Monday, December 5, 2011

Holiday Dining with Plaid and Toile

With all the Holiday parties this week, I thought I'd do a separate post with just my Dining Room decor. Sorry if you've seen these photos before, but hope you enjoy the full view...

The last few years I've done white and neutrals in the Dining Room. This year my French Country roots started to show because I wanted my red toile back, and then some of that love of "traditional" came along too. So what did I do?...combined the two. Traditional red and green Christmas colors with a little twist.

I added the little Christmas Cloche this week with the
 tiny vintage reindeer and bottle brush trees.

My bottle brush wreath and lamb collection on the sideboard.

Hope you enjoyed the Dining Room tour (again)
I'm joining in with:

lots of fun planned this week!


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Holiday Copy Cat Challenge

Last year I put this together for a Christmas Cloche,
so this year I wanted to do it again, but I added silver glitter 
to my vintage bleached bottle brush trees.

That little prancing white reindeer
just stole my heart.

...and a teensy silver Shiny Brite.

on my mother's milk glass cake stand.

I'm joining in for Debbie's Copy Cat Challenge;
the kick off for the Christmas Block parties with At the Picket Fence.

Also linking up with:


A Holiday Miracle

This has to be one of the sweetest things I've ever seen.
 You know I love lambs...and a good cashmere scarf!

Just click on the adorable lambs.

Happy Sunday,

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Bad News, Good News

I know when I see post titles like this that I automatically think the worst..."oh no...what's happened?" Nothing earth shaking here, just a little blip on my radar screen. My camera that is attached to my hands is having to go back to the manufacturer for a tweak on a part.
After I had a slight melt down and panic attack I had to get real and deal with the situation. So here we have it...

The Bad camera will be gone for a week or so.
The Good's still under warranty.
The Bad's Christmas and I have so many photos I want to take.
The Good news...the camera isn't completely "broken" so I can still take a few shots for the next few days to "tide me over" until I have to get it in the mail.
The Bad news... I've realized I have a slight addiction to my camera, and "separation anxiety" is a horrible thing.
The Good news...I have all of you out there to gather inspiration and share.
The Bad hands are feeling weird like I'm getting ready to lose a few fingers or something...
The Good news...Pinterest
The Bad News...I'm not finished decorating...and taking pictures!
The Good News...It's Christmas!!!

OK, enough of the pity party...My photos may be minimum as I try to "streeeeeeeeetch" them out. I think I'm going to be doing a few inspiration hunting missions from you all out there in blogland. I've seen some great ideas and this is the perfect time to share them! So keep this in mind please and don't think I'm totally void of my own decorating and inspiration this year.

I'm hoping this won't be as traumatic as I'm thinking it could be. 

Here are a few more photos from the Dining Room,
to continue from Vintage Inspiration Friday...

Don't forget about all the fun coming up this week with the 
 Christmas Block Party

Vintage Inspiration Friday is still going strong,
just scroll down to join in.

Hope you're having a great Saturday.
I'm going to now go take pictures of every thing I can find!!

Addictions are a pain...


Friday, December 2, 2011

Vintage Inspiration Friday # 66 Toile, Plaid and the Winners!

One concept has been going on in my head as I've started decorating
for Chistmas this year, and that is that I want to
do something different.
It's easy to get stuck in a rut each year, 
so I've been changing things up a bit.

This is a peek at what I'm doing in the Dining Room.
You all know how I love plaid,
but usually I've corralled it in the Sunroom.
This year I ran with it for the Dining Room too.

But I love me some red toile,
so that's also part of the fun this year.

and of course, add a little of this on the tree...

mix it all together, and you get some of this...

more coming on the Dining Room soon...

So now for some inspiration from last week:

has a great idea for gifting this Christmas.
(More on paperwhites from me, next week!)

Julie from Saltbox Treasures takes us along on a tour
of her flea space full of Vintage Christmas Goodies!

Sarah from Upscale Down Home had me with the plaid ribbon
on her wonderful mini wreaths!

shares all her bottle brush trees, some natural
and some dyed. you'll love them!

Kathy at A Delightsome Life shared an alternate method to make
mercury glass candleholders, really pretty!

And check out this great scrap garland from the Old Block House

Are you ready to know the winners of the 
All Things French Give Away?

Thankyou, each and everyone of you who entered the Give Away!
I'm humbled by your friendship, love, and support.

Robin from High Point Circle is the winner of the 
wonderful pillow from Jolie Marche, the frenchy necklace, 
and goodies from L'Occitane.

The majority of you grabbed my button and shared on your blogs.
Thank YOU so much!!!

so Jann from A Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
wins the wonderful French Market bag
 from Carol at the Polka Dot Closet

WOW, remember that we're having a month long celebration
of Vintage Christmas and all your decor here at VIF,
so I hope you'll grab the button on the sidebar and join in for the fun!


Heads up for the Week Long Christmas Block Party 
coming from the gals At The Picket Fence,
starting Sunday with Debbie's Copy Cat Challenge

One more thing...
Tracie from Fishtail Cottage has been having 
a mega celebration with some amazing give aways.
If you haven't entered, hop on over.
tons of fun going on over there!!

Hope you're not worn out yet,
let's share the fun and vintage inspiration!!!
(please add your link within the post)

Joining in with these wonderful party gals:

love you all bunches!

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