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Sunday, 18 December 2011

Sunday Snaps!

Hallo little peeps! Hope your weekend is going well.  Emma, Eleanor & Alfred arrived on Friday evening, much later than expected, after a pretty awful journey over from France.  Accident, road closures and the usual very heavy Friday traffic.  But the main thing is, they are here safe and sound (thank you Lord!) and they won't be returning until the 2nd January.

I have something a little different for you this week, because I was lucky to receive a lovely giveaway from my good friend Jenny over at knees and paws and this is what I received! Two pairs of gorgeous arm warmers, and the good news is that the material is SO soft that I can wear them without irritation to my skin (yay!).


The first pair are very Christmassy looking, don't you think?! They are really cute, as they have a little hole for your thumb as well.  Thank you Jenny! I am really pleased with them.

Jenny writes beautiful posts and her latest one (as at the time of writing) is entitled "Emotional Holidays" and I love the sentence where she says that "In the darkest night, if you look hard enough, somewhere there is a pinpoint of light."

My third photo today is of a lovely water colour of Venice.  I love Italy and, in particular, Venice ,and another dear bloggy friend, Eva-Marie from Eva Ason's Art Corner is a very gifted artist.  She works full time, but then comes home and paints to relax.  Her regular Followers will know just how many paintings  she can achieve in a week.  How I wish I had a talent like hers. 

Anyway, in one of her posts, I saw this painting of Venice, and I decided to buy it for myself as an early Christmas present! I just love it, and it has pride of place in my hallway.


Eva-Marie's partner, Paul F Xavier composes and performs his own music, and I actually have one of his CD's, entitled A Different View, and it is just so relaxing to listen to it.  Theirs is obviously a very talented household!

I can hardly believe it, but this time next week, it will be CHRISTMAS DAY!  I will just leave you with another festive picture to get you in the mood!  Don't forget, keep calm, and don't get your tinsel in a tangle!



28 comments:

Kristina Streeter said...

I'm so glad you have your family to come and visit, and for a couple weeks! Those arm warmers look so cozy!!! :)

Desiree said...

You are such a cutie, Diane! I love this post and the super piccies of you wearing your hand warmers a la Jenny. The framed print you bought from Eva's extensive gallery is really lovely. BTW I suspect you've broken the record for giving yourself "little preChristmas pressies" ;)
First it was a sneak preview of your camera now your print by Eva :) I have been lying low this past week with birthday celebrations and Christmas lunch yesterday at my 95 year old FIL's complex (what an excellent meal it was, too!) and I will be taking a complete break from blogging for a few weeks so I can make the most of our holiday season. This brings you much love and a huge hug to last till I resume my regular blogging schedule. Have a WONDERFUL Christmas with your precious family and stay safe! XO

melody-mae said...

Enjoy your visit with your lovelies!:)

SkippyMom said...

You are stylin' with those arm warmers lady. I love them and very happy they are good for your skin too. Very festive. :)

Have a wonderful visit with your family. We'll know what you are doing if we don't hear from you ;D.

Take care. Hugs!

Gawgus things... said...

Such a great giveaway! Jenny makes such fantastic things! Love the painting as well - oh to have talent!

kneesandpaws said...

Dear Diane, what a surprise for me today! Thank you for writing those kind words about my post and for sharing the pictures of you wearing the hand warmers. You look very festive and stylish (as always!) I'm so glad that your family's difficult journey ended well and that you are all together. Eva's art is fantastic! I'm going to have to stop by and take a peek. Sending you the warmest Christmas wishes! You add light and love to so many. With much love, your friend Jenny

rainbow said...

As always you bring such pleasure to all of us who are privileged to enjoy your posts. May you have a VERY SPECIAL time with your family and enjoy the ringing in of the NEW YEAR.

rainbow Momma Lyn)

rainbow said...

As always you bring such pleasure to all of us who are privileged to enjoy your posts. May you have a VERY SPECIAL time with your family and enjoy the ringing in of the NEW YEAR.

rainbow Momma Lyn)

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

So pleased to hear the family arrived safely. Love the arm warmers and your gift to yourself is lovely. Have a super Christmas and New Year and I will keep in touch other ways now until I return from my bloggy break, late next month. Take Care. xx

Bouncin' Barb said...

This, you are just adorable. I love these pictures of you and your new arm warmers. That must be great that you can wear them! Such a good post today and love your festive spirit. I think it's rubbing off my awesome friend! Hugs and enjoy the fun leading up to Christmas with your family.

Odie Langley said...

I just Love your blog with the ever changing header and how you make us all smile with your upbeat posts. Your decorations are lovely and you were looking soooooooooooo good in those photos my friend. Stay warm with those adorable arm warmers and have a wonderful rest of the day with your sweet family.
Hugs,
Odie

Shady Del Knight said...

