Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Curtains

I bought beautiful fabric a few months ago at Hobby Lobby...and it has been sitting around waiting for me to turn it into curtains for my morning room:
I made these cornices when we moved in a year ago and couldn't find the same fabric, so I had the challenge of trying to coordinate a window treatment for the sliding glass doors:
I love this fabric so much that I am tempted to make new cornices!!
There are so many windows in my morning room that it is chilly in the winter, so this should help a bit!

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The train

Carter was the highlight of Christmas this year. He got a train from Nana and Grandpa and he spent hours playing with it:He also got toys that sang, talked, danced and ran around the floor!
Its been awfully quiet since he left!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

All ready!!

This is our family tree, loaded with over 30 years of memories:
and these are the place cards/favors for Christmas dinner:

and the linens are ironed, gifts are wrapped...
Just waiting for the jolly ol' guy to come....
Happy Holidays to all my blogger buddies!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Not too fond of Santa...

Carter isn't too fond of the jolly 'ol guy! So for now, he'll hide from him:

Monday, December 20, 2010

My new tapers...

I rarely burn candles anymore. I love the battery operated candles. Just today I came across battery operated "tapers"...LOVE 'EM!!
They give off such a warm, flickering glow that you can hardly tell they aren't real flames!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Christmas Crate

You may remember this from last year, but it is my favorite decoration that I made years ago:
It is an old fruit crate that I painted and I have used it to hold holidays snacks and treats:
It sits on my kitchen counter, filled with candy this year...

And beside it is my favorite holiday book "A Cup of Christmas Tea", a melancholy tale about a young man visiting his elderly aunt - a "must read" for the holiday, but I warn you, it will bring a few tears to your eyes - it does that to me every time I read it!!
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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Winner of tablecloth

Congrats to Garden of Daisies - winner of this tablecloth:
Email me your home address so you can have it for the holidays!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A quick holiday treat

Oreo Cheesecake Pretzel Bites:
(recipe at end of post)
These are so simple to make. You need some of these (or regular Oreos will work, too)
And they are mixed with cream cheese and shaped into little squares which are placed on pretzel squares:
Some sprinkles:
and some melted chocolate:
and ta-da:
So good and easy-peasy, too:

Oreo Cheesecake Pretzel Bites

14 whole Oreo Cookies
2 oz cold cream cheese
48 square pretzels
1 Cup chocolate chunks or chocolate chips, melted
White and red sugar crystals

1. Place Oreos into a food processor and process until finely ground. Mix Oreo crumbs and cream cheese until dough forms. Pinch 1/2 Tablespoon of dough and form into a little square. Place onto pretzel then gently press top pretzel to close. Drizzle with melted chocolate and sprinkle with sugar crystals. Chill until chocolate has hardened and serve.

24 Pretzel Bites
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Vintage Holiday Giveaway and a Holiday Table

I would like to give this pretty vintage tabelcloth to one of my blogger buddies as a Holiday present. It is for a card table, but can certainly be layered on a larger table:The colors are not traditional, but it's adorable!
So, you know the routine:
Leave a comment for one chance
Follow for another chance
Blog about it, let me know, for a third chance
(and if you don't have a blog, leave your email)

This is the small table in my dining area, set for an intimate dinner party. The centerpiece was made with a gift box, some greenery, a crystal tree and a votive in a crystal star:
The salad plates are from Pier 1 and the dinner plates from Target:
There are even stars on the wine glasses:
and under the glasses:
My Mom just gave me this tablecloth a few weeks ago:
This is the tree in the corner of the room, trimmed with crystal and gold:

A reflection in the mirror:
Ready for the guests:
Sharing this with
Vintage Thingy Thursday and Tablescape Thursday

Dont' forget to enter the giveaway!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Donna's dolls

Aren't these adorable?
Annalee dolls are so festive!
What are your favorite decorations?