Monthly Archives: December 2011

Christmas Stairway


This is my last Christmas post for the 2011 year.  Yesterday, I overheard this conversation in my house between two 21 year old man-child’s.

“Ben, do you change the pictures in your house seasonally?”



Be still my heart.  The stairway features my favorite vintage Christmas church postcards.  It is one of those subtle reminders of what this holiday is truly about.

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Self Striping Yarn

I just love this yarn.  It makes me look like a really good knitter.  On the needles now:  a sweater for myself and scarves for the girls.  Schoeller Stahl Fortissima Colori.

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Folk Christmas


I actually ordered this magazine online for myself this Christmas.  For those of us who live life with more of a primitive style, it is pure eye candy.

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A Collector’s Kitchen Part 1

Napco Christmas Girls


Kitchen Refrigerator Area Before Construction


Kitchen Refrigerator Area During Construction


Applewood Cabinets for Refrigerators


Kitchen Refrigerator Area After Construction


Kitchen After Construction


Napco Christmas Girls

I believe in the hand that guides us.  When I stepped into Gene Sire’s kitchen showroom, I knew immediately I had found THE person to design and make my kitchen cabinets for our remodeling project.  Sitting in a Mission oak display cabinet was a to die for collection of Rookwood, Heintz and Roycroft Art Pottery.  We were kindred spirits:  collectors, not cooks.  Displaying collections in the kitchen was my first priority.  Cooking was definitely a second, if not third, which Gene understood completely.  We now have a fabulous kitchen thanks to Gene and Dan at Applewood Cabinet Company.   Parts 2,3 and 4 of the project are still to come, so check back soon!  Linking to No Minimalist Here.

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Christmas Postcard Placemats 2

In case I haven’t mentioned that I have a HUGE vintage postcard collection that I craft with, I do.  Here is my final set of Christmas placemats made from vintage postcards.  If you don’t happen to have a laminator around the house, the UPS store can enlarge and copy the postcard.  They also laminate too!

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Family Christmas

I think these napkins were so appropriate for today.

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Auction Wine Glasses

If you have read the About Me page, you now know this Blog is a spin off from events 35 years ago.  Before I pack up the Christmas table, I wanted to share the Cambridge water and wine glasses from that farm auction long ago.    Several other vintage items usually grace our Christmas table.  Each person has a set of Christmas tree salt and pepper shakers, a crystal knife rest and a vintage Christmas postcard as a placecard.  Angel candle holders, a vintage Christmas tablecloth and lastly shiny brite Christmas ornaments dress our table.   It was a lovely Christmas and my family is the heart of this home.

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Merry Christmas

This step stool made with vintage license plates is used to climb into our pantry.  Renew, reuse, repurpose.  Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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Christ in Christmas



To my sister, I will be thinking of you this Christmas Eve at Midnight Mass remembering our favorite song “Oh Holy Night”.

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From Postcard to Christmas Placemat

Crafting again with vintage Christmas postcards.  The laminator is ready and waiting.

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Noel Candleholders

I sometimes find myself dwelling in the 1950’s.  This is about the time these adorable Noel candle holders were made.  I wanted to share a few of my favorites from my collection.   As my children return home from college, they know Christmas is just around the corner when the “Noels” are finally out to welcome them home.

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Master Bedroom Makeover Part 1

I am taking a Christmas shopping time out and decided to post ONE of the kajillion makeover projects that we have tackled since purchasing this 1928 house over 15 years ago.  I get motivation from my friend Erin at Just Grand.  She has this whole remodel/makeover syndrome down pat.  If you have heard the story “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”, that about sums up what happened in our master bedroom.  We started out with a bath remodeling project and ended up with an entire master bedroom suite makeover.  My husband is still trying to figure out what happened here.  So, for now, here’s just the bed part of the story.  The picture of the bed before.  Yes, I know, Country.  I hoard all of those 1980’s Country Living magazines.  I adored the bed I saw at Ethan Allen.  See the picture here.  But after taking out a window, pulling up the carpet, sanding floors and more, the bed was out of budget.   Krylon spray paint came to the rescue.  Final pictures are the bed after with the Christmas Cross Stitch Santa thrown in for the season.  Now, back to shopping and I’ll be back with the bath in the New Year.

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