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