Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sporty Santas

Here's Santa playing baseball in 1923 for the New York Giants.  Bet'cha didn't know he was an athlete.  Well, in my family he has to be because my kids were immersed in sports (and still are) all the years they were growing up.  so...I looked for every sporty Santa I could find.  Although, I have to say I eventually had enough so my collection ended. Just the same, we pull our sporty Santas out every year and here are a few:

Santa golfs and skis !!
More golf and baseball

OOps...more golf...and surfing... ??

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My Christmas Couch...'s definitely red and green...

The only time I can love this couch is at Christmas.  "Someone" (an errant interior designer) talked me into it about 12 years ago and unfortunately...I've been putting kids through college ever since, so....the couch had to stay.  Very sad about that.  But, on the bright side, my house is pretty large and we never go in the living room - except at Christmas.  So...I actually do love this couch during Christmas celebrations because it's definitely red and green!

Someday I hope to miss it at Christmas...

But, tonight, I sat down in my red and green living room, in front of a warm and cheery fire, to finish my Christmas cards.

iIs all good!  Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas Is....Getting Started....

Well, I'm working on it!  At least I have the foundation  of the banister decoration done.  I do plan on adding a few layers of decor...but...sometimes when I pass by, I think it looks elegant in it's simplicity - the "less is more" option.  I kind of like that visual but there's that nagging thought that it's just the easy way out.  Soooo....I've been scouting the stores for something else to add to it at a reasonable price and I guess if I don't find anything that pleases me enough, I'll go with the Less Is More.
Then theres' the dining room that I've been working on.  It sure would be quicker if I used the same materials the way I did last year but I can never do that - I always have to re-design things using the same parts.  This year the ornaments went into the dining room candle holders:

These holly sprigs were in the entry last year in a large vase but this year they're in the living room in an old green thing that was sitting in a cabinet.  It looks OK - better at night:

And, last of all is the entry hall...showcasing the basket of poinsettias I've had for ages - the ones I I keep moving around ever Christmas.  They look great at night under the lamps, though.  I didn't have these lamps here last year so it's a different look.  (If you can't buy something new, just move the other stuff around...that's my theory.  And if you have 3 kids whose college educations have drained your bank account, it's the only thing you can do!!)

The entry:

Friday, December 3, 2010

What To Do With Grown-up Lovies...

Lovie Bear
This is going to be the next project on my list!  How many of us have these treasured items that out grown kids have left behind!  These kinds of "lovies" have so many memories attached to them.  Even if the grown kids are blase' about leaving them behind, WE can recall many precious moments with them that our kids may have been too young to remember themselves.  Leaving these treasured lovies in the closet seems silly so when I saw this solution, I really loved it.  

So far, I only have 2 lovies to frame in a shadow box because my college daughter still brings hers back and forth to college...her little lovie should get air miles!!