Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Gifts of Saint Nicholas....

I knew there was a very good reason I always leave a pair or two (ok, maybe even more) of shoes out and about this time of year (ok, maybe ALL times of the year)....But this year my wishes and dreams really did come true on St. Nicholas's day!!! I didn't get any sweets of the chocolate kind (chocolate in shoes is just kind of gross anyway if you ask me) - but something way, way, sweeter, and way more endearing....The most incredible St. Nick made by the amazingly talented Eve at Lee Hill Primitives.  This was Eve's very special Christmas giveaway - and I cannot believe I was so, so, blessed to win. I absolutely, positively, LOVE this guy to pieces....

(How sweet is that little sheep he's carrying??!!)

(Decorating NOT done - but Nick is helping me find the courage to start....there is just something magical with him.  This is a view of him on the mantel...) (You don't see any black cats or pumpkins do you??  Hope not....But the stockings aren't hung....Ummm....the stockings aren't even hooked yet....)

Eve also sent me these wonderful snowmen, stars, Christmas tree (they smell HEAVENLY!!!)....and a package of Virginia peanuts (please disregard that the package is opened and now empty....ummmm...they were hard to resist....):


Thank you from the very bottom of my holiday heart Eve....St. Nick will be a truly loved and treasured part of our holiday tradition for as long I have a shoe to leave about....What a wonderful, wonderful, gift you have given me.....Now you've just made me want more and more and more of what you do......

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On the same day, I also received these amazing goodies in my shoe the mail from Linda at Hickory Ridge Primitives for her "get-to-know-me" giveaway.  She said the winner would receive a pound of her fixings, candle tarts, and some room spray....Holy heck - it was a pound of fixings AND a pound of tarts - plus the spray!! Two boxes full of the most amazing smelling things you can imagine...."Colonial Christmas....." 

(See how cleverly I opened and reclosed the bag of tarts for the photo - once I got a whiff, I just had to turn on the Christmas music and melt a tart or two....)

Some of the fixins' in a bowl.....heaven, I tell you, has to smell a bit like this....


Thank you SO MUCH Linda!!! You've made our home smell like old-time Christmas.....(Mr. CC is loving it....)  Stop by Linda's blog - I'm betting you'd love to get to know her better - she makes some very adorable crafts - and her "smell goodes" are second to none....

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And....as you know....good things come in threes....yesterday, I received this sweet little mitten ornie from Sweet Karen at My Colonial Home.  Karen had participated in an ornie swap hostessed by Marie from primitives by olde lady morgan.
I kept seeing these darling mittens Karen had made and commented on them - and she sent me my very own.  


Love it!!! Thank you Karen!!! You're a living doll....I'm sure most of you know Karen, but if not, she makes amazing penny rugs and has an impressive line of patterns.  You can find her at her website, KM Primitives

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I'll leave you with a few scenes from Nod.....(yes, folks, these ARE color photos.....) 




Shirlee....the guest bed's ready.....
 
 

64 comments:

annie said...

Oh, you must have been such a good little crow to land on the nice early list this year! Of course, you are! I simply Love your Santa! The good things to scent your home, just heavenly, and that little mitten is adorable too! So happy for you, enjoy your goodies!

CRAFTY STITCHERS said...

Christmas came early for you, great Santa! and all of your other goodies too. Your pics of the snow are beautiful, stay warm.

Prims By The Water said...

With those Winter wonderland pics of snow and all of those wonderful Christmas goodies you received from all of Santas elves..sure does put you in the mood to decorate...just don't drive and sing Christmas songs...LOL..santa told me that you will be getting another package soon too...boy, you must have been awful good this year..or maybe you bribed santa into getting yourself on that nice list...just kidding. Love everything and cannot wait to see more of the pumpkins come down and the Christmas come up. Take care, Janice

Constance said...

Oh I am in love with that Santa, all of your treasures are just beautiful. I'm really loving the snow pictures. We don't often get snow here but those lovely pictures sure but me in the mood for Christmas!

Constance said...

Oh I am in love with that Santa, all of your treasures are just beautiful. I'm really loving the snow pictures. We don't often get snow here but those lovely pictures sure but me in the mood for Christmas!

laurie said...

beautiful gifts! You get the best mail of anyone I know!
Lovely photos, looks like home to me,

Rugs and Pugs said...

Robin ~
So glad the snow is in Nod and not Ohio :)
Is your luck ever going to run out? Pretty soon, blogland is going to ban you from entering give-aways...lol!
Hugs to you, girlfriend :)
Lauren

Cabin Fever Primitives said...

