Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Christmas Memories

I know that it is no secret,I am waiting for spring,but,
I have a few pictures taken this last Christmas which I would like to share.
Although in my home  there was one empty chair this Christmas,we did have an enjoyable day.

A friend had given me this ice-sculpture candle holder.
I know they are meant to be used outside,but that didn't work too well,so I decided to use it as a centrepiece.
This is how it looked right after taking it out of the freezer.
In case you're wondering,the tea towel was to help absorb the melted water and also stabilize the candle.

The display lasted about 5 hours,and that in a warm room.
Here it has been burning for several hours.
All I had to do was occasionally pour off the water which was collecting in the plate and inside the ice.

Christmas,of course means gifts to the little ones.
My precious Kai,loves to put on make-up,whether it is mine or her own.She was a very happy girl to be getting her own Barbie make-up kit.
As you can imagine,anyone willing to allow it, was also made up throughout the day.

Kai and her Daddy,my son,Steve,are enjoying another one of her gifts,a velvet doodle art book.
I love to see the two of them enjoying time together.

One more close-up of my fashion Princess,applying her lipstick. You will notice that her nails are already painted with the nail polish in this kit.


Thought for Today:
You can't light a candle
To show others the way,
Without feeling the warmth
Of that bright little ray.

42 comments:

  1. After all you've been through, it's good to have a nice day with the family...

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  2. Ruth, that ice candle is really nice. What a great idea!
    Isn't it great having our grandchildren around. Makes is special, even if it's not a special day!

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  3. Ruth, these are wondeful memories. the ice candle holder is wonderful, have never seen one like it. beautiful. and what fun with the makeup. i have used thos velvet doodle books in the past and would still like to color on one

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  4. I have never seen an ice-sculpture candle holder before, how beautiful!!! I am buying the makeup kit!!!! My girls will love it! I think our granddaughters are the same age, as I remember, so won't this be just perfect.

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  5. Whoa...I like the ice candle holder! Love pretty Kai. She is a girly girly just like my granddaughter.:)

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  6. Two of my three grands are girly girls and they love those things too! Ruth, that ice candle is unique - very special! Beautiful photos too!

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  7. Hi Ruth, I have never seen an ice-sculpture candle holder... How neat!!!! Guess we don't have them here --since they would even melt outside most of the time... ha ha .... It is cold here today though ---so the candle would stay unmelted!!!!

    Your granddaughter is gorgeous. I love her eyes... They are so pretty....

    YES--there was one missing at the table, but he was there in spirit I'm sure.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  8. What wonderful pics Ruth! I remember my daughter having a kit like that when she was little. You've brought back great memories for me to :)

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  9. An ice-sculpture candle holder is new to me, but it looked beautiful both right out of the freezer and after being out. Kai is a precious young lady. Thanks for sharing this pictures with us

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  10. I've never seen anything like your ice votive. It sure was pretty. Your little Kai reminds me of my Molly as a little girl. My Mom boughtmher a similar make up kit.

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  11. I like your pictures Ruth. Kai is having a ball with her makeup, isn't she. The candleholder is beautiful and I'm sure lent a lot to your Christmas dinner. I was delighted to see that you have the same china as I do, Old Country Roses. Kindred spirits for sure! Diane

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  12. What a unique candle ... the daughter of a friend of mine made several large ones to use in her January wedding to line the walk to the church.

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  13. The ice candle is beautiful! Enjoyed the pictures of your son and granddaughter...so precious!

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  14. So great to see Ruth - together with family, and your granddaughter having such a good time getting all made up. I recall 2 of our 3 daughters being right into that as well - the 3rd was much more interested in sports and being a tomboy. And I'm sure that Jake was smiling down from heaven seeing this scene !

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  15. Thanks for sharing your Christmas with us...

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  16. Love that ice candle holder! Clever idea. What a cutie your granddaughter is.

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  17. What a fabulous and fun candle holder! And, I'd be right there with your grand daughter - playing with make up and coloring!! Great memories!

