Friday, December 4, 2009


Today is the much anticipated CLOCHE PARTY presented by the hostess with the mostess, Marty of A Stroll Thru Life. I'm a tad late getting my post linked up and mid-way thru it realized how much PINK I was sharing today, so I'm going to let this post do double duty as my PINK SATURDAY post, too!

Enjoy all the pics (most are clickable to enlarge) and please stop back by again Tuesday, as I'll be participating again in Susan's Deck The Halls Tuesday! with more of my holiday decor!

I just love my little Lefton reindeer with all their sparkly rhinestones

 Precious Moments Christmas Angel bell from my sweet Mother

Found this teensy glittered church at Wal-Mart!

Some of my favorite snow bunnies!

1980's Hallmark Cloth Santa that hubby and I have decorated with each year. I recently bought another to gift our granddaughter with. That way, we'll BOTH have one! The little porcelain Santa under the cloche is very old and chippy, but I love him.

Vintage silver tray with wreath of greenery and pinecones and a glittery Santa riding a polar bear. This arrangement is on our kitchen table.

Tall cloche with a pink sugared reindeer. The vintage look silver ornament with millinery flowers was a gift from sweet Jen of Jennifer's Petal Palace.

Pretty glass teardrop hinged ornament with a sweet teensy bottle brush tree and cottage inside.
Click the pic for more detail.

Porcelain Limoges Hinged Box Christmas Boot along side a teensy gingerbread man

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This PINK SATURDAY our sweet hostess Beverly of How Sweet the Sound has asked us to share one of our favorite Christmas memories.

This is a picture of me in 3rd grade standing beside the cardboard fireplace that I thought was so wonderful. Notice the adorable felt stocking that my mother made for me. I look so sweet and happy in this picture but all that was about to change.....

At this time I was still a mighty strong "Believer" so my mother and my aunt took me outside on the front porch to listen for Santa's sleigh bells on Christmas Eve. Well, of course they both heard them before I did and I believed them. So I made a mad dash for the front door to run inside and crawl into bed before Santa could catch me still awake.  You know, he sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake....

Little did my mother and aunt know that I would almost have a heart attack and freak out all over the place when I found that the door was LOCKED, and there I stood out front with the stinking reindeer, the jingling sleigh bells, and Santa right above MY rooftop, just waiting to catch me still awake!

Much later they explained to me that this had all been a ruse to get me out of the house so that dear Daddy could sneak in with the jolly fellow's gifts.  Needless to say this was the last Christmas that I waited for Santa to arrive!

Moral of this story:  Do NOT say or do ANYTHING that will cause your child to panic as far as Santa Claus is concerned! LOL

Big Christmas Hugs,


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh wow, where do I begin. YOur pretty pink reindeer with the lovely angel, your tiny church, Santa riding a bear, the beautiful boot and the absolutely gorgeous ornament that has the tiny tree inside are all just stunning. I love all of our cloches and each vignette is beautiful. Thanks you so much for joining the party, what a delight to see. Hugs, Marty

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Stephanie. I love all of your pretty Christmas treasures. You have them displayed beautifully.

Your Christmas memory made me smile. We certainly don't want our children to have a heart attack when it comes to getting ready for Santa's visit. You sure were a cutie. ;-)

Connie said...

LOL LOL! Hey, sistah, you are killing 2 birds with one stone here for the Cloche Party and PS! I didn't know about the party. Wish I had. I'd love to have joined in...
Smooches for our mum,

maría cecilia said...

Hi, very beautiful cloche decor and pinks!!!!
Muchos cariños
Maria Cecilia

Vicki said...

Hi, Stephanie,
You were certainly a cutie pie and I would have loved that red cardboard fireplace, too. I loved your Santa story. Poor thing trying to get inside so Santa would not see you! All of your cloche were so pretty!! Loved them all! Happy Pink Saturday to you and have a lovely weekend, sweet friend. Vicki p.s. It is COLD here in Central Texas. How about where you live? Did you all get snow?

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Pink Saturday sweetie...
I so love this story and I can just see you trying to get that darn door open and just knowing that Santa is going to catch you and you will get nothing. How sad sweetie, but it is precious.

You have to come over and ready my Pink Saturday memory and see my cloche that I posted today. Yours and all of your decorations are just beautiful.

I have to tell you I have one of those 1980 Hallmark Santa's also. Mine got so worn that the little front of him has started to split. I will have to look at him again, when I get the box down, but I believe it is his head that is splitting. It just tickles me that you have one too.

Stop by and read. I really want you to read my story, I think it will bring back a memory for you.
Hugs and much love sweetie, Sherry

vickie said...

Oh Steph, a beautiful post and fun memories! I love the ornament with the little church inside. Everything is so pretty.

bj said...

Oh my goodness...what a sweet and funny Santa story. The photo of you is so cute...and i do remember those cardboard fireplaces...I had forgotten all about them.
A wonderful Christmas memory and Pink Sat. post!.
Your cloches are just beautiful!

Anonymous said...

what a wonderful collection of goodies you have - I enjoyed looking at them all. Oh dear what a fright for you as a child but I'm glad you can laugh about it now!! love the fireplace too :)

Marina Capano said...

sweet memories, fantastic pics
Thanks for sharing this beautiful story with us.

happy pink saturday!

SmilingSally said...

Stephanie, what a sweet memory you have of that special Christmas time, waiting for Santa.

I love all of your cloches and displays--you have so many, and they're all beautifully arranged.

