A Holiday Transition

The Thanksgiving holiday in the Romero household was quiet, but very memorable indeed.  My Texas A&M Aggie girl came home from college, so having the four of us together is a celebration and a true blessing in itself.  God is good!

My Family - Mi Familia
Digital Photo Montage
Denise and Roger's ABC Wednesday - U is for United
Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Gourds, Pinecones, Leaves, and Candle on a Platter
Maria's Orange You Glad It's Friday #66
Lorik's Mandarin Orange Monday 70
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #235
Dinner is Served
Turkey, Stuffing, Gravy, Sweet Potatoes, Corn Relish, Fruit Salad, Green Beans, Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie and Whipped Cream
Bella's 52 Photos Project: Gallery 32 {Dessert}
Lisa and the girls did all the cooking, which was all from scratch and very delicious, while I took care of the tablescape.  I used my mother's vintage Mikasa dishes, because I felt the faded greens looked perfect with the rest of my color scheme.  Of course, we also had lots of talking, laughing, and eating, who could ask for more!  Well, it would have been nice if the Aggies had won their game against Missouri yesterday afternoon.  Well, everything can't be perfect, right?

Advent Calendar
Re-purposed Materials and More
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Countdown to the Holidays
Order of the Opus Gluei: Challenge #171 - Brrring It On!
Desafio Mad About Magnolias - Natal
Craftitude: Challenge #54 ~ Button Up
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #109
Today, it is the first day of Advent, a time to prepare spiritually to celebrate the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ.  As a way to countdown the 24 days to Christmas, many Christians use advent calendars, which have progressed from simple tallies, to candles, to paper calendars with little windows, and more.  This year, I decided to put together one of my own using a vintage Coca-Cola case, since it has exactly 24 cubbyholes.  I filled each cubbyhole with vintage ceramic and wooden figurines, as well as other miniatures that I've collected throughout the years.  Then, I designed a set of 24 mini-tags, using various Christmas punches, prints, tapes, buttons, glitter, and various other materials.  There are 7 different designs, which I alternated, numbered, and pinned one to each of the cubbyholes.  It was fun to work on and looks quite charming.

Simply Love
Cardstock, Fabric Flowers, Beads, Ribbon and Felt Heart
Tag Tuesday - Black and White
Manon's Paper Saturdays
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #100
Hope you all had a marvelous weekend just as I did and enjoy the current season of Advent with your loved ones.  Thanks for stopping by and if you leave a comment, thank you very much.  May your week be filled with love and other Blessings!


Dan said…
I really love your advent calendar, it has such an awesome vintage feel to it, and each item looks like a treasured keepsake. Thanks for joining us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!
Chat Noir said…
Hi Arnoldo...love your "Advent Calendar" - a perfect way to show off the beautiful things we collect and then struggle to show off to their best. It must be a wonderful conversation piece too, relating where each piece has come from to this place in your life. Thank you for adding this lovely creation to our Opus Gluei pages.
Leovi said…
Maravillosas fotos! Plenas de alegría y felicidad!!
Paula (PEP) said…
What struck me particularly is the teamwork in your household & how your own creativeness combines with your wife & daughters' so perfectly. It's lovely seeing your family photo & I love your take on the Advent Calendar. Your final tag really says it all quite stunningly.
Paula (PEP)
Jana said…
How wonderful to have your daughter home for the holiday. Your tablescape was gorgeous. I LOVE that advent calendar you made. So very creative. Those tags are amazing. Perfect for OPUS GLUEI. Thanks so much for playing with us. We really enjoy your creations.
Meihsia Liu said…
Oh..your advent calendar is fantastic! I also love the beautiful textures on your tag. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely family photos. :)
Jez said…
All beautiful family photographs - a blessing indeed. Your idea for the coco-cola box advent calendar is inspired and looks good. It would be nice nearer Christmas to see one photograph devoted to it so that we can appreciate it even more.
Thank you for your much appreciated thoughts in your comment - and out two blessings are that Dev is almost recovered and our daughter came back safely at the weekend from New York.
Excelente post....
Lmkazmierczak said…
The Thanksgiving holiday went by way too quickly...I too had my four kids under one roof and enjoyed the food, scrabble and backgammon games and late night conversations! have a wonder filled week♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/door-to-possibility/
PiaRom said…
Such beautiful photos of shining wonderful people ♥♥♥ wonderful to see and read the fun you have! Love all the beautiful decoration all around! ♥ Conny ♥
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Winnie said…
So glad you had such a lovely Thanksgiving with your girls! The food looked so delicious and your place settings turned out lovely too. The family photo is just a perfect one! Your advent calendar is so creative. I love that you used an old Coke Grate! May you have a blessed Advent season!
manomij said…
What a gorgeous family you have! Something to be very proud of :)I love the advent calender very much too just like everyone above. ManonX
I was UNITED with extended family last week too.

