Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday Pretties

We continue the Christmas tour from the kitchen, one of the favorite rooms in my house.  This tree hold my Grandmother's and Mother's cookie cutters as well as some miniature kitchen utensils, small tin teacups, snowflakes, candy canes and more.

A girl can't go wrong when preparing meals on a pink kitchen island.  Everyday is a holiday using this.

A big glass jar holds my collection of vintage cupcake picks, candle holders, candles and nut cups.  I store my cupcake liners here as well.  The measuring cups are a new find and yes, that is a pink one sandwiched in the middle. 

The little pink cupboard is prettified for Christmas with the addition of  a tiny tree.  I'm on the lookout for a stove to add to this piece.

I'm loving the vintage container found this week.  It holds my coffee liners and adds such charm to the coffee corner.

A little wink and a smile from some happy Holt Howard salt and pepper shakers.  Oh how I love Holt Howard!

Some sparkly pot holders from a local Christmas Bazaar add a homemade touch.  I try to imagine the person who made them.

My friend, Diane, made the little wreath and it ties the kitchen colors together so well.  I'm off to make some coffee and start my day.  A visit from my sweet niece is in order.  I love that she's in her 20's and I'm still Aunt Nay!

A thank you to Joyce for continuing to host Friday Pretties!
She's off to visit her sister and cousins for a fun weekend.
Visit her here.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Tour Continues

We find ourselves in the "Pretty Room" today.  I name coined by my family for the ultra-girly living room in our house.  I think most of the rooms are pretty and girly but this one seems to stand out.  It could be my use of old doors for backdrops and coffee tables or the lavish use of floral print.  At Christmas what makes it more girly is the white tree.

Most of my Christmas decorations can be credited to my Mom who has made me beautiful things through the years.  One of my absolute favorite is the paper garlands of dancing men and women.

The pattern came from an early Martha Stewart magazine.  It was quite the labor of love.  I have two strands each of men and women.  Two years ago she made me the second batch from velum instead of paper and they are holding up much better.  I cherish them both.

The mantel is all a-shimmer with garlands and trees.  The pink deer is a new find this year and fits perfectly in with the decorations.  It may stay there year round.

The shelf on the mantel was purchased at the Junk Bonanza in Minnesota three years ago.  Two years in a row I made the 18 hour round trip with my friends Diane and Sally.  We had such a fun time and I remember those trips each time I look at the shelf.  It makes a wonderful display piece for all the little treasures I find.

Years ago I made this wreath using my Grandmother's ornaments.  I want to publicly thank my friend, Diane, who lovingly fixes it each time I drop and break an ornament.  Diane makes and sells vintage ornament wreaths so I can count on her for a repair when needed.  Perhaps I should package it a bit more carefully.

I have two nativity scenes from my Mom which I switch out each year.  One she made in ceramics class and this one is cross-stitched.  I just sent away for a pattern I saw on Tina's blog "The Quiet Home".  I plan on knitting one and then when each of my children have their own homes, they may take one of their Grandmothers.  The wooden puzzle of the three crosses was made by my now college son when he was in shop class in middle school.  It makes the perfect backdrop for the nativity and is a reminder of the reason God came to earth and was born in a manger.

This chair was found at a barn sale this summer for $35.  It looks perfect with the heart pillow and the throw my Mom made several years ago.  My Mom is always creating something beautiful with her hands and my Dad is artistic as well so I got a double dose of creativeness from them.

My last picture today is of the sweet little mouse I found at Ikea a couple of months ago.  I have such an affection for mice.  When I saw this one, I instantly knew she was coming home with me.  A tiny top to a little chair makes the perfect home for her.  


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Christmas Tour Continues

We find ourselves back in the dining room today finishing up a look at the Christmas decorations.   I thought you might like another look at the dollhouse all set for the holidays.

The oil lamp that belonged to my Grandmother finds it's way to the sideboard.  I remember what it once looked like at her house this time of year and remember the smell of the oil burning.

The table wears it's Christmas quilt that I made last year at this time.  It was a great stash buster, using many different red prints.  The wonderful thing about this quilt is that whenever I look at the individual fabrics, I remember other things that I made with it.

By the window stands a small tree that I made a few years back.  The garland is made from sheet music and the tree skirt is lace from the Civil War era.

A small church pew that found it's way into my heart and home several years ago makes me wonder about the people who would have been sitting there for a Christmas service.

A cross-stitch picture my Mom made hangs on the wall and reminds me of a simpler time.

A favorite item in my dining room are these Rudolph dishes.  Whimiscal and charming and must have once held cookies for Santa.  Off to the "Pretty Room" tomorrow!  Blessings!

With joy,

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

My Red Rose Farm Quilt

I want to take a break in my Christmas tour to show you my quilt I just got back from the quilter and quickly bound.  Most of you know of my love affair with the Red Rose Farm fabric by Elizabeth Scott of  The Late Bloomer.

