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Wishing all my Sweetie Peeps a very joyous, blessed Easter day, from my Easter house to yours!

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Halloween is mere days away, so I think it’s time, my friends. Let’s continue my 2013 Haunted Halloween House Tour.

P1030406Come on in, and let’s step into my sunroom…

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P1030692This is Big Jack and Little Jack, two precious ceramic pumpkins with lots of happy memories for me. The wee little Missy Nik and I painted Big Jack together when she was three. We went back to the same shop to paint another together just last year. You can sure tell the difference a few years makes in painting skills.

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My mom found me the picture at an antiques shop a few years back. It is vintage crepe paper that the dealer had framed. Amazing to me that something so delicate could have stood up to the test of time.

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Every good haunted house needs a few tissue ghosts, right? These were made by my wee sweetie a long time ago. Yes, I keep everything.

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P1030688The back of my basement door has a vintage hanging basket filled with goodies. Antique linen and cheapy cheap dollar store flowers. The skull is one of my mom’s amazing Halloween cards she’s sent, and the ghost was made in art class when my daughter was two.

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I, too, have a Halloween tree, although on a much smaller scale than my competitors. Some of the ornaments I’ve made myself, while the bulk of them are lovely felt creations I’ve found along my journey. My mom found the strand of pumpkin lights at a yard sale.

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You’ve seen these guys before..

P1030700A side table filled with precious Lori Mitchell figures and my pumpkin tree.

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P1030704Underneath an old basket filled with pumpkins, one fabric and one paper made by a wee little Kindergartener I had once upon a time.

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This round wire basket is an old laundry cart. You fill the wet clothes into the basket and wheel the cart out to the clothesline for hanging. There are hooks on the side to hold the little bag of clothespins. And the cart folds completely flat for storage.

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P1030707This piece, too, is an antique. It’s a Butler’s Chest and was used by the help back in the olden days. There are several large drawers for clothes, and a pair of smaller drawers for gloves, etc. The center folds down into a writing desk. This chest, along with a simple bed, would comprise a servants accommodations. Of course mine is completely decked out with spooks.

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P1030716Mr. Pete made the pumpkin teapot and candy corn cup. Nik and I made the mummies from ice cream sticks. And this is another pumpkin the lass painted for me.

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Thanks so much for spending some time with me! I hope you all have enjoyed more of my Halloween silliness. Just a few more days, my friends….and then it will be all over.

For another year, that is!

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Popping in today to wish all my friends in the States a very safe and happy 4th of July! And sharing a few last scenes from my patriotic home, just in time for the holiday. Because you all KNOW I’ve got my home all decked out for the 4th, right?

I hope you enjoy taking a little peek!

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May your day be filled with friends, family, food, and fireworks! Hug a serviceman or woman today, and God bless the USA!

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It’s a Wrap

Hello Sweeties! Happy Friday! I do hope you’ve all been having a wonderful holiday week, and that you’re finding time to unwind now that the big rush of Christmas is over.

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Things definitely seem quieter here, although this week has still been quite crazy at my house. I’ve been continuing my battle with the sickies, and instead of Christmas rush, CHA rush has taken over. So even though I’ve been busy, busy, busy……

I’ve got nothing to show for it right now.

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Instead, I thought I’d share some photos from Christmas day, including some scenes from my holiday house.

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As you can see, Santa was very good to us this year. But I have to say, your sweet friendships and support over the past years have been the best Christmas gift of all! I cherish each and every one of you! Have a great weekend, everyone, and thanks so much for stopping by.

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Hi everyone! Happy 4th of July to my friends in the States! I hope you all have a very special day planned filled with family, good friends, good food, and lots of celebration. This is the first 4th of July in 18 years that I have spent on the West Coast with my family, so I am feeling very lucky today. Really looking forward to watching fireworks from this side of the continent tonight. I’m sure they’re very different from the East Coast variety. ;)

Even though I’m away, I do have my house all decked out for the holiday. So today I thought I would share a few more photos of my red, white, and blue home. I hope you enjoy! And Happy 4th of July, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hiya Peeps! I wanted to make sure to pop in here today to wish you all a VERY joyous and blessed Easter holiday! And of course I have a few more photos of my spring and Easter decor to still share with you. Can’t let a holiday pass without my seasonal pretties. Because after all, you all KNOW I have a soft spot for the holidays.