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  18. So sweet Ruth. Love the quote too.

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  19. Ruth, you have a beautiful little princess for a granddaughter! She reminds me of my own grand when she was that age.
    The candle is gorgeous and I know you enjoyed it!!!

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  20. What a thoughtful gift the ice candle was. It gave you pleasure for five hours as it changed shape and density and at our age we really do not need to be weighed down with more things. So much better to get something that is transient enjoyment.

    So lovely to see your son and granddaughter again. I think I fell in love with that little girl when the two of you were baking cookies.

    Hugs and Blessings . . . Arija

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  21. Wonderful family! Such beautiful moments.Your grand kid is adorable.
    Blessings Ruth.
    xoxo

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  22. I have never seen an ice candle. How unique, and what a wonderful gift. I'm glad you explained about it.
    What a gorgeous little girl. I have 2 granddaughters, and they are so enertaining. One is alos a fashion quees.
    B.

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  23. A beautiful post filled with great times with the family. That little girl is precious.

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  24. Ruth, your granddaughter is a real cutie. I'm sure she loves her makeup kit. The candle is pretty, never seen an ice-sculpted candle. Have a great day.

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  25. Well, I learn something new everyday — I've never seen an ice candle before!

    Make-up is always fun when you're young - isn't it! Like a good creative girl it looks like she used every color of polish — that was my personal favorite thing to do when I was a kid too :D

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  26. The candle is beautiful what a great idea. Such a sweet family, what a blessing

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  27. That ice sculpture is so neat, just Love it! And, you gotta love little girls! Dress up and make up are such a hit!

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  28. I love the ice candle as an indoor centerpiece! I never would have thought of that. Granddaughters are such a special treat, such good memories.

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  29. Awwww, what a lovely little girl who desires to be so grown up!
    Bless her heart and how fortunate you are to have a great one to share the joys!

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  30. I remember making an ice candle as a child in boarding school. It was fun..Lovely Lovely blog Ruth and memories.

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  31. Loved your ice candle and Kai photos. First visit, found you through Ginny's blog. Must return to see more photos!

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  32. The candle is lovely, and your little poem, simple yet so profound. And what a darling you have to love and hug. Such blessings to bring comfort and peace!

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  33. Your granddaughter is a sweetheart. What a neat idea with the ice candle. I would never have thought of it, but it sure looks neat. And thank you for stopping by my blog and following. Hope you will stop by often.

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  34. What a great candle! Your grand is such a cutie! Looks like a really good time! Glad you shared!

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  35. Awww Ruth, is your granddaughter ever sweet! I also read your post with your Christmas decorations and I particularly really like the one she made with the picture of her and her grampy, so very special :)

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  36. Ruth, the candle is quite unusual and very pretty. There is nothing quite like our children and grandchildren... those photos tug at my heart string. Hope all is well with you. Love our new photo!

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  37. The ice candle is a lovely idea. Your little girl is growing up!

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  38. How wonderful little grandaughters are! I have two , one is three years old and the other one is two. I don't see the two year old often but she always seem to remember me when I do.She climbs on my knee and wraps her little arms around my neck. they are both loving little girls. How grown up Kai is with her make up gift, She appears to be enjoying using it so much. Kai is such a ptrtty little girl. Thsnks for shsting the pictures. Ann

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  39. They do not stay little very long.

    I am glad you got to see my series on Robins on My Birds Blog.

    You might be interested in seeing the series I did on young rabbits at Abraham Lincoln's Blog.

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  40. Wow..that ice candle is pretty cool...no pun intended :-) It really is pretty. Your granddaughter is a doll and I know you treasure the time with her and her daddy. Family always feels wonderful. I'm glad you had a good day even with an empty chair and an empty spot in your heart. Good memories and new ones being made help.

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  41. Glad that some good memories were made this first Christmas ... despite your Sweetie of Sweeties not being by your side. That little grand girl of yours is a cutie pie. That ice candle is right unique.

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