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. 

Joining these fun parties this week.  Some may be taking a break this week and I don't blame them.  :)  Click on the links for some fabulous inspiration.

White Wednesday at Faded Charm, Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style,  
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

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Christie Hines said...

I can't wait to see your room re-do Lynn! I love how you decorate....I know you are so excited about getting started on your room :)

Loved seeing your holiday decor... your chaffing dish is gorgeous and the pics of those yummy sweets with those cupcakes makes me want to eat something sweet...I'll have go raid my fudge again...oh no, come to think of it, I think my son ate the last piece of that today lol!
Hope you have a very Happy and Blessed New Year Sweetie :)
Big hugs,

LizlovesVintage said...

Hi Lynn,
The chaffing dish is wonderful. I wish I had more room to store one or two. So, great for the buffet.
Did you make the star? Beautiful ;)
I'm home this week so, Wed. I'll be thrifting. As, for the rest of the week some R&R and maybe I'll make a pot of soup. I hope you get a chance to do some relaxing too!
Happy New Year :)
xxx Liz

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I love fresh greens with silver. I have that birthday book, it was my grandmothers.

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Lynn,

Those were Christmas Day desserts?
OMG!!! Were was I? :o)

We are waiting for our first snow storm...love that!

Have a smashing New Year's Eve!


Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Thank you so much for the awesome feature! I am really glad the pillow arrived before Christmas...wishing you a very happy and prosperous 2012!

NanaDiana said...

What a sweet post- I love seeing all the things that are special to you this year. Lovely- xo Diana

Dixie said...

I think I was in the very same mode as you... pretty post-Christmas post...

Happy New Year!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Lynn, Everything looks so pretty! I love the pillow and stocking from Ann. Thanks for linking to my party and I'll see ya soon.

clustres said...

So many things in this post look familiar! I have one of those little birthday books. Most of the pages are used, so someday I am going to make something out of it! I recognize a Homer Laughlin Currier & Ives square luncheon plate--I just posted about them recently. Also, I am a lover of chalkboards and I noticed your great ones!

Tete said...

Great post and some really fun photos. Love the greens on the bird feeder!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

That was so fun! Great pictures, i love the chalk board and oh all of the treats and the cow ornament, and your great pillow win! I already took my tree down, since my son was here to put it all back in the attic. He just called and he made his 12 hour trek home safely...Whew, tonight I will sleep like a baby. I am ready to get back to regularly scheduled programing! How is your sister doing?


Okio B Designs said...

Such pretty touches for Christmas! Love that chalkboard!


Unknown said...

Hi Lynn,
Boy the holidays pass so quickly! faster than the flash can capture the moments..love your santa sitting on the cow...so cool..and what a nice hubby buying you that lovely Silver Chafing server...bet he was as excited to see what he bought you! LOL!
Happy New Year!

Sue said...

Lynn, Could your home look any prettier? I am envious that your greenery smelled good. Why don't greens have that smell I remember as a kid? Cow ornies? I am jealous again!! How sweet Bobby G gifted you w/that chafing dish. Here's wishing you a glorious New Yea,r my friend!! xo Sue

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh you had everything decorated so beautifully!! The pillow you won is so pretty and you are definitely going to have to share that almond joy cake recipe. It sounds so delicious!!

Tiff said...

Your leftovers were delicious! I enjoyed looking at them all! X

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Beautiful decorations! The desserts looked extra yummy.


Eileen said...

Wow what a great silver dish! Your Bobby G did good! I just found your most interesting blog, and I am enjoying looking around.
Have a great New Year

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

You are the master (mistress?) of special touches ... ohhh I loved your family room. Will I get to come up and see it re-done in person? hahaha.
Wishing you and Bobby the most blessed and prosperous New Year.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Happy Pinks, Lynn! What a fabulous post filled with lots of festive goodness and yumminess. Love the silver dish! Wishing you and those you love a Happy and Healthy New Year!


dana said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Lynn. I LOVED seeing your Christmas decor (love the memory tree...what a fabulous idea) and your simple greenery touches! I didn't really do any special baking cept for what I shared on my post and two other desserts. My son and his wife love them, so I make certain I have plenty. :)

I hope you have a great New Year...the best yet!!

L, Dana

Unknown said...

Love it! HPS!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! Happy New Year! Pat

J.Rylie.C said...

Soo pretty!

My PINK, please come and see. Have a happy new year!

Three Generations said...

You have the cutest Christmas decor! I am loving all the greenory! I will definitely be sprucing up my house with it next year!(:

Lui said...

The desserts look yummy!

Susan Freeman said...

You have some lovely decorations and I am crazy about that chalkboard! Happy New Year!!

Susan and Bentley

Ann said...

The drum was a fantastic find. I know what I'll be keeping my eye out for this year. The book is so lovely. Best of luck with your family room redo. Your vintage tree is darling. Happy New year.

Nancy said...

I do love the chalkboard, too. Have one from PB that I swear sold my Dallas home. Delightful pics, all. Happy New Year!

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday and best wishes for a very happy New Year. Thank you for making Pink Saturday special. I count you among my blessings.

Lynn, I love it all. The drum used for your tree is a favorite.

We're "undecorating", too. The outside, living room, foyer, stairway, dining room, kitchen, breakfast room, bathroom and sunroom are complete. We saved the most difficult for last - the family room that includes our main tree.

My Crafty Little Page said...

Happy 2012, Lynn. I'm looking forward to seeing all your new projects this year. I need to see if you posted pictures of the wedding - I somehow missed it. I'm doing the same thing this week - more stuff in my store online and redo the real life one! xoxo Nancy

Anne Marie said...

Happy New Year Lynn! silly? it's real and so very warming to know that you etnertain for those you love...bringing family together is what is so important right?

Anne Marie
p.s. your menu on your chalkboard looked delicious!

Chris said...

Hi Lynn, everything looks so beautiful. I love your chaffing dish. We always used things like this when we entertained and it wasn't even that long ago. Thanks so much for sharing what is special to you. Happy New Year. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Honey at 2805 said...

Your home is so beautiful, Lynn!

Thank you for for sharing at Potpourri Friday. I wish you a healthy, prosperous and sparkling New Year!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

So Lovely- your decorations are wonderful! Thank you for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

Unknown said...

very pretty ornaments. :) Hope to see you in my Pink Saturday entries one and two. Happy New Year!

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