Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Thyme to answer a question.......Do you BELIEVE in SANTA???

I remember about 20 years ago
when my son asked me
Mom is there really a Santa Claus????

He caught me so off guard
I wanted so much to have him 
there really is a Santa
So I said
"Of course there really is a Santa"
"Santa comes to all who BELIEVE in him
I found these beautiful red knit men's mittens at the store that year
I bought them and stitched white fur on them
I took them and smudged a little soot from the fireplace on them
On Christmas Eve
we left the usual plate of cookies, hot chocolate and carrots for the reindeer
on the table
After the kids were asleep
I put one mitten on the floor by the table
and the other by the tree
  I held my breath for Andrew's response
when he saw them
his smile brought tears to my eyes
I knew he still
that night after I tucked him in bed
I went back to check on him
he was sound asleep
wearing Santa's mittens!!!!!
My kids are 30, 25 & 22
I still tell them Santa comes to all who
I have always called my preparations for Christmas
 this is a little peek at what I did
today to make some magic happen

I bought these Santa hats at the $1.00 store

I dipped them in my stain mixture

put them in the oven to dry
at 200 degrees
keep a close eye on them

PRIM Santa hats!

I took red check homespun and tore it in strips

made some rusty bells

I knotted the bells to each end of the strips

I used my glue gun to glue 2 strips to each hat

I tied a hat to each of the dining room chairs
I have 20 chairs in all !!!!!!!!!!
We store 10
 have 10 out

On Christmas Day I will fill the hats with small gifts for all our guests!

May you always
in the
Happy Painting!


  1. O Natal é mágico por si só, uma linda historia com seus filhos ...
    Feliz Natal e continue sempre fazendo essas coisas lindas que nos enche os olhos!
    Tato - Brasil

  2. What a cute idea! Love that, may have to steal this one, and YES I believe!

  3. Hi Lynn,
    it's really a beautiful idea...It's a long time that I don't "feel" the enchantment of Christams...maybe I need to BELIEVE again in such precious thing...
    Merry Christmas from Italy with all my heart

  4. Love everything, the Santa , the story and the dinning room. It looks awesome.

  5. Lynn, what a wonderful personal story you shared! I had tears in my eyes when finished reading it. I've admired your painting items since finding your blog and so enjoy reading what you have to share with the rest of us. Love the Santa Hat on the chairs and what lucky guests you will have at your table. Congrats on winning the "giveaway" too! Blessings to you and yours.

  6. Oooh who couldn't believe surrounded by all the magic at your house?! Gorgeous. Love the Santa hats!

  7. Good morning Lynn, you just keep outdoing yourself! I LOVE those Santa hats, may have to copy this one. That Santa is adorable too. Can't wait to see what other magic your magic wand is making happen, Dawn P.S. Great story too!

  8. Oh Lynn I believe I believe. What a wonderful Santa creation, and my goodness I will have to try out those little santa hat creations that is such a wonderful idea to hang them on the back of the chairs like that I love it. Such a wonderful touch to the table. I love this Dolly parton song what a wonderful touch. The girls believe in santa and if they are good he will surely come this year.

    Have a great afternoon.

    .•:*¨¨*:•.Blessings*¨2 U 4¨**¨¨*the holidays .•:*¨¨*:•.


  9. What a wonderful idea for those hats!! Love it!


  10. Hi Lynn. Your story about believing brought tears to my eyes too, love it. Brings back many memories....
    What a great idea for the Santa hats..I might just "borrow" that one, it is the icing on the cake!
    You have such a great blog!
    Hugs, Nancy

  11. What a sweet and touching story, Lynn. And, yes... we still believe!

    Love all of the "magic" going on at your house...

  12. You definately have the magic touch!!! Santa still comes here! He even sends a christmas card to the neices and nephews when I ask him too;)

  13. notesfromthehomestead.blogspotDecember 2, 2009 at 6:57 PM

    Hi Lynn,
    I found your through Colleen "and baby makes five" Glad I did.
    We still believe! I see the magic all around! I love the hats!! Thanks for taking "thyme" to share with us!!
    Kim from notesfromthehomestead.blogspot

  14. Hi Lynn, you never quit do you??? he he, guess I don't either.
    I painted today but can't show til after the weekend. It is a Katrina Roncin design, Santa and toys. Did this on a box you could put cards or such in. Will post it next week.
    I love your Santa's. I believe, do you?
    Thanks for family prayers as well, greatly appreciated.

  15. MAKING THE MAGIC HAPPEN !!! I like this :-)
    I'm 30 years old and I still believe in santa claus! never give up my dream space :)

  16. Just quickly running through your posts.

    Lovely treasures and I'm enjoying myself looking around


    barbara jean


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Lynn Barbadora @ Painting Thyme Needfuls

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