Wednesday, December 1, 2010

~WISH~

This will be a short post as I'm busy, every one's busy..busy, busy, busy. The exciting news here is that we are finally getting some snow. Yay! It may not amount to much, it's blowing up, down and sideways and not really covering the ground, but I LOVE snow before Christmas. It makes me feel the spirit of it all. The temperature is not so great, 23 degrees, but I am used to winter weather like this.

I have really been enjoying making the rounds of Blogland these past few days. I am getting so many wonderful ideas for holiday decorating. Some of you may have been in the big mantel party over at The Lettered Cottage. I wasn't, but I took a peek at some of the mantels and I thought they were all magazine worthy. Wow, what a lot of creativity and originality out there. And I learned a few things. Simple, natural and fresh is just as stunning as over the top, all out decorating. I learned that we are using our own REAL evergreen in a thousand ways. We are jazzing up dollar store finds with paint and glitter and proudly putting them on pedestals. And I learned that hot pink, lime and aqua are the big colors this year. It all makes me wish I had a couple of fireplaces instead of one. What has sparked your creativity this season?

You are probably wondering where I am at in the midst of all this inspiration. Well...let's just say the house is being cleaned from top to bottom today and all my surfaces are going to be cleared off, all of my fall things and all of my everyday bits and pieces. The mantel is going to be cleared off except for the mirror that hangs above it. I am going to try to coerce a tall person in this house to hand me down my Christmas boxes and then I am going to get to work. Of course I will have Future Interior Design Daughter, FIDD as you might remember her, to help me. Emily is really good at coming up with good ideas and she is fast and organized. Abigail is not good for much except eating the candy canes off the tree. And speaking of trees, next week I will go out and get one of those. Decorating the tree is my favorite part. Seeing those ornaments that have been tucked away for a year always brings back warm memories. And I am so excited, last year after Christmas I bought a little green feather tree. I'm thinking of hanging just vintage ornaments on it, or maybe miniature bulbs in just one color {lime?}. Does anyone have one of these? Any suggestions! I think I'll put it in my kitchen.

Well, that is about all I have today. I have to brave the cold and go out to buy groceries. I have made turkey leftovers a thousand different ways and I don't want to eat anything with wings for a long time. I am linking up with Courtney for Feather Your Nest Friday. I hope you visit some of the ladies...there are a lot of ideas out there. And finally, I wish you a wonderful week! :-)

94 comments:

Theresa said...

Ahhhhhh SNOW sure makes it feel like Christmas! It doesn't snow here EVER when it should and hardly EVER! Enjoy fluffing your nest my friend! HUGS!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

It sounds like the perfect day! Have fun with your snow...
Hugs,
Penny

Deb said...

Hi Jane
I agree - snow always gets you in the spirit. We've had a few days of rain here, but I just looked out the window and see snow flakes coming down :-)
A little feather tree decorated in vintage ornaments for the kitchen will be beautiful!
Happy December 1st ♥

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Snow makes you want to put all the twinkly lights up doesn't it? I did a post the other day on feather trees, Jane. Come by and see if you get any ideas. I am waiting for one I bought on Ebay!! Not sure how I will decorate it, but there are so many ways to do it...I'll have fun playing around with it.

Olive Cooper said...

Snow...yah! Cold here but no snow hardly ever. I want to craft and think about it but may bake gingerbread cookies for a small kitchen tree...I can do that. I may make some bows. You have a clean fresh house to start from...how delightful! merry♥O

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Blondie!

Oh my.... now, that sounds like a fun day. Anytime I get to spend the day with my daughter is a great one....

I use lime green too! I am crazzzzzy over it...

Come on over... I'm having a Ramsign giveaway. It's delish!

Huggies,
Spencer

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Happy decorating.
Fondly,
Glenda

Linda Chapman said...

The cold and snow sets the scene!! It is cold in Texas! 29 degrees so we have a fireplace goig AND the heat turned on in the house! Something we do not often do! I had cleaned the house but you can't tell it now with all the STUFF everywhere! I am past overwhelmed but still in the throes of decorating! Will look forward to seeing YOURS! Remember to PACE yourself!! Merry CHRISTmas!!

Maggie B said...

You see, you saw my Normandy snow and voila yours arrived tout suite!
I too have been looking for mantel inspiration and found some great ideas in my British & French Interior magazines.
It seems that over here, silver, gold & white is "IT" this year.
Maggie

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Janie,
Enjoy your snow there, I bet it's so pretty. We're doing the same here, cleaning things before Christmas takes over. Have fun even though you're busy!
xo~Tracie

April said...

