Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Karla's Christmas party and my first giveaway!!!!

Well I am very excited about Karla's party but I am even more excited that I finally got my pictures uploaded on Blogger. I don't know if anyone else had any problems but, my god, it took me almost two hours to get them uploaded. I still have more but I don't have any more patience so I'll try and post more in the next few days. Okay, now that I vented, lets get on with the party. ..I am big on having little displays all around the house. Maybe it's from years of being a Visual Merchandiser (in my "past" life) but that's just the way I like to decorate.

My tree is decorated with almost all antique shiny brites and lots of beads! Of course I've added ornaments that my kids have made and also some very special gifts I've recieved over the years. I am a huge Judy Garland fan so I have some ruby slippers and a beautiful Dorothy ornament that my brother gave me one year. This year I bought alot of great new old looking ornaments.

Had to stick this one of Bailey in. He was a Christmas gift from my husband eight years ago when I had to put my cat Daisy down just before Christmas and I was so heart broken.
I went on a crazy snowball making kick a few years ago! I love putting them in bowls all over the house. They also look great in wood or ironstone bowls!!!!

My father made me this shelf! One day I am going to take some pictures of the furniture that my father has made for me. It's just a hobby for him that he's been doing for years. Anyway, it's one of my favorite spots in the house!
I'm actually not a snow baby fan but when I was little my aunt had a display of these little babies and I always loved to look at them. A friend of hers made them and when I got older she started to give me some each Christmas. In person they are so beautiful and detailed! They are the first thing I unpack every year.

I love to decorate my sons rooms!

These are some displays in my kitchen. My husband gave me the snowman cookie jar a few years ago.
Isn't he just too cute!!!!!!!
These pics are in my mudroom. I am very fortunate to have a big mudroom. Since my kitchen is small, this room comes in handy. My Penelope. Another Christmas gift from my husband six years ago. We are the only girls in the house!

I used to buy these tags from a woman on Ebay. They are made out of pieces from old quilts and are sewn on. Really wonderful in person. Unfortunately she doesn't sell them anymore.

More snowballs in an old wood sled.
My mother collected antique candy jars. These were hers. The one on the left says "Rock Candy" in neat!!!
Last but not least is the advent calander I made this year. I didn't know what to put them on so I just pinned them onto a bulletin board that is in my mudroom.
That's it. I want to thank Karla for hosting this fab party! I am also going to have my first giveaway. I'm gathering up some handmade Christmas goodies to give away so leave a comment and I will announce a winner on Monday!


Julie said...

I found you through the Favorite thing about your Christmas house post. Your home is beautiful and I have really enjoyed visinting your blog! Would love to be entered into your give away too!

The Feathered Nest said...

Hi Jennifer! I would LOVE to be included in your giveaway! Your home is just beautiful ~ thank you so much for showing us all of your wonderful displays and I love those snowballs! xxoo, Dawn said...

so, so many ideas here!! Love the advent calendar, what a great idea!

Please enter me, your stuff is so cool, I'd love to win something here.

Monica said...

Your home is beautiful , love all your vignettes adn the snowballs, how fun!
Oh and I can't forget that neat advent calendar! Great idea.
I would love to be entered in your give away. Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays!

ArtsyMama said...

I love everything. Absolutely wonderful style. So cozy and festive. Those tags are wonderful....wish she still sold them. And your advent calendar is so creative. Love it!!!
Can't wait to visit again:)

Anonymous said...

I love those snowballs! I love how they are through out the house! I love shelfs made by dads! They are the best kind! I hope you have a wonderful christmas!

Southern Heart said...

What beautiful, personal touches! I especially love the candy mold (we love those, too!). I've enjoying visiting your blog, and will definitely be visiting again.

xo, Andrea

Scrappy Jessi said...

your home is beautiful!
that kitty, to cute. love you advent calender.
love everything.
thanks for sharing.

Sweet Roses & Vintage Chique said...

I found you trough Karla's party and boy was she right! Your advent calander looks amazing! I love it!!!

Happy Holidays from the Netherlands!!

HopHopJingleBoo said...

hello, thank you for sharing your lovely holiday home the tags...must add you to my blog list!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Love your snow babies, and your vignettes are fabulous, but the advent calendar is soooo going to be copied by me one year. Really great idea. Thank you. Susan

Adeline's Shabby Cottage said...

