Saturday, December 24, 2011

On a Quiet Christmas Eve- Love Came Down

Love Came Down-
a theme that struck home from the Ann Voskamp's blog- a holy experience-
                                      The message from our home to all that visit this year
Some finished decorations for Jess and Dan's first Christmas
Folded paper wheels with Dollar Store glitter ornaments
Paper wreath with vintage book page inserts
The grown up kids are playing Mexican Train in the dining room. Christmas songs play in the background and we wait for John to return from 4 worship services and now has had to make 2 emergency trips to 2 different hospitals.  A long day for him today.....a longer day as some families wait on news about loved ones. One daughter- Laura- is in Fort Wayne and we miss her and her husband Joshua but know they are with family that also loves them.   So I am off to play some games, sip some hot tea and smile as we wait for the dawn of Christmas Day at the Denninger house. A look at some photos from today.....and will update later on our family fun days.
Blessed Christmas!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Simple Treasures

A favorite nativity from my friend- Anna
Greens, berries and a handmade "ginger" angel
Santa gathering
The White House ornament tree
A glimpse inside the kitchen cupboard
Collected Santa mugs waiting for hot chocolate
a framed print from The Illustrated London News
 dated Dec. 20, 1856- purchased in Ireland
The prism lamps and my growing up nativity
Vintage ornaments catch the sunlight

Monday, December 12, 2011

Advent Grace

Spools, Grater with Candle and plaid cooler warm up a kitchen area table
 Pot holders and cookie cutters dress a kitchen door wreath
Needlepoint angel with bold  red with an
Augsburg- Christmas carol book cover
Matted and framed vintage Bakers Cocoa advertisement
Tiered garden piece with shiny ornaments, tulle and holly
Vintage Tom's chip holder with 100 year old Nativity post cards
New tree skirt I just made-  Burlap- onasberg and unbleached muslin
Seed packet holder from a hardware store
 holds Christmas cards- most over 100 years old
The Luke 2 story as printed in McCall's magazine- Dec. 1953 
My childhood Nativity- printed cardboard stands up to create the story
Family room tree with neutral colors 
Combining burlap garland and old gold ribbon
Vintage ornaments and glass beads 

Friday, December 2, 2011


It is the time when one season moves out and the next one in..
and I have to say  I always hate putting the  Fall things away...
 we took advantage of 70 degree weather and got the leaves
raked and the outside lights up.. very early for our family.....
  and so the next couple of days will be putting away
Laura's fall drawing

The Leaf bowl-made by Laura Schumacher

A gift to mom and dad on her wedding day

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

YOU REMAIN- Virginia Theological Seminary-

Seeing Through
The FRAME WORK that holds us together
 when all returns to dust and ashes
Brick-  a firm foundation
Seems like there should be a handicapped sign
 for all of our parking-
we are certainly not equipped for living life

 here without Jesus to bring healing.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Trip to Hickory, North Carolina to see the newlyweds- Nov. 2011

 Took some wreaths to give as gifts on our trip
Still looks like Fall as we get ready
 to head out of town
to visit the North Carolina newlyweds
Ah yes  North Carolina. We took a beautiful
 drive up to Banner Elk, N.C. -
the highest point on the Eastern side of the U.S

Wonderful Townhouse .
Welcoming fire and draped mantel
 with old tin frame waiting on a mirror
COVENANT wedding blessing gift made for Dan and Jess
Dried the roses from Jess and Dan's July 17, 2011 wedding
 and made the flowers into a wreath for Christmas decorating
CHINA HUTCH made from an old window
 and bead board and reclaimed wood
Next to a child's school desk chair and old tin
A Wedding Reminder- hangs on the wall
 All the guests "signed" with their thumb print with a variety of green inks.

Sister Laura drew the lovely tree
Jessica's Faith blessing "poster" hangs in the hallway of her new home.
A reminder of God's faithfulness in her life.
A Windows of Time Wedding Gift to share the blessing
 of families with  a long and  faithful wedding heritage
Both sets of parents and 4 sets of grandparents
Jessica and Daniel Meier- July 17, 2011
  May the Lord bless you and keep you.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Eve

GIVE THANKS banner and Blessings garland in our kitchen-
 Hung from a hard to find double shelf oak quilt rack
Vintage Thanksgiving cards fill an old seed packet display rack.
 Most of the cards are at least 100 years old. 
Oak church pew finishes this wall display with a cozy place to sit.
Top ledge stores everyday serving dishes.
A fall felt banner purchased on clearance at Jo Ann's for 80% off
 and then embellished with Bible verses of Thanksgiving.
 They are just stitched on by hand with an added button garnish.
Vintage chip display stand repurposed for display of seasonal postcards.
Rolled circle small wreath with crepe paper and pages from an old book
-- Original design by Donna VanWert.