Friday, December 21, 2012

A Few of My Favorite Things

Hello!  It's been a while since I've done a post here at bleu hydrangea.  Life got a lot busier than I anticipated.  :-)  All of a sudden, it's Christmas time, and I'm sharing some of my favorite things.

This cake stand was my husband's grandmother's.  I feel very blessed to have known Jody.  She was an extra-special person.  I love to place glass ornaments and faux snow inside at this time of year, and display it on the dining room table.

In our small house, the Christmas tree needs to go in the dining room...the only place it'll fit.  We have a slim tree, and I really load on almost all the ornaments we've collected over the years.  I think if I add one more, the tree will fall over!

Since before the girls were born, I've collected snowmen.  I love their faces, especially their carrot noses.  This fella is one of my faves.

Another fave, this one carries a large sprig of frosted berries and sports a moss green jacket and scarf.

In the 1980s, a co-worker of mine made this ivory stuffed stocking for me.  She didn't know how to sew, or didn't want to, but instead used glue to create this beauty.  You'd never, ever know there isn't a stitch on here!  It's made with ivory moire fabric, lace, and pearls.  Sigh.

When my 14 YO daughter was very small, she ADORED The Wizard of Oz movie, and anything to do with it.   She owned red glittered shoes (a la Dorothy) for years in a row, and rarely took them off.  In fact, when she was a flower girl in my sister's wedding, wearing a white gown, she insisted on wearing those "Dorothy" slippers.  Thank heavens my sister thought that was fabulous and let her do it!  Back then, my daughter's Grammy bought her the Ruby Red Slipper garland, which we drape over her white eyelet window valance at Christmastime.

Another fave for me:  snowflakes.  I hung this one on a mirror with a small suction cup hook.  Faux holly and berries are swagged on this mirror, too.  The frame is special:  it belonged to my father.  When he passed away (I was 29), I took this frame and another similar one from his house, and had them made into mirrors.  I think of my dad whenever I pass them by.

This past summer, I found a vintage Delacre cookie tin at an antiques shop in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.  I filled it with excelsior for cushioning, a pale green mercury glass ornament, and assorted silver jingle bells.  I made the quilted table runner years ago.

In my kitchen, on top of the cookbook cabinet, I display some fun stacking boxes, little trees, and two very special reindeer.  They were made by my girls when they were each in Pre-K class.  They painted a terracotta pot, traced their little hands on brown craft foam, trimmed out and attached to the pot.  Googly eyes and a red pom-pom nose complete them.

I have a pewter chandelier in my dining room, and each Christmas I hang upon it all the Wallace Silver Holiday Bells I've collected since my oldest daughter was born.  There are a few crystal snowflakes on there, too.

While practicing songs for the upcoming Winter Concert, my 11 YO viola-player found Cristabel sitting in the instrument case.  I couldn't help but snap a shot of this!  She fit in there quite well.

The girls each have a hand-painted plate for Christmas Eve.  They are set out every year, with cookies for Santa and carrots for his reindeer.

I fell in love with this big sign, found at The Cotton Gin down in Nags Head, NC.  It doesn't show here, but the letters are glittery.

The bathroom is decorated in tones of silver and white.  I love the cool, icy look of it.

I made the pipe cleaner reindeer a while ago, from a craft how-to on the Martha Stewart Living website.

Pardon my silver footed dish with its unpolished appearance .  It'll have to wait until another time to be polished!

Love the sparkly snowflakes paired with rustic iron.

A grouping of lighted churches graces the hallway bookcase upstairs.

When my beloved grandmother passed away, I found a box of antique green glass ornaments in her attic.  I wanted a way to display them at Christmas to remind me of her, so I covered a Styrofoam tree form with them.

These mercury glass ornaments were all inexpensive and culled from places like Home Goods, TJ Maxx and small shops.  They sit on a silver platter which was given to my grandparents for one of their anniversaries.

I just LOVE this vintage-look Santa!  He was one of my Christmas presents a couple of years ago.  He sits by a fancy reindeer on the television stand.

I'm so glad you took the time to visit today.  Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!



Jennifer said...

Oh my...I would love to be at your house for Christmas! Everything looks so gorgeous and festive. Love all the small and dear personal reminders you have of family and friends That's really what the seasons about! Merry Christmas =)

Juliana said...

fantastic decoration!
what a great collection of photos!

have a great weekend!

xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :) | PJ’ Ecoproject

Carol Lucas said...

Thanks for inviting us into your home for Christmas. Your decorations are just as lovely as your cards. Merry Christmas!

Bonnie said...

Almost as good as visiting in person! Merry Christmas to you, Colleen. Your home reflects your beauty!

farmhouse-story said...

so pretty! merry christmas, colleen:)

Martha Herrera said...

Beautiful, Colleen! I love all of your special heirlooms.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Beverly said...

Thank you for posting and sharing this. Your images are exquisite.

Merry Christmas to you and those you hold dear.♥

Benzi said...

Beautiful photos, Colleen. You have decorated your house so pretty. I have to say I love the color of the bathroom. And, the rustic iron piece is awesome. Thanks for sharing your Christmas with us. I uploaded a photo of my Christmas tree tonight..but, that's it. Too much going on at my house to do more. Merry Christmas!!!

Anonymous said...

Was that fun or what? Now, I should have sent you the snowman card instead of the snowflake card. Oh well, I really thought the ribbon was pretty cool anyway. Happy holidays to you and your family!

Chris R. from Iowa

Unknown said...

I really enjoyed taking a peek at all your Christmas Decorations. Your house is so beautiful and it looks like it is filled with lots of beautiful keepsakes. Hoping you had a Very Merry Christmas my friend.


Maria said...

Thanks so much for sharing all your Christmas beauties! Your house is decorate so lovely for the holidays! Precious items with special memories are truly cherised I'm sure! Hope you and family had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you a blessed joyous New Year, hugs!

ChristineCreations said...

Oh such PRETTY favourite things Colleen! Lovely photography too!

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