SNOW??? What I'd give about now for some! Yes, it does put one in the Christmas spirit! Lots of luck getting everything accomplished today...grocery shopping isn't my idea of a fun time! :)

Denise said...

I bet the snow makes it feel very cozy inside, despite all the cleaning going on :) Hope you get it all done quickly and can add your Christmas decor. Have a great day Jane.
xxx

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

SNOW!! We rarely EVER get snow down here. It was 70 degrees yesterday morning and 30 degrees today! We have THE nuttiest climate!!

Enjoy your decorating and take photos! :)

Wishing you snowmen!

Lou Cinda

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Jane, I just love reading your everday goings ons... (is that a word?)... you are right, there are so many pretty decorations out there in blogland, and I know your home will look just beautiful... I am using alot of things I already have, plus my vintage Christmas collection... the Christmas memories that come out each year with every ornament is what makes me happiest of all... could you please check your email? I just sent you one... love to you... happy decorating... xoxo Julie Marie

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Looking forward to what you'll do with all those blank surfaces, when "Tall One" brings your Christmas boxes down!!! :-)

Be happy that you are having seasonal weather out there. Ours is warm and rainy today/Wed. and it's far, far, far from seasonal. -pout-

But like I commented elsewhere, I should just be glad we didn't get any of that really awful weather, which came yesterday, down below where we live. Sad...

Gentle Winter hugs...

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

We've even had a few of those snowflakes downstate. It is cold here today...but, I am done decorating, now I just have to think about tablescapes and taking pictures and writing posts!

I always clean things really well before decorating too...too hard to reach some spots after things are out.

Have a great day!

~Country Lady~ said...

Enjoy your snow and grocery shopping today. I can't wait to see your Christmas decorations.

vintch said...

Hi Jane,

What a fun snow day you must have. We hardly ever get snow here-it always mets so fast in the Carolina heat:) The Lettered Cottage is such a fun blog-happy to see a shout-out. It was actually one of the first blogs I was introduced to. LOVE your blog and your sweet words. Enjoy your Wednesday, friend!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Jane! We can only wish for snow here! But it is cold and that does help it feel Christmas-y! I hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

Kelly_Deal said...

Hi Jane! Have fun decorating! Can't wait to see! I'm not as enthusiastic about the snow as you are. I would love to be in Florida right now!
Hugs,
Kelly

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Jane,
SNow does get you into the Christmas mood dosen't it? We are having some snox flurries here in PAris right now. Have fun decorating with your FIDD - anxious to see the results.
Happy decorating!
Mimi

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Wish I could see some snow! I've been so busy, a little behind on looking around at all the linky parties. But I did post today about a magazine that has given me inspiration. Don't know if I'll do anything with the inspiration but...
it's a nice dream.
Have a happy day!

Shelia said...

Hi Jane! Snow! Yay! I would love some! Yes, it's a busy time for us, isn't it? I was going to take all of my Fallness down today and clean, just like you. But we've had my daughter and little granddaughter here and I'm bushed! :) Tomorrow!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Debbie said...

Well Jane I will wait with anticipation to see what you have for us. I know it will be just added inspiration out here for us all. Stay warm!

Jane said...

I know what you mean about eating turkey leftovers :)
The first snow is always the best...enjoy it!!
Jane

Paula said...

I am ready for some snow! Enjoy your holiday preparations!

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

snow always make it feel more like the holidays. starting to decorate too, slowly...

Karen

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Enjoy the snow, none in Philly since Turkey Day. It rained harder than anything I've ever seen here today, gone now. Enjoy your decorating, it's fun revisit favorite items:@)

Janean said...

snow is soooooo exciting!

sounds like you're one busy chickie!! enjoy....

Pat said...

We would love to have some snow. Even if it's just a little bit. No ice though.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi sweetie, we had a "few" flurries here yesterday, wind and cold. I'm not sure I'm ready for 'ole man winter by the feel of things I best get geared up. lol You asked about the night shots, thank you so much for your compliment, I'm not sure what I do, lol I think it mostly must be luck. I'll try and think about what I'm doing next time and then hopefully I can pass it on... hope you're making progress around your home.. hugs ~lynne~

Kelli said...

We got our very first flurries today, too! :) Makes me very happy!
Can't wait to see your mantel. I just know you'll make it spectacular!

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I love the Lettered Cottage. I will have to go take a peek at those mantle ideas. Snow sounds cold to me. I'm in California and I don't live near snow. Good for you braving the cold!

Karen said...

We have sideways rain today.. would rather it was snow.. you are so right.. it's the spirit of it all :-)

Dana and Daisy said...

