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The Season of Giving

Do you have a minute?  I’d like to tell you about a non-profit benefitting women in our community.

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I love this time of year.  The spirit of giving is exciting!  I’d like to introduce you to Shelly’s House.  Shelly’s House is a transitional home for recovering female ex-offenders.  It’s an amazing place!  A safe haven for women coming out of the corrections system who need a place to live so they don’t fall back into a life-style of drug abuse.

This is the vision of Shelly’s House (taken from their website):

Our vision for our residents is that they re-learn day-to-day life management skills, live clean and sober, find and sustain gainful employment, and ultimately shed the label of offender and achieve successful re-entry into the community.

Shelly’s House is a non-profit located in Salem Oregon.  What amazes me is that they serve an average of 40 women yearly on an annual budget of $26,000!

They have a very informative website that will answer almost any question you might have.  http://www.shellyshouse.org/index.html

What’s really exciting is that they are trying to raise money for desperately needed new siding for one of their buildings.  A very generous benefactor has offered to match all money donated to Shelly’s House by December 31st, up to $20,000.  They are getting close to the $20,000 goal!  Would you join me in making a donation – that will be doubled to help this wonderful service to our community?  Every penny of your donation goes directly to Shelly’s House.

http://www.shellyshouse.org/donate.html

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this.  It is such a worthy cause and a needed service in our community.

 



Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~
Terri

 
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Monday

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Decorating with Quilts for Christmas part 2

As promised ~ here’s a peek into how I decorate with quilts for Christmas.  I love decorating and playing around with the décor in my home.  This year is my first Christmas in this home (I moved this year).  So it’s been fun to play around with things – it’s been very different than my previous home I was in for 28 years!

I don’t really use the traditional Christmas red and green.  I’m not fond of the color green so I use it sparingly.  Mostly just in plants.  Blue is my color and it gets worked into every season!   The picture below came through my facebook feed asking “what is your Christmas color scheme”.  So, what’s yours?

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This is mine.  This little striped ornament pretty much says it all!

My color scheme

Welcome!  This is my dining room where there will be quite a few Holiday meals this week!

Dining Room

A little closer look ~ I love creating vignettes where everything is “connected”.  Arranged so that everything blends together and could be considered one unit.  The quilt on the wall is hung low enough to be part of the vignette with items on the buffet overlapping the quilt a bit.

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The coverlet draped on the top of the buffet was a find this fall at a vintagey sale I went to.  I was so excited to find it!  It’s long and a bit narrow, either a twin, or I think it may have been intended to be used as a tablecloth.  A coverlet is a top that has been finished with a back, no batting or quilting.  They were summertime covers for beds.  This coverlet was hand pieced and has a beautiful red crochet finished edge.

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At another one of those vintagey sales I purchased these two side tables for my living room.  I loved the shape and the two shelves.  I didn’t want a bunch of stuff to dust or more clutter so I’ve just placed a folded quilt on the bottom shelf.  It adds color, interest, and softness.  Neither of the quilts are “Christmas Quilts” but they just bring in the color I’m after.

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reindeer table croppedI rarely use tablerunners in the traditional fashion.  I love draping quilts.  They soften the edges…… of everything!  A quilt rolled up in a basket for a little more color and simplicity.

snowman table

A Christmas Tree Skirt of course!  This is the supersized version of our Centerpiece Tablemat pattern.

tree skirt

I have an ottoman for a coffee table right now.  I love layers so I’ve got a light gray matlesse, layered with a square quilt set on point.

ottoman quilt

Anybody out there remember “Snowman Sam”?  He was the very first Sweet Treasures pattern – exactly ten years ago this month.  My home has a room off the main area with double doors that is very open to the rest of the main area.  Since I don’t need an office there, I’m turning it into a play room for the littles in my life.  They can be near everyone when we are together but not under foot.  It works out really well.

snowman Sam

So that’s my style for Christmas.  A little vintage, glitter, red & blue, and a lot of fabric.  Quilts make a house a home.  They add softness and comfort.  Use them any way.  Hang them, drape them, roll them, cuddle under them.  ENJOY THEM!!

Now that I’m all decorated, we’re waiting for Santa (wink, wink)!

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Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~
Terri

 
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Monday’s Motivation

To be honest, I’m having troubles coming up with words tonight.  I received the news that a friend has suffered a tragic, unthinkable loss and every topic I think of or have planned to talk about seems so trivial.  My heart is breaking for her.  So I’m just going to leave you with this.  Lets be sure this Christmas that those we hold dear can FEEL our LOVE!

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Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~
Terri