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Kitchen Leftovers That Sparkle!

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Dear Friends,

Because I promised, I am sharing the last of the photos of my holiday decor this past Christmas in our kitchen. I know, I know.  It’s February already! You’re probably saying, “Give me a break!” But I did promise to share them and a blogger friend reminded me of that, so here they are. And, I suppose it’s better late than never.  If you love Christmas like I do, and you do happen to find some little bits of inspiration here for your own decorating, well, you can file it away until Christmastime rolls around again.
I think my friend Madelief, author of a beautiful blog by the same name, will be surprised to know that the Christmas card she sent me all the way from Rotterdam in the Netherlands a few years ago, has had a place of honour on my tree every year since.  I just love the fairy image and romantic Dutch language, too.
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 It’s like hanging a miniature work of art on the tree!
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What do you think, Madelief? Dutch translation, please!
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The vibrant orange and amber hues of the tree are quite cheerful in this tiny corner of our kitchen room and Madelief’s precious card is a perfect complement.
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Honestly, I feel a bit sheepish about sharing these photos at this late date.  I hope they don’t keep you up all night with nightmares that  it’s Christmas again already! My last post, Be My Valentine, was a little shot of spring, but I’m afraid this post will bring you back to reality! If you are trying to escape winter, perhaps, then you might want to exit now. Lol  (I have to admit, though, I do love seeing again the reflection of our little kitchen tree in the mirror from this angle.)
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Here is the kitchen dresser when it was decked out with the most amazing gingerbread creations. If you want to see more photos of this amazing gingerbread house, you can check it out here at Gingerbread Dreams.  Do you like tin framed-mirrors?  I picked up this one at a lovely shop, Tin Roof Mercantile, in Nova Scotia a few years back. They were kind enough to ship it to me and it arrived safely. Thank goodness! It’s tremendously heavy.

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I just can’t get over these cute little footprints leading to the front door of the gingerbread house! Great job, Jindra! You are the gingerbread master!IMG_0725

All the gingerbread is edible but looked too pretty to eat. It did taste divine, though!IMG_0723

It made for such a sweet display.  The Portmeirion “The Holly and the Ivy” teapot was a gift from my husband years ago. The lush antique artistry is inspired by the 17th century English carol.IMG_0971

The little holiday tree sits in an urn on a table near the patio door and is trimmed with lovely baubles and sparkly twigs.  A mischievous elf peeps out from behind the tree!  Can you see him?IMG_0980

A winged creature up close… I love decorating with birds at Christmas.IMG_0979

 A little black always helps ground a room, even if it’s a Christmas ornament!

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A bountiful garland twines around a multi-tired shelf/wine rack in a corner of the room.IMG_0656

This luxe stocking came from a shop at Blomidon Inn’s House of Gifts in Nova Scotia. I’m always thinking Christmas, even on vacation! So, many holiday things seem to find their way into my suitcase or carry-on when I’m travelling.IMG_0653

“What is Christmas?  It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.”  Ahnes M. PharoIMG_0631

More bird motifs…IMG_0695

A spray of glittered branches at the top of the tree gives it oomph and extra height!IMG_0694

Elf is happily decorating the tree!IMG_0689 Don’t you love this old-fashioned ornament with the wreath in the centre!  It reminds me of the ones that hung on my parents’ tree when I was a little girl.

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This cute Bethany Lowe snowman always puts a smile on my face.  I think I brought him back in my suitcase from Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia when hubby and I visited there in 2012 for the Grand Illumination in December that year.  You can see photos of the town of Williamsburg decorated in its holiday finery here at It’s Christmas Naturally.
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He is adorable, isn’t he!

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“Mr. Lady Killer” on the wall is my favourite thing in the kitchen!  My mom jokes that when she sees him, she craves an egg! Lol  Oh, well!IMG_1001

Pretty porcelain for a Christmas tea…IMG_0999

I enjoy the soft glow of lamplight from this corner of the room, especially late at night when the house is quiet, and I can sip leisurely on a glass of eggnog (non alcohol) before bed.  Thank goodness eggnog can’t be found on the store shelves here after Christmas! All those yummy calories!

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Eggnog cups…

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Festive fairy!

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Each of these amber glass jugs has a story.  You can see more of this collection at Christmas is Coming.

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Wintry window…More view of the kitchen window can be seen at Celebrating The Twelfth Day of Christmas.IMG_1049

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I gave my mom-in-law Ethel this sweet figurine many years ago. she adored sheep and I adored Ethel.  Hours before she passed away, she gave it back to me so I could love it in my own collection. IMG_1009

I have a ‘thing’ for fairies…IMG_0996

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A hot chocolate bar in a basket sits on a marble bistro table in a corner of the kitchen near the pantry cupboards.  It came from our favourite downtown cafe when it closed its doors years ago. We sat at this table many times over great meals and memories.IMG_1267

Homemade marshmallows, toy soldier sugar cookies, and Oreo cookies dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy cane – what more could you want?IMG_1266

Peppermint stir sticks and hot chocolate!IMG_1267

Sit Long, Talk Much…IMG_1265

Fantasy under glass…Does this little fellow come to life when everyone’s sleeping?IMG_0733

Mason’s Pink Vista transferware is yet another favourite pattern! I love collecting these vintage pieces.

