After a few days away from home,
and seeing places decorated to perfection,
I am ready to pretty up our abode.
This year it seems to take a bit more to
get me in the spirit of Christmas.
What better way to get there, than
to dress up my mannequin for the
A few weeks ago I purchased this child's little hoop
I am intrigued with all the little snaps to adjust the
length of the skirt.
The minute I bought it, I knew that I wanted it
for my dress form.
With a few sprigs of princess pine, vintage silver tinsel,
some glitter stars spelling out "WISH",
I was all set.
Changing her for the seasons is always great fun.
So far I have mainly focused on the entrance
foyer - breakfast room.
This year I am staying with natural colors
mixed with some red, a bit of silver,
and naturally greens.
I bought this stocking last weekend from
Sandi of the Cottage Muse
in Wrentham, M.A.
I was sad that we missed each other again!
The store was an absolute delight,
and I came home with more than one item.
I actually made myself a doll.
You know what they say about the shoemaker...
that goes for me too.
My dear friend Paula is smitten with this
little lady, and would have liked to add her to
When I bought this spool,
(and I don't really know what it was actually used for),
my hubby wondered why I wanted it.
I too had no idea.
It turned out that it was perfect for
a winter wonderland snow gal.
On the night from the 5th to the 6th, St. Nick in
Germany brings goodies to good children
and coal to bad ones, which he puts into the
shoes left out for him.
This is my homage to this custom.
I bought myself the little shoes-clogs,
(on the left) this weekend in an antique store in
I LOVE, LOVE them!!!!!
A sweet little wagon, which we purchased (plus a bigger version),
when we were in Germany, is taking sheep for a joy ride.
Lots of work and love went into this little treasure.
I have many teddies that I collected....stored away.
The other day I unearthed this fellow from 1982 by Dakin.
He came with the scarf and socks.
The little angel on the mirror got her wings.
I have a thing for stockings, preferably antique.
I found these also this past weekend, plus the lace.
Did I need them....NO....., do I love them.....YES!
Look at the details!
These are the little Dutch shoes.
The upper part is leather, and the soles are wood.
As sweet as they are, I don't envy the child that had
to wear them.
The little buckles snap into each other.
I don't think they saw a lot of use.
So much beautiful workmanship.
We were in Connecticut on Saturday, and in Rhode Island
and Massachusetts on Sunday.
It reminds me of a quote from a movie....or was it the title....
"if it's Tuesday, this must be Belgium"..
We had lunch in Stony Creek, overlooking the
I am always amazed what people will do for unique homes.
Can you imagine if you just quickly need milk or bread?!
After lots of shopping we went to our friend Paula's
house. I quickly took some pictures outside,
because we were off to do more shopping.
By the time we got back, it was dark, so I did not take
pictures of the inside.
It was absolutely breathtaking.
But there will be some upcoming exciting news soon.
In Massachusetts we stopped at a farm that grows herbs and lots
of other things in Brookfield, MA.
They also have many animals, this peacock being just one of them.
It is called the Walker Homestead.
The home is a beautiful old dwelling that takes you back in time,
and the lady of the house is charming.
They also sell antiques and smalls from their home.
Hubby made himself comfortable and
found a new friend.
They look good together.
He rested, I shopped!
My guy has the patience of a saint!!!!!
Here is my angel greeting
all who enter.
May you all be blessed with a wonderful season,
filled with joy and anticipation.
There will be more Christmas to come from