Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy NEW YEAR!!!


May you all be as excited opening YOUR NEW YEAR!
Love, 
Lana

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas for a friend...

Yesterday, I told you about a couple of items
I have been finishing for my friend Patty...
She's safely at the ranch, 
so she can not see these! 
(no computers at the ranch...)



They have an RV with a couple of twin beds in it,
so I made her these pillows for them...
and
I started the little quilt a year ago,
but was too afraid to quilt it - 

*sigh*

But now it is finished!!!

Anyway,
It is for her beautiful home.
Finally, the little pink pocket is for her 
brand new DROID phone... 
nice job, Santa!

I thought it was fun 
since the print has 
barbed wire on it...
*big grin*
Off to bed I go...
Good night everyone!



And the house grew quiet...



The house has been full of wonderful noises...Jillie barking, the kids playing Monopoly into the wee hours of the morning, little Cotton escaping only to run back to her little house being chased by Jillie barking...LOL!
The last of the children left today from our home in Sugar Land and Bill and I are here finishing up some odds and ends so we can head back to the ranch for the New Year!
Our dear friends, Patty and Butch are going to be there and we are looking forward to a hopefully new tradition that will follow us into our retirements! 
Here are some of our Christmas Pics from the ranch...
they may look meager to some, but to us,
it was heaven...
Our Texas Tech daughter helping put up our freshly cut tree...Cute isn't it?

And of course Mr. Bill putting the lights on...that's a man's job!

This one speaks for itself! LOL!

Can you tell she's a college kid?


Only a few of our gifts...not all the kids were able to make it to the ranch...

I love this man.

You aren't seeing double...Miss Cotton is on the right...and Mr. Keen is on the left...Our daughter brought her little rabbit...and Miss Cotton is NONE too PLEASED...

This is what our daughter gave us ...it is perfect for our new home at the ranch...

and, it's not Christmas Eve to me without this...

That's Bill's dad...he came over to the ranch for our dinner...sweet man.
We had a wonderful time at the ranch - our home there isn't finished, but well on it's way
and we just wanted to give Mr. Bill this time to enjoy what he has made...

I have been sewing this week...and there's a bunch to share...
but I cannot show it, since Miss Patty reads my blog!
Happy Wednesday!!!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Silhouette GIVEAWAY!!!

Brown Paper Packages is having a GIGANTIC GIVEAWAY!!!
I have copied her post below...she did such a wonderful job describing the Silhouette machine - but you have to head on over to her site to enter! 
Brown Paper Packages
Don't waste anytime!
The giveaway will be open from December 26th-midnight EST January 1st. The winner will be chosen via random. org, and announced on January 2nd. Due to shipping customs, Silhouette can only ship to U.S. addresses. The winner will have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen.

 From The Brown Paper Packages site:

I adore vinyl. I just do. I love to be organized and have labels for everything. Vinyl is perfect for so many projects, and the Silhouette makes it easy.


Love paper crafts? How fun to be able to make your own cards for birthdays, thank yous, and thinking of yous? Or, add a special touch to birthday parties and holidays.


Want to add your own personal touch to fabric, like t-shirts for your kids, throw pillows, and more? I definitely have a few of these on my list of projects! I also love the glass etching possibilities.


The Silhouette can do all of this, and more! Can you believe it? I KNOW!!!! Silhouette is giving one of YOU a Silhouette of your very own, valued at $299.

This giveaway includes:

The Silhouette SD machine
Software for Windows XP/Vista or Mac
Power cable and USB cable
2 cutting mats (1 for thick media and one for thin media)
1 cutting blade
1 $10 gift certificate to the Silhouette download store

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas Everyone!


and
Happy Birthday Jesus...I love you.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Twelve Gifts of Christmas...Day TWELVE!!!!!


Well, here we are...
Our Twelve Gifts of Christmas
FINAL DAY.

May I tell you each how 
special it has been 
to meet you...
to read your memories,
Christmas wishes, prayers for others...
Your beliefs, favorite gifts and to meet your
friends and families through your words...

What do you say to
a group of people that have
been so free to share their hearts and time?
A group that has
blessed me so entirely...

