Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Party Time

Last weekend we went on a Christmas house tour put on by the local garden club. There were 5 houses decorated for the holiday in all different neighborhoods. We were not to take pictures. This was the first house and it was up for sale so all bets off. This is the only picture I got. While the inside was lovely it had all the original woodwork and it had a wonderful feel. I was a bit disappointed in the decorations.  In fact all the houses were nice but decorations were very disappointing. The last house was amazing and I would gladly move in any day. It was large on 200 acres of orchards, high bush blueberries, horses and the most amazing view of Gunstock mountain.  the house and the barn were built of brick. Even thought it was large it was homey and comfortable, just right. and the best decorated.
 On the way home My husband said well you out do them in decorations. I think I go over the top a bit but I love it, so here is a little peek. This is a couple of branches from a tree in the yard stuck in the ice bucket I got at the thrift store not long ago. This holds all of my little gnomes.
 How could you not love this sweet face??
 Or these two hiding behind the mushroom?
This cupboard is in the family room. When my husband's family were going to sell their long time home he said he wanted the cupboard in the basement. Well 3 men and a lot of work out it came. I had never seen it before. It was a mess but with a lot of elbow grease, I white washed the inside it came out pretty good. The first family member to come in the house asked where the cupboard was we pointed to it his words??? "Dam I wish I had taken it." some people can't see the beauty under the dirt. It is solid oak. and has adjustable shelves it was used to display shoes. My husband's grandfather was a cobbler. Oh well on with the decorations. I use it for my vintage santa collection.
 This is my transportation shelf.
 I am in full as my friend says party B---- mode. that is when you want the house to look great for people you only see once a year. and your stressed out about it.Ha True these are my husband's coworkers. One of them is my very good friend so she knows me flaws and all. One of the comments on my kitchen tour said something about everything in its place. I just moved the junk from one side to the other to take the pictures a great way to have a tour. Have a great weekend and thank you all for your wonderful comments.


Julia said...

Your husband must be right. You have beautiful Christmas decorations. I'm sure that your party will be a hit because you really have put some effort in preparing your house and I'm sure that they will appreciate your cooking too. Good luck with your party. JB

Cathy G. said...

Awesome Santa collection! I got a little behind in my blog reading Cathy but wanted to tell you how much I loved your kitchen tour. Especially the loveseat where you look out the window......your home looks so very cozy and beautiful with all of your neat decorations!
Enjoy the season!
Cathy G

Kritter Keeper at Farm Tails said...

i love house tours and that home was gorgeous! i am like you...we were disappointed in last years decorations but we didn't go this year. love you cute idea with the stick! the cabinet looks great. i like how the lights highlight your collection.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Thanks for the tour! Love your cobbler's cabinet with all your Santa memorabilia! Have a great day!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

What a large collection of Santa figures. You certainly have style. The cabinet all lit to showcase them is lovely. I love the Party B.... mode saying, too funny!!! Enjoy the day in your charming house.

Carmen and the Primcats said...

I love your decoration!!!! Over the top... I don't think so! You can't ever have to much christmas!!! Have you seen all my christmas? LOL!

Carmen and the Primcats


Christmas decorating is so much fun! Look forward to seeing it all finished. Love your kitchen.
~ Julie

Larkrise garden girl said...

Your decorations are wonderful!I also love the cupboard.I think the windows in the background look good painted, Cheri

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

I was on a house tour last weekend, and a couple houses were really not what I expected them to be either. But there was one gem, and boy I wish I was friends with that family. It was so beautiful and I got a lot of great ideas from it.