Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Kris Kringle--Crocks--Shaker



I have a man in my FARMHOUSE KITCHEN. . .Yep. . .Kris arrived last week and set up housekeeping among the VINTAGE CROCKS. . .A very good place for him. . .He's VINTAGE, too, you know. . .(Santa Wink). . .


Kris has been with me in Christmases PAST. . .He's here for Christmas PRESENT. . .and I'm sure he'll be back for Christmases FUTURE. . .He keeps Christmas in my HEART. . .I have to say, though, that he's never. . .ever. . .been in the FARMHOUSE KITCHEN. . .





Kris is enjoying the HOLIDAY among delicate SNOWFLAKES. . .A Shaker style bowl filled with WHITE, SILVER, GOLD ornaments. . .EVERGREENS. . .BRASS CANDLESTICKS. . .Elements that aren't normally grouped together . . .I TOLD Kris it was a little rebellious . . .but he would have it no other way. . .






Across the room from Mr. Kringle, there's another mix of decorating styles . . .When WINTER arrives I bring out the wooden bowls. . .and the Shaker pantry boxes. . .We cook often in our fireplace and they come in handy. . .John's pipe from Colonial Williamsburg seems a natural thing to place on top of one. . .


The BAKER'S CABINET has to be functional for all the Holiday baking. . .Someone has to keep Kris supplied with COOKIES. . .(He does look as if he's eaten a few, doesn't he?) 
The SUNSHINE KRISPY CRACKER tin has become a make-do bowl that can easily be moved when I need the extra room. . .I keep it full of Granny Smiths. . .my favorite apple. . .and couldn't resist placing a few shiny ornaments there, too. . .



More candlesticks help tie everything together. . .
Honestly, it gets dark so early now that I keep candles burning most of the day. . . 



Did you notice the ANGEL WING on the right one? . .It's rare that candles drip in this manner. . .My Grandmother used to say it meant a SPECIAL BLESSING was coming soon. . .Looks like we may be doubly blessed. . .There's another one forming on the left. . .






Traditional, Victorian, Shaker, and Prim have definitely come together 
in our FARMHOUSE CHRISTMAS KITCHEN this year. . .



I threw away the rules. . .
Loving my new found FREEDOM in unconventionality. . .
KRIS likes it, too. . .(another Santa WINK)


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Friday, December 2, 2016

Candles--Snowflakes--Vintage Ladies



"When you decorate for the HOLIDAYS. . .don't forget the bathroom. . .It's the one place that EVERYONE will see". . .Those words of wisdom I heard my Mother speak many, many times. . .In fact, her bathrooms were show places. . .always elegant. . .lots of sparkle. . .often the talk of our visitors. . .
So. . .if you will indulge me. . .I'll add a few Mom touches to the bath. . .



My INSPIRATION was her favorite vintage ANGEL. . .
Gold and White and Glittery . . .




At the Vintage Tub. . .a spray of BERRIES and CEDAR. . .BRASS CANDLESTICKS. . .
FORMAL. . .TRADITIONAL. . .'MOM'. . .




While greenery would have been for decor only with Mama. . .
I love to add a few pieces of CEDAR to my bath water. . .
Smells fresh and clean and CHRISTMAS-Y. . .




Of course. . .I had to mix things up a little with my own FARMHOUSE Style. . .
















A mix of two HOLIDAY STYLES. . .different but one complimenting the other. . .

Now that I think about it. . .that was Mom and myself, too. . .
VERY different. . .but our HEARTS knew each other well. . .
In fact. . .I think she would have approved of the HOLIDAY BATH. . .
even with the Farmhouse Touches. . .



'Leaving the CANDLE burning for you, Mama'





Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas Packages--Cotton Branches--White, Silver, Gold



The PACKAGES are wrapped. . .and ready. . .In WHITE and BLACK and SILVER and GOLD, they are as unconventional as the TABLETOP TREE of left-over Cotton limbs I made for the smaller gifts. . .


You could easily make a 'stick tree' yourself. . .Cotton stalks are not necessary. . .A LIMB from any tree would do. . .Gather the ones that are TALL and have SEVERAL BRANCHES on them. . .Stick them in a VASE. . .add ORNAMENTS. . .and you have a UNIQUE Christmas Tree!!!!
Here's a tip I learned making ours. . .Wire on ornaments when necessary. . .or if you have a cat. . .





I wrapped the packages in NEWSPAPER (without the print, of course). . .and tied with a mix of HEMP STRING and CURLY RIBBON. . .The MEDALLIONS were a banner that I cut apart. . .I also added some SNOWFLAKE ORNAMENTS for bows. . .No commercial bows for us! . .Remember. . .I'm decorating outside-the-box. . .I like this MIX OF FORMAL AND FARMHOUSE. . .
The little SANTA PILLOW goes back twenty years. . .I never tire of it, though. . .Reminds me of all the secrets I kept from Santa while growing up. . .and that makes me laugh. . .

 





Everything fits well together. . .don't you think?


Hopefully we'll have some sunshine today so I can photograph the rest of the house for you. . .
It's been cloudy for days. . .dark. . .and rain all day yesterday. . .
My old camera doesn't do well when it's dark outdoors. . .
I have the bath, the kitchen, and the keeping room to photograph and share. . .
Rooms that reflect the common theme I have going on for this Christmas. . .
PLAIN AND SIMPLE. . .GLISTENING . . .FARMHOUSE STYLE. . . .




Friday, November 25, 2016

A Reminder for Rag Ruggers


Just quickly popping in to remind you that


will be closing for the holidays on December 5th. . .

If you plan to order looms or gift bags, now is the time to do it. . .
The Elves will be busy for the next week or so, 
but will be taking time off time to enjoy the Holidays with family and friends. . .

Thanks for shopping with us!!!!


Friday, November 18, 2016

You Won't See This Christmas Tree in a Store



I'm anything but TRADITIONAL when it comes to CHRISTMAS TREES. . .For years Fred (the ficus) was decorated with lights and tiny baskets, red bows and small glass balls. . .I think Santa got a little confused for several years. . .not sure where to put the packages. . .but it all worked out. . .This year, in keeping with my unconventional sense of humor, I chose something fairly unorthodox. . .a COTTON TREE. . .


Most folks don't know that COTTON is actually a tree. . .If you leave it alone and don't harvest it, a Cotton stalk will continue to grow. . .That's what happened to this beauty. . .I spotted it in a ditch at my cousin's farm a couple of months ago. . .Evidently a stray seed landed there while planting in the Spring. . .Since it was in the ditch, it wasn't susceptible to the usual spraying and chemicals and harvesting. . .I watched it as it grew. . .and grew. . .and grew. . .


In fact. . .it grew so much that John returned for a chain saw after I had sent him down to cut it. . .Yes. . .This is all one tree. . .Yet another of my INSPIRATION for a Christmas tree that you sure won't find in a store. . .We LOVE it. . .








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