Sunday, December 21, 2014


Silent night!  Holy night!
All is calm, all is bright!

Round yon Virgin Mother and Child,
Holy infant so tender and mild,

Christ the Savior is Born!
Christ the Savior is Born!

(John Freeman Young, ca. 1859)

May the Peace, Joy, and Hope
 that was born this Blessed night,
 fill your hearts and homes
 this Christmas and the coming New Year!

Merry Christmas!!!

Jeff and Julie

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Hello, dear friends!

I'm back with the final pictures of my Christmas Decorating!

Since it is an overcast and chilly day here in CA, 

these pictures are very appropriate, since they show Christmas lights and candle glow!

My tree, all lit up for Christmas!

White lights and simple ornaments make it so special!

My Santas, reindeer, and lighted house, with soft candle light!

The reindeer are peacefully grazing by candle light!

My Harold Turpin house looks so inviting and casts a soft glow on my Arnett Santa!

And finally....

I love how the candle light creates such a beautiful glow on this vignette in my old dry sink!

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I hope you have enjoyed your visits with me and that you have been inspired a wee bit!!  

I know I love seeing how others sometimes helps me to "think outside the box", and 

try something new,

or just rests my busy life by slowing me down and letting me relax,

so much needed in our rushed lives!

Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to visit with me!

It has truly been a pleasure to get up everyday and post.....something I have not felt in a 

very long time!!

Wishing you all "Brightest Blessings" this week, my friends~~


Monday, December 15, 2014


Hello, and welcome to my third post in my decorating series!!  

I am so glad you stopped by for a visit and today, we will be viewing 

my Sitting Room,

or what my granddaughters call, "Grammy's Room!"

the colors of Christmas

My dry sink with some of my Arnett Santas, 

Mr. Snow and his candy canes

Striped stocking I  made, hanging on my large black cupboard!

large Ball jars of buttons and drieds

Santa by Sharon Andrews, sitting on a glazed butter churn.

Wool stocking I made from an old blanket

Painted TV cabinet with my lighted Harold Turpin house, one Arnett and a Country at Heart Santa.

love all the shades of brown

Arnett Santa and Prim Reindeer I made using a Netty Lacroix design.

old coverlet piece for a blanket

Country at Heart Santa and another Prim Reindeer I made from the same Netty pattern.

love the rich colors she used.....perfect!

Wonderful log cabin hooked mat from the talented Joanne of Snippets and Scraps Blog!

perfect little prim tree

Primitive table top tree with old cookie cutter ornaments and red beads!

my Stein pup in a yelloware bowl

A log cabin mat I made from an old cutter quilt!

love the patina of old tin

Closer view of the tree and ornaments!

love his sweet expression

Chalkware Santa in red!

love the patina on these as well

Some favorite chocolate molds!

have you been naughty or nice?

Santa, sheep, and Santa mold!

tabletop full of favorite things

Feather tree with cinnamon stars, and some of my sewing things!

simple and sweet

Finally, a tiny batting Santa, nestled in an old rye basket with a piece of greenery!


I have really enjoyed posting again and it has been a rewarding challenge for me! 

I so appreciate all of your visits and sweet comments very encouraging!

I still have one more post to share and I do hope you will come back tomorrow!


Be sure to take some time for yourself,

enjoy a cup of cocoa,

bake some cookies and eat a few,

light a candle,

put on your favorite Christmas CD,

sit in your favorite chair and admire the tree,

and just do something you love!

Tis the Season

Wishing you a day filled with the Delights of the Season, my friends~~


Sunday, December 14, 2014


I'm back again with my next installment of my Christmas Decorating!!  

Today, we will visit the Dining Room!

all bundled up for a snowday

I have been collecting Cody Foster Snowmen for some time now and they make a big statement all grouped together!  

Most of them were gifts from my husband Jeff, so they are special to me!

