Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Christmas Eve Eve! (and a few more pics!)

Well the big day is almost here!...I'm always sad to see this most festive season end...I think the thing I love most is the music...and Christmas music just isn't the same even the day after, why is that? LOL...Christmas in my house is very different from most...basically, I am the only one in my very small family who celebrates...hubs and I do not exchange gifts, I gave up on getting him to do it several years ago...I have always gotten our boys things for Christmas but I'm afraid they seem to be following in their dad's footsteps...I haven't even been able to get them to watch the movie "A Christmas Carol" with me anymore...we always used to do that every Christmas Eve when they were little...I have always baked pumpkin bread on Christmas Eve so that we can enjoy it on Christmas morning but it is pretty much just another day in our house...when the boys were little it was so much fun watching them open their gifts...but now the things they want don't really fit under the tree like car parts and such, even though there are no gifts to be opened and no festivities to speak of, I still enjoy the holiday season very very much!...of course the decorating is so much fun and this year I can't seem to stop! LOL...I have been wanting an Arnett's Santa for quite some time and this year I was fortunate enough to acquire two! I put by my Pottery Barn tree with the brown paper packages tied up with string :)
...these Santas are so nice, I can see why everyone loves them so much!...this one I put in my antique dry sink along with some jars I purchased from Kelly at Small Town Primitives, and a decorated crock, cutting board, and tin from Elaine at Cats Paw Primitives on ebay:...and my new tin sconces have arrived!...hubs installed them for me:
...what do you think of them?...I'm offering the candlelight version of them on my website
...I also wanted to show you a little pinkeep/cupboard pillow I just finished up for myself...made from a pattern by Wendy at Pineberry Lane...I stitched it onto a piece of army blanket:
...also, last time I posted pictures, I forgot to show you this that I made earlier this year...I started it before last Christmas but did not have time to finish it until after the first of this's from a Thy Needle and Thread pattern:
...and I'm saving the best for last!...just look at this fabulous painting, I think this might be the most special gift I've ever received!'s a Colonial gentleman painted by my sweet friend Pat of Olde Bittersweet Farm...she painted it just for me and it was such a surprise to receive this treasure in the mail!...thank you again my friend!...I shall treasure this for the rest of my days!!
...ok that is going to do it this time post will be my kitchen pics for real this time! LOL...Merry Christmas to all!!


Penelope's Beehive said...

Oh my, such a warm, cozy, and inviting home Janet!
Wishing you and yours a holiday season filled with love, laughter, and all that is bright and beautiful!
Warm and happy hugs,

Angie said...

I love it all~especially the Santas and the picture above the mantle~I get sad too at the end of the season~I love Christmas music too!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!

earlene said...

Your Arnett Santas are wonderful!
I bought one at the Simple Goods Show this Fall in Ohio. They all sold within a half hour...amazing.
Love all your decorating and those are very sweet pinkeeps!

Merry Christmas

Linda said...

Hi Janet...everything looks so festive and wonderful. I bet yu are wishing for snow, aren't you?
I love my little tree that I got from you as shown in your header.
I put mine in a small sugar bucket and hung tiny cutouts from orange on it.

•♦•©The Olde Weeping Cedar •♦• said...

Oh-I love it all, Janet :) Your sconces are just perfect!!! Enjoy those Santa's, girl...they are indeed WONDERFUL!
Wishing you and Don and the boys a very Merry Christmas!!!

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Prim pretty displays~ I am with your on Arnetts Santas~ they just capture you don't they~ and a favorite of Elaine's goodies~
Christmas blessings~

HomeSpunPrims said...

Funny, I was just thinking that very thing about Christmas music!
I'm sorry you are the only one in your household celebrating Christmas. I hope the Lord will fill your heart with joy.
I love your Santa's from Arnett's! The one in your dry sink especially appeals to me. And your new sconces look fabulous!
Oh my, that painting from Pat is THE best gift! What a treasure. Did you find a special place for it yet?
I love your x-stitch pieces. Shhhh, I did Wendy's pattern for one of my friends. Hope she doesn't see this!
I'll be thinking of you Janet and even tho you may feel alone in your celebration, you are not. Big Hugs, Lori

ctlogcabin said...

Dear Janet ~~
Love your new Santa's ... and the way you have displayed them is Perfect ... love the brown
paper wrapped gifts.
Your new Creations are
Wonderful I am Treasuring mine,
Thank You Again, I Love it !!
Pat's Portrait is Prim Perfect,
how very Special to receive an unexpected
gift in the mail, I know I was so excited to open mine from you. ((hugs))
Keep all your Christmas Traditions alive, for one day you may be Blessed with a Grand-Baby who will share your Love of Christmas.
Merry Christmas to you My Friend
may you recieve many Blessing in the New Year.
Love & Hugs ~~ Connie xox

Sheila said...

Merry Christmas to you Janet! TFS the lovely displays of your home, another truly inspiring gal. Love your Santa and the simple tree display.

My hubby tends to be the same way. Says he never really knows what to get me! Really, 35 years and you can't figure out what to buy? Gotta love him anyway.

Enjoy the time together as that is what is important.

Karen~The Barely There Primitive Bear said...

I love your decorating, Janet, so warm and inviting! Love the Santa those Santas, too.


Raspberry Lane Primitives said...

Everything looks spectacular! Have a wonderful Holiday. I love your Arnett's Santas...Hoping to get one next year.

Carla said...

Janet, I love your Arnett Santa's. I wish I had one or two! Your sconces look very nice. The painting is beautiful! Merry Christmas to you and your family and may you have a blessed New Year.

Kris ~ Simply Prim said...

Everything looks wonderful, Janet! I love your santas....I have a couple myself. Great job on the pinkeeps! I haven't had much time to do much cross stitching lately. Hopefully, things will calm down in the new year!
May you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!! ((HUGS)) my friend! ♥ ♥ ♥

Anonymous said...

The stitchery you did is beautiful and your home is so warm and inviting..
Merry Christmas..

Jenny said...

Merry Christmas, Janet! Love, love the Santas, and all your pictures! Your home is beautiful!


The Hoskins' Family said...

Merry Christmas Janet!

Love the Arnett's santa's I hope to have one in my home soon!

Beautiful touches of Christmas every where in your home!



marijke's crea said...

Have a merry Christmas and a healthy and creative 2012!
groetjes Marijke

Nan ~ Threadwork Primitives said...

Merry Christmas and all the best in the new year!

Amish Stories said...

Happy new years everyone. Richard