Sunday, December 7, 2014

Nostalgic Ornaments

Hi Everyone!

Hope you all enjoyed the "getting close to Christmas" weekend!  I put the finishing touches on our main Christmas tree yesterday.  For this tree, I don't have a theme or a look or a style. I suppose you could call it nostalgic.  

It is filled with the sweet and precious ornaments our family was acquired over the years.

This cute kitty  peeking out of a basket is a favorite.....


The reindeer came from McDonald's, circa 1976! (I was still in high school!!!)


Mr. Bluebird's favorite.  A gift from one of my sisters-in-law, many years ago!


This is a cute idea made by the mom of a classmate of my daughter when they were in elementary school.  Just a plastic spoon and some other bits glued on to make an angel.  The fun part is, the back of the spoon had a Tootsie Roll Pop attached to it when they gave these away to all of their classmates.  Too cute!


Any ornament that says "mom" on it is okay in my book! Also, the most precious and beautiful ornaments on our tree are the ones made by the little fingers of our daughter when she was a little girl.  The puzzle piece ornament was a Christmas craft done with her Girl Scout troop.


And......any ornament with "dad" on it is also okay in my book, too -  lol! Of course, a cute Big Bird in a nest is also worthy of a distinctive spot on the Bluebird tree.


Love this little wooden snowman....made by someone who once designed and sold items to Gooseberry Patch. They only sell cookbooks now, but I remember when they had all kinds of great merchandise! Any of you remember those days?


A tattered felt stocking from Walgreens, holding a picture of our daughter in her Christmas Eve pj's.  In the distance, you can see a sweet "It's A Girl" ornament.


A mini Barbie case.....I am pretty sure I had the real deal growing up!


This ornament came from a very special friend in the late 80's.  Do any of you remember the Kitty Cucumber line?  I loved that silly little cat!



Santa coat - reminiscent of a dance costume my daughter once wore!


A now politically incorrect ornament made from a metal McDonald's ashtray! My daughter made it in kindergarten.  Love this!


One of my most special ornaments, picked out with a friend back in our high school days.  Every year ,hanging it on the tree, I feel like I am sixteen again.


This silly guy, Looney Tunes' Yosemite Sam, reminds of the summer I played him at Great America in Gurnee Illinois!


A headless gingerbread man....another precious ornament made by my daughter way back when.


A juice can lid turned ornament, also by our daughter years ago.


To some...a crumpled piece of foil with a blob of blue glue on it.  To me, one of the most beautiful ornaments I own.


Just a glimpse of the show stopping tree in our living room! While I love all the themed trees, the perfectly planned and primped trees, I don't think I could ever change the way I decorate this tree in our home.  The stories, the memories......it just feels right to open those precious bits and baubles each year and put them in a prideful, loving place.  Yes, I am a sentimentalist and my mash up of a Christmas tree fits me perfectly!!!

How about you? Do you do a theme tree or do you decorate with a collected over time look?

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sweet Christmas Dreams

 Hi Everyone!

I added a bit of Christmas to our master bedroom today.  I usually don't go too crazy decorating the space, but I do like to add a few touches.  Today I am showing you the bedding.

I keep the white, cotton matelesse on the bed most of the year.  I added my Pottery Barn,  black toile shams and matching comforter at the foot of the bed. The pattern is called Matine, and although it is still available in other colors, the black is no longer available.  I also bought the red and white quilted king shams from Pottery Barn at a deep discount (they are also no longer available).  Love the pop of red this time of year. I could not get the white background to photograph correctly, but they are definitely a white, not a khaki...they are very crisp looking in person.  While we are talking Pottery Barn, the burlap "jingle" pillow is also from there and was a gift from a dear friend last year.  (Good news! It is still in their holiday lineup this year!)



The large print is from Kirkland's and used to hang in our living room for several years.  It had been in the garage for year or so, waiting to be taken to Goodwill.  I decided to bring it back in for the winter - the colors are perfect for a cozy, Christmas look   The plates are from T J Maxx and add some interest.  They are just simple cocktail plates, and each pattern came in a set of four for 3.99 - can't beat that! I have had them in my stash since last spring and finally found a place for them...for now!

I will have more master holiday decor to share in the coming weeks.  How about you? Do you only decorate the public areas of your home or do you add some holiday bling to the private spaces too?

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas Sprinkles

Hi Everyone!

Oh my gosh, December 2nd! I am still having trouble wrapping my head around how fast the last part of this year is going.  Hallmark Channel is already advertising their Valentine's movie.....say what?!!

I have really gotten off to a good start with all my Christmas prep, so I am enjoying these days despite how fast it seems each day goes by.  I hope you are feeling good about where you are at also and are taking time to enjoy the season!  I sometimes get so caught up in all the trappings of the holiday, trying to make things "perfect,"  and come December 26th, I find myself asking, "Is that it?"  This year I have vowed to live the season to the fullest, to be present in the moments with my family and friends.  The perfectionist in me says I should do this or do that, but I am going to try very hard to loosen up and lighten up some of my self-imposed holiday burdens and really enjoy the true blessings in my life.  Now that I've gotten THAT  off of my chest.......................

