December 18, 2016

Bits of Christmas

Hi all,
We're just a little over a week until Christmas
so I wanted to show you a few things around the house.
This guy might be my favorite.
I added his scarf and bells.
I sat him on a bed of giant pinecones and greenery.

Every year I add a new plate or two to my woodland plate collection.
This year I choose a fox and I am out of room to store them all!
I need a new china cabinet.
Hmmmm....Swedish or French?

This brown plaid ribbon was my favorite this year...
anyone have a source for more?

I did this embroidery of Jack.  I still need to do Bruce.

I left the oranges up from Thanksgiving -
I love them too much to take them off.
I love the simplicity.
I might get a little fancier with it before Christmas...or maybe not.

There are a lot of deer in the house.
He's hanging out under a tree.

I love this old book with a whimsical embroidery wrapped around it.
I like creating little moments that make me smile.

Cameos are a favorite.

This is the sideboard in the front room.
That's Dan...he likes to dress up for the holidays.

Working on the front door wreath.
Glitter is everywhere.

This photo was last Sunday after I finished decorating the tree in the entry

Jack was exhausted from watching me go up and down the ladder.

The packages are wrapped....except for the late deliveries.
Don't let me down, FedEx guy!

My favorite gloves and ear I get to use them much!
I need to visit some of you snow bunny friends.

Yesterday the high was 82- it dropped to 32 this morning!
I guess gloves and ear muffs are in my future, after all.

Santa on the piano next to a bay leaf wreath.

This entrance/exit is the side door leading to the driveway...
the door we use the most.
My walls are not yellow, Vera!
They are the same cream as the back wall.

This was a shelf with detachable wedge shelves that I was tired of storing- we attached it to the wall and now I use it for seasonal displays.
And it's a pile up for stuff to take up the back stairs.
I wish there was room for a nice bench, but it's a weirdly narrow space.
The stockings are here until Christmas Eve.

Isn't he a cheerful Santa?
He's paper mache and I've had him for years.
He's the only Santa that I haven't painted away the red on.

These cute little winter birds were a gift from 
They are adorable sitting on packages under the entry tree.
Out of Jack's reach!
Thank you, sweet lady.

And a big thank you to Vera from Rowhomes and Cobblestones
for sending delicious chocolate pretzels from Philly.
They are all gone.
I had to share with Magoo- we love a good sweet and salty snack.
We had a little bowl of caramel pecan sauce to dip in.
Should I send you some Texas jalapeno fudge, Vera? ;)

I hope everyone is enjoying the season!
More baking is in my future.
Maybe I should stop eating it all????

Merry Christmas everyone~
and may all the blessings of the season be yours.


  1. I love all your Christmas goodies. And if you want to put your gloves and muffs to work, come visit me. It's currently five degrees and Her Grace is freezing her paws off.


  2. Love your woodland theme! That first pic kind of reminded me of the pupsters!

  3. Extremely beautiful Christmas decorations.. Embroidered jack it so awesome, it hard to describe in words..

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  4. Tina love all your sweet decor for Christmas. That Santa on the Mantel needs to get packed up and shipped to me! Yep!!! Love him. Hey throw in the wreath too. Okie dokie! Glad you love your little birds. They were too adorable with their winter hats and scarves. I got some of those delish pretzels from Vera too. Oh my gosh I sat and ate half the box all by myself while watching TV. So yummy. Merry Christmas sweet friend. Enjoy this week as we slide on down into the big day. Yikes this time of year moves way tooooooooo fast. Hugs sweet friend.

  5. Tina you have created a coziness that makes me want to visit and share a chair or sofa with Jack and Bruce. I love your Woodland creatures and foxes are a favorite of mine. As a kid my cousins saved a red fox and bottle fed and lovingly nurtured her. She was their pet and I have never stop wanting one ... although I think Simon might have something to say about it! He is very content with being the only fur kid.
    Oh man now I put it out there and for those who love Yellow I say enjoy it. I know exactly what you mean how sometimes cream can photograph butterish. Know what's funny my Grand Gabby hates yellow too.
    The Philly chocolate pretzels are John's favorite, we go through lots of them in our house. Salty and sweet -Love. Sea salted caramels oh yes!
    I adore your IG posts and sorry I missed out on the chance to win the Christmas apron... how did I miss that?! But I am very happy that Pat won.
    Give the boys a hug from me.
    Sending love,

  6. Love the oranges and greenery on your mantle! Happy Christmas Week Tina-enjoy:@)

  7. Everything is so lovely! Merry Christmas!

  8. I love it all, but especially that ribbon. And the transferware...I am a sucker for transferware.

  9. A-dor-a-ble.
    I have 10 degrees on Andi; it's currently -5° here. It's lovely if you don't mind the frozen nostrils and eyeballs.

  10. your home looks so beautiful and cozy. :) your Fox! and the embroidery of your pup is amazing! you're so talented! you just reminded me that I need ear muffs. :) got your email...thank you!
    I'm still the last minute son needs a new laptop and he starts back to school in January , so I'm shopping laptops. I've got his gf's b-day on Thursday and my parents will be here Friday. I'm still wrapping and have to finish planning my dinners and go grocery shopping and hubby is going with me. :) lol

  11. Love the holiday touches around your beautiful home! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Love and hugs!!

  12. Thank you for sharing a few peeks into your gorgeous home, Tina! Your garland decorated with twinkle lights and orange slices is so pretty! Now you've got me wanting to spice up my garland. And the brown plaid ribbon is perfect for a woodland themed room. Love the dressed up deer! It's all just lovely and your embroidered pieces make everything look even more special.

    I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  13. Everything looks so lovely Tina. I love the orange garland and your paper mache Santa head. I have Andi and Cheryl beat... currently with the wind chill factor it's -24 here. Yikes! Merry Merry Christmas!

  14. Your decorations are gorgeous, your house looks so cozy. Love the mantle - the orange slices, lovely. Merry Christmas to you and Magoo, Tina! xoxo

  15. Tina, you truly have a way with CHARMing. Your beautiful home is filled with so much pretty that I wasn't even aware of! I love the embrodiery of Jack and that brown and white ribbon would be my favorite also, especially with the cameo. Your mantle looks gorgeous and I totally forgot I was going to make some of those orange slices. I would leave that up all year long. Sweet Kris is always so thoughtful. Those little birdies are precious. I could go on and on....Merry Christmas to you, Magoo and family, especially those beauties that Kai sends all kinds of wishes to..xxoJudy

  16. So many wonderful things! I especially love the oranges.

  17. Tina- your home is just lovely- at Christmas- and year round too. It has that perfect mix of elegance and comfort and graciousness. (like you!)
    I have 12 Woodland Spode plates, but I think I need to do what you do. Adding a piece each year is a great idea.
    Merry Christmas!

    White Spray Paint

  18. Cute decor. I've jumped over from Kris' blog. Your blog is darling. I'm going to have a look around.


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