Here's a closer look....Oh, Bibi made that little Snowman up there by the basket too! She's really good at making tiny things! He is actually a box that holds another tree.
Here's old St. Nick. I bought this one years ago when my grandson was small. He leans a little, but, hey, so do I.
And here's another.
Like I said, more on these houses further down.....
I found this stocking at the flea market last week for $3. It made me laugh, as I knew the old navy man would think it was funny. It says: "Fill-er Up."
There's really not much that says "Merry Christmas" on my mantle. Mostly stuff I had there already, just rearranged with a couple of extra things. (Oh, and these candles aren't yellow, they just look that way in a couple of photos....weird.)
So...yes, the canvas...does say "Merry Christmas." So, there is at least the ONE thing!
And, an old Christmas Card....
Can you call two Cardinal Salt Shakers 'Christmasey?"
My friend, Bibi and I, both love twigs and we gather them whenever possible. I won't have any at this place, except for the Crepe Myrtles, so, when I moved, I brought with me many twigs I gathered from the my old house. I have extras in the garage. And, my daughter has some in her house too...only hers look lots different. I'll be showing you her house in my next post. (Talk about opposites...you will wonder about us when you see her house!)
Then, there are the birds flying across the wall. Eddie, a quiltmaker in my guild, sent them to me a couple or so years ago. They flew in my kitchen at the other house. I asked my grandson to hang them, as these ceilings are eleven feet tall and I have been forbidden to climb ladders, since I fell and broke my tailbone in January. So, he put them just as I wanted them without me even saying - just perfect!
So, there you are...a peek at the grand total of my decorations. It's a cozy place, which is all that matters to me.
It's inscribed with our names and the date, 1994.
One more photo of the mantle..........
I said there was an addition to the story of Bibi's little paper houses. She came over today and brought me another one....right there in the foreground...look at that cute tiny little house! Adorable.
And, then there were three!
Look how big it looks up close to the camera.... and see, she even made a tiny little Snowman!
So, here is the front porch. Just brought out more stuff I already had.
I will probably put these Nests on that porch in every possible scenario I can dream up. The bird in the nest is from Bibi, the two other nests from Jim. Apparently, everyone knows I like nests!! Aren't they sweet though!
My little porch blackboard, one of my birdhouses made by a local guy long ago, one of my 'kid' chairs, the Santa that has sat on my porch at Christmas for a very long time, and a wire bin of rocks holding up the blackboard...the rocks gathered long ago by my late mother-in-law.
And, now the end....another of my old birdhouses, a nest (not real, of course) and a little Christmas tree.
This is what I managed to do, simple as it is....and I have to say...I do feel better having done it.
Christmas is coming....stay warm, Merry and Bright!!
Until then, ♥ pat