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.
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!
All the gingerbread is edible but looked too pretty to eat. It did taste divine, though!
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.
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?
A winged creature up close… I love decorating with birds at Christmas.
A little black always helps ground a room, even if it’s a Christmas ornament!
A bountiful garland twines around a multi-tired shelf/wine rack in a corner of the room.
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.
“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. Pharo
More bird motifs…
A spray of glittered branches at the top of the tree gives it oomph and extra height!
Elf is happily decorating the tree! 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.
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.
He is adorable, isn’t he!
“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!
Pretty porcelain for a Christmas tea…
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!
Each of these amber glass jugs has a story. You can see more of this collection at Christmas is Coming.
Wintry window…More view of the kitchen window can be seen at Celebrating The Twelfth Day of Christmas.
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.
I have a ‘thing’ for fairies…
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.
Homemade marshmallows, toy soldier sugar cookies, and Oreo cookies dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy cane – what more could you want?
Peppermint stir sticks and hot chocolate!
Sit Long, Talk Much…
Fantasy under glass…Does this little fellow come to life when everyone’s sleeping?
Mason’s Pink Vista transferware is yet another favourite pattern! I love collecting these vintage pieces.
Vintage love…the black is pretty, too!
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’.
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.
Romantic candle glow and snowflake sugar cookies…They were so good! Thank you, Maria! You are the sugar cookie queen!
A cuppa Christmas…
The toy soldier cookies AND snowflake cookies were made by my friend Maria. Aren’t they sweet!
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.
I’m just popping in to wish you all a beautiful Valentine’s Day! Won’t you join me in a cuppa cherry tea and a little ‘spring dreaming’…
“They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything.” Bill Keane
“There’s a long life ahead of you and it’s going to be beautiful as long as you keep loving and hugging each other.” Yoko Ono
I just love anything under a glass cloche!
And, I love decorating with florals and birds and watering cans and… Lol It just makes me happy!Are you longing for a glimpse of spring like I am? I was sifting through some old photos this morning and came upon these few, so I thought I would share them with you. If you, too, have cold temperatures and lots of snow where you live, then I hope these images will bring you some warmth today.
Do you like to add little touches of whimsy to your table settings? What fun!
Of course, the china pattern is “Apple Blossom”, one of my favourites. I know many of you share this particular dish love. My talented friend Maria makes these amazing sugar cookies. Aren’t the teeny marshmallow hearts so sweet, too!“A little romance with one’s tea is good for the soul, I think…don’t you!” XOXOXO
I love it whenever you take a few moments to stop by and am so appreciative of every second you are here. Wishing you a beautiful day filled with love, romance and chocolate and a wonderful week ahead!
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