Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas: The Family Room

I had planned on saving my family room for last, but why?  I love it so there is no reason to wait.  Here is the 9' tree we added this year.

 The mantle decorations are simple, but go very nicely with the tree.  A little sparkle, pine cones, and red are perfect.

My kids made this for me in 1996.  It is one of my favorite Christmas things.  It is wrinkled from storage, but I am afraid to iron it as it might ruin the paint.  I am hoping it may "hang" out.

I bet you have figured out I love pine cones.  This is a close-up of the mantle garland.

I got this angel as a teacher gift 15 years ago.  She always makes it out of the box, but usually graces a bed.  Not this year.  Front and center.

This wonderful little sled is perfect on the hearth.  Bought this at Garden Ridge Pottery 7 years ago.

Here are a few of the decorations on the tree.  The UT nutcrackers came from my daughter before she was my daughter.  Love them.

I am not sure why, but this bear has always been one of my favorites.  I guess he just looks like my old teddy bear from when I was a kid.

The topper is simple, just a bunch of sprigs of berries that tie the tree and mantle together.

I add new children's Christmas books to my collection every year.  I will show you the rest of my collection another day, but this is one I added this year as well as Richard Scarry's Best Christmas Book Ever which is in the mail from Barnes and Nobel.  Can't wait for it to arrive.

These pillows are fantastic.  Picked these up at Target last week.  Love how they tie in with the pine cones on the tree and mantle.

This is one of my first Quilts.  I made this about 5 years ago and still love the earthy colors.  How about those reindeer?  It is draped over the back of the couch.

The last item tonight is my Nativity Set.  I put it on the bookshelf that divides the dining room from the hall and family room.  It's Jim Shore and I love it, too.

That wraps up things for tonight.  Have you started decorating?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas: Guest Room #1 and My Village

Guest room 1 is ready for company.

I have swapped out the scrapbook paper in my frame for Christmas trees, and placed my pear table cover out for its cuteness.

I printed some of the pine cone pictures I took at my brother's to rotate into the frame above the bed.  Seasonal I think.

I have a mini quilt hanging in another frame over the bed.

And a partridge in a pear tree and a sewing themed Christmas tree by the chair.

Here are a few of my favorite ornaments on this tree.

I set up my village in the entry way this year.  I usually put it on the mantle.

I do love my village.  My grandmother Cooper started this collection and I have added a few people and trees over the years.  Would not be Christmas with out it.

More tomorrow on my Christmas decorations.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas: The Dining Room

I did all my decorations different this year.  My normal table center piece is not being used, we have a new Christmas tree, the mantle decor has changed from what I normally have done, and my Christmas village is in a new spot.  One step at a time, though.  Let's start with the dining room.

I went with a more natural and un-fussy theme here using lots of grapevine elements

I have two reindeer on the table with a small pine tree.  (Since taking this photo I have added small pine cones to the tree.) These used to grace my fireplace mantle at my old house.  And every tree needs a cardinal, right?

I really love the grapevine snowflakes I hung from the chandelier.  Might be my favorite new thing I added this year.  I hung them with red and green ribbon at different heights.

My Christmas china is on the table, too, with green glassware and my new silverware.

I have had this little church for many years (I used to put it on the vanity in the guest bathroom) and it just seems at home on my small table by the windows.  Sometimes it is the little things.  I know many people may not notice it is even there, but I know.

Well, that's the dinning room.  I'll show you another room tomorrow.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Deer Are Back!

The deer have returned and I was able to get some better shots this time.  First we had 3 does.  They stayed about 40 minutes grazing on the corn from the feeder.

Then we had a 2 point buck.  Look close and you will see his antlers.

By the time the 3 point buck strolled in the feed was gone so he did not stay long and I was not able to get a photo.  I am sure they will be back.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving, but believe it or not, I have no photos.  I was so focused on the cooking I really didn't think to take any.  My grandoggie kept me company in the kitchen.

Thanks to Linda for sending the wonderful peaches (they didn't last the night!), Jessica and Diane for all the set up and clean up help, and my mom for the Brandy Pumpkin Pie (it was gone by 10pm, too) and all her help in the kitchen.  It always makes things easier with more hands.

I have finished up my Christmas decorating with a lot of help from Ellen, Regan, Trevor, and Breck.  Kracken helped me test the lights, though.

I will have photos tomorrow when I can get some better light.  I will say I am very happy with how everything turned out.  I will give a tease and tell you we have 5 Christmas trees this year including a 9' tree in the family room.   Breck has always wanted a tall tree and this seemed like a good year to do one.  50% off at Hobby Lobby.  Kracken approves.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.  This is such a busy time of year for everyone including me.  For the last few days I have been shopping for our big family/friend dinner which we will have on Friday and getting the house ready to entertain.  I will be back this weekend with new posts.  Ones with pictures even.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Our Monarchs

It is time for the Monarchs to migrate to Mexico.  We missed being a part of this last year, but we have some of the right plants this year.  They love our Vitex plant.

If the wind dies down a little later today after the rain  I may get some more photos.  What I know for sure is that I want to plant more butterfly attracting plants for next year.