Friday, January 28, 2011

Winter decorating around here

Here are a few photos of my winter decorating.

This is the back door. A dear friend made the "January" garland for me. I think it looks just perfect with the snowman sign beneath it.

Here is my kitchen island. Love the idea of a baking day while the snow falls outside. Here are vintage cookbooks, vintage spices and cookie cutters (note the 5¢ sticker on one of them!), a vintage recipe box which my mother used in high school. The milk bottle had been on my Christmas hutch. I moved it to the island for a touch of whimsy.

Here's the simple snow-themed table runner I made. I wanted something blue and white and yet with touches of red. Would you believe I had the perfect piece of fabric in my stash? Occasionally my daughters will give me lengths of fabric as a gift, and I'm quite sure one of them gave me this.

I love the candleholders and the basket that look carved from ice. My husband had bought me the basket and one votive holder at Mikasa some years ago. This January when we were off on our little getaway, I found a matching votive holder in a thrift store for 50¢!

Here's a closer look at the glass basket. Isn't it beautiful? I put a piece of white cardstock underneath to show up the design better.

Now I have replaced the basket with this cute snowman lamp. I love how the lamp looks made from snowballs!

And here's a closer look at the runner fabric.

And now here is my hutch decorated for winter.

The top shelf has just my favorite Proverbs 31 cross-stitch and 2 Thomas Kinkade candleholders, plus a glittery house I got last year at Marshalls and a bottle brush tree I found for 75¢ in Rite-Aid.

Next is the glittery snowy stuff. The tag on the left was made by me and the little kids in the picture are me, my brother and cousin. The "Snow" card was made by the same crafty friend who made the January garland. There's a cute little glittery house and a bottle brush tree, all from Gooseberry Patch, in the cake dome. The cross stitch in the middle is one I did some years ago. I love getting it out every winter. The 1950s plastic reindeer is from my childhood.

A closer look at the left side of snowman-themed shelf. Love those little papier-mache snowman containers with their wire handles and felt noses! The red mittens are actually floating candles, but I can't bring myself to use them. I've had the basket and card for quite awhile -- they're by the same artist -- Jan Shade Beach.

And here's the right side of the snowman shelf. Can you believe these snowmen came from a dollar store? I put a second 75¢ bottle brush tree with them.

The glittery church was a $5 find at Marshalls after Christmas. I didn't know when I bought it, but it's fiber-optic. It's pretty lighted up, but I like it better unlighted. The grandkids ... well, now, that's another story. They love the changing colored lights!
Hope you have enjoyed this look at my winter decorating!


  1. I just took the last of my snowmen upstairs Mrs T. I usually leave them out until the end of January. I have a few Valentines Decorations up but I am hankering for spring decor. I saw some cute Easter bunnies at Tuesday Morning yesterday! After our Snowy January, we are having temps in the 60s this weekend. Yippee!! Thanks for sharing your lovely home with us bloggers.

  2. So cute! Hope Mr. T made it home OK. Our trip to Boston was good even though the weather was terrible God was with us all the way.

    I'll be calling tonight I think.

    Hope you are all well.

    God bless.

    I've enjoyed reading your posts... maybe it's time to get busy myself!

  3. Your winter decorations are beautiful! You're house looks so warm and cozy!

  4. Hi everyone!

    Arlene -- enjoy that warm weekend!

    Mrs. D -- so glad to hear you made it safely to Boston & back!

    Darlene -- thanks for your sweet and thoughtful comments!

    Thanks to all of you ladies for stopping by. Hope you are enjoying a nice Saturday!


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