Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas preview...

I've been working non-stop since Friday, but I am still not quite finished with my Christmas decorating.

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I know I think too much and always end up changing things around, but I feel it's worth the effort in the end:-)

There is lots of fresh greenery, red, tartan and burlap ribbons, and vintage touches. The glass ornaments I bought in Germany are back this year and remind me of browsing through the Christkindlmarkt there during the holiday season, which is just the most amazing thing.

There are lots of handmade things including paper snowflakes we made with the children several years ago and my "Putz" version of the house my dad grew up in.

Hemlock seedlings, Shiny Brites and old vinegar bottles...

...are at home alongside vintage milk glass, apples and pine cones.

And Christmas would not be complete without vintage bottle brush trees, a Santa and sleigh (missing the reindeer) from my childhood, and my grandmother's plastic Santa:-) 

I tried something different this year and made my first gingerbread house.

I didn't decorate it though, so my niece, Rebekah, who was here for Thanksgiving and makes amazing cakes, decorated it as well as some cookies. She is an amazing young woman with an incredible story that she blogs about over at Rebekah's Hope Ministries, so go by and read her very inspirational story.

Everyone got in on the action, so there was lots of giggling...

...and in the end we came out with these...


I'm really looking forward to getting it all done so we can enjoy the time here at home. Christmas is so busy for Luis and I as musicians, that we have to be very careful not to over schedule and to make family time a priority. And that is what I love most:-)

I'll be joining:


  1. All of your Christmas touches are so beautiful Anita. I love the tartan touch. Enjoy the season!

  2. Beautiful as always Anita! I love the old crate filled with greens and candles!

  3. Your Christmas decorations are so pretty. Nothing says Christmas like children decorating cookies and a gingerbread house!

  4. So pretty!
    Wishing you calm and not to busy Christmas! :)


  5. Anita, it all looks beautiful. I'm not surprised. :)

  6. Anita, I love all the natural elements for Christmas! And you make them look absolutely stunning!
    I know you'll be treasuring away all the special memories you're making.

  7. Christmas past with Christmas present. Heartfelt niece with Gods Love, Kathleen in Az

  8. Anita, I just feel the warmth of the season each time I visit! Your holiday decor has always been one of my faves! I just love the way you incorporate family heirlooms into your decor. It's beautiful!

  9. I have always loved your natural and beautiful decorating style, Anita, and I love it the most at Christmas. I've been on the lookout for a wooden trough like that for a centerpiece since the first time I saw a picture of it here. I have an old carpenter's box, but it's already in use someplace else in the house. I have been wanting to copycat your centerpiece and table for years. True story.

  10. Everything looks so pretty and I loved seeing your sweet kiddos! I hope you can join me for Christmas in the Country at my site now thru December 12th. There is a link up party and over 40 blogger home tours! Hope to see you there! xxx....Brooke from
    Creative Country Mom's Vintage Home and Garden

  11. Anita everything looks so amazing! Just beautiful!

  12. Beautiful, beautiful Anita..you can get even "Scrooge" in the Christmas spirit!!....I so love baking gingerbread men with my granddaughter..

  13. Making family time a priority is something too many of us forget about because we get so caught up in the other parts of the season. Family time is what the season is about in great part, and we would all do well to heed that. This looks like a terrific way to spend giggly time with family!

    Even though I'm sure you want to make changes all the time (I'm with you on that, sister!), your creations and vignettes always turn out top notch from soup to nuts, top to bottom. You have a way of turning the ordinary into the super extraordinary with your thoughtful creativity.