Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Baby it's Cold Outside in NC & Alaska

Oh, boy...."Baby it's Cold Outside" 
And that's a fact!

An older shot of our Venetian mirrior from an older post
Winter is hitting the entire east coast and really cold weather, with some sleet and snow, is in our forecast for today and tomorrow. Not the norm for coastal Carolina and I'll be happy when it warms back up next week. I'll be burning some winter calories doing some yardwork and putting the remainder of outside Christmas decorations away....hopefully, back in flip-flops again!

In the mean time, this past weekend, I got most of our Christmas decor put away, but left out some to keep the look of winter around for a tad bit longer.

The bay window was the first to get done by nesting all of the owls together in my little antique wheelbarrow.


The tree and sled are packed away along with all of the red ornaments that were on the mantel.

The entry, now, with my beautuful new canvas print.

Here it was with our Christmas decor.

The beautiful canvas was a gift from one of my "besties" who's young enough to be my daughter....I'll treasure it and our friendship forever!

This is DeeAnn and me from our lunch date a few years ago.....just look at her smile!

The majestic mountains of Alaska is one of many of her incredible images from her recent trip there to "practice" her photography.

Lots of gorgeous icebergs are among the many in her vast collection.




This one blew (blue) my mind!!!

Not sure if this was a fishing, tour or a rescue boat, but what a wonderful pic.



Another great shot from way up in the air.



I'm pretty sure she was hanging out the window or (knowing her) holding on to the tail bar of the last car...LOL!


Alaskan bears were all around her. She got many great pics of them!



This was one of the cutest bear shots.....love, love, love it!



How often does one get to see a bald eagle, let alone snap a shot like this? 
It's from her portfolio of nature.

This is one of my favorite action shots that she nabbed, not far from her home.....what luck she has!

Here's my girl, in Alaska, in action...just look at that amazing lens!!!
  DeeAnn's incredible work is available 
@
and click on her portfolio's to see more. 



Now, leaving you with a cell phone snap, through my car window, of our entrance waterfall frozen solid....I expect to see it flowing again next week...

'til then I hope that if the cold, ice and snow is in your forecast that you will stay safe and warm!


Love, Hugs, and Kisses,
JP
and Gucci, too!

  
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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Our Christmas Eve Tablescape 2017 and Centerpieces

Celebrating, this Christmas, was a difficult time for my husband with the loss of his only daughter, to cancer, last March and for my daughters who lost their dad a year ago, last November. We, also lost all contact with my daughter's twins who are being kept from seeing us....no legit reason, just child brainwashing and our side of the family has been erased. Sorry, for the little "downer", but not mentioning their losses would be like erasing them all from our lives....we are heartbroken and we miss them terribly!

Now, on to a happier note.....my oldest daughter and her husband were able to be with us so, of course I had to make it nice and pretty.
 A cranberry and white theme carried over from the living room and into the kitchen.
 Mini mason jars were filled with olive oil, pomegranate seeds and cranberries and topped off with a floating candle wick. A wrap of red and white baker's twine and a snip of evergreen completed the votives for a simple addition to the table.

 I tried them out on ourlazy susan a few days before the tablescape was made.
 Naturally, I went with a red, and white theme for the night.

 This view shows our window view.






 Name tags were made last minute...lucky I had them in my stash!



 Tanya got to take home the vase and flowers....
 so, I had to make a quick replacement for the table.




  A candid pic of me with my constant companions ...my shadow and the love of my life!

 Wishing you a very Happy New Year!


Love, Hugs and Kisses,
JP
and Gucci, too!
                                               
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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Christmas Extras in the Entry and Around the House

One last post on this years Christmas decor with an array of decorations from around the house.


A very special Christmas card from several years ago got a little frame this year...I paired it with my little sock snowman.

He sits beside a simple gathering on a, brass footed, vanity tray from early 20th century. It was quite a steal for $12!

 The details in it are amazing and every display that I've put upon it always makes me smile.


A simple arrangement on top of my re-newed dresser.

The tiniest cross stitch sampler is one that I did about 30 years ago....when my eyes were really, really good. It measures a teenie inch and 1/4 by an inch and 1/2!

Another beautiful reflection with one of my favorite things to collect...mirrors!
Chippy country painted mirrors, gilded Victorian mirrors, etched Venetian glass mirrors, boho style mirrors, I love all kinds...one day I'll have to share a post on mirrors that I've shared from my collections! 

This, simple country one, was the one that had been displayed in our bay window this past fall, until it was time for the Christmas change.

This vintage solid brass clock is one that I "stole"...no not really, from a re-sale shop for just $9 a while back. 

It has a trio of glam acorns for a touch of the season that we admire as we watch tv.

A framed picture hangs on the living room door and will stay around for the rest of winter.




  Home Sweet Home was thee house where I grew up!

Christmas touches above the couch in neutral, brass, white and gold.

Now,  pics of the entry......my $5 chair

and teddy bears for a bit of nostalgia this year.

I still have a few old, old, bears left from my old large collection.

Sometimes, I just can't make up my mind where things should stay put....like the bear in the basket or on the trunk.

This teddy in a Chistmas boot is actually a newer version. I've been holding on to him 'cause he so darn cute and squishy!

Then burgundy ornaments and greens piled in the trunk.....

until then came, yet, another change!

 A kissing ball hangs in the perfect spot on the chandy in the entry. 
I added the stencils around the doorway just for this pic in photoshop!


Two pretty views into our room through the gold rhinestone laden mirror.

this one is in the post of our mantel decor.

Maybe you saw this post of 
last year's Christmas dinner   if you missed it just click the link.
 

This was my the first post that I shared for Christmas
here 
 

 Off to plan a tablescape for our little Christmas Eve dinner for four.

here it is all done







 Love, Hugs, and Kisses,
JP
and Gucci, too!

  

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