Monday, December 6, 2010


Well, our Bunco "reunion" was great fun . . . as always.  Our group of girlfriends ALWAYS has a fun time together.  A bunch of wild and crazy ladies, we are :o)!!!  I managed a few snaps, but my camera {or more likely me!} doesn't do well in low light 
. . . annddd . . . 
the batteries died!  I must admit, though, that I was having way too much fun to fumble with the camera ;o)

I grabbed a few shots of the "bar" and one of those yummy Candy Cane Martinis.  Just like their debut a few years ago, they were a huge hit again!

Mainly, today, I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite vignettes and views from around my home.  Ya know when you get the house pretty much all decked out for Christmas, but there's those few areas or single decorations that are just your favorites?  Those vignettes or groupings that you find yourself admiring a little longer as you pass by throughout the day?  That's how I feel about these next photos I'm sharing.  These are probably my fave scenes right now from around my home.

We've been drinking lots of hot chocolate lately, so I put together this basket with just about everything needed to prepare a warm, yummy mug of cocoa.   

These peppermint sticks are the best!
 "Bob's Sweet Stripes" soft  peppermint sticks.
I find them at my local Walmart for $0.88 for a box of about 15 or so.  

A necessity for hot cocoa - marshallows!
But how about snowman shaped,
french vanilla flavored  mallows???

I love these old vintage Christmas post cards I picked up at a flea market years ago.  I really wish I'd bought more.  Why don't people send beautiful post cards anymore?

Cute plates, right?
I grabbed up the last five my local Kohl's had.  
I'm sure you can see why I just had to have them ;o)

Some more of my most favorite things.  Vintage Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves, etc., mostly Ebay finds.  I remember ones like these hanging from the tree when I was a little girl.

I have them scattered among my salt glazed pottery and random ornaments on the shelf above our kitchen door.

A simple hand-crafted paper Noel banner adorning a mirror in the family room.  I love the glittery letters and the colors of the patterned paper.

Department 56 Holly Lane figurines.  I love these!  I don't think they're manufactured anymore.  I haven't seen them in stores in years, but I do keep my eyes open for them on Ebay.

 The corner of my living where the ole chippy door resides.

My NYC Anthropologie Store window paper trees from last year.
A collection of vintage Shiny Bright ornaments.

My favorite one.

 My Grandmother's punch bowl set.  It's sentimental value cannot be measured.

A simple wooden caddy filled with Hubby's grandmother's silver and some yard sale and thrift store finds.  

More vintage ornaments scored from Ebay.

A nicely tarnished German glass glittered "Believe" sign by Wendy Addison.

More vintage ornaments left in the box exactly they way the seller sent them to me.  They share a wooden tray on the living room ottoman with a dried bunch of roses presented to me on my birthday by a dear friend several years ago.

I have a bit more tweaking here and there, and have to add some Christmas Cheer to the finished basement.  It's really never done, is it? But at least I'm free from all the big decorating jobs.  Now I concentrate on staying busy in my little "workshop" finishing up handmade gifts ;o)

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Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Terrific vignettes and the photos look good to me. I have never played bunco, but have heard it is fun.

Sassy Marsha said...

What FUN FUN FUN you gals must have had!!! I'm going to get my hubby to make me one of those candy cane martinis!!

I just loved taking a peek at your Christmas vignettes throughout your home! Thank you so much for sharing!


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a great idea to put all the makings for a delicious hot chocolate out in a basket, Carla! If I had any room left on my counters, I'd steal that idea! : ) I love all your vignettes; I have some I'm happy with and some I feel "eh" about. Next year I think I'm going a little simpler though.

Hopemore Studio said...

Inspiring as always! I love all the vintage touches, I have been acquiring some over the years but don't come close to your collections.

BTW..YES Bob's soft stripes are the best and a staple in my house too!


Kathy said...

I love all your vignettes-I like the scattered arrangements of your treasures among your top shelves.-I bet each one has a story . i also like the punch bowl of your grandmothers that is exactly like my mother had and I never thought to decorate it and set it out with the punch cups circled around. And one more surprise you did was leave the ornaments in the vintage box -you have a very creative way to decorate -Love it

Paula said...

Oh it all looks so festive Carla! I'm thinking candy cane martini's are now on my list...sounds yummy!

Kerin said...

Everthing looks so charming and cozy. I love the hot chocolate station ! Terrific idea!!
Have a great week :)

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