Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas 2010 Memories

I can’t believe another Christmas has come and gone. This was a fun filled holiday season. Tonight (actually, very early this morning), I want to share what has been happening this side of Texas!

Decorating for Christmas
(the reason for the season)

(even the bathroom is decked)
(as is the dining room chandelier)
Christmas crafts
(another rag quilt, this one for Oma)

(burlap w/ ruffle tree skirt)

Kyle Family Reunion in Calvert, TX (with a side trip to the antique stores on Main St)

(there are 10 grandkids and 1 great!)

After enjoying my husband’s family and playing BINGO, I scored some galvanized flower buckets! A new project waiting to happen…

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Little Man was baptized! Over the summer, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. I am such a proud Momma! Grandma joined us on this special occasion and Santa even found her Christmas morning ;-)

Buried with Christ in baptism, raised to walk in newness of life.

As we come to the end of the year, may we pause to reflect on the moments that made 2010 special. Remember to honor those that we love in our lives. God bless you and your family and may you have a safe and prosperous 2011!

Love, Whyt

Friday, December 24, 2010


Go check out Lindsey at Better After! I was featured today with my mantel redo. Thanks for all the sweet comments!

Merry Christmas!


Monday, December 20, 2010


Here is the final bench… (see before)
And a recent cake for a fabulous friend who was there when I first started decorating cakes over 10 years ago…

And getting pictures for our Christmas card….

May your Christmas be MERRY and BRIGHT!

Love, Whyt

Thursday, December 16, 2010

T Minus 9
Can you believe Christmas is a mere 9 days away and  2011 will be here 7 days later… OH MY!

I have been crafting the holidays away and have only baked once… I have got to get on the ball! I wanted to show you a few projects. Maybe I  will get around to taking pictures of Christmas in the Ahern house…

I found this iron headboard in a shop in Milano, TX years ago. ( I will have to tell the story of that shopping trip with my MIL. It is awesome!)

Mr. Whimsy and I used this headboard until we decided to move up to a king size. I couldn’t bear to part with this beautiful piece. I even had neighbors who wanted to take off my hands. But I had something in mind, OFCOURSE!!!

A bench! See the one in the background? I finally saw its last days. How could I make a bench to withstand the elements? Off to Lowe’s…. Change of plans. The bench would go in the dining room where the faux mantle used to be. (See previous blog)

The finished picture is still on my camera, so I will post later. But you get the idea… foam, batting, and burlap, all left over from
other projects and I have a great banquette bench! The kids LOVE sitting on it and I was able to get rid of 2 Windsor chairs that were falling apart.

After the success of the rag quilt I made for the Linus Project, I feel the need to make one for every occasion. I am now on my 4th one! I can’t show you 2 of the quilts til after Christmas, but here is the one I made for Baby Jameson, who will be here in 6 days. For Jameson, I used the left over fabric and a canvas bag from Hobby Lobby to make a matching diaper bag. (A couple years ago, I was on a canvas bag decorating kick… another blog, another time)

Have a Blessed Weekend and take time for You!

Love, Whyt

Friday, December 3, 2010

Thanksgiving Week Project

A while back, I talked about my
mantle and not being sure about my latest decorations…. I solved my problem! And Holly didn’t have a heart attack!
Several years ago, I bought a beautiful, shabby, mahogany antique mantel on ebay for $50. This thing was HUGE! I wanted a faux fireplace because I couldn’t imagine Christmas in our new house without a place to hang the stockings. I built a box and found a suitable candelabra and
I was a happy camper!

When we moved into Holly’s
house, there was a real fireplace so we set the faux fireplace up in the master
bedroom. It was SOOOO romantic.
Time passed, and we graduated to
a king size bed and the fireplace got bumped to the dining room. It worked but it was a tight fit. About a month ago, I mentioned to Mr. Whimsy that I wanted to replace the shelf the builder called a mantel with my $50 find. He rolled his eyes, but when I came home the next day,
demolition had begun!

One look and I knew there was no
turning back, and any change we made would have to be permanent.


After trimming down, stripping,
and repainting…

What do you think?  I am in love!
The new mantel is perfect for the fireplace!

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