Friday, December 18, 2015

Glimpses of Christmas (Part 2)

Do you see a certain kitty photo bombing from the window?  I will show a closeup of the porch next week.

I gave up waiting for a beautiful sunny day... for there has to be full sunshine to take photos without a flash when you live at the corner of a forest.  One must never wait for perfection... or sunny days in December.

My husband felt a little better yesterday so we got outside together and (finally) we were able to check a huge chore off the To Do list.  The hedges that have been taking over the house are now nicely trimmed.  I helped a little on those but mainly stuck to pruning the seedlings growing up at the fence-line.

The forest is always trying to take back the land.  Yesterday was the one day in the forecast we could tackle this project.  The wind chill today would make it too cold and next week is calling for the return of warm temperatures and rain.  :(

So here is Christmas at my home this year, when I chose to decorate like crazy and sparkle.

Without the flash...

A corner of the family room.  The walls are actually a soft butter yellow.

The entryway.  I love that Christmas painting, purchased at the Salvation Army thrift shop last year.  Of course, the little aluminum tree is what was on clearance for $10.00 this year.

The centerpiece is enjoying its' new location on the family room coffee table this year.

A mish-mash of Christmas items in the family room.

My sister, Bonnie, gave me this antique container many years ago.  She was once an antique dealer.  We aren't sure what it was used for but it is definitely primitive... so beautiful with the very modern silk greenery in it.

The same old gang with a new Christmas tree and two "new" thrifted melting snowmen.

My obsession... and I have sent a lot to charity!  Those left are much beloved, often given to me by a friend or relative.

Title this "close up with flash"...

This bell garland is the same as the one I cut up for the centerpiece shown a few photos earlier.

A kind of closeup of the remaining bears in my collection.  There are a few in the study.

I hope you liked this little tour.  I will try to get an official My World this Week posted... next week.


Morning's Minion said...

I think that your dear cat must be extraordinarily well-behaved. Mine make a hash of any small decorative items set out on table or window ledge.
RE allergies; both my adult children suffer from allergies--the complications of which are at times rather severe. My daughter has to use an inhaler far more often that she would like.
I think we seldom realize that others are struggling with a disability which we don't understand.

Sherry said...

such a wonderfully festive home! love your collections .. especially the non-Christmas collection of vintage picnic baskets. drool. i'm sorry you're experiencing such a warm season. odd! merry Christmas dear Brenda.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Your Christmas decor is festive and fun-loving, Brenda! And WOW you have an extensive collection!!! You say much went to charity? You must have had boxes and boxes! : - )

It's fun to have a collection. I have kinda stopped my collections and sold off or gave away much. I used to have an obsession with scalloped sea shell shapes, which is mainly gone now.
(My nickname is Shell or Shelly, b/c I am a Michele.) So, Shell is was, heh heh.

I am going to your Part 1 post now to see what I missed.

Merry Christmas and happy new year! Hugs!

rebecca said...

I DID enjoy the tour - all the more because I've done very, very little here at Gatescroft this year....No shortage of "Christmas spirit" though. Just a very relaxed and alternative approach to it all. (So enjoyable it may become my new tradition!)

l hoov said...

A very festivy house indeed :-)! Thank you for sharing. I truly enjoy your decorating schemes, and always think, "I should do that!", especially when I see your picnic baskets stacked like that...
A very Blessed Christmas and New Years, to you and yours! Thank you for your blog and inspiration. LynneinMN.

Vee said...

I did enjoy the tour! So much so that I lay down and took a nap on your sofa and so have been here for well over an hour! Hope that it doesn't mess up your stats. Your home looks beautiful and charming. Yup, t'was a lovely snooze. What's for supper?

Anna said...

Your home is so very beautiful, and cozy!

Anonymous said...

"It's beginning to look a lot like cChristmas". . . at your house. Very pretty and cozy. Just a few more days and it will be here.
Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. Blessings, Sharon D.

Deanna Rabe said...

So much Christmas cheer!

Glad the hubs is feeling better - he tackled quite a job with the hedges. They look great!

A wee package is winging its way to you!


Storybook Woods said...

Charming vignettes. Your home is very welcoming. Clarice