Joy of Giving ~ The Sound of Music

Poinsettia/White Pine Pinecone & Bough Music Box

For me, Christmas carols are one of the best parts of the holidays.  In fact, I’m listening to them on the radio now as I write this post; they have been playing for over two weeks before Thanksgiving!  Several years ago, I came across a company that makes “music box” components and surprisingly, they have excellent tone quality.  I’ve made several music boxes with my 3-dimensional flowers on them and I thought that this project would be a personal one I could give away.

The music box plays Deck the Halls, a Welsh melody that dates back to the sixteenth century.  It’s a traditional yuletide carol and one I can remember singing in the choir when I was younger.  To win this keepsake plus the Garden Notes Poinsettia and White Pine Pinecone & Bough dies, make a comment about your favorite carol and why it’s a memory.  The winner will be chosen randomly at the end of the week.

Getting Started…

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Ode to the Chrysanthemum ~ A Tag

Shading Chrysanthemums

This perennial originates from China, where they have been cultivated for over 2,500 years. Chrysanthemums were used medicinally and for flavoring, as well as for ornamental purposes. Notably, the Japanese have adopted chrysanthemums and used them in their art as a symbol of longevity and happiness.

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My opinion is that the chrysanthemum is associated with Autumn as much as the Poinsettia is for Christmas! It’s a sure sign of the season when they show up in the nurseries and grocery stores. This poem is dear to my heart…

“Lo! in the corner yonder,

There is a gleam of white and gold.

The gold of summer’s sunshine,

The white of winter’s cold.

And, laden with spicy colours,

The autumn breezes come.

From nooks and corners, brightened

By the brave chrysanthemum.”

Eben Rexford

For this project, I wanted to share with you how I color and shade white cardstock to get the most natural looking flowers – which is what I’m known for.


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Garden Club Social – Apple Picking

Take Time…




“Take time to do what makes your Soul happy.”


Above, I’ve posted one of my favorite quotes, which I included in my ‘Seeds of Thought’ stamp collection. I learned this lesson all too well after losing our daughter to breast cancer in 2010. In the spirit of taking time to make my Soul happy, I decided to drive to my sister’s home in southwestern Virginia and spend some time with her.

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