The Masterpiece by Javan

The Masterpiece by Javan

We are born into the world like a blank canvas and each person that crosses our path takes up the brush and makes his mark upon our surface - So it is that we develop - But we must realize there comes a day that we must take up the brush and finish the work. For only we can determine if we are to be just another painting or a Masterpiece.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas in Dixie

God Bless Us Everyone

Decorating was a little different this year with next year's contemplated move and down sizing, consequential packing and sorting caused us to only bring down what we were willing to carry back upstairs to repack.  When we married and blended our homes, we shared all of our "memory decorations" with the children that grew up with them.  They were important for them to keep safe as each child has a different memory of the ornaments.  Over the past 15 years, our trees have each been very different  - silk poinsettas - ribbons cascading down - birds and nests - sometimes no decorations and just lights -  and this is the second year for the red, white and green tree.

First is the little tree in the breakfast area sitting on the wonderful candle mat I received from Caroline in Singapore.  When I saw this tree last year, I knew it had to live with us as it would be just perfect decorated with little green bows.  The traditional paperwhites are stretching up and should be blooming by Christmas.  I plant these every year the first weekend of December for us to enjoy at Christmas.

The large white tree, in all it's glory,  sits in the Carolina room. Looks a little crooked in this picture but husband said it was my picture that is crooked, not the tree he put up..  DWH said early on in our marriage he has never liked putting ornaments on a tree. Well, I couldn't have a bare tree so have been collecting a few red, white and green ornaments and I make sure not to ask him to help with them. It has been very difficult finding ornaments without glitter as I am allergic to that. There are red feather ornaments - glass candy ornaments - woven bears and candy canes - red bells - lots of Cardinals and some red and white hearts. I only buy in groups of three or five because all ornaments are stored in a small plastic container. This tree will evolve along with us over the years or it may change completely.  Did you notice the Christmas Cactus plant already blooming?

On to the kitchen .... and what is sitting on the counter. The cookbook is the 1997 Christmas with Southern Living and is marked for easy reference to make the traditional bread pudding, twice this year because it is a favorite of  two of the kids that will be here for a week. The green napkins have, "Merry Christmas Ya'll" on them  and we love Southern.

The Christmas Morning table cover was completed last January and has been eagerly awaiting it's debut. The fabric is called Winterscapes and is just so happy and I just knew it would be a wonderful quilt. Centerpiece is actually pom-pom-looking feathers in a red and white glass basket bowl.

Quilt on the railing is from Bonnie Hunter's Christmas Lights pattern that was published in Quiltmaker last year. I do have some hand embroidered red and white quilts, but are not quilted. Waiting for inspiration.

A very dear friend made one of the kitchen cloths for me and got me the additional fabric and towels to make two more, which I finished in June. Not sure if I will let anyone use them as I like seeing them on the rack with the little Williamsburg containers that were a gift from my very thoughtful daughter.

We have carried the red and white into the living room with the silk amaryllis and we could not forget the Christmas bear, Mr. Jingle, that belongs to our little dogs.

These little trees had glitter all over them and had to be scrubbed with a vegetable brush and I still can't handle them  - but how could I resist the red and white candycane look of them on the mantel?

The peppermint silk poinsettias look splendid in the mantel basket that was made by another friend. This year we were able to find a "real" Christmas rose plant.  Saw some of the plants at Wal Mart, but they had sprinkled glitter all over them so passed those up for sure. What a shame to ruin such a beautiful Christmas flowering plant.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas
Happiness in your journey and may you be surrounded by the love of family and friends


taylorsoutback said...

Judie - everything looks so festive and wonderful! Can you come up and do my house too??? Love the variegated poinsettia and I agree with you - why gild the lily so to speak by adding sparkles to a Christmas Rose plant? They can stand alone!
Thank you for sharing your holiday home - I must get motivated! It's been snowing all day.

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Love all your holiday decorations.

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Oh, I just love all of the red and white! Very pretty decorations!!!