Met.Monday,Vintage Monday,Deck the Halls, Gifts from Blogger friends and a Merry Christmas to all!

As we scurry around like little Christmas mice, I couldn't resist sharing a few more pics and a Christmas Greetings to all of you!   I am also joining Susan @  BetweennapsonthePorch for Met. Monday, Joan @ Anything Goes Here for Vintage Monday and on Tuesday another Susan,  for Deck the Halls.  Please visit these ladies when you have time.  Hey, I know we're all busy but blogging is such a great stress reliever isn't it?  But first, I wanted to share with you some awesome gifts from some awesome ladies!  Dan and I were last minute Christmas shopping yesterday, and when we came home there was a little package hanging on our mailbox.    Inside, was a lovely card and note and this oh so cute tassel made by our one and only Gloria!  Gloria, whose blog is Happy to Be is well known in blog land but if you have missed her blog just follow my link above.  She is one of the most thoughtful,kind and giving ladies ever!  She also has the best sense of humor and will have you in stitches!

  Gloria made this tassel just for little ole me!  Isn't it just the cutest thing with the apple on top!  I love it Gloria and it looks so nice on our Armoire!

Isn't it beautiful?   She is also one talented lady!!

Last week-end I had the pleasure to meet Jane aka (Blondie's Journal) .  Of course we came bearing gifts!  Jane brought me some of the cutest Snowman Christmas ornaments!  I hung them on the tree the other day and they look like .....


And this....

Wait there's more....

This cute little sled nestled amongst a lot of red!    Thank-you Jane, I sure am loving them!  Aren't bloggers the most generous people!!!

My Met. Monday is this little wreath that I recently made for my front door, only it's the inside wreath.  I am new to making bows, so please be kind.  The straw wreath was purchased at a craft store for $2, the sled was $2 and the candy cane picks were a dollar a piece!  The ribbon and bells were ones I had on hand!  Total cost to me:  $6.00!  Something like this is so simple, just use floral wire and ribbon and presto, a new wreath! 

I also changed out my cheese dome I mean cloche, to a coffee table display.   I added faux snow, some glittery ornaments, ribbon and an inexpensive Christmas ornament from Wally World!

Another view, I don't think I will ever get the hang of taking cloche pics well. 

By the kitchen window I added a Santa and Reindeer, garage sale finds,some faux snow, ornies and bottle brush trees.  But the best part may be my view out!   See Lily, my snow kitty,  she thinks she's a snow bunny and she is hilarious looking as she bounds through the snow! 

She is one curious kitty!  But never fear, she has a Cat Door in the garage so that she can come in and out as she pleases.  She is a very Country Wise Kitty and as quick as can be!

My little Rooster Bench is fluffed up for Christmas! 

This darling gingerbread family that I won past summer from Traci @  Beneath my Heart!  Isn't it cute? 

My favorite Skating Ornament!

A Christmas pillow that I bought several years ago at TJ Maxx.  I love the vintage look!

In the living room, I have my Santa that moves!  He was purchased about 15 years ago, and he still works great and I love his Old Fashioned Appeal!

He sit's on top of my Vintage Sewing Machine Table!  

Right next to our Christmas Tree.

A little table filled with GW finds!

A few of my favortie ornies!  This one was a gift from my daughter the skater!

A pink Victorian looking skate!

And this little one was made by a relative many moons ago~  It's only about an inch in diameter and the little tree is needlepoint!   It must be about 30 years old so nearly vintage! 

I have about 30 guests coming on Christmas Day.  It's my turn to hostess Hubbies side of the family so if I don't post  before then, you'll know why!   I will be scurring about like a Christmas mouse cooking, cleaning and wrapping presents!
Here's to a wonderful Christmas to all of you, may it be shiny and bright!       Remember the reason for the season!      Cindy


  1. Love visiting your home and enjoying all your Christmas decorations. The Santa pic just glows with cheer. Merry Christmas!

  2. What beautiful photos of your Christmas decorating. Everything looks so festive. I'm sure everyone will love coming to your house. Have a Wonderful Christmas.

  3. Good Morning Sweetie...
    I so love this post. So festive and beautiful. I love the decorations. You door wreath is just so festive and welcoming. I love the little tassel from Gloria. What a wonderful gift. I love the apple and it fits you to a "T". She is a wonderful person.

    Love the snow pictures and the photo of Lily looking into the window. Isn't she just the sweetest little thing.

    Your tree and ornaments from Jane are so beautiful. She is a sweetie too. So tickled you got to meet another blogger family. You are just hopping around sweetie. Love it.

    Have a beautiful day today. So glad you took the time to post. I love to come and visit. Please pop over for a cookie today. It will be good I promise. Country hugs and much love...Sherry

  4. Beautiful and festive, Cindy!

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Hello Miss Cindy!
    I love your snow! And your KITTY! Very fun! And your home looks just festive and warm and happy. Every single little corner of it.
    I am having Christmas Day at our home too, so I know how busy you'll be. We had my sister and all of her family - last night - too fun. All cleaned up and put back, and now ready for Friday. YAY!
    Have a Merry Christmas Dear Friend. Hugs.

