Monday, December 12, 2011

A Little Christmas

I almost didn't want to post my humble decor after visiting such fabulously decorated homes in Blogland.   I am having serious problems with my camera.  It won't allow me to take close ups and the flash is intermittent.  I don't have the best lighting in my home and I apologize for the dark photos and off colors. 

I am starting with my entryway, dining area and little touches in the kitchen.  Living room and tree will be in the next post.  

My front door wreath I made several years ago using swags of magnolia and roses.  The wreath hanger is from CTS and the only one that allows me to close the door!  

I added two ornaments that I received from two of my best friends for my 1st Christmas here in 2008.  One is a Hallmark gold key and the other is a door with a wreath from a craft fair.  The bows I kept from gift baskets.  

The back of the front door has my gingerbread card holder and some jingle bells.  

My hutch decked out with my mother's Christmas Tree by Spode dishes.  A Christmas gift from my dad back in the mid-70's.  

This Christmas tree tray is from Italy and is hand painted.  The markings in the back are pretty much worn off - it is at least 50 years old!

I said I wasn't going to buy anything this Christmas but I decided I would postpone my austerity program until January 2nd.  This swag reminds me of an angel.

My centerpiece is a small tree with cardinals (one of my favorite wild birds) and my Clothtique Santa Firemen.  

The cross in the upper left side is my first purchase in a Hobby Lobby.  Closest one to me is 90 minute drive.  But I was determined to get there.

I purchased the Clothtique Santa firemen in the late 1980's at the Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  They are my favorite pieces and are in memory of my dad (12/22/19 - 12/26/78), a fireman and a little girl's best Santa ;-).  

Closeup of my embroidered tea cloth.  Needs ironing :/

A shelf in one of my kitchen cabinets.   My amber turkey compote stays out for Christmas, too.  I will be making more cranberry sauce.  The Santa mugs are from my childhood.

A simple red berry wreath with a matching bow (also saved from a gift last year) with a snowman door knob hanger and my Mrs. Ginger Gingerbread cookie jar (currently empty).  

A little touch in the living room by the stairs.  But the rest will be in the next post.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I will be joining Natasha at Keeping the Spirit Alive 365 and The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.  



  1. How festive; I love all your little special touches; those Santas firemen are adorable.

  2. La tua cucina è deliziosa!Amo le ghirlande,le tazze di Santa,la tovaglia!Hai fatto bene a postarle,aspetto di vedere altro,Baci,Rosetta

  3. Oh Barbara, what fun, fun Christmas treasures you have! Quite a number of things caught my eye. Your tea tray is just precious. And I love your amber turkey. My mama gave me a clear one, many years ago, and it now resides with Jocelyn. And I adore your firemen Santas! We have several of those, seeing as how my darling best friend and husband is a firefighter! Thank you for sharing all your pretties!!! :)

  4. I love things with special meaning at Christmas time. Like your fireman.,so cute.That's part of the spirit. I have things I cherish like an old set of electric lights that my mother used on our tree when I was a kid. I look forward to seeing them, holding them and just remembering. Richard from My Old Historic House.

  5. Oh Barbara, Your home decor is perfectly beautiful! I hope you find your little angel bells. I would love to see them! Happy Christmas!
    ~ Diane

  6. Oh... Everthing is beautiful!! I too collect Christmas Spode!! I love the embroidered cloth & the Santa mugs & the Cookie Jar.... Oh My. DH loved the Santa Firemen as his Dad was a Fireman!!
    Happy Holidays !

  7. I think your decorations are just perfect. Love that you have your Mom's Christmas china. That cookie jar makes me smile, of course I would smile more if it were full and I was there to steal a cookie! hugs, Linda

  8. Thank you for your lovely tour...I am in love with your cookie jar, so cute! Love the wreath and all of it! ;D

  9. Hello Barbara:
    What wonderful festive touches you have created throughout your house. It is so good to see things that clearly you have cherished for many years being brought out for decoration. Through them one can revisit and remember the many happy times one has celebrated in the past.

    A particular favourite for us would be the Spode china. So pretty and lovely to use too!!

  10. The best decorations are those like yours - with meaning and memories!
    xo Cathy

  11. I love it, all look beauty!! gloria

  12. I think your home looks wonderful! That cookie jar is so cute!

    I have seen lots of those sweet Santa mugs at blog parties-I must try to find some as they are gorgeous!

    You are so sweet to be joining in with my Christmas party-thank you so much for kindness, friendship and support!

