Friday, December 20, 2013

A Mini Christmas Home Tour

For we need a little Christmas!
Right this very minute...
We need a little Christmas now.....
 
 
Just a few lyrics from one of my favorite
songs to listen to while getting out
all of the stuff....
you know, the boxes and bags.
And more boxes, and bags!
 
 
Take a little trip with me
as we peek inside my
home this Christmas...
 
 
 
 
This is my mantel.
I love using this easy to
use, pre-lit garland from my
days of working at QVC.
Easy peasy and it looks great!
I added the poinsettias.
 
 

 
These are "new to me" nativity figurines.
(The reason for the season!)
 
Purchased from Four Sisters In a Cottage.
 
Love it. It was made in Italy.
I try to add a little something
from all sides of my family's heritage.
The stable was from our previous set and
worked out great for the "new" vintage pieces.

I just started the nutcracker
collection. I have five of them now.
Not old, just collectible.
 
Also an homage to my days dancing,
and my love for the Nutcracker Ballet.

 
Silver trays are so festive during the
holidays and SO easy to use.
Almost anything looks good on them!

 
I like to add little touches here and there.

 
The little wooden stackable
set (Santa, snowman and tree)
were bought for Bebe at the recent
Nutcracker show we went to see.
Many of the dancers were from
a ballet company in the Ukraine.
Some of the dancers had
friends and family from the Ukraine
there, selling their crafts to raise
money for the ballet.
 

 
These cuties were in my hubby's
Christmas collection. I think they
were given to him by my MIL.
 
Sweet!

 
I received this glass cloche and
pastry stand at our wedding.
It is fun to use it for a Christmas
display!
 
 
This tall, antique mercury glass piece
has been for sale in my shop...
no one ever buys it so I get to
keep enjoying it every year!
 
Hoping to add to the collection...
the angel is new.

 
....and apothecary jars in the kitchen,
filled with vintage candy colored
glass ornaments, to go with
my LuRay dinnerware collection.

 
One of our trees....
I've had this one for
 seventeen years!
 

 
These were also in my
hubby's collection.
Adorable!
I could put a candle in each one
but I don't.
I barely have time to decorate
and keep up with everything else!
 
But, hubby's birthday is Christmas Eve
so maybe I will use them as cake
toppers this year.

Shhhhh! Don't ruin the surprise!
 

 
Our entry way.
Another easy peasy swag from QVC.
 
The photo in the whimsical frame was taken by
me in about 1996 while visiting Chicago
for a shopping trip down on Michigan Ave....
(wow, it was cold!)
My friend and I were so cold
we kept popping in to different
buildings to get warm...
and that is when I found
a beautiful Christmas tree and
snapped the photo.
 
Memories are fun, especially
 during the holidays!
A time to remember, look back,
and reflect... and to count our blessings.

Hope you enjoyed my mini Christmas home tour.
 
I like to mix the old and the new.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by!
 
Linking with Pink Saturday...
at How Sweet the Sound
and
with Jennifer Rizzo
and
at The Common Ground
and
at The French Country Cottage.
 
 

9 comments:

LV said...

Job well done decorating your home. Very pretty and festive looking.

Eileen said...

Everything looks so lovely. Merry Christmas!

Marie Arden said...

I love the vintage ornaments especially the pink ones! Blessings to you happy Pinkmas!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Wow, you have great Christmas decorations! I love your wedding cloche! You have a great Christmas

Carol

Victorian1885 said...

Beautifully done Jillian! I recognize many of the ornaments from my childhood. Have a Merry Christmas & Happy Healthy 2014!
I look forward to following your posts in the New Year.

Wanda

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!
Happy Pink Saturday :) Cute vintage ornaments! Seasons greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

Love those apothecary jars! And the nativity is charming. Ok - it's all charming. Been thinking about getting me some silver trays.

Susan Clayton said...

Happy Pink Saturday! Wishing you a blessed Christmas!

The Old Parsonage said...

Your home is lovely - love all the beautiful vintage and memories associated.

Merry Christmas!

Cheers!
Leann