Saturday, December 29, 2012

Needing changes!

Oh yes, the Christmas decorations have been up since Thanksgiving weekend so it’s time…it will be a slower process this time taking everything down to put away because I’m going to be purging! Yep…getting rid of decorations I’ve been hanging onto for years but just couldn’t part with. Quite possibly the kids will take some, or not…really doesn’t matter because what I will be getting rid of will not have a sentimental meaning so it will be easy.

I am not tired of looking at the lights – I love them in fact but it’s time like all of you I’m sure to get your house back to normal…I like the ‘normal’ – no special decorations for the season – just the things I love and love to look at.

I’m trying also to get things in order because on the 7th I’m having back surgery and I won’t be able to bend or lift for at least 8 weeks – I’ll have to wear a body brace…yuk…but it’s better than moving wrong and having a huge hurt!

Christmas here was wonderful – the boys/families came around 1:30 Christmas day.  We caught up on ‘what’s happening’, ate lots of goodies, then it was gift time and like any family with little ones it was wonderful.  Aidan decided he was going to be grandpa’s helper and pass out the gifts – he did it so nice…he’d take the gift and then when he was giving it to the person he’d say their name and ‘this is for you’ – he was so darned cute!
Miranda…well, she’s a sweetie – but she doesn’t like grandma – I’ve yet to hold and cuddle her because she just screams.  I was lucky a few weeks ago to hold her for a picture.  It doesn’t bother me though because I know she will grow out of it. She does the same thing with one of her aunts.
Family Christmas 2012

Miranda loves her aunt Jamie though!
Miranda with jamie 1

Miranda with jamie

The table was set very simply – we found the stockings at Kohl’s – I looked for some last year but could not find them. I wanted to put the silverware in them and this year the food network had them out.
Table setting 1

Table setting 2

While rooting through all the older decorations I found some of the boys old ones from when they lived at home so they were enjoying picking out theirs to take home.
kids getting old ornaments

I did finally finish Heathers gift on Christmas Eve that she chose for me to make…she wanted a flag hanging for her front door.Heathers flag

I’m so loving my hooked rug project – it’s going to be great when I finish.  I didn’t have any other white to do the snow in so I used the wool I bought from Cathy a couple weeks ago – I kind of like the effect – the sky will be done in Aqua colors – hopefully I have enough of the muted Aqua’s.

Before the snow
Sleigh hooked rug 2

With the snow…I brought it down quite a bit from where the pattern line is drawn – it was up too far for my liking.
You can see the original line right behind the sheep’s backend. 
Sleigh hooked rug
I guess I’m going to be needing another one for my recoup time!

I am now taking orders again on KM Primitives so if you want to place an order just e-mail me with your selection(s) along with your full mailing address for shipping calculations and I’ll send out a paypal invoice.

Blessings to all and thank you for being my friend and customer this past year(s)


  1. Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas. Love your Christmas table setting with the little stockings. Such a sweet touch. Just want to wish you good luck with your surgery. Know you will be glad when it is over and you are all better.
    Blessings and Happy New Year,
    Homespun Elegance

  2. I hope you have a quick recovery from your surgery! We will be praying for you! Your Christmas sounds so nice and peaceful~~the way it should be. Happy New Year! I look forward to another year reading about your wonderful projects, shows and family adventures. Maggie/Maggie's Lil' Fixins

  3. Happy Saturday Karen, Such a beautiful family photo. That is what Christmas is all about. Hoping your surgery is 100% a success. will be thinking of you. Take care and Happy New Year to you and YOur family.

  4. Hi Karen,
    Thanks for sharing some of your holiday with us and the lovely photo of your family. I wish you the best on your surgery. Love your rug and can't wait to see it all complete.

    Blessings for a Happy New Year to you all!

  5. Merry Almost Missed Christmas !! late than never, right ?...what a lovely family ! Love the little cutie with the thumb in the of my kids except for one, sucked a thumb, finger, fingers, twirled hair, etc.....
    Your place settings look so beautiful and finally, your rug !! The wool you used for the snow is absolutely PERFECT !!!

  6. What a beautiful family. A Happy New Year to you all.

  7. Oh Karen, I had to laugh when I read about Miranda not "liking" her grandma! Amanda did me the same way! She was named after me and the first granddaughter after a grandson who adored me, but she certainly didn' We know how that turned out don't we? Someone told me they were the same way with their grandmother, but ended up loving her more than anyone. They will outgrow it. Amanda was over a year old before she came around. Will be praying for your surgery to be a success. Beautiful table by the way.

