Merry Christmas

The house is decorated, the presents are all wrapped, the cookies are baked and the groceries all bought for the three upcoming celebrations we are hosting.

Lights-and-low-waterI am finally able to relax and just enjoy the lights and sounds of the season.

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I hope your Christmas is filled with family, love and laughter!

lights-and-high-water

Merry Christmas!

A Touch of Christmas

Are you ready for Christmas?  Just a couple more weeks until all the festivities begin.  I have been planning and making lists (what a surprise) with the goal of having every present purchased and wrapped, every meal planned and shopped for, every cookie baked and decorated, and the house ready for guests by Friday, Dec 21.   From my perspective the partying starts on Saturday, Dec 22 and I can not wait!

In preparation I have been adding a few Christmas touches to the house including the new pillow covers I made this weekend.  The poinsettia pillow was inspired from the Taste of August blog.

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Joy-and-Noel-pillows

I had some fun with the chalkboard that usually hangs in my office and decided to display it on my entryway chest along with just a few of the snowman from my collection.  The chalkboard was a total copy of one I saw on-line but unfortunately I did not write down the source.

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I added a few candles, some greenery and a little bling to my dough bowl.

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And speaking of dough bowls, the last time we visited my brother-in-law Steve’s workshop, we found this in his scrap pile.  He felt it had too many imperfections, I thought it was perfect for a candy dish.

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I also added some fresh evergreen to a few places in the house.

Mantle

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Now on to tackle that mountain of presents waiting to be wrapped.