You may not believe this, 
but this 12 days have made our 
Christmas around here so sweet...
I have been excited to sit at my computer
every night in anticipation to meet with you!

I have laughed, 
jumped for joy when you 
have shown up each night,
and loved the look on the 
post office lady's face when I would
come in day after day...
(I know she was wondering what I was up to!)
 and prayed for each of you, 
your families and your Christmas wishes...

Never have I been so awestruck
by the gifts each of you have given to me...
and for that I want to 
THANK YOU.




So is everyone ready?

Here we go...
One last time -

UNTIL NEXT YEAR!!!!!!!!

Tonight's Gift goes to:

#  11
Free Indeed!!!!!!

Merry Christmas Everyone!
You are loved.



Love and Hugs,
Lana, Bill.....

and of course...
little Cotton

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Twelve Gifts of Christmas...Day TWELVE!!!!!

 
Wow, can you believe it? 
Tomorrow night is our
LAST night...
I told someone today...
I will miss you all everyday!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Tonight's GIFT belongs to...
 
# 12
Quilt n Queen

(These are all chosen by Random Integer, I am just not smart
enough to get the widget on here!!! )
Congratulations!!!
Now...on to day 
TWELVE!!!!  
   
Remember... 
 
In the spirit of the season, 
I thought I would give a few gifts...
Twelve to be exact!
Here's how this will work...
In the span of 12 days, 
I will be gifting a "present" a day!
Every night at 10 p.m. (CST) --
a winner will be chosen 
and your gift will go out the next business day!

You only need to leave a comment 
on today's post...
 
Since tomorrow is our last night,
I thought I would ask each of you
to share with me your 
Christmas wish this year...

My wish is this...
 
That I love my sweet husband enough 
and more this year...
 
That my children live free and under God - 
as He is their protection...
 
and that my Heavenly Father knows
how grateful I am for Everything...
 
 
and 
that I somehow get to go to NYC
to see Neil Diamond get inducted into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
(Yes, Jesus, you knew I was gonna ask...)
:)
 

See you tomorrow night!!!!
AT TEN O-CLOCK!!!
 
Remember, leave me a way to contact you if you win..
 
 

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Twelve Gifts of Christmas...Day ELEVEN!


Oh my!!! Forgive me for being 
an hour and a half late!!!
I went to the ranch this weekend to get 
ready for our first Christmas there--
We have been building our home 
there now for 2 1/2 years...
Well, my sweet man has been, and I have been 
just a little helper!
But it's a five and a half hour drive,
and I got out a little late!!!
Before I go on, I want to tell my friend 
Patty - THANK YOU for being
my hands for the last two nights!!!!
She faithfully waited by her computer 
until I would call at 9:30 p.m.
both nights and then I would walk her through 
how to post the posts I had done before
I left!!!!  She had to help me pick 
the winners each night ~ and then
she would just type their 
number and name
in for me!!! 
(blackberries don't work so well!!!)
She did a great job and I love her 
for letting me count on her
to make sure I didn't let you all down!!!
SO ALL TOGETHER NOW!!!!
THANK YOU PATTY!!!!!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Tonight's GIFT belongs to....
#17
Marcia W

(These are all chosen by Random Integer, I am just not smart
enough to get the widget on here!!! )
Congratulations!!!
Now...on to day ELEVEN!!!!    
Remember...
In the spirit of the season, 
I thought I would give a few gifts...
Twelve to be exact!
Here's how this will work...
In the span of 12 days, 
I will be gifting a "present" a day!
Every night at 10 p.m. (CST) --
a winner will be chosen 
and your gift will go out the next business day!

You only need to leave a comment 
on today's post...
Tonight, it's your turn...
share with us one of your 
dearest friends...
and then I dare you to send them to
our little site here to read 
what you want to say to them!!!!

See you tomorrow night!!!!
AT TEN O-CLOCK!!!
I WILL BE ON TIME!!!
PROMISE!!!!
Remember, leave me a way to contact you if you win..
 

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Twelve Gifts of Christmas...Day TEN!!!

