Do you have special plans for New Year's? I thought I would leave you today with a few Christmas "leftovers". Things I never got around to blogging about before the 25th. :) Hope you are having a wonderful and restful week between the weekends. I am using this time to put some items on my website. I have a lot of sweet vintage items ready to grace someone's home, including this precious early 1940's embossed birthday book....romantic, shabby cream leather, practical and so charming! There is a separate page for each day of the year along with scripture. Most all the pages are still blank, so it's still quite usable. And then I need to scoot to my brick and mortar booth and redo that. I think I am going to feature vintage "baby" in January. I am also planning to redo the family room in 2012, starting Jan. 2, so stay tuned for updates. Be good and sweet and see you soon. xoxo
I used lots of fresh pine roping this year. I really had to restrain myself in not putting it up until the 23rd because it dries out so fast. The house smelled so good and was so Christmasy with all the green.
The country Christmas tree.......we have cow ornaments courtesy of Bobby G. When we first moved here there were cows pastured on the lane, so that year I was gifted cow ornaments and chicken ornaments and tractors ornaments and you get the picture. ... :)
On one of my thrifting "treasure hunts" this Fall, I found this great drum box. I decided to use it as the base for the memory tree.
I was a very lucky lady! I won one of the "give-aways" featured at the Christmas Block Parties earlier in December. Ann of On Sutton Place gave away one of her gorgeous pillows. It arrived Christmas Eve and found the perfect resting place on the old white church pew in our foyer. Isn't it fabulous? I had lots of oohs and ahhs over it Christmas Day Ann. Ann has an Etsy store which will be opening again on Dec. 28th. Pay her a visit!
Ann, also included this darling mini stocking, complete with zinc Christmas tree. How sweet is that?
Every year (along with the cow ornaments and Hokie ornaments) Bobby G. tucks an ornament in my stocking that represents something wonderful and momentous that happened to us that past year. This year, we were so lucky to receive a new daughter-in-love into our family. Her name is Briana (one 'n'). :) She now hangs on the tree. :)
The pink punch I served Christmas Day. I served that punch with trepidation, thinking most people are not into punch these days. Boy, was I wrong. Everyone loved it! The pretty red transfer ware plate was a gift from one of my customers. A very sweet surprise to receive in the mail Christmas week. Thank you T. xoxo I told her this may be the catalyst that starts a new collection for me.
I vowed not to make as many sweets and baked goodies as I normally do this year and I didn't. This was our Christmas Day desserts. An Almond Joy Cake, fruitcake and peppermint fudge along with cranberry tart wedges. Oh yeah....I bought some cupcakes, scared I would not have enough but all was well. :)
I have loved using the big framed chalkboard I made for the wedding party last Fall. It too was a thriftin' find and measures about 4 feet by 2 feet. It makes a terrific menu board and everyone gets a kick out of it.
Unbeknownst to Bobby G., he bought me this gorgeous silver chafing dish for Christmas. Hehe! It's huge and perfect for large gatherings. Not an antique or really even vintage, but I found it at an antiques store and fell in love with it.
A simple hand made dimensional paper star, a pinecone from the front yard and more greenery. Simple and so pretty on the entry table.
Even the bird feeder gets decorated for the holidays. The birds loved it. How do I know??? Because they told me so. :)
Tomorrow I plan to start undecorating. Shoot, one tree has been up since way before Thanksgiving, so I think it's time. I'm ready to clean up and start the New Year fresh and clean, and get going on the family room redo.
WIW at Ivy & Elephants,
LaurieAnna's Farmhouse Friday, Potpourri Friday at 2805, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Vintage Inspiration Wednesday at A Very Merry Vintage Style, Open House Thursday at No Minimalist Here
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound,
and a new party has joined the blogging world, Joy of Savvy City Farmer is hosting Thriftn' on a Thursday