Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Quick Update

We had a very quiet Christmas this year.   As I have written in previous posts the last few weeks my mother-in-law has been very ill and passed away Tuesday, the 27th.  She was not expected to live much longer over a month ago  but she did make it through Christmas unaware of her surroundings.  Her funeral will be tomorrow.

I was sick most of the holidays with a virus and bronchitis.  I am feeling better now.  Most of my plans for last week were cancelled :(  My friends and I finally got together yesterday and we shared stories and caught up with each other.  Friends always make things better!

I hope to be back next week with a more upbeat post and share some new projects!

Hugs,
Donna



Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Stockings Were Hung ....

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care ... I love this poem!

This is the mantle and huge fat tree in our family room.  This is where we spend our time watching television or at the computer desk.

The tree is loaded with ornaments I have made over the years.  We bought this tree in 1983 the year we built our house.  Everyone thinks it is real!  It is so well made and soo full.  It is not pre-lit so I have to string the hundreds of light on it!

Looking up to the picture above the fireplace.  I use colored lights in this room and lots of them! 


All the stockings are hung with the exception of my SIL's ... ooops! 
Actually I am hand stitching it and did not get it completed.  Maybe after Christmas!


I wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Hugs,
Donna

Friday, December 23, 2011

More Christmas Around the House

My dining room tree with all types of cooking and baking ornaments.

Vintage looking couple all ready for Christmas


Small wreaths tied on the back of the dining room chairs.


Cupcake wreath I made last year on the pantry door.


I made this wreath with things I had leftover from other projects.

I am sorry I have not been around to visit my blogging friends.  I came down with a "bug"  while in Nashville last weekend :(  I did get to see the Rockettes at the Grand Ole Opry and visit ICE. 
I am finally feeling better today!

Thanks for visiting!
Hugs,
Donna

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas in the Piano Room

My Christmas tree in the piano room.   I took this picture at night.  Lots of gold on this tree and tons of ornaments!

I posted the mantle here.

Cedar chest display.
The ornaments under the glass were from our first Christmas tree thirty-four years ago.  My sweet little deer are paper mache I painted and glittered.

More ornaments in a candle holder.
My mother's glasses and my grandfather's watch ... treasures!

The top of the piano with more of Amber's snow village.
The gold ornaments were my mother-in-laws. 
And you can't have Christmas without an angel!  I have collected Precious Moments for years.  I've had this angel for over fifteen years.  She stays out all year long.   She doesn't get packed away in a box.  She just makes me smile :)

I have a busy week ahead.  My girlfriends from high school are coming to my house on Wednesday to eat and share a few laughs.

Thanks for visiting!
Hugs,
Donna

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Apron

I adore this Christmas apron made from a vintage tablecloth.  Cindy from Retro Revival made this cutie for a giveaway and I won!

Notice how she placed the candles, holly and candy canes for the apron! She makes the most adorable aprons and shower caps.  You have to go visit her blog.  So delightful!

I wanted to have my husband take a pic of me wearing it but it hasn't happened yet.  His mother has been very sick and he hasn't been here much (at the hospital). 
So I put it on my dress stand. 

I adore vintage linens and this is definitely a treasure to me.  I will wear it while baking and hope I don't get anything on it :)

Thanks for visiting!

Hugs,
Donna

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Kitchen Hutch Decked for Christmas



My hutch in the kitchen is decked out for Christmas with all things baking

My yellow bowl filled with greenery and my grandmother's old egg beater and sifter. I can only imagine the cakes she mixed with these old utensils. 
 Little gingerbread people popping out of cherry embellished teapots.  They are actually ornaments. 


I love my vintage cookie cutters.  An elderly lady gave them to my girls when they were little and I have always adored them.  Love the green and red wood handles.  Perfect for Christmas!


What's Christmas without gingerbread? 

Another mixing bowl filled with greenery, candy canes and a star cookie cutter.  I found these cute little frolicking snowmen at Belk this year on sale.  I wanted the cookie jar that goes with them but too much money!

Now I am hungry for cookies.  I hope to do some baking in the next couple of days.
I won the cutest apron to wear while baking.  I will share it in my next post.

Thanks for visiting!

