Monday, 23 December 2013

Christmas is almost here...

It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you. 
Yes, it is Christmas every time you smile 
at your brother and offer him your hand.

Mother Teresa

I'm almost ready....
are you?
I've been working for the last two weeks
so I have got a little behind.

I completed my decorating today
my Nativity set has pride of place
on top of the antique cabinet.

The fragrance from the Christmas potpourri
the pine Christmas tree
and candles
are wafting through the house it smells like

Please click on the images to bring them to life! 

 I'm joining two Mary's today

Mary at Little Red House for
for Mosaic Monday


Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for

Thank you both for hosting your lovely parties.
Do pop over and meet everyone
they're bound to put you in the Christmas spirit!


to my new followers - it's lovely to meet you.

I'll be over to see you very soon!
Merci à bientôt
be kind to one another!


The red tree is a Pohutukawa
the New Zealand Christmas tree.
It flowers in December telling us that 
Summer has arrived and it's
 They grow all around the coastline.

On the left is a gorgeous Christmas card
made by my french granddaughter last year.

On the right is the Pohutukawa flower.


podso said...

Your grandmother's card is wonderful .. to still be making things at her age is inspiring! And I apparently didn't get to see your wonderful note cards on previous post … Wishing you a blessed Christmas this week!

Dagmar said...

Good morning Shane, lovely post today, love that you are all caught up and sharing with us your beautiful photos.
Wishing you a year filled with happiness and joy.

Dorthe said...

My dear Shane,
Your home looks inviting and so cozy, with the beautiful christmas displayes all over, and that red flowering Pohutukawa tree surely say it is christmas ,how very beautiful.
Thank you dear friend, for your warming words to me, on my blogpost... I`m so happy we have become friends,- even so far apart, we share the same joy for many things, and your kind and sweet words through out the year makes me alwayes feel blessed knowing you.
I wish you and your family, a beautiful and happy christmas, and all the best for 2014 ,my friend.
With love and hugs from Dorthe

Linda@arichtapestry said...

A very peaceful, restful Christmas to you and your loved ones. Shane.

Poppy said...

Dear Shane,

Your sweet angel, and collection of pretty, glowing candles, sets the scene for a peaceful and warm Christmas. Hope it is a Merry one!



I wish you a happy christmas Shane

eileeninmd said...

Shane, lovely images and Christmas displays!

Merry Christmas to you and your family! I Wish you and yours all the best in 2014!

It's Just Dottie said...

Every thing is oh so pretty.
Merry Christmas, Dottie

Linda said...

what lovely and festive photos Shane. How I'd LOVE a tree with red flowers like that here-and that it was summer :) Christmas blessings to you and yours.

Julie said...

Just gorgeous images Shane - I do so love your mosaics. Your decorations have an olde world charm to them - that angel is just sooo beautiful. Hope you have a wonderful festive season Shane x0x0 I really enjoy visiting your blog :-)

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

So different for each of us, yet much the same. Christmas in summer is beautiful in New Zealand and I like the bright red flowers of the pohutukawa tree.
Christmas cards can keep those living afar close to us, a pretty one from your granddaughter.
Merry Christmas from the cold north to your sunny festivities Shane.

Anni - My Creative Life said...

So beautiful photos dear Shane,love the red flowers of the pohutukawa tree,I wish you a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.
Hugs Anni

suziqu's thread works said...

It's wonderful to see the Pohutukawa's flowering in readiness for Christmas and Summer.
Your nativity scene looks beautiful all lit up and such a sweet angel image too. Your collage looks gorgeous!
There really is nothing like the beauty of candles lit to enhance the beautiful decorations!

Really wish you have a most peaceful and blessed Christmas Shane with some time resting and enjoying the ocean.
Love and hugs,

A Garden of Threads said...

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season. Jen

Madeline's Album said...

Merry Christmas, Shane, your post was just lovely. Have a blessed evening. Madeline

Lorrie said...

Lovely images of Christmas in NZ - what a stunning flower to have in bloom.
Wishing you and yours a very blessed and merry Christmas.

Cathy Keller said...

Such a lovely post. Wishing the merriest of Christmases! Cathy

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

A lovely festive mosaic. Have a wonderful Christmas. Valerie

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What beauty, with your angels and candles and all of your pretty decorations! Everything is lovely my friend! Merry Christmas!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Shane,
May your Christmas be a very meaningful one with all your loved ones!
Hugs to you,

Mary said...

Thank you dear Shane for sharing all the beautiful things decorating your home for this lovely holiday's so much fun seeing what we all create to welcome Christmas and it's true meaning into our homes.

Have a wonderful time - like me you're probably ready for a rest by now!

Love and hugs - Mary

Beth said...

Hi Shane, Your Christmas images are beautiful, Shane. I enjoyed seeing your notecards from France too.

Pallavi said...

Merry Christmas dear Shane :)

viola said...

Buon Natale, sereno e gioioso.
Un abbraccio.

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family, dear Shane! Enjoy the holidays!

FredaB said...

Merry Christmas Shane.

I enjoy reading your posts all year and look forward to 2014 and all our wonderful bloggers.


Madelief said...

Dear Shane,

Just popping over to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Sparkling New Year!

Thank you for your sweet comments and support the last couple of months!

A big hug to you!

Madelief x

Jeanie said...

We're doing our Christmas in stages (started today, well, actually Friday). But you remind me -- I must bring up the nativity!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

It sounds and looks like you are ready for the celebration of His birth. Merry Christmas and a blessed and joy filled New Year~

shirley flavell said...

Lovely mosaics Shane. Merry Xmas to you and your family Shirley N.Z.

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas,dear Shane.
Your home looks so lovely.
Christmas hugs,

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Such lovely images Shane! I wish the very happiest of Christmas times to you and yours.

Donna Heber said...

Hi Shane,

Wishing you and your family a magical Christmas filled with love and laughter. Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year. Thank you for your friendship. Your Christmas images are just lovely.

Shirley said...

Such lovely scene of Christmas you have depicted here. I enjoyed the decorated tree at the beach! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and all the best to you in the new year!

Shirley said...

Such lovely scene of Christmas you have depicted here. I enjoyed the decorated tree at the beach! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and all the best to you in the new year!


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