Thursday, December 10, 2009


Thank you so much for stopping by to take a peek inside our holiday home today. I realize that everyone is hustling and bustling around, so I'll not bother you with idle chit-chat, just pictures today with only the briefest of descriptions.


I'm linking up with the ever gracious hostess Julia of Hooked on Houses for her Hooked on Holiday Homes tour and with Melissa of The Inspired Room for Holiday Linky Friday ! Please visit these girls and check out their list of other participants, too.

Today is also Show and Tell Friday with our wonderful hostess Cindy of My Romantic Home. Stop by and visit her and all the other bloggers that are showing great items today. I'll be sharing about my Santa Collection!

I showed many parts of my home Thursday when I linked with Rhoda's Holiday Home tour. You may see those pics of many rooms in my home here. I also am participating in Susan's Deck The Hall Tuesdays where you can view past posts of mine here and here.

~Remember to click on pics to enlarge~

My favorite PINK Belsnickle and my pink tree from my tot-hood!

I'm in love with churches and village cottages

This one lights up.......

and even changes colors!

So does this one!!!! Love how it reflects against my floral etched glass antique mirror!

And yes, I bought 2 , no, actually 3 of these ~ gave one to my dear girlfriend.

I've been busy cross-stitching PINK SANTAS
Note to self:  Need to make one for ME!

An elegant Santa in our living room

One of my bday Santas with his own sleigh ~ sometimes I put sleighs and Santas along the stairway on each step.

I originally posted the below pic for my holiday home tour, but failed to mention something about the silver goblet that is holding the white bottle brush tree and why it is so special....

The goblet is one of 6 that my husband and his brother purchased for their mother years ago when they were little boys. They would save their allowance and money from odd jobs and gift her with them, one at a time, as their finances would allow on special ocassions. Isn't that so sweet?!?

I have the Christmas spirit all year long, as evidenced by our Barrister's bookcase in our office. Several shelves have some of my favorite Santas on display year-round.

The small card on the left of all these Santas was the tag on a gift from me to hubby the first Christmas after we were married.

These are some of my larger wooden Santas ~ I used to buy these each year when we went to Salado on vacation at a shop called The Dusty Rose.

Small Avon Bottle Santa with box and pretty Victorian tin box

Tiny hunched back Santa is a thimble

One of my very favorite Santas ~ this one is jointed and was another bday gift from my parents years ago

A small cross-stitch ornament I made
and a vintage chalkware Santa from my childhood (that my mother wanted to sell for 25 cents in a garage sale!)

My roly poly handpainted gourd Santa
A very favorite Standing Father Christmas in very soft colors purchased with my mother on a fun shopping/home tour expedition
One pictured especially for Amy of Bunny Rose Cottage with a sweet bunny in his sack

My hubby bought this musical one as a surprise for me ~ I have to giggle at him telling me how he fought the women at an after~Christmas sale~he said they were r-u-d-e!

These are musical, too

Love the graphics on this box

Papier Mache` box handpainted by a local artist

Another bday present, an Enesco Christmas Carosel that I bought for hubby to give me!
It is musical, turns, the figures go up and down, and it even lights up with over 40 teensy lights.

If you are as big a lover of decorating with cloches as I am, take a look at my post here!

Next time I'll be sharing a favorite Christmas decoration and why it is so special to me for PINK SATURDAY! Til then.....

Christmas Hugs,


tales from an oc cottage said...

You have such a beautiful home!!

m ^..^

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Stefanie...
Everything looks so beautiful. I have to tell you I so love that little church. How awesome is that? It is so country and I love the way they made it to look like icicles are hanging off the room. It even lights up, my gosh I love it.

Your Santa collection is so precious. They are all so unique and different. Each one has a story, and a different name.

I love your home sweetie. It has a beautiful heart, and that is what makes it a beautiful home. It just shines through as you walk from room to room.

