Friday, December 18, 2015

Itty Bitty Houses at Christmas- Five on Friday

Hello, Dear Friends, I hope you 
are enjoying this festive season! 

I have always loved those miniature 
Christmas villages and the dedication
it takes to collect each tiny piece. 

I'm not so dedicated, but I do enjoy 
decorating with itty bitty houses, 
so let me show you some of mine. 

The first style of tiny houses
I collect are log cabins. 
When I was a young girl, I grew up in 
a log cabin by a lake in rural Massachusetts. 

We also had the privilege of using my Father's 
boss' log cabin in the White Mountains of New Hampshire
any time we wanted to get away. 

Log cabins hold a special place in my heart. 

Living here in the mountains of Washington State, 
this rustic style is just right. 

We found this little cabin on a trip to Alaska
a few years ago. 

This is another cabin from Alaska. 
It is an incense burner and the smoke rises
through the chimney! 

The second style of small houses I have
are in my blue hutch that holds
 my clear glass serving pieces. 

This is in the hallway going to my laundry room,
right off the kitchen. 
Ling Ling likes to hang out here 
because this is where her food dish is! 

These live in a forest of bleached bottle-brush trees. 
Remember when these were so popular a few years back? 

As you can see, I 'stocked up'! Lol! 

If you look closely you can see one that I have 
captured in a jar :) 

Many of these serving pieces belonged to my Mother. 

The 3rd style of houses are these 'ginger bread' houses that 
I made from graham crackers a couple of years ago.

You can see more photos and the tutorial to make them Here.
I have 5 of them left after giving most away.

They keep very well if stored in tissue paper
inside an airtight tin.
I use large popcorn tins.

The 4th style of little houses
are these vintage candle houses
from the 1960's.

This little corner holds my 'retro'
Christmas treasures.

The Whitman's Sampler Tin is also from the 60's.
I'm missing the 'y' baby block.

I was a child of the '60's!

My vintage Santa ornaments are having a party.
The Santa with the clock was from my parent's
very first Christmas tree - 62 years ago :)

The ceramic Santa is not vintage,
but it was the very last Christmas gift from
my parents. It opens in the middle
and had a loving note inside.

The 5th style of tiny houses are greenhouses
in my 'greenhouse' window over my kitchen sink,

This little greenhouse is actually an ornament,
but it is too large for my small tree.

It is wonderfully detailed with wreaths and garlands
and glittery snow.

The interesting glass pieces are vintage gelatin molds.

Two bottle brush trees live in the glass 'conservatory'.

A sweet bird feeder ornament houses a tiny bird.

Of course, I am cheating by showing you these tins,
but they 'live' in the same window.
I love my snowman in a jar - a gift from a dear loved one.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my 5 styles of Itty Bitty Christmas Houses.

I had fun showing you around.

I wish we could sit and enjoy a lovely cup of hot cocoa
and some gingerbread together!


The sweet smell of incense can make you feel good,
but true friendship is better still.

Proverbs 27:9


Today I am linking with:Five on Friday


  1. I really enjoyed seeing them all, Karen. I especially love the log cabins. The bottle-brush trees are still very popular and I really like them, too. Now, that blue hutch...that really caught my eye. I think I would enjoy my dinner in that room with Ling-Ling if I could sit and gaze at it for awhile. :)

  2. Your collection of houses is delightful, Karen. I think I like the ones with the bottle-brush trees the best. The Whitman's tin made me smile, as my husband used to buy me Whitman's when we were dating. I am a child of the 60's too, so I know how special that must be for you. I love your vintage Santas. They look like they are dancing for the season. :) And that Santa that belonged to your parents is a treasure.

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Karen. I hope you have a wonderful day with all of your beautiful family.

    love, ~Sheri

  3. I'm loving your tiny house collection! I have a few also - my husband made a couple of log cabins that i just love. Being a gardener, I was drawn to the greenhouse ornament. I've never seen one like it. So pretty! Your vintage shelf brings back memories. Love those Santas! Have a very good weekend, Karen!

  4. What a wonderful collection. I couldn't choose a favourite style as they all have their own charm, a real delight. Love the jelly moulds, they took me right back to my childhood.

  5. So many little houses, they look so festive dotted around your big house. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas, thanks for all your lovely comments too, I've really enjoyed them. x

  6. What a lovely collection! Have a great weekend now...

  7. Yes, I enjoyed seeing your little houses. They bring back memories of my Christmases growing up. Lovely decorations and images. Your home is beautiful. Have a happy weekend!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  8. Oh you childhood sounds idyllic, growing up a log cabin by the lake. Your front door has the loveliest Festive welcome. All your houses are so lovely and different, you have quite a collection there. As always I am delighted to meander through your lovely home!

  9. I enjoyed looking at all of your houses and decorations for Christmas. I hope you have a nice weekend Karen.

  10. Hi Karen, I really enjoyed seeing all your different houses that decorate your house at Christmas. They are really sweet and some are so different. You have them displayed so nicely too. I love your pale blue hutch with the glass dishes and white trees etc. Have a lovely weekend. Blessings, Pam

  11. Greetings Karen, it was so much fun seeing your collection of little homes. I really like the wooden cabins as they are so unique. It must have been fun growing up in a cabin. Your home is so beautiful the way you have decorated it with all your special, memory filled items. I wish you and your family a blessed Christmas holiday. It's been a blessing to me to get to know you via your blog. Hugs, Pat xx

  12. I love them all too. The glass greenhouses are gorgeous! And I love the vintage houses and old Santas! Enjoy your weekend! Hugs, Diane

  13. Beautiful, all five styles! Have a wonderful weekend!

  14. You have so many beautiful little houses! They are all wonderful aren't they. I adore the log cabins especially, they are so unusual to me! Thank you for joining Five On Friday and making it a great thing this year. I so appreciate it! Happy Christmas! See you again in 2016! xx

  15. I just love your collection of itty bitty houses! Thank you so much for sharing them with us. They are all so unique in themselves and have wonderful stories to tell.