  6. Merry Christmas Cindy. Your tassel is so lovely! Perfect for you! And all your darling ornies and decorations. Enjoyed the tour. Have a wonderful Christmas, you and your family!

  7. Hi Cindy! Your home is so festive...warm and welcoming! I LOVE the wreath that you made! I think your bow looks great! Isn't that Gloria a sweetie? The tassel is perfect for you!! I love the ornaments from Jane...such cute snowmen! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family, my friend!!!...hugs...Debbie

  8. Every thing looks so pretty and festive! I have to say - my favorite decoration is Lily. :) What an pretty kitty!
    Hope you are enjoying your holdays!

  9. Great job on your $6 wreath! I love it. All your decorations are so pretty! Merry Christmas!

  10. I love your decorations and kitty too. I see that you have a yard full of snow like us too.


  11. Cindy, You have added so much to your home with your holiday decorations and ornaments. It all looks wonderful. Especially liked the skate ornie and that gorgeous animated Santa. Plus,I loved seeing all that snow and Lily from your window! We got a dusting but nothing more. How sweet that Gloria sent you an apple tassel. I hope you are enjoying the season!
    hugs, Sue

  12. Good evening Cindy. Your home is beautiful and your Christmas tree is just lovely! What pretty gifts you were sent ♥ I just popped over to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I hope you have a wonderful time with your family.

  13. Hi Cindy,
    Very festive post! Love all your pictures! The skates are particularly sweet! I have a thing for gingerbread men too. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Christmas blessings,

  14. So many wonderful pictures! I love your tree, and that picture of the kitty peeking in the window! And that bench is so sweet too. Your home looks so cozy and homey,just like a storybook Christmas!
    Happy VCM and Merry Christmas!

  15. Oh Cindy you out did yourself with all your Christmas Decorating...Girl I loved seeing Lily looking in the window like she was just dying out there ha ha!! Your Tree is Beautiful girl and all the wonderful things you have on it...love the skates hanging on the wall rack and girl I would have grabbed that pillow also as it does look Vintage...and your week ahead sounds like mine as been...But I'm going to Candaces house for Christmas eve and Christmas we always do the cooking each year at her house now...we only have 17 coming for the eve...
    But I finally get to see my Great grandson Jeremiah YAHOO!! oh girl I can't hardly wait to get ahold of him and give him a zillion hugs and kisses I just love me some babies...sighs...
    Cindy I'm so glad honey you like your tassel...just knew it said Cindy...I have so enjoyed this past year getting to know you sis...
    I also have so enjoyed seeing everyone beautiful homes in blogland this year...Now I never put out one thing this year for Christmas...My ole bones were hurting too bad this year to even do it...ha ha!! Many Blessings to you my Dear friend...Merry CHRISTmas to you and your family....Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria


  17. Hi Cindy, ooooo, I love your pictures. How delightful and full of Christmas cheer. Your gifts are lovely and so are the gals who gave them to you!

    Merry Christmas, Cindy, and many blessings to you.

    Barb ♥

  18. sooo pretty! I love your view from the kitchen window. It would be hard for me to get up!

  19. What beautiful decorations you have, love the pretty window with all the christmas decorations and sweet kitty. Have a Very Merry Christmas!!

  20. Such beautiful holiday decor! I really love the red ribbon on the tree, so pretty!

  21. Everything looks so beautiful and I just love seeing all that snow! Your new snowmen decorations are gorgeous too.

    Cindy, I hope that you and your family have a truly Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2010.

    Christmas cheers, Natasha.

  22. Cindy, everything looks so pretty. Your tassel from Gloria is perfect, and what cute snowmen ornaments from Blondie. Your Christmas tree is a sight to behold! I think your wreath turned out great, and the bow looks beautiful! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. I'll have 30 for Christmas Eve dinner, but only 15 Christmas day. laurie

  23. Cindy, all your Christmas decorations are so pretty, Gloria did a great job on that apple tassel, just the perfect one for you! Love all the snowman ornaments Janie gave you and the wreath you made. You are very talented. I think your hubby's talents are rubbing off on you....Christine

  24. Merry Christmas Cindy !
    I love the tassel Gloria made - boy , does she know you ! Your home is so pretty with all the decorations...Love your big kitchen window and
    your snow bunny is a sweetie !

  25. Hey girl, you've really outdone yourself! Everything looks so warm and inviting. You received many lovely gifts to cherish this year and many years to come. You have a wonderful time with your family and we will all catch up after the holidays!

    As we all are trying to take the time to just breathe I wish you the Merriest of Christmases~~God Bless!!!

  26. I just adore your Christmas inspired metamorphosis.

    Be merry and bright!

    Wish I could have been with you when you met Jane. What fun!