  8. ALL babies scream when I hold them. Must be the wild hair! She is a sweetie pie and what a great family photo. Back surgery with today's methods is a blessing so by spring you'll be feeling darn good. Happy New Year to you!

  9. Hi Karen, Hope you recover well from your surgery. I still have my decorations up as we are still getting visitors. No 'normal' for me at this stage, but am looking forward to it again. Hugs Sue

  10. Hi Karen,
    Great have a beautiful family...looks as if everyone enjoyed being together to celebrate. Love the thumb in the mouth and finger hooked around that little button sweet.
    Lovely table! Love all the red!
    I'll be thinking of you and praying you have a speedy recovery.
    Take good care,
    p.s.Your rug is so cute! Great snow!

  11. Hi Karen, what a beautiful family that you have!!! Don't grandchildren just make Christmas so much fun! I love your table setting, what a wonderful idea. You flag wall hanging is lovely and I just love your rug punch that you are working one. I will think of you on the 7th. that is when my mom has surgery. Wishing you a blessed New Year. hugs, Lecia

  12. Karen, I am praying for you and for a full recovery from your surgery.
    Your home was beautiful as always.
    Take care,

  13. Hello Karen.
    I love the rug you are hooking. Such beautiful Christmas pictures of your family. Thanks for posting.
    I hope your surgery goes well and you have a quick recovery.
    Happy New Year.

  14. Oh Karen I love the family picture! How special that is. The table was beautiful, love the stockings. Thanks for sharing everything. Will be praying for you on the 7th, I have written it down.
    Be blessed,

  15. Hi Karen
    So glad you had such a nice Christmas.
    Loved the flag you made.
    Sending you prayers on the surgery.
    Hoping recovery comes quickly and easily.
    I have all my Christmas put away.
    Did some rearranging in the living room.
    I'm really pleased with it.
    Hope to make a post soon.
    I have actually been doing a lot of cleaning and purging too.
    You know why..,
    But seriously I have been watching it on Netflix after every episode I find myself up cleaning something. LOL!
    We had a nice Christmas but have been bombarded by snow since the 26! Seriously I don't remember southern il with this much snow in my life.
    Hope it melts soon.
    Take care sweetheart.

  16. Karen, What a wonderful family Christmas. I love how your table looked - simply lovely. We are headed your way tomorrow for Christmas with the Wisconsin crew. It will be a very quick trip - up on Sunday back on Tuesday - we have school on Wednesday - boo hoo. I've enjoyed break immensely. We'll also celebrate my sister's birthday 12/31 while we are there. Hope all goes well with your surgery - I'll be thinking of you. I guess if you have to wear the brace winter is a better time? Happy New Year. ~Ann

  17. Oh what a wonderful family Christmas....I feel sad taking all the decor down though, keep mine till New Years day......Beautiful table setting, love it.....Will keep you in my prayers Karen,Francine.

  18. Hi Karen, I have so enjoyed all of the pics you have posted during this Christmas season. Your family grouping is so wonderful. You have a beautiful family. I thought about ordering that rug after you posted about it but now I want it even more after seeing your progress. I have to make a post and show the big prim Santa rug I finally finished.
    I will thinking and saying a prayer for you on surgery day. That's my oldest Grand daughters birthday. Did I tell you she is having a baby in May! Our first Great Grand. Hugs to you!

  19. Karen ~
    Good luck with the surgery. May you heal quickly!
    Great pictures! Love the rug. You've caught on to hooking quickly.
    Happy New Year.
    Hugs :)

  20. Hi Karen,looks like you had a wonderful Christmas.Your table setting was so pretty.Love the new rug! Will be praying that your surgery is a success!Happy New Year!Hugs,Jen

  21. I love the photos! I'm glad you had a wonderful Christmas! I giggled while reading about Miranda. I have a niece that would scream with my mother, and she would cry for me all the time. You're right, they grow out of it and that moment will be special.

    I pray your surgery goes well.

