Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dreaming About Christmas Decorating

I just received the Pottery Barn "Welcome the Holidays" catalog and
now I am dreaming of Christmas.  Friday is Halloween and you 
would think that I would be focusing on fall and Thanksgiving, but
instead I am crushing on Christmas decorations.

I want to really go all out this year because we are planning two big
parties and frankly, any excuse to decorate is a good one for me.

One good thing about being a blogger is that I always have pictures 
from the previous year.  It gives me a chance to say ~ "oh I like that" or
"won't do that again".  

I love to add little touches to every room.  

Yet some years after the holiday is over I think that the following 
year I will keep it really simple.  I hate packing everything back up
again.  So far that has never happened.  Once I open the first box
of Christmas decorations the flood gates open and good intentions
fly right out of the window!

Everything ends up being decorated.  Inside, outside, all the porches.
I just can't seem to help myself.

Do you remember the year I made the Sun Valley ski cloche?
I used a big outdoor lantern from Pottery Barn.  Unfortunately
I left that lantern up in storage in Idaho.  

Do any of you remember when I created the Christmas in Texas
theme on my front porch back in Idaho?  Little did I know then 
that we would actually end up back here.  I must be psychic ;-)

Thanksgiving comes late this year.  So now I am wondering,
do I start decorating early and go big?  Or do I keep it 
to a minimum this year?  

Well I will just wait a bit and see how inspired I become.

Okay Bentley ~ you and I have goofed off long enough.
Let's get outside and wash some windows before it gets
too hot again.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


  1. I can barely wrap my mind around fall at this point it has been so warm ere. However the weather is changing so who knows. I will love seeing how you decorate as I am thinking of no decorations this year :) xo Laura

    1. It's still warm here too, but for some reason I am thinking ahead to Christmas. Not sure why because I hate to rush through the days.

  2. Oh, now you've done it! Everyone will be blogging about Christmas, lol!

    You have some beautiful things, Susan. I do the same every year, I tell myself, next year will be simple, ha! Never
    Do you dress Bentley up? I did dressed Ben up one year ... he was not amused!

    1. No ~ I don't dress Bentley up. He may wear a big plaid bow for a few minutes, but that's it. He really doesn't like being dressed up and I never want him to be uncomfortable. He does have lots of Christmas themed toys and he loves those.

  3. I, too, would leave Christmas up all year round if people wouldn't think I was crazy! LOL I try to start working on Christmas items for my Etsy shop in September so I'm already thinking Christmas also,

    Have a GREAT day!


  4. I have been asked to be on the post prom house walk for the school, so it will be going up in early Nov. First inside, then the outside. I love to decorate for Christmas. I love all your pictures, sweet sister!
    p.s. Bentley do you have your Christmas list made???

    1. Can't wait to see pics of your Christmas decor! I know everyone on the post prom house walk will love your charming home!!
      Bentley makes a list every day and here is what's on it Cuddle, Walkies, Treats ~ repeat!

  5. I have been thinking about Christmas a lot, too, and I always shunned doing that, just wanting to take one day at a time. I'm not sure what's going on with me, it might be the magazines!

    You are right about being able to look back at previous years as a blogger can do. Usually if I go all out one year, I cut back the next. After seeing some of the homes in the BH&G Christmas magazine, I think I will cut back, or at least spread the cheer throughout the house instead of trying to cram everything in the living room where we spend most of our time. Funny, I bought wrapping paper yesterday and I don't even have a gift list!!

    Jane xx

    1. I have not seen the BH&G mag yet. I will have to pick up a copy!

  6. Don't get me started yet!!! I have a big Thanksgiving gathering to get through first :^)
    Christmas this year will be all out, but I am planning to send everything home with the kiddos....this is the year to clear out and make things simple from now on.....hopefully!
    Your "Christmas Past" pictures are beautiful...especially with the cutie dog as the "star".

  7. Is that a Bentley cookie jar? I always remember your hot chocolate and picnic basket vignette.

  8. I admit it, I am thinking of Christmas too! Beautiful post....love your holiday dishes!

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