Friday, December 19, 2014

Merry Christmas everyone!...





Wishing you all a beautiful Christmas filled with happy memories from Christmases past... many new memories to be made with family and friends...  abundant blessings... and holiday cheer... and peace on earth...  xoxo...  Julie Marie



"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree" ~Roy L. Smith


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

What do you mean this was supposed to be for Christmas???...



Honest...  I wasn't snooping... it was right there... in plain sight...  under the Christmas tree... at the very back, behind all the wrapped presents... I only had to push a few things out of the way...  I thought I was supposed to have it today????.....


I WANT my new Lamb Chop toy today mom!...  if you don't let me have it NOW I will tell Dad that YOU have been snooping in your presents from him!...  xoxo...  Tessy

Sunday, December 14, 2014

My Impromptu Country Christmas Holiday Home Tour...


Oh hello ladies!... gosh, I wasn't expecting anyone out in this snow today...  but do come in...  friends and family are always welcome to drop in this time of year...  I wanted to tell you all how very much I am enjoying all of your Christmas home tours...  from country farmhouse to uptown fancy and everything in~between, I love them all!... that's what makes blogging so fun... seeing how everyone decorates and celebrates the holidays, wherever they may be...  


 Welcome to my little impromptu Christmas home tour, aka "here in the real world"... this is what our home pretty much looks like these days leading up to Christmas...  simple decorations... like adding a bit of Christmas greenery and plaid ribbons to my vintage washboard that sits in our kitchen with a vintage canning jar full of old clothes pins... lots of baking going on...  Christmas wrap here and there...  Tessy's toys all over the house...  it's Christmas!... and I would not want things any other way...  


You caught me right in the middle of baking my great~grandmother Souders almond cookies...  they are a holiday tradition around here...  when I was a little girl, I could hardly wait for the box of goodies to arrive from our grandparents and great~grandparents from Santa Fe, as great~grandma Souders would always send us some of her cookies...  I think we looked forward to those more than our presents...


Let me just grab these out of the oven...  mmmm...  the aroma is intoxicating!...


Go ahead...  help yourself to some...  I have already eaten five...  I love our kitchen filled with the smells of delicious goodies this time of year...  I have already made my traditional chocolate wine balls.... yummy!...  they get better with age... (if you can stay out of them long enough for them to!)...  some are "mellowing" in my beautiful antique compote I purchased from my friend Lidy at French Garden House a number of years ago...  (I hope your wineballs turned out yummy too dear Lidy!)...


 Here's my little Nature tree I put up in the kitchen, filled with the Woodland Walk ornaments I showed you previously that I bought from my friend Deb of Posted From Home... I posted our big Nature tree in our living room previously here...  and we did not put up our huge vintage tree this year with all 400+  vintage ornaments...  just too much for me this year...

 
Deb also just sent me some darling ornaments as a Christmas gift...  "Archer", Deb's gorgeous Black Lab (and Tessy's sweetie in Canada!)...


And my Princess Tess!...  aren't they precious!... thank you so much Deb!...


Here's one of my favorite little trees in our den...  it is filled with beautiful handblown glass birds from Germany that I buy one of each year from a special little shop here in Centerville...  love them just about as much as my vintage birdies from the 40's and 50s, but these new ones do not have the spun glass tails my old ones do...


My favorite place to take a little break, sip a cup of tea... and watch my feathered friends at the feeders just outside my window...  love having a window seat to watch them from... 




I think I've shown you just about everything now...  oh, these are my new flannel Christmas jammies... they have snowflakes and little red Cardinals all over them...  sorry, I have not hung them up yet... thinking about putting them back on as the temperatures are dropping and snow has started to fall...


So this is Christmas time at our home...  nothing fancy...  but warm and welcoming to all... at least I hope everyone feels warm and welcomed... and  of course, my favorite "decoration" of all...  she is anxiously awaiting Christmas Eve... and the arrival of "Santa Dog"...  she has a list a mile long!...


"Santa Baby...  forgot to mention one little thing"...  wishing you all the happiest of times as Christmas Day is nearing...  xoxo...