Monday, December 27, 2010

Table top Tuesday and Rednesday!

This is my first time joining Marty over at A Stroll thru Life for her weekly event. I liked her idea of pics of gifts, tabletops or whatever. I thought as I am about to take down all my Christmas decor, now was a good time to reflect on the holiday in pictures. It was such a lovely holiday and I am sad to see it pass, but also excited for the coming months and what they have to bring. On to the New Year. And new decor! :)

The middle Santa is the new one this year. My husband carves me one every year and tucks it into my stocking. Aren't they fantastic?

Our fibre optic tree, quite the show in the dark. But by day, it is very simple and matches the guest room.

A mercury glass ornie I gave my husband this year. We have a special time just the two of us for this annual tradition. And below is the Steampunk angel he made for me. Awesome!

An ornie I found to celebrate the life of a dear friend who passed away this year is below. It made me smile all season long. It is sooooo her.

Also, linking to It's a Very Cherry World for Rednesday!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve!

Well, we have almost arrived to the big day, the big celebration! But actually, I have been celebrating Christmas since the end of November. I embrace the whole month and fill it full of projects, traditions, color and lights. Mother Nature added some lovely snow and my family added the love. So I am already bursting at the seams, and tomorrow could very well send me over the edge.....LOL Today I will fill the time before our Christmas Eve Buffet, with various tasks. I am dipping pretzels and ritz peanut butter crackers in chocolate, baking a pumpkin pie, making my famous deviled eggs and preparing all sorts of little finger foods. I will use a vintage tablecover and use my hubby's Grandmother's snack trays and punch cups. With added pieces of my Winterberry collection to fill with salads and treats. My youngest daughter and I will attend the early Christmas Eve service and by the time we get home, my oldest should be back from her job as ski patrol at Lost Trail. It will be nice to have us all together (I am so blessed to have my children so near by) to celebrate another Christmas. After dinner, we will venture across town to my sister in laws house, singing carols, and eager to see her lovely place all dressed up for the holiday. And she always has the greatest treats! Merry Christmas. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Over at It's a Very Cherry World we are celebrating Rednesday. This one was a cinch! On Sunday I had the pleasure of taking my youngest to her photo shoot up on Blue Mountain. It was an incredibly beautiful day, lots of sun and snow and pine trees. And in the midst was my lovely girl dressed in a pretty red coat. The photographer is awesome and you can find her here at Kristine Paulsen Photography. Have a very Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Mosaic Monday ~ Christmas Cards!

I just love getting Christmas cards, I listen for the "cha-clunk" of the mailbox lid and eagerly look forward to something besides bills or junk mail. Your news is always welcome and at this time of year I love to hear about holiday plans, and how your family is doing. As I get older, it is inevitable that my card list gets shorter and shorter. We get further away from early contacts, people change to email cards, and sadly; friends or family pass on. But I will always send these little pieces of art, no matter what. I love choosing what card I will send each year. Coordinating the stickers, and even sometimes the stamps....LOL It is a Christmas ritual that I will cherish forever and I hope that when you gaze into your mailbox, you are excited to see a card from me, instead of that nasty bill from the power company. My mosaic are some of the cards I have been blessed to receive this year. Check out the lovely mosaics at http://dearlittleredhouse.blogspot.com/

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Wrapping ~ Not Rapping!

One of Christmas's most daunting tasks. I bet Santa is real grateful he has a house full of elves right about now.

But, this is something I like to do. Yes, believe it or not. But the mood has got to be just right, the atmosphere perfect and I have to have the house to myself. The season was continuing on and still no presents had been wrapped in spite of the all in cap's note I made for myself on my holiday list, that said: "WRAP ALL PRESENTS AS THEY ARE BOUGHT!" Uh huh, for 3 years running that hasn't happened. Finally, all the stars aligned last Wed (I had the day off from work) it had snowed the night before, I woke early and turned all my Christmas lights on. It was beautiful! Gathered the papers I wanted to use (this year's theme is trees, mistletoe and wreaths in rich traditional colors), grabbed the box of bows and my new tags and I was ready.

Well, almost. I needed something "holidayish" to entertain me. I slipped my brand new DVD into the player and there it was----from my childhood, a show I have loved forever and have not seen since. Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol! Oh my, what a treat and as the songs played I sang along remembering most of the words. "And Razzleberry dressing...." My grin was huge and my pile of presents were finally appearing under the tree, in all their dressed up splendor. It was a perfect morning.

