12/9/17

Baby It's Cold Outside...Kidding!

I think cold and snow are the hot topics of conversation on many blogs right now, and I just wanted to play along!  We have had temps in the 30's in the wee hours of the morning, but our daytime temps have been in the upper 60's and 70's.  This is what we "Zonies" call sweater and scarf weather!  Well, you know, it's a dry cold as opposed to our dry heat!  Okay, enough frivolity.  It's time to share a few more Christmas decor pics around our home.

Today we will look for merriment in the kitchen and family room.


I decided to use a quilted runner I made a few years ago, instead of a tray on the island.  I'm so glad our island is big enough to have this display in the middle, giving us ample room 
for other things if needed.  

The Santa and teapot are some of my oldest Christmas possessions, and I get so excited to bring them out every year!

I'm loving this little scene inside this huge lantern.

These apothecary jars are pretty much always on top of the fridge, but what's inside each one gets changed with the seasons.

Another favorite vignette.




Love this little tree that we bought in Switzerland on our River Cruise a couple of years ago.


The stockings are hung by the chimney with care.

This is a completely new Christmas mantel idea this year, using my small collection of snow-people!

Hmmm...maybe I should have given these stockings a quick press with the iron!


I used mostly red & silver decorations on this tree.  Isn't this pillow cute?  It's from Amazon.


I like to buy a nutcracker for The Man each year, but I only buy one if it's something special.  Haven't found one this year....yet.

I love my gallery wall of vacation photos, and like to give it a bit of holiday cheer by adding some ornaments....I did this exact thing last year.

Well, that's it for this time.  I do have a few more things I want to share another time.  I hope everyone is enjoying this "Happiest Time of the Year," but I know that cannot be.  My heart aches for those whose lives have been turned upside down because of the ongoing fires in California, those who have yet to recover from the aftermath of several hurricanes, victims and their loved ones who have suffered the tragedies of mass shootings, and the list could go on and on.  All of these tragedies made me stop and wonder if I should hold back from sharing something as frivolous as how I've decorated my kitchen or my snow-people mantel.  Then I decided my post just might make someone smile, and if that does happen, that would make me happy.  I join the many who are praying for all those whose lives are not how they want them to be right now.  You are tenderly tucked into our hearts as we pray for each one of you.

Warm hugs to all,
Carol

I hope to be joining some of these lovely ladies this week:

Kristi at Making it in the Mountains for The Creative Gallery
Cindy at Dwellings--The Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday
Maria Elena at Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Tuesday
Suzy at Worthing Court for The Scoop
Carol at The Red Painted Cottage for Share Your Style Party
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home




12/6/17

Fa-La-La-La-GLITTER!

This truly is the merriest time of year, and I don't know about you, but it seems to be whizzing by way too fast!  Gotta enjoy it all and stay in-the-moment, even where glitter is concerned.  Am I the only one who has a love-hate relationship with that sparkly stuff?  I do love the shimmer and sparkle that glitter adds to any and everything, but I just wish it would stay where it's suppose to be.  I mean really, on my lips after taking a shower....how could that happen?  Okay, enough glitter drama.  I have some Christmas pics to share, so let's get started.

I'm starting outside, because The Man had some fun creating a little Christmas tree farm for us.  Aren't they cute?  They were the hot topic of conversation at our Block Party this past Sunday.  The Man could have made some quick cash if he had wanted to go into tree production! 

It's rather difficult to take a pic of this entry area, but here goes.




I've had this same wreath for about five years now....maybe next year I'll change it up.


Come on in, and I'll show you around the foyer, living room and dining area.
I think this is my favorite tree, because I love the colors...green, turquoise, silver & gold.


The reflection in the mirror makes it look so much bigger and fuller.



I chose not to do our BIG 9' tree this year, and have instead, used the four 4' trees in various locations around our home.

Next up is our living room or sitting room, or maybe "the room I just love to look at every time I walk past!"


I really had fun styling this armoire this year, now that I'm keeping the doors open!




This is another very old wreath that I just keep re-fluffing every year!  I really love the light that it brings to this rather dark corner of the room.


These reindeer pillows (and two more in the family room) are from Amazon and are the only new purchases I've made this year.  I crocheted the little pillow in the middle last year.


I'm pretty much loving this vignette on my old Singer table.  This tree got mainly gold, hot pink, & turquoise.....well, you know I love my turquoise!


My 47 year old nativity pieces got painted this year, and I chose to use this cloche (thrifted) instead of the well-worn and battered stable.  I was very hesitant to paint this, but I am so glad I did.



I kept this vignette on the coffee table very simple.  The beautiful hurricane with a battery candle and snow globe music box are gifts from a very dear friend several years ago.  


And who doesn't love a bowl filled with bright ornaments!  


