Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Crafty Christmas

I didn't do any baking this Christmas, but I did get crafty thanks to Pinterest.  I made several ornaments this year for Christmas.  I think I've already shown you the one that I made for myself, but in case you missed it, here it is again...


I made a red one for my hair lady with just a big "C" on it.  I also did a red one for some family friends that had a husband & wife monogram on it.  I have no visual proof that I made these red ones, you will have to take my word for it!

Finally, I made these for my pre-teen cousins.  They seemed to really like them.
I also did some post-Christmas sale shopping yesterday with an eye toward a Valentine craft project.  What about y'all?  Did you do any crafting this Christmas?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2011 Decorations {Part 3}

As I mentioned in my earlier post, I've been trying to post this for several days.  The first hold-up was that my Grandma got put into the hospital again last week, so I spent the latter part of last week at the hospital with her.  Then blogger decided to be difficult and I put it on the back burner until after Christmas.  Then on Christmas eve, I fell (just call me twinkle toes) and I sprained my knee and ankle, so after I got home on Christmas evening, I just parked myself on the couch for two days with my leg elevated and iced (much to Lola's delight).

So I finally decided to tackle this post again today, but blogger was still giving me some trouble.  I decided I would not be defeated and did this post in a very difficult manner, but heck, at least I FINALLY got it done!

Without further ado, here is the final post of Decorations 2011.  I think I should have made this two posts (lots of pics!), but I didn't, so here we go.

Let's start with my Kitchen.  I have several small things here and there in the kitchen.  I have a cute spoon rest that I love and this year I added some Spode hot pan holders...


My Spode Christmas dishes are always a big part of the "Kitchen Decor"...


I always put this Santa in the kitchen...

In the breakfast room, I have several things...



This countdown calendar...

These plates hang by the back door...


and of course a tree...

I like the bright tree skirt...

This tree is filled with all sorts of random ornaments.  Ornaments from trips, like this one from this year's trip to the Grand Canyon...

and Sedona...

Puerto Vallarta...

or this one which was purchased at the gift shop in Westminster Abbey...

or at the Waterford store in Ireland...
I was actually thinking about getting another tree for the dining room and making it a "Tree of Travels", but the thought of putting up a 5th tree makes me a little crazy!

Naturally, the kitchen tree is filled with lots of food ornaments...



including the topper which looks like a large (pink!) snowflake cookie...

It also has lots of ornaments that I have been collecting for years.  I especially love these yarn people...


This tree is just a fun little tree complete with colorful vintagy bubble lights.

In the living room, I have the mantle decorated with a piece I made last year (not sure it's going to make another appearance next year, so take a good look), and stockings that I'm not crazy about.



The tree is covered almost entirely of blown glass ornaments...
at night...


mostly Christopher Radko or Old World Christmas ornaments like these...




I also have a nativity on a table in the living area...

My coffee table isn't great (please ignore the fall bowl of potpourri),

but I added these bright and shiny mason jar candle holders this year.

That's about it for the Kitchen and Living Room decorations.  I thought I was never going to get everything up this year, so I don't even want to think about taking it all down!

Stupid Blogger

Dear Friends,

I've been trying to post since Friday.  Blogger will not cooperate and let me post photos.  I upload the photos, but then when I go back to my post and type, and then go back to where the photos are, they aren't there anymore.  I don't know what the heck is wrong.  I've even updated blogger to some odd new format and uploaded Google's "Chrome" browser, but neither have solved my problem.

If anyone else has had this problem and been able to solve it, please let me know what you did.  Otherwise, I guess I'll post once blogger decides to get it's dang act together.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Decorations 2011 {Post 2}

Post 2 of Decorations 2011 will cover the extra bedroom & bath and my bedroom & bath.  Every room does not have a tree, but every room does have some decoration.  In my extra bedroom, it is this santa...


A santa bringing shoes.  How could a girl want anything else?

The extra bathroom has several Holiday decorations.
Hand Towels...

A Santa picture...
And a skinny Santa...

My bathroom doesn't have quite so much decorations, but it does have my glittery & feathery lady santa...
She's been around for several years, but I still love her!

My bedroom has a tree.  It is the only tree in the house where the ornaments don't have a story.  It's just a pretty tree decorated in all white and silver.  Last year I added a glittery bow on top that matches my bedroom and I like the color pop that it provides...
The top...
The middle...
The bottom...
Here are some of the details...


Lola by the tree.  I think she is looking for Santa...or was it a squirrel?
From the ground looking up...

I really love this tree at night, which is handy since that is when I'm in the room to enjoy it the most.
At night all the glittery and glass ornaments really twinkle with the lights...




I am even more fond of this tree since I put the lights on a remote control last year.  Now I can turn them off when I turn the tv off at night and never have to get out of my warm bed.

One more decoration post to come...

 

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