  22. Beautiful family photo Karen!
    Sounds like you had a wonderful Holiday. So love your table setting ~ the stockings add that special touch ~ like that you added the names to them.
    Your hookin is Beautiful ~ some day I'll have to learn how to do that.
    Wishing you many Blessings in the coming New Year!
    Prim Blessings

  23. Wishing you the best of luck on your back surgery !!!! My husband had back surgery about 15 years ago (maybe longer than that, time flies), but, he has NEVER been sorry, he was miserable before that and nothing helped.

  24. We all seem to be of a like mind to purge a lot of "stuff" from our homes and lives this year.
    Wonderful family photo!
    I will be praying for a easy recovery from your surgery!
    Happy New Year!

  25. Hi Karen,sounds like a wonderful Christmas with your family. I love your table setting - it is so festive. Your hooked rug is really coming along. It is going to be beautiful. I am praying that your surgery is a success.

  26. Karen, I pray all goes well with your surgery and recovery. By spring you will be a new woman! Blessings, Dianntha

  27. I love the stockings to hold the silverware..Would be a great BD gift for someone having a BD from Oct into Dec. I just can't even think Christmas crafts right now but as soon as I can I want to start finishing up Crafts I started and never finished. I know if I pack them away I will forget about them again.. Cute pictures of a pretty little baby :)
    Hope you have speedy revovery from surgery :)

  28. Hi Karen--Love the pic of your family---Miranda is such a the thumb sucking pic. My boys never did that , but it makes for an adorable photo! I'll keep you in my thoughts while you have surgery, back trouble is so awful, it affects everything and every move we make. Can't wait to see the finished rug...the aqua sky is going to make everything pop!--blessings..Jan

  29. Hello Karen! I too took down Christmas decorations today but my 7 year decided to knock down a can of white paint ruining our stars, rug, sofa and most of the Christmas decor I had sorted on the stairs. He saved me some weeding time I think ;). I'm sorry you will be undergoing back surgery, however, I am sure you will recoup just fine....just have lots of helpers and rest. I adore the hooked rug, it's just so prim perfect and your holiday table is very festive! Take care and don't do too much work.

  30. Hi Karen,
    I need to read the blogs more often. Didn't know you had surgery and hope all went well? I wanted to tell you I love the rug and your
    table was so pretty set for Christmas! Also we had popcorn tonight and watched a Hallmark movie. Sounds like you and I are doing the same thing tonight...Happy New Year and take care of yourself. Blessings.

  31. Hi, Karen~
    I'm so glad you all had a nice Christmas!
    My husband and I put our stuff away yesterday. I start back to work tomorrow after a couple weeks break, and time is much more limited.
    So sorry to read about your kitty. :( We've had to do that too. Our little furry friends are really special. I'll be praying for you and your back surgery.
    Happy New Year to you all!

  32. A lovely family Christmas!
    Wishing you & yours good health, happiness and prosperity in this New Year

  33. Hi Karen, Oh I know what you mean about normal. I can never wait to go back to that too. Shane was sad when I started taking things down but I just had to let it go. I will be praying for you on the 7th. May this surgery relieve your pain and my you heal quickly.

    Carmen and the Primcats

  34. Karen, I will be prayng for you on Monday. I am sure the Lord will be watching over everyone involved in your procedure.

    Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas!

    Happy New Year!


  35. Such a beautiful is so sweet. With thumb in mouth finger over nose . How precious!!
    Praying for successful surgery and speedy recovery. Love you, dear one!!

  36. Love that sheep pattern. Thanks for visiting today. Yes that tree is wood and it would be fine outside I just thought it might be cute on the porch! lol Blessings, Dianntha

  37. Hi Karen

    Happy New Year!

    so glad that you had a wonderful time with your boys and their families. Nothing better than being surrounded by loved ones at Christmas or anytime:)


    PS - Good luck with the surgery!

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  39. Hi Karen,
    Wishing you good luck with your surgery and quick recovery. I hope you are treated like a queen until you feel better.

    Happy New Year,

    P.S. Love, Love, Love your rug!

  40. Hope you had as lovely a New Year as you did Christmas! I've been so busy early on that the decorations are still up. Always a sad task for me to put my little treasures away!

    All the best to you and yours in this still new year.


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  42. Karen,
    Just had you on my mind and in my thoughts today. Hoping your surgery went well and and you are feeling much better. Can't wait to hear from you and you are back to blogging. Hoping you feel like reading a good amish novel. Take care and hugs


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