Tuesday, December 12, 2017

My Christmas Welsh Dresser

If someone told me that I could only keep one piece of furniture from
my house, I would choose my beloved Welsh dresser.  I have told you
about how I bought this piece at a garage sale in Houston before I
was married.  It's followed me from Houston to Middleburg, VA, to
Idaho and now back to Texas.  I love it dearly, and I especially love
it at Christmas.  

It's simple and sweet nature just seems to lend itself to cozy little
Christmas treasures tucked in among it's usual display of blue and
white transferware.  The pops of red feel right at home here.

The vintage garland (also from my pre wedding days) and some red and
white gingham bows add a bit of farmhouse style Christmas.

So there you have it, my beloved Welsh dresser, celebrating the
Christmas spirit during the best time of the year!

Oh, and our Christmas tree was delivered yesterday.  In the past, I have
decorated two trees, one huge one in the living room, and one in the
family room.  I just have not had the energy to decorate both this
year, so I chose to put one in the family room only.  We live in this room,
so it will be good to see it every day.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, December 11, 2017

Pink and Shabby Christmas

I spend a lot of time in my shabby little studio, so at Christmas time I
like to add decorations there too.  It's a bit of a challenge to decorate in
pink because it's not as well liked for the season.  I scrounge for bits
of pink decor whenever I am out shopping for the season.  

In the above vignette, I took an antique German bowl and filled 
it with sparkly Christmas twinkle trim.  Then I added a new but vintage
looking Santa, a white tree and some tiny ornaments to set off the scene.
This little display is sitting on the window seat.  

An antique bowl from my great grandmother is the base for a display
of vintage pink ornaments.  These are some of my very favorite ornaments
from my childhood.   The gingham. pitcher is filled with sparkly snow balls.

A small chest of drawers is where I display one of those plain brown
cardboard houses you can find at Hobby Lobby.  I painted it and added
shutters, etc, a few years ago.  To bring it into the Christmas season,
I added cotton batting for snow and the vintage looking Christmas trees
I started collecting.  

Here is another one of those trees next to a little miniature scene.
With Christmas tunes playing in the background and little holiday
vignettes all around, my studio is a very festive place to be.

Our Christmas tree is being delivered this afternoon.  I decided to
decorate just one tree this year instead of the two live trees I have
decorated in the past.  I'm so anxious for it to arrive!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Friday, December 8, 2017

We Need a Cozy Christmas Now!

Welcome!  I am glad you are here.  I'm sharing some of the cozy
Christmas nooks and crannies around my home, my dollhouse and
on the back porch.  Please make yourself feel at home because we
love it when friends come to call.

Let's start in the kitchen and work our way around to the dollhouse.

Here's a cozy spot to read a magazine.

If you can tweak your nose, and shrink yourself down, you are welcome
to spend the night in the dollhouse. 

It's quite cold out today, so you may not want to spend too much time on
the back porch, but here is what's happening on the potting sink counter.

I hope our Cardinals come back home soon. We miss them.

We are back in the kitchen again and it's getting late.  Thank you so
much for taking time out of this busy Christmas season to stop by.
  I so appreciate your visit. 

Today is the last day of the Cozy at Christmas Holiday Blog Tour.
I want to thank Katie for organizing this for us and for you too.
Let's give her some much deserved kudos!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Beautiful Homes at Christmas

We all love visiting beautiful homes during the Christmas season.
Everyone's home looks especially warm and cozy, and we have
more homes to visit today!

Poofing the Pillows
Botanic Bleu
At Rivercrest Cottage
White Spray Paint

I certainly have been enjoying these tours, and I hope you are too.
PS:  My home tour is tomorrow!

Big Texas Hugs.
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

My Christmas Decorating Addiction

I told myself I wasn't going to go overboard with Christmas decorating 
this year.  I wouldn't buy anything new, because I know I just have boxes
and boxes of stuff.  I would be firm, I would resist temptation, I would
hold my head up high and only purchase the bare necessities at Hobby
Lobby or Shop the World.  You can do this!  Be strong!  Have conviction!

Then the inevitable happened.  I saw one cute little something and 
my knees began to weaken ....

And I caved.  Next thing you know, I heard myself saying to the store 
owner, I am starting a little pile on your counter while I look around
some more. 

It was all over.  I broke every promise to myself.   I should be hanging
my head in shame, but I have no shame.  

I don't stay mad at myself for long ;-).   I have forgiven my
transgressions and am happily decorating away.  

One of the best ways to find decorating ideas is to check out all the
talented bloggers out there in blog land.  They all have the same 
bug I do.   Maybe as a New Year's resolution, we should  all create
a support group.  Ha, ha, like that will ever happen ;-)

Here are some good resources for your own decorating addiction.
Sorry, I am an enabler too!

Keep me in your thoughts this afternoon ~ I am headed over to 
the local nursery where I always buy our Christmas trees and I 
have promised myself just one tree this year!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Yummy Appetizer Recipe

I shared this recipe with y'all last year, but it is so yummy that it
I want to share it with you again.  It's my ....

