...because there is a little country living in all of us



Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Let it Snow

Hello again, sorry I have been absent for a bit.  For Christmas this year, Karl's parents had given a cruise to the whole family, so all seventeen of us have been on a boat out in the Caribbean all week!  It was wonderful!  Thank-you, Mom and Dad!  We had a blast!

















A gorgeous sunrise over the Caribbean.  We had wonderful weather and made many great memories.  We arrived back home again on Saturday.  This is what we came home to, lots and lots of snow!








What a huge contrast to what we had been experiencing on our vacation.  Just a couple days ago we were enjoying the hot sunshine! 









I hung a cedar wreath in every window each with a red bow to add some color.








It is a tradition for my mom and I to make garland together every year.  We go out to the woods to collect many different kinds of greenery and winter berries.  This year I made over fifty feet and it was so heavy, I could barely carry it to my front porch! 
















Karl found this old wheelbarrow for me this summer, and for winter decor I stuffed it with pine and winter berries.  This fall, I decorated it by filling it with pumpkins and gourds.  To view *Click here*

























It hasn't stopped snowing since we arrived back home.  Even though it will take me a couple days to get used to the cold weather again, it's really quite beautiful, isn't it?


It's good to be back, I have missed all of you,


Maria ~Rusty Hinge



I'm joining these parties:










21 comments:

  1. Wow that is quite a difference ;)
    How beautiful your cruise must have been but I've gotta say seeing snow everywhere is just as pretty if you ask me!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Your house is so, so lovely! I pinned your house, your garland and you old wheelbarrow!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Sounds like you had a wonderful time! Since I live in the sunny South now, I have to admit at times I do miss the snow....Love the images of snow that you have here!

    ReplyDelete
  4. your photos are just amazing! it's wonderful to have a get away, but I'd still love to come home to this. just pinned a few of your gorgeous images! xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  5. The pictures of your home and surroundings are so beautiful with the snow. Wish we got more snow here in Virginia!
    Mary Alice

    ReplyDelete
  6. Welcome Back Maria~~~The weather on the cruise looked awesome. Do you remember that we went on our family one last summer??? YOur pictures of your home in the snow are stunning. It could be a postcard. So.......pretty:))
    xo~Cheryl

    ReplyDelete
  7. So glad you had a great time on your surprise cruise, Maria! :) The property your house sets on is amazing, girl! Wow! The snow covered pine trees are so beautiful. It looks like such a quiet, peaceful place to live. :) Your house looks so pretty there.... Oh, btw - I bought more grain sacks today. Why? I haven't a clue. I just needed more of them in the house. lol! (sheeesh....I'm soooo addicted....)

    xoxo laurie

    ReplyDelete
  8. The blue water and ship look wonderful but I would so love to come home to winter in the country. Your photos are beautiful...but so is your yard and home! I love that you put so much effort into the little touches all around outside. It is as charming as can be.

    I've desperately wanted a wagon for my yard for so long now...my husband thinks I'm crazy but I'm going to show him these pictures. I just don't think he understand what I'm talking about. :)

    Welcome back!
    Sarah xo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank-you very much, Sarah! I hope you get your wagon and when you do make sure you send me some pictures! I would love to see it!!
      Maria

      Delete
  9. Maria,
    What a great present, looks fantastic, sun, water, what more could you ask for! To come home to all that beauty, lucky girl! Your house is adorable and your decorations are wonderful! What a beautiful piece of property you have!
    Rebecca

    ReplyDelete
  10. Maria, I am so happy to see these. As cheryl said, my parents took our family (24 ppl) on a cruise to the Carribean last summer. It was awesome. I love the pics of the wheelbarrow.

    MC

    ReplyDelete
  11. Your winter home is MAGICAL! I love your beautiful garland, and your wheelbarrow. And I'm a little jealous of your vacation, too ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  12. what a crazy weather change for you! & excited for you that you got to go on the 'Epic' curious how did you like it? my husband and i almost went on that boat last February, but since the weeks did not match up for us ~ we ended up on the 'PEARL'...i'll bet it was nice to get some sunshine this time of year! Your home is beautiful by the way! xoxo, tracie

    ReplyDelete
  13. Hi Maria!

    Welcome back! The pics of your cruise are sooo beautiful! Glad you all had fun! And yes, what a contrast to come home to all that snow - but it just as lovely! Wish it snowed like that here {doesn't snow at all!}. LOVE your home and the surrounding woods - oh how I wish I could move out of the city and into a place like that, just gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing such delightful photos!!!


    Hugs,
    Jessie

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hello Maria!
    Thank you for sharing paradise and wonderland! Your images are beautiful! Welcome home!
    ~Lynne
    [w/L]

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much, Lynne, for the visit and the welcome back!!
      Maria

      Delete
  15. Maria,
    That cruise looked like a lot of fun! Your photos are beautiful! The snow is very pretty. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home! I will put some of those heart sachets in my Etsy shop probably today. Thanks for asking!
    Sherry

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hi Maria! Both places are very beautiful! It looks like you had a wonderful time...next year can I go? Thanks for stopping by today!
    Sincerely,
    Debbie

    ReplyDelete
  17. Stunning winter photos...right out of a magazine! Glad you had a good time! x0

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank-you very much, Chrissy! What a huge compliment!
      Thank-you again,
      Maria

      Delete
  18. You take beautiful pictures! Every one of them is postcard perfect. I'd frame the wheelbarrow picture! Just gorgeous

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for stopping by! I love hearing from you and appreciate all of your comments. It's a treat to read each one!
Love,
Maria

adding pinterest script 3. Changing the Position of the Pin it! button The cool thing about this code is that you have some freedom over where the Pinterest button for Blogger will go over the image. Take a look at the code that you just copied and pasted into the HTML for the word 'center'.