I don't know if you will believe what I did today or not. I got those boxes of grandma's china and crystal out of the closet where they have sat for 8 years and handwashed them all, set the table, took pictures, then stored them all in those padded china bags and put them back in the closet. Now I am pooped! ha ha!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hey Janie,
I was cleaning today too! (well a little) mostly I went with Katie to the Dr. for Addison's 2 month checkup and shots! So traumatic! At least for Katie and me.
we have a wee bit of snow and lots of yucky cold. Supposed to snow Sat. but we will make it even in a blizzard.
Can't wait for the week-end.
Hugs,
Cindy

Terry said...

Howdy Blondie
I must confess I was over at Colorado Lady's blog and saw your name in the comments and that is all it took I saddled up and rode over to find out if your blog lived up to your fabulous name and well of cousre it did :)
But you already know this I'm sure .
Have a fantastic December and a big thank you for making my first visit one to remember .
Looking forward to many more happy visits !
Until next time
Happy Trails

Melanie said...

I am glad that you are use to that weather. Last winter I just couldn't get over the weeks and weeks of 20 something degree weather.

I haven't even been to Layla's blog because I know that everyones stuff is beautiful and I am just not in the spirit of Christmas this year. (or last) But I do have a good excuse....the move!

Pamela said...

Can you spare some snow Jane? I miss the stuff and we don't get much here where i now live!!

Thanks for the beautiful comments on my blog!!
Pamela xo

Heaven's Walk - said...

We're getting snow here, too, Janie! Almost 5" worth! Definitely looking like Christmas now! lol! Calm and serene is certainly the going rage now for Christmas decor this year. I love it, and wouldn't have it any other way. There's just something chic and sophisticated about it. Have a fun week decorating, girlie! :)

xoxo laurie

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Snow...yes that would get me in the mood too!!! Have fun decorating:)

Blessings,
Linda

Kerry said...

Your preparations sound so exciting Jane. I wish I had a mantel. I can't even put my tree up because my living room is being painted and won't be finished until 17 December! So I'll just enjoy looking at everyone else's instead:)

Low Tide High Style said...

Sounds wonderful! I love feather trees but have never purchased one. I look forward to seeing everything you have planned, I need a little more inspiration!

Kat :)

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Jane....You sound like you have the same plans that I do! I am not doing it until tomorrow though. I have all the outside decorations up but have not even started on the inside. Hopefully there won't be a change of plans and it will happen. We had snow here today!~Hugs, Patti

Sonia said...

Hi Jane,

So glad that you got some snow to help you get in "that holdiay spirit"! I am on my way to Florida this weekend..so I think it might be January before I feel like it's Christmas! Have a blessed holiday and don't stay too busy!!

Miss Bloomers

Bella said...

Hi Jane, I was going the get everything clean route too, then it just blew up on me... I couldn't resist playing, now I've got a big mess here!
Glad you are having snow, we rarely get it so early, but it really got me in the mood!
The flocking is messy! It wa the only kind I could find, it is powdery when it drys and will shake brush or wipe off, but won't last till next year at all, I like the look so much I wish I could find something that would?
Enjoy your decorating!!
Bella

KarenB said...

I'm glad to hear that somebody else was too busy to go to the mantle party! I got my tree up, but that's it so far. I can't even work on it till the weekend and Saturday is already full! Oh well, it's fun to look at what everyone else has done already! I'll come back and see how you've progressed!

Leslie said...

enjoy the snow. I need to get on the blogger ball... I've been missing so many great things.
happy december

Julie@beingRUBY said...

OH how lovely to have snow for xmas.. I find myself repeating this at each US blog... You know it will probably be a heatwave here...

Can't wait to see your tree.. I'm sure it will be a beauty!!! Try to pace yourself and enjoy!!! ciao ciao xxx Julie

Pondside said...

Have fun decorating, Jane. I look forward to the photos!

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

Thank you for coming by! Still slow at getting back at the blogging. but we'll see! I am up to the cleaning part, too, but I already got my tree. It is a Noble Fir. I had one last year and it stayed fresh until late into January! Now, on to the decorating (loving the mantels,too)...and still shopping! Maybe snow this weekend here-enjoy yours!
~Nancy

Pat said...

I was just at Cindy's and read about your weekend! Enjoy, snow and all. Sounds fun.

quintessence said...

We are not close to having snow and rarely get it before Christmas, although I wish we did. It's so much fun seeing what everyone is posting about their decorating ideas. You're way ahead of me if you have everything all ready to go. Looking forward to seeing what you do!!

quintessence said...