My newest one is the little angel in the middle from my sweet friend Lori Rippey!  She fits right in with all of the others, don't you think?

a little Snowman Wonderland

My black shelf with old door knobs and hooks holds a pair of knitted stockings and some of my old textile bobbins are lined up above, including my Old Bobbin Santa, an Old Bobbin Snowman, both made by me, and a small Chalkware Snowman!  A rusty star hangs there all year!

sweet Snowman and his feather tree and redbird

Right next to the snowmen is a wonderful hooked rug made by my dear friend Lori Rippey of Homespun Prims by Lori!  Isn't he marvelous??  I just love him and will treasure him always!!!  He even has a top hat, scarf, and four coal buttons, just like my little snowmen!!

Lori makes so many beautiful things and just updated her picture trail with all of her Christmas decorating!!  Please be sure to stop by for a huge dose of wonderful inspiration!

  I hung the Snowman Rug below a painted window I have had for many years that has a snowman scene!  I added a piece of jute to the bottom of the frame and hung my little red mittens (purchased from Pat Byers of High Button Shoe) and a large wool one I made from vintage wool!

Brown crocks are my favorites

Below is an old black bench with some trees and an old brown crock and a large brown jug!  I added the old red stocking to pull it all together!!

Benches are the best display pieces

We don't get snow here, so this gives me my little "snow fix!"

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Black and Red are my favorite colors

On the other side of the snowmen is my little black corner cupboard full of goodies!

sweet little vignette of favorite things

One shelf has my little red Santa, putz sheep, old Christmas postcard, and sweet bottle brush trees!
This is the photo I used for my new header!

Santa and trees just go together

The other shelf has a mustard Chalkware Santa and lots of old bottle brush trees!!


  Notice Santa is even decorating his chenille tree!

Below the shelf is another corner shelf that holds my pantry boxes, Plum Pudding I made, a lovely picture of a mustard Santa and pantry boxes, a red punched lantern, heart mold, and a sweet pincushion made by my dear friend Judy of Beehive Needleworks!!  My granddaughter Sophia is especially taken with this special piece and will always say, "Grammy, Judy made this for you, right?"  Yes, sweet Sophia, a precious treasure indeed that I will always cherish!!

Deck the Halls AND Walls

This wall is certainly FULL of CHRISTMAS CHEER!!!

I am so happy you took the time to stop by for a visit, and I appreciate all of your sweet comments so much!!  I hope if you have not done so, that you will visit my previous post for Part I!  I am hoping to be back tomorrow for Part III!  Hope you will be too!!

Fa la la la la, la la, la la!

Wishing you a "Jolly" Day, my friends~


Saturday, December 13, 2014


I've been spending the last few days, "Decking the Halls", so to speak,

 for Christmas!

I thought I would share my large kitchen window first!

Santa candle adds a soft glow

It is filled with my tin and treen collection

and I've added a bit of red and green

to make it more festive! 

old tin molds and a favorite firkin filled with treen

a garland of red beads add a pop of color to these old tin molds

simple greens, red beads, and on old butter press

favorite large Gingerbread cutter and a red candle

sunny kitchen window filled with a bit of Christmas Cheer

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I hope you've enjoyed my little Christmas touches,
starting in the kitchen!

I am planning on sharing a bit more in the next few days

so I hope that you will be sure to stop back later

for each new installment!

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Wishing you "Merry and Bright" Blessings, my friends~


Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Hello Friends!

I know I am a wee bit early, but just wanted to share a small vignette I decorated for Halloween!


Smiling Jack O Lantern!

Lil Punkinhead by Steins!  Love his black ruffled collar and extra long nose!

Sweet Sock Cat and Primitive Pumpkin made by me!

My Oil Can Cat!  I made her from a pattern by the very talented Lori Brechlin!

Love her sweet face!  She LOVES treats!!

Another view of my Sock Cat and my favorite cloth pumpkin I made from Sweet Meadow Farms! 

Another view of the pumpkin, a pumpkin with a crow and a witch make do, all made by me! 
Tiny little Jack from Bethany Lowe!

Great old firkin!

Here it is all together!

The black cupboard is our TV cabinet that Jeff painted and distressed for me!  It fits in the corner perfectly, surrounded by an old black chair, bonnets, and my favorite old game board, and offers just the right spot for my displays!

I hope you enjoyed my little display of Halloween, my friends!!  

Wishing you a safe and Happy Halloween and a treat or two (or a bucket full) as well~~