November 22, 2012

Holiday Lane Blog Hop and A Birthday!

 
 
FINALLY! I am truly sorry that it has taken me all day long to get this posted.  I was bound and determined to get it live before midnight Pacific time!
 
I am late because I was held hostage all day by my sisters, brother, daughter, son in law, grandson, 2 nephews, and my hubby!  Why?
 
Because....Today was my birthday!  I have not got to spend my birthday with my family but twice in the last 10 years with this being the 2nd time.  It was REALLY nice!  We started out the day with me and my daughter having a day in the salon and I have a new hairdo!  It looks fantastic!  I just might show you a photo in the next couple of days... Then we met my sisters, brother, 2 nephews and my hubby for a late lunch... Afterwards they all came over to my daughters and we sat around and chit-chatted forever!  We laughed so much today that our bellies hurt!!  It felt good to be able to spend so much time with my siblings.  After the sisters left my hubby and my daughter and her family took me out for a steak dinner.  We then went to the ColdWater Bookstore... a quaint little bookstore downtown Tuscumbia, AL and we just wandered around and sat in some comfy chairs and read and chit-chatted some more.  We came home to a yard full of children waiting to play with my grandon... at dark-thirty..but it doesn't matter around here... Children would play all night running and playing hide and go seek in the dark never being afraid.. I love this area...  The day would have been exactly perfect had my oldest daughter been able to be here but she had to work and Allie had to go stay with her dad for the Thanksgiving holidays.  We have had dinner at their house the past 2 nights to make up for her not being able to be here today.  I love my life, my family, and I thank God every day for all that is good and blest in my life and for giving me such a wonderful family to love and to love me.
 
I want to thank Madame Samm and Pauline for their tireless efforts to get the blog hop together and keep it running smoothly.  Jill from Jillily Studio made sure we all had this awesome pattern!  Be sure to go over and download it and make your very own pillow for the holidays!
 
My grandson helped me put the finishing touches on my Holiday Lane Pillow tonight after he had to finally come inside and get ready for bed... Our pillow has a Gingerbread Doghouse... yep...sure enough!! That was Parkers clever idea!!
 
So here it is, in all it's holiday splendor... We used rick-rack for the snow on the roofs... We also added some mini Christmas bulbs...and some mini bows over the doors.  Parker has laid claim to this pillow and we will be making his little dog Chloe, her very own pillow bed to match!!  You will have to come back later this week to see it...
 
 
There are several other bloggers who showed their pillows today too so please be sure and check them out!  Again, I humbly apologize for being so very late!
 
Wednesday November 21










 
Click on this LINK to visit the entire schedule for the blog hop!
 
 
And how about a giveaway!!  Someone will win this pair of holiday slipper socks when the blog hop is over! Just leave a comment telling something about your holiday traditions that you have enjoyed all through your life.  Remember to leave me a way to contact you should you win!
 
Good luck to all!

 
Since it is so late I will announce the winners of the coin purses tomorrow morning after we get up and have chocolate and biscuit for breakfast... an Alabama southern tradition. yummy!!
 
Goodnight blogland...sweet dreams!

 

45 comments:

  1. be back later, let me know ...when you are up..so I can include you T.

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  2. ok. I'll hang out. take your time, lots to see here !~!

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  3. You are forgiven my dear!! I've been where you are! Life Happens!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  4. I know the feeling. I'll be back too.

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  5. I am very curious what you did with the Holiday Lane pattern, I'll be back, take your time.

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  6. Hay, no problem, I will be back. It seems that you are not the only one a little late. I had lap top problems and was late too. Can't wait to see your pillow.

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  7. Rosemary B here:
    Okay!! :-) I will be back
    do not rush or worry, I have you on my toolbar so you are not going anywhere

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  8. I'm a follower so I can come back and see your Holiday Village...sure hope you come into my email box! Life sometimes gets in the way of our fabric passion, doesn't it! No worries, we'll be back!!

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  9. Your pillow is cute as can be. I want to see more of it! Happy, happy birthday, and thanks for the chance at the holiday socks. I just love things like that, and my toes are always cold in Tennessee in the winter! When I was a child, I loved that we always bought the Christmas tree on my birthday, Dec. 12. I was also the picture on the holiday card - until my sister came along and I had to share the honors!

    dezertsuz at gmail dot com

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  10. Your pillow is lovely, I love the tartan house. Happy Birthday to you - it sounds like you've had a wonderful day :)

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  11. Oh what fun it is! Love your color choices and the idea of a matching puppy pillow us so fun! Happy Birthday!

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  12. Your pillow is beautiful but even more so for the memories you made with it. And of course you spent time with your family - that's waaaay better than being on time with a pillow and exactly what I would have done as well. :) blessings, marlene

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  13. Your pillow is quite lovely and looks so perfect by the Christmas tree.