From my home to yours

Happy Easter

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Holiday House

Feels like I’ve been slow as molasses this year, but I think I’ve finally got my house almost, pretty much, close to, just about decorated for the holidays. And just in time, too. My favorite holiday visitors, my mom and dad, are here now for a 3 week visit, and of course everything needed to be perfectly festive for their arrival. For me, once my family is all together, that means that Christmas is truly here! Let the celebration begin!

Since I am finally just about ready, I wanted to share some holiday photos with you. One of my favorite spots to decorate in my house is the dining room. I’ve been collecting antique china and ironstone for quite some time, and my dining room is my favorite place to display my treasures. I try to change out my display for every holiday and season.  Feels a bit like playing dollhouse as an adult, and I just love that.

For Christmas this year, I wanted a crisp and calm look inspired by elements from nature. My faux tree stands in the corner, dressed only in its winter white lights.

My antique sideboard is filled with my favorite things. Crisp white ironstone and sparkly silver pressed aluminum, winter-print transferware, pine boughs, and my treasured Lori Mitchell holiday figures.

Glittered snowflakes and shiny silver ornaments. Chenille stem candy canes. Vintage pieces. Modern holiday decor. Homespun treasures.

I hope you enjoy!

Happy Holidays, everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Spring seems to be mysteriously missing again. Just as soon as the sun pops out and starts to shine, Mother Nature decides it’s not time yet.  But even if the weather outside is gloomy, I don’t mind. I’m completely ready for spring inside.

This past week, I’ve been playing with the arrangement on my living room mantel. Changing things out for a new spring look, just in time for Easter. I brought back my daughter’s framed artwork from an old school project and mixed in my usual favorite decorating combination of vintage treasures, everyday items, and seasonal pieces.

A vintage Peter Cottontail tin toy and old Bunnykins dishes pair with a Beatrix Potter framed print and my favorite children’s books to create a nostalgic feel, reminiscent of my own childhood. I can’t help but smile when I see these sweet old things.

I’ve added a little vignette in my antique rusty bucket on the hearth.

And just a few steps away, an old, funky junk tool tote holds a few more treasures under the coffee table.

I just adore that lamb cake mold, beat up old thing that it is. I paired it with a bit of ironstone, vintage Currier & Ives prints, another children’s book, and a few silver accents.

I really do love mixing the old with the new. Makes for a very eclectic and interesting look, unique just to YOU.

And of course, no spring look is complete without a wee fur baby in the scene. ;)

Here’s wishing you a bit of spring sunshine in your neck of the woods! And happy decorating, too!

Joining in on the fun at Feathered Nest Friday and Show & Tell Friday. Thank you Cindy and Courtney, for hosting such fabulous parties each week!

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Winter White Sunroom

It’s White Wednesday over at Faded Charm today. And although I don’t always decorate in whites, I’ve been loving  the crisp sharpness of white for my winter decorating this month. After the bold pop of color of the holidays, it’s nice to have a little soothing calm and quiet for January.

While still enjoying some festive decor so the house doesn’t look completely bare after the Christmas decorations come down.

The cabinets between my breakfast nook and sunroom are playing host to icy vignettes filled with snowmen, lights, and lots of winter white. Glittered white holly branches and my lighted pussy willow branch nest in a bed of pinecones alongside a favorite snowman and a new brown transferware plate with a serene woodland scene on one side.

While the other side holds my fun and funky white feather tree, adorned with my growing collection of Penny McAllister snowmen.

They are rather Christmasy, but I think they work for winter, too. Or perhaps I just can’t bear to put them away yet.

Be sure to check out the party at Faded Charm for more great white inspiration. And here’s wishing you a serene, soothing, and white Wednesday.

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Oh, Christmas Tree

Sharing a few more views of my holiday house, just in time for Christmas. Come take a peek into my living room.

My mantel this year is done up in mixed metallic tones with accents of red. Shiny bright gold, silver, and champagne tones blend with more rustic, nature inspired elements like deer, birds, and berries.

My champagne-colored hearth tree is adorned with vintage chandelier crystals, old world birds, metallic balls, and beaded crystal picks.

A few steps away, the coffee table adds more rustic charm to the setting with a vintage sled, my old wooden tray, and packages wrapped in kraft paper and pinecones. A bit of red and gold ties in with the decorations of the mantel.

And up against the bay windows sits our lovely Christmas tree, filled with Old World ornaments and my treasured Christopher Radko’s. I have so many fond memories of picking out these ornaments with my mother over the last decade. Don’t you love how your Christmas ornaments tell the story of your life? Each and every one holds a special place in my heart.

Looks like the elves have been busy already!

Happy Holidays everyone!

Linking up with Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home.

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