Hello, Dear Friends, I hope that you are finding
a few precious moments to enjoy this beautiful season!
I'm sure all of you have been busy with holiday
preparations! I am running a bit behind, but I am finally
done 'decking the halls', so won't you come inside
and share a cup of cocoa while I show you around?
I'll heat up the cocoa while I take your coat.
It's been cold outside, but beautifully sunny.
The sun has been streaming in on slanted rays,
illuminating all the dusty corners, so as
I have been decorating, I've also been washing
windows and dusting away cobwebs.
This year I've kept things light and simple.
A little 'Shabby Chic' - a little 'French Nordic'.
I like to change my style for every season.
I've brought in a large mirror and Florentine
table that I found last summer at a Flea Market.
I've kept the vintage baby crib from my fall decorating,
but I've added white lace curtains to allow
as much light inside as possible.
I made the pine-cone orb a few years ago
and already had the wonderful pot.
This year I just 'shopped my home'
and storage for things to
Lots of texture.....crochet, lace and fur.
I love this vintage crib.
It was originally my daughter's doll crib :)
I usually keep it in my sewing room filled with fabric.
I can see my birdcage angel from here.
A basket of wrapping and craft supplies.
I've replaced the display of fall pottery
in my Hoover 'Kitchen Queen' cabinet
with my collection of pressed and etched glass.
Pale bottle brush trees and vintage tin molds used
as tea-light holders keep things light.
I made the vintage-style Father Christmas
years ago out of cotton batting with a sticker face.
The beautiful footed compote was a wedding gift in 1953 for my
parents, as was the platter and salt and pepper shakers.
My dear Mother-in-law's Johnson Bros.
These small treasures remind us of loved
ones now gone and keep them with us in spirit.
The small star was Ramblin' Man's as a child.
We have so few things passed down to us,
so these small tokens are very dear.
Beautiful sunshine streaming into the living room.
In normally gray Washington State, this is a wonderful change.
I've kept things simple and light here, too.
Another Florentine table.
I am in love with this beautiful style.
And an ice-cube snowman :)
The beautiful vintage window was found
many years ago in a local antique shop.
It came from an historic home in the area.
The blue paint is original.
My 1920's buffet came from England.
Log cabins represent childhood memories of vacations
at 'Butler's cabin' in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
The true reason for the season.
The days are short as we approach the winter solstice.
Time moves quickly as we prepare to celebrate
another Christmas, looking back on the year past
and looking forward to the new one.
I hope you find some simple joys in these
busy days ahead, Dear Friends.
Thank you for joining me,
and thank you for your friendship.
"At Christmas, all roads lead home"