Thursday, December 19, 2013

Everything but the food.

By the end of today, I should be almost done with my
shopping and have most of the gifts wrapped.

Our house is decorated, although I may need to do a bit of
undecorating before 4 sets of inquisitive hands arrive.

All that leaves is the food.
Menu planning, grocery shopping, cookie baking.....
somehow it will all get done in time.

Wouldn't you know, I finally got around to taking pictures
 of our dining room and it's the gloomiest day in December!

I've had a bad case of laryngitis for the past 2 days, so I'll let the pictures do the talking.

Maybe I'll do a little whispering.

A new find this year.

Old crocheted stockings are tied up with string.

Nice shot of my camera.

Tea for two.

I could use a cup of hot cocoa!

Santa needs some cookies to go with the milk.

Notice the wood closure has been replaced on the secretary door.
Everything's locked up tight!

I can't resist a new old set of salt and pepper shakers.

No peeking!

Well loved mugs.

I've yet to find a rug I want for this room, so I borrowed one from the basement.

A familiar sight these days.
I hope all your packages have arrived!

Front entryway.

In just a few short days Christmas will be here.
I wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas!


*I'm joining the parties at:
Common Ground Be Inspired
Funky Junk Interiors Party Junk
Cozy Little House Tweak it Tuesday


  1. Hi Vickie. I love all of your Christmasing - so precious! Now fix me a cup of chocolate too! ;)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. everything looks wonderful! I hope you recover from that cold, take care of yourself, have a wonderful Christmas!Those are beautiful stockings,

  3. Vickie - Everything looks beautiful and so festive!!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!!


  4. Congrats on your win!!!! Your dining room looks SO FUN!! Your little grandkids are going to LOVE being at Grandma's house for Christmas!!
    Merry Christmas,
    Mary Alice

  5. I love leaded glass mirror. You have many adorable vintage Christmas pieces, and the cocoa station is really fun! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas Vickie! Enjoy the kids!

  6. Vickie, everything is so cute and I will have to undecorate for the same reason. Merry Christmas!

  7. Wow, what a lovely room. Those crocheted stockings are so charming! Have a wonderful holiday!

  8. Vickie,
    everything is so charming, love your vintage pieces! Last year I finally broke down and gave in to some Santa mugs that called my name every time I walked by them at the antique mall and bought 5! It helped that they were on sale, I'd been resisting for a few years but they wore me down!
    Kate and I have been lucky so far, Kailyn's little hands have stayed off our Christmas decorations!
    Have a wonderful Christmas!

  9. Love it all Vicki! I think the old church window with the paper wreath is my favorite! Merry Christmas! Theresa visiting from little putty little paint.

  10. Vickie, your home is so sweet and full of Christmas cheer!

  11. Vickie, everything looks wonderful. I love the blue with the red. I think I may pull out some of mine next year. Love the ladder with the cute linens. I hope you get the baking and cooking done and get your voice back. Have a Merry Christmas!

  12. Wow, I'm so impressed! You have been very efficient, renovating your living room, decorating for Christmas! Job well done! Everything looks lovely! Merry Christmas :)

  13. Oh my goodness! So much prettiness in one place! I don't even know where to start. I love that ladder, your buffet, the shelved mirror, your mantle with its crocheted stockings! And I am absolutely in love with your hot cocoa station! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog too! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  14. I was happy you won the pillow! The dining room could not be brighter or more cheerful. If that is a gloomy day send it here. I love the arched window so much. I am doing nothing today but cooking. I raked the yard yesterday and am tuckered out. Happy Christmas, Olive

  15. It's all so lovely Vickie, so much eye candy. I lurve that tiered cocoa station, the little Santa mugs (I have a couple but they're not vintage), the truck, the tree with the baubles in it, everything but especially the colours; the bright blues and reds are gorgeous.