We are not close to having snow and rarely get it before Christmas, although I wish we did. It's so much fun seeing what everyone is posting about their decorating ideas. You're way ahead of me if you have everything all ready to go. Looking forward to seeing what you do!!

Life with L said...

Snow...You lucky woman. We hardly ever get snow. it's seems so nice to go with the holidays. Have fun decorating. I will be back to take a look. Thanks again for coming by and leaving me your kind comments. Happy holidays Blondie. Linda

Zuzu said...

I'm looking forward to seeing your decorations! Have a great day - Zuzu

Rebecca said...

Hey Miss Jane~

Just a quick note to tell you that you won my GIVEAWAY for NOVEMBER! Hope you will LOVE the SACHET! Please emails me with your snail-mail address!

Thank you girly and congratulations!

xoRebecca

Maryrose said...

Hi Jane,
I am so excited you are getting your snow. I always feel so foolish here in California putting out stuffed, wooded, or metal snowmen...but a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do :)
I am excited to see you decorations, and I am sorry I missed the mantel party...I would have actually had something to contribute. Enjoy you day in the snow and stay warm.
Hugs
Maryrose

Suzann said...

It has been delightfully cold here in Chicagoland.
Even flurries to make all things merry and bright.

Enjoy decorating!!

Rene said...

Snow? How fun and you are right, it ups the Christmas spirit for sure.

-Rene

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Snow makes it perfect. How exciting to have your daughter there to help you decorate, that will be so much fun. What a Blessing. I can't wait to see it all.
Thank you so much for your precious comments and thought for my family. You will never know how much I appreciate it. Special Hugs, Marty

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

oh my goodness Jane...I love the crash test dummies...have't heard them for a long time!
Wasnt' that a nice present to have this snow on the first day of December! It was nice to see...now if it only would blow around & not stick...now that would really be a gift - haa!!
Hope you're getting cleaned up so you can kick up some gorgeous CHristmas displays...we're looking forward to that! Karrie & I were just talking today how we have to find some time to decorate ourselves! This year we've been busy every weekend...alas - no decorations to even tell you it's Christmas have appeared in either of our homes! Well, enjoy your day Jane!
Karla & Karrie too

Natasha said...

I have been so busy too. My son finishes Junior school today! Next year he will be a big Middle school boy! I have had assemblies, graduations, Christmas parties...this is such a busy time of year and Christmas is just around the corner! Oh dear...

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Brenda Kula said...

Yes, there are so many creative ideas in Blogland! Boggles the mind. It is exciting to get hold of those ornaments and remember the kid that made the reindeer out of clothespins, etc. Love holiday time!
Brenda

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

Cool new profile picture! I can't wait to see your feather tree!

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

OOOOOH you got snow!!!!We are still waiting. The first snowfall is the best. I can't wait to see pics of what you come up with for Christmas decorating. I just know it will be beautiful!!!!
~Debra XXX
Capers of the vintage vixens

Sherry said...

Have fun picking the tree. I love the smell of a real tree! Sounds like a great plan for the weekend!~
Sherry

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

We had our first snow this week as well. I've been having fun doing my decorating but the packing away everything else really stinks. Oh well, to make it worthwhile, I've decided to have a tea for my work friends. I can't wait.

Hugs,
Judy

Liz said...

Have fun! It is always better with help! :) I don't have a little feather tree... can't wait to see what you do with it! :)

~Liz

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Oh I LOVE snow. It is like decorating nature. And at Christmas time! So very special.

I, like you, am cleaning today and organizing too. I can make such a mess out of things.

"Make hay today", I always say!
xo Yvonne

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Janie!

I love your posts! I have missed you too. It is cold here for us in Florida....in the 50's. Don't laugh! Ha.

Thank you so much for your kind comments to me....you are appeciated.

Enjoy your decorating.

Hugs, Barb ♥

Frenchy said...

Love Christmas time....I feel busy but can't get anything done~ Love Feather trees ! Loved reading your post !
XO

Bill said...

Hi Jane,

The snow sounds wonderful. I suppose if we had more of it in TN I wouldn't get as excited (brings out the kid in me!). Just stopping by to say hi and wish you an enjoyable weekend ...
Bill

Lori said...

I cannot wait to see what you and Emily do! I am also heading over to Layla's to check out the mantles ~ I think I am due for a change....maybe! lol My boxes will be all dragged out tomorrow and I will get to work. Have a fabulous week-end. xo

Marydon said...

We had our FIRST light fluffy snow today ... puts atmosphere in the season.

Yes, you are busy ... but will be happy when done.

