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The year has flown by and 2010 is approaching fast! Can’t believe 2009 is almost over!

Each year, millions of eyes from all over the world are focused on the sparkling Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball.

For 2010 Waterford Crystal has designed a new sparkling “Let There Be Courage” triangle. The crystals feature a unique interlocking ribbon pattern woven into the Celtic knot.

Times Square 100th Anniversary Collection

The designs that can be created are amazing. . .

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Hmm, I think I seen some inspiration for a quilt design!

Thank you to everyone for reading my blog this year!

I wish each of you a joyous 2010;  filled with love, joy, laughter, friendship and family.

As we reach the end of another year, I want to pause and reflect and share just a few of my favorite memories with family and friends from 2009. (Yes, just a bit of quilting and inspiration for good measure!)

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Here’s to a fantastic 2010, filled with many more memories with those we love!

Some Winter Inspiration!

Ready... Steady..... Go! by jajjen.

 Snow crystal by - Itch -.

Robin feeding

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 cardinal in the snow

A Very Merry Christmas to all! 

May your day be filled with family and friends, love, joy and peace! 

Merry Christmas

Christmas is almost here and the New Year is fast approaching! Can’t believe the year has flown by so fast!

I’m preparing for my first trip of the 2010, a wonderful conference held at Lake Havasu, Arizona. I can’t wait to visit!

Thinking of a Quilt Get-Away in January??

Come join me at “Quilting at the Lake” hosted by the Havasu Stitchers at Lake Havasu, Arizona, January 5-10, 2010.

I’ll be teaching the following classes:

Celtic Illusions

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More Patchwork Illusions

 

Space is limited, but there is still time to register.  Click here for more information

Hope to see you there!

Last evening, I was working in my office, and glanced out the window. . . the sky was on fire! The sunset was absolutely stunning.

I grabbed my camera and ran out to take a photo. It was so beautiful.

 

As I watched, the colors changed. . .

and deepened. The play of the dark trees and brilliant sky just had to be captured!

 

I love to travel, but I also love my time at home. I especially enjoy decorating our house for Christmas.

This weekend, I’ve been decorating with the help of my husband Rick. Each year we put a huge Christmas tree on our front porch. I move the furniture from the sitting area of the porch and we put the Christmas tree in that space.

porch - summer

Here’s our front porch in the summer. A perfect spot for reading, enjoying a  glass of iced tea or chatting with friends. However, for Christmas, this furniture has to find another place to live!

Back to decorating. . . it is quite a production! We have to wrestle the tree from the attic, downstairs, out the front door and onto the porch. One year we did not put up the tree and got lots of complaints from the neighbors! They love to see the tree on the porch and missed it. Okay, that settles it, we have to put it out every year. Wonder if we can get their help?

 Porch @ Christmas

Here’s the porch, decorated for Christmas.

Some of the furniture gets moved out of the way and some of it is used. I like to make use of the love seat, decorated with a seasonal pillow, throw, rug and presents. Since our porch is open to the weather, I opt for a throw that I can wash, rather than a quilt!

Love seat

The “presents” are made of metal!

 

The mailbox is another fun place to decorate.

Mailbox @ Christmas

This year, I decorated it with fresh greens, bells, large Christmas ornaments and ribbons.

I like to put several small Christmas trees around the house and I also like to keep the decorations simple, yet elegant.

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On the mantle, I used large glass vases filled with red and gold ornaments with a simple garland. A small tree sits next to the fire place.

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The decorating does not have to be expensive. The ornaments, the tree and the garland are from Hobby Lobby. I watch for a sale and buy them at half price.

 

I didn’t neglect decorating the kitchen. A cookin’ Santa and tree decorate part of the counter.

christmas santa

I placed another small lit tree on the counter. I used one of my decorative pots from the porch and used it for the small tree. It brings some Christmas cheer to the kitchen.

christmas

Karen Combs is a internationally known quilt teacher, author and fabric designer. Visit her web site at http://www.karencombs.com

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#stilllife #tulips  #saturdayafternoon #home On my way home from a delightful visit with the New Mexico Quilt Association. I had a wonderful class and  lecture with them.  I had a little free time this trip and took in some of the sights. Loved being with all of you!  #karencombsstudio

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