Monday, December 2, 2013


Wasn't he a beauty...and delicious too!

Thank you, Tim, Tami and Jake for a wonderful day...

The newest addition to the family.

...and thank you, Rosie, for doing your happy dance for us.

I hope you all had an amazing time with your families on Thanksgiving.


On a more serious note...Most of you know Diana.  She is such a champion for everyone in need and now she needs our help.

Her small grandson is having some health issues and she and her family need all of our good thoughts and prayers.  Please reach out to her as no little child needs to be in the hospital at Christmas.

****Update:  I just went on Diana's blog and they have finally diagnosed her grandson and he is being treated for Kawasaki disease and he is responding beautifully.  I still think she would want to hear from you and it is a remarkable story that you won't want to miss.


Christmas dishes from Raley's
Coffee mugs from The Dollar Tree

If you need a pick-me-up interval while getting ready for the holidays, a beautiful Christmas is going on over at Bella's Rose Cottage where you will see one of the prettiest blogs around and also get the recipe for these delicious scones.  I have never tasted better and so easy to make.

Thank you, Bella, for sharing with us.


Now on to welcoming Christmas...

The door is opening on another small bit of Christmas at the Cottage.

Please...come in and look around.

The entry Christmas Angel bids you welcome, and a Merry Christmas, surrounded by holly and candlelight.

As you look back over your shoulder while entering the guest room... 

Wreath and tree are simply cone and round wreath forms wrapped in feather boas.

Traditional Christmas colors are no where to be seen in the guest room...Pink is the color of Christmas in here.

The mantle is festooned with a garland of roses and paper doilies.  A pink tree and wreath beside an old-world Santa, books, vintage trees, an antique plate and cottage candle are interspersed with sprigs of faux pine.

A tiny tree tucked in the corner...

...and the Teddies, and Maggie, of course, are welcoming all guests to a warm and cozy night's stay.

A small collection of vintage wax carolers.

Come in from the cold and plan for some sweet dreams.

Across the hall from the guest room you will find the parlor.  It still is in a state of disarray, so I'm regretful I can't show you more but the mantle had to be dressed for Christmas...otherwise Santa wouldn't visit!

Silver tray and ornaments..thrift stores.
Chalk ware Santa part of a collection of Santa's.
Hat boxes I painted and stenciled a few years ago.


Here you will find sparkle, light and nature in a mix of traditional Christmas colors.

I've shown you parts of the library's Christmas finery.  Here it is all put together.

We switched out this chair that was in the parlor.  I removed the skirt to show the pretty carved legs and also to make it appear more masculine.  I may eventually slip-cover or paint the upholstery but the Captain is liking it for now.

We moved the wagon out of the sitting room as changes will be coming there in the future.
The doll house I bought at a garage sale last year. Still haven't painted it yet but is on the bucket list!

Book press belonged to my great-grandfather.
Tin finial from Home Goods.

Don't ask me why but I am in love with this little white truck. 
It is the favorite decoration this year by far.

That's where we are for now.  One or two more little things we are working on...and will show you in the next post.  But, before I go I have to say....

On December 4, 1993, our daughter and son-in-law gave us the best gift ever...

We were so proud of you as a little boy...
and now, 20 years later...

We are even more proud of the young man you have become...

Happy Birthday, Jake

We love you to the moon..and back.

Grandpa and Grandma

P.S. Could anyone shed light on why I surround my pictures, out of Picasa, with grey frames, and some come out black?


I'm joining today with:


  1. It all looks so beautiful, Judy. I love your photos - they glow! I'd love to sit in your library for an hour or two!

  2. Your home is looking festive Judy, and I love the pink in the guest room.

  3. Hi Judy,
    It's all looking so merry your way! I am swooning over that pink boa wreath!! and little so so sweet Rosie is darling! I'm so glad you tried and liked the scones, they sound a bit strange but we already want to make more too!

  4. Your cottage is absolutely delicious!!! So pretty and cozy and festive. I love the fireplaces - the trees - the santas - the bears - oh I love it all.

    I'm so happy the little one is getting a proper treatment - may he be well and running around soon.

    And your grandson - what a nice young man - and the photos are priceless.

    Thanks for the tour - we are just beginning to decorate - I'm still battling this old cold/flu/cough - but I'll beat it yet.

  5. oh Picasa and frames, I had that happen to me once with the vignette setting, I was choosing white and it was using black. I think black is the default and I was choosing white but not waiting long enough for it to take. In short I was running fast and their sight was running slow, and I didn't wait for them to catch up, haha... hope that makes sense!

  6. Love those sweet pics of your grandson. Your library is so lovely and cozy, and my grandgirls would adore your guest room! Sweet!

  7. everything looks beautiful and cozy, judy! i just love the pics of your g-son, before and after:) the white truck would be a fav of mine, too--too cute! i know nothing about picasa frames, sorry:( have a great day!

  8. goodness, how could i forget to mention the new sweet furbaby--adorable:)

  9. I always love visiting your cozy home, Judy. It's like receiving a warm hug! The pics of your grandson and hubby are priceless! xo

  10. Your cottage is looking very pretty with it's Christmas decor. I love the library and that beautiful wood built-in bookcase. You have some really nice pieces of furniture and decor accents. They really suit your cottage. The guest bedroom is so cozy looking. I could easily have a good night's sleep in there. LOL Wow, your grandson has grown in his 20 years! Blessings, Pamela

  11. Good morning, Judy
    What a treat to visit your blog. Every nook is decorated with such thought, and it is all so charming!!!
    Love your eye for detail.

    Happy birthday to your grandson... I can tell that you love him very much.

    Have a wonderful week, my friend.


  12. Beautiful post. And how quick they grow up! Thanks for sharing Carol

  13. Hi Judy,
    Your home is looking very festive. I love the pink in your guest room and your parlor has a lovely wreath. I think one of my favourite things of all is that darling little white truck under the cloche; love it! Happy Birthday to your grandson! Thanks so much for sharing at my HOME and have a fabulous week.


  14. Hi Judy, thanks for the heads up about Diana's grandson. Your decorating is darling. yes, the turkey look beautiful and It would be great to see the newest additions' happy dance. Happy's getting cold.....xo

  15. What a beauty of a turkey, I can tell it was a tasty bird...LOL...and such a cutie pie doggie. I had a Chi. for 16 yrs. They are a remarkable breed, but not for every one.
    My prayers will out for the little boy. I'm so glad to hear he is responding. Please keep us informed.
    Now !!! Where to begin. The Christmas eye candy is everywhere in every room. I can't begin to tell you my fav. I do love the pink boas. Stunning !!! All Stunning! Loved looking at it all. With that...
    I would like to invite you to Sherry and my Blog.We have a special post for you to see.
    Merry Christmas,
    Marie Antoinette

  16. Could you please check your calendar to see when your guest room is available for my stay in it?? It's incredible! The pink feathers are delightful. Your entire home is so festive and inviting Judy.

    I've visited Diana and her grandson's story is incredible. You never know what can help another person her in blogland. Our prayers are with him!

    Blessings to you this holiday season! Edie Marie

  17. Good morning Judy,
    Just found your blog, this morning and have spent several hours enjoying the tour of your beautiful home.
    Love, love, love the fireplace mantle, it is beautiful. I would love to continue to follow your blog and do
    have a couple of questions for you, if you wouldn't mind, just not sure how, so I will leave my email address and maybe you would be so kind to contact me, for a quick question. My email is

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful family and home.

    Have a blessed day!



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