Especially with the way she was exactly the kind of cat I wanted... definitely a God Thing. :)
With the last week until Christmas upon us (can you believe it?), I thought I'd share a few more decorations. I know I said I didn't do as much decorating as usual but the significant words there are... as usual.
The sewing table (first picture) usually isn't that cluttered but I kept adding Christmas things I loved. I'm sure my husband rolls his eyes whenever he looks at it.
After I took this closeup, I realized three of the items in the picture were gifts. My long-time blog friend Lallee sent the two red and white (candy cane) dish cloths and the cute stocking. I can assure you, those dish cloths will stay with Christmas decorations and never see the inside of the sink. Lallee has an Etsy store where she sells really cute stuff, too. Her blog was one of my original links and can be found... here. Her kitties sent Victoria a present. :)
The bowl was a gift from a blog reader (who has become a special friend) this past year. She knew I had a little bowl with the same pattern that was my mother-in-law's and surprised me by sending me this larger bowl. I use it for all kinds of things and now it is holding Christmas "stuff".
The crocheted heart was made for me by an "in person" friend about ten years ago. She lives in a warmer climate now but we like her, anyway.
I know these are ridiculously simple but I wanted to show some very inexpensive Christmasy decorations. The red hots in the recycled jelly jar were purchased on clearance after Valentine's Day. The larger candy canes in the vintage reproduction jar were purchased last Christmas (they last indefinitely) on clearance. I found those tiny candy canes in the jelly jar at Target .
While I don't want a creche with a blond Jesus (the one I display), I do love this one (also sent to me by a blog friend last year). This is really tiny and so cute. I like the idea of having a creche in the house that kids can touch and even play with. When Christopher was younger, we had a wooden set that was boy proof. :)
Here are some of my "soft" snowmen that I display every year on shelves in my family room. I started collecting snowmen about eighteen years ago, can you tell? Almost all of them were purchased at after Christmas clearance sales, garage sales, or they were gifts from family and friends who see snowmen and think of me (same with tea things). :)
A funny story about these snowmen... Christopher has been coming home very late so he hadn't noticed I'd put some of my snowmen-snowlady collection out one day. Well, he woke up in the middle of the night with the light of a full moon shining directly on those snow creatures as if they were all staring at him. He talked about how creepy they were for at least a week. I think it gave him a snowman phobia.
This is a little hard to see without enlarging but I all I did here was add a folk art "tree" in front of the brass lamp. I like it so much on that table, it may stay out all year. I have a number of Christmas items I keep out as they are not obviously Christmas but fit in well with my decorations. Especially those that are primitive country or folk art-ish.
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