Hugs,
Donna

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Amber's Christmas Tree

The first Christmas after Amber went to Heaven I decorated her room with her Christmas tree.  She chose  all her ornaments ... there are snow angels. snowflakes, stars and gold balls.  I decorated it in her room the last two years but decided to use it in the family room this year where we could all enjoy it! 

She had bought all these little houses  ... whoops there is a tree leaning on the right side!  They are tea light holders from Yankee Candle.

I found the angel wing votive holder this year ... love it!  The angel was from the first Christmas without her here with us.  Angels for an angel!

I just grouped some of the village around her tree.  I used  gold material to reflect off the white lights to make it appear magical.

Here is a roly poly snowman!  He is adorable ... they all are.  I have used more of this collection in another room I will post later. 
I hope you enjoyed seeing Amber's tree that she loved and chose for herself. I love taking the pieces out of the boxes and the memories :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Hugs,
Donna

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Mantle

I have finished decorating the mantle in the room I have been "making over".  I finally got my drapes made for the large window where the Christmas tree stands.  We call this room the piano room for lack of a better name.  There is no computer, no television or phone in this room.   The piano I played on as a young girl is in this room.  My girls played it too.  I call it "my" room. :)  

 The glow of the white lights make the mantel shimmer at night.  The stockings I made about sixteen years ago are satin and lace.  There is a large gold butterfly hanging down in the middle.  I didn't take a pic of it.
White poinsettias and large gold ornaments deck the mantle. 


The only thing I added this year are the wooden trees. I bought them after Christmas several years ago for $2 each.  They were white and distressed. I repainted them vintage white, added a little gold tinting and sprinkled diamond dust. (I didn't know I was using diamond dust until I cut my finger!  I had purchased it at Hobby Lobby thinking it was white glitter.)  I love the sparkly look of them now ... much more Christmasy. 

I will share pics of my tree soon!

Thank you for all your kind comments in my last post.  They mean the world to me!  The holidays are very difficult for my family. 
My mother-in-law has been very ill too.  She has been in and out of the hospital for several weeks now.  She has lived a long life ... she is nearly 86 years old.  She may be greeted by Amber in Heaven soon...

Thanks for visiting!
Hugs,
Donna


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Friday, December 9, 2011

A Little Christmas

I am so slow this year with my Christmas decorating.  I am having trouble this year even making little decisions with my decorating.  I decorate something, not happy with it and redo it ... ugh!
The holidays seem so stressful this year! 
This is a little snowman I bought this year.    I went very simple with this arrangement.  I stuck him in a pot of greenery and added a small strand of white lights so he glows at night.  I have him at the front door under a mirror to greet guests.  (I had to stoop way down to take the picture so I would not capture myself.  It would be a scary picture today.)

I always try to be upbeat on my blog despite missing Amber.  The holidays are the hardest.  My husband and I placed Amber's tree at her headstone today.  Needless to say it was decorated with snowmen :)

Thanks for visiting!

Hugs,
Donna

Monday, December 5, 2011

Let It Snow Village

My little snow village I decorate with each year on top of the entertainment center in our family room is finally in place.  The houses and trees are all candles.  I have never lit them and don't plan to!  Smoke alarms would be going off galore!  The candles all came from Pottery Barn over several years.  They were gifts and some I purchased after Christmas.

All the little snow people I collected years ago at a local shop near here.  Such cute little details.
(I have a new camera this year so I can capture all the little details)


This little snowlady with her purple stocking makes me smile :)


This snowlady is one of my favorites with her pearls and purse.  Love her winter white!


They have lots of purple accents and one of them is an angel!

Little snowman with it's snowman pail is snow delightful!

I usually leave this display a couple of weeks after Christmas since it is really not Christmasy ... just a snow village. 

We had a White Christmas last year so this year who knows!

Thanks for visiting!

Hugs,
Donna


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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Wreath

I have been busy working on a new Christmas wreath for my front door.  I was tired of the old one and decided to get out all my deco mesh and ribbons and get busy!

 This is the final wreath!  I have tweaked this wreath so much I am just glad it's finished.  I couldn't decide which ribbons to use or if I should add green.   I can't seem to make decisions these days ... must be the holidays!

(I cropped this picture until I couldn't see myself in the reflection) LOL

Now I am going to work on my garland around the door and the trees on both sides.  I just hope I can decide what to do with it before Christmas!

Thanks for visiting!

Hugs,