Christmas Preparations

December 14th, 2012

Earlier in the week David and I traveled to Sarasota for a quick visit with a good friend from Lake Lure.   She is preparing her new villa for Winter rentals.  Sarasota is a charming Gulf Coast town with a wealth of interesting things to do.  Carole took us to Saint Armands circle on St. Armands Key to do some Christmas shopping.  It is absolutely beautiful.

Another sight on Sarasota’s bayfront is the 26 foot tall “Unconditional Surrender” kissing couple.  The famous photograph from the World War II event of Japan’s surrender was made into a statue and donated to the town by a World War II veteran.  We did our best in striking the same pose but were giggling about the pain in our backs.

Back home I have been busy wrapping presents and baking cookies.  We are looking forward to the family visiting next week.  I wanted to share with you the bow making technique that I learned from Better Homes and Gardens.

I bought all of my Christmas ribbon from Michael’s at a 70% off sale.

This is a very easy technique once you get into the rhythm and I like the way the gifts look.  You can find the instructions here.

I will be back with some recipes soon.

12 responses to “Christmas Preparations”

  1. Lynette Caulkins says:

    Haha!! 😀 I love the kissing picture. Way too cool, and totally worth a backache. ;D

  2. Bonnie says:

    Your gift wrapping is beautiful. That is something that I am not very good about…making pretty packages. Thanks for the link to the bows.

  3. Eileen says:

    Love the kissing photo. There was a statue just like that in San Diego when I lived there. The presents are gorgeous, too.

  4. Penny @ From Harvest To Table says:

    I love St Armands Key. I used to have to drive there from Naples every couple of months when I worked for Gulfshore Life magazine. Love the kissing picture!

  5. Pondside says:

    That statue is really something!
    I’d love to find out how to make the bows – your presents are so very pretty.

  6. Rita says:

    Love your picture! What fun…Your parcels are really too beautiful to open.

  7. Barb Bobik says:

    I’m coming to your house for Christmas!!! Love your packages & ribbon. So festive looking. Pressure is on as I was going to use brown paper bags for my gifts – LOL.

  8. Jane says:

    I LOVE the kissing picture!! That is so adorable 🙂 And I love the ribbons on your presents — so cute! I hope you are having a great weekend!

  9. christine @ Fresh local best says:

    I’m going to travel to Sarasota just so I can have a picture like the one you took. It is so cute! Merry Christmas!

  10. KATHYSUE says:

    I love your pose! Did you see the snow globe I made of my hubby and I kissing in Paris!! This reminds me of us too!! I remember doing these kinds of bows when I was first married in the 70s, I forgot all about them. Thanks for the reminder,

  11. Kelly says:

    We have one of those statues here in San Diego and love that you took the pose! Definitely a back ache waiting to happen :). Lovely wrappings and bows on your presents…

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