Sunday, December 27, 2009

More Holiday Cheer & A Peek!

I hope everyone had as nice a Christmas as Mr. Squash and I did! Between packing to move, unpacking here, painting, arranging and working on getting things the way we wanted, we decided we were too pooped to get a tree, but we had each other and Miss Sophie and that was all we needed! Dinner was a small prime rib, Alice Water's Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and baked potatoes. We watched Juie and Julia after dinner and had a wonderful day!

The other day a package arrived from Ulla. This is how it looked on the doorstep! Mr. Squash said it must have fallen off the sleigh several times!

Fortunately, everything was there --- the only thing that went awry was Ulla's beautiful wrapping job. We repositioned one of the ribbons for the photo and quickly unwrapped the goodies! If you enlarge the photo you can see the wonderful Finnish card - we really love it!

Inside were so many thoughtful gifts - our enormous thanks to Ulla and Mr. K!!! Below you will see a package of Linden Tea...Mr. Squash had mentioned through one of my emails to Ulla that he thought a tree in a photo of hers was a Linden tree and that he had tasted Linden tea many years ago! We haven't seen it here, so Ulla sent him some! It's absolutely delicious! The long package next to the tea is a chocolate/gingerbread bar - wow - yum is all we can say! She also included her recipe for Finnish Gingerbread and a cookie cutter for it - I've already made up the dough - just waiting for it to chill for tomorrow's baking! Ulla also made a gorgeous thimble holder (with thimble included), scissor holder and scissors included, pin cushion and a fantastic needle older complete with various needle sizes!!!

And another package came from Nanette - a "random act of Christmas Cheer"! What a lovely thought, Nanette - thank you so much! There are numerous squares of some of her fantastic fabric finds - if you've been reading Nanette's blog, you know that she is has so many wonderful fabrics in her stash!! I already have an idea of what I will do with these!!

I finished painting my studio on Thursday - a light tan color which doesn't at all show in this photo. It took 2 coats and about 5 days in all, but it feels so much better in here with the blue walls covered! I managed to hang my favorite quilt, so I thought I would give you a sneek peak! I've had that oak quilt hangar for years but never been able to put it to use! After a "measuring mishap" I was happy to finally get it on the wall! On top of the 56 Drawer chest is Mary's little quilt she sent a while back, and Kaaren's painted lamp that I won from her earlier this year. Slowly but surely, the studio is taking shape!

We have SO much left to do, but are enjoying every minute! Tomorrow I'm going to finish painting the window trim in the kitchen and apply a test coat of paint to the walls. Figuring out the wall color for the kitchen has been a real dilemma, but I think I'm getting close! I'm also trying to get back to reading everyone's posts on a regular basis - I read them all Christmas Day and realized how much I missed keeping up!


Barb said...

Glad you enjoyed your Christmas day....and what lovely packages and gifts. Truly love the pumpkin on your wall.

Jackie said...

I love seeing little glimpses into your new home. I LOVE the 56 drawer chest! Lovely! Great goodies you received as well. You've accomplished so much in such a short period of time. I can't believe you and Mr. Squash aren't spending more time in those new chairs! :)

SewCalGal said...

Delightful post. I also love your "squash" quilt. Absolutely beautiful.


Kaaren said...

Candace, I'm telling you now if ever you find that your 56 drawer chest is missing, you'll know who took it! It is TO DIE FOR!!! What a perfect piece for your sewing studio! And your Squash House quilt hanging above it is TOO perfect. The lamp doesn't look too bad there either. (wink)

What wonderful gifts from Ulla and Nanatte. Enjoy them all.

You both have accomplished so much in such a short amount of time. I am in awe of your fortitude.

Orcsmom said...

Your studio is really coming along! I can't wait to see the kitchen! Have a wonderful and Healthy New Year!


Stephanie said...

Thank goodness your gifts were all in tact. Lots of very nice goodies you've received. 56 drawers to stash lots of pretties. Oh the joy! :o)

Happy Painting! I know the agony/process of choosing the right color.

Mary said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas. Have fun decorating your new home. Have a wonderful New Year! And does your chest really have 56 drawers? How in the world do you remember where things are?

Jackie said...

I think that your package from Ulla did fall off the sleigh!! Wow, but glad everything is in tact. What thoughtful goodies from both Ulla and Nanette. Both great people. Good to hear you are getting settled in and can't wait to see the new color for the wall.

Kay said...

It's fun to read about how you're settling in. I love your 56 drawer chest also.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Love the sneak peak of your studio - wonderful Candace!

Mel said...

We didn't get a tree this year either, but it didn't dampen our holiday!

You already have your home looking so warm and cozy!!

Ulla said...

It looks like I have to improve my packing skills! The box looks really sad, but I'm glad nothing was lost. - Your studio will be lovely. I could use 56 drawers for my sewing space, but very much bigger ones than yours!

Anonymous said...

It is wonderful to see your home coming together. Your 56 drawer chest is truly a keeper! Wishing you both a very Happy New Year! What a way to start it off with new home and retirement!! Woo Hoo!! Let's go fishin!

pratima said...

So glad that all the lovely gifts reached you safely :D
Your presents are so loving and thoughtful... really great to know you had a wonderful Christmas.
I like that movie too :)
The drawer chest in your sewing room is so beautiful. Love your little pumpkin quilt above it. Very cute!!

sewtakeahike said...

we are seriously two twinkies Candace! We didn't put up a tree this year either, mainly because I think I would have been fighting with our cat Foz to leave it alone (and then at that point, the Christmas cheer would have been out the window!) We recently watched Julie and Julia, isn't it fantastic?? Meryl Streep is such an awesome actress I tell ya. And such a goof. We were going to get out and go skiing on Christmas morning up in Estes, but high winds kept us inside. Maybe next weekend will be better. It's hard to see where you're going with little ice pellets hitting you in the face and then photos are certainly out of the question! So how do you know the couple from Finland? From blogging?

Carrie P. said...

I have gotten packages from people in the US that look that bad and I am amazed that the stuff is still in one piece.
Nanette does have a way with fabrics. To me she is so free, I feel like I am too structured. I need to be free. lol
Like the one wall in sewing room so far.

Stephanie D. said...

But it sounds like a nice Christmas, anyway, tree or no tree.

Love that chest--was it a dental chest?

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Candace. Love your 56 drawer chest- perfect for fabrics and bits. I'm working out of bedside cupboards at the mo as the merchant's chest was needed for children's clothing. Nevermind it will be a challenge to use more fabric. :-)

What a lovely parcel of goodies from the dear generous Ulla. Ooops with your box! Do you think Rudolph tried to eat it? LOL

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Fun stuff at your house! I don't blame you about not getting the tree. It is symbolic only. Christmas is in the heart!

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