Beautiful red cardinals, the Virginia state bird.
My friend, Hilda Collins, lead our Farm Girls and Feed Sacks group in creating a Christmas craft project in November. I put mine on the tree and think it is really cute! It was simple and kids could make it for teachers or grandparents.
Supplies needed: small jar, glue, decoration with adhesive backing (optional), sponge paint brush, ribbon, salt, disposable bowl and tealight candle.
Directions: Put decoration with adhesive backing on jar (optional), use sponge brush to add glue, put salt in disposable bowl and roll jar in salt. Set aside to dry. Add ribbon on outside and tealight candle inside.
I had great fun at my “Farm Girls and Feed Sacks” Christmas party. We had a cookie exchange and white elephant gift exchange.
A gathering of country gals showing our assortment of delicious Christmas cookies.
Our only “rule” is to wear an apron. Pat (in the center) is wearing a cute antique apron. The gals of “Farms Girls and Feed Sacks” are particularly fond of antiques and things that remind us of the good ole days.
More cute aprons.
Good friends and great times, Camelia and Francine.
Merry Christmas to all!
So many trees to choose from!
“Here’s a cute little Charlie Brown Christmas tree.”
“How about this one? It’s nice and full for it’s size.”
“Do you think this one will fit in the living room?”
“Here it is. The perfect tree!”
“Cut in record time—27 seconds!”
Camelia has always been intrigued with tractors and just had to get on the tractor. This goes back to her mom driving a tractor.
Ruby Gardenhire driving a tractor.
Such a perfect Christmas tree!
Mr. Board and Jim putting a net on the tree.
U CUT $10
I grew up in the Texas Panhandle where trees are scarcer than hen’s teeth. Cutting our own Christmas was something I’d always dreamed of. On our first Christmas in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this dream finally became reality. With much excitement and great anticipate, we drove to a Christmas tree farm to cut our tree. The signs leading to the farm said, “U CUT $10.”
I told Jim, “This must be for the tiny Charlie Brown trees and the larger ones will cost more.”
When we arrived, the owner said, “It is real simple you pick your tree, I give you a saw, you cut it and they’re all $10.”
It had been a long time since we had a real tree. Jim remembers buying trees when he was a kid in the 60’s and they were $25 at that time. I took gobs of photos and asked Mr. Board a lot of questions. We went through all the trees and finally made a decision on the most beautiful one. As Jim started to saw, I took his picture. The photo was not up to my standards since he was under the tree and I could not see him. He was so close to the ground that I decided to plop down on my belly and get “the perfect action photo.” As I looked through the viewfinder and before I could get the camera into focus, the tree fell to the ground. So much for my perfect picture, plus I still had to work my way off the frigid, icy earth which I had become one with.
I told Jim, “Good night in the morning, I certainly thought it would take longer than THAT to saw down a tree.” He boasted about his fast tree sawing abilities and how he won a “sawing contest” when he worked in construction. The record to saw a board in half was 115 seconds. He broke the record at 27 seconds! All the guys he worked with and especially the one he was in competition with were so furious at him that their mouths dropped to the ground and they turned around and walked off.
I told the owner of tree farm that I had a strange question for him and asked if I could cut some rhododendron leaves and pick tiny red berries that I found up in the woods, to use for a table arrangement. Mr. Board was generous and told me to take what I needed. When I asked him what we owned him, he refused to charge me anything for the leaves and berries. Jim tried to give him more, but he replied, “No, the tree is $10.”
What a delightful afternoon we had at the tree farm as we enjoyed the smell of the fresh cut tree all the way home!
I had a delightful time at the Colonial Christmas Tea at Smithfield Plantation, established in 1774. I love being in Virginia and attending events of this nature. It is especially fun during the holidays. Everything was scrumptious but the sweet potato biscuits with ham spread and raspberry tea were my favorite! Using natural greenery, fruit and feathers, Smithfield Plantation creates wreaths reminiscent of yesteryear. For more info about Smithfield Plantation in Blacksburg, Virginia visit http://www.smithfieldplantation.org/