 

Isn't making some of your
gifts this year fun???
Now, I couldn't show you
what I have been making this year...
shhhh.......they are secret...
But the pictures today are some
that I made last year...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Tonight's GIFT belongs to....
#2
Michele Hester

(These are all chosen by Random Integer, I am just not smart
enough to get the widget on here!!! )
Congratulations!!!



 These were for my friend Patty's mom...
I loved this fabric...It had the words to the song...
"We wish you a Merry Christmas"


Now...on to day TEN!!!!    
Remember...

In the spirit of the season, 
I thought I would give a few gifts...
Twelve to be exact!
Here's how this will work...
In the span of 12 days, 
I will be gifting a "present" a day!
Every night at 10 p.m. (CST) --
a winner will be chosen 
and your gift will go out the next business day!

You only need to leave a comment 
on today's post...
What are you making this year???
shhhh....we won't tell! 


See you tomorrow night!!!!
AT TEN O-CLOCK!!!
Remember, leave me a way to contact you if you win..

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Twelve Gifts of Christmas...Day Nine!


My favorite decorations
come from my sister-in-law Kathy...
Many years ago, she would make 
me a different Old World Santa - 
one every year.
There hasn't been a Christmas in over 
15 years that they haven't  
been proudly on display...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I have enjoyed getting to
know a little bit about each of you 
through this holiday season...

Tonight's GIFT goes to....

# 13
SARAH!!!!

(These are all chosen by Random Integer, I am just not smart
enough to get the widget on here!!! )
Congratulations!!!


Now...on to day NINE!!!!    
Remember...
In the spirit of the season, 
I thought I would give a few gifts...
Twelve to be exact!
Here's how this will work...
In the span of 12 days, 
I will be gifting a "present" a day!
Every night at 10 p.m. (CST) --
a winner will be chosen 
and your gift will go out the next business day!

You only need to leave a comment 
on today's post...
When the holidays come around,
I begin to think about how I want to 
decorate our home...
For me, that is one of the best 
things about Christmas!
Do you have favorite decorations 
that are included every year?
Are they handmade?
Have special meaning?


See you tomorrow night!!!!
AT TEN O-CLOCK!!!
Remember, leave me a way to contact you if you win...


Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Twelve Gifts of Christmas...Day Eight!

John 3:17
"For God sent not his Son 
into the world to condemn the world; 
but that the world through him might be saved."

What an enormous gift...we could 
never out-give God.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Such beautiful thoughts today...

Tonight's GIFT goes to....

# 13
Needled Mom!

(These are all chosen by Random Integer, I am just not smart
enough to get the widget on here!!! )
Congratulations!!!

Now...on to day EIGHT!!!!    
Remember...

In the spirit of the season, 
I thought I would give a few gifts...
Twelve to be exact!
Here's how this will work...
In the span of 12 days, 
I will be gifting a "present" a day!

Every night at 10 p.m. (CST) --
a winner will be chosen 
and your gift will go out the next business day!

You only need to leave a comment 
on today's post...
Every year the families on our street,
come together on the second weekend
of December for a progressive dinner...
Rotating each year, three of the families 
 volunteer to sponsor appetizers, 
the main course and desserts
in their homes for the rest of us...
Not only have we gotten to know each other
so much better, we get to welcome newcomers
and catch up on how our year has gone.
We laugh, tell stories, and share 
in each other's lives
AND
eat GREAT FOOD!

What is your favorite Christmas event? 
See you tomorrow night!!!!
AT TEN O-CLOCK!!!
Remember, leave me a way to contact you if you win..

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Twelve Gifts of Christmas Day Seven!


The Spirit of Christmas is all around...
Blog Land is beaming with it...
Houses light up the night sky...
Christmas cards are filling mailboxes ~
and people are remembering 
what they believe in... 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
What a wonderful time of reading
everyone's favorite toys! I knew
that would be a fun event!
We all shared our age in years...
(maybe)
but not in our hearts!
I say....
YOUNG AT HEART 
WE ARE!

Tonight's GIFT goes to....

#20
DEB!

