Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Time flies...

Can Christmas really be upon us?   I've just barely dried dishes from our Thanksgiving feast.  Well, time marches on, and it's time to decorate for the holidays.  I keep it simple.  We aren't blessed with a lot of storage, so less is more when putting it all away.

These orange and clove pomanders are my favorite thing to make each year.  Ahhh, they smell so good!  I'm headed to find some lemons and limes to make more this afternoon.  I wonder who was sitting around one day, and thought "hey, I think I'll stick some cloves in an orange". 

You might remember this stitched display from last year.  Newly added, are the mercury ornaments.  The sweet little oval silhouette box was a gift from a dear friend, and is one of my favorite things in the whole world.

These fellows are from Eldreth Pottery, and have a place of honor on top of the pie safe every year.  The beautiful strawberry was also a gift from another dear friend, and  is also one of my favorite things in the whole world!  You can't compare heartfelt or homemade things like this to all the commercial stuff out there.

My poor neglected sampler tree has seen no new activity this year.  There is such a small window of about a month when I actually feel like stitching anything for Christmas.  It's hard to get into the mood when it's 100+ degrees.

Another repeat display from last season.  Love the primitive feel of them.

Don't laugh, but it does get cold here in the desert.  Ok, maybe not enough to justify a stove like this, but it adds atmosphere.  It is so cozy to sip that first cup of coffee in front of it, with a dog or two curled beside.

Can't have enough greenery...even the gate from the picket fence gets adorned.

A small display in the guest bath.

Another repeat from last year.  I'm hoping Santa brings me a fishnet canopy for the bed this year...and pewter, lots and lots of pewter!

You didn't think I'd forget to show what's up next from my needle, did you?  The chart for this A&E reproduction/adaptation will be ready to ship in a few days.  I hope you like it. 

24 comments:

Elizabeth said...

I remember making those orange pomanders with my mom for Christmas for a few years. I think she became bored with the process, but your picture makes me want to take it up again. Also, really excited to see the A&E sampler!

Gray Bonnet said...

Your decorations are inspiring me to finally get my house ready for Christmas! So beautiful!

I've never heard of pomanders...hmm...

Can't wait to see the A&E!

Katrina said...

The A&E is fabulous!!!! Love the colors :-). OMG your decorating, seriously come help me ;-)!!!!!!!! Everything is just gorgeous. I love how simple and primitive it is.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love your decorations and can't wait to get your new A&E chart.

Deb said...

Your house looks absolutely wonderful. I think that I'm actually inspired to start decorating. I seem to be going through a Scrooge thing right now, but seeing your things actually makes me a little excited to start decorating.

And I can't wait to see your new A&E (and I'm loving the sampler over your bed!!)

Faye said...

Very nice atmosphere in your home..... I can feel the comfy- ness all the way here!!! And what a teaser!!!?? An A&E sampler??? Be still my heart!!!

JOLENE said...

Is the sampler hanging above your bed, "Rachel Howells"? I was eyeing that one on the bay of evil. If so, lucky you! Smiles...

Margaret said...

Ah, your decorating is always so lovely! I so want your bed and your bed linens and that sampler hanging over your bed. lol! Love that little peek of the A&E too. You know I want it, right? :D

The Scarlett House said...

Good eye, Jolene!, It is Rachel Howell's sampler. I will be reproducing it soon.

Terri said...

Loverly decorations, Tanya. I understand about neglected Christmas stitching and the weather. I actually made a note on my calendar this year to start! LOL

Can't wait to see your newest A&E!

Terri
tdwoverton@gmail.com

Karen said...

Thanks for getting me in the Christmas mood....your house looks so cozy and ready for Santa!

happy stitching...

Samplers, Silks and Linens said...

love the display of greenery in the bucket out by the fence - also love the display of prim stars and rusty bells - look forward to your new release - hugs, Amanda

marly said...

Love your style. And as for the "repeats" - when it's that good, repeat!!

Chris said...

Beautiful post! Your decorating is wonderful!

Siobhán said...

I'd write more but I'm busy here on the ground where I've fallen after seeing your amazing photos. Like, seriously, oh my gosh. And the A&E--SWOON!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Nothing like a fire to make things comfy and cozy - along with the great decorations! Love the pottery. Ewwwweee - can't wait to see more of the A&E... love, love!

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Oh GAWD Tanya...your doing it to me again...you read about my credit card workout yesterday and now this one is ready to ship>?!?!?!?!?!?!? mercy, sakes alive, I'm making an appointment now to get a catheter. period.

LOVE your house... top to bottom I was scanning and loving every detail, every trim, every BIT of it all. So, when can I come to stay in that guest room? I'm quiet and real nice.....
well OK, I'm not quiet, Katrina and Karin will vouch about that...but I'm nice....most times... ;)

Michelle said...

Love everything so much. I love how beautiful the simplicity of the greenery is mixed with things you love. And those mercury glass ornaments are to die for. I need some for sure! Thanks for the decorating inspiration, I sure needed it. Can't wait for your A&E!!

Jennifer H said...

I fell in love with the sampler over your bed there! MUST HAVE RACHEL HOWELL!!

I also saw on the stitchingandscribbling.blogspot.com, the same sampler and underneath that, a Solomon's Temple sampler that I want - of course, it's in a museum...gah...What does one have to do to become a charter of hard to find and museum quality samplers??? I am starting to think I need a career change! :)

Hugs and Love, and looking forward to purchasing Rachel when she is done!

Hugs and Love,
Jennifer


samplerlover said...

Hi Tanya, your Christmas decorating looks wonderful. I always love the way that you decorate your house. Love the new A&E coming out. I am sure that you will do well with this one with all the A&E collectors out there.
Now, the one that I would love to see is the one hanging over your bed. That one is really lovely. Take care - Sandra.

Melissa said...

Everything looks amazing! I'd love to come and sit and stitch by the "fire" with you and the pups!

Natalia said...

So very cute, Tanya !!! Your home looks so cozy and Christmas ready.

CarolG said...

Lovely displays - I'm curious, do you buy the Eldreth Pottery in Arizona or do you have a connection here in Pennsylvania where it is made. I love Eldreth and was just there yesterday looking at the Christmas things.

Fiona said...

Your decorations look fantastic.