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December 28, 2016

Holiday Fun and Slowing Down!

A while back I planted three amaryllis bulbs called Barbados.  
As Christmas drew near they were nearly open but I had to leave to go be with family so I crossed my fingers that they'd be open when I returned!

We went to my sister's on Christmas Eve and had a great dinner with plenty of food to choose from!
Our daughter Chelsea on the right and Jen's daughter in the rear being silly. 

Jen lives in a townhouse and the entry has a tall set of stairs with these graduated open stair shelves. This year she decided to do a different theme on each shelf. 

She made this manger out of cardboard.  Used markers to stain it and create a wood looking finish.  They found the nativity pieces at Kirklands. 

A woodland scene... 

Santa and his elves!  It was cute to walk up the steps and check out each level! 

After opening gifts the younger cousins and sister in-laws posed with ribbons from their packages. 
These kind of pictures will be fun to look back at when they're older! 

Our gift to our Grandson was this Labradoodle rocking toy.  It'll be a while before he can use it but it will be cute for the nursery in the meantime!

Christmas Day I prepped my mother's dining table with linens and dishes I brought.  New carpet had been laid just days before and the house was tore apart too much so there was no Christmas decorating this year.  I figured I'd bring in my own festive look! 

Our daughter in-law is Italian.  Her mother figured out how to do a three way conversation with Facebook chat and she was on the phone with her family in Pennsylvania and Italy when I took this picture.  Our grandson is 3 mos. old now and very alert!

I prepared the food throughout the day and we ate around 6 o'clock.  I snapped a quick shot before we were seated.  

Later on he was was tuckered out and sleeping in his his dad's arms.

Monday morning we met the kids at a local restaurant for breakfast and visited a good while before we had to say our goodbyes.  We live a good distance apart so we try to get in as many moments as possible!  Our grandson had just been fed and he eventually conked out!  He's such a sweet baby! 

We got home Monday evening and I was so happy to see the amaryllis flowers opened up!  I was snapping pictures as soon as we were in.  I feel lucky that it timed out so nicely.  It doesn't always go this way when you plant them! 

I have to say this is the prettiest one I've ever grown!  I have three more stems coming up so I'll be enjoying these for a while!

I'm glad to be back home and will continue to enjoy the holiday decorations until the New Year!  It feels good to slow down and just enjoy everything.

I hope you all had a great Christmas and I want to wish everyone a 
Very Happy New Year!

Between Naps On The Porch
Tablescape Thursday 

December 18, 2016

My Christmas Wrapped Up

I did my own holiday blog tour in a series of multiple posts.
I'm posting pictures from each one and link in case you haven't visited them yet.

This week I'm going to catch up on things like wrapping gifts and final preparations for  
Christmas with the family.
I'll visit more of you through the week in my down time. 
Thank you for your visits and kind comments.

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas!


December 15, 2016

Visions Of Gingerbread

Visions of Gingerbread houses landed in her head…

 Come along with me as we explore my Visions of Gingerbread tablescape.  
With this small round table I'm limited on space and wanted to include some candlelight.  On a whim I placed some tea light candles into the glasses.  I got the benefit of the warm candle glow and it also highlighted the clear glass stemware.

The centerpiece is contrived of a snow flocked tree centered in a pine needle candle ring nestled in the wood bowl. The faux berries and gold garland were added for a festive look!

Pretty Fitz and Floyd stemware called Trestle found at T.J. maxx 

 Adorable snowmen  S & P shakers found at Pier 1

 This leaf and berry tablecloth is by Lauren Ralph Lauren called Bowen red-silver tablecloth found at T.J. Maxx.  I looked for them on line and there's a bunch on Ebay but slightly higher priced than I paid.

 Thankful to be in a comfortably heated home while we're receiving an arctic blast and a snowstorm as I was preparing this table.

 Chargers are from Pier 1. Tartan plaid dinner and gingerbread salad plates from Williams Sonoma.

These napkin rings found at T.J. Maxx added just the right amount of whimsy.  They are labeled Kim Seybert Living.  I only found one package (set of 4) in this color but the other day they had a silver and gold set.  These are a bit large and bulky and I wasn't sure I wanted them for storage purposes but I'm glad I went ahead and bought them.  

Seems as though winter has settled itself in quite well in our area already!
I'm working on staying warm and happy and I hope you are too!
Thank you for exploring my Visions of Gingerbread tablescape with me!