Robin, You have been one lucky gal of late, awesome Primitive Santa. Look at all that "Wisconsin Snow", makes me just a little homesick, just a little not a lot, when it comes to shoveling that beautiful white stuff.
Hugs
Connie

Beckyjean said...

Hi Robin~

I see your rain turned to snow. We were lucky & just got the rain. I'm sure the white stuff will be here soon enough.

Love your Santa from Eve!! You sure are one lucky crow!!

Have a wonderful evening~Becky

A Primitive Homestead said...

Saint Nick looks great on the mantel. Your fireplace is pretty. Looks like you have a lot of the wet white stuff. It is pretty but I can wait. I once kept a white pumpkin out for Christmas & called it my snow pumpkin. Blessings!
Lara

lilraggedyangie said...

O thats all it takes ....so the secrets out now ??? Im throwing shoes all over the place tonight for certain . Just beautiful goodies my fave lucky ducky you! Nod is beautiful but its much warmer from where I sit:0) Love all the trees ! Happy decorating , O and since you arent hookin any socks you can just box that gorgeous mantle up and send it to my lil raggedy mantle less self ! have a great Thursday ! hugs lilraggedyangie

Nancy said...

Your Santa is adorable! The ewe too cute. It looks like your camera lost it's color or it S-N-O-W-E-D in Nod!
Burrrr. It is supposed to snow here tomorrow bout 5 or 6 inches. I have apple cider and cocoa but have to make cookies yet. I have no decorations for tree so gonna run tin foil through shredder for tinsel ;-0 Have a warm night!

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

My goodness you must be on Santa's nice list. Everything looks awesome....looks like Christmas really did come early!
Beautiful snow pics...wish we had some fluff!

Ellie's Country Accents said...

Lucky you,such wonderful goodies. You certainly on Santa's nice list.
Ellie

Lois--Huckleberry Lady said...

Again, you lucky crow!!!! How many 4 leaf clovers do you have in your house. Forget the shoes!!!! Love that mitten!!! Enjoy your goodies!!!!
It snowed here today but not that much!!!!
Lois

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Oh my gosh girlfriend ~ you must be one special Crow to win all those special creations!!! You are one lucky gal!!!
I Love that mitten you got from Karen too!!!
I can't believe you got all that snow ~ we don't have anything ~ just cold!!!
Prim Blessings
Robin

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

What wonderful goodies your recieved.
I so Love your St. Nick. He's so beautiful.
Love your winter pictures. So pretty.

Karen ~ Life In A Primitive English Cottage said...

I am guessing you have been on the nice list all year to get such wonderful goodies! That Santa is truly amazing, Eve is one talented lady!
Have a great day!
Hugs & Blessings
Karen

Hickory Ridge Primitives said...

Robin- Thank you so much for your kind comments...you are too sweet! I am so happy you are enjoying everything. Have a wonderful holiday season! Linda

Christine said...

IF.... I were the covetous type!! I would be extremely envious of your win - I WANT a Santa like that!!
OK that's the tantrum out of the way so let me congratulate you on winning such wonderful goodies - really puts you in the mood for Christmas! And wow! what a lot of snow! Beautiful to look at!
Wishing you sweet Christmas wishes!
Christine

Angela said...

Robin, Shirlee can have the bed, but can I crash on the sofa? Love those snow pictures and here I sit at 5;30 am so excited because we are going to be in the low 50's today. Cold this morning in the high 20's and this gal couldn't sleep. Wanted to get up, sit by the fireplace and enjoy the glow of the tree. Then you go and show SNOW.... Such a beautiful site. Love the Santa. He is prim perfect and all that good smelling package you recieved... bet the aroma would be wonderful as I slept on the sofa. Love the mitten from Karen. She does amazing work. Hope you have a great day
Angela

Hillcresthome Prims said...

Robin, I LOVE the old Santa, Lee Hill Primitives does FABULOUS work. She is very talented!!!

I love everything I see in your Christmas homestead!

The SNOW, OH MY! Pretty to look at but not snowblow(which Hubby does), but last year we had SO MUCH S-N-O-W that we had a plow truck come every time because our snowblower couldn't do the job! GGGGRRRR!!!!!


Christmas Blessings to you Robin and your family and stay warm and cozy in your homestead!XO
Tricia

Sassafras and Winterberry said...