  27. Gorgeous pics! And what great friends!!

  28. Christmas in blogland, what could be better? I was at Mona's and heard you had a tassle too so I had to come see it. I love the apple on it. Your snowkitty is too funny. I haven't ice skated in a long time but your skating ornaments are so romantic. At least I think ice skating is romantic, does any one else? Everything just looks so welcoming and warm.
    Have a great Christmas Cindy,

  29. Merry Christmas, Cindy. I know you will be the hostess with the mostess.
    Cute tassel..you house looks so festive..
    Have a wonderful holiday..save me an apple! :)

  30. Cindy! I love all of your pretty things and the gifts from Gloria and Janie! Such fun to get to see them and all of your other pretties.

    Look at Lily! Isn't she cute!

    Have fun scurrying. I've been trying to play catch up, and I'm "almost" there. LOL!


    Sheila :-)

  31. Christmas Greetings, sweet Girl...

    Hi Darlin'...just stopping in to say hello! Girl, you have been a busy little bee! I have sooo enjoyed seeing your beautiful home all decked out for Christmas! It's just gorgeous!!! Your tree is so pretty and I just adore all those sweet ornaments from Jane!!! Love, love, LOVE your new wreath too!!! Girl, you did great on that beautiful bow!!! Sheeshh...you're ahead of me...using the different ribbons! Very pretty!!! Okay...I just have to tell you...it's sooo funny! Just last night Russell mentioned something about the old time ice skates...I didn't have a clue what he was talking about...I hadn't ever seen any! I just thought all ice skates that the boot! Lo and behold...there you have a pair hanging from your pretty shelf! Sooo...now I can tell him that I know what they look like! Hehe! Cindy, I just love that bench in your kitchen and the pretty cushions that you made for it...it's beautiful!!! Your Christmas pillow looks gorgeous mixed in with the other fabrics!!! Everything is just beautiful, Darlin'! Ohhh yes...and I love your old fashioned Santa too!!! He's too cute with his "man purse"...as Russell would call it! Hehe! I know...I know...it's really Santa's bag!!! Couldn't resist!!!

    Isn't Gloria just the sweetest? I just adore your beautiful apple tassel that she made for you!!! I love the red and white with the black!!! Sooo pretty and sooo perfect for your kitchen!!! She made the prettiest tassel for me with an old fashioned lady's lace up boot...I just love it!!! It has all the pretty brown's and black fringe and ribbon...it went in my frenchy studio/office and looks so pretty there!

    Well sweet friend, I just had to come by today to say hello and let you know that I was thinking about you!!! You know...I always start contemplating all of my many blessings at Christmas and my dear, sweet friend...you are one of my sweetest blessings this year!!! I have so enjoyed our friendship!!! You are just a sweetheart and I can't tell you how many times that you've just made my day!!! I just didn't want to leave it unsaid, my friend...you and your friendship means so much to me!!!

    Love you, Cindy!!!

    Have a very Merry Christmas, Darlin'!!! I'll be thinking about you! I think we're about to get very busy...sounds like Russ' kids may be here with us throughout their school break! I'm not sure how much I'm going to be on the computer but will sneak in a few moments now and again to see how you are and what you're up to!


  32. Cindy, thank you for the tour of your festive home. All your gifts are a delight. Such cute litle snowmen! I also read about your get away weekend. Sounds like you girls had a terrific time together. How nice that your husbands joined you as well. Happy Holidays to you! ~ Sarah

  33. HI Cindy!!!!
    I love the view from your window!!!!So white and beautiful!!!!!! Your home is all ready for Christmas Day!!!!! SO happy I met you this year!!!! Your blog is always a fun place to go!!! I have learned so much about everyone and where they live!!! It makes my life fuller knowing all of you!!!!I wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas your family as well-- A Blessed New Year also!!!!

  34. Love the sweet apple tassel. Such a nice gift.

    Thank you so much for participating in Vintage Christmas Mondays this season!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    xo Joan, your hostess

  35. How fun to see all your fun decorations! My parents had a Santa like yours many years ago. I don't know what happened to it though.
    Thanks for letting me visit. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  36. Back by to wish you and your family the very best Christmas ever! May your heart be filled with all that is best of this day, today and always...

    Merry Christmas!


    Sheila :-)

  37. How fun it's been friend catching up with you this morning. These ornaments and touches throughout your home are so precious. Years ago, 8 to be exact...I finished working with a company that I'd been with for over 15 years...Christmas Around the World. You may have heard of it in Wisconsin, as one of my best friends held a pretty high position in sales with her group, as I was blessed enough to also had done. The company filed bankruptcy in 2002, January after being a thriving presence every holiday for over 35 years. Many of my own memorable holiday ornaments and stocking hale from them....and my visit to your blog today reminded me of why I loved working for that company so much. Christmas is just such a warm, cozy, and loving time of year...and it's inspirational, whimsical, and is all about relationships! Hugs Cindy and thanks for sharing the adorable wreath you made too! And, ya know what, I only have unconventional cloches too! :) I think they make the BEST ones! :) ~CC Catherine


I would love to hear from you. Come back and visit anytime. Warmest Wishes, Cindy