Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Close-ups…It’s almost here!

The days are going faster and faster…think I’m about ready for Christmas!
Just have stocking stuffers to buy – our family would think Christmas never happened if they didn’t see their stockings hung and bulging on Christmas day…old as they are, it is the one thing they count on. 

And…guess what?  Next year we will be adding another one - Darren and MaryAnn are expecting!!!!  This will make grandbaby #6.

Here’s last years stockings … do ya think we can get
another one on here … Oh…we will!!!
Stockings 2010

This year we drew names for Christmas – no one needs anything and the things they do need are way out of reach so we thought this would be fun (except for the 3 little ones…they will still get a full Christmas).

I thought I’d do some close-ups of things in the house that didn’t show up in the previous post – so no more chatter…just a few pictures.

I re-did the kitchen table…it was kind of bare looking -
I added Two different garlands and some Sheep
to bring it all together with the Sheep tree
Kitchen table

On the bathroom counter
I separated the stacking boxes and used one for the tree
and the other for a stand
The third and smallest is in the next picture
with a small tree on it
Bathroom counter

Bathroom cabinet -
Bathroom cabinet

On top of Red cabinet -
Cabinet snowman

I didn’t like the kitchen counter box either…so that is redone -Kitchen counter box

On kitchen counter -
pineapple cookie cutters

On the middle of the dining room table -
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Berry and vine garland, fabric trees and stars in
Tin Dough Riser on side table in dining room -
 
dough riser
Christmas Pewter in dining room -
Pewter Christmas table

On one of the shelves of the hutch in the den…
Greens and a Red Ware Snowman
plate from Eldreth Pottery Lancaster, PA -
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Another Eldreth plate -
snowman plate
Pewter cupboard in dining room…Greens, Pewter
and wooden Gingerbread cookie press -
pewter 2
pewter 1

Tall tree and Santa in family room -
Santa and Tree

Close-ups of Mercury Glass tree ornaments -
Globe ornament
New ornaments

This ornament is clear glass spotted with
Mercury specks on the inside -
I bought it at the hospital gift shop a few weeks back when
I had my procedure done … needed a pick me up!!  
Glass ornament

And the antique Mercury Glass tree topper
from last months purchases -
Tree topper 

So that’s my show and tell for Christmas – I hope you enjoyed the tour.
I have been so inspired by all of you out there who have shown your homes this Christmas season. Thank you everyone…what fun!

I also hope you turn some of your giving to the less fortunate.
It doesn’t have to be with something of monetary value … sometimes just a smile, a hello or a nice gesture can put a smile in someone’s heart that you don’t even know. Wouldn’t that be wonderful.

And above all, please don’t forget the reason we are celebrating in the first place.

Merry Christmas Everyone
Karen

42 comments:

  1. Wow! I'm First! I'm never first!

    Everything is beautiful Karen! Just beautiful!

    Congrats on the new grandbaby!

    Carmen and the Primcats

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  2. Wow! It is all stunningly beautiful!!

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  3. Everything looks gorgeous, Karen. You have a beautiful home!
    Congratulations on the news of a new grand baby!!!

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  4. Your home is stunning! I love all of those bulging stockings! I love to fill stockings and at our home there has to be a gift bag on the floor under each stocking for the stocking overfills LOL !! Stockings are big at our house! My Mom, my daughter, and I all buy for the stockings so that is why everyone has a stocking plus the gift bag!! We put everyday items that everyone needs and uses, favorite tooth paste, a new toothbrush, deodorant, chap sticks and lip glosses, for my son and future son-in-law, cute things in their fav college teams, NFL Teams, candy of course, and just for laughs everyone gets a lump of coal in the toe of the stocking because face it, we all have or NAUGHTY Moments, LOL
    Merry Christmas, I love your home and the way you decorate it!! So warm and inviting!
    Merry Christmas again and congratulations on the new grandbaby!!!

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  5. Congratulations on news of grand baby #6.

    Everything looks amazing as always, Karen.


    Have a fabulous Christmas and blessed new year!
    Hugs,
    Tam

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  6. Oh, I'm so happy for, number 6! You have such pretty things, I love the close up details. Merry Christmas, and baskets of blessings to your family!

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  7. Lovely close up photos Karen.

    Congrats on Grandbaby No. 6.

    Have a wonderful Christmas and a Healthy 2012!

    Hugs,
    Karen

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  8. Everything looks beautiful!!
    Congrats on grandbaby #6!!
    Have a Merry Christmas!!
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  9. Just beautiful! Hope you and your family have a magical, beautiful Christmas. Dawn

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  10. I always enjoy looking at pictures that Bloggers post and yours are beautiful. Congrats on the new Grandbaby :) I will wait until after Christmas to post pictures...maybe by then I can figure out how to work my new camera :)
    Merry Christmas to you and your family dear friend
    Hugs
    Nancy

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  11. Merry Christmas to you too, Karen. Your Christmas decorations are absolutely beautiful!

    Congrats on expecting a new grandbaby; I'm sure you'll find a spot for yet another stocking. ;o)

    Hugs,
    Pam

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  12. Everything is beautiful, Karen.
    Congratulations on the new baby.
    I always enjoy seeing pictures of
    your lovely home. The stockings are
    awesome, I never saw so many on one
    mantel!
    Merry Christmas,
    Susan

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  13. It is always so exciting to hear news of a new little baby!! Congrats! I just love your tree and your collection is growing quickly. Everything looks so festive. Hope that you are feeling better. Enjoy the season. Christmas Blessings ~Sara

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  14. Congratulations on another grandbaby, you must be a wonderful Grandma! All those stockings hung are so cute. I love Eldreth pottery too, I have a few things from there. Enjoy Karen, you have lots to be thankful for this holiday season! Merry Christmas!

