Saturday, December 3, 2011

"Christmastime is here...happiness and cheer..."

Okay. I'm late. Those who know me will not be surprised by this. I was understandably detained though! I woke up yesterday with a fever of 100.4 and general grossy-achiness so I mostly slept. All day. I missed the Nativity Exhibit concert, which makes me the worst wife ever because hubs was there singing his little heart out. I felt terrible. So blogging didn't happen.

BUT! I did get some pics of our decor today, so hopefully this will give you an idea of what the Country House is looking like now!

THIS I am super in love with. Way cute. It's a vintage apron that I got at the Antique Festival this past June with THE most gorgeous cut-work embroidery I think I've ever seen. It's gorgeous and I fell in love with it. So now it's a curtain over my window.

For some added cuteness, I added the cutesy cookie cutters that I got at an estate sale this past March and tied them together with baking twine. Love. It. They're rusty and well-loved, which makes my heart glad.

This is another vintage apron, this time from Etsy. It's red and the same aqua as the other apron, which are the colors that I'm hoping to do the kitchen in. Eventually all of the windows in the morning room will have adorable little aprons hanging cheerfully over them.

p.s. this was the view from my front windows yesterday. Could you just DIE?! I love it!!! I was blown away by how pretty it was!!! Look at that sky!!

This is my fab new-to-me sparkly white Christmas tree. It is 6' tall and gorgeous. Someday, it will festooned with all kinds of beautiful pink gorgeousness, but for now, it only has a few little pink treasures. It's not hubs' favorite, so it's in my craft room where I can drool over it and squee at it to my heart's content.

For some reason, the tree looks lean-y in this picture. I promise, it doesn't lean. I don't know why it looks that way...I straightened the very top bough a little bit because that was definitely crooked, but the rest of it is straight straight! Hm.

My FAVORITE pink ornament that I have. It's from Bronner's and it's pink and sparkly and beautiful. I love it. You can't really tell in this picture, but the tree itself actually has tinsel IN the branches! So...it actually sparkles. This pleases me. It's prelit with white lights too, which on this tree, I love. Normally I'm more of a multi-colored lights kinda gal, but on this one? Love.

Pink/magenta fabric for the skirt. This is fabric that my bestie gave me that she decided she didn't want and I LURVED it. I haven't found the right project for it yet, so for now it's a tree skirt for my delicious pink and white tree. Fabulous.

Little. Tiny. Lovely. 
Around the base of the nativity it says "For Unto Us a Child is Born."

My all-white nativity on vintage table linens and a vintage hankie. I love this...plus, I'm SUPER proud of myself for keeping my little pink tea rose alive for TWO MONTHS! I know. Seriously, I'm like the Grim Reaper of Plants, so this is a major accomplishment for me.

Candy cane garland strung in the doorway through to the morning room from the living room. I love this. I think it needs some evergreen garland strung with it, but I love it!

Our Bird's Nest ornament from Bronner's! I love this...because I have a thing for birds. Seriously. If it has a bird on it, I want it. Immediately. But I ALSO love the symbolism of the bird ornament! Here's what the tag says:
"A bird nest is the symbol of the home. It reminds  us that we strive to make our home
a place where family members grow and prosper. Considered a good luck symbol,
the bird nest represents all the love and warmth, enthusiasm and commitment
required in creating the happiest of homes." 

Is that not perfect for me? I love.

Our red and green tree! This one houses a LOT of homemade ornaments, children's ornaments, and old family ornaments. I love it. And it, too, has a little fabric tree skirt. Hubs said it reminded him of Charlie Brown's tree with the little blue blanket as a skirt, and that was just fine with me. I love it. I also love that a lot of the ornaments on this tree were either made by my mom or remind me of her. She was the person in our home when I was growing up who made Christmas SO special and magical. I wish you could have seen the way SHE decorated for the holidays! It was...well...it was magic. I miss her so hard at Christmastime especially for that very reason. She LIVED for Christmas. I want to give my family that same experience, just so they know what that really feels like.

The whole fireplace setup! Stockings "hung with care," the little Christmas tree, my North Pole Village pieces, my Santa smoker that I got when I was about 10 years old from Germany, and some gingham tied around the firewood holder for good measure.

Oh, and the North Pole Villagers have their very own Nativity scene in the town square because THEY know what the true meaning of Christmas is! Oh yes, they know what's up.
I got this lighted wreath (sans Merry Christmas sign) at the Goodwill last summer (WITH the box!) for $2.99. I almost ran out of the store with it. Oh, and don't even ACT like I wasn't stalking around the store looking for an open outlet so I could try it to make sure it lit up before getting it home. SO not my first thrifting rodeo. It works, is in perfect condition, doesn't smell like smoke, and is lovely. PLUS, it totally matches the lights on our main Christmas tree, which was an added bonus.
The day that my sister brought her kids over to frost cookies with my stepson, Hubs also set up the Christmas train that my dad gave us last year. This thing is amazing. It blows smoke (for real), has the cutest cat-scaring train whistle sound, and plays Christmas carols. I KNOW! I love it and so do ALL of the kids that come to our house, including "kids" in the 20-80 year old range. Because it's boss.