Between Naps on The Porch
Tablescape Thursday 

December 14, 2016

Kitchen Dining Decked Out For Christmas

 Welcome to Christmas in my kitchen dining area.
It's loaded with all sorts of Christmas accents.  I love to do seasonal decorating in this area.  

 I put these plates (Pier 1) up on the plate rack but you couldn't see the images very well and I liked these so much I decided to set them up on the little console table instead.  The pair of little antlers were sold in the ornament section at JoAnn's and ended up being accent here.  The little trees came from a store up north of us in Bellaire.

 Some of you that follow me saw this little wood truck I bought a while back.  I added some sparkle to the fenders to look like ice.  I found the little Santa mail box and the snowman at T.J. Max recently.  They all seemed to work together nicely here. 

Instead of the salad plates in front of these tartan dinner dishes I placed red cups.  I had  picked up some ornaments from Pier 1 and cut off the string and popped them inside the cups.

 I ended up liking this look better than what I had started with.

 Down below is a little wood sleigh with a bundle of wood sticks from T.J.Maxx.  The reindeer came from JoAnn's and I popped in a bottle brush tree in the back.  I wrapped a pine garland around the base to dress it up.  I tried the slgith in about 4 places before it landed here.

 I usually put a wreath at the bottom of the chandelier and dress it up with ornaments but it tends to cut down on the light available to the table so I thought I would try something different.  I had these jingle bell garlands so I dressed it up with them and I have a bunch of these little boxwood wreaths that I hung on there too.  The little tartan dogs were on the wreath last year and I just popped them on the arms of the chandelier for color and cuteness! 

 These are links to previous years and how I decorated it- it's always fun to do! 
2015  2014  2013  My favorite-2012  2011  2010

 My amaryllis are growing real fast now. I put three big bulbs in one pot and was hoping for all of them to bloom at once, but I think it will be more sequential!  My Christmas cactus is starting to bloom now too with m any more flowers to come!

I bought the basket at Terrain at Thanksgiving time and went to the garden center and got a real nice white poinsettia.  I have so much red I decided to switch to white.  I should put a small wreath around the base of the basket.  This is the water pump plant stand that my father in-law made for my mother in-law a long time ago.  I did a post about it as seen"here".

I caught this picture when the sun was out last week.  

The top of the Etagere is dressed with a garland loaded with fruits and an Old World Santa starts this village like setting on the shelves I've created.

 Santa is working his way into the chimney.  The little cottage awaits their gifts!

 The cardinals are pecking around looking for their seeds but they seemed to be in a landscape of jingle bells!  There are 4 of them in there- can you see them all?

A cardinal candle lights the lantern in the snowy path of pine cones.

 This wooden bowl has a green candle ring with a tree set in the center.  I added the red winter berries and gold garland.

I spotted this bowl at T.J. Maxx a couple of months ago and liked it immediately because of the branch like handles that are adorned with oak leaves and acorns.

 I picked this card holder up last year at Kohls. It gets pretty full by the time Christmas comes.

 I spotted this red wreath hanger at Michael's I believe and the hat I had from before and just tossed it on the hook!

This year at Lowe's they had these felt door hangers.  There were 4 styles and we chose this because of the white color.  I mounted it on the storm door and it allows you to see the entryway door behind it which is a deep red.  It's really cold out so you'll have to see it from the inside!  The door steamed up the second I opened it.  There are stars that hang from it and show up better on the outside.

In the kitchen I made up this little candy cane station. The cups are nearby and so is the hot chocolate, tea or coffee.  The candy canes can be swirled in a hot drink to add a little peppermint twist to a drink!   See the glass plate in the background- I found that at the same store in Bellaire.  I love all these cars and trucks with the Christmas trees this year!  The little mug is a candle and the pine cone S&P shakers work well for nutmeg and cinnamon that can be added to Eggnog or your other hot beverages.  The Pottery Barn sleigh was a gift from the kids a few years back.

Well I hope those of you who have been following my tour of the house this holiday season have enjoyed it!  I know I've been having fun visiting blogs and seeing the holiday decorating out there in blog land!  

As you can see we've been getting snow here and it's very pretty.  It certainly makes things feel like Christmas around here!

I hope to take some better pictures of our outside lighting. 
Thank you again for following along!

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