(These are all chosen by Random Integer, I am just not smart
enough to get the widget on here!!! )
Congratulations!!!

I hope you share your "toy stories"
with those around you this year!


Now...on to day SEVEN!!!!    
Remember...


In the spirit of the season, 
I thought I would give a few gifts...
Twelve to be exact!
Here's how this will work...
In the span of 12 days, 
I will be gifting a "present" a day!

Every night at 10 p.m. (CST) --
a winner will be chosen 
and your gift will go out the next business day!

You only need to leave a comment 
on today's post...
What does the 
Spirit of Christmas
mean to you?
Please share...


See you tomorrow night!!!!
AT TEN O-CLOCK!!!
Remember, leave me a way to contact you if you win..

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Twelve Gifts of Christmas...Day Six!


When I was little about five, 
Santa brought me a little red fire engine 
that you could get into and peddle...
It had a bell and even a ladder!
That was just one of my more memorable gifts ...

WE ARE HALF WAY THROUGH....
Reading all your posts today, had me singing
a LOT throughout the day!
You are all so in the Christmas Spirit!!!
I love it!!!

Tonight's GIFT goes to....

# 4
Robin!!!!

(These are all chosen by Random Integer, I am just not smart
enough to get the widget on here!!! )
Congratulations!!!

Pull out a few pictures of you
when you were little...
and share your favorite gifts 
with those you love...
Haven't gifts changed over the years?


Now...on to day SIX!!!!    
Remember...

In the spirit of the season, 
I thought I would give a few gifts...
Twelve to be exact!
Here's how this will work...
In the span of 12 days, 
I will be gifting a "present" a day!

Every night at 10 p.m. (CST) --
a winner will be chosen 
and your gift will go out the next business day!

You only need to leave a comment 
on today's post...
Tonight, share with all of us your favorite gift growing up!
I KNOW I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THESE!!!

See you tomorrow night!!!!
AT TEN O-CLOCK!!!
Remember, leave me a way to contact you if you win...

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Twelve Gifts of Christmas...Day Five!



"I'll be Home for Christmas...
you just wait and see..."

That's one of my favorites ...
 Turn your speakers on today
if you don't usually...
and enjoy...
Can you believe it is about to be Day Five?
You all were so cute with your
favorite movies!!!
Today's Gift goes to.....

#10
Stray Stitches!!!!

Congratulations!!!

Do you hear music in every part of life?
I actually do....I have a song for EVERY THING!
It makes my little world friendly...
and it's good company!

Treat yourself to a little music tomorrow...
and maybe even sing a little...

Now...on to day five!!!!    
Remember...

In the spirit of the season, 
I thought I would give a few gifts...
Twelve to be exact!
Here's how this will work...
In the span of 12 days, 
I will be gifting a "present" a day!

Every night at 10 p.m. (CST) --
a winner will be chosen 
and your gift will go out the next business day!

You only need to leave a comment 
on today's post...
Maybe even write a few lines of your favorite
Christmas song...and tell us why you love it!
(I dare you not to be singing it under 
your breath as you write it!)

See you tomorrow night!!!!
AT TEN O-CLOCK!!!
Remember, leave me a way to contact you if you win... 


The Twelve Gifts of Christmas...Day 4!


"Every time you hear a bell ring,
an angel gets his wings..."

It's a Wonderful Life isn't it?
Today's Gift goes to.....

BillieBee (billiemick)

Congratulations!!!

It is my sincere wish that each 
of you find your wings!

Now...on to day four!!!!    
Remember...
In the spirit of the season, 
I thought I would give a few gifts...
Twelve to be exact!
Here's how this will work...
In the span of 12 days, 
I will be gifting a "present" a day!

Every night at midnight 10 p.m. (CST) --
Forgive the change, but I know
you will understand...
a winner will be chosen 
and your gift will go out the next business day!
(The midnight deadline is catching up with me! 
I must be getting old!!)

You only need to leave a comment 
on today's post...
This time tell me what your 
favorite Christmas movie is...

See you tomorrow night!!!!
AT TEN O-CLOCK!!!
Remember, leave me a way to contact you if you win...