Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Woodland Themed Christmas Tree

Have you been enjoying all of my Christmas trees??  Today I'm sharing with you the last one... the woodland themed tree.  I love this tree!  You can also see it from the street as it is in the front window
The ornaments on this tree are mostly made from natural materials, like this raccoon below. We added pinecones and pomegranates to the tree too, you can spot them if you look hard enough! 

 The tree is full of owls and deer.  There is a little birdhouse too...
 What I like about this tree are the cute deer resting below it!

A close up of another ornament, a lot of the ornaments on this tree are snow globe type with a little woodland scene! 
One last look...

That ends the Christmas posts... wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I will resume blogging January 1... see you all then!!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Animal Themed Christmas Tree

Are you enjoying this week's parade of trees??  On this small table in the dining room sits the table top animal tree!  The ornaments on the tree are mainly Steiff animal ornaments. 

 New this year is this little Steiff snowman! Took a few years to find him on eBay at a reasonable price... but we finally got him!
 This snowman is also new, with his red hat! I know the picture isn't the best, I took it at night. Oh well.
Another view of the tree... isn't it fun? The animals must be little plush ones, preferably the Steiff mohair ones!  A collection in the making... and some of them aren't ornaments, just little stuffed animals stuffed into the tree... like the little cow hiding below.



Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas Spritz Cookies

If you were reading the blog earlier this month I accidentally published this post on Wednesday with my Christmas tree post! Oops!!
This year I got this cool new toy that lets me make these cute little spritz cookies... it's this neat cookie press.  Have you ever used one before? It's super easy to use.  These cookies took 1 hour from start to finish and I made a TON of them!  
You can make them in all sorts of different shapes.  I made them in a Christmas wreath, tree, and snowflake.  I didn't think to add food coloring to them until I was on the last batch of Christmas trees. 

Ingredients
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • food coloring
  • candy sprinkles
Directions
  1. Heat oven to 400F (I actually used 375F on convection bake).   Beat butter and sugar in large bowl until creamed together
  2. Stir in flour, salt, egg, vanilla extract, and food coloring.
  3. Place dough into cookie press. Press the cookies onto a cookie sheet. Decorate with sprinkles.
  4. Bake 5 to 8 minutes until set but not browned. Remove cookie sheet and cool on wire rack.  If desired, you can freeze the cookies once they are *completely* cool for later consumption



Wednesday, December 16, 2015

German Christmas Tree

What? I thought you said you only had four Christmas trees? Well, today there is a 5th one I'm sharing. This one is in the guest house and my Mom decorated it. Her theme was a German themed Christmas tree. 
Her ornaments are almost all wooden and handmade in Germany. A lot of the ornaments include people dressed in traditional Bavarian outfits, trolls, deer, snowmen, cuckoo clocks and bright red mushrooms.
 Below is my favorite mushroom that clips on the end...
 I just love this pyramid ornament... she found it in Germany this year. I've never seen one like it!
Below is a witch ornament, a la Hansel and Gretel... 
 Oh, she hid a few non-ornaments in the tree too, like this super cute bear pulling another bear on a sled!
 She also has lots of cute little snowman ornaments, my favorite is this one on a cookie!
She also hid this smoker in the tree, isn't he cute? No, we didn't light it while it sits in the tree!
I think her tree is incredibly cute!!! I just love themed trees!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Christmas Tablescape 2015

I finally put together the table for a Christmas tablescape!  Come on up and have a seat while we take a look.
The tablecloth is new this year and I just love it! I love Santa and his sleigh flying over a gingerbread house and a Christmas tree... it's so much fun! The cranberry topiaries were used for Thanksgiving and transitioned into Christmas...
Some fresh cedar garland twists across the center of the table, adding a nice aroma too.  The room is dark, so we will light the candles when we dine here. I like the tabletop tree in the back providing some ambient light.
The china pattern is Juliska's "Country Estate Winter Holiday".  I just LOVE these festive plates! Bought the matching punchbowl too and filled it with ornaments.  The punchbowl sat displayed in the china cabinet during the rest of the year, I couldn't put it away last year!  Yes, I know, I have a Juliska problem.
The napkins match the tablecloth but you can't quite see the pattern on the napkins when they are folded up.
I had so much fun decorating the table.... I walk by it every morning when I wake up and smile.
One last look... I liked how the glow of the candlesticks looked on the silverware in this picture.  
Thanks for stopping by and having a look at my table!  Decorating for Christmas is one of my favorite things.


Friday, December 11, 2015

Christmas Home Tour 2015

Ho Ho Ho! Come on in for a Christmas House Tour!

Outside is a faux-greenery wreath that we put some little mushrooms in and added a bow.
At night some lit presents and a tree add some glow to the porch. The topiaries and statues all have their Christmas bows on.
The view you see when you come inside... love the santa and reindeer garland!
But first you turn around because the door jingled with sleigh bells when you closed it shut! The bell door hangar is from this wonderful company. The bells sound so authentic, as if Santa and his reindeer were just pulling up to your house!
Take a turn and you see my gingerbread advent calendar ...
In the front window of the formal living room sits the woodland tree.  I love this tree and you can see it at night from the street! More pics of this tree to come in another post!
Woodland tree
Okay, let's head back to the dining room... a glimpse at the table spruced up for Christmas... details to come in a future post...

Mr. Swan is decked out with poinsettias, my DIY acorns, and a boxwood wreath with a Christmas bow! I love the federal-style feel of this Christmas display.
The tulipiere holds holly berries and some super cute Santa smokers...
And to the left in thee dining room is the animal tree, mainly filled with Steiff ornaments!
Now, off to the living room, where you see the grand tree! Isn't she pretty? A noble fir that stands up to its name!
Christmas Tree 2015
We like to sit next to the fireplace at night and watch tv. I love our garland, wreath, and new stockings!!
Off to a bedroom, where the nativity sits...
And in the hallway sits my NEW antique French buffet! J'adore!! I love the carving on it.  I put up some white house candles, a garland, train, and banner!
A closer look at the Christmas decorations... I think I'll write about this buffet in a future post next year... The candles are from Pottery Barn years ago, the banner from Bethany Lowe, and the train from my childhood.
Ok, into the kitchen... On top of the cabinets is the German Glitter Putz House village... you can see a close up of the village in this post here...
A wreath sits on the pantry door next to our Christmas card display... You can see how I made our Christmas card holder here.
And the other side of the kitchen is a bunch of Christmas decorations... 2 trees, a Christmas platter, and a sleigh full of jumping reindeer. I know it's hard to tell in the pictures!
Tucked in a nook are some nutcrackers! 
Some other nutcrackers and smokers sitting on another table...
 And what's that? MORE nutcrackers. Yes, I have a nutcracker problem. So?? It's not the worst problem to have. The boxes in the corner below are themed to the 12 days of Christmas!
The breakfast table is decorated with nutcrackers... and I hung some fresh greenery in the chandelier!
I love lighting the pyramid and watching it spin as we eat...
A look at the garland... it was really easy to do. We bought some fresh cedar garland at Costco and wrapped it around. We added a few faux berries to add some color.
Well, I'm off to bed... here's our master bed decked out in Christmas sheets.  I believe the toile quilt and shams are from Pottery Barn years ago.  The tartan sheets and shams are from Williams-Sonoma, got the idea from Between Naps on the Porch.  My Christmas throw in red and green is a wool throw from Pendleton.  

OK! I hope you enjoyed my Christmas home tour... I have more I didn't even take pictures of... almost every room has something Christmas in it!  All of the pictures in this post are taken by me.

Leave me a comment or a link with your Christmas home tour!