Friday, December 26, 2014

Scottie Christmas Mug Shots

Me:  Ok, Duhgall, look at Mommy…
Duhgall:  Ok. 
Me:  Now look over here.
Duhgall:  Okie Dokie.
Me:  Now turn to the right.
Duhgall:  I am already!
Me:  Do you have any scars, marks or tattoos?
Duhgall:  Say WHAT !?  Geesh, do I have to tell you about the freckles on by tummy?  That is a wee bit personal….don’t you think?
Me:  Ok, we are nearly done.  I need a shot to the left now. 
Duhgall:  Maw, you are really pushing it.  You have my best side and that is good enough.  I am done.  D.O.N.E. Do I get a treat for this torture?
Me:  Ok, now I know the only people who really smile for mug shots are the happy drunks.
Duhgall:  I’ll give you a smile, but I promise I wasn’t drinking.  Promise.
Me:  Yea, that’s what they all say. 
Duhgall:  Are we done yet?
Me:  Yes,  and thank you.  I love you , Mr. Dog.
Duhgall:  I love you back.
Duhgall:  I am FREE!  Santa bailed me out and off we go! 
Me:  Santa’s got your back….he really does!
Duhgall:  Paw, get me out of here.  She has gone mad I say!  And please take off this sweater!
Hoping everyone had a fun and Merry Christmas! 
Happy Birthday, Jesus, and thank you for all that you have done for us.  We love you!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Winter Whites

It is a quiet morning here and I am watching the sun come up and melt the blanket of fog that eerily looms over our part of the world.  Soon the birds will appear outside and pick and choose from the winter bounty available in our yard.  A fat Blue Jay is a new visitor and he seems to fancy the bird bath that is filled with fresh rain water.  My Scottie, Duhgall, is nestled up next to me and a steaming cup of Major Dickenson’s French Roast has been poured in my mega white coffee mug and waits for me to savor.  I love quiet mornings.  Hubby and I are catching up on a Madam Secretary show that we missed.  Soon I will be heading over to help a friend make her home beautiful with her Christmas collections.

The house feels cozy with the Christmas lights twinkling and a Christmas candle fills the air with a beautiful scent of orange and cloves.  Low lights shine in the dining room that plays host to the white Belsnickle Santas, vintage deer and some of my round faced old clocks. The painting behind the deer adds for a backdrop for the Winter land scene.  I like using paintings as a backdrop for a vignette.  An old loving cup, with beautiful details of flowers on the base, holds a small little Charlie Brown tree.  Toping the dining table is a carved Swan that is nesting in a stack of wood dough bowls.  The room feels very serene and it is one of my favorite rooms in our little home.


I spied the first bird just now.  Looks like a few more are showing up now.  Time for breakfast!

Hope your day is beautiful and full of wonder!

Friday, December 5, 2014

A Little Vintage Whimsy Pleases The Heart

A few posts ago I shared some very plain and simple holiday touches on the laundry room shelf.  Well, as it goes, I decided to embellish the vignette up a bit by adding some of my favorite little vintage collectibles.  They not only add a pop of color to the mostly black, white and mustard yellow accents in the room – they add a sense of whimsy and playful fun.  Their faces and expressions could be perfect inspiration to develop a story.  For example….


….”Weeeeeeee…….don’t tell Santa that we found his stash of Egg Nog in the “Pure Milk” truck!  Sure Santa….your secret is out now!”

