Monday, December 10, 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Yes, we finally have all the Christmas decorations and lights up, inside and out.  It took a little while because of illness, injury, and weather, but we are now ready for the season!  I thought I'd share a little of our holiday look with you today.  First up, of course, is the foyer.  I've swapped out the old metal ornament stand for a 3 ft fake tree.  I thought I would have more room for my hand stitched ornament collection.  I think I was wrong.  It's already almost completely full!
To the right of the tree, you can see my newly framed Quaker Christmas sampler.  I finished it in '09, but just got it framed this past weekend.
Here's a closer view:
During most of the year, this spot on the wall is occupied with a papyrus art piece that we picked up on our travels to Egypt, but over Thanksgiving, this Shepherd's Bush piece hung there:

I know, it doesn't go with the Christmas decor theme of this post, but I wanted to share anyway.

Moving on to the living room, we have the world's most crooked, but stable, Christmas tree:
This photo doesn't show how crooked the tree really is.  Try as I might, I could not get the darned thing to stand straight.  So I gave up and decorated away.  I love each and every ornament on this tree.  So many fun memories are attached to each one.

I had a lot of fun decorating the mantel this year.  As of 2 nights ago, the kitties have been having a lot of fun removing balls from the mantel.  This may not end well for some of my decorations.  Sigh.

And finally, here is the dining room:

One of the samplers that usually hangs here has been replaced with Celtic Christmas, which I don't think I've ever shared before:

In other news, there's been plenty of stitching and finishing going on.  I will try to get another quick post up before the end of the week to share those.  Meanwhile I leave you with three of my favorite 'decorations.'

She knows she's not supposed to be up there, but that never stops her!

I have to say, Lucky looks rather squished.  But he didn't complain when Scout jumped onto the couch and joined us, so I guess he enjoyed the snuggle.

Til next time, happy creating, everyone!


Faye said...

Wow! All of your decorating looks just fantastic!!

Myra said...

Your home looks gorgeous Robin.

Nicola said...

Your home, your decorations and your stitching all looks so beautiful Robin.

Your cats look so content, they really make a house a home.

Margaret said...

Your decorating is all marvelous! Love your 3 foot tree -- so cool, and it looks great beside your framed Quaker. Evetything is wonderful! Now tell those cats to leave your decorating alone. lol!

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Love all your Christmas decorating, especially your little ornie tree! Quaker Christmas is stunning, as is Celtic Christmas. The Shepherd's Bush piece is super cute, too. The kitties are adorable!

Ellen said...

Beautiful X'mas decorations, I especially love your ornaments tree!


Linda said...

What wonderful Christmas decorations Robin. Cute furbaby pics.


April said...

Beautiful Decorating! I love the Celtic Christmas and the Quaker Christmas! Just beautiful!!

Robin Lund said...

Robin, your house looks so lively, like a Christmas wonderland!

Chris said...

Your home looks beautiful Robin!
It is so nice to see your collction of holiday stitching.
HAve a great trip this week.
I can't wait to read about it.
I got your xmas card yesterday. It is so sweet!

Giovanna said...

Lovely decorations!

Melissa said...

Thanks for sharing your pictures!!! I love all your decorations and x-masy stitching :)

I especially love your Celtic Christmas!!! Soooo beautiful and rich looking

Emma/Itzy said...

That is some sleepy kitties you got there! Your trees look lovely, and don't worry every year we have the same conversation about how wonky our tree is, but we just accept it now. I love all the stitched ornaments you have, maybe one day I will have my own little ornament tree :) xxx