I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends... Especially at Christmas

Monday, December 14, 2015

Gift-giving is synonymous with Christmas,
and nothing beats getting unexpected gifts from friends, ...right?

Those that are home related are an added bonus!

Mr. Ramblings and I have a close friend with a CNC Machine.
Our friend, Dean, has been practicing on different pieces, and luckily
 I've been the guinea pig to receive and "finish" several of the raw wood pieces for my home.   

I was pretty excited to get the 3D tree, below, the first that was cut of this design.

Wanting to keep the tree simple, I painted it with two shades of neutral chalk paint,
similar to the Reindeer Hanging I was given to decorate, which can be seen {HERE}.

Iridescent glitter was also added to the outer edges... for just a bit of sparkle. 

The tree was part of a festive vignette on the catwalk upstairs.

My daughter, Ashley, free-handed the quote, below.

Saturday, I received a surprise in the mail.
Longtime blogging friend, Cindy, sent the beautiful hot pads she handcrafted.
Wonder if she knew the colors matched my kitchen so well?  :)

A master on the sewing machine, I featured several of her projects back in October.
I'll be sharing more after the first of the year.

And the same afternoon, my junkin' partner, Julia, 
stopped by with the vintage gifts, below.

Both were just perfect for my collections of head vases and blue jars.

...isn't she a beauty, below?

The gifts from dear friends were all blessings!
Made this ol' gal feel pretty special!
...brightened my day, and my home!  :)


  1. Nice people are a blessing! Love the red truck next to the little white tree!

  2. Very sweet gifts from all! I love your vignette with the red truck!

  3. What a surprise to see them here! I didn't expect that. I don't think you've ever shown your kitchen so I'm glad to find out that I guessed right on a color. Love your little 3D tree and truck. I swear you inspire me to dig out Nicholas' old Tonka truck to decorate with...but then I'd have to go into my freezing cold garage and I'm so nice and toasty here in the house, lol! Maybe in the summer I'll pull it out. :)

  4. You got some great gifts! Now I love that wooden tree and want some! :-) if only I had a woodworking friend! Ha! Sheila

  5. Rhonda, what sweet friends and gifts! Love the vignette with the wooden tree, red truck, and your daughter's sweet work! Happy Wednesday! Pam @ everydayliving.me

  6. What lovely and sweet gifts you received, Rhonda! The little wooden tree is beautiful in its simplicity. Your daughter did a beautiful job free-handing that quote. I adore your little vignette with the vintage truck....so precious!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment. Truly appreciated.

    Warm hugs,

  7. I just love the old pick up trucks full of trees! How lovely to receive such a special surprise treat!

  8. Love that red truck - such a cute display with it!! And isn't it always lots of un to receive surprise presents? I was also surprised with a gift from a blogger friend today! Happy Holidays!!

  9. Hi Rhonda :)

    What lovely gifts! And I love the free hand that your daughter did, the tree, and the trunk. It's a very sweet vignette.

    I hope your Christmas is Merry and Bright, my friend.

    hugs to you,

  10. How NICE that you have received these gifts! The tree turned out so nice and I am so jealous of your red truck! I have SEARCHED for one to no avail!! Love the vignette and the other gifts too!!!

  11. Always love your blog...your house looked beautiful and festive! Happy New Year!


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