A question came to me from Lorri about this farmhouse print.  The print is titled “Birthplace of Ulysses S. Grant, Point Pleasant, Ohio.”  I love the elements in the photo…a little cottage, a river boat, cows and trees.  I really don’t know too much about the lithograph of Appalachian life, but I did find an old etching on eBay that is of the old homestead.  Just click here for the link.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Cottage Christmas Touches


1.  Christmas pulled out of storage.  Check.

2.  Christmas items removed from boxes to use this year.  A whole lot of other stuff not pulled out this year.  Check.

3.  Decorate the family room.  Check.

4.  Decorate the laundry room.  Check.

5.  Add a wee bit of Christmas to dining room.  Check.

6.  Scottie Dog tree and Kitchen tree up and decorated.  Check

7.  Dust, vacuum.  Check.

8.  Sit in the comfy chair and put my feet up, camera in hand.  Enjoy the rain we are blessed with.  Check.

Our little cottage is pretty much done being decked with holiday fluff.  Being as my son is borrowing one of my trees this year – his first Christmas in his own apartment (smile) – I have one less tree to put up.  Though I will miss all of my vintage glass ornaments this year, it’s all g- double o – d good.  I did peak in the boxes where they are stored and gave them a little wink and a nod.  See ya next year….


Home Goods has been good to me this year.  I have had a ball finding some fun linens there, like this red stripe French grain sack inspired runner and holly pillow on the chair.  I love, love, love plaids and stripes!  A little French chair is draped with a wool plaid blanket and one of my favorite pillows, a jolly Santa. 


Stacks of books await me on the coffee table.  One of my “go to” holiday books is The Farm Chicks Christmas.  I totally adore this book that is filled with my style of decorating.  Fun, whimsical, colorful and just plain cuteness fill each page of Serena’s book.  And I love her style, too.  **sigh**  I want a house like hers when I grow up!


Did you know there is a Santa Claus, California?  Well, that is what the mug says!  The vintage Santa in the jar is a little snow globe.  He was a purchase from last year and he just makes me smile.


I found this antique red and white quilt at a fun sale last month.  It is so soft, so lovingly worn and makes a nice little tree skirt.


My Belsnickle Santas soldier up on my mantel.  If someone would ask me what my favorite Christmas collections are, these would be on my top three of favorites.  For some interesting facts about Belsnickle Santas, you can just click on this link HERE.  These wonderful figures reflect the 19th Century Version of Santa Claus and then in the 1930’s Santa became a jolly round Santa. 


A farmhouse print co-mingles with a few Christmas touches.


And like I shared in my last post, the little gnomes hang out with Santa in their Craftsman Style bungalow. 

Today is a rainy day and I feel like staying in my PJ’s all day.  But then there are things to do and I just have to shake off the lazy feeling and conquer the day.  My little Scottie is all snuggled up to me…precious moments that I enjoy…my little buddy.  A little cozy going on right now.  Maybe I’ll just take today slow.
Till next time, enjoy the season!


Monday, December 1, 2014

Some Fun With A Metal Dollhouse and Seven Dwarfs!

A few years ago I found this wonderful primitive metal Craftsman Doll House at a flea market with my friend, Cheryl.  The shopping day was intended to scout out new items for our spaces at the antique store we sell at.  HOWEVER….when I find something really extra special and unique, then, well, you know how it goes.  A little splurge for moi. And this one was a no brainer…a red roof cottage, chippy paint, a wonderful wood base with green paint…it was a must have.  I have not used it as a doll house but more of a statement piece on top of a bookcase.  I do collect different kinds of cottages – from door stops, cottage pictures, incense burners and the metal dollhouse.  

Over the summer I went to a wonderful sale and found four more of the seven dwarf figurines.  Till then I had three.  They are really sweet and are marked W. Germany on the bottom.  I thought they would be cute for a little Christmas vignette.  Baby deer, bottle brush trees and a cool Santa complete the gathering.  I tucked tiny little pinecones in the window box and added a few trees to the inside. 


Now to finish up the decorating and clean up my mess! 

And as a side note, I have been trying to center my NAVBAR with the header and am not having any success in doing so.  Because of my inexperience in HTML lango, the blog layout has been changed until I can figure out....... Soooo….all of the good stuff like Pinterest, Blog Roll, etc is now at the bottom of my blog.  Patience is a virtue and I am not feeling so virtuous right now....