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.

Cozy At Christmas Blog Tour

Let's Add SprinklesHyacinths for the Soul/ Southern DayDreams/ White Spray Paint/ Garden Up Green/ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson/ Ellie and Elizabeth  

Brookhollow LaneAt Home With Jemma/ My Heart Lives Here/ The B Farm/ Botanic Bleu/ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen/ Art and Sand/ Ash Tree Cottage

Sweet Nothings/ At Rivercrest Cottage/ Opulent Cottage/ Decor to Adore/ Fern Creek CottageThe Dedicated House/ Bluesky Kitchen



The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Dear Sarah, I love all your wonderful holiday decor especially the Santas in amongst your collection of beautiful antique and vintage Quimper pieces.
    I'll be bringing my Santas out in the next few days and will use your post as my inspiration!

  2. Dear Sarah,
    I loved the tour through your Christmas decorated house. All looks so nice. Your tree is beautiful with the checked ribbons. And the Christmas decoration with Quimper is adorable, too. So nice to see how much memories Christmas decoration hold. Have a wonderful Christmas time.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  3. Sarah, you home is stunning and I love all your decorations. You have so many beautiful antique ornaments. Love the beautiful Quimper items.

    Your tree is so pretty and I love the black and white checked ribbon. I searched for some but could not find any. Apparently some stores had it but went as soon as it was put out.

    Thanks so much for your beautiful post.

    Have a wonderful week.


  4. Your home is beautifully decorated. I haven't even started yet, but my excuse is my grandson's birthday is on Wednesday and I won't do it before then. Have a wonderful week.

  5. Lovin' your rolly-polly Santa tins and great chocolate molds Sarah! I still use screw-in C7 and C9 bulbs on my tree, the slide on plastic Santas are new to me, but I think I'll be on the look-out for them:@) Happy Holidays!

  6. OH SARAH! Your home looks positively stunning. Adore how beautifully your Quimper and MC highlight your Christmas trimmings. And those darling photos of Sadie... be still my heart! xx

  7. Precious. Thanks for being part of our tour!! I love your collections.

  8. Hi Sarah, your home tour is gorgeous. I love viewing all your pretty collectibles from years past. They make the best Christmas displays!! Your tree is gorgeous and love the black and white MC pieces throughout. Sadie is adorable!! Have fun on our tour this week. Wishing you a Merry Christmas. xo

  9. Sarah, it's all just beautiful like I knew it would be. I love those chocolate Santas mixed in with your molds.

    Hey I went to a holiday tour on Friday and you would have just loved one of the houses in particular. She had some beautiful pieces of Courtly Check including a light fixture. I was swooning!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. ;)

  10. I always say you have the best collections.before I forget I can clearly seewho is a little star there:) The oil of Miss Sadie is spot on..and her framed photo..She is living in such a perfect home..
    Loved seeing all your pretty things in your very pretty home:)

  11. Sarah, I always love your Christmas home! Your Santa collection is wonderful and I am dying over your molds. Beautiful dishes and touches of tartan my sweet friend! Merry Christmas!!

  12. What lovely collections. They add so much to an already lovely decor. Happy Holidays and let's have fun on the blog tour.

  13. Sarah you have so many wonderful collections it is impossible to choose a favorite! I do adore the chocolate molds and your vintage treasures certainly capture my heart. Thank you for a lovely tour.

  14. Enjoying this Cozy Tour and it's nice to meet you. Love all your vintage pieces they tell a story on their own. Hope your Christmas is wonderful.

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

  15. I always enjoy taking a peek at your beautiful home, Sarah. You have so many treasures that make your home so cozy, unique, and inviting. I just love your warm, creative style that highlights your collections. Happy December to you and your chef!

  16. Hi Sarah! Such wonderful vintage collections! I LOVE the rabbit and elf. All is so beautiful. Glad to be touring with you!

