Saturday, January 1, 2011

Christmas in NC

I drove down to North Carolina on Christmas eve to spend Christmas with my son and his wife, and it snowed while I was there!  The snow started Christmas night and snowed big, gorgeous flakes.  I made a great pot roast for our Christmas eve dinner and then put together a french toast-blueberry casserole for our Christmas breakfast.  It was wonderful.  And then eating the leftovers as roast beef hash was just as good!  We left Cary and went to New Bern to spend the next three days with my daughter and her family and the holidays just continued.  

I decided to make some gifts this year and spent time putting together these cork Christmas ornaments.  The corks are from the wines that we bought when we all went to Charlottesville to visit the wineries the first weekend in November.  I think they turned out really lovely.

I added little charms on the bottoms to personalize the ornaments.  My sister and her husband love Las Vegas, so their ornaments had a tiny pair of dice, an Ace of Spades, and a Las Vegas charm.  My son and his wife love music and he plays the French horn, so their charms were a French horn, a harp, and a G-clef.  You can see I made some plain holiday ornaments two.  The two in the photo above have little peace charms.  I loved making them.  

I also made two little angel cork ornaments and a grandparents scrapbook for my sister and her husband.  They have two adorable little grandbabies now, and I wanted to give them something really special.  

Here's the little angel ornament.  

My kids got together and gave me a wonderful Christmas gift too.  I'm now the proud owner of a Canon Rebel XS with a terrific 28-185 mm IS lens.  I can't wait to take lots of photos with it.   It's a great camera.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, my friends.  I got home on Thursday and have been  doing laundry and getting ready to start my new job on Monday.  Lots of changes coming up for the new year.  


Rural Revival said...

A new job? Congrats! I love the ornaments you made Genny, so cute and what a clever idea. And what a wonderful gift you received. I think you'll have lots of fun!

Wishing you a safe and happy new year.


Verde Farm said...

Sounds like a great Christmas for you and your family. That breakfast casserole sounds so yummy :) Your cork ornaments are so cute. I love them and how you personalized them. The cork angel is precious. I love things like this for Christmas-they have so much meaning and heart. Hope the new job is great and I am sure it will be a great year overall :)

Razzberry Corner said...

I'm really excited about your new job! I love the fact that I'll probably be able to see you more often, even though I work across the river. I still come to your building often! Good luck Monday - I'll be thinking of you! :)

I love the ornaments - very nice! And the new camera - just what you needed! Awesome! Happy New Year, Genny!!!

Jayne said...

Those are adorable Genny! What a talented lady you are! Congratulations and good luck on the new job. :c)

Randy Emmitt said...


At first look I thought your ornaments were fishing lures, very cute and one of a kind. Cool on the new camera, wish I'd got one for Christmas.

Genny said...

Andrea, Amy, Lynn, and Jayne: Thank you all for the great comments on my home made gifts. I look so forward to hearing from all of you. It makes my day. I apologize for taking so long to follow up but I've been sick for the last couple of weeks and sleeping it off as much as possible. I just love you guys.

Randy: The cork ornaments do kind of look like fishing lures, don't they? I think I must have been a fish or bird in my previous life because I'm attracted to anything shiny. LOL! I visited your blog, too, and just love it. I can't wait to read more.