Christmas this year came and went so fast, I hardly had time to catch my breath. In fact, while I was straightening up today and thinking about taking things down, it occurred to me I hadn't taken any photos of anything! Not that I did all that much this year, but I do try and take a few photos so that the next year I can recall what I did. At my age, the old memory bank needs all the deposits it can get and that's one of the beautiful things about blogging...it's my journal and photo album all rolled into one!Jodie girl, these two photos are just for you. I took one with the flash on and one with it off. What do you think? I'm trying my best to dispel the rumor that an old dog can't learn new tricks and Jodie's doing her best to help me sit up, beg, and fetch! I already got shake down pat! This is just a small portion of my mercury glass collection. Jenn bought me the leaf at the front of the mirror this year for Christmas. I found the Madonna at TJ Maxx...imagine that! She was hidden in ladies lingerie, but I can hear mercury calling me from ten miles away!
The gorgeous tree made from vintage jewelry was handcrafted by Liz and purchased by Cat Daddy for moi. It was an early Christmas present and I just love it!
Simple, huh? My daughter-in-law didn't know minimal was even in my vocabulary!
Another one of my fun additions was Mr. Kool Yule that Laurie Anna included in her Twelve Days Of Christmas giveaway! I was the first winner...yay me! Speaking of LaurieAnna....she had to have surgery today, so if you would, please go by and leave her a note. She is just one of the sweetest people on the planet and a prayer for her speedy recovery would be so appreciated. She is such a giving person and now would be the perfect time for us to give back to her with our prayers.
Another sweetheart that I have met through blogging is Pam at Frippery. Do y'all remember back in September when I was begging for help in finding bittersweet and hydrangeas? Pam went in her own back yard and cut me the most beautiful chartreuse colored ones and mailed them in plenty of time for me to use at Zapp. Hydrangeas are wonderful and keep forever...just take a look. Yep, those are the same ones!
The gift that just keeps on giving!
When I look at them, I can't help but smile! Thanks so much Pam. You not only helped me out in the fall, but in the winter as well!
I've also told y'all I am not above stealing when I see an idea that I fall in love with. Case in point...Liz and Fran took a minnow basket, filled it will vintage ornaments and then uplit the whole display. Talk about wow factor!
Nothing would do until Little Debbie found her own basket...with help from ol' C.D. I didn't get out my vintage ornaments this year, but I did place an old church and house inside with a few mercury balls, lighting and plugged it in! Not as beautiful as the girls', but still...not bad for a thief.
Before I call it a day, I want to say a thank you to a comment that was left by someone (I won't embarrass her) who doesn't have a blog. I just want YOU to know how much I appreciate your sweet remarks. Everyone who takes the time to leave me a little note will never know how much it means to me. It makes my heart sing to hear that you feel at home here...that's what I aim for and sometimes wonder if I hit the mark. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who take the time...I really mean it!
On that syrupy note, I think I'll sing my swan song and shut it down for the night! I hope you enjoyed seeing what little bit of decorating I did and what beautiful gifts I have received in the form of friends. Sadly, in a few days it will all be in boxes (except for the mercury glass) until next year. SIGH!!!