And, of course, mistletoe. RIGHT over the entryway to the house. I gotta get my Christmas kisses from Hubby as often as I can, and you know that man can't resist some mistletoe. 


Speaking of the entryway to our house- check out the wall color! One day a couple of weekends ago, Hubs and I rocked out painting this room (because we got a super-sweet paint donation from a lady at our church and it's PERFECTION). It looks orange-y in the picture, but it's actually a lovely deep rust red. And I love it. We're also going to use it in the t.v. room eventually. I can't wait. It honestly felt SO GOOD to get started on the painting! I was all on fire to get the rest of the house done like, that night. lol. This room is a hard-worker, being that it's the entryway, coat room, and laundry room, so we felt it deserved to get painted first. lol.

Buddy's ready for Christmas! So is our couch, with red and green Christmas-y throw blankets. Now they just need slipcovers...We got the sofa and the loveseat (which is ALSO a GLIDER! I KNOW!) at the Salvation Army in the beginning of November for $50. I about died. They're wonderful and not smelly at all, which, let's be honest- that's like a 50/50 shot when thrifting furniture. lol. They just desperately need to be slipcovered because the fabric is pretty beat up.

Our family Advent Wreath. Love this...I went with white candles this year because...that's what we had. I actually like them a little better than the purple and pink ones lookswise, although the traditionalist in me is having a fit. lol. Advent just snuck up on my this year, though, since it started in November and I had forgotten to get new candles. So we're going with white this year. lol.

My FAVORITE nativity set that I own. I love, love, love this one. I think it's so pretty...the faces are painted well, the glazing is gorgeous and I always get this crazy sense of pride because...it was $8. BRAND NEW. From the Dollar Tree back in 2007. It's beautiful. The standing pieces are all about 8" tall with the kneeling ones and the manger being about 6" and 4" respectively. It's...it's beautiful.

And I love this one, too. I love that Joseph is actually holding the baby WITH Mary and, if you look closely, you'll see that the "T" is a cross. I love it.

Okay. So that's the start of Christmas at our house! What's it look like at yours? C'mon over and link up so I can check it out!

Friday, December 2, 2011

OH BOY! Christmas Times' A'comin'!

Oh beloved readers. Be watching. Christmas has arrived at the Country House and it is loverly. Be watching. My picture post is coming tomorrow and I just. can't. wait. I've been working, working, working and had some EXTRAORDINARY luck this year in that I got a FREE mint condition WHITE SPARKLY 6' tree. Yes. I know. I KNOW!!!! It's beautiful and this means that I FINALLY will have my very own, very gorgeous pink and white (maybe with some green?) Christmas tree!!!!!!!

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know. I KNOW! I mean...it's going to be a WEE sparse at first because I don't have a TON of pink ornaments yet (YET.) but the ones I DO have are fabu and I can't wait to put them on a gorgeous SPARKLY white tree. Seriously.

Yeah. I have no business living in the country. 

BUT! If it makes you feel better about my chances of surviving out here, I DID do a red and green tree and then our main tree is gold and silver with our nativities on it. Sorry, shoulda said, "Spoiler alert." Ah well.

I can't wait to show you. For real.

The post may be up late-ish if it isn't up by afternoon because hubs and I are participating in our church's Nativity Exhibit tomorrow, which I'm really looking forward to, and so we might get back home late. We're singing in a choral number and then we'll end up hanging around to see some of the over 500 (!!!) nativities on display. I collect nativities myself (although I don't have nearly that many...it's good to have something to aspire to...lol), so it's always amazing to see them all displayed.

Not only that, but it's a really beautiful, peaceful way to start the Christmas season. The rooms are softly lit with beautiful Christmas music playing in the background, some of the nativities (especially those from war-torn or poverty-stricken countries) have really beautiful stories behind their creation which are typed out on cards next to the nativity so you can read about them, and there's a lovely pageant on the Friday night that it opens (which I mentioned hubby and I are singing in). It's just a lovely break from list-making, frantic meal planning, stressed-out shopping, and finally melting down in front of a Hallmark movie with a box of Thin Mints on your lap. 

So I'll see you tomorrow with pics of my very first Country House Christmas. I CAN'T WAIT! Wish us luck with the pageant!