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25 days of Christmas…Home Tour (day 9)

Thanks for stopping by our 25 days of Christmas Home Tour.  The decorating continues…Today is dedicated to the dining room area which is really an extension of our family room. The sideboard has been decorated for a week…but the table centerpiece wasn’t quite coming together until the last couple of days.

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Today I scooted out of work a couple of hours early to tackle my Christmas shopping list. I also needed to pick up a few floral stems for my table centerpiece.  I am still working on the place settings for our annual Christmas day family breakfast.

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My sweet friend and I made a trade…She got one of my vintage  baby bed springs and I got a set of chunky mercury glass candlesticks and an extra large mercury glass vase.  She then proceeded to throw out a challenge…” I can’t wait to see what you do with these”…so here you go MS.

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After sticking the floral stems in the vase and adding white chunky candles to the candlesticks I decided the glass candlesticks looked a little cold…”Baby it’s cold outside” began to play in head. So what does a girl do when it’s cold outside… I wrapped them with a vintage mink collar I picked up at a resale shop.  And whats mink without a diamond brooch…now that’s a stylish centerpiece.

20151209_183111.jpgWishing you a Christmas wrapped in something warm with a little sparkle for extra measure.

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25 days of Christmas…Home Tour (day 7)

Welcome to day 7 of my  25 days of Christmas home tour.  I have to admit I may have bitten off more than I can handle by committing to a 25 day home tour. So today I’m keeping it simple…

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This is my collection of vintage Santa PEZ dispensers.PEZ candies were originally developed in 1927 by an Austrian candy company. The first PEZ dispenser was similar in shape to a cigarette lighter and dispensed an adult breath mint marketed as an alternative to smoking. In 1955 PEZ added heads to the dispensers and marketed them to children. Since the 1950’s over 1500 unique PEZ dispensers have been created. Santa Clause was among the first characters created.

Wishing you a delightful and unexpected Christmas!

 

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25 days of Christmas…Home Tour (day 6)

Welcome back..the 25 days of Christmas, home tour continues. Today we are in the kitchen. If your kitchen is anything like ours, it is where everyone wants to hangout.  As much as I try to limit the things that draw people into the kitchen it doesn’t seem to help.

wp-1449448796141.jpgI usually set up the buffet in the dining room and the bar on the back patio.  But no matter how hard I try to spread the party throughout the house everyone crams into the kitchen. The girls are sitting two to a chair…the guys are leaning against the counter.

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So with everyone hanging out in the kitchen I decided that I should spend a little time decorating this very popular room in our house.

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This is our candy station…a few Christmas favorites to satisfy the sweet tooth.  My favorite Christmas candy is dark chocolate covered cherries.  I know they are available all year but I only buy them in December.  This treat reminds me of childhood Christmas’ so I indulge my need for nostalgia by enjoying a few of these sweet treats.

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If you have been touring our home these past 5 days you may have gathered I have a few collections. Here is a one of my little collections; vintage Christmas ornaments and vintage scales.

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Wishing you a Christmas season filled with a collection of memories.

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25 days of Christmas…Home Tour (day 5)

Welcome back…Its day 5 of our 25 days of Christmas Home Tour…
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Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree how lovely are your branches…decorating the Christmas tree is my favorite part of the Christmas season. I love how it sparkles. I can sit and look at it for hours.

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This year our color theme for Christmas is taken from the classic movie by Irving Berlin’s White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. If you haven’t seen it, its time to relax and enjoy a true classic.

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Wishing you a classic Christmas.

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Re-purpose those Pumpkins…

My re-purposed pumpkins from a couple of years back have been getting a lot of attention this year. Oh be still my beating heart I am flattered. So much so I thought I would share them with you again…They have been featured a half a dozen times on different web sites with permission and over 30 times without permission but at least some of them gave photo credit…The pumpkin-snowmen were really easy to put together…If you decide to re-purpose your pumpkins for the Christmas Season post a picture of them here for others to find, you will be given full photo credit. The scrooge does not live here!

Christmas Entry...Repurposed Pumpkins

Christmas Entry…Re-purposed Pumpkins

Check out some of the other Christmas crafts and hacks that can make your life easier and save you some money along the way…BuzzFeed, Love this Pic, CountryLiving.com  and now RedbookMag has asked to include them in a story they are working on.  Who knew a few leftover pumpkins, some paint and buttons would get so much attention. I will be re-purposing this years pumpkins over the weekend…stop by next week to check out the great pumpkin remake 2015.

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25 days of Christmas…Home Tour (day 4)

Welcome to our 25 days of Christmas…Home Tour…Day 4.

The entrance to our home always conveys the message, Welcome to Our Home…A welcome sign, a wreath on the door and sometimes a little more. Of course the colors always reflect the seasons or the holiday.

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Considering this is day 4 of our 25 days of Christmas Home Tour…I probably should have started here on Day 1. However, I don’t start decorating for Christmas until after Thanksgiving and it took me until yesterday to finally decide what I wanted on the front porch.

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I quickly snapped these photos this morning while waiting on my sweet geriatric shitzus to take care of there morning ritual…

wp-1449239051263.jpgI love the contrast of the vintage olive bucket filled with the colors of the season…red, white and green topped off with a few branches that sparkle.

wp-1449239065965.jpgWishing you a very welcoming holiday season…Merry Christmas!

 

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25 days of Christmas…Home Tour (day 3)

Welcome to our Texas county home…I have a weakness for all things Americana. As you can see from this display my interests are varied. My obsessions range from books about the great state of Texas to vintage cameras and barn pulleys…

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I also have a fondness for bottle brush trees…so here I have just accented one collection with another…

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A few years back I stumbled on a pair of vintage dice while checking out at an estate sale…this chance meeting has led to a strange love affair with the colorful die.

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Wishing you a season of collecting memories.

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25 days of Christmas…Home Tour (day 2)

Welcome Back to my 25 days of Christmas home tour.  I am playing catch-up with my daily postings.  This is what happens when I woke up on December 3rd and decide it would be fun to post a photo a day of our home all decked out for the Christmas Holidays…and then decide to call it 25 days of Christmaswp-1449156391280.jpg

Hoping you have a season filled with JOY…

 

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25 days of Christmas…Home Tour

Welcome to my 25 days of Christmas Home Tour…Day 1…Cheers!!!

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Fall Festivities…Farmers Market…The Great Pumpkin Heist

The arrival of pumpkins should naturally coincide with cooler temperatures.  Right? Well here in coastal Texas the arrival of pumpkins usually means we can expect at least 6 more weeks of record high temperatures…..but record high temperatures could not deter this NOLAgirl from her annual trek to the farmers market for the great pumpkin heist.

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Of course you can buy your pumpkins and gourds from your local grocer or big box store especially if your only going to buy one or two.  But there is something magical about the visual appeal of these multi colored, lumpy bumpy not quite round orbs that makes it impossible for me to limit my purchase…

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My husband and I are regular patrons of local farmers markets…we shop local every chance we get. Most of the markets we stumble on during our travels have an average of two to three dozen vendors.  The vendors are selling everything from free range chicken eggs, beautiful cut flowers, homemade sweets and of course a variety of locally grown fruits and veggies.  Occasionally, there will be a local grass fed meat supplier. And my personal favorite local honey and goat cheese…But this trip is all about the pumpkins!

Pumpkins galore

Of course there must be some restraint…either based on the available budget or the available space for transportation…No matter which…both were completely exhausted. Here’s to another year and a very successful GREAT PUMPKIN HEIST!!!

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Are you wondering what I’m going to do with all of the pumpkins from my trip to the farmers market.….stick around!!!

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