  17. Oh, Sarah! How lovely your home is all Christmased up! I love all of your pretty needlework spread around! You have some sweet little vintage things - love your little Santie from your childhood! Your vignettes are so pretty among your gorgeous dishes. Hope all is well and those floods stay away from you. I saw on the news that Texas City was really flooded which is just across the cause way from Galveston.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  18. Everything looks very warm and cozy Sarah, and I am a huge Mary E fan, and McK-Chds, and am so impressed you still have Christmas treasures from your childhood! You are certainly set for a merry holiday!

  19. Love your Quimper, Mary E and all your marvelous needlepoint. I smiled at your Santas. What fun! Happy Monday and Ho Ho Ho!!!

  20. All of your collections are beautiful. Taking those out of the boxes each year bring back such wonderful memories. I still love the big lights we used to use on our tree. This year my Christmas doll sits on my sunroom mantel--it was my sissy Katy's who passed away on Thanksgiving 2015. Your chippy Santa is my favorite.

  21. Sarah, I LOVE seeing your collection of treasures, especially at Christmastime. Merry Christmas!

  22. The best kind of decorating -- where everything has a memory attached. It all looks so inviting and warm. bTW, in that last post, you certainly looked snazzy standing next to that fancy red sports car! Did you drive it? 😉

  23. Sarah- you have the most beautiful collections-both year round and seasonal and you mix them beautifully.
    I could go on and on... What a treat to visit your home through blogging.

    Merry Christmas,

  24. Sarah, your home is just as cozy as can be and I love your beautiful Santa collection! Blessings, Cecilia

  25. Everything looks beautiful! You really have a talent for arranging things beautifully. I love those Mary E. tins...I'll have to be on the lookout for those! Holiday hugs!

  26. Your holiday decorations are so pretty. I love the touches of blue and the Quimper with your Christmas decor. It is delightful! I like how pretty everything always is in your house. You have a gift!

  27. I love all of your special decorations, so unique and interesting. When I saw the photo of your Santa that popped over the large bulb, I wondered how our trees never caught on fire when we were young!! I also have a few ornaments from my childhood tree - it is so much fun to see them every year. Enjoy the season!

  28. Love all your varied Santas! Your home looks warm and cozy and wonderfully festive!

  29. You have some wonderful collections Sarah! Makes for such a warm and cozy Christmas. So many happy memories.

  30. Love your cozy at Christmas post. So many nice things to see and enjoy. Yikes...I need to start decorating.

  31. Oh Sarah, THIS is what Christmas really means to me - the old, beloved items unwrapped and loved again, memories stirred, warm feelings of love. You definitely have a cozy Christmas in place. Thank you for sharing your treasures - I only want to see more!

  32. It's all so beautiful and sentimental. The very best of Christmas decorating always has memories attached.

  33. Such great holiday decor! Love all your Santa's. Is it too late to get in on the link up for the Christmas tour.
    Joy @ Books and Life

  34. Your home is full of treasures. I love the Santa blow mold. I also appreciate how many things that you've collected over the years. It all comes together beautifully.Thanks for sharing your lovely home.

  35. It was a treat to tour your home today. I enjoyed your various collections so artfully displayed.

  36. Your Christmas decor is very classic, Sarah, just perfect for your home. All of your holiday pieces seem to weave in and out of the style of your home so seamlessly. I love your photography, the picture of your tree through the door is so pretty! It's very touching that you have the ornaments that your former students gifted you with, and even more display them every year! You are so sweet!

    Congrats on being in the tour! Now I have to get working. ;-D


  37. Well I just love your wonderful Santa collection! Your golden pears are lovely too! I am really enjoying the cooler temps! Your peppermint hot cocoa looks so yummy! I think I'm going to have to make some too!

  38. Your precious and vintage Christmas decor tucked here and there is a delight! You have such a good eye for bringing just the right elements together and creating sweet and sentimental themes. Just one of your many talents. I am so honored to be your friend. Give that darling Sadie a big kiss from me!

