects and a little less unpacking of all the “regular” holiday items. It is an easy decision after hearing on December 6th that I have come down with shingles – and not the roofing kind! My doctor put me on 2 different meds which are helping, but the thought of dragging lots of boxes up from the basement storage just doesn’t do it for me right now. What is it about this time of year and developing health issues?

There are some nostalgic pieces that our house would not feel right about if they were not in their proper place though…

A few of the remaining ornaments from my parents early Christmas celebrations in the ’40’s – they have lovingly passed them on to us…

An ornament from my earliest memory – stamped on the back “Made In Western Germany”

Before my ‘s Mom R.A. took her hand dexterity she did lovely ceramics..this Christmas plate is a treasure…

A  handmade birch bark canoe and “Jack” paddling his way to Christmas – it has been a part of our holidays since 1994 when I purchased it from the friend who made it.

A simple arrangement of “greens” around our carved birds and wildlife from the 3 trips to Alaska…

And my husband’s partridge – a gift to him our first Christmas in the new house…

An everyday hurricane globe filled with precious rocks collected along the shores of Lake Kluane in the Yukon – gathered this Fall…

And Christmas cards have started to arrive in the mail from family and friends scattered far and wide…a burl bowl from a little shop in Salcha, Alaska…

The opening to our sunroom/dining room would look bare without the pinecone garland in place…the requirement being that the only kind of ornaments it can hold have to be related to a pinecone design…and a few glass icicles for accent.

We had about 12″ of new snow this weekend and the winter winds are still whipping around the house…10 degrees out there tonight and it is still falling. Everything is quiet and it is as though we are wrapped in a warm quilt.

I am off to take time to stitch…

Wishing you a good week and simple joys.

Pat

 

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Short ‘n Sweet

Pretty quiet at Taylorsoutback…

A few snowflakes here and there…

Our Packers won a good game against the 49er’s…

I got 4 dinner napkins made…

And started on 4 placemats…

We found these goodies at Sam’s Club on Friday…Creme Brulee Almonds and…

So, I enjoyed a mug of hot Honeycrisp Apple Cider…

Think I will curl up with a new book by the fire this evening…

(I love Kate Morton’s books, The House At Riverton and The Forgotten Garden…)

Taking Tylenol and feeling a bit under the weather…

Have a good week and I will be back later…

Pat

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“J” is for Juggler

It’s Alphabe-Thursday over at Jenny Matlock’s and this week’s letter is “J” – this time of year we all turn into jugglers. The court jester of days long ago entertained his audience by keeping a number of balls, hats and even knives in the air without dropping a one. In the 21st Century, our list of items to keep going has extended way beyond such simple things. We have become pros at multi-tasking whether it be at our office or around the house. Our labor-saving devices have not eased up the work load, only allowed us to increase what we can put into each of those 24 hours we are given.

During this holiday season, particularly for women, it calls for turning into a Juggler with a capital J. Preparing the house with decorations, addressing cards, arranging get togethers, extra baking and cooking, the list goes on. If you fall into that Young Parent bracket, there are added school plays and concerts, teachers gifts and trying to please every child on your list with the most current toy. If you are a craft person or love to sew, the pressure can really start to mount up. The convenience of shopping for a ready made gift may not be quite what will satisfy you…it must be homemade! It is an expression of not only your creativity, but a way of saying “I took a little extra time.”

It is now the first of December and my time clock is ticking…the first deadline has been met – just barely.  Our Liberty Ladies Quilt History Study Group is exchanging gifts and cookies and this is my offering. Raspberry Stick Cookies and a little quilted piece for someone’s table, made in reproduction fabrics.

My juggling act has begun – I have turned into a Juggler – therefore I am.

“J” is for juggler – thank you for dropping by and be sure to visit the other letter “J” postings!

Have a good Thursday…

Pat

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