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Vintage love…the black is pretty, too!IMG_1057

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The inscription on the teapot reads:  “A cup of tea for you, a cup of tea for me, to enjoy around the Christmas tree.” The needlepoint heart was a gift this year from one of my Pink Days In Bloom garden fairies. Thank you Ann Marie, mom of ‘Invincibelle’ (a.k.a Kierstyn). I treasure it! A true ‘work of heart’.IMG_1423

This is a musical Santa.  He revolves to Silent Night and has been part of our Christmas decor for over 25 years, when we brought him back from the Williamsburg Pottery, Richmond, Virginia. Apart from a little chip of Santa’s finger, it has certainly withstood the test of time.  He is a Christmas tradition at our home.IMG_1422

Romantic candle glow and snowflake sugar cookies…They were so good! Thank you, Maria! You are the sugar cookie queen!IMG_1418

A cuppa Christmas…IMG_1412

The toy soldier cookies AND snowflake cookies were made by my friend Maria. Aren’t they sweet!IMG_1324

Since I’ve gone this far with the Christmas pictures, I thought I’d go all the way and share this beautiful carol with you – Angels We Have Heard on High by The Piano Guys, Peter Hollens and David Archuleta.  The video is lovely also.  I love hearing a beautiful piece of music at any time of year. I hope you enjoy it, too. If you have a listen, maybe you’ll forgive me for all the Christmassy photos…

Whatever you’re doing and wherever you are, I hope you are cozy and warm, of good health and spirit. Thank you for all the lovely footprints you left behind on my recent posts.  Thank you so much to Jann at Have A Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson for featuring “Be My Valentine” at Share Your Cup Thursday!

“Let Every Day Be Christmas”
by Norman Wesley Brooks

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself.
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  1. 2015/02/21 at 10:48 pm

    Oh Linda….So many beautiful images! Oh my. Especially LOVED the angel with the lambies and the gingerbread house—-exquisite. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. 2015/02/22 at 5:46 pm

    Hi Linda,
    You do go all out for Christmas!!! It is all lovely.
    Have a good week.
    Carolyn

  3. yarlette
    2015/02/22 at 10:48 pm

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful Christmas decorations . I really can’t pick a favorite. I love everything. What a fantastic collection you have. Always look forward to reading a post from you.

  4. 2015/02/23 at 10:33 pm

    Your post is a delight, Linda, and if I had my home decorated for Christmas as you do, I would be tempted to keep it all up longer too. Love the Masons Vista! Red transferware always makes me swoon. Thank you for sharing a little sparkle and dream-worthy treasures at my tea party and have a fabulous week.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  5. 2015/02/24 at 6:01 am

    Hi Linda,

    Wow, so many gorgeous decorations! I just love your gingerbread vignette. It must take you a while to pack everything away … LOL! Thank you for sharing them with us.

  6. bethnpenn
    2015/02/24 at 9:27 am

    What a visually stunning post today. So many beautiful decorations. All the sparklies liven up our dreary winter days.

  7. 2015/02/24 at 10:47 am

    Beautiful decorations!! I am sure it was not an hour decor, nor an hour clean up. You did very good, everything looks so very well thought. I want to be a guest at your place 🙂

  8. 2015/02/24 at 12:32 pm

    It’s never too late for Christmas decorations! You could have holiday posts all year and I’d be happy. Portmeirion is one of my favorite companies. Love your pink transferware. Happy Tea Day!

  9. Nancy
    2015/02/24 at 8:03 pm

    Beautiful, Linda. It must have taken so much time and love to put this all together. I love the gingerbread house, Ethel’s figurine, the transferware, Santa’s serenade, and all the glow and glitter of the holiday in your home. All the goodies, too. So pretty. I love the Piano Guys and had never seen this video with Peter Hollens and David Archuleta. It’s wonderful. The perfect way to end your post. Enjoy the rest of your week. xxx ~ Nancy

  10. Pierced Wonderings
    2015/02/25 at 12:52 pm

    Oh wow! This makes me tired looking at it! As much as I love holiday decorations, I’m lucky if I get the nativities & tree up. I think my husband would kill me if there was that much stuff just for the kitchen. He about had a heart-attack when I came home with a nativity for the kitchen (I collect nativities). Perhaps I’ll get to a few more decorations eventually 😉

    It’s a lovely home!

  11. 2015/02/25 at 3:03 pm

    Delightful!!

  12. 2015/02/25 at 3:38 pm

    Chilly day at the beaches, perfect to enjoy your Christmas pictures! Every photo a Gem! The warmth of your home is so inviting.

  13. 2015/02/26 at 1:59 am

    Oh Linda it is beautiful no matter what time of the year you share it! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  14. Jann Olson
    2015/02/26 at 2:25 am

    Stunning! You put so much detail in each and everything you do. Love it! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  15. 2015/02/26 at 4:03 pm

    Featuring again with Home Sweet Home today!

  16. 2015/03/01 at 12:29 am

    Gorgeous, love it all! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

  17. arthritis100
    2015/03/01 at 9:59 am

    WHAT A GREAT SHARE! Kitchen leftovers. It was so nice to have you at my Fabulous Friday Party! Maria

  18. lostinavalonor
    2015/03/01 at 11:30 am

    I loved seeing all your beautiful Christmas! It’s cold and snowy here in NW Arkansas so I’m just fine seeing Christmas again—it’s only our second snow of the year! Thanks for linking up at the Homemaking Party!

    HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!
    Blessings,
    Sarah

  19. 2015/03/02 at 9:26 pm

    Beautiful and whimsical! I’m in love with your Christmas tree. Thank you for linking up at Thursday Favorite Things and hope to see you again!

  20. 2015/03/04 at 3:00 pm

    Dear Linda,

    Sorry it took me so long to have a look at your post! And what a lovely post it is! I think you and Carolyn have the best Christmas houses in blogland 🙂 You certainly know how to make a house look festive!

    I feel so honoured that you still have my Christmas card! It looks beautiful in your tree. The red napkins you sent me are still used as well.

    Hope you and your husband are well Linda?!

    Enjoy the rest of the week!

    Madelief x

  1. 2015/03/02 at 7:34 pm

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