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Thursday, December 30, 2010

A New Winter Mantel...


The Christmas decorations are still coming down, and I'm having fun putting the house back together!  Today I re-did the mantel in our entryway for winter... you might recognize some of the pieces from other vignettes...



 I used many white tones here~ a wood candleholder and a vintage clock...




I love the look of the old jewelry decorating the candlestick holder...look at the sweet little child's ring...


and the engraved heart...


I always love old skates~ especially with cute laces and a little trophy...


A charming little old chippy chalkware dog statue on old books makes me smile...



I re-used this old baby photo, layered against the mirror, with a jar of dice, and used an old tarnished silverplate trophy to hold a chippy old metal French Fleur-de-Lis...




 A large bottle full of pearly white buttons sits next to a vintage bingo cage filled with wood bingo balls...
 

and my glittered  "SNOW" letters are hung over the mirror...


for a simple, fun mantel vignette for winter!


I am linking to Common Ground's Vintage Inspiration Friday Party
and
French Country Cottage's Feathered Nest Friday

Until next time...wishing you all the happiest of New Years!

Linda

Monday, December 27, 2010

Changes, changes...


We had a wonderful Christmas, but I don't know about you... but after Christmas I am always in an organizing, redecorating mood!  I've already started packing away the decorations and am starting some new projects.  We recently decided to move from our large bedroom on the lower level into a smaller bedroom in the upper level of our home.  We enjoy a cozier space, and the old bedroom is in the process of becoming my studio...right now it is a mess, but it will get there!
You may remember my recent post about my visit to Haupt Antiek Market~ I bought this turn-of-the-century pastel work of roses, done by a 12 year old girl...


I think it is really quite beautiful...


We hung it above our bed in the new bedroom...


I love fun little pillows...




My husband is hanging new doors throughout the upstairs... these closet doors just went in our room.  They aren't painted yet... as we are starting a big project in our home...


You can see on this wainscoting~ the woodwork in our home is painted now with Benjamin Moore's Bennington Gray.  We want to brighten everything up and are going to paint the woodwork (including our kitchen cabinets which are also done in this color) in a fresh white for a more cottage style look.  I'll keep you posted as we go...


 Another change...I cut my hair off... my hair grows so quickly, that I've had three haircuts since summer and taken off nearly 10 inches!  Sorry for the blurry pic I took myself~ but at my age, a little blurry is a good thing!  A new year and time for some changes!  Anyone else feeling like this?


Until next time...I'll be packing away Christmas decorations!

Linda

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Few Christmas Memories and a Special Treasure...


I love this old (over 50 Christmases ago now) photo of my sister and I (I'm on the right) with Santa!  My parents always made the holidays so fun for us...I remember my father decorating~ putting up our trees with colorful lights and ornaments, tinsel, and OH... the bubble lights!  How they fascinated me!  Dad always enjoyed decorating the outdoors~ he would put foil on the front door with a big red bow and greens we cut ourselves, and transform the column poles in front of the house into candy canes.  Our window panes were lit and decoratively sprayed with snow spray and stencils~ we lived in the south for some of my childhood, but you'd never know it by looking at our windows...I can still remember the scent of spray snow!



My most special gifts were handmade by my parents~ Barbie and troll clothes, a dollhouse and big doll furniture, and a fun toy box with Dad's hand painted characters from the Sunday Comics...
My mom did crafts with us and had fun art supplies~magical glitters, stars, and construction paper for cards, trees, and chains, and I remember making lots of special cookies~ especially cut-out frosted sugar cookies with sprinkles (dad did the spritz).  She made a VERY special apron for cookie baking- an appliqued and embroidered Santa face with a big pompom.  My sister and I spent many fun hours using it like a mask and pretending to be Santa.  Over the years, and many moves later (my father was in the Air Force for over 20 years) the Santa apron was sadly misplaced.
Two brothers arrived when I was older, and Christmases became even more fun watching them through little ones eyes.  We took many snowy evening drives to see Christmas lights, and played Christmas music on the stereo!   Here's a photo of the four of us... you might remember the furry hats in the late 60's...I LOVED that white hat!  Around this period of time my father was gone for a year in Vietnam~ a hard time for my family...


One day several years ago, I received an unexpected package in the mail from my mother...it was THE Santa apron!!  She had found it, quite by accident, in a storage barrel out in the garage!  She worked hard to clean it up and gave it a new fluffy white pom pom!  I had wished for it for so many years!  Needless to say, it reduced me to a blubbering girl, and is my Christmas treasure today!  It takes me right back to being a young girl again...



I think the things I do for Christmas today are directly influenced by my childhood memories...I love to have the outside of our home decorated!  For the last 38 Christmases, my dear husband has decorated every year (and I know it's not his favorite thing to do).  It has been a gift of love to me, our children, and now grandchildren, and I am so grateful for it!  Thank you sweetie...XO


And to my sweet parents...I know many miles separate us this Christmas, but we are with you in spirit...thank you both for so many wonderful Christmas memories, for always being there, and for being the best parents a girl could have!  I love you both!  Merry Christmas!



Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas with those you love, as we celebrate our Savior's birth... I hope you make some of your own memories this year!

Until next time...I'll be baking cookies and wrapping presents...the kids and grandkids are coming Christmas Eve and I am so grateful they'll all be here!  I'll be back to posting after Christmas!  A big XO to you all!  Merry Christmas!

I am linking to~

My Cottage Charm's Treasures and Trinkets Thursday
and
Common Ground's Vintage Inspiration Friday

Linda

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Decorating Fun...


Well, the house is as decked as it's going to be and most of the Christmas cards and shopping is done...well, almost done anyway!  Thought I'd share a little more Christmas decorating from around our home!  I always love ornament wreaths~ I made this one several years ago using vintage ornaments and Christmas goodies!  The retro glittered Merry Christmas sign is a lot of fun...


This vignette features old books, greens... and remember the scale I found out thrifting recently?




You might remember this big old plaster snowman I found at a garage sale this past summer ...


 In the dining room, more old books and a wonderful old figurine...

and looking out to the tree...I love the graphic diner sign painted on canvas...






some goodies I received from blog friends...




These three bottle brush trees make a sweet centerpiece on a vintage milk glass cake stand...





 I keep these goodies right next to the coffee maker...



for my mocha...want to join me?


I am joining The Boardwalk Bragfest
and
Savvy Southern Style's BTB Party

Until next time...hope you are enjoying this wondrous time...
Linda