  16. congrats on your pillow win, vickie! debra's awesome, huh?:) your room is so bright and happy this christmas! you must feel like you are in a different home with the living and dining redo's. love the gothic window and wreath, and the cocoa station is too cute! have a very merry xmas and enjoy those 4 sets of hands:)

  17. Hi Vickie, Your home is wonderful and I love all your vintage touches. I would love to join you at your cocoa station. Too perfect. Love your Blue Willow and is one of my favorites. I have 2 sets from the 40's passed down to me from my grandma. There are so many great décor ideas here I have to go back and view again.
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas with your family and all the best in the new year.
    Hugs, Celeste

  18. Your house and decorating is gorgeous! Love all the blue and white with touches of red...and the vintage pieces, too. The salt and pepper shakers are too cute!

  19. Your home always looks so pretty Vickie. Have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy those grandbabies of yours and your family.


  20. LOVE, love, love it all, Vickie! I still need to wrap EVERYTHING and get to cooking! Love all of your vintage goodies and the three tiered stand is perfect for your cocoa station...I really need to get going on one! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas! PS Congrats on winning the pillow!

  21. I know I will forget some of the comments I wanted to make - my memory was good at the start of reading the post

    the table runner with the sweet ruffled ends - wonderful
    the tiered piece holding candy canes - super
    the leaded glass mirror
    the ladder

    I know there are a lot of other bits that struck my fancy.


  22. I love all of your vintage style Christmas decorations! I hope you have a great time with your family this holiday. Sounds like you'll have a full house.

  23. Love your vintage decorations, but I think it's your placement of things that make it all the better. Your dining room is beautiful. You are light years ahead of me for being ready for Christmas. Happy baking.

  24. Vickie,
    Charming charming charming!!!! So pretty. Love all the vintage decor. That little van line truck is adorable. Have fun with baking and getting ready for the big day. Merry Christmas.

  25. I had to try hard to see the camera, but I found it......
    How did you get those coffee station pans to stay up?.....
    I hope Santa fills Bill & Vicki's stockings, unless of course Bill got what he wanted when Vicki couldn't talk from laryngitis.

  26. Yay to winning the pillow! Have fun with the little ones. I'm sure it will take at least a few hours to figure out the closure on your secretary :)

  27. Oh...everything fantastic as always! That tea for two, the salt and pepper shakers...that ladder with the table clothes. I love everything.
    Everything ok with that Christmas seaters? haha. Here forecast is 40° Celsius degrees for Christmas Eve, so imagine, even pronouncing the word sweater is difficult for me...
    I wish you a Merry Christmas!

  28. Your dining room looks fantastic! I especially love the hot cocoa bar and the gorgeous window and wreath!

  29. Merry Christmas Vickie...all looks merry and bright!

  30. Everything looks beautiful! I love those knit stockings. They are so colorful. Merry Christmas, Vickie!

  31. ALL of the decor is beautiful. I'm actively wrapping gifts and food making hasn't started. Seems like last-second wrapping is my Christmas Tradition!

  32. this room is so BRIGHT and cheery ....perfect pops of color against the white...just love it...a perfect Christmas room! Have a wonderful and merry Christmas! :)

  33. Can't believe Christmas Eve is tomorrow already. Your dinning room looks great. Merry Christmas my sweet friend.

    Much love,

  34. Everything looks soooo cute! You know I love all the bright cheery colors you use. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  35. very tasteful design Vickie. I love the vintage &P shakers and mugs. The leaded window turned mirror is so pretty.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I left a reply asking for help in linky parties, if you'd care to help I'd appreciate it. . .

    Hope you New Year is all you hope for. . . .
    :) d

  36. Oh, I'm glad that I didn't miss this post! I adore your red and blue Christmas décor Vickie. The cocoa bar is darling and I love every little thing I see here!

  37. Your holiday decorated house is so charming, festive and bright. I love it! Happy New Year,Vickie!

  38. This Christmas post makes me realize how behind I got on my blog reading over the holidays. When I'm traveling I have a hard time keeping up. Love your new tree find. It's perfectly charming. And the red white and blue is so homey. It seems a lot of people got sick just before Christmas. I felt bad for everyone, until I got sick once we got home! No laryngitis for me, just a very deep man voice and that needles in the throat feeling. Hope your 2014 is starting out well.

  39. glad i scrolled down to see this... your decor is so charming and cozy, i just love it! you have a great eye for putting it all together and for photographing it well!


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