Your home is simply lovely! I love the advent calendar and your snowballs!!

p.s. I was a visual merchandiser for years!! Vignettes is what we do lol!!

Karen at Junking in Georgia said...

Christmas has come to your house... it is all so pretty. I enjoyed seeing it thank you for sharing all your wonderful treasures with me Merry Christmas

cindy said...

Love your home and all the wonderful touches, especially that chair that Bailey is in. Looks comfy/cozy and I love the fabric!

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Everything is just soooo lovely! And I especially love your kitties!!! I am big on the vignettes, too. (My house is so tiny, that's the best way for me to decorate! lol) Your advent calendar is beautiful!

vickie said...

Jennifer, the advent calendar is fabulous! Your home is beautiful.I love vignettes too. Love your snowballs! Please enter me too! and come visit my blog! Merry Christmas.

Whimsy Pink said...

please netr me in! i would love to win!!!Everything looks so pretty! I love decorating for christmas!I posted mine too!

Once Upon a Cottage said...

A bulletin board ( light bulb coming on in my wee little head!) I made advent calendar tags too and then couldn't decide what to do with them. A bulletin board is perfect! And those snowballs - YUMMY!

Carrie said...

I enjoyed your Christmas decor. It is warm and inviting.

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Sooooo pretty & festive! I love, love, love it all!!
Southern Lady's Vintage

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Your home is stunningly beautiful!!
Would love to be entered in your giveaway!
Cute little furbabies too!

Miss Sandy said...

The old Grinch Blogger was at my hose this morning too! I could spend all day here! I could spend all Christmas HERE! Your home is FANTABLOUS! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home. Merry Christmas, Miss Sandy

Alison Gibbs said...

How lovely your home looks. The visual merchandiser from within is coming out!So many pretty little displays. Love the decorations in the boys rooms. Count me in for the giveaway. Come on over and visit my holiday home.

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Wow everything is gorgeous! How the heck did you make the snowballs? styrofoam? Love all the little is like storytelling. Would be thrilled to win something! Cherry

Anonymous said...

I would love to be entered in your givaway. Your home is beautiful. I love the snowballs and the advent calendar.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Jennifer, I just really enjoyed seeing all your Christmas decor! Beautiful, beautiful...all of it. Those snowballs are too cute. I just started a collection of white creamware this year & have had fun with it too adding pinecones & natural things in my diningroom. Love all of your things & the way you put them together so artfully.


Hope said...

Hi Jennifer,
I came here by way of Karla's Christmas Party (where I think I have overdosed on eye candy!) and just had to take a minute to tell you that I love, love, love your home and the way you have decorated!! I love all the colors and the way you did your sons' rooms too!! That little red toy truck with the Christmas tree in the back is to die for!! Very nice job!

The Rose Room said...

Your home is beautifully decorated, I love the advent calender:) Merry Christmas and Blessings - Rachael:)

TinaTx said...

Everything looks so pretty! Thanks for sharing. Your photography is as wonderful as your decorating.
Know what you mean about being the only female in the house - it's me and the dog here. I do have a daughter-in-law now who comes to visit on occasion. She and baby boy should be here sometime this weekend for Christmas break. I've had fun shopping for her stocking this year. In fact, her stocking is quite full and the boys are all still quite empty - I need to get busy!

Martha said...

Your decorating is great. Love those snowballs and the Advent wreath. Thanks for sharing! Happy Holiday.s

Joy said...

The pics were sooooo worth the wait! I really am in awe over your home and decorations. I am going back now for a second look!

Lori said...

So enjoyed being able to finally have a chance to sit down and read on Karlas list! You've done a beautiful job! Your pink tree is gorgous, the calender unique and love the many other pretty creations you share, will visit again! Happy Holidays, Lori

Nora Lee said...

I love visiting your blog, and am really inspired by your Christmas decorations. I especially LOVE your advent calendar "tags" I am going to start working on my now!

I just started by blog, stop by and visit sometime!

Nora Lee

Sarah said...

oh! this is too cute. I'm definetly making tags like this for a advent calendar. did you think of something else to put it on for this year or are you using the cork board. what if you string them on burlap string or something?
Vintage Lily