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 


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. Looks like you're all set for Christmas Sarah! Love your fun collection of Santas:@)

  2. Sarah your home is completely enchanting at Christmas! I adore all of your seasonal touches. My Gracie is loving the Courtly check sweater.

  3. Your vintage Santas! How wonderful that two of them have family memories. Your home looks beautiful for Christmas. Love the Mary Engelbreit touches.

  4. Sarah your Christmas decor is so charming. I see we share a love for whimsy ;) Happy to be touring with you this holiday season! Blessings, Cecilia @ My Thrift Store Addiction

    1. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home decked out for Christmas at Vintage Charm!

  5. Sarah, you have a beautiful home! I love the plaid and all of your Santas. Such fun to be touring with you!!

  6. Love your fireplace and the lovely surround, Sarah. And love the idea of the throws in the basket! A great way to have them handy, but not thrown everywhere around the house like we do. I'm stealing that idea for sure.

  7. Love the care you take of all your precious things..and of course Sadie♥ Your collections are just so classy Sarah..comme toi.

  8. Everything looks so cozy - how I would like to be sitting by the fire with the B&W checked throw on my lap chatting with you! Your tree is lovely - enjoy the holiday season!

  9. Such fun memories associated with your beautiful vintage treasures! I know it's a delight to unwrap them every year!

  10. How sweet are those plaid ornaments. I love stories like that. Your Santa collection is incredible. Thanks for linking up to our blog tour.

  11. What a fantabulous collection of Santa's! Each one is so unique and everything looks so pretty - the mantel, the tree, the built in shelves, all of it. What a great tour. Thanks for sharing!

  12. OMG Sarah... this post is so filled with Christmas beauty that I had to scroll through it twice. I love every yuletide detail. You must have so much fun decorating!! And of course, Sadie is the cherry on the sundae! Have a wonderful week.

  13. I love it, Sarah. Your Santa collection is really lovely and I love seeing all the plaid you have here. Plaid always makes me think of home and hearth.
    Have a wonderful Wednesday- xo Diana

  14. Sarah, your home speaks of warmth and happy memories! Your fur baby looks festive in the MC sweater. I love your miniature Santas with all the seeet memories attached. Mary Engelbreit's art is enchanting, and I love the tins. How wonderful it must be to sit near the fire in your charming home!

  15. I love the sweet Santa's and the memories that go with them. Your home is lovely and shining with the Christmas spirit!

  16. Sarah, you have an amazing collection of Santas. I love the large one on the table by the fire. Your little pup looks so sweet and cozy as does your beautiful home. Have a wonderful weekend..Judy

  17. Your home looks so cozy and beautiful Sarah! I love your Santa collection. Your sweet dog is so adorable! So glad to be joining you on the blog tour! Have a wonderful Christmas!

  18. That's what the holidays are all about - meaningful treasures evoking wonderful memories! Your home looks merry and bright!

  19. Such beautiful treasured Christmas memories attached to your decorations, Sarah. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year and a time for love peace and joy!

  20. Everything is just lovely and festive! Did some serious pinning...ha! Love the special Santa...excellent craftsmanship...

  21. Sadie is always adorable and especially so in her check sweater. What a good little hostess she is. I love your collections of Christmas treasures. Your home is so you ~ filled with treasures and precious memories. You may be an adult, but you never lost the child within. That's why your students loved you so much!

  22. Love all your beautiful collector Christmas decorations. Everything is amazing. You really did an outstanding job on your decorations.
    Have a wonderful holiday season.


  23. Sarah- your home is a treasure trove of beautiful things.
    I would love a personal tour someday!

    Have a Merry Merry Christmas!

  24. Sarah, it looks as though you've gotten into high gear lately with all your treasures so beautifully arranged and out for the attentive eye. Your Santa collection is splendid, and I love it all across your pine cupboard (getting up to those high spots is getting tricky, isn't it? I've done the same!). The basket of throws and the fire glow look so inviting. Miss Sadie is ready for a good cuddling, I can tell. Thank you for the glimpse into your Christmas world!

  25. Love your fun collection of Santa Clauses and all your tins. How wonderful to have great memories attached to them. And how cute is your pup? She's adorable all decked out in her sweater! It's all very inviting.

  26. Sarah, your home is always gorgeous. You have the best collections and display them so well. I love how you tied the little ribbon on your figurine. Such a simple idea that adds so much. :)

  27. So nice to meet your Sarah and your home and decor is perfectly lovely, so warm and inviting. I look forward to fun with all your gals in TTT's. Blessings abundant!

  28. You have set a cozy mood with the warm glow of your fire and great collections. I love the stories of your memories attached to each ornament, tin and Santa. Thanks for inviting us in to share in your memories in your cozy and merry home.