I just have to giggle when I think of all the lovely wins you have had!! That Santa takes the cake. He's super! I want to decorate...but that darn work keeps getting in the way! Hope your new job is humming along and you're getting all set up for the students. Can't wait to see more decorations pics. You can keep your snow though! LOL
Hugs!!

Shirlee said...

Lol!!!!! Oh Robin, you don't know how I want to run out to warm up the van & head north! You are indeed blessed with all those lovelies you received on St. Nick's Day (I FORGOT TO PUT OUT MY SHOES!!!) but that snow is amazing! The more I think about it, the more Wisconsin sounds like "home" : ) Love all the stuff you got! I'm going to check out Linda's site now. I have a feeling I'll be spending more money today : ) Blessings, Shirlee

Kim said...

The snow looks really pretty - In Nod. You are so sweet and kind so I think you should keep all the snow. I repeat - Do not send it here!!
St. Nick is gorgeous with his little sheep, but what's the thing with the shoes???

Traci said...

Love the snowy pictures, so pretty, I can't believe that we, in the snow-belt of northern PA don't have any snow. Mind you, I'm not complaining, LOL...

Your St. Nick IS so special, darn if I were only the winner..I loved him! And your other goodies, so nice!

Hugs,
Traci

Bittersweetfolkart said...

Lucky you ..everything
is wonderful !!! :)

Sheila said...

Robin,
you are one lucky CROW! Love everything and especially the "color" photos at the end. I love the look of untouched snow, so peaceful.
Hope your arrangement arrives soon.

Warm hugz to ya,
Sheila

Me and My Stitches said...

Love all of your wins - you are a lucky little crow! Your snow looks pretty! We had an inch or so on Tuesday and more in the forecast today. I love it as long as I can stay inside!

outjunking said...

Shoes? Looks more like snow boots by the size of your lucky wins and the depth of that gorgeous snow scene.
Have a great a day,
Lisa

bettyj said...

Oh my gosh! All of your goodies are wonderful. You have been blessed, and I bet the blessings came when you could really use them. That is just how it seems to work. Can't believe the snow! We had flurries around Knoxville yesterday, but none came to Powell. shucks!

Raggedy Creations said...

Love your "color" pictures at the end Robin. We got about an inch last night and that's it. Wonderful giveaway goodies.

Hugs
Felicia

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Wonderful goodies~

Oh,Girl the snow is beautiful~ I am so tired of the dreary rain here in Ohio~ I want some snow~ then maybe I would get in a more Festive mood~ Still decorating~ re-arranging~ not satisfied yet~giggles I never am!!!
Pumpkin Pie & Gray send warm sloppy kisses they are getting back to normal & Buffy still is running around being a sweetie!!!
How is your Son & the Pretty Snow Pooch~ tell your son get well~& hugs to the Snow Pooch~
Have a wonderful day~
smiles
Teresa

ArtyMarti said...

You have "Ideals" Christmas scenes. Remember those magazines that were filled with wonderful photos, poems and stories reflecting special times throughout the year.

Stacy said...

What wonderful goodies! You sure are one blessed crow :) That snow looks pretty, but not for me, hey I thought you were flying south for the winter LOL, AZ is waiting. :)
Warm blessings~Stacy

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

wow christmas came early...and I love love love all the goodies you received..love the wintery photos too..gorgeous and peaceful..hope you are staying nice and toasty,)

Katherine said...

Santa looks wonderful on your mantle! Thanks for the beautiful, snowy photos too. Hope you're staying warm and cozy.

Katherine

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That santa is truly amazing! Girl, you win, win, win, can you take me to the casino? Or buy me a lotto ticket?
Isn't the snow amazing this time. It has really stuck to the trees and it is a magical wonderland.
Hugs,
Cindy

prims by olde lady morgan said...

OMG!!!! You are one lucky gal this st.Nick's.... Wonderful creations!!! Most delightful! and the snow is beautiful, my friend, BUT keep it by you! HEHEHEH! OLM

Linda said...

You certainly are one lucky...or much loved gal! That St. Nick is adorable. I adore the snow pictures...but that's probably because there isn't any here...well...does snow on the mountains next to my house count? There's plenty just a 30 minute drive away!

Pam at Antique or Not said...

Robin, I feel so deprived -- I've never heard of St. Nick's day. I must have had a very sheltered childhood.

Your new Santa is absolutely adorable, as are all the other goodies that you got in the mail this week. You've just been racking up giveaway wins left and right...you really do need to buy a lottery ticket and mail it to me! LOL

I'm loving your snow; we have zilch right now and none expected in the foreseeable future. Where's this La Nina winter I was promised?

