Pieced Pastimes: 2017

Friday, December 29, 2017

Saturday Sparks Link Party 252

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 252!

This is the time of year that we shift gears and settle into full winter mode.

Long forgotten projects take center stage.

This is the season for creativity and it's all good.

"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."

~ Mother Teresa

Now, onto this weeks party.

First up, the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 251.



How to Shiplap your Ceilings at The Handmade Home



Exploring Germany: Trier, "The Rome of the North" at Reviews, Chews and How-Tos



10 Things You Must Have In Your Creative Craft Space at Heart Handmade



Washi Tape Planner Ideas at Carrie Elle



Free Printable 2018 Calendar at I Should be Mopping the Floor



Farmhouse Style Hot Cocoa Bar at Giggles Galore



Let it Snow:  DIY Christmas Shadow Box at Run to Radiance



South African Oatmeal Cookie Bars - Crunchies at All that's Jas



Roasted Tomato Rosemary Soup at Cooking with Curls


 Cilantro, Lime and Parmesan Popcorn at Simply {Darr}ling


Pomegranate Citrus Champagne Cocktail at Delightful E Made


 3-Ingredient Sesame Seed Crunch Candy (Gluten Free) at Strength and Sunshine

Pieced Pastimes

 Thanks to everyone for linking up to last weeks party.
If you were featured, please grab the featured button (above) to add to your blog.

Now, onto the party!

Link up your latest inspiring posts such as:

Crafts
DIY
Gardening
Home Decor
Photography
Ponderings
Recipes
Repurposing
Sewing/Quilting

Links are open through Thursday morning.

Features will be posted at next weeks party at Pieced Pastimes, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

Pieced Pastimes

 Party Guidelines:
- Post the party button (above) with a link back to this page or just a text link back to the party on your post - Not required, but appreciated!
- Share your own ideas and photos - not a roundup of other peoples ideas.
- Follow Pieced Pastimes via one of the social media links located on the upper right sidebar. 
- No advertising, Etsy shops or giveaways.
- Pin feature photos to Pinterest from the original source and not from this blog.
- Visit other links and leave a kind comment.





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Friday, December 22, 2017

Saturday Sparks Link Party 251

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 251!

As this week winds down, I would like to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas!

May your hearts be filled with love and joy as we celebrate the birth of our savior!

"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas."

~ Calvin Coolidge

Now, onto this weeks party.

First up, the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 250.



Christmas in the Dining Room at Reinvented Collection



The One Thing I Never Knew I Needed for My Christmas Front Door at Thistlewood Farms



A Vintage Style Christmas Mantel at Repurpose and Upcycle


Our Christmas Porch at Little Brags



The Classic Cottage Christmas Home Tour at Follow the Yellow Brick Home



Farmhouse Christmas Vignettes at Kingsbury Brook Farm


Free Farmhouse Christmas Printable at Five Spot Green Living


Snow Globe Christmas Pillow at Bombshell Bling

 

How to Stencil Nativity Ornaments on Wood Scraps at Duct Tape and Denim


Black and White Christmas Tags at Building our Hive



Peppermint White Russian Cocktail Recipe at Home Cooking Memories


Chocolate Peppermint Dip at Cooking on the Front Burner


And finally, a recap of my share from the party - Simple Christmas Touches for 2017

Pieced Pastimes

 Thanks to everyone for linking up to last weeks party.
If you were featured, please grab the featured button (above) to add to your blog.

Now, onto the party!

Link up your latest inspiring posts such as:

Crafts
DIY
Gardening
Home Decor
Photography
Ponderings
Recipes
Repurposing
Sewing/Quilting

Links are open through Thursday morning.

Features will be posted at next weeks party at Pieced Pastimes, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

Pieced Pastimes

 Party Guidelines:
- Post the party button (above) with a link back to this page or just a text link back to the party on your post - Not required, but appreciated!
- Share your own ideas and photos - not a roundup of other peoples ideas.
- Follow Pieced Pastimes via one of the social media links located on the upper right sidebar. 
- No advertising, Etsy shops or giveaways.
- Pin feature photos to Pinterest from the original source and not from this blog.
- Visit other links and leave a kind comment.





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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Simple Christmas Touches for 2017

There is beauty in simplicity.


Keeping that in mind, I placed some simple Christmas touches around our home.


My first preference is to use things I have on hand and move them around to create different looks.


Plants and greenery are an easy way to bring a bit of nature indoors and freshen the space.


Simple objects sparingly placed on the shelves lend to my minimalist side.


I am very careful to only purchase things that I really love and that will stand the test of time - such as this little cloche.


Some epsom salt (to mimic snow) and a couple of bottle trees were placed inside the dome to create a sweet Christmas vignette.


Deer have always held a special place in my heart. 


We had five of them in our front field the other night - such gentle creatures. 


Our days of late have been quite cold, so we are singing the praises for our pellet stove.



Adding texture to a space also creates warmth, so this stocking was meant to be.



Gold jingle bells were tied onto string and hung haphazardly above the pantry door for a bit of whimsy.


How do you decorate your home for Christmas.....Do you go all out or do you favor a 'less is more' approach?

My decor tastes have changed over the years (and may change again). At this point in my life, it is a simple and natural look that calls to me.


Linking up with the following lovely blogs:



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