Today I just wanted to show you a "sprinkling" of this year's Christmas decor.  Hope you enjoy!

The Foyer





French Drying Rack in a Kitchen Corner


Vintage Bottles From Local Companies in a Longaberger Basket


Hope enjoyed the "sprinkles!"  I will be back soon with more holiday cheer, but right now I am going to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and admire our tree.

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Country Christmas Mantel

 Hi Everyone!

Now that we have turned the page, and it is officially the Christmas season, I wanted to show you how I dress my living room mantel.  I "may or may not" be in a rut, but I have kept the mantel decor in this room pretty much the same the past few years.  It still make me happy - so why mess with success?! I tend to like traditions!
I start by taking down all the decor.



I add in the Santa picture Mr. Bluebird gave me a few years ago.  Of course, I add our stockings - made these for our daughter's first Christmas.  Every time I think about replacing them with something more trendy, I have to think again - they are too sweet and precious to change after twenty three years!


Then, I add in an assortment of barn stars of all shapes, sizes, and materials, tucking them in the lighted garland.


Of course, some shiny mercury glass and other sparkly ornaments get thrown into the mix.


Before you know it, things are looking pretty and Christmas-y!


My little rocker that once sat beside my parent's fireplace, holds a cute Polar Express Santa.


I have had this Santa for ages, and he always sits on the hearth.  I love putting out all sorts of children's Christmas books....my great nieces and nephews like to check them out when they visit.




Our kitty thinks laying by the fire or under the tree - or around any holiday decor is the cat's meow!


I have been trying to get a jump start on all of the Christmas prep so I can sit back, relax, and be a part of the season instead of stressing about what I need to get done.  Have you been decking the halls lately. too?

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday Haul

Hi Everyone!

My daughter and I ventured out early this morning (4:30 a.m.) to partake in the Black Friday hoopla.  We aren't the kind that go out for the doorbusters or anything like that - we just enjoy the festive atmosphere and look for some great deals. This year we even bought matching long sleeved "Black Friday" screen tees, lol!


(Super bad photo taken with my phone!)

The mall we went to had opened at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving (boo to that!), so it was very quiet when we arrived around 5 a.m. (after our Starbucks stop!) and we scored a fantastic parking space to boot!(Important since it was lightly snowing AND only nineteen degrees (with an eight degree wind chill!). After lunch, we ventured to another mall - big mistake! It was i.n.s.a.n.e.!  I let my daughter go in while I tried to find a parking spot.  By the time that happened, she was already done - so we got out of  Dodge and moved on to the nearby Target - ahhhhh, back to tranquility.  


I was really excited to find flannel sheets in a red plaid at Target.  The last two twin sets, and at $16.99 each, they were quite the bargain in my estimation! They will be fun to add to my black, white, and gold guest room beds for the holidays.  We also scored a great deal on holiday candles at Bath & Body Works - love the Balsam Fir & Evergreen this time of year.  Their Black Friday deal was buy three - get three free, plus I had two ten dollar coupons, making it truly a deal.


Also, if you bought $40 worth of products, you could purchase a tote bag for $20 - along with a large tote bag, it contained a smaller makeup case that says, "Sparkle" on the front,  a yummy, seasonal 3-wick candle, body spray, lotion, soap, and perfume.   Great score!


My little Elf on the Shelf guy is especially excited about my Philosophy  purchase today - "Hope for the Holidays." It contains three products tp help with wrinkles...."hope" it works is right!!!! And lastly, I picked up two cute, vintage-y peppermint lollipops to add to my Christmas decor.....if you come over, please don't eat them (although they are edible!).  I have a lot of peppermint candies that I save from year to year to use in my kitchen Christmas displays...so most of them are probably a bit stale!!

Anyway, we had a super fun mother-daughter day together - shopping, drinking Starbucks, and lunch at The Cheesecake Factory - o.m.g. delicious!  Now we are home, propping up our "toesies" by the fire, and hanging out together as family.

How about you? Did you venture out into the Black Friday world?



Thursday, November 27, 2014

Black Friday Fun

Hi Everyone!

Hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday.  Ours was a laid back kind of gathering this year, just five total.....very relaxing and fun! I usually host a crowd, and will definitely do so next year, but for 2014, this was just the kind of Thanksgiving day I needed.

Tomorrow, of course, is Black Friday! My daughter and I are heading out in search of deals at the crack of dawn.....I have my eye on some cute, wintery-themed flannel sheets for our guest room.

One of my buddies is helping me out with scanning the ads.......



Thanks for stopping by,

Jane

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Look for Me November 28th!

Hi everyone!

I have been terrible at blogging lately - life has just gotten in the way and I just have not made time to post.  So, I have made an "executive decision" to just take the  month of November off, lol!  My plan is to come back in a blaze of glory the day after Thanksgiving with tons of holiday ideas, decor, recipes and such. Look for a post almost daily.  I am hoping you will be there when I throw the doors open once again.

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane