Snowman Village

I’m sharing a quick, mostly pictorial blog post tonight, after an evening at the movie theater with several family members. I want time to process the movie so I will share about it tomorrow. 

I’ll end my day with a few photos of Christmas arriving at my house. 

I focused most of my efforts on the dining room today. Those snowmen who appeared so lost and disorganized yesterday gathered together beautifully this afternoon on my small dining table. 

Ray’s paper snowman, that I framed recently, found a home within the vintage wooden sieve. It was a happy mistake, however, I love now that I plopped the cookie jar snowman’s head on crookedly. He seems to be peering at this newcomer who resembles him, with a shy smile on his frosty face. 

The black candle holder with the hurricane glass was a old treasure I dug out of a deep cupboard in the Arkansas house when we closed it up. It fits perfectly in this vignette. 

These metal and wire cloches have been fun to create with. They sheltered mini pumpkins during fall, and now cover tiny trees tucked into Christmas cups atop matching plates. 

A rustic mix in front of the dining room windows. The crate of wooden acorns and word “journee” are reminders of last year’s journey, which flowed into this year’s adventures. 

The last project I worked on before the movie break, was carefully setting up this vintage nativity. Greg’s mother painted this set 62 years ago. As we were packing up his parents’ house, we found the crèche that goes with the ceramic figures. This is my first time to use it and I was happy that I was able to make all the pieces fit in my somewhat small space. 

Greg found a picture just today, of the nativity arranged on his mother’s piano. I think she is pleased that her beautiful art is on display in my home. What an amazing legacy. 

Tomorrow night, thoughts about the movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Tonight, I’m enjoying the snowmen in their village and the nativity and Christmas spreading joyfully throughout my home. 

An Eclectic, Electric Christmas

Tonight my house looks like a Christmas store exploded inside of it. After I packed away fall dècor, Greg helped me pull down box after box of Christmas decorations from storage. This weekend I’ll enjoy puttering around my house, creating vignettes, decorating the tree and every tabletop and shelf, while Christmas music plays in the background. 

I like to mix things up every year, changing out vignettes and adding interesting pieces. Primarily I create with items that I already have on hand, mixing vintage with cute Kirkland’s finds, pairing something seasonal with an everyday piece, and plopping little artificial trees everywhere. 

Tonight as I was rummaging through boxes of Christmas decorations, I decided to start by creating a couple of fresh looks in the bedroom. Inspiration popped an idea into my head. I chose to go with it and see what developed. 

The small wood and rattan side table came from the Arkansas house. It will most likely get a coat of chalk paint after Christmas, however tonight it became my first decorated piece. A vintage wire basket holds cloth balls on the bottom shelf. On the top shelf rests an old phone from the Noel Telephone Company that Bob Moore converted into a lamp years ago. When the mouthpiece is picked up, the bulb lights up. A tiny amber vase holds a spray of berries and rusty stars. Candle holders complete the table. 

Across the room, I let my inner artist have fun, pulling together an assortment of vintage and new pieces to create a very eclectic look. Leta Moore made the orange, green and tan tree. I think perhaps it was intended to be a fall tree. However, when I stood looking at the bare dresser top, that tree came to mind, inspiring the rest of the vignette. 

The china doll has appeared in several vignettes the last couple of years. Her orange and green dress made her an ideal pairing with the fabric tree. The linen placemat came from Target. And the Joy sign and antlers candle holder were Kirkland purchases. 

Inspiration then threw out a wild idea, and my eclectic decorating became electric. My daughter Adriel gave me a string of edison light bulbs. This bulb has significance for me, and plays a role in next year’s adventures. I had been saving the lights to use after Christmas. Now I could clearly see, in my mind, the bulbs strung along the dresser top, becoming a unique set of Christmas lights. 

I am always happy to indulge inspiration. The lights came out of the box and I played with arranging them around the vignette. 

I had a fun evening, being creative and capturing the Christmas spirit. There is much more to do this weekend. I look forward to seeing where inspiration leads me next. 

Journey 341: Tis the Season

It’s been a busy day and an even busier evening. In between taking care of people, I continued decorating the house for Christmas. I love expressing my creativity this way. I’m not finished yet, but it will all get done. I needed a simple blog post tonight, as midnight is quickly approaching. 

Here is Christmas as it is appearing throughout the house. 


My little Norfolk pine in the bedroom gets decked out for Christmas. Love the new little colored lights this year. 


The vintage suitcase switched over to Christmas. The Merry Christmas postcard featuring Bob & Leta Moore is 71 years old!  


Santa mug collection.  
Vignette in my great aunt Roxie’s little red footstool, that I flipped upside down. 



Although my main tree is real, I’m scattering little artificial trees throughout the house this year. This one found a spot on a vintage chair. 


I swapped out a few items on the entry table to transition it to Christmas. 


The main tree, in process. I’ll finish it tomorrow as I have time. 


The two new ornaments for this year. The acorn, reminding me of my adventures during 2015, and those who accompanied me and those that I lost. 

And I made the cluster of hearts from the beautiful little ornaments that I purchased last month. I love the colors. 

This is what I love to do each evening before bed. Turn off the room lights and sit looking at the Christmas tree. Peace and joy fill me. It’s after midnight. I should get to bed. I have much to accomplish later today and more decorating to do. But for just a few moments more, this is where I want to be.