Friday, December 24, 2010
This post shares the few lighted houses I’ve collected the past two years. They are displayed in the study in front of one of the windows.
Three lighted ceramic houses on a bed of sparkly fleece:
At the top is Fireside Inn, with a nativity scene out front.
Nearby are a snowman and an ice rink where a couple skates.
Below are the Toy Shop and the town hall. There are carollers and other villagers outside.
The bookshelf houses several smaller houses, including a lighted Boarding House.
The skirted table in front of my desk holds a tiny one-foot tree decorated with miniature Hallmark angel ornaments.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
This holiday season my strength has been limited, so I have not gone all out as I have other years. Also, I hosted the family Thanksgiving at my home this year. Yes, I was preparing for Thanksgiving and packing up nativities for the exhibit -- all at the same time!
Doorway to Dining Room
View across dining table to kitchen door
Three of the vintage nativity ornaments:
Under the tree is a vintage creche from Germany
To the right of the tree, barely visible through the sheer curtains is the lighted Star of Bethlehem in the window. Below it is a lighted Holy Family silhouette.
In the dining room another tabletop tree displays musical instrument ornaments.
Oops, I forgot the tree topper! Here it is:
Under the tree is an acrylic nativity set displayed on a mirrored base.
So this is a brief view of some of my 2010 holiday decor. The next post will feature on the lighted houses in my study.
I am linking to Hooked on Houses Holiday Tour, hosted by Julia.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Here are some photos showing how I’ve used them in my holiday décor.
This stair garland is strung with mini white lights and brass musical instruments.
Musical instrument ornaments also decorate the ends of garlands for the entry to the dining room:
and also the door to kitchen:
The small tree in the guest bedroom has musical instrument ornaments in porcelain, metal, blown glass and crystal.
In another post I will share my angel ornaments. Please visit Denise Marie at her blog, Christ is the Heart of Christmas, for more participants in the Christmas Collectors Alley.
Monday, October 25, 2010
When November rolls around it is certainly time to start (if not continue) looking at Christmas issues of home décor magazines. A useful segment of my Christmas collections are the December or Christmas Holiday issues which cover the years 1989 to 2009. Just before and during the Christmas holidays, I take out stacks of these magazines and keep them at hand for inspiring reading as I enjoy planning and preparing for Christmastime.
These are titles of magazines I have kept over the years:
House and Garden
Victoria [I need only the 1992 issue to have a complete run of the original Victoria magazine]
Ladies Home Journal
Martha Stewart Living
Victorian Decorating & Lifestyle
Victorian Homes and Gardens
Early American Life
Better Homes and Gardens
So far for 2010 I have only Tea Time magazine Christmas Special issue. However, soon the stores will have an array of holiday issues to choose from.
The article, “Christmas Carols and Celebrations” introduces recipes for hearty Victorian-inspired dishes – potato-parsnip soup, roasted brussels sprouts, tarragon black pepper bread,plum pudding, etc.
A short feature item “A Dickens of a Christmas” lists holiday events inspired by Charles Dickens.
The lemon cake pictured above has a filling of lemon curd spread topped with candied citrus.
Whether bought in the supermarket at the checkout, or from a bookstore or gift shop, each December issue gives inspiration and fresh ideas to make your holiday home beautiful and welcoming.
For a full introduction to my Christmas holiday issues collection click here.
This post is linked to Mosiac Monday, hosted by Mary at Little Red House. Visit her blog for more mosaic creations.