Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My Christmas Home

I thought I'd give you a little tour of the rest of the living room and the kitchen tonight. The fireplace is just to the left of the tree I showed you last night. Over the mantle is the little quilt I made last year from Cara's Moda Bake Shop pattern, Prairie Point Christmas--it was one of the LePetite projects. (It's a fairly quick project to make, and if you click on the name of the pattern while clicking the heels of your ruby red Christmas slippers together three times, you'll be whisked off to the Bake Shop where you'll learn how to make your own!)

The star, ivy, and candles stay up year round but get dressed up for the different holidays.

Last year, I found this lidded glass jar at WalMart; I found the "stand" separately at the Goodwill--it's a candle holder! Somehow we figured out the jar fit the stand perfectly. When it's not being used to display the Christmas snow angel scene, we use it as a cookie jar the rest of the year.

Now off to the kitchen. I know some of you enjoy seeing what I do with my old blue dresser area each holiday. The quilt on the wall is from a Sandy Gervais/Pieces from my Heart pattern called It's a Wrap. The two small quilts (one is actually a tree skirt) on top of the dresser were made from a free pattern by Marcie Patch of Patchalot Patterns called Trees on the Table.

Here's a close up of the Santa shelf. I started "collecting" Santa mugs from the thrift store this year--I found two I liked and added them to one I already had.

And here's a better view of the candle holder and another Santa--this one's a Mary Engelbreit Santa.

Above the stove, which sits to the right of the dresser, hangs a fabric wreath--last year I taught a class and I think I gave directions on the blog too, in case you're interested in making one. On the hood of the range vent are a couple of elves, getting ready for Christmas.

Continuing around the room, next comes the refrigerator. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and two mice preside over the food preparations. My mom bought these "dolls," made by Annalee, back in the '60s from what I can recall.

Do you remember the mouse I had in my house last year? Since then, I've had a bit of a mice theme running through the Christmas decorations. Of course, I've had the two Annalee mice for quite awhile, but I've added a couple more mice to the kitchen Christmas tree. If you look back at the photo of the tree, you'll see a large mouse standing under the tree and there are two mouse ornaments.

One of my favorite places to decorate is the hutch. Lots of stuff going on here!

When I was decorating, I realized I have a lot of things from Starbucks, like these glass coffee cups:

(The two brown bunnies are carved wood buttons--another thing I collect are bunnies. There's a vendor who comes to our local quilt show each year, and she sells the carved wood buttons--my little treat each year is to add a button to my collection!) Most of my Starbucks "stuff" has been found at the thrift store or on sale at Starbucks after Christmas. On the hutch there are two snack plates with coffee (hot chocolate!) mugs that I love too. I guess it's not just the coffee that I like so much--it's everything!

In real time, I still have the master bedroom to decorate, and I plan to get to that tomorrow night. I think I'll have more to share with you then too. See you later!


Janet said...

Love all your decorations! I can't quite wrap my head around that yet.

And thanks for the idea on collecting those buttons. I see them at quilt shows as well, and just adore them. Buying 1 per show will be fun (and a tough decision!).

Wendy said...

Your decorating is very festive, I love your tree and red pinwheel plates on display. I've been looking for red plates with no success, I'll keep trying.

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

I love all your decorating! I wish I had the desire to do up my house like that. We're put up the tree this weekend. That's the extent of my decorating.

Sinta Renee said...

Fabulous job on all of your decorating Kim! I love your Cara quilt and your prezzie quilt too. Cuteness all around!

Anne said...

I love a house decorated for Christmas :0). We traditionally start our decorating after 3rd Dec as that is DH's birthday. A joy and pleasure to see your decorations.

Heather said...

Love your decorations and thanks so much for providing the link to the tree table topper. It is just what I have been looking for to make for my kitchen table and even have some of that same fabric line that I want to use!

Pam at Antique or Not said...

Everything looks so cute! I especially love your vintage Annalee pieces...the mice are adorable!


quiltmom said...

It looks beautiful Kim- I love the Santa mugs.. I haven't started decorating yet- perhaps on the weekend I will pull out the Christmas village..
I love the big glass candy shapes too- You do have the knack for making everything look so festive..
Thanks for sharing..

Anonymous said...

Your home is so, so beautifully done - I'm going to need you to box all that up and come bring it to my house and fix me up!! You're so talented!!


Anonymous said...

I have one of those mugs! I just came across your blog while in search of something else. You have great taste! :P