    Susan and Bentley

  39. Good Evening Sarah,
    What a delight it is to visit you and your Christmas home filled with lovely treasures.
    It is indeed these items collected throughout the years that bring us true Christmas joy and peace.
    I smiled throughout my entire visit and enjoyed seeing Sadie too!
    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas,

  40. I truly love your cozy Christmas post. The vintage decorations are wonderful and the way you display them is lovely. Thank you for your tour and the offer of a peppermint chocolate drink. YUM.
    Happy Blue Monday.
    Hugs, Jeanne

  41. You have many beautiful and treasured Christmas decorations, Sarah. How lovely to be able to peek into your home to see your displays.

  42. Sarah,
    What wonderful collections! I love the Mary Engelbreit tins, the cross-stitched Santas, and the chocolate tins. Your home is always cozy, not just at Christmas.


  43. Hi Sarah. Your home always looks beautiful and even more so at Christmas. I love all your wonderful collections and how you've displayed them! Hugs, Rhondi

  44. What a delight to see all your beautiful Christmas collectables, Sarah! Your needlepoint projects are most beautiful & real heirloom treasures.
    You truly have a talent for arrangements that show off the details of all your items beautifully. Lots of care went into making your home cozy.

  45. Dear Sarah, I loved my cup of peppermint hot chocolate before touring your lovely home and Christmas decorations. So many lovely vignettes, I adore the ME tin collection, perfect place on the pine cupboard. All the little critters and santa's are adorable. I know how you feel, every year when the boxes of collectibles come out so does a flood of memories. Like opening little presents all over each year. I still have a smile from looking at your Quimper filled with berries and greenery. You and the chef have a lovely home but especially at Christmas when you've worked your Christmas magic. Beautiful inspiration for me when I come to visit..........

  46. Sarah, your home is so warm and inviting! I love the wonderful touches of vintage items and how sweet the memories! It's rainy here and nice fire and a cup of cocoa would be so nice. Merry Christmas my friend! Hugs!

  47. Sarah, you home has an old world feel at Christmas - so welcoming.

    I'm not sure what I love most - the chocolate Santa molds, the Santa collections, your wonderful MacKenzie Childs check pieces . . . I love it all.

  48. I just love old Santas. Yours are great! Christmas at your house is enchanting.

  49. So festive and happy! I love seeing your wonderful collections, Sarah! Merry Christmas!! xo, Andrea

  50. Wonderful tour, I thought the collection of saunas you have are so pretty. The Santa you have that was from childhood reminds me of a Santa nightlight I had when I was young. The exact same stance and facial expression. I was so upset when I got older my brother broke it. It was my treasure


  51. You have such a wonderful collection of so many great items. I enjoyed seeing everything. Your home looks so warm and inviting. We've finally gotten some snow up here that has stuck and more coming. Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

  52. Oh Sarah, I so love all of your Santas! The chocolate molds are fabulous! Your tree looks beautiful too. I hope you are enjoying this beautiful Christmas season!!! XO, Pinky

  53. oh my goodness, how I love your Christmas decor! I love that Quimper teapot I spied too behind those fabulous chocolate molds! Love all of the courtly check Christmas... I am still mad I didn't buy the pig-in-boots several years ago, I keep looking for it on eBay but it is rarely on there (for a reasonable price). I hope you are enjoying all of your pretty Christmas decorations!

