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Monday, December 5, 2016

Cozy At Christmas Holiday Blog Tour

Welcome to  

Cozy At Christmas Blog Tour

It's not snowing, but it certainly is

cold and wet here in Austin.

Perfect weather for staying at home

and adding festive holiday touches around the house.

Come on in, and I'll show you

what I've been up to.

But first, have a cup of

 peppermint hot chocolate.

We want you to be

Cozy at Christmas!

Our home is very modest,

and I use things collected through the years

for our holiday decorations.

Greens, pinecones, and golden faux pears

are added to the antique scale that sits atop the mantel.

Little chickadees dressed in winter clothing

scamper among the greens and set the

tone of whimsey that is reflected in our holiday decor.

More greens and winter berries are added

to favorite Quimper pieces on the bookshelves.

Critters around the house are often

given a touch of tartan.

My collection of Mary Engelbreit Christmas tins

marches across the top of the 

Irish pine cupboard in our kitchen sitting area.

Most of these tins were given to me during 

my years as an elementary teacher,

and date from the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Each year the same treasured Santa figures

and Christmas tree ornaments come out of the boxes.

The 1950s jolly old Santa that was on

my childhood tree every year for as long as 

I can remember was given to me by my mother when

I first began putting up a Christmas tree of my own.

These plastic figures were made to go

over the big light bulbs that were strung 

on Christmas trees in that era.

Santa glowed when the tree was lit.

The chef's childhood Santa made of

plaster of Paris, now chippy and flaky 

from years of Christmas past, is dated 1940.

Out come needlepoint Santa figures that were 

stitched in the early years of our marriage.

More Christmas needlepoint is tucked

 here and there .   .   .

This cross stitch sampler belonged to a 

dear friend who is no longer with us, 

and I'm honored to have it in our home now.

The trio of antique Santa chocolate molds

landed on the Welsh Dresser this year.

Small faux chocolate Santa figures along side 

preserved boxwood topiaries in Courtly Check pots

were added to the side niches.

A trio of wooden Santa figures sits among

greens on the top cornice of the Welsh dresser.

The antique iron rabbit and whimsical elf

greet you at the side entrance.

We've had our Christmas tree in the sunroom the last

few years, but decided to place it in the living room

this year so that we could enjoy it by a cozy fire.

Sadie and I hope you've enjoyed a peek 

at our home dressed for the holidays.

Many thanks to Katie @ Let's Add Sprinkles for organizing our 

Cozy at Christmas Holiday Blog Tour.

Click on the links below for more holiday inspiration this week.




Thursday, December 1, 2016

Traveling Totes # 9 ~ Autumn Fun

Welcome to 
Tales of the Traveling Totes # 9

We have enjoyed a gorgeous autumn here in Texas,

so before the rush of holiday activities begins,

the Courtly Check girls and I want to share 

some of the highlights of our autumn excursions.

Speaking of the holidays ~

I've already opened a Christmas gift!

This year, the Traveling Tote Girls 

planned an ornament exchange.

My package arrived weeks ago, but I waited until now to open it.

Isn't this Scottish Santa adorable?

Thank you, Linda @ More Fun Less Laundry.

You know me well.  This tartan loving girl is 

thrilled with this little charmer.

Our Christmas tree goes up soon, and my sparkly

jaunty Scottish Santa will be the first ornament on the tree.

Aren't surprises fun?

September had us on a jet plane headed to Kansas City

to attend the Annual Meeting of Quimper Club International.

The QCI Annual Meeting is always a much 

anticipated gathering of collectors of Quimper pottery 

who have become cherished friends.

In addition to our annual meeting, 

we enjoyed many special sights in Kansas City.

A short bus trip to Independence, MO took us for a visit 

I highly recommend all of these attractions 

if you plan a trip to Kansas City.

One of my favorite things to do in any new city

is to explore the antique stores.

in Prairie Village, KS was a great find.

300+ dealers in 50,000 square feet offered a treasure trove 

of interesting finds, including this booth that featured 

items from the estate of Charles Faudree.

View of Union Station and Downtown from Liberty Memorial

Kansas City is a sleeping jewel.

I think it's fair to say that I

left a bit of my heart in Kansas City!

You might recall that Miss Merri Mac and I 

visited my friend, Phyllis, this summer at her home on Cape Cod.

Phyllis was in Kansas City for the meeting and returned

with me to Austin to shop the fall Round Top Antique Markets.

Yes, we took this east coast girl to shop in the fields of Texas.

Free tickets and tees were an added bonus from Facebook.

Phyllis was impressed with antique shopping Texas style.

She found so many treasures that she commented

there was no reason to make a trip to 

Paris to shop the antique markets.

The Round Top Antique Market is top notch, 

and yes, the two of us have shopped the 

French markets many times together,

but I'm not ready to give up shopping trips to France!

October found us taking a day trip to nearby Seguin, TX

for a Garden Club visit to Gretchen Bee Ranch.

We learned much about the work of a bee keeper

and how the honey is harvested and processed for their shop.

Our New Members

Lunch followed at historic Fritz House

on the campus of Texas Lutheran University.

I was one of the hostesses and used my

collection of bee skep honey pots as the centerpiece.

For dessert, I made these cute little bee hive cakelets

using the Wilton pan and recipe for lemon honey cakes.

More shopping opportunities lured Miss Merri Mac 

and me to the annual Settlement Home Garage Sale.  

Lots of antique and vintage finds to tempt us.

Last on the calendar ~ the annual 

Junior League Christmas Affair.

With the theme Merry and Bright,

the booths sparkled with tempting goods

and tasty foods to help check off the Christmas shopping list.

We left the Christmas Affair in a festive mood,

ready to begin the holiday season.

Just in time for the holidays, the Traveling Tote girls

are giving away a beautiful MacKenzie-Childs tree ornament.

We will offer a MacKenzie-Childs giveaway 

with each of our next four posts.

Debbie @ Mountain Breaths

will host this month, and to be entered you must

leave a comment on Debbie's blog for a chance to win

the MacKenzie-Childs acorn ornament above.
To Visit Previous Miss Merri Mac Adventures

Just click on number links below. 

#1#2#3#4#5 # 6#7, #8, and also
hereherehere, and here.

Next Traveling Totes Adventures ~ March 1, 2017


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