Can you see how behind I am on my blog reading? I still have a whole day of blogs left to go...

Hugs,
Pam

Vicki said...

Your new Santa is beautiful and so primitive! GO girl on getting the gifts this week. As you said this should inspire you....Love your blog as always....

Crimson Heart Studios said...

I have to tell you, I came over to you from another blog, because of your name, so cute. I'm not finished decorating yet, and all my pumpkins are out in the yard. I love orange. I wanted to invite you over to my blog. I have a vintage garland tutorial and giveaway, you might like. Thanks, Cindy

Tolentreasures said...

You have to be the luckiest person around! Great wins! Great swap! Keep the snow!

Cathy

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

WOW Robin all that snow! It is simply beautiful!

Lori Ann Corelis said...

All I can say is pretty...pretty...pretty!

L

Cottonwood Lane Primitives said...

Looks like you found the perfect place for Santa and your other goodies! Oh brrr. Looks pretty and peaceful but heavy. Please no snow here until the sons are home and can shovel! ~Roberta

Orange Sink said...

Robin,
LOVE that olde Santa!! I must come and rub a little of that luck you've been having on some of my shoes!
It seems as though most of your blog readers don't appreciate our snow here in WI! LOL! Your pics make it look real pretty!
Enjoy those lovely winnings and hope you are finding a little of the Christmas spirit!
Hugs!
Cathy G

Lee Hill Primitives said...

Hi Robin, Thanks so much for your words about my Old St. Nick. He looks awesome in your home. Love your snow pictures. You are so lucky... more and more winnings.

deb said...

girl you are one lucky ducky!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the Santa!!!! and wow....lots of snow there in Nod eh?

Tammy ~ A Primitive Place said...

My goodness girly, you sure have been on a winning streak lately!!!
Love all your new goodies, but there is something about Eve's Santa that melts my heart!
OMGosh! Look at that snow!
Glad we don't have any of that yet.
It does look beautiful in photos though.
And that is how I want to experience it this year... In pictures. LOL!
Have a great weekend,
Tam

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a wonderful Santa and great gifts! But boy oh boy....that really looks COLD! EEEE! It's nice here in Florida...come on down! ♥♥♥

floweringmama said...

Wow, no naughty crows in your neck of the woods! What a great Christmas!

frontporchprims said...

Wow Robin. I knew you won that Santa and I was so happy for you. He is awesome. You deserve him. What a fun day for you and it's not even Christmas yet. It sure is winter there. We don't even have a dusting of snow yet and may not for Christmas. Better get to shoveling hu? -Steph-

Firecracker Kid said...

Congratulations! Oh boy, you really did get the good stuff m'lady. Very nice indeed. I love the smelly goodies myself.
OMGoodness, all that snow! We're still sunshine and chilly here with occasional rain. Waiting on the snow.
xoxo~Carol

Mary said...

Maybe I could put up with a few snakes by the pool for a view like that. ;o)

Merry X-mas

Cindy said...

You must have been very good this year! What great treasures! L-O-V-E the santa!
It really looks like Christmas with all the beautiful snow!

Pamela@ Our Pioneer Homestead said...

What a beautiful Santa Claus!

Marijke van Ooijen said...

Dear Robin,

What a beautiful and peaceful Christmasdecorations.
I love this post with this white snow..it's so wonderful.

And Robin thank you so much for your kind words on my blog...it give me so good feeling...

Love and happinesssssss..
Marijke

Green Creek Primitives said...

Hi Robin, Thanks for joining me on my blogging adventure and leaving such a nice comment. I love the santa, looks great on the mantal. I know still trying to get my decorating done also, hope to have pictures up this week. Take care Vicky.

MJ Ornaments said...

wow Robin, looks like you'll have a white Christmas! Wish we could, but don't think so cal will be getting any snow. Love your Santa, he's perfect. Thanks for putting by giveaway on your blog, that's too sweet. Xo Martha

Farmer's Wyfe said...

What pretty snow!! I would love a bit of it! You certainly win some great giveaways!!! :)

Siobhan said...

Oh my goodness!! What a bunch of wonderful goodness!! :) Fantastic goodies you've received. Love the snow pics! We are having such dreary weather here--I wouldn't mind a bit of snow to brighten things up!

Rhissanna said...

Oh, the sceted stuff looks lovely and the mittens and the wonderful St Nick. You lucky Crow, you!
And yes, I laughed at the photos being in colour! You'd better get your woolly knickers on, girl. it looks COLD!