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  15. Karen, congratulations on the new grandbaby. I am so excited for Christmas to see my grandbabies having fun this year.
    I love your prim home, your decorating is awesome! Wishing you a Merry Christmas! Hugs, Lecia

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  16. Beatiful pics! Congrats on expecting grandbaby #6 best gift ever..smile..Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!~Amy

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  17. Your Christmas home is just beautiful and so soothing. I love the row of stockings...and I can just picture another little one tucked in there! Congrats on your grandbaby news! Enjoy your holiday!
    Blessings!

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  18. I enjoyed your close up pictures. We sometimes do a gift exchange but this year we just bought for the kiddos!

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  19. Karen I have always admired and loved your home.I love the closeups and find your pics a real treat to see.Love the display that is in the middle of your dining room table.Your pewter collection is awesome.Congrats on the new grandbaby! Merry Christmas to you and yours!Hugs,Jen

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  20. Thanks for sharing more lovely pics Karen and a big congrats Grandma.

    Hugs
    Felicia

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  21. Karen Congrats on the good news.. I think I see a space between the checked stocking and the red one just big enough for a baby stockin next year..How wonderful to have so many stockings for Santa to stuff full of goodies! And waht a darling dispay of all those stockings!!
    Love all of your christmas decorating it is wonderfull..
    I hope you are feeling better.. I've been thinking of you and saying a little prayer that the pain has gotten less for you...

    Have a Very Merry Christmas Karen and Family..one filled with tons of warm memories & happy moments!

    Christmas Hugs
    Tonya

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  22. Congrats to your new expected grandbaby Karen. How exciting. I am happy for you. I love the close-ups. Your home is to die for. It's my inspiration. You are very talented. -Steph-

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  23. Enjoyed your pictures and congratulations on the new grandbaby! Merry Christmas!

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  24. Karen I never get tired of seeing pictures of your home!!! You always have just the right touch. Every single picture is so beautiful. Congratulations on the new grand baby I know you are so exited!

    Christmas Blessings,
    Dana

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  25. Just beautiful as usual and congrats on number 6! Merry Christmas to all . . . .

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  26. My word you have been busy.
    Happy Christmas to you all.

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  27. Love all of your photos but I always do! Your home I know is beautiful through out.....Have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy your family..Merry Christmas!

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  28. Aww, it all looks so lovely. Comfy and homey. Merry Christmas Karen :o)
    Hugs~Carol

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  29. Karen, wonderful as always! Love that your kids still look forward to their stockings!!! I have little elve mailboxes on our tree for the boys since they were little...If they were good that day, the elves would leave a little treat... Still filling them this year! Love it! Merry Christmas!!!! and to a pain free new year!!!!OLM

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  30. Another grandbaby to love!! That is wonderful news! I am in awe of your mercury ornaments, Karen. They make a huge statement on your tree. Hope your back is doing better. I did not know you had a procedure done. Please take care. I fully understand.

    My best Christmas wishes to you and Doug during this joyous season. Merry Christmas!

    Susannah

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  31. Dear Karen ~~ Love each and every photo you posted here and below, what a Treat to be able to see your Beautiful home dressed for Christmas. Each photo could be a card, love the format looks like we are peeking into your frosted windows. :-)
    I didn't know about your procedure, hope you
    are feeling better. ((hugs))
    Congratulations on your Baby News, another little
    one is always a Joy !!
    Wishing you and your Family a Blessed Merry Christmas !!
    Blessings & Hugs ~ Connie xox

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  32. Karen ~
    Everything looks wonderful. I especially love your mercury glass ornaments.
    Congrats on the grandbaby-to-be!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    Pug hugs :)
    Lauren

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  33. WOWZERS! Everything is so gorgeous, Karen! Congrats to you and Doug and Darren & Maryann on that great news! How wonderful!
    Wishing you and yours much JOY and many Blessings this Christmas and beyond!!
    -Kath

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  34. Your home looks beautiful, Karen! May you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!! ((HUGS))

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  35. Karen, congrats on #6 grandbaby. How exciting!!!!
    Your home is a winter wonderland!
    It is a magical homestead this time of year and every year you decorate!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    Tricia

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  36. BEEEAUTIFUL, Karen! Love it all ~ very primitive and just perfect! Merry Christmas to you!

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  37. Congratulations on grand baby #6! Your house looks lovely also. happy holidays to you and all of your family, Karen :)

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  38. Karen,
    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year!
    ~Laurie

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  39. And bringing up the rear comment-wise, it would be this Cranky Crow! Oh - I'm so, so, behind....just taking a small break from preparations to ease the ol' back.... Karen - your home is amazing! Truly I think it - and your amazing collections and pieces - are my very favorites. You truly have a gift of taste and decor savvy....it needs to be in a book or magazine somewhere. There isn't a single thing I wouldn't drool on if I were to see it in person...and some of your pewter collection and mercury glass just might be beg-worthy. Love what you do, Girlfriend....Ok - back to wrapping for this crow. Truly wishing you and your family a season of Christmas blessings, joys, and magic....Smiles & Holiday Hugs ~ Robin

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  40. Merry Christmas Karen.

    Your close ups are beautiful.

    Blessings~Becky

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  41. YAY! Another new baby, congratulations!!

    My little guy was so worried and sad about my stocking being empty. He just knew that Santa forgot about me. I told him it was okay but he didn't think it was. I'll have to remember next year to put something in my own stocking, haha.

    Sheep tree... what a wonderful idea, love it, so cute! I always love drooling over your home pictures, thank you for the close-ups. It truly is a beautiful home and you can just feel the love you have that comes from the things you decorate with and also the love for your family and others.

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So glad you came to visit - feel free to leave a comment.
I will try and answer as many as I can - maybe not immediately but I will get to you!

Karen