  54. Sarah, My cup of peppermint hot chocolate was the perfect way to start this wonderful tour of your lovely home. I love your decor and all the special pieces that come out to celebrate the season. I can't even say which of your collections is my favorite as I love them all, from the ME tins to the Santa molds and the needlepoint, and of course your well-dressed chickadees and the bunny with his tartan bow. I have my mother's old Santa and now I know it is plaster of paris--I have been wondering about it so thank you for the info! Now for another cup of chocolate, please! Linda

  55. Sarah, your Christmas is beautiful. I love little vignettes here and there for a surprising Christmas touch. Your Santa molds and the faux chocolate Santas are wonderful. They look so real..Happy Holidays..Judy

  56. Your house looks lovely all decked out for the holiday! I love your tree and that painting of Sadie is darling. I am not missing decorating this year due to the renovation and have already decided to pare it back for next year. Dianne

  57. Sarah...your home looks so festive and cozy! I love your vintage ornaments. It seems that the things with memories are what I like despite any signs of age. ha ha.
    Wonderful post and photos. Sheila

  58. You tote girls are too much fun! Definitely want a cup of the cocoa to start. My favorite image is looking through the window - like looking into a winter wonderland.

  59. I enjoyed seeing how you deck the halls Sarah. Those beautiful CC ornmaments and tree make me swoon! I have a collection of chalkware Santas and I adore your chocolate molds on your tray with your Santas! I love your portrait of Sweet Sadie on canvas and adorable collared tartan frame! ♥

  60. Your house does look cozy and ready for Christmas. Such cute vintage pieces you have collected over the years. Thanks for sharing them.

  61. So festive and beautiful! I especially love your Quimper collection, Sarah. I used to have a few pieces, but sold them when we downsized. Happy Holidays ahead, my friend. xoxo

  62. Your home looks so cosy and pretty and warm. I liked seeing all your treasures and especially that photo of the tree through the door. That one is magic.

  63. Sarah you have such a beautiful collection! Your Christmas decor is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing it with us! Merry Christmas! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  64. Loved seeing all your amazing collections...everything looks so pretty. Especially love the photos of your sweet dog.
    Have a good weekend, dear one...things are so busy around here..parties...high school band dinner with our cousins tonight...lunch today with son and DIL...Bunco party last week, another next week...what a wonderful time of the year.

  65. Dearest Sarah,
    Love your French touches during Christmas season at your home. The Quimper is always looking lovely and so does the plate with cones and gold pears. Funny, I too have gold pears, maybe because Pieter's Mom's maiden name was Peer (Dutch for Pear).
    Your antique Santa chocolate molds on the gallery tray are precious and so are of course both of your childhood Santas.
    Christmas is about Love and Tradition and you have lovingly mixed that into your home with beautiful pieces.
    Sending you hugs and blessings for this Advents Season.

  66. So much goodness - where do I start? I am just going to linkback to you on my upcoming Santas post. The antique chocolate molds - to die for!
    Popped by from Pink Saturday

  67. Your tree is beautiful and I love the picture of Sadie!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  68. Wonderful old, very old, vintage Santa collectibles. Thank you for sharing such wonderful Christmas decorations.

  69. BJ,
    Your collection of Santa's is unbelievable!! So pretty and so unique!! Love all of them! Your home is so festive!!
    Thanks for sharing your home with us and thanks so much for stopping by!!

  70. Your mantel is lovely Sarah! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  71. Happy Pink Saturday, Sarah. Thank you for joining us, and for making Pink Saturday special.

    I love all of your Christmas treasures. Like you, I love taking out my Christmas treasures year after year.

  72. Oh dear Sarah, this is simply fabulous! I love each and every Santa, especially the old ones with the great memories, and I love the warmth of the pine cones and gold. Yes, each year it is like seeing dear old friends when you open the Christmas boxes! Merriest to you!

  73. Sarah, Everything is really beautiful! Thanks for sharing your fabulous home and Merry Christmas!

  74. Sarah, your home is so inviting and cozy with all of your wonderful Christmas décor. I have to say that painting of Sadie, next to the needlepoint Santas, stole my heart. Of course, I loved seeing all of your wonderful Quimper and how you've used it with Christmas décor. Your mantel looks so elegant, and all of your M.E. pieces look so merry. I did look at your niece's home. How fun that is. I love your Christmas stocking. I'm sorry I haven't been by to see all of your beautiful posts. My energy level is not what it used to be, and hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas has left me with little energy for anything else. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2017!


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