Here we are in the dining room and one of my favorite places to decorate...the china cabinet.  Do you say china cabinet or cupboard or hutch?  I'm just curious.  I didn't do much to the top, except to add some red berries to the cotton stems (those stay all the time) & pop a few tinsel trees ($Store a few years ago) up  there for some sparkle.  The coffee filter wreath stays there all the time.


I used lots of trees of various materials & ornaments to add festiveness to this area.


My tablescape is very simple, and I decided to use the gray & white runners that I usually reserve for Spring...I'm liking the calmness of this look.


The bar area got a little bit festive, too!



I'll wrap up this photo-heavy post with another peek at our little Christmas trees!


I'll have another post or two to share more of our holiday home, but I'm thinking you may all need a nap by now.  Hope all of you are enjoying this fun-time of year and not feeling too overwhelmed.  Oh, watch out for that glitter....you never know where it might end up!

Hugs,
Carol

I hope to be joining some of these lovely ladies this week:

Kristi at Making it in the Mountains for The Creative Gallery
Cindy at Dwellings--The Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday
Maria Elena at Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Tuesday
Suzy at Worthing Court for The Scoop
Carol at The Red Painted Cottage for Share Your Style Party
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home









11/20/17

Chchch....Changes!

Is anyone else feeling a bit overwhelmed that the holidays are barreling toward you like a semi-truck?  In an attempt to slow things down & quell my "spinning out-of-control" emotional state, I have tried to stay away from Blogland for a bit.  My home is still decorated for Fall and Thanksgiving, so seeing all the Christmas-filled blogs has been making me feel anxious.  I will eventually get around to seeing your Christmas digs, but not until after Turkey Day!  I've been keeping myself busy with some small projects and getting things ready for company.  Our son and family are spending Thanksgiving with us!  I am so excited!  We haven't had company for Thanksgiving for a long time, so I am gratefully turning the "turkey duties" over to our son!  I am so excited to have some of our grandchildren here for this special day.

Okay, so what have I been doing while not being on Blogger?  Lots of this and that.  One day I was studying my formal living/dining room, trying to come up with ideas to make it feel more cozy & less stuffy.  Well, I decided this armoire needed a new purpose.  You have seen it many times (this pic was taken last Christmas), but I have never shown the inside....there is a very good reason why. 


Upper cabinet 


This is why!  Packed with dishes, some seasonal some not; but lots of things that didn't fit anywhere else.  It was just a jumbled up mess until "the lightbulb" moment happened

Lower cabinet


This is the lower part of my china cabinet....it was also involved in my lightbulb moment.


This is where I was keeping our wedding china & a few other odds & ends. 


Anytime I wanted to use these dishes, I would cringe at the thought of practically standing on my head to get to them and change my mind.  Well, not anymore!


Here is what I did!


I cannot tell you how much I love the new arrangement.  I'm also elated that I can now have the doors open, and my mind is already spinning with how I will decorate this new area for Christmas!


I also added some poster-board to the backside that looks like painted wood & adds a lot of light. 


The lower part still needs some work, but it is great storage for some of my larger vases & such.   


The lower part of the china cabinet is now home to some of my seasonal dishes & decor.  Thanksgiving resides on the right......


And Christmas on the left.  I only have to get to them once a year, so no big deal!


The Man loves this print, so I've been trying to embrace it by adding more of these colors to the room.  You will see more of what I'm talking about when you see the new centerpiece on my dining room table.


I'm loving these new furry pillows.  I bought them at HobLob....I know a thing or two about making pillows, but I seriously cannot make them for what I can buy them for at this store (on sale, of course)!  And they are made well.



Sorry about the quality of some of my photos....something is awry with my camera.  I got a bit carried away making cloth pumpkins in lots of the colors in that print above our sofa.  I will also be adding more of these colors in the place settings I'm planning for Thanksgiving dinner.  I'll try to remember to share.


E6000 glue and I have been busy.  I created this tiered piece and.....


This one, using some hand-painted china that The Man's aunt painted many, many years ago.  I have displayed a few of her plates, but I have a bunch; so I decided to make these display pieces with some of them.


I think this one is so sweet.  Oh, can you see how I used corks for the stems on my pumpkins.  I pretty much depleted my stash of corks....better drink more wine!


I shared this on IG yesterday.  It's Pumpkin Pound Cake with Brown Butter Icing, and you can find the recipe HERE.  Thank you, Carol, at The Red Painted Cottage!  I took this cake to a neighborhood block party last night, and it got rave reviews!


I also shared this on IG.  It's a most delicious Pumpkin Bread, and you can find the recipe HERE.  Thank you, Marty, at A Stroll Thru Life!


Whew, that was a lot of chitchat and photos wasn't it?  That's what happens when I stay away from blog buddies for awhile....so much to catch up on!  Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post.  I probably won't be back to do a another post until after Thanksgiving, but I may be sharing on IG.  

In case I don't have the opportunity later this week, I just want to wish everyone a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Warm hugs to everyone,
Carol


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