Sunday, December 15, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Good Morning everyone!  Everything is covered with a beautiful blanket of snow this morning.  I love the quiet of the early morning hours.  I can wake up and have some alone time before the hustle and bustle of the day has begun!  Can you feel the quiet?

So beautiful!

Today I would like to share Color Me Scrappy's challenge #52.  Here is the color scheme:

 . . . and the twist:

Scrap about a recipe, cooking, dinner out, baking, anything as long as it highlights FOOD.

Since it is the holiday season, I decided to scrap about a long-time family tradition at Christmas that my mom started when Katie was a little girl.  Baking and decorating gingerbread houses!  We always do this the Sunday before Christmas and look forward to it every year!

Here is my layout:

I used pictures from last year's party and converted them to black and white, using the vintage edit because I thought it went well with the papers that I had in my stash from Cosmo Cricket and Echo Park.  What do you think?  I hope you find some time to participate in the challenge during this busy time of the year!  I think the colors are perfect for this time of the year, too.

What are some of your favorite traditions at Christmas time?  My sister, Karen, and her husband Tim joined us at our home last Saturday to help set up and decorate our tree.  That is another beloved tradition that we always do every year!  Here are some pictures.
Me, Anne, Karen and Tim sporting our Santa hats:

 And of course, Kita had to get in on the fun:

Karen, Anne, Me and John:

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care:

And finally, Karen always helps us put our train tracks together and get the Polar Express on the tracks correctly.  Karen just has a special knack for it and we are happy for her help!  She bought the set for us right after the movie "The Polar Express" came out and we have loved having it as part of our Christmas tree ever since.

All Aboard:

Our decorated tree:  

We are most definitely in the Christmas spirit at our house now and hope you are, too!  We missed Katie, but she is coming home this Friday and we couldn't be happier!  

Merry Christmas everyone!  May God bless you all during this wonderful holiday season.

And as always, thank you so much for visiting my blog today.


  1. Wonderful your LO Sharon;
    love the work and sewing
    you, always with photos that convey joy!

    Have a good Sunday!

  2. Oh what a lovely post this is.. so cheerful and really has encouraged me in my Christmas spirit!! thanks so much! Your photo at the top looks wonderful.. definitely a winter wonderland.. Your tradition of gingerbread houses is fantastic too, great photos and layout.. and love your tree and festive photos!! Have a love filled season of Christmas and God bless you and your family too!!

  3. Love love love your lo!!! GORGEOUS!!! I Loveeeeee the photos and the colors and love love love your photos!!!!!!

  4. LOVING your page!! Great combination the CC and EP! and I love the design! Fabulous photos! Just found your blog ... off to explore some more!

  5. What a wonderful layout, Sharon! It's so expressive of the love your family has for each other! Your tree is beautiful, the pictures of you and your family are wonderful. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your comments. I'm very happy to have found you and your blog this year. Have a very merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

  6. Great layout! I love your fun borders and banners!

  7. Love this Sharon! Love that you mixed lines and used up some of your stash. And what a great tradition to have, such fun memories year after year. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  8. Hi sharon,

    WOW,your LO i Love,Love,Love wonderful happy photos yuo uses,and the design and colors are GEORGUS!!!
    The Winter Photsos its so amaizing,i see you have wonderful snow,i loooved snow,and the christmas tree its dreamy and simply beautiful, i love,love,love thehappy christmas phots of your family,they looks so heartly and beautiful,iam happy for you yuo have a wonderful christmas time with your family.
    here in germany is not snow, i hope so more thats snowing on the christmas time.
    wish you a wonderful beautiful christmas time with your family,have fun!!

    Lovely greetings Jeannette

  9. Your b&w photo's look awesome and I do so love your page - the design is fab and those star bursts look great with the banner. We are feeling festive here now as we decorated yesterday and had friends over to help us celebrate. I look forward to next year to see what beautiful pages you create. Have a wonderful Festive season. xx

  10. I love the LO and the photos! Your house looks so festive - the very picture of a perfect Christmas.

  11. Your LO is gorgeous, lovely idea with the gingerbread houses, they are very popular here in Germany, too. Love all the photos of you and your family, with 2 and 4 legs, and of your decorations. Have a happy time together, take care, and thanks for your good wishes! Valerie

  12. Hey Dear friend soooo beautiful happy pictures soooo amazing cozy love to see so Too bad I live so far away Than I wil be come I visite you ,and wow love also your fantastic beautiful design .
    happy Christmas time !!!
    hugs Carla

  13. LOVE the LO- it's so warm and cozy feeling! I guess you need warm and cozy right about now with all the storms hitting your part of the country. Makes my snow day look rather... blah.
    Your tree and train are beautiful- I bet it smells good at your place, too!
    Take care and have a wonderful time with the girls over break!

  14. Your tree is lovely and the tradition layout is a perfect Christmas one!

  15. that train set. How nice to have a Christmas tradition to look forward to every year! Love your layout! Stay warm and enjoy the holidays!

  16. such a stunning striking page, loving all the elements and all your pics are gorgeous x total treasures x

  17. Looks really lovely - it's hard to imagine a white christmas sitting here in my halter neck summer dress in Oz!!!! And that page is lovely - the photos are PERFECT...really great colour combo!!!!

  18. What a christmas tree, and awesome layout! :)

  19. Such lovely traditions, gorgeous layout. The snow photo is so pretty and peaceful. In a summer dress here ! Not a fan of cold, but snow does look so pretty. Love all the photo's of your traditions and wow what a tree! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and all good things in the New Year. Thank you for always taking the time to leave such lovely comments
    Mary x

  20. Gorgeous page Sharon and love the traditions! I love the black and white photo's against the pops of colour! Stunning photo's as always too! ;-)

  21. Your tree is so pretty. We put our tree up yesterday. I love the snowy photo and it does look so serene.

  22. Gorgeous layout! Really lovely how it has the warm cozy feeling! Me, I'm about to go for a swim - true! :)

  23. LOVE the black and white photos with this gorgeous palette! Such a fun page! And your tree is gorgeous!

  24. I'd be happy to see snow right about now. 38 degrees Celsius and that's after a couple of 40 degree days. Hello summer! Your page is gorgeous. I love the colour palette! Have a merry Christmas :).

  25. Your tree is beautiful, and so is your layout. Looks like you have many fun holiday traditions. Merry Christmas!!!

  26. Beautiful layout, and I enjoy the fun photos too! Merry Christmas to you and all!

  27. Hello Sharon, so glad I stopped by and saw this, haven't been on the computer all week so it's good to see this!!

    WOW, that first picture is just beautiful and so quiet, you should frame that!! I too like the quiet mornings, YAY!!

    Sharon, I love how close you are with Karen and the fun you have together. This was so fun to read today, loved it all and the layout is awesome!! What a gorgeous tree you have!! YAY for Katie coming home, enjoy the time with her.
    I have a Christmas post up too, finally!!
    Have a Merry Christmas dear friend, enjoy it and your loved ones too!
    hugs and love

  28. Merry Christmas Sharon! Beautiful family and decor!

  29. These are beautiful! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  30. Beautiful photos, memories, and layout! Looks like a wonderful Christmas! Happy new year to your family Sharon!! XO

  31. beautiful photos. looks like wonderful holiday. merry christmas.

  32. Your tree is beautiful and I adore the photo of Anne and Kita. Just so sweet! The layout you created is fabulous. The subdued colors are warm and wonderful. Just perfect for your theme.


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