Hallo, dear Thisisme! I'm breaking away from house guests to comment and I hope my message is not arriving too late for you to see it. Your latest header is awesome! You look fit as a fiddle in these pictures and I hope they're an indication of how you're feeling. That was so nice of Jenny and your other blog friend. I am greatly relieved to know that your #1's are safely off the road and in your care. Have a wonderful time with them! I attended a huge family reunion yesterday with 114 people present! Another big family event is scheduled today. Please bear with me. I will be back to full blog participation a.s.a.p. Got your email and very grateful for it!

Eva Ason said...

Dear Diane,

Those arm warmers looks really cosy, and good that they're not itchy for you.

How nice of you to show the print that you bought of one of my paintings. It makes me feel very good knowing that you have that hanging at your wall. I hope it will give you lot's of joy. Paul is happy to hear that you like his music :) I'm sorry to be a bit late today, been working away a little in my little studio today, and organizing a few things.

Enjoy the Christmas holiday with your Family!
Big Hugs X

Belle said...

I love the arm warmers. I was looking at crochet patterns online and saw some of those. I'm so glad your family made it safely to your house. How wonderful they are staying the entire holiday. My granddaughter saw Venice and loved it, the painting is lovely. It's nice to see the wonderful things our blogger friends make.

Grammy Goodwill said...

I'm so glad those stylin' arm warmers are keeping you warm and cozy. Think of them as hugs from all of us, your bloggy friends. hehehe
I also love that line ~ Don't get your tinsel in a tangle.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Sush said...

I'm so glad I returned in time to hear Emma, Eleanor and Sir Alfred all arrived safe and sound. We had really traveling weather ourselves but managed to make it there and back just fine. I love your advice for the holidays...I'm definitely going to try and keep my tinself from getting in a tangle!
Do enjoy your time with the family...yours is so lovely inside and out! I hope you get to slow down and take it easy and just soak in all the joy and Peace of the season.
Hugs~
PS You rock Jenny's creations...she is so talented!

orchid said...

Hi! Dearest Dian,
What a lovely arm warmers.
I am so envious as it looks really warm and cute, p;)
Happy to hear that they are soft for you.
Oh, Eva and her husband both are SO talented!!! And I have read her COMMENT, hehe. How thoughtful of you and I LOVE the painting SO much, my dear friend!
I am really relieved to hear that your family is safely and with you now for a couple of weeks. I wish you a wonderful Christmas with them.

PS> I didn't used heart and music notes today. I know Sush's mother passed away.
Oh, I am so behind commenting as usual (^^;)

Blessing to you, xoxo Miyako*

orchid said...

Love the new header!!!
I think it matches with the background, Miyako*

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

Lovely gifts.

And so happy that your family arrived safely.

Enjoy!!!

Gentle Christmas hugs,

"Christmas won't be Christmas
without any presents."


~~Opening line of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women"

Denise said...

Good Morning,Fun visiting you and hearing all is well with family arriving for holidays.Like your photos,warm and cheery home-you, the same-warm and cheery.I don't plan on posting until after Christmas.Trying to not get my tensile in a tangle.

vintch said...

I love all of these! what fabulous arm warmers:) they are both so cherry and Christmasy! I also LOVE that venice print! goodness, I am dreaming of going there one day and that picture has reaffirmed my love for it:) and THANK YOU sweet friend for the e-card. made my month!

becca said...

I'm so happy you have your family come and visit, and for a couple weeks! plus those arm warmers to cute

Chatty Crone said...

I love your new arm warmers! I am so glad that your family arrived safe - have fun and enjoy Christmas. You are so cute.
sandie

Stella said...

Glad your family is here safe and sound. Have a Merry Christmas and make lots of memories. The arm warmers looks so nice and warm. What a lovely gift. Stella

Susan said...

Here I am, trying to keep up! First of all, I love your header picture of the Nativity. You cannot go wrong with any Nativity scene. I enjoy the large ones that are placed in front of many churches. Your arm warmers are really cool-you can mix and match. You are so cute! And the painting is so nice...ah, Venice would be wonderful to see! Glad you're feeling better. Have a wonderful visit with your family, and I hope for their safe return home. Merry Christmas Diane! Hugs!

Retired English Teacher said...

I love the gifts that you will enjoy so much. I am thinking of you and hoping that you have a joyous Christmas with your family.

Vivid Virginia said...

I love your Christmas decorations. So lovely :)

Stephanie D said...

Bounced over here from Barb's site. Glad I did. And those arm warmers look awesome!