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Annual Family Picture

In our family we have quite a few traditions that we follow throughout the holidays. Our Tree trimming party, watching Christmas Vacation, the Light Tour of town, but one of my past favorites was the annual family picture, for the Christmas card. The year was 1986 and my youngest daughter was 17 months old and we lived far away from home in Colorado. I had the family dress up in their matching Denver Broncos gear and we snapped away, and a tradition was born. We continued until 2004, on our last family vacation together on the Oregon Coast. Through the years we marked accomplishments, vacations, our home and times spent together. Some years it was like pulling teeth to get everyone set up, dressed in matching outfits or home on the same day (except for E, she loved doing this each year). And tempers flared. In the "olden" days it was a bit more difficult to get the perfect shot. Digital cameras hadn't been invented and I insisted on about 20 pictures to get just the right one. To lighten the mood, we decided that if everyone behaved themselves for Mommy, we would take a funny picture. The girls loved that one, and some years we let it become our Christmas card insert. A few years back, I wanted to revisit this special time, so I attached all the copies I had kept, to the front of our frig. What a hit that was! It was wonderful to see how the family had grown and changed (especially my hair-do's) and every year I continue this "new" tradition and we have even started to add some new individual photos to the collection. Enjoy just a few of our favorite years!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Photo Challenge ~ Festive!

Chania over at Razmataz gave us this week, the word Festive. Well, there is a lot of festive-ness going on at my place but I mixed it up this year a bit with my little village. I have always set it up on our antique Victrola, added silver balls and star lights and green garland. It was a bit boring. But, after the hundredth time I hit the coffee table and my vintage deer fell to the floor, a light bulb went off and I thought, "Hey, why not add them to the village?" Okay, so it gives the village a Godzilla, King Kong effect.( They are out of scale for the size of the houses) But I really like them there and they remind me of the drives that my youngest and I take up the Rattlesnake, where most of the houses have a family of deer living there. So I think it looks more Festive now. What do you think?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Playing Along ~With the Holiday!

Got this from Diane from Pinecones and Roses and it sounded like fun. The answer to each should only be one word. Here I go! :)

1. Your holiday decor: Vintage
2. The weather where you live this time of year: Brrrrr!
3. Your favorite smell of the season: Cloves
4. Your favorite beverage of the season: Black Velvet
5. Something you wish you could avoid during the holidays: Mall
6. What you typically bring to the potluck: Brownies
7. What you wish people would stop bringing to the potluck: Salads
8. A word to describe how you feel about the word 'potluck': Ok
9. What is on your feet right now: Slippers
10. How many layers you are wearing right now: One
11. Where in the world you would rather be right now: Here
12. Something that makes you feel invigorated this time of year: Snow
13. Something that makes you feel challenged this time of year: Work
14. A cold weather comfort food you crave: Pastries
15. Something you wish you were doing right now: Napping
16. Something you SHOULD be doing right now: Chores
17. Your opinion of snow: Lovely
18. Your opinion of those big furry-looking hats with ear flaps: Strange
19. A tradition you'll be sure to keep this season: Lights
20. A tradition you'd like to start this season: Simplify

Monday, December 6, 2010

Mosaic Monday!

Over at the Little Red House it is Mosaic Monday. This past Saturday was our tree trimming party that my two girls look forward to each year. I supply the treats and drinks and they supply the fun and muscle in order to get 200 or so ornaments onto our tree. We put on some special Christmas music (first up is what they lovingly refer to as Banjo Christmas but is actually, The New Christy Minstrels) break out the Whitman Sampler and Pepperidge Farm cookies and we are off and running. It takes us about 3 hours and the last touch is the tree topper and the girls have to hear the story behind it's life. And we are done. Well, almost, the next day I put the finishing touches on it, adding the dough people, bows and displaying toys and the train around the bottom. It is so nice to have the tree all decorated and ready to be enjoyed for the next few weeks. Thanks girls. Great job!

Always, Kit

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Photo Challenge ~ Vignettes

Chania over at Razmataz gave us the challenge of showing a vignette of our choice and then asking us the million dollar question, "Can you step back and show us the whole picture?" Well, the answer was yes, but of course I chose not to film my cluttered storage area, or my messy craft room, or the kitchen which does have some dirty dishes in the sink. We all want to show the "pretty" side to our lives. And we all love vignettes. Those little glimpses of our favorite treasures. Besides it is hard to film a whole room and make it look good. So I will have to say I give a big thumbs up to the use of this method of sharing our possessions. And who cares if some of us hide some little white lies. I still will enjoy looking at what you have and not worry about what is lurking in the background. :)


Always, Kit

I am linking up to a BIG PARTY!

Over a Shabby Vintage Junk she is celebrating her 100 post and is offering a wonderful give-away! Go check it out. Her site is wonderful and I have been following for awhile now and am never disappointed.

Photo courtesy of Shabby Vintage Junk

Always, Kit

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Decorating for the holiday!