  29. The fire looks so welcoming and cozy! It might snow here on Friday, so I'd love a fire! Your tree is stunning. I wish you'd write a post featuring your tree (hint, hint)!

    I love seeing your Christmas collections!

  30. Sarah, I always love your Courtly Checks and plaids! Your Santa collection is wonderful. Especially love that handmade gifted one from your friend, Kay. And of course your cute pooch is dressed courtly as well! :)

  31. This is one of my most favorite posts you have written. You have a new blog dress as well, right? Love it!

    You have such a sweet collection of treasures from long ago, along with your signature style of Quimper, checks, plaids, and ME. So you! The best part, you decorate, and add all of your decorations to your home so seamlessly. I find that to be a talent, and true feel for the holiday.

    Thanks so much for opening your lovely home, Sarah! I adore everything!

    Jane x

  32. So cozy and full of Christmas cheer Sarah! I always enjoy seeing your collections no matter what the season. Your tartan, Courtly Checks, Santas and ME are all perfectly appointed. Merry Christmas Season to you, Miss Sadie & The Chef. ♥

  33. Sarah, what a treat to peek into your lovely home while decorated for Christmas. I love your special santas and they look so sweet mixed in with Quimper. Your living room looks so pretty, love the mantle and tree with it's MC. And of course Miss Sadie Mercedes is adorable in her sweater. It turned cold here yesterday and tomorrow we have possible snow flurries in the forecast. Cozy will be here too, I plan to make soup in the slow cooker and lots of hot chocolate.

  34. Beautiful and cozy, Sarah. I love your sweet Santa collection.

  35. I can feel your joy and love of your collections through your photos and words Sarah~Christmas should be all about traditions old and new, and I can't help but linger over your ME tins, I am a big ME fan, her things always bring a smile! Your tree looks gorgeous, I would love an up close look! Your Santas are wonderful, your home is cozy and Miss Sadie steals the show!

  36. I love your holiday spirit, beautiful decor and collections. Oh, the Quimper! Your tin collection reminds me of my ME Christmas bedspread. It's so cozy, I hate to take it off after the holidays! And a lovely tree and your sweet dog. Love her MC ensemble!

  37. My favorite is the precious little dog in his/ hers Courtney check sweater, LOL love it
    I always did like the Quimper dishes
    It's just all beautiful
    Love the Courtney checks bows on the tree i'm doing that this year

  38. Your home is always so cozy, Sarah, and I enjoyed seeing some of your Santa collections. I know many hold special memories for you. Miss Sadie looks adorable in her darling sweater. Thanks for sharing with us.

  39. Sarah,
    Your home is so classy and yet so cozy. Beautiful collections displayed so gracefully and I enjoyed reading the stories associated with them.
    Merry Christmas,

  40. Dearest Sarah,
    to come and visit you always put me in such high spirits, your home is so cozy and warms my heart more and more, I'm sincerely grateful to you for sharing such a beautiful and inspiring blog post!

    Wishing you a most Beautiful Season,
    I'm sending blessings on your way,
    and lots of love to your precious sweetie

    XOXO Daniela

  41. Oh Sarah, your home is so lovely. I love the courtly check tree!! Your mantel is gorgeous. Love seeing your home at the holdiays! Merry Christmas...thanks for your sweet visit..I've missed my blog friends!

  42. Sarah, your decor is so warm and welcoming! I love the the plaid lunch boxes! Everything is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing. Have a Happy Holiday Season! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  43. Sarah,
    Everywhere I look, I see things to love. Your collections of Santa Clauses have so many beautiful Santas with faces to adore.

    Merry Christmas,


  44. Sarah your home is so warm and cozy, and you are surrounded by all these beautiful things that have meaning and memories for you. I just moved and no longer have a fireplace. Looking at yours made me realize just how much I miss mine. I hope you have a Merry Christmas.

  45. I love all the tartan accents and of course the Quimper. Your home looks holiday perfect as does your dog in his adorable sweater. Merry Christmas.

  46. I love your tartan ornaments. I need to look for some.

    And, I can't believe you got snow. We used to go to Lake Tahoe for Christmas and loved waking up to snow many Christmas mornings.

  47. Gathering your Christmas memorabilia together to put out on display adds yet another layer of loveliness to your beautiful home, the sweet memories attached to each precious item reveal how special they are. Miss Sadie is so cute in her little coat I would love to grab one of those cosy throws and settle down on the couch in front of the fire with her.
    Happy Mosaic Monday sweet friend.

  48. Loving your collection of Santa's. Those are spectacular Sarah!

  49. It sounds like every item has a special memory ... when we put up our Christmas tree, it takes us hours because we are always telling stories about the ornaments!


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