Christmas

Jingle Bell Joy

Jingle Bell Joy

Just the sound of Bells jingling and ringing gives you a Joyous feeling throughout!  Right?  No matter what time of year…… but throw in the Christmas Season, and the feeling is even more elevated!  Agree?   I love bells of all shapes and sizes!   And it’s so exciting to see that bells are a big hit this year with decorating!   Joy to the World!          from woodcraftingplans.info     And a  little chocolate certainly gives you a little

HO HO Holiday!

HO HO Holiday!

  It’s a very exciting time of the year, filled with festive decorations!  So…..inquiring minds want to know…. What makes your Holiday decorations special and adds to your Christmas spirit?    The Elves have decorated for many years, but I am always looking to make the next project even more special than before to spread The Christmas Cheer with style! It’s time to get decorating!       Where’s your HO HO HO in the Holiday?          from

It’s Christmas in July

It’s Christmas in July

I have had more conversations about Christmas in the last two weeks – not even kidding!  I am really NOT crazy!     from owecraft.com When I owned a retail store – about 35 years ago – I always had Christmas in July with the Cuthbertson Christmas China.  I sold it on a special sale to get ready for the Holiday entertaining, so I pulled out some Christmas goodies for merchandising that sale, and was able to sell more Christmas decorations

Merry Christmas! From our house to yours…

Merry Christmas!  From our house to yours…

In the season of Advent in our church, we celebrate each Sunday by lighting candles, one each Sunday, representing Love, Hope, Joy, and Peace.  It is a time of preparation for the Christmas season, which is ushered in on Christmas Eve at midnight, with Christmas Day (the lighting of the Christ Candle) and the birth of our Savior, the Prince of Peace.   There’s much symbolism and meaning to be found in the Advent season with incorporating the Advent Wreath and

The Elves at Work…

The Elves at Work…

I’m thinking that you are ready with your Christmas decorating and that you have a fabulous tree,  or maybe multiple trees, decorated, too. You may have even hosted a party already…   One of my clients hosted her subdivision Bunco party, all decorated beautifully! She sent me the “night time” views of her interiors….     I have surely enjoyed all the wonderful decorating projects with clients and their beautiful inspirations that “the Elves” made a reality. This has been

Mistletoe Storied

Mistletoe Storied

  Have you ever wondered how the mistletoe tradition started? Have you ever incorporated mistletoe in your Christmas decorating?      from quotesgram.com Here’s one story ~    http://www.history.com/news/ask-history/why-do-we-kiss-under-the-mistletoe Kissing under sprigs of mistletoe is a well-known holiday tradition, but this little plant’s history as a symbolic herb dates back thousands of years. Many ancient cultures prized mistletoe for its healing properties. The Greeks were known to use it as a cure for everything from menstrual cramps to spleen disorders,

Santa Baby

Santa Baby

Are you in the group of people who loves using Santa Claus in your decorating – all shapes, all sizes and maybe even some collectibles?  I am right there with you!    HO HO HO!    This jolly old elf  has a long history of style that has survived the ages, and with a blink of an eye, you instantly recognize Santa’s fashion faves…. Not to mention that he has a great work ethic and sets a great example.   

The Colors of Christmas

The Colors of Christmas

The traditional colors of Christmas are beautiful with rich reds and greens for all the ages, but there can be some deviation in colors that are truly beautiful as well…. Why not gorgeous and elegant neutrals with rich silver metallic?    from nyclq-focalpoint.blogspot.com  from Christmas.snydle.com    from Beautifully BellaFaith A beautiful way to re-purpose some collectibles from years past ~ Silver and Gold…..   from Harper’s Bizarre     A play on Greens…..and another fabulous re-purposing idea!  from preppyemptynester.blogspot.com   

Holidays in the Kitchen

Holidays in the Kitchen

One very busy area of our home, during the Holidays (and really anytime), is the Kitchen – the Heart of the Home.     From Thanksgiving through New Years, there are many activities that make this area pulsate with extra excitement.   For the “cook”, the Kitchen is busy with exploring new recipes for family gatherings, preparing food on many levels, cooking for days on end (and there may be more than one cook or chef), and presenting scrumptious delights

Mantle Mania

Mantle Mania

  Sometimes it’s easier to address the major focal point in your interiors, head on and with authority and creativity when decorating for Christmas.           You can either add to what you already have on the mantle or clear it off and just start over to get the perfect Christmas decorations in place.               The “hanging of the greens” are traditional all around the house, but adding to the mantle