My Christmas House

My Christmas House

Hi girls! (and guys, I know at least one guy has admitted to reading this). Oh, ever have one of those days? Sheesh, I do. I’ll spare you the details but let’s just say I am in need of a personal assistant to keep from losing my own head sometimes.

I sure wish I could just invite you all over, but I did try my best to get some new photos of my house today so you can feel like we had a little get together. Unfortunately someone has borrowed the tri-pod and I couldn’t for the life of me get my camera to hold still. Lots of my photos looked like I took them from a moving train! So, I have a few shots that are OK but you’ll have to use your imagination on most of them. I also have a really hard time taking photos in a couple of rooms in my house that are naturally very dark. While they look cozy in real life, in a photo it is hard for me to capture a good photo. Guess I need special lighting for those rooms. That is why you will probably get sick of seeing photos in my kitchen on this blog, the only room where light isn’t a real issue.

Do you ever take pictures around your house and then suddenly see a problem with your decor? With a 1930s fixer upper, unfinished rooms are the norm in my house!

My Christmas House

The photo above is one of the only ones I have today from a small corner of my dark living room. It is a very large room, paneled on several walls in mahogany. The rest of the walls are heavy combed plaster, original to the house from the 1930s. The room feels a bit like an old English library or a lodge. It has a large stone fireplace, which adds to the cozy feel. It is a beautiful room but hard to photograph! This photo (above) is looking from the room up the stairs into our entry. While you go downstairs from the entry to get to the room, the room is actually level to the backyard.

I try to make the stairway as dramatic as I can with garland, lights and ribbon so it gives a grand feeling as you enter the room! We have our tree in this room, it is a 9 foot tall noble, I’d say about 8 feet across! SUPER chubby! It was challenging to get down the staircase! I will try to take a photo of it that would be worth looking at later. I couldn’t get it all in the shot without a tri-pod.

My Christmas House

This is a boat on top of a bookshelf in that same room. I stuck some branches, pinecones and lights in it to make it feel dressed up for the holidays.

My Christmas House

As you enter the front door, you can look to the left and see the dining room. You can see a bit of the garland on the railing there. That is bordering the stairway down to the living room. Again, sorry it is so dark!

My Christmas House

This is as you walk into the dining room from the entry. This room also has heavy combed plaster walls with antique white wainscoting. It is another large room but we keep our table small and intimate now for game playing. My daughter plays the baby grand, and it is also a player piano so we can turn it on to play Christmas carols for us during a party. Very fun and gives a real festive mood to an event! For the party Saturday my table was much more festive, we had cake plates and a tablecloth. This is where we served desserts.

My Christmas House

My Christmas House

My Christmas House

My Christmas House

Now we are coming around the table to our cozy bench and going to look at the room from the swinging door to the kitchen, looking back at the entryway.

My Christmas House

My Christmas House

My Christmas House

My Christmas House

My Christmas House

These wise men are in my entry. The other one is just out of the picture.

 

My Christmas House

This is back in my kitchen. Notice the stubby candles, evidence of our party the other night! Some of the rest of these you may have seen.

My Christmas House

My Christmas House

My Christmas House

My Christmas House

My Christmas House

The next two photos are from my kids’ rooms. I try to add little holiday touches to their rooms for fun too. They are pretty bad shots but I thought you’d be happy to see the giraffe is feeling much better after the episode in my hallway just before Thanksgiving. The second photo is my middle daughter’s room, we added some sparkling garland to a mirror to reflect light to a dark corner.

My Christmas House

My Christmas House

My Christmas House

And finally, my bedroom. I will try to give a bit more tour later, once I have a tri-pod and more daylight! Off to a school concert, I am still looking forward to catching up with you all this week!

Creative Inspiration Prize Winners!

Creative Inspiration Prize Winners!

Phew! I feel like I have been away from the blog forever. Really I haven’t, but with even 48 hours away, I missed you guys! I had to force myself to STEP AWAY FROM THE BLOG, painful as it was, in order to host a real life party in my real life house. Actually, I love having parties in real life so it wasn’t painful. I just hate to step away from the blog and my blog visitations.

So, I am back in order to make the big announcement you’ve all been waiting for! Yep, the winners of last week’s Creative Inspiration giveaways! First of all, thank you so much for all of your sweet comments. I haven’t had a chance yet to thank each one of you personally, but you all were so encouraging, it meant a lot. So thank you! I was happy to do it, and even happier to share some awesome people with you. You all made it worthwhile by your interest and kind words for our participants. Special thanks go out to each person who so generously contributed and to the girls at McMaster and Storm for co-hosting the week as my special guests.

Now, for the winners. I used a random number generator online and started with our first giveaway, the McMaster and Storm gift wrapping materials! The lucky winner of this treat is … Jill at Bailwick Designs! After visiting her blog today, I can tell you she is quite the creative inspiration! I encourage you to pay her a visit! Congratulations Jill! I just need you to please email me your address and the size of McMaster and Storm tee-shirt you want (S-M-L), and Kara will send off your gift wrapping prize!

Next prize was the French General book giveaway, courtesy of Kaari herself! The lucky winner of this treasure is …. Sharon Goemaere! Another terrific lady, I am so pleased she won! She almost lives close enough to me that I could drive her prize over myself! Almost. Sharon, please email me with your address and as soon as I receive the book I will send it off to you immediately!

Congratulations again to the winners!

While I would love to stick around and show some of my holiday pictures, I have to run. I will return ASAP and you can expect to see some new photos of my decorations (I haven’t taken them yet but I promise I will). For now I am getting myself a cup of hot chocolate with mini-marshmellows and snuggling in under the covers. The snow is gently falling outside and a cozy night of movies and relaxing is in order. Don’t you love the day after a party (after you’ve cleaned up the dishes!) when your house is all decorated pretty and you can finally just sit down and enjoy it? Sigh. Me too.

I can’t wait to catch up with all of you this week!

photo is of my sweet little Santa and Mrs. Claus salt and pepper shakers
Creative Inspiration Prize Winners!
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