Merry Christmas!

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The holiday season in full swing around my house! 

Decorating is complete (or as complete as it could be…  you never know..) 🙂  Coming home from work lately is so cheery!  We have candles in the window, and our decorated tree that I can see through the window.  It just seems so warm and inviting!

And in the spirit of Christmas, I am offering free shipping on all items in my Etsy Shop through December 18, 2015 with coupon code FREESHIPCHRISTMAS15

So if there are any last-minute gifts you need, hop on over to my shop and take a look!  And stop back, I might finish up a couple more goodies before the end of next week! 🙂

My Etsy shop is Handmade at the Lake (

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!  I sure did!

I vaguely recall last year when the season was over, vowing to plan my blog posts ahead of time so that I would be able to continue posting during December, while not giving away Christmas gift ideas and still having time to make my gifts.  Well.. that didn’t happen!  But there is always next year!  Hopefully I will do better!

One really nice surprise was the activity in my Etsy shop this Christmas season!  I sold so many of my infinity scarves, and a couple of my stuffed animals.  It was such a thrill to be out Christmas shopping and see a notification appear on my phone letting me know I had made another sale!  I want to say thank you to all who visited my shop and a very special THANK YOU to those who purchased items!  I am planning to replenish my infinity scarf inventory very soon!  And create some new items as well. 

I had a wonderful Christmas with almost all of my family. I made some gifts, spent loads of time in the kitchen baking and cooking, and enjoyed many of our Christmas traditions with the people I love most!  I even had time this year to pull out my Christmas music and play the piano!

This year we had our 2nd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Christmas!  It was hilarious to see the combos that people came up with!  I think everyone really gets into the wacky possibilities of this.  And I enjoy wearing something I am not that concerned about since I spend a lot of the day in the kitchen.  I think we will try a new theme for next year, but haven’t decided what it will be.

Christmas day with everyone was so much fun!  As you can see, we don’t really have “kids” anymore, but due to the size of my dining room and dining room table, we still use the “kids table” concept.  Everyone laughs about it, but honestly I think they have a great time reconnecting with each other!

My mom comes every year and spends Christmas with us and she and I had a GREAT time wandering around town for last-minute shopping, going out for lunch, and I don’t know what I would have done without her help in the kitchen!  We baked cookies and snacks…  It was so wonderful to have her here!

One of the gifts I gave her this year was the beautiful Lorna’s Laces Solemate yarn and pattern to do the Downton Abbey Mystery Knit-along that starts this Sunday! (As does Downton Abbey!  I can hardly wait!)  I purchased the pattern for us and the yarn in “Edith’s Secret” color for both of us.  Then I got one of each of the coordinating colors so she could pick the one she wanted. 

Downton Abbey MKAL 2015


We are so excited to be participating in this Mystery Knit along again this year!  If anyone wants to participate with us, I am sure there is still time!  The first clue is usually just a swatch and some casting on rows.  And I just checked at Jimmy Beans Wool website and kits with all of the color combinations are still available! 

It is wonderful to sit done on Sunday nights with a glass of wine and my knitting to watch!  And Knit Alongs are GREAT ways to learn new knitting techniques!  So join us!

OH… and finally.. no White Christmas for us! Here was the beautiful sky in my back yard on New Year’s Eve!  That’s OK.. honestly I wouldn’t mind if we had weather like this for another month!

New Year's Eve 2014

Happy 2015! 


This Elf Has Been Busy at my House!

holly+vintage+image+graphicsfairy006bChristmas is coming!  I absolutely LOVE this time of year!  I love the bustle and activity.  I love the decorations and shopping.  I love baking, and cooking, and planning for family get-togethers. 

And the music!  I start listening to it early in November.  I used to wait until after Thanksgiving… but no more!  I have so many Christmas CD’s…from old classics, like Bing Crosby, Johnny Mathis, and Andy Williams, to Alabama, Kenny Rodgers, Brad Paisley, and Carrie Underwood.  This year I got a Christmas CD by Pentatonix.  It is really good!

Besides all of my normal Christmas activities, I have been as busy as one of Santa’s elves making quite a few flannel infinity scarves for my Etsy shop, Handmade at the Lake.  I may be biased, but these scarves are awesome!  They are the perfect combination of softness and warmth.  And I love the plaid colors.  Honestly, I would love to keep one of each of them for myself!

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 These scarves would make perfect last-minute gifts, and I am offering free shipping until Christmas Eve, with the coupon code of FREESHIP14. 

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I am off to do start my baking!  Never a dull moment this time of year for this elf!