Merry Christmas, visit our giveaways~
Have a beautiful weekend ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Jane...you do things right. I clean as I go...overwhelming this year. But...we all do it...at least to some extent. I think I will just dump out those bins all over the room and walk away..and hope when I come back it's all in place.. Christmas Magic!! :)

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I meant to answer your question about the tree. Yes, I have one and it is just beautiful. I still do not have ornaments for it. I brought it out this year anyway. It is a feather tree but it is down. Sooo soft and just beautiful! I am afraid to put it in the kitchen because I don't want ANYTHING to touch it...however...how long can that go on. I plan on eventually filling it with Rebecca's hand painted tiny ornaments...but right now...it sits...Vintage would be lovely...but to find them...

sissie said...

Hi Jane,
I'm slowly getting my tree decorated, and I mean slowly! I'm on the third day now. I can remember a time when I would work like a dog to get the house decorated for Christmas and try to do it all in one day. Now, I've learned to slow down and enjoy.

I can't wait to see your decorations. I know they will be wonderful.

hugs
Sissie

Donna said...

I, too, love just a bit of snow...just makes it feel festive! That's exactly what we have and I love it....from now till January!!! (Then it can all go away!)

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Enjoy the snow! How fun!! Have fun decorating, we are off to go get our tree!
XO
Kristin

xinex said...

Hi Janie! We just got back from a cruise last night and I am still unpacking. I am so far behind in Christmas decorating, don't know when I can start. How exciting that you are getting snow already. It is still Fall here, lots of leaves to clean on the deck....Christine

Rebecca said...

Dear JanieGirl...

Your email didn't come my friend! :( So...I still need your mailing address to send your pretty sachet your way!

Love to you~

Rebecca

Penny said...

Jane, Reading your blog at this time of year reminds me of the first time I read one of your posts. Would you consider giving us a link to your Christmas tree hunt last year. I loved it and I think everyone would love to hear it again. Happy Holidays!

Hugs,
Penny

Zabrinah said...

This is so great! Yes, everyone is super busy these days!

:)

And I found some of my old ornaments--I mean, pretty old, the kinds I made when I was little. I love the nostalgia it brings!

~Zabrinah

Blooming Rose Musings said...

A little snow sounds so wonderful...not a lot of snow, just a little for the Christmas spirit.
I think a little feather tree will look charming with little ornaments. I can't wait to see a picture of it.
I finally got out and got a wreath and a couple small rosemary trees today. Other than that, I really need to get busy!
Enjoy decorating. Christmas is so much fun.

Sarah said...

Jane, snow? I was out working in the garden in almost 80 degree temps. ;-)
Had the windows washed today. Now that they are sparkling, I hope to get some holiday sparkle going inside. Enjoy the season! ~ sarah

Shirley said...

Hi Jane, You are getting your wish for snow. I saw on the news tonight where you are getting more snow. We just have the really cold weather with a strong wind. We missed the snow for which I am thankful for after the snow we had last winter. Enjoy your weekend. Your Missouri Friend.

Ian said...

Interesting,bravo.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh you are indeed busy! Wonderfully happily busy. I too am cleaning all the surfaces before I throw on some tinsel. :)

Marla @ Always Nesting said...

We've already had snow where I live and it really does set the stage for Christmas. Now we're back to our usual Oregon rain :( Love all your newsy posts.

Sue said...

oh yes, we got the snow too, yesterday. I had to drive through it coming home from the barn sale 2 hours from me. Ick.... It looks pretty today because the sun is shining.... I, like you, am so overwhelmed with the Christmas decorating... I am so far behind visiting everyone who commented on my last two posts. I hope these people will bear with me, as I like to answer all of my comments. It has just been crazy, crazy around here. Then my monitor died!!! aaaaggghhhhh! I will visit as I can, I guess. But wanted to connect with the girls who always come around first. Have fun w/your daughter getting the house ready for the season. Christmas hugs from me to you- Sue

AshTreeCottage said...

Hi Jane! I am glad to hear that you received some snow. I have been calling my Aunt Susan every day (she's still at Loyola Medical Center) and she said that it was snowing there. It really puts one in the season doesn't it? Wish I was there to help you decorate ~ or that you were here. In the meantime, I'll just enjoy your journal!

Lots of love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Monica@The White Bench said...

Jane, thanks for sharing the mantel party link, will have a look when I feel better. Can't stay at the computer these days :((
Be sure to show your feather tree in the kitchen!
Monicax.

June said...

Well I am here terribly late, but I hope your decorating went as planned. Oh I agree about getting the boxes down and to hold all the memories in our hands once more. It is always a bleesing to see our old friends again.
Have a wonderfu week Jane
big hug