Dec 20, 2012

Bringing in the Christmas Greens....

There are only a few days left until Christmas...
 
this year,
I waited to bring in the greens,
the smell of fresh pine and cedar,
the icing on the Christmas cake...
 
 
I added a few sprigs to all my chandeliers...
 
on this one I clipped on a couple glass birds
that I bought at the Christmas shop

 
roses for the table...


with a bit of cedar tucked in...
 


I dressed up the over mantle,
in the dining room...
 
it's another non-working fireplace,
I'll be showing you more about it next month....
 






 
my Winter Wonderland,
under glass...


 

to my complete excitement
we are having some light flurries of snow,
and may have a White Christmas!
 
Are you Dreaming of a White Christmas?
 
 
Tonight I am joining....
and
 
Thanks for stopping by....

Dec 13, 2012

O Christmas Tree..

It's about time for
my Christmas tree reveal...
 

 
I feel I have been quiet a tease :-)
 
but,  really I just loved it "just flocked" so much,
I sat back and enjoyed it that way for a week or so...

 
all dressed up...

 
I love icicles
and always use them...
 
snow and ice
are a constant Christmas theme
in some form for me...
 
growing up in sunny California,
I always dreamed of a White Christmas...
 
here in the Northwest
White Christmas's are still pretty rare,
so I create my own :-)
 

in the beginning I was a purist
and used only glass icicles...
then at an after Christmas sale,
I found a big box of plastic ones,  cheap...
I tried them,
and when they are hanging
it was impossible to tell the difference...
 


a pop of Pink Shiny Brites...
 


white doves,
perching...
 



 
there is always a bell for Clarence...

 

 
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Much pleasure thou can'st give me;
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Much pleasure thou can'st give me;
How often has the Christmas tree
Afforded me the greatest glee!
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Much pleasure thou can'st give me.

I have had a lot of questions about my new flocked tree,
 
I bought the tree at a local hardware store
McLendon's for you local gals...
 
The flocking has been so much less messy
 than I expected...
 
the flock is stiff,
so wide wires on ornament hangers helps...
 
and don't be silly like me
and buy lights on a green cord,  haha!!
 
I LOVE MINE...
 
Tonight I am joining,
and
 
Thanks for stopping by...


Dec 12, 2012

Let the Baking Begin....

Today marked the beginning
of baking season around here...
 

 
when the holidays draw close,
it's nice to have easy to serve
sweets for surprise guests...


today I made my first fruitcake...
 
I have always loved them,
but never made my own...
 
I made one to enjoy fresh,
and one to cure in brandy for Christmas Eve...
 


 
I still haven't finished decorating...
 
this year just feels like a quieter year,
a simpler year,
a year to enjoy loved ones...
 


stacks of ruffled plates...
 

 
 a clutch of silver forks,
simple and yet special...


snowy lace...
 



the twinkle of
cut glass and candlelight...
 


reflecting back on a happy year...
 

 
I hope you have
something sweet on your plate today...
 
today I am joining
Home @ Rose Chintz Cottage
and
 
Thanks for visiting me today...

Dec 11, 2012

A Christmas Wonderland, Leavenworth, Wa...

To fill myself with Christmas spirit,
I always need a little snow...
 

so on Sunday
we headed over Stevens Pass, WA...
 
a postcard perfect wonderland...

 

to another wonderland...
 


 
the tiny town of Leavenworth, WA...
 
when the small town was struggling
due to the train lines being closed,
they reinvented themselves...
 



as a Bavarian Christmas Village...
 



olde world style...
 


 
the main event is the tree lighting...
 

and then the town...
 




there are smiles on every face..
 

everyone is either cuddling someone they love,
or taking pictures...
 
 


the favorite store
in the town square...
 
Kris Kringl,
the Christmas shoppe...
 



they have everything
to make your days Merry and Bright...
 
 
the shoppe's centerpiece,
this tree that snows!





 
walking in a
WINTER WONDERLAND...
 
Today I am joining
 
Thanks for coming along...