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Stephanie,
Oh, I love all your pinks and cloches! The little white glittered church is adorable and I love the pink sugared reindeer too. The tear drop ornament also caught my eye. Lots to look at. Thanks for sharing all your pretty goodies and for your wonderful story too. Happy Pink Saturday.


♥Mimi♥ said...

On this first Saturday of December ♥Jappy Pink Saturday♥. I was away for a while and sure missed running around the blogs arnd seeing all of the goodies everyone was sharing.

Thanks for the memory...

It was a blessing for you to make my morning so much fun. Hoping that you and those you care about spend a wonderful weekend making memories that will last a lifetime☺

Lemondrop Marie said...

What a lovely post, your pink reindeer are amazing. The third grade picture is so cute, love that dress and the stocking mom made.
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
Charmed giveaway!


Love all the cloches. gorgeous! Those pink reindeer are so pretty, love them. Cute Christmas memory. No child should have anxiety on Christmas eve about Santa. ha! Pink Blessings!

Debbie @ said...

HI Stephanie~ What a great story...I can just imagine what you are traumatic. And you turned out wonderful even after this horrible event! Hahaha. I love your pic of you by the fireplace. It is wonderful. I have to say that first picture made my mouth drop open! I just love it. Love those tall jars and all the gorgeous! You win!The prettiest picture award! Big smile.


Marsha's Mpressions said...

WOW! All your pink is beautiful. Since you usually don't see pink at Christmas, it is so refreshing. Especially love the sweet little white church under glass with pink in the background.

Mary said...

Oh, my! I hope Santa was especially good to you that year. Have a great Pink Saturday.

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: Love your decorations, especially your tree. The pink bling is adorable. Have a great Pink Saturday. Blessings, Martha

black eyed susans kitchen said...

This was a wonderful post! I love the pink cloches. That picture of you in front of the faux fireplace is precious and brought back a flood of memories. One year, my son wanted to be humpty dumpty for Halloween, and I needed a "brick wall" for him to use as a prop. I found one on ebay that was from the 1960's, and when I showed it to him, he couldn't believe that such a thing existed! So funny what we thought was fab, our kids think we are nuts.
Have a great pink Saturday.

Liz said...

That is a sweet and funny story! I love Christmas! I hope yours is very Merry!


PS Love the cloche collections!

rosechicfriends said...

Awe..what a sweet cute that pix of you is too! Absolutely LOVE your cloches...wish I could find more..but they sure get snatched up quick!


Tami said...

Hi how true! Your pictures were simply beautiful today.Thank you for sharing all your goodies!!
xo Tami

Mollye said...

Oh what a cute story, and that fireplace boy what a blast from the past as we had one of those when our kids were tiny in the early 60's. Thanks for sharing, Mollye

sissie said...

Everything is so wonderful and the pink in the cloches looks dazzling.
I love your picture with the cardboard fireplace. We had one just like it and I too thought it was the coolest thing ever. It even had a little fan that flickered when plugged in to look like fire burning. I'll never forget it!
That was quite a trick your Mom played on you to get the gifts inside. No one, I repeat no one, should get between a girl and her Santa Claus. LOL!

Fairy Footprints said...

Stephanie I love all the pinks and the cloches what great ideas, and designs you have done.

You are simply adorable in your dress I love the picture of you.

Have a wonderful weekend.



Fandango Moon said...

What wonderful pictures and memories. Thanks so much for sharing. Love your story.
Blessings on this pink day.

Lara Harris said...

Love the little church :)

Blue Creek Home said...

Your story is so funny, but for yo, at the time, it was serious business!!
All of your cloches are beautiful.
Lovin' the one on the table with the polar bear and the tiny village in the hinged ornament makes me happy!


The Urban Chic said...

Stephanie, love your story about Santa and all your pretty pink things. I just started a collection last year, but pink is hard to find here. I so love how you did all the cloches. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Pat

Claudia said...

Love your story, Stephanie! What a panic you must have been in. I also think your cloches are so prettily decorated.

Happy Belated Pink Saturday!

christine's cottage garden home said...

Love all your cloches! I love all the pink, too. I can only do pink on my porch and bathroom, everything else is done in red. I'm having so much fun finding all these gorgeous blogs. Better than a magazine!


Shirl said...

Hi Steph, Happy Pink Saturday! What a cute post, love all those cloche's you have. What a cute story of your Christmas Memory! Poor Steph, that must have been awful! Your vignette's are just beauitful. What sweet memories of your Grandmother on your previous post and Happy Belated Birthday to Bree! Your house looks so pretty all in pink!
Have a great week!
Love ya, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Charmingdesigns said...

Beautiful Pinks!! Great story!!

Barbara said...

Stephanie, I am late, but wow what pretty cloches and pink. Love them all, but the little church and the reindeer are my favorites of all.

Hope you have a great week!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Beautiful, Stephanie! Thank you for all the great comments you leave & for taking the time to come by. Your house is looking so festive and pretty & I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Such pretty cloche arrangemnets! I love the snow bunny with the Christmas tree on his back. That photo of you with the fireplace is so precious! Your story of Santa's bells is a little bit funny - although I know it wasn't funny for you when it happened! laurie

Deborah said...

Love how you use your cloches in decorating. Absolutely fabulous. your Christmas story is so cool too. Great moral to it. I am glad you didn't panic badly enough to hurt yourself though.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Stephanie, all your decorating is simply gorgeous. What delicious pictures....truly!!

Hugs, Barb ♥

Jennifer said...

Happy Pink sat Steph I love all you pink christmas decor its all so beautiful.That pink lefton deer is the best though.I can't beleive how man cloche's you have there so pretty.Hugs,Love ya,Jennifer

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