Friday, December 31, 2010

Over the River and Through the Woods...

I love that old Thanksgiving song, but that's basically what we did when heading to my parent's house on the farm for Christmas. These photos were taken with my phone a few days after Christmas once the blizzard settled down. Look at all the snow!

Ben and my sister Suzy spent a few freezing hours sledding, while I was all snug in the house, watching from the big patio windows.

The garden has long been asleep and discussions of what to plant for next year really got me in the mood for vegetable soup!

The bird house is chirpless as well. The bluebirds will return to it in the spring though!

And Dad has the proper equipment (a payloader) for extreme snow removal.

I hope you all are reflecting on a pleasant holiday as we look forward to the New Year! Tonight Ben and I are having dinner with friends, going to see the ice sculptures in the Commons and to watch the Boston Ballet perform (one of my favorites) the Nutcracker!

Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I wish you the most joyous Christmas ever! I'll be spending it with my family, and I'm really excited about seeing their faces when they open their gifts! I thought it would be fun to share with you some of what they're getting:

A little hand screen printed owl onesie hides in this little party cracker for my unborn niece! Her mom will open it for her since she's preoccupied with

Every year my dad gets a hand painted T-shirt made by yours truly. The theme this year is a trio of cows (you know, since he's a dairy farmer and all)!

I've been eying these fabulous baby head pots from Etsy for a while now. The one on the left is for me and the crying infant is for a my mom. I think she'll love it!

And I found these guys recently at an antique store. They're made of bisque and have really interesting positions. Also for mom!

Ben is always complaining that he doesn't have any mugs for his evening tea. Well now he does! These brainy cups were found at the SOWA holiday market. :)

My sister Sara is a freshman in college and I thought she might like something to dress up her room a bit. So I made her a sturdy fabric banner! Some of the pennants are made with fabric that used to belong to our Grandmother, so it will be extra special.

She's also getting a smaller banner to compliment the fabric. This one is made from a map of Boston. Where her big sister lives!

And of course who can forget the kitties! These wool kitty toys were inspired by a gift from my sweet friend Mary. Her wool mouse was so well played with that it now is simply a lump of gray wool, and it still gets lots of kitty action! :) These guys will go to my sister Suzi's cat Ollie and my brother's cats, Emme and Mila. Meow!

And Merry Christmas! I hope you got everything that you wanted! :)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Day 11 of Twelve Days of Christmas

I went around the house the other like the paparazzi snapping photos of all of my fabulous displays! I'm too lazy to set up a tripod for each shot, so bear with the half blurry, half clear photos...

The photo above shows my pretty glistening village on top of the TV thingy.

A giant Santa goes roaming through the town ringing his bell and scary children...(hehe)

A modest deer and a family of snowmen grace the nooks and crannies.

A full green forest grew just over night on top of the DVD shelf...I just love it!

The spun cotton tree and the feather tree hang out together on the dining room table. I didn't hang anything too breakable, just because of the curious kittens. Knock on wood, they've been good so far!

Vintage gnomes and Santa's hang from the branches, many of which hadn't seen the light of day for a while because I wasn't decorating with red the last few years. Now that I haven't had it for a while, I really need it! Red accents in a light airy room are just perfect!

A log cabin church doubles as a smoke house, high on the snowy Alps (aka, overturned milkglass).

I didn't even see this neat mushroom globe ornament until I unpacked it. I bought the whole box and just put it away without really looking through it. I love surprises like that! Thank you me! :)

What a heard of reindeer. Poor Santa can't even keep up!

More details of my feather tree ornaments. Russian cardboard ornaments are abundant on this tree!

And my antique spun cotton and crepe paper treasures never cease to put a smile on my face.

As do the dresden and glass ornaments. Look at the fine glass bird cage...can you believe it's survived all these years?! I saw it in a guidebook and it's quite rare apparently! Not bad for a $1 box of ornaments!

And duckies are one of my favorites.

My main tree isn't quite what it was last year.... Bins and bins of glass ornaments were never even opened. It was for their own protection. The kitties have been fairly good so far, but they have climbed the tree several times already. Another year of training and I shouldn't have to worry too much. The glass will be out again next year!

I did have a surprising amount of non breakables though...I love them just as much!

I had a lot of fun with my dining room cubby nook this year. In addition to my usual putz village, I also added a vignette of Santa's, gnomes, bottle brush wreaths and trees and a few glass ornaments. One of the pieces in this photo is the first little gift Ben ever bought me. I found it at a yard sale when we were in college for 50 cents and he gave me the two quarters to buy it. Can you guess which piece it is? A hint: It's a little different from the rest!

Vases filled with icicles and yummy vintage sprigs.

The angel visits one house while Santa visits another.

Ben's gift is pictured here too. Which one is it??

I had so much fun decorating the house this year. I hope you enjoy my little tour! We'll do it again...same place, next year. :)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Day 10 of Twelve Days of Christmas

Remember this bag? Way back from this post? This bag of old goodies I found on my birthday while sifting through the antique store? Well today I'm finally going to show you what's inside!

This is an amazing large bottle brush wreath...I couldn't believe how cheap it was! $5!! It still has dried greens attached to the top - something I've never seen before.

Lots of little goodies to by used in next year's creations.

This glass garland wasn't exactly a bargain, but those white globes against the green stole by heart and I had to have it!

Sweet little puppy...I couldn't leave her there in that dusty old store!

Very functional, but still cool. Ben complained that all of our kitchen utensils are rusty...well this enamel ladle shouldn't prompt any complaints!

I don't think I've ever showed you my Wade England collection before, but I've been collecting them since I was a kid. I already had all of these, but some were chipped and at only a few bucks for the set I couldn't pass up replacing my one armed Hey Diddle Diddle, Cat and the Fiddle for a two armed version. :)

A happy day indeed!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Day 9 of Twelve Days of Christmas

Today was a bake and make day! I baked all morning and made gifts all afternoon! My kind of day! I love those thumb print cookies with the hershey Grandmother used to make them and now I'm making them for her! ...And myself... I already ate 5 today! And the fruit filled cookies were requested by Dad. They are quite time consuming to make, but he's worth it! I hope your day was filled with sugar plums and honey buns too! :)