The quilt is made with about 80% Red Rose Farm, a bit of Lecien's Flower Sugar and some yellow buffalo check that I had in my stash.  It is backed with a large hot pink on white polka-dot.

Thank you to all of you who sent me messages when I inquired about the proper way to do embroidery.  I have been in love with these vintage dish towel transfers for quite some time and knew they would look great on a quilt.

The quilter did a wonderful job, though it is hard to see in these pictures.  She even quilted tea pots into the cake stand blocks.

My kitchen walls are yellow and the kitchen is decorated in aqua, yellow and pink with a retro feel to it.  This hangs on the wall in the kitchen and really ties the room's theme to the vintage items I have placed there.  I used almost every bit of the fatquarter bundle of Red Rose Farm.  With the scraps I would like to make some placemats.

A big thank you to Elizabeth for designing such a wonderful line of fabrics that will certainly keep my kitchen bright and happy in the cold, dark, dead of winter here in Michigan.   See you tomorrow for more Christmas decorating pictures!


Monday, December 6, 2010

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

It's hard to believe that just five short days ago we were experiencing our first snow of the season.  If you looked out my window today you would think otherwise.  The weekend was filled with the sounds of ambulances as people tried to remember how to drive on slick, icy roads.

I thought you might enjoy some Christmas decorating photos.  I took a bunch this weekend so I could show you what I've been up to.  These pictures are of my dining room.  The color scheme centers around the red and cream dog toile wallpaper (yes, I said dog).  My tree is mostly black, red and cream and is made up of hats and fancy gloves, little tiny purses and various shiny, beaded trinkets.  There is a full shot of the tree at the end of this post.

Even the doll house gets a wee tree at Christmas.  Mother is busy baking for the holidays.  I think she might need an apron so she doesn't get that fancy dress dirty.

There is much to do about glitter on the sideboard.  Sparklie snow people shimmer against the backdrop of Christmas sheet music, all reflected off the vintage mirror they stand on.

The snow owl watches over the proceedings, a bit suspiciously if you ask me.  Not to worry, there's no flying allowed in the house.

Oh, how I love Christmastime.  I'll be back tomorrow with more photos of this room and then we'll walk through the "Pretty Room", if I haven't bored you to tears.  Monday morning blessings from winter wonderland!


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sunday Scripture

"For He will command his
angels concerning you to 
guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their
hands, so that you will not 
strike your foot against a stone."

Psalm 91:11-12

With joy,

Saturday, December 4, 2010

From Generous Hands

One of the things I have learned on my journey through blogging is that bloggers love to give gifts, either through generous giveaways, swaps or because they like to surprise us with things they know we'll love.  I have been the recipient of some wonderful gifts.  A few days ago I won a pattern giveaway from Brenda at Little Acorns.  Brenda is a fabulous designer of the most amazing patterns and fabrics.  I am currently working on a Christmas applique quilt with her "Celebration" fabric, imagine my delight when I found out I had won SIX of her patterns!

I signed up for an apron swap last month through Sue at Country Pleasures.  I was delighted to be matched up with Judy from Daily Yarns 'N More.  This week I recieved this wonderful apron, which fits me perfectly!  I love the fabric she chose.

Judy also included this pretty fabric mix of flannels and cottons as well as some pretty soap. Judy recently moved to Gentle Hearth Farm and I have so enjoyed all the beautiful pictures she has been sharing of her new life on the farm.  Judy is a quilter, knitter and a weaver and when she's busy creating, beautiful things come from her hands.

One of the first ladies I met when I started blogging is sweet Beverly from My Sew Sweet Studio.  Beverly sent me these darling crochet pieces and some pretty linens just because she knew how much I would like them.  They fit perfectly in my "Pretty Room" where I enjoy them everyday.  Beverly is an expert (yes, Beverly, EXPERT) seamstress, pattern author and makes the most amazing children's clothes and bags.

A visit to all of these ladies blogs would brighten anyone's day, grab some coffee and head over!  Today it's dark and snowy here in southwest Michigan.  I good day for sewing I'd say!


Friday, December 3, 2010

Friday Pretties

For today's Friday Pretties I want to take you into the magical world of Liberty Biberty.  The author of this amazing blog is Mercedes and she lives in New Zealand.  She is a minaturist.  Yep, that's right, all these pictures you are looking at come from the inside of a doll house.

A visit to Mercedes blog will leave you with your mouth hanging open.  Her detailed, lovely rooms are just down-right amazing and look better than my life-size rooms!

As I have learned from reading her blog, there are alot of minature enthusiasts out there and I can see why.  This is a whole other realm of creativity and I'm awed by it.  I can't quite wrap my brain around how it's done, but I'm so glad she can!

Be sure to stop on over at her blog and take the virtual home tour.  You will come away with a whole new appreciation for this craft.  I am trying to figure out how I can shrink myself so I can move into this wonderful, enchanting place.

For more Friday Pretties visit Joyce at I Love Pretty Little Things