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  14. Oh you had such a wonderful day! Happy belated birthday! You pillow is wonderful and I like the ric rac for the roofs! The dog house is perfect!
    One of our traditions we had when Mom and Dad were still with us was that we gathered on Christmas Eve to have our meal and gift exchange. You couldn't open anything or taste the food until 6:00 Pm! Dad said six o'clock and that's what time it was!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  15. Hey well done you got there in the end - it looks gorgeous

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  16. Family time and happiness is 1000 times more important than a blog hop!! Love your pillow. Don't enter me in the giveaway, I wouldn't wear the socks and someone else should enjoy them more because they are lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Hope you had a wonderful birthday loved your pillow!!

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  18. Happy Birthday and we are so glad you were able to make your day as well as our day. Lovely pillow, thanks for sharing!

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  19. Love your pillow- now my dachsies are going to want their own pillows too!


    Our tradition involves the movie A Christmas Story, hubby's favorite- Christmas season starts with his birthday(November 4) and ends on Candlemas (February 2) I try to decorate with as much Christmas Story paraphernalia as possible (and yes that does include a life size Major Award that is in my front room window year round), and we go out for Chinese on Christmas Day. Geoff may watch his movie for the period of time annotated above and no longer, and of course it is playuing in the background on Christmas Day itself.

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  20. Love your pillow and the rick rack roofs! Our holiday tradition is hanging handmade ornaments that we have exchanged with family members every year. It is a great way to remember and think about family and good times!

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  21. Sweet pillow and lovely birthday story. Sounds like great fun.
    Family tradition? Exchanging handmade Christmas ornaments.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Happy Birthday!! It sounds like you had a great time with your family - exactly how I would choose to spend my birthday!
    Family tradition?? Going to the midnight church service at our local church then back home for mulled wine and mince pies!

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  23. Happy Birthday! Your day sounds just perfect. I love the gingerbread doghouse and the rick rack on the roofs.
    A tradition in our family is to open one gift on Christmas eve just before bedtime.

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  24. Happy Birthday, sounds like you had a perfect day!

    I love the ric-rac snow on your houses.

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  25. Happy Birthday for yesterday - sounds like you had a fabulous time - and so glad you finally made it as your pillow is lovely - love the ric-rac snow. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. Well, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, from TN. It sounds like you had a great day. You pillow is very sweet, I love the fabrics that you used. The ric-rac was a perfect touch. Thank you for sharing.

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  27. Happy Birthday, it doesn't get any better than that! I love the ric-rac as the snow....clever & cute. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Happy, happy, happy Birthday! Love your pillow, can't wait to see Pooch's pillow. Favorite memory is putting a puzzle together on Christmas Day. See you on November 26th...that's my day! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  29. Happy Birthday to you , I am glad you were late , you deserve to enjoy your day with your family , a blog hop is not nearly as important.Your pillow is adorable by the way !My favorite memory was hanging our stockings on the end of the bed , we did not have a fireplace :-)

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  30. When I was young, we had a specific order for putting ornaments on the tree. Older sister put the large red ornaments on, then it was me with the smaller blue ornaments, next was my brother who put on the really small ornaments, and my little sister could put the gold metal bells on. After that, we all put the icicles on...I wanted to be careful and hang them one by one; my brother liked to take handfulls and throw them at the tree!

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  31. You've been a busy lady! Your pillow is very beautiful. ;O)

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  32. beautiful cushion, I like how you made the snow on the roof,
    thanks for sharing!

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  33. Hi!!! Happy Birthday!!! Great to be able to have fun with family!! Your pillow is adorable!! Love it!!!

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  34. glad you enjoyed your birthday. Love your pillow.

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  35. Happy Birthday! We share a birthday, as it was mine, too! I love the rick rack idea! Great job!

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  36. Happy birthday!! It sounds like it was a wonderful way to ring in another year. I can't wait to see the new hairdo.

    Love your little neighborhood and the ric rac makes such a nice addition. It must have been fun to have a helper for the final additions.

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  37. Love your pillow! Glad you had a fantastic birthday and thanks for sharing

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  38. Happy Birthday and thanks for sharing your wonderful pillow! My tradition is to use the crocheted granny square tree skirt my grandma made for me.

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  39. Happy birthday to you!! Being accosted is a good enough reason ... especially if it's a birthday-related! Great job on the pillow, too! :)

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  40. I love your rick-rack snow! And how funny, I will also be posting on my birthday, and so will some of the other hoppers. I hope your birthday was fantabulous!

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  41. I love your gingerbread doghouse and the rick-rack snow on the houses. My favorite Christmas tradition in my family is drinking eggnog and reading the Christmas story from the book of Luke in the Bible before bed on Christmas Eve.

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  42. Loved the Rick Rack! My favorite tradition is Christmas Eve--All dressed up--family dinner--Church- return to find Santa has been there and the young ones having funny. My mom is from Sweden and do it their way. And family brunch in Pj's Christmas morning.

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  43. Your pillow is beautiful! I love the rick racks. It's so fun. Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday!

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  44. Firstly, a very belated birthday Thearica....sounds like an awesome day. I just had to come in to have a closer look at the long pillow that is so lovely.

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