Some people might think I am crazy, but for most of the major holidays I change out all my regular decor and slip in all my holiday collectibles. For you, this may sound like an awful amount of work, but for me it is how I express myself and how I like to make others enjoy the season to the fullest. When you walk into my living room, there will be no question that it is Christmas. I also am a traditionalist. No turquoise or lime green balls. No black or mauve garlands. Just Red and Green and lots of it. I use the same decor each year, and when I open those boxes, it is like greeting friends that I haven't seen in awhile. On our Christmas tree, will be approx 300 ornies saved over many many years and I swear each one tells a story. This Saturday my girls will gather at my house for a dessert buffet and we will trim the tree. There will be lots of laughter, reminiscing, eating and when the party is thru, I will have the most beautiful tree in the world! And for one month, my home will be the epitome of Santa Land and I will love it!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Joining "It's a Very Cherry World" for Rednesday. This one was a cinch. I am spending a lot of time in this one room of my house getting ready for Thanksgiving. Whipping up all the tasty treats my family has come to expect and love. Cranberry Jello Mold, Whipped Yams, Mac & Cheese, Turkey and of course Pumpkin Pies. I just love my kitchen, it holds my favorite collectible ~ my Rooster and Roses Pottery and it has bright RED walls. Very inspiring and cheery when one needs to cook. Make sure you mosey over to the above website and view all the other lovely shades of red!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

An Honest to Goodness Snow Day!

Unheard of in Montana, we go about our business in spite of drifts, wind chill and zero visibility (insert manly grunts here), but today I got the call that I could crawl back into bed and start my holidays early, but I didn't. I still had to go in and put my kitchen to "bed" for the holidays so I bundled up, warmed up the jeep and took care of business. The roads weren't that bad, but the wind chill was horrendous. And I respect the decision to close the schools when so many children walk to school with nary a mitten or hat. Once work was done and I was already out and about, I thought I may as well do my grocery shopping instead of going out tomorrow, when our temps are supposed to be -7 and more snow. Now finally home, I sit with my hot tea, a jelly donut (shhh, don't tell my youngest) and a beautiful landscape. Ahhh, I feel like I have gone back in time to those wonderful mornings when the radio announcer would say, "No school at Franklin Elementary" and the day stretched ahead filled with snow men and sleds. (snaps out of revelry) Oops, that reminds me, I am supposed to be shoveling the walks. Darn! :)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

And so Begins the Holidays!

Good Saturday to you all! I love this week. There is something so exciting about it. I look on it as the beginning of my holiday season. Starting today with the Griz/Bobcat football game. The "Brawl of the Wild", the 110th meeting between the U of M and Montana State from Bozeman. It is the biggest game of the season and I will be there. And it will be cold! They are predicting snow, and high winds with a wind chill of -15. Brrrrrrr! Bring on the hot cocoa and peppermint schnapps!

And tomorrow to start the holiday in style, my youngest and I will be attending the Russian Ballet's Nutcracker! Oh, I can't wait. We have always gone to a holiday show each year and when we heard they were coming to our town, we bought tickets pronto. Dressed in our finest, we are sure to have a marvelous time. Nothing says Christmas like men in tights......LOL Off I go, time to find the long underwear and hand warmers. Of course, for the game. :)

Kalyn’s The Waltz

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


I am linking up with "It's a Very Cherry World" for my first Rednesday. It sounded like fun and I just love the color red. Heck, the walls of my kitchen are red! But I chose some photos of my outside world as it goes from green to red in this loveliest of Autumns. Enjoy!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Photo Challenge ~ Pattern!

It is that time of the week when my homework is due and I see if I have risen to the challenge. Over at Razmataz, the assignment was Pattern. When I saw that this would be our subject, I was excited. Cause anyone who knows me, knows, my life is all about the patterns. I just love the mix of stripes, checks, florals, plaids; you name it. But I keep to the same color family and I love the punch it adds to a room. This photo shows the bedding I have in my bedroom. The room is done in different shades of green, salmon, and pink. With black accents. I took the picture using no flash and just the light from the nightstand and a slow shutter speed to give the look I see in the evening before I go to sleep. Warm and cozy. Ahhh, nitey nite.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

An Evening Out, to View a New Play

I had the treat of accompanying my daughter to a new play, Keepers, last night. We have this marvelous little theater in town, called the Crystal. It is located in the back of popular restaurant and it's address is on the Hip Strip. Quite the venue and it was quite the show. One of my daughters best friends was playing the villain and we just had to see how this wonderful, friendly and kind young man could play such a murderous soul. It was a transformation to be sure. Where was the little boy from Franklin Elementary who played Bubble Gum Bart?......LOL He did an excellent job and it was a privilege to see a play written by one of our talented locals, Shaun Gant.

Always, Kit

Monday, November 8, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Beaches!

I am linking to The Little Red House for Mosaic Monday. With the arrival of rainy, cloudy and cold weather, mixed with the lovely smell of wood smoke, it reminds me of my wonderful June vacation to Oregon. These are a few of my favorite places to beach comb, fly kites, just wander and sit with my best friend and hubby. Until next year.....
(click on the photo, for a larger view)

Always, Kit