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!