Friday, December 16, 2011

A Little Christmas In The Hall

We usually enter our house
from the garage.
As you head up the hall
you pass MyHero's office
which shall NEVER be shown
on my blog because I can barely
stand to look at it myself...
just sayin'..
hmmm...maybe I should use
THAT for a copycat
room makeover?

As you continue up the hall
there is a niche I had built in.
I love to change this little area
up with each Season.

This year it is home to
a little Christmas garden theme.
There is a small tree
with ornaments from
Marjolein Bastin's collection.
I love the sweet simplicity of them.
A little watering can full
of flowers, surrounded by
terra cotta pots.
The little clay
was sent to me by
Laurie over at Heaven's Walk
last year.
Here's another of her little clay tags.
There's a little sled on the tree,too.
Right in front of it stands
a wonderful Pfalzgraf Santa I have
had for many years.
I love him as much today as
the day I got him.
I love his sweet face~

To the right of it is a
big, old snowman.
He was a rescue when someone
moved and left him behind.
He doesn't care.
He loves it here.
Did you notice that
I gave him a little redbird
to keep him company
when the lights go out
and we are sleeping?

And, speaking of sleeping,
the master bedroom is just
across the hall.
We have a little sitting room
off the bedroom.
In the original house this
was part of the old family room.
We kept the fireplace in
this room.  It is made of
chunk marble which is not
readily available anymore.
I don't do much in there for
Christmas but I do deck the
mantle a bit.
And this is where I hang my
big kids' stockings.
They are made from the good parts
that were left from one of my
Gramma's quilts. 
I made them in 1979 the year
MamasBoy was born.
A shot taken at night....
on my bed waiting to be unpacked
is this..
I am home for now~
leaving Mimi and BigBoyE
and Charles-In-Charge
at their own home.
We have been together for
just over a month
and Mimi feels recovered
enough to try it on her own.

Hmmmm...wait until she finds out
 was the
Secret Word
for BigBoyE's
continued cooperation!
Okay....I'm lonesome...
have I been gone?
5 hours?
That's it?
Gonna be a long few days
until Christmas!
your photo name


Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Well then you better get busy making more cookies!

Connie in Hartwood said...

Lovely!! I think the best thing about Christmas decorations are the stories that come with each object. Yours are very special!

Gina said...

How cute all your decorations are! Your mantel looks so pretty.

I bet they will all miss Nana as much as she is going to miss them, if not moreso.

Anonymous said...

Diana, I know what you mean...only home a short time and miss the kids.That's how I felt when I helped my Lizzy and her family. I have been loving seeing all your decorations. xoxo,Susie

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Love your little tree, santa and snowman. How cute. The mantel looks wonderful. I know how hard it is when the loved ones are away. Take care. Hugs, Marty

Anonymous said...

such a good mum you are. What treasures you have, I love that they are collected from years past,

Anonymous said...

Love the little seasonal Christmas nook!! I adore snowmen!!
Happy Holidays !!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Good morning Diana! Looks so pretty and festive in your home. It must feel good to be back home even though I know you loved being with your daughter and her family. I fall into the category of... there's no place like home :)

Have a good day, sweet friend!

Mark said...

Keep yourself busy. And start counting down the clock until you can see them again.
Your Friend, m.

Jane, Naples, Florida said...

What a wonderful post! They just keep getting
better and better! You certainly cheered up my
morning! I love the snowman who was rescued!

Flora Doora

sherry said...

what a sweet display of Christmas cheer.
beautiful .. love the soft toned Santa.
bless you dearly...

Patty said...

I know the feeling. I begin missing my girls the moment they pull out of my driveway and I'm always happy to see them again when they return!

Marti said...

Cookies are the universal secret word. I love the story that you told with your decorations. Very pretty.

Tete said...

Hope you are finding things to do! I am so glad that you got to help Mimi so much and had so much Nana time in! I can't believe its been that long already! I am sure Starbucks and the girls have missed you so!
Love all the photos of your decor- absolutely lovely and I really like your Santa with the bird bath. I do hope you do take a little time to prop your feet up and eat some fudge.

Gypsy Heart said...

Beautiful! I love the stories behind the decorations. So glad you had that special time with the it will be just a few days until Christmas and the time is flying! Hope you have a wonderful weekend and get some rest my friend.


Pam Kessler said...

I love the idea of the stockings out of a quilt. You must have been quite the seamstress in your time. Rest up, Christmas is just around the corner.

Unknown said...

Lovely post Diana ! I love the snowman with his friend the birdie. I miss my granddaughter (3yrs old) so much . I hope too be with her in the summer to go to Disneyland with her and her parents.
- KAT -

Donna said...

Sounds like you are having withdrawl symptoms already! Hope Mama has a big stash of cookies handy to keep Bigboy E content!!!:) Your snowman is do adorable, hard to believe someone would toss him out!

Heaven's Walk said...

Whew! You've been one busy girl, haven't you, D? But a certain blessing to your family, and the Cookie Queen to BabyE. lol! Thank you so much for the sweet shout-out in your post. The tags look so nice on your tree next to your adorable snowman and Santa. :) Hugs to you, sweetie!! Now....go put your feet up and have a nice cup of cocoa - and a cookie....

xoxo laurie

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I have decorations that I love just like I did 30 years ago!! Merry Christmas!!

Seawashed said...

Welcome home...I am sure you miss your grandbabies terribly. I love your sweet santa too...and those stockings...Oh my goodness they are precious with so much meaning. I love those kind of things the most. Laurie is the sweetest!!!! she suprised me and sent me a copy of Gift From The Sea because, can you believe, I didn't have one! She remembered and sent me one for Christmas. You are so lucky to have babies surrounding you for the holidays. I look forward to those days again. No one in our family near enough has babies. My neices just started having babies but they live in Nevada. Lucky lucky you!

Connie said...

Diana - You take such lovely pictures !! One is especially like is the little sled on the Christmas tree. Just enough light from the bulb-it's perfect.
You are out Lake Michigan way ? I grew up on Lake Ontario. I always wondered what Superior looked like ?

Merry Christmas to you and your family.