Tuna Walnut Ball

1 (8oz) pkg softened cream cheese
1 (6 1/2 oz) can solid tuna, drained
3 T diced scallions
3 T diced celery
2 tsp prepared horseradish
1 tsp hot sauce
1 tsp Worcestershire
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Combine all ingredients into a ball.  Roll
in chopped walnuts.  Cover and chill for at least
one hour.  Serve with assorted crackers and enjoy!

More homes to tour!  Head over to Katie's for today's lineup.  Here
is the link Let's Add Sprinkles.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, December 4, 2017

Christmas Minis and a Blog Home Tour

Lots of Christmas decorating happening in the miniature dollhouse right

Continually looking through Christmas magazines for ideas.

Baking cookies ....

And getting ready to put up the tree.  But now I am going to take a 
break and visit some lovely homes that are on the Cozy at Christmas
Holiday Blog Tour.

You don't want to miss this!  Here are today's participants:

I hope y'all really enjoy these tours!  More tomorrow too!!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

I Believe in Gershwin Therapy

So here we are, at the start of the Christmas season and the world is getting
crazier and nastier by the day!  There are days when it is embarrassing to be
human.  This is nothing new, men and women have always behaved badly, and
to understand this, all we need to do is read history.  Of course, many want to
re-write history, or eliminate it completely, but when we do, we lose an 
important tool for us.  We need to understand what happened so that we endeavor
not to repeat those mistakes!!!

I'm not going to lecture my dear readers about all the bad men AND women of
history because it's been done.  Power corrupts and it can have a huge
impact on anyone who has a brush with power.  As Lord Acton once
stated ....

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Great men are almost always bad men.

That being said, I am really here today to lift your spirits from the
bad news that we are exposed to on a daily, and minute by minute
basis.  I suggest Gershwin Therapy.  I use it often when something
gets me down.  All of his tunes leave me humming and dancing
around the house and give me an all over sense of joy.  The tune 
that is most therapeutic for me is I Can't Be Bothered Now.  If you
don't know it, here is the link to happiness ...

I also love a good Shirley Temple movie, and my favorite is
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.   That cheerful little moppet brought
happiness to many during the Great Depression, and why not?
Since we already know that bad things happen, why not 
fortify ourselves with a little happiness?

I love when she sings Come and Get Your Happiness.

And finally, and most importantly, I lean on my faith.  My faith gives
me strength and focus when the world around me seems to be falling

I have been reading this little book each morning.  It reminds me to 
follow His path no matter how crazy the world is around me.

And one more thing to ponder.  God wants us to be happy.  He gives
us strength and protection and He gives us musically creative people to
lift our spirits.  So in the words of Gershwin ...

Bad news, go away, some back someday ...

And if you are still not convinced, here is another quote worth noting:

Music is God's gift to man, the only art of Heaven given on earth,
the only art of earth we take to Heaven.

~ Walter Savage Landor

Cheer up, have faith, and make it a good day!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Somewhere In My Memory

A few days ago as I was checking out items at Hobby Lobby, I was
chatting with the clerk.  We were discussing how crowded the store was
and how it seemed like everyone was particularly feeling the Christmas
spirit this year.  She asked me if I already had everything I needed to 
decorate, and I told her that I do, except for more lights, which is very
typical of me.  She proceeded to tell me that the young women like to 
adopt an entirely new Christmas decorating theme each year and purchase
everything new.  That concept seems very sad to me.  While I understand
that trends come and go and there is always something bigger, better, more
in style, etc, there is also something wonderful to be said about Christmas
decorating traditions.

Each year as I pull out the boxes of decorations, I am really opening up
boxes of memories.  These are magic moments when the past once again
comes to life.  In the photo above, there is a little ceramic boot and two
tiny Santa votive mugs.  These three items belonged to my Mama and
every year she placed them on the kitchen window sill above the sink.
Mama was never one for kitsch, she was very sophisticated, but for
some reason these three items were very dear to her.  

To get a feel for how old these items are, I discovered that the price tag was still 
on the bottom of the boot.  I just Googled the store and discovered that Woolworth's
went out of business in July of 1997.  That was twenty years ago, but my guess is that
Mama probably purchased the boot and the Santa votives back in the 1960's.  I will
never part with these.  Even when I am old and gray and don't have the energy to
put up Christmas decorations, I will still display these three little kitschy items
because of the happy memories they bring to me each year.

This snowman is not nearly as old as those precious items from Woolworth's,
but it is a favorite of mine and I haul it out every year.  It's been on the front
porch in Idaho and it was in the tartan train case last year in a wintery vignette.
That vintage tartan train case was a Christmas gift from my sister Robin who
always surprises me with just the perfect gift because she knows me 
inside and out!

I hope that these young women who completely change their Christmas
decor each year, hang on to a couple of items.  One day their own
children will appreciate the precious memories of Christmas past.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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