Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cozy at Christmas Holiday Blog Tour 2017

 
2017 Cozy at Christmas Holiday Blog Tour
Welcome to this year's Holiday Blog Tour
where you will find over 20 bloggers sharing 
inspiration for a cozy Christmas.
My mom has been busy decking the halls.
Listen and I just bet you can hear her singing,
"Fa la la la, la la la la".
With a recent cold front, it's chilly here in Texas.
Good thing I have my cozy Courtly Check sweater!

We keep a basket of wool throws close by.
Help yourself and get cozy.

Tradition is the cornerstone of our Christmas holidays
with lots of tartan and Courtly Checks.
Decorations are treasures that come out year after year,
like the big tartan balls in the bowl above which
hung on my tree when I was single and living in an apartment.
Everything has a story!

Come sit by the cozy fire, and I'll share
a few of my collected Christmas treasures.

This Santa is one of my all time favorites 
and a very special piece among the Christmas decor.
He is one of a kind, hand crafted by a local doll artist, Judi Tasch.
Created in 1985, it was a gift from my forever friend, Kay.

Two other very special Santa figures are much older.
The jolly one in the middle is plastic and was always on our
family's Christmas tree when I was a child. 
The one to his right is made from plaster of Paris
 and belonged to the chef when he was a child.
The other little guy is from the same vintage, 
but one I purchased from a vendor at Round Top.
I tuck my small Santa figures in among the French faience
that sits on the shelves of the Irish pine cupboard in our kitchen.

The Quimper tray with Christmas motif was a gift 
from a friend who lives in Quimper, France.
It's the perfect spot to gather together the mini figures 
that were collected over time, mostly in the 1980s.
I think the trend at the time was miniatures, and many were gifts from friends and my sweet first and second grade students.

Across the top of the large pine cupboard is where I like to display 
my vintage plaid lunch boxes and Mary Engelbreit tins.
I add faux greens and mix in some larger Santa figures.
The tins, mostly from the 1980s and 1990s, were student gifts, usually filled with some delicious homemade goodie.
They definitely give me a cozy feeling!

Back in the living room, a cozy
mood prevails with the glow of a fire.   .   .   .

And the twinkle of the lights on our
Christmas tree dressed in plaid and Courtly Check.
Cozy at Christmas Blog Tour 2016 here.
Christmas in Texas Blog Tour 2015 here.

Merry Cozy Holidays, my friends!
Thank you to Katie @ Let's Add Sprinkles 
for organizing this year's tour.
Follow the links below for more holiday inspiration.

Cozy At Christmas 





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Sarah
Sarah

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.