  16. What a sweet collection! Your home looks so homey and Christmasy.

    Have a Happy Christmas ~ FlowerLady

  17. Each nook and cranny of your house is decorated with just the right things. I love all your little houses and I am so glad you have that Santa from your parent's first tree....What a treasure....Merry Christmas to a very special gal...I have really enjoyed getting to know you here on blogland....

  18. What fun to see these beautiful vignettes! And that Ling Ling is a gorgeous cat! I won't share that bit of information with Tuppence, however. :-) Merry Christmas, Karen. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead.

  19. I do love the bottle brush trees and the conservatory. Lovely!

  20. Hi Karen, Love your beautiful Christmas decor and the little houses just steal my heart. All your sweet vignette are so warm and inviting for the holiday season. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas sweet friend. xo

  21. I have never seen greenhouses before! Cute!

  22. The small houses are delightful! So many different kinds! I love the inspire me to look for some to collect, myself! :-) Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my blog...I know I have some posts to look at as soon as Christmas is past. Have a wonderful, blessed Christmas, dear Karen!

  23. What a lovely collection. Merry Christmas. xoxo Su

  24. Such a lovely, Christmassy post, Karen! Your tiny houses are really cute - I love especially the greenhouses.
    It's always a joy to visit your beautiful blog. Wishing you and yours a most blessed Christmas and a happy new year! xx

  25. Karen,
    Everything looks so pretty!! I love your front porch!! So festive!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! Merry Christmas !!


  26. Karen beautiful, like the wooden houses and loved to see her. You gave a special touch .... Merry Christmas to all you guys !!!

  27. Karen beautiful, like the wooden houses and loved to see her. You gave a special touch .... Merry Christmas to all you guys !!!

  28. Just love your collections, I will have to say that the log cabins are very unique and I love the idea of the incense coming out the chimney, how fun!! I just love the whole nature feel of the scene you have there.
    The wire brush trees with the houses look great against all that clear glass and your retro Santa's are just too cute!! Fun looking at it all!

  29. christmas looks especially festive, sprinkled all about your beautiful home. special pieces, with lots of meaning, are always best!! many thanks for sharing peeks into your beautiful home, merry christmas!!!

  30. Hi dear Karen !! Ame tu colección de casitas sin tan adorables y una bonita decoración navideña

  31. Ling, ling has the right idea. The kitchen, or in her case, the food bowl, is the heart of the home. Thanks so much for dropping by my writing blog!

  32. I love your little houses, Karen...I am always attracted to them, too. I love how you gathered them together in each display, we can see your collections so well. I love the little visit from Ling Ling, too! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  33. You what a lovely post. I would love to holiday in a log cabin, it is no wonder you love them so much. Little houses always remind me of Christmas, they look so festive and yours are so pretty. Have a very merry Christmas xxxx

  34. Karen, what a delightful post! I am enchanted with all your little houses especially the graham cracker ones! I am going to save that tutorial post and try to make these houses myself. Thank you for sharing all of this with us!

  35. Those vintage style candle houses are adorable - I have not seen them before! And the tree - log-houses as well ... and the gingerbread ones ... A lovely collection of houses you have, Karen!
    Wishing you a Joyous Christmas!

  36. What fun to collect log cabins! What fun displays you have and thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas to you from chilly, rainy Oregon. Hugs and thanks for commenting on my blog. I'm thinking of looking for a couple more skirts to go with my tops. I wear more skirts and pants than dresses.

  37. Dearest Karen, I so enjoyed my visit with you this evening! Your home, as always, is full of charm and beauty!

    May you and yours have a beautiful and blessed Christmas! I am ever so thankful for you, my friend. Hugs!

  38. Look at that...I'm right behind my daughter in commenting. :-)
    What a delight to see all of your tiny homes. I too have an enjoyment of cabins, of course we live in one and adore it!
    You have some beautiful dishes that were your mother's, such a treasure to have those keepsakes.
    Your home is always so warm and inviting, Karen.
    Yes,a cup of tea and some ginger bread would be lovely in deed.

    Merry Christmas wishes to you and your family, dear friend.

  39. My favourites are our log cabins, so simple and beautiful! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  40. So many lovely pieces to enjoy! Love that the one holds a note from your parents :-) Have a very Merry Christmas!


  41. Dearest Karen,
    Wow, you have such lovely things to show and it is a pleasure for being shown around.
    LOVE, just adore your pine cone wreath; such a variety of cones too.
    Each region has its own beauty and it shows in all seasons.
    In Switzerland where we often visited and stayed with our friends, you can admire log cabins. It is so warm, especially in winter as it creates a most charming ambiance.
    Sending you hugs for a Merry Christmas with your loved ones!

  42. Nice collection. Merry Christmas.

  43. Dear Karen, I enjoyed looking at your Itty Bitty House collection! They go so well with the Christmas decorations and they are really fun. I think my favorite is the Greenhouse ornament, because it is so delicate and there are so many fascinating details on this one.
    Wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
    Warm regards,

  44. Feliz Natal!!! Que a manjedoura do seu coração esteja pronta para receber o Menino Jesus que irá nascer!!!
    Um ano novo repleto das bençãos de Deus!!!
    Doce abraço com carinho, Marie!

  45. Karen you truly have created a home sweet home with all of your little house! I particularly like the rustic log cabin and the gingerbread houses! Have a very Merry Christmas!!

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