Tuesday, December 20, 2011

"Tis the season...

for a little decorating around the house.  I'm going to apologize in advance for showing similar photos from year to year, but I pretty much stick with the same thing.  Plus, I know that some of you might be new visitors, so maybe you will enjoy them.  The rest of you...just bear with me, okay?
Our home is small, so I try to keep it fairly simple.  My attempt at creating a colonial feel here in the desert.  Sprigs of greenery tucked here and there.
I found this driftwood Santa in Iowa. He looks like he has a really bad back ache.  I have a thing for skinny Santa's.  No roly poly guys need apply.
More greenery amongst some red ware.

These gentlemen are definite repeats.  I know I show my collection of  Eldreth Pottery Santas every year, but I only get to display them for such a short time.  Hey, there's a chubby Santa in the front row...how did he get in there?

One of my favorite Christmas stitches, Blessings be Thine from Blackbird Designs.  I'm almost tempted to leave it out all year.  You know that weakness I have for canning jars.  I can't take credit for putting this together.  Another Iowa find, and it was in my arms in a split second.

These primitive stars are just the thing for my kitchen counter.

What few snowmen I have seem to end up in the guest bath. 
This is a new display for me.  Several of you inspired me to fill a dough bowl with some smalls.  It's a start.  The sweet little oval box with the silhouette was a gift from a dear friend who knows me well. 

I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.  May your holiday be filled with comfort and joy.

36 comments:

valerie said...

Lovely decorations Tanya! Love all the santas and your Blessings Be Thine finish!

dixiesamplar said...

Wow, your home is lovely and festive, Tanya! "Blessings" is a gorgeous piece...and would be lovely out all year round.

marly said...

Thank you! Love your style. Everything is wonderfully displayed. Did a fat santa scare you when you were little? LOL!!!

Faye said...

Oh Tanya~~ The 3 crocks caught my eye!!! And, the dough bowl of smalls is more than a start...Its just beautiful as it is~~

I surely hope to goodness you have been a good girl this year and Santa knows how to find AZ...teehee...I have an "in" with the fat guy and he says your name IS on the list!! So...hoping your days are bright, the cider is mellowing and your lights twinkle oh so bright!!

Merry Christmas my friend...Faye

gracie said...

Thank you for sharing your Christmas home....

Anonymous said...

Hi Tanya - I love the primitive cushions in the basket with the rusty red ornaments! I like your displays, even though they are the same for you each year! First time I've seen them!

Tedra - Phoenix, AZ

CarolG said...

Your decorations look great! I also have a large collection of Eldreth Santas...did you get them in Arizona?? Eldreth is only about 25 miles from my house so when I get near Strasburg I always stop.

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Oh, thank you so much for the tour! Everything looks wonderful!!!
Linda C.

Dona said...

Tanya, I love how you decorated for Christmas! It looks warm and charming. I love the little snowman in the bath carrying lantern(?)of a snowman head. The Eldreth Pottery Santas are beautiful! And of course I love looking at you samplers!

Michelle said...

Everything is beautiful! I just love the look of the natural greenery and prim Santas and Snowmen. Love it! Your photo of your pillows in the doughbowl has been my wallpaper since you first showed it. It's inspiring me!

Margaret said...

Love it all! I never tire of looking at how you decorate your house. So beautiful! Now I find it interesting that a woman who enjoys red samplers also like the blue Eldreth pottery Santas and not the redware ones. lol! I guess it goes with the saltware pots, huh? I love them btw! I want to start a collection NOW. :D

Melissa said...

Just beautiful, Tanya! You did a wonderful job decorating and of course I love seeing all the stitching hanging about!

Merry Christmas to you & yours!

Kathy A. said...

Lovely, lovely Christmas display. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

Jeanne said...

It's all lovely. I hope you have a wonderful holiday - I am stitching up your "Jingle" pattern this week and quite enjoying it. Hope to have it out for Christmas but we'll see.

Bertie said...

Gorgeous display Tanya, the stars are wonderful!
Happy Holidays!!

Karen said...

Thanks for the tour... can't never have too much greenery!

Hope you and your family have a great Christmas....

Stitching By A Cornish Sea Shore said...

I love your use of foliage and the Eldreth Pottery Santas. I have never seen these before. Beautiful decorations.

Wishing you a blessed and joyous Christmas and a happy New Year, may it bring you gifts of joy, health and happiness (and lots of stitching time).

mainely stitching said...

Utterly charming. I love your style!! I can't really decorate the house - if the kids don't pull it apart, the cats or dogs will. Someday we'll have a quieter household, but until then I just love posts like yours. :)

Nancy in WI said...

Thanks for sharing Tanya! Your apple and pineapple centerpiece is awesome and I love your canning jar! Merry Xmas to you and yours! Oh, and, I think that picture should at least stay out through the winter.

merumo said...

It was good to see you on Sampler Sunday. I love your Christmas decorations!! I also have Blessing be Thine decorated. I'm tempting with so many of your goodies. Primitive stars look very nice, too!

Barb said...

I do love the way you decorated. My Christmas dishes are "Winter's Eve " by Spode. Those blue Santas would go so nice. I find it a bit hard to work with blue and white as Christmas colors!

Sylvia said...

What lovely decorations - I do not remember them from last year. You did a wonderful job. I cannot wait to see your sweet house in person.

Siobhan said...

I LOOOOOOVE your Christmas decorations!! I need to show this post to DH so that he can see what I am aiming for. We keep having this 'leave the made in China stuff purchased in the 90s in the attic' discussion but he keeps bringing the stuff out and putting them on display. You know I covet those Eldreth Pottery Santas--love love love!

Paulette said...

Your holiday decorations are stunning, Tanya! I hope they're still up mid-January. ;) LOL

Paulette

Katrina said...

Oh wow, just love your Christmas decorations!!!! Everything is so pretty :-). Hope you have a merry, merry Christmas and I will see you in January!!!!

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

Your decorating is beautiful.

I received the chart today; thank you for helping me get this.

Sherry said...

just beautiful!! I love the centerpiece and big canning jar with ornaments! Everything is perfection! Have a wonderful and very Merry Christmas, dear friend!

Natalia said...

Oh Tanya, what a beautiful post. I am new to your pictures and I love each and every one of them. Your home looks beautiful and so cozy. Thanks for sharing.

Cathy from Kentucky said...

Merry Christmas to you. I was looking at your pillow ornaments in the dough bowl esp the old ornaments and alphabets. Can you tell me where I may find them.
cgd4603@msn.com

woolwoman said...

Always wonderful to come and visit your lovely home Tanya. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and more exciting things for Scarlett House in the new year. Cheers! Melody

Anonymous said...

I love all your decorations - I might have to make some stars - love them in your wooden bowl. I also have Eldrich Pottery Santas & a Mr. & Mrs. Snowman that stays on the mantel thru March.

Fiona said...

Your home looks lovely all decorated for the holidays. Hope you have a great day.

Sherry :o) said...

beautiful and very festive!

Elizabeth said...

Tanya, your needlework designs and dogs are gorgeous, as are your displays. Blessings! Elizabeth Hansen, Pennsylvania

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