Electra said…
Gorgeous calendar, Arnoldo! And I love seeing you celebrating with your loved ones. We always love what you create for us at Opus Gluei, thank you for sharing your wonderful talent!
Leslie: said…
Unfortunately, we will have to stay separate from other family this year to avoid germs since Lorne is going through chemo. But we have some good plans and will reunite with everyone when it's all over with. Thanks for your kind remarks on my post.

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Sandy said…
What a wonderful advent calendar. What a lovely photo of your family.
Sandy :) #42
Reader Wil said…
Your calendar is absolutely stunning!
I wish you and your family a wonderful month of December. I will celebrate Christmas in Australia with my daughter and family.
Wil, ABCW Team
Barb Cady said…
Looks like you all had a great time! Your table looked amazing, food prepared and given with love tastes better, right? Your advent calendar is brilliant, Seasons greetings Arnoldo! X
lorik said…
Your Thanksgiving centrepiece is beautiful! And it is good to see such a happy family pic...all very good looking too!:)
Thanks for taking part in Mandarin Orange Monday.
ike said…
I am so glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and your Tag there is gorgeous :-)


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Annie Claxton said…
Hi Arnoldo, glad you have a wonderful Thanksgiving - it's always good to have all your family around the table and I am hoping for the same this Christmas. Your table setting looks beautiful and I love your Advent calendar, it's just perfect :o)
Glenda said…
I love all the pictures of Thanksgiving but when I got down to the bottom and you showed me that tag...Oh my goodness that just swept me away! So beautiful!
Glenda #67
April said…
You have a lovely family. Your meal looks delicious. So glad your family was together. I love this time of year for that very reason - it is a time when families come together. Your advent calendar is great. And who doesn't love antiques? April #88
Indrani said…
Pictures of happiness. Enjoyed seeing you pics with your family.
The calendar is a winner! :)
amazing post Arnoldo! what a wonderful family!

Anonymous said…
It does look like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving feast!
Jackie said…
Lovely picture of you and your family!
The advent calendar is great, it looks lovely all those numberd tags
Jackie 45
Hello, my friend! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful art and your encouraging words. I am so grateful for your participation and inspiration. You have been, and continue to be, a great blessing to our challenge blog. I prayed for you this morning, and hope that all is well in the Romero home.
Blessings to all,
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betty-NZ said…
Great post! Family is such a great blessing.
Karin said…
Great photos, I love your tag.
Happy Wednesday to you,
Karin #98
Ann said…
The most important thing about Thanksgiving is being united with family.
peggy aplSEEDS said…
What a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration you had with your family. Looking at the pics made me hungry as it is lunch time here! And your advent calendar is wonderful! Great idea to use that vintage crate!
Jeannette said…
Ooh I love your beautiful photos of thanksgiving,its a wonderful photos of a happy gladful family, your thanksgiving dekorotation its very beautiful,iam have a glad time too with my husband,we cooking and backing for the christmas time,iam glad for this wonderful moments with my family :-)

Have a great day :-)

Greetings Jeannette
Unknown said…
Super cute tag! I absolutely love it! Thanks for joining us at Craftitude.
Cathy Kennedy said…
It's nice to meet you via Inspire Me Monday by Joy. I enjoyed reading about your lovely Thanksgiving with your family to your Christmas Advent transition. I love to see how others are inspired to celebrate the season of our Lord's birth. Your post indeed gave me a warm sense. May you and yours be blessed this Christmas season. Now following...~Curious as a Cathy
Borqna said…
Lovely picture of you and your family!
The advent calendar is great!
Magnificent design of your tag -
/ GB/ God bless - I guess, right!
You've had a superb days!
Good luck!
Oh my dear friend, you do have a gorgeous family and no wonder you had an awesome Tksgiving! Your transition to C'mas is coming along beautifully, I'm sure! I love your post and me too, this season is to adore our Baby Jesús coming to save us. The food looks good and I'm drooling a Little, lol! Have a lovely second week of advent. Thanks for your kind visit. xoxo
peggy gatto said…
How fun to see the smiling faces!!!