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December 10, 2011

We're feeling a little ashamed of ourselves today.

So, we complain about having to go up into the attic to bring down Christmas decorations.  Or gripe because of the inconvenience of having to replace garland and lights. 

How would we feel if the homes that we love and had lovingly created were suddenly destroyed?  Everything gone.

I want to introduce you to an exceptional  lady who lives just outside of New Orleans.  Mrs. Lamp Tramp
was forced to rebuild her life and home after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the area in 2005.  Not only did she carry on.  She carried on in style and with grace.  

A true Southern Belle, she pulled herself up by her bra boot straps in the midst of the devastation and provided her family with a lovely temporary home while she and her husband rebuilt their lives.

Let's take a look at some of her beautiful holiday creations.

DIY royalty, this lady makes all of her own Christmas decorations, using natural resources found in her Gulf Coast community.


Every room in her home is decorated for the holidays. 
Wouldn't you love to stay in the guest room? 

     The woman makes her own flocking (!) :

Homemade flocking consists of Elmer's Glue, cornstarch, and shredded Ivory Soap. 

And, rubber gloves.

Piece de resistence :
She makes her own oyster shell mirrors. 
 I know!  Amazing.

It's so easy to be thankful and so hard to
really appreciate what we're thankful for.
Today I'm thankful for what I have and what I love.

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