12.14.2010

Christmas Parties

Yah!  It's time to "Share the Decor" and your "Winter Whites".   Fun parties!  One hosted by Sherry of No Minimalist Here,   one by Kathleen of the blog, Cuisine Kathleen, and White Wednesday at Kathleen's blog, Faded Charm.  I hope you have the time to check some of the other blogs out.  I bet we will all be awe of the holiday decorations out there in blogland.  Mine are few and far between this year as we are once again traveling for Christmas.  I decided not to put much up this year.  I am missing it terribly but I bet I will be happy come New Year's when it's time to take it down.  :)  Bobby G. asked me yesterday when I planned to put the tree up. Say what?  You mean I haven't put the tree up yet? I may not get it up at all but I will get to enjoy all yours :)  I have set a plate of homemade Chocolate Bark out for you.  Have a piece and let the tour begin.  :) 
Yum....Don't we all love the extra treats at this time of the year?  I have been baking myself silly this past week.  We will be going to my future daughter-in-law's parents for Christmas dinner and breakfast so I am taking along lots of goodies as a gift.   French Chocolate Bark is so easy to make and so elegant.  And sorta kinda healthy.  It's called French bark because instead of mixing the fruit and nuts in the chocolate I just do it the way the French do.......by just laying it on top as the chocolate hardens. (at least that's what Ina says)  I used white chocolate because I think it shows the fruits prettier.  Toast the cashews lightly; and then I used dried cherries,  dried crystalized ginger, and dried apricots, all diced small.  Just melt your candy making chocolate.  Spread out on parchment paper and top with whatever fruits and nuts you like.  Let harden several hours and break into small pieces.  Easy peasy! 


 This gorgeous piece of old architectural iron work hangs in my foyer.  It's about six feet tall and the perfect spot to hang a wreath.  I spotted this bottle brush wreath as they were just putting them out in Big Lots.....yep....I said Big Lots......but it was expensive for Big Lots.....all of $8.00.  Don't you just love it?  It's looks so old!  It's about 12" across and I just love the replica looking silver mercury glass ornaments on it.


 Vintage ornaments,  including an old German Santa and pine cone,  rest in a nest of shredded old sheet music in a vintage silver pedestal compote.  This one's for sale in the shop.  Looks so pretty sitting under the tall glass cloche.


 I've had this dear sweet worn gold and white angel for years and years.  She has no face anymore which makes her all the more dear.  
 
 This is something new I got this year from a wonderful blogging friend Carol of the blog Polka Dot Closet.  She made these gorgeous broken china mosaic Christmas trees.  And I snagged one right away.  Love the little star on top and the piece of vintage jewelry at the base.  The tree sits in an old candlestick holder.  It looks so sweet sitting among all my old shabby white candle holders. If you hurry I think she has a few left on her website.


I always buy a large white poinsettia every year instead of red.  Red clashes with my red floral chairs.  LOL.....This year I put it in a vintage tired and worn champagne bucket.  Love it!  I  got my plant at Lowe's and they actually had some that had glitter on them.  Now I love glitter but not on my poinsettia! :)


Even my little bird dons some holiday finery......vintage pearls of the highest caliber. :)

Moving outside, I showed this moss covered wrapped present to you last year but this year I added the antlers to the scene.  I saw a number of antlers in Jeanne d'Arc's holiday issue and am seeing a lot of them in the decorating magazines.  I have some for you, called "shed finds" that will be available in the shop soon.  If you would like a pair before I can get them listed (which might not be until after Jan. 1)  give me a shout out.  My emails over there 
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 I had been looking for some old candy canes and found them this Fall at a church bizarre.  I was delighted!   I think they were the ones that you can get at the cheapie stores for like $1.00 apiece but I got tons of them for $1.00 and they had a beautiful weathered mellowed out patina on them.  They rest in the chair next to the moss gift on the front porch.

 And finally the front door wreath.  I love the look of a big fat thick wreath but they cost beaucoups of money so I bought two inexpensive undecorated ones and stacked them for a pretty effect.  Added pine cones and holly berries from the yard, a found bird nest and a sweet old spun cotton red bird. 


And for my last vignette for these delightful parties, I show you what's stacked in a corner of my boudoir.  Bags of gifts waiting to be wrapped.  Come on over and we'll have a "wrapping party".  :)  Before I leave next week I have one more post (I think) about the Christmas Country Mouse and the City Mouse. Hope you'll come back. 



35 comments :

NanE said...

Love all your decor Lynn! I see you found a great place for those candy canes, they look perfect. Love all the white, from the little angel to the bottle brush wreath. Happy Wrapping, Nan

bj said...

What a great post. I love everything in it.
Can't wait to try the French Bark..looks absolutely delicious.

Dishesdone said...

Beautiful things! I especially love your architectural ironwork! Beautiful!
The bark looks delicious and perfect for a Winter White Party!

Merry Christmas!

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

I enjoyed your photos! And I'm definitely trying that French bark -- it sounds delicious and looks so pretty!

Cindy said...

Soooo much magical beauty in one place! My fav is the angel with the worn face-just amazing!

Ann Nichols said...

