Christmas shelf/2016

some more Christmas pics to inspire you

Before the year is over, I want to share some more pics of my Christmas decorating.

These pictures are from a shelf that sits above the doors in my kitchen. I collect all these liquor bottles because I love the shapes and textures and I can do so much with them. It’s kind of funny because but I don’t drink any alcoholic beverages at all. Never have. But the shapes and textures are so wonderful to work with I can’t resist.

I often wonder what people might think but apparently not enough to quit picking these up at garage sales and thrift shops.

Anyway, here they are:


The red Christmas trees are yarn wrapped paper cones.img_0974


I interspersed silver trays across the back. I love trays as well. img_0968


Christmas shelf/2016

God bless each of you and have a good day.

Christmass village/2016

My adorable twig village. You have to see.

For years a friend of mine has made me twig houses. They are my Christmas village.

She makes them all different sizes and all different designs.

So without further ado:

Christmas village/2016


The snowflakes are battery-operated lights.img_0890






Look at the curtains.








I couldn’t get them all in one picture but here’s most of them.

Christmas village/2016

God bless and have a good day.



Christmas hutch/2016

My Christmas hutch. I love it.

I love decorating my Christmas hutch. This year I just went kind of random. I really like how it turned out

To think, I almost got rid of the gold garland.

Here’s some close-ups.


These trees on the left are wrapped with narrow strips of a red and black wool blanket that was stretched out of shape.



I made these “orbs” from embroidery hoops. So easy. The black and white footed bowls were free. I painted them with black chalk paint and then sanded them to reveal the white underneath. The pattern shows up great.



The Christmas dishes are propped up against gold chargers. It’s a shame I only have four.




This year I removed very few items from the hutch. I just added to them.

Christmas village/2016



Christmas village/2016I love decorating my Christmas hutch. This year I just went kind of random. I really like how it turned out.

Here’s the big view.


Don’t your just love the big ball? I found that at Goodwill a few weeks ago and snapped it right up!

The red and black Christmas trees are foam cones wrapped in strips I cut from an old red plaid wool blanket that was in bad shape. I need to add some starts at the top so you know they are trees.


Christmas hutch/2016

God bless and have a wonderful day.



The dead mouse in the Christmas tree!

My daughter and her family were here over the weekend. We celebrated Christmas early.

“The stockings were hung the chimney with care, 

In hopes that my daughter and her family would soon be here.”

I was checking out the Christmas tree as I’d noticed an ornament was askew.

I should tell you that none of you would want me to help you decorate your tree.  For one thing, I hate it. For another,

For another, I’m way too fussy. And it’s not that they turn out perfect either. I’m just never satisfied with them.

Back to the tree……..

(Now, remember this is an old and drafty house. We’ve done our best to block up every possible minuscule crack. But the trees were in the basement before that.)

I straighten the ornament then screamed bloody murder…….

“Doug, get in here quick. We have a HUGE problem!”

My husband races into the room as I’m pointing at the brownish/grayish “ornament”. Yep, you got it.

A dead mouse. (Couldn’t bear to post a pic of a dead mouse. Might freak out some of you.)


I was horrified.

“Please tell me he’s  been dead a  l-o-o-o-ong time.”

“Oh, he has, “my husband laughs. “He’s stiff as a board.”

Now, here’s the thing. I’ve fussed with the tree before and never noticed it. But this time I was wearing my glasses and that ornament I went to straighten was quite large and the mouse was hidden behind it.

So that probably means that stupid dead mouse had been there a couple of weeks.

Here’s kind of the “back story”. We have not used this tree for many years. I decided this year, I didn’t want to put up the big tree so I chose my smaller alpine trees. There are three of them in various sizes and when I took out the two smaller ones, I did find a dead mouse at the base and then “stuff” that was used for a nest in the other tree.

I had thoroughly cleaned those trees but never thought to check the larger one. (By the way, I’m a very good housekeeper, just in case your mind is going there.)

Woulda’, coulda’, shoulda’.

This gave a whole new meaning to:

“Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. (He really wasn’t. :))


Anyway, my hubby rescued me and disposed of the mouse in plenty of time.

I do hope my daughter doesn’t read this post because if she does:

dead mouse in Christmas tree

God bless and hope you have a good day.





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