    Best Christmas wishes,

  13. Don't you apologize for your holiday decor - it is so sweet and pretty and REAL! Honestly, some of the stuff out in blogland is beautiful but a bit overdone and not very homey IMHO. Your house looks warm and inviting and just lovely!
    ps. Get some cookies in the cookie jar, girl friend! He he he!

  14. Love your new angle swag and my G-Mom-B had a ton of Spode Christmas dishes... sure wish I had them. Enjoy the holidays Barbara and... be sure to fill that cookie jar:@)

  15. I giggled that you are putting off your austerity program until Jan. That's a great way to phrase it. Grinning again...

    I am having problems with pictures, too. I keep feeling the need to point it out. I think your decorations are wonderful. That magnolia and rose wreath is different and beautiful. I keep looking at our magnolia tree and contemplating the adding of leaves around here.

    I also love the door ornament with the key. I happen to have a little door sitting in my craft stash. It came off of the girls' dollhouse. I could make that ornament! Cute idea!

  16. I think your decorations are lovely!

  17. I love all your decorations. So cheery and festive. I HAVE to have one of those cute wreath holders...never have seen one just like it. So cute.

  18. Barbara,
    Everything looks so pretty and festive for the holidays!
    I couldn't find your email, so I'm sending you a link to my latest post.. my feedburner is still not feeding. Any ideas?? I appreciate that you told me- I didn't know..
    Cauliflower, Cashew, and Raisin Stir Fry

  19. Your hutch looks beautiful. I love that Spode pattern.

  20. Hi! Dearest Barbara☆☆
    Oh, your entryway, dining area and little corner in the kitchen is SO inviting♡♡♡
    I always admire the way you treasure things from your parents and friends, my friend!!! I LOVED to see your hutch♬♬♬
    Santa Firemen are truly cute.
    I wish I could be one of your guests and enjoy true western Christmas♡♡♡

  21. I think everything looks lovely. You really can't let some of the bloggers who are so extremely talented get to you. I felt like that when I first starting blogging, but then I realized that most of us just can't have all those gorgeous and amazing creations all over our houses. Some people are just way more creative than I am!

    Talking about your dad almost made me cry...I'm sure the ornaments are very special to you.

  22. Hi lovely lady.
    Oh.. Everything you have decorations for Christmas looks Beautiful. I love seeing your Mon's Christmas China!!! In your Beautiful Hutch. I would love to have a open hutch like the one you have for my dishes.
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. Thanks so much for your sweet comments.
    XXOO Diane

  23. Absolutely charming! Several of my friends are getting Christmas Tree Spode pieces this year. Can't wait to give it to them!

  24. I love the wreath on your door! Magnolias are one of my favorite flowers...being from New Orleans!
    My Mom had Spode Christmas china as well. I don' know where it ended up? Hmmm! I'm sure whichever family member is enjoying it!
    Can't wait to see the rest of your decorations!

  25. Your home looks so cozy & festive! I struggle with interior photos and lighting too. I love your Santa mugs~ I have a set that came to me by way of my Great Aunt. Your Santa Firemen are adorable ♥

  26. Your place looks great, and I love the vintage things you have kept for many years, that makes it all the more special. Don't let "fancy" blogs intimidate you, everything is beautiful. Most of us out there are doing the best we can with ordinary stuff.

  27. your home is love, cozy and filled with Christmas spirit. Love it all. I had one of those Santa mugs whens I was young! Bug Hugs!

  28. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.... Hmm...Hmm, Hmm..Hmm Hmm.

    That's the song up there in case you don't recognize my attempt! :)

    Blessings, Debbie

  29. Hi Barbara WOW! I love all your beautiful Christmas displays.

    I used the same Santa mugs as a child.

    Merry Christmas!


  30. Your wreath is beautiful with those red roses! I love your tablecloth...I think I'll get off the computer and put one on my table! Happy holidays! ♥

  31. Hi Barbara, Love the wreath on your front door. Your home looks so cozy and filled with holiday cheer. You really should post your picture with Alec. I can't believe your got to talk with him?! All of those Baldwin boys are so dreamy aren't they?
    Wishing you a happy Holiday. Will you be cooking? Yes I will for a small group of us. Should be a fun day.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  32. Beautiful Christmas at your house, Barbara!

  33. Love those Santa mugs. What a treasure.

    - The Tablescaper

  34. Your home looks beautiful, Barbara! The firemen Santas are so touching. My oldest brother was a NYC fireman for 30 years.


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