I think you've decorated plenty! And oh... so tastefully! Aren't candy canes just the greatest decoration? They make anything look Christmasy!
Blessings!!!
Ann
PS I'd love for you to visit and please be sure to enter my GIVEAWAY!!

Pat said...

Everything looks wonderful Lynn!

Merry Christmas!

Amy Kinser said...

Your Christmas decor is just beautiful and your goodies look delish.

Have a wonderfully blessed Christmas.

Amy

Dana and Daisy said...

Hi Lynn! All very cute, but I am just on blog party overload! It turns out there are so many this year I can't keep up! I'd need an editorial calender to do them all!

Love the vintage white wreath!

Blondie's Journal said...

You have such a great collection of Christmas treasures, Lynn and you have arranged so many beautiful vignettes! Everything is just gorgeous!

I hope you enjoyed Chicago, I know we had some record cold while you were here {still do!}.

XO,
Jane

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

LOVE all your decorations. I have that same wreath from Big Lots :)

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Mimi said...

Everything is beautiful, but that piece of ornamental iron with the wreath really caught my eye, it is very striking. I also love the little weatherworn bird with the pearls!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What beautiful Christmas decor and ideas you have! I am in love with your checked sofa with the white poinsettia. Very charming!

Red Door Home said...

Love all the little touches to your holiday decor - the pearl necklace and the pointsetta in the silver urn are just wonderful!

Sue said...

Lynn, I think you did a lot for someone who says she didn't!! So what if there's no tree- you made up for it elsewhere. Love that Big Lots wreath- I sure wish our store had them to sell. OMG I would have bought several. I am now sad that I don't have one... ;-( But I'm happy that you have it and your china mosaic tree. I adore your sweet little no-faced angel, too. Enjoy the holidays with the potential in-laws and eat candy and cookies for me. I have to stop now or I will become as big as a house.
♥ Christmas hugs to you, Sue

Marsha said...

Beautiful Christmas decor! I especially love your moss gift box and will write it down to copy that idea myself next year.

Enjoyed the tour - I'd come for a wrapping party if there was lots of your chocolates on hand :)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Lynn, Everything is wonderful! With all these great decorations you don't need a tree. I love the architectural piece with your bottle brush wreath and the moss wrapped gift. Steve just came upstairs to tell me how good your french bark is. Guess I am going to have to hide some or he will eat it all. Thanks for your sweet comment and for joining my party.
Happy Holidays to you and your family.
xoxo,
Sherry

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

I really enjoyed seeing all your holiday decor.. I must try that bark. it looks Yummy and so festive.

NanaDiana said...

Lynn- Wow! Everything looks great...Chrsitmasy and beautiful I can't believe you found that wreath at BigLots...Holy cow...what have I been missing...and the French bark..Yumm...and well, the whole post is yummm...eye candy! Love your front door wreath too! Hugs- Diana

Sandra said...

Everything is beautiful! And I see everyone talking about french bark? I will look around and hoping to find a recipe. :) Have a wonderful evening.
Sandra

Debbi said...

very very lovely Lynn, but I wouldnt expect any less from you!
Big Lots...hummm. forgot all about them. They are kinda off the beaten path for me, but will have to make a detour when working the day job LOL

Honey at 2805 said...

Beautiful. Love the architectural ironwork.

Connie said...

I'm never, ever disappointed when I visit you, sugar! Never! Just darling.
xoxo,
Connie

Margaret Cloud said...

I love all your decor. I think I like all the pretty colors. The moss covered present is my favorite. I agree with Connie, there is never a disappointment when coming to visit you. Thank you for coming by.

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Lynn,

No way to pick any favorites. I love everything you've shown today.

I'm visiting for White Wednesday.

I wish for you a wonderful day,
Stephanie ♥

Beverly said...

I love it all, Lynn. If you get sad about not having much "undecorating" to do, you can come help me.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family.

Johanna said...

Hello Lynn,
thank you for sharing your lovely vignettes.
Merry Christmas,
Johanna

Kathleen said...

I hear on putting up less! And your decor is just lovely! Thanks for joining the party, and Merry Christmas!

Olivia said...

Oh wow! Everything looks fabulous! LOVE the wrapped present moss! Now, with all of your energy will you please do my Christmas shopping for me. LOL
Hugs,
Olivia

shirley said...

Lynn, I love that moss wrapped package..what did you use for the base?..I took a 52 week course in floral design and I would have aced an A+ if I had done this...
Great post..
Shirley and Cupid..

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Lynn, thank you so much for the shout out! I just did a post on my minimal decorating, but at least I have a tree!!LOL I love the moss package, to cute

Carol

Kristin said...

Everything is so glam! And that wreath is just gorgeous!

Honey at 2805 said...

Thanks for your visit and comment on ny Santa's backside. I came back for a good look around and you have so many clreative ideas, I am now your follower!

Nook Cranny Gifts said...

Just love all of your holiday decor. I am so inspired by the moss covered package on your front porch.
The little bird sure does look good!!
Happy Holidays to you and yours.
Michele

Entertaining Women said...

We'll be gone for Christmas morning, too...and our house is all decorated for Christmas...except the tree. Don't think that it will be put up this year, but we have lots of "Merriness" going on anyway. I love your architectural piece with the white brush wreath...gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Merry Christmas! Cherry Kay

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