Monday, December 23, 2013

Are you as excited as I am???

It’s almost here isn’t it?  All the shopping is finished, gifts wrapped and groceries are bought. Just waiting now!
Tomorrow our granddaughter and baby Zayne will be here for a little while to open gifts because they have another place to go on Christmas…so they won’t be a part of our day Wednesday.
Alex has a friend who is a photographer and she takes tons of pictures of Zayne…this one is my most favorite of all so far.
Zayne Christmas

This is nice too:
Zayne Alex Christmas

And today I saw on FB this one….Alex took it – he sat up all by himself today…yaaaa!
Such a happy baby.
Zayne sitting by himself

Well I have no more Christmas decorating to show you and I am really surprised at myself because I am ready for it all to be taken down and put away.  This was a strange year for me trying to get in to it.  I finally did today and I hope it carries me through Wednesday when everyone is here.

I did received some very nice gifts last week.
My friend Trena from PA was so thoughtful and sent me a box of Winterberries and some adorable Gingers.
Thanks Trena for being such a sweet friend.
I didn’t get a picture of the berries – sorry. I added the Gingers to my noodle board, aren’t they cute?
Gingers from Trena

I also received a RAK gift from Danice of Homespun Hanna’s blog:
She sent a can that has a printed wrapper on it with my blog logo on it!
And a great smelling candle and some wonderful Potpourri.
Thanks Danice!
Gift from Danice G

And from my PA friend Linda I received a beautiful Bennington batter bowl, pancake mix and Maple syrup – all from Vermont.
Thank you Linda…we already sampled it all!
Gift from Linda

pancakes 1
Pancakes 3

Pancakes 2

I have nothing to do tonight so I’m going to sit here with my computer and visit all my blog friend who I have missed so much.

That’s about all I have for you until after Christmas.
Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas with your families.
For those traveling – be safe.

But above all – remember the reason we celebrate Christmas.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Things are getting there…

We are almost finished with the first guest room.
Carpet was laid on Monday and Wednesday the bed was delivered.
Doug took our wooden fireplace surround we used in the screen room and made a back and hearth for it – doesn’t look too bad for a faux one.

This is it from a couple years ago getting when we were getting ready for one of our home shows – it’s all just stained brown and no base for support.


And now with it is all fixed and painted Red. We found some self sticking brick design floor tiles and put them on the base for a hearth look.
I think it looks okay for a guest room accent.
Fireplace 4

The rest of the room is taking shape.
I need to make a bed skirt yet – the one that’s on there is tan and basically the same color as the bedspread.
I will also make some curtains for the 2 side book cases so we can hid the kids toys and books.
Iron bed 2

guest room bed 

See that wooden rocker – Doug bought it for me 44 years ago this Christmas. Our youngest son Brett  was born that August and I so wanted a rocker.
He put it on lay-away and paid on every week until Christmas…it was a wonderful huge surprise.
It still looks fantastic as old as it is.
Fireplace 3


Iron bed 1

I am so loving the look of this new bed – it  has the exact look I was searching for–…no more looking was necessary.
It’s a Bronz-ish Black coating on the metal.
headboard closeup 

I want to leave the room simple – I think it will probably stay pretty much how it is now, but we are not concentrating anymore up there – now it’s Christmas things.  It’s good enough for now….plus I don’t think we will have overnight guests for quite awhile.


Now for a few Christmas pictures – some things may look familiar – I stuck with some of the same decorating.
It’s hard for me to break out of my mold when I get something I like.
Although – next year I will  hopefully do something a lot more plainer and Primitive to the mantle.
But for this year anyway the Santa’s and Snowmen and fun things will stay because of the little ones.
I didn’t do a lot – but did use lots of greens and berries.

Fireplace 1

Bow window

Snowballs in grain box

Santa on table

Crock with greens

 Basket with snowman

pitcher with berries 


lamp table 1

Bowl box

jug with rose hip

Snowman in basket 

Top of bath cupb

Bathroom tree

kitchen tree


 Top of pantry 1

Top of ref. 

Mitten Box 1 

above cupboards 

Bowls on k counter

Candy Canes on counter

Stove top board

counter box 1

Dining room 2 2013

Dining room 1 2013

Christmas goose

Riser dining room table 2

Dining room 3 2013

base of dining tree 


Pewter table 1

Blue pie safe 1 

on shelf of blue pie safe 

shelf of blue ps 1 

garland on blue ps 1 

Pine pie safe 1

Pine pie safe 2 

by front door1

box on pie safe 1


pewter cupb 4 

pewter cupb 3 

pewter cupb 2 

Top of pewter cupb

bedroom dresser

Bedroom Christmas 2012

 Hallway christmas 2012

So there’s Christmas at our house this year…and I do hope I can change it all out next year.
I like some of my decorations but I will hopefully place them differently.
We put wreaths on all the fences…10 in all.  And then the porches are the same as every year.
back porch 2012 

 deer front porch

Don’t forget my pattern page
stock up on Christmas patterns!

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