I thank you for sharing with me today. I cannot wait to see what you have up your sleeve next.

Please stop by and read my new post for today.

Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

Jerri said...

Such lovely items! You have a beautiful home!

Hope to see you next week for the Holly Bloggy Christmas Bash!

Hootin' Anni said...

I collect Santas...over 200 now, so I am in awe of yours!!!

Mine's posted's another new one for my collection of Holiday Decor..La Befana

Sherri@lavenderfields said...

Merry Christmas! What a collection of beautiful things! I really enjoyed seeing it all! I especially like the houses. So pretty! This is the first year I have noticed that style of house. Very vintage! Hope you have a wonderful Friday! Sherri : )

sissie said...

Good Morning Stephanie!
Your Santa collection is awesome, wow! Your home looks so beautiful and I'm like you, I love those little churches too. They really spark the imagination.
It's all lovely.

Connie said...

It's all soooo gorgeous, honey, but what was mum thinking to want to sell your cross stitch for 25¢?!?! I'm going to have to have a talk with her since I AM the oldes, ya know! Hah.

Smooches for mum today,

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

So beautiful and vintage chic! Your collection of Santas is truly fabulous! Thanks for visiting and inviting me over.

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Beautiful Steph!! I think you have more Christmas decorations than anyone in blogland, lol!

Teresa said...

Oh, love the soft pink touches- thanks for sharing!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Stephanie, Ooooooooo, okay you are in trouble. I am drooling all over the place!!!!! Everything is so adorable and the elegant Santa just makes my heart beat faster.

I love it all!!!!!

Christmas Blessings,
Barb ♥

Amanda said...

I love the little vintage church! Gorgeous.

Hope that you have a wonderful holiday.

If you get a chance, stop by my blog today and enter my children's Christmas book giveaway.

T's Daily Treasures said...

All your decorations and collections are so wonderful! I love all the Santas -- and your beautiful cross-stitchings. I cross-stitch too and had so many plans for xmas presents, but just can't seem to get into the swing of things. Blessings to you and yours, Tammy

Vicki said...

Oh, Stephanie, your home looks like a dream!! I love all of your beautiful Christmas vignettes! I recognize those Santas from Salado. I always loved how she painted them! Wishing a blessed and happy holiday season! Vicki

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

This is just beautiful. So glad I came by for a visit.
Happy Holidays

Lenore said...

Your home looks beautiful and I love the vintage churches.
Wow, what a Santa collection....loved seeing it all.

Janean said...

fun, sweet, feminine, vintage....fantastic -- all of it!!!

Linda said...

Love the Vintage Churches...your home looks soooo ready for the holidays! Thanks for coming by for a visit and please come back again...the door is always open!


Marydon Ford said...

Stephanie ~ This is stunning your presentation of your beautiful decor. The churches are darling, had not seen any like this before.

What a fabulous warm, inviting home.

Merry Christmas ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I adore your decor!!!! I'm so glad you pointed me to your blog. I just love the churches you have. And that they light up & change colors. Fabulous!!! And I loved the story about the silver goblet. I can see why it is special. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for visiting my blog & leaving me a comment on my Christmas decor.

Draffin Bears said...

You have a beautiful home and I adore all your fabulous Christmas decorations.
Lovely to discover your beautiful blog, via Gwen.

Happy weekend

Cottage Rose said...

Such beautiful Christmas decorations you have.. I love your gorgeous home,, thanks for the tour.. have a great weekend.


Lynda @ Elegance Reclaimed said...

Your decorations and your home are so gorgeous! They refect the time effort and love you put-in.

Thank you for sharing and have a GRAND weekend.

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Stephanie those pink deer are just precious!! I love all your bottle brush trees- have been looking in vain for some of these!

I did find that sweet little church just yesterday!! The little steeple was off and lying beside it- took it to the front and asked if they discounted damaged items and they gave it to me for $6.00! I was doing a happy dance!!