Merry Christmas!

by Cindy on December 23, 2009

Hello everyone

Just days away from Christmas, can you believe??  I am up late and was supposed to be wrapping gifts, but got a little side-tracked visiting many of your blogs!  I can’t resist.  I love hearing what you are all up to this week.  I finally had to stop making my social rounds and got  back to my agenda!


Remember the recent give away  post in which  so many of you mentioned your favorite holiday dishes?  I wanted to list the recipes from the randomly-drawn winners…they were so generous in sharing them with me.  And then I received even more yummy-sounding recipes so I thought I’d list all of the ones I received here.  The post was too long with the recipes typed out word for word, so I’m simply listing the recipes I received with their contributors.  If you see a recipe that you’d like to try, just let me know and I’ll email the recipe to you!  And for those who asked, I’ll compile all of them for you and email them out  once things slow down after the holidays!

CHIPOTLE MASHED SWEET POTATOES from Mary Sullivan (Gift Certificate Winner)

CHERRY, CASHEW AND WHITE CHOCOLATE COOKIES from Mary McGraw of MK’s Creative Musings (runner-up)

CAROLE’S PUMPKIN SOUP from Juliette of Abeille a Miel (runner-up)

BANANA PUDDING from Diane of Rosa and Josies

CHOCOLATE GINGERBREAD COOKIES from Mellisa of Chinook Jewelry **We made this one already and my husband has declared it his new all-time favorite cookie….it is scrumptious!!!**

POTATO CAKE from Jayne of Mamas Got to Doodle


HOT BACON CHEESE SPREAD from Wendy of  from the Heart

BLIZZARD OF ’09 CLASSIC SUGAR COOKIES from Cindy (ME!….and you’ll never need another sugar cookie recipe again!)

Thank you ladies for sharing your delicious tried-and-true recipes with me….I am looking forward to trying them! 🙂  And please don’t be shy – let me know if you see one you’d like for me to send to you, just leave a comment or email me.

Although we’re way past the first 12 Days of Christmas, I realized I never shared the beautiful charms I received from the Charmsters swap.  I’ve grouped the 12 Days of Christmas charms in sets of 4 so you can see each individual charm more closely.  I recently bought the Golden Book version of the 12 Days of Christmas and read it to my kids with the charms as real visual props!   As I read the book, the kids looked through these charms and had to pick which charm went with the coordinating day!    Some were a little challenging for them…but all all of the charms represented their Day with such amazing creativity.  I plan to put these charms on a miniature table-top tree for next year.




Finally,  I thought I’d share a few pictures we took while trying to get a good family shot for our Christmas card this year.  We were really a sight to see, trying to get the kids lined up.  We take very impromptu holiday shots and this time decided to take them by our neighborhood lake.  There was no place to prop the camera to use the “self-timer”, and I didn’t have a tripod.  So we waited (and it was bitter cold that day) for an unsuspecting soul to come by….and we jumped on the first couple that happened to walk by!  The young guy was happy to oblige, but seemed a bit surprised by the responsibility we bestowed on him.  Luckily it all worked out.




I wish you all a blessed Christmas – and that you enjoy the holidays with your family and friends by your side.  Thank you for visiting sweet bead studio and for all of the kindness you have shown me.  My blogging friends have become such a big part of my life, and I thank you for it!  Merry Christmas!


{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Kerry Bogert December 23, 2009 at 8:35 am

Hey Cindy!
Love the holiday photos and your hair is short! You got it cut?!? Love it. I am lovin’ charm “3”with the long legged bird.


Judy Glende December 23, 2009 at 9:57 am

Cindy your pictures came out just great, what a beautiful family! I wish you all a blessed holiday with all your loved ones and friends. Merry Christmas!

sharon December 23, 2009 at 10:10 am

Cindy, what a great charm exchange…they are gorgeous…….I just love little things like that!
I can say the same thing about YOU being a big part of my life….and I thank YOU for everything we shared this year! Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!

diane cook December 23, 2009 at 10:21 am

Dearest Cindy! You have no idea how you have blessed me this past year! Your family has made me smile! And, your enthusiasm is indeed infectious. I feel so privileged to call you my friend.
If you don’t mind, and (no hurry), I would like ALL of the recipes! p.s…..(made my banana pudding last night =)
The charms are just the best, AND your telling us about sharing the 12 Days of Christmas with your guys and using the charms as props~SO SWEET and oh so clever! But, I always knew you were….from the very beginning!
Your family pictures turned out GREAT! Love the guys RED sweaters, and especially your little third son’s left hand covered by his shirt sleeve =) LOL.
Yes, I believe Kerry’s pick is mine as well….the little birdies long legs caught my eye immediately!
Merry Christmas, my dear East Coast Friend! Tell your husband that your friend from Texas has said “Hello & Merry Christmas”, and that he has INDEED married a jewel of a woman…and is so very blessed to have such a beautiful family. Always keep them close. There is nothing more important.
Cindy, you are one special lady!

Carolyn Mallin December 23, 2009 at 10:45 am

Cindy, you have a beautiful family. Your boys are so precious. I’m so glad to have “met” you through Molly.
Have a blessed and very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with good health, prosperity and creativity.

Jeanette December 23, 2009 at 10:53 am

Dear Cindy, have a wonderful Christmas Holiday. I am so glad that we met and love spending time with you talking about jewelry or life in general:)
The holiday photos are adorable…thankfully, we can always finding an obliging person to help take the photo.

Cristi Clothier December 23, 2009 at 10:59 am

Love all those charms, Cindy!

Have a safe, warm and Happy Holiday!

Mellisa ~ ChinookJewelry December 23, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Beautiful charms and beautiful family photos! I hope you enjoyed the cookies!
Merry Christmas 🙂

Erin Prais-Hintz December 23, 2009 at 5:04 pm

Cindy, those photos are amazing. I have never had luck doing anything of the sort. Maybe this year. Merriest of days to you and yours. You have blessed my life in countless ways. I enjoy seeking you out and seeing what is new with you and sharing in your creativity. I look forward to more art and life and fun with you in the new year. And who knows? Maybe one day we will meet for real!

Wishing you a wealth of inspiration in the coming year!
Enjoy the day!

Valerie December 23, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Hi Cindy! What a wonderful picture of your family! You couldn’t have orchestrated it any better, with those beautiful geese behind you. You have a lovely family, and the happiness just shines. Have a very Merry Christmas!
xx, Val

Shelby December 23, 2009 at 9:35 pm

Thanks for sharing the 12 Days of Christmas charms…I like the lords a leaping and the pipers piping…which one did you do?

What great pictures of the family! I hope that you and your family have a Blessed and Merry Chirstmas.

Lori Anderson December 23, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Awesome charms and (of course) terrific family!

Janet McDonald December 24, 2009 at 1:14 am

Such a lovely picture Cindy! Lovely lovely family you have…I know you are a wonderful sweet momma I can feel it…a real special little lady…
Merry Christmas to you and youre little wee family! xox

Renate December 24, 2009 at 2:18 am

Merry Christmas, sweet Cindy!!

Alice December 24, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Your family photos made me smile. Love the red sweaters–so festive! I can’t remember the last time we had a real family photo. That’s one of the things on my list for 2010.

Thanks for sharing the sweet 12 Days of Christmas charms with us. How fun it would be to participate in something like this.

Merry Christmas!

sandra December 25, 2009 at 3:25 am

what lovely photos!
hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

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