Monday, December 22, 2014

It's all about the babes.

Last year I thought I was so clever when I fastened my vintage deer
to the mirror on my end table with carpet tape to prevent our little elves
from carrying them around the house.  Brilliant idea, don't you think?

Well, I'd say a certain 2 year old outsmarted me when he picked up the deer
with the mirror still attached!

Last year.

This year.

Now I'm another year older and wiser so I'm placing my treasured items out of reach.
Our side table is sporting a new look with some baby rattles I found in the bottom of a drawer.
  They add a nice pop of Christmassy colors and they're meant to be played with.
  The coasters, on the other hand, will be tucked away before the troops arrive.

Looking into our front entryway from the living room.

I unearthed this vintage corduroy baby bunting
made by a St.Paul, MN company and old crocheted wool cap
while we were Christmas shopping in Duluth the other day.
 It's a Christmas selfie.

Is this not the perfect spot for Miss Mousie to welcome our little guests?
She is a treasured gift from Tracy that I selfishly keep way up high.
I made her a mini pennant banner out of sheet music and construction paper.

In the living room:

My collection of angel bells float on a cloud (and out of reach)
 on top of our piano in this corner of the room.
There are jingle bells for each of the kiddos on the round table.

The sweet couple I found at the Grand Rapids flea market last summer
seem to be begging a young family to move the piano to their home.  Soon.
hint hint

Once I find a spot that I like for my Christmas decorations,
I tend to keep things the same year after year.  Also, I was too lazy to
photograph the whole room, so I'm slipping in a few of last year's photos.

The only changes this year are the plantation shutters I installed
last winter, AND I've actually wrapped all the gifts and
they're under the tree already!  Go Vickie!

The armoire holds my very dated CD player that I hope makes it through the holidays!
The disc drawer was stuck and when we googled how to fix it, most of the YouTube videos
 said the same thing;  "Why bother fixing these things that nobody wants anyway?"
 Hey buddy, I still want mine!!  I do not want to learn any new technology.
The new latches have proven to be childproof.  :o)

Mack likes to entertain us by wearing the clogs
and doing a little song and dance number.

In the dining room:

I've only made a few changes from last year.

The room now feels finished with the addition
of plantation shutters and curtains.

The glittery tree brings out the glitter in our ceilings.  :o)

I placed my conservatory on the dry sink
instead of the hot cocoa station, which I moved to the living room.

When the sun goes down......'s just the right height for little ones to peer into the wintry scene
 which is safely enclosed behind glass.  I'm not so sure those sneaky
little elves are child friendly.  Look at their shifty eyes!

A few turns of the key and this church music box
plays Silent Night while my choir of angels sing along.

As the weary children are carried up the stairs to their beds, an old shutter
on the landing holds a frosty wreath and message for the night.

Sweet dreams!

And once the children are nestled all snug in their beds..........
Let the games begin!

I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas,
and for those of you who also celebrate a Christmas birthday,
(we've got 2 here) Happy Birthday, too!

*I'm joining the parties at:

Mod Vintage Life Mod Mix Monday
Cozy Little House Tweak it Tuesday


  1. OH...I love it all, Vickie! Little Miss Mousie, in that charming old bunting, is a heart stealer. And I love all of your wonderful vignettes...I have a conservatory, downstairs, unused right NEEDS a little elf village. I am so in love with your dining room...I want to move in! It's all so beautiful and makes me smile! I hope you have a wonderful blessed Christmas, my friend!

  2. What fun is to be had at your house...especially for those sweet little ones!! You've thought of everything to make your Christmas celebration special for everyone. Always fun to visit your charming home, Vickie, and enjoy your fabulous humor!
    Merry Christmas,
    Mary Alice

  3. Hi Vickie, this is such a fun post filled with beauty and Christmas treasures. I just love how you have decorated your home. Such a talent you are and so inspiring!! Love the John Thompson music book. I learned with that one many moons ago. I wish I still had a copy.
    It's easy to see the little ones would be big eyed in wonder with all your pretties.
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and many blessings in the new year!!

  4. I feel bad but when you told the story with the mirror I laughed. I remember my nieces and nephews.

    Love that outfit and the mouse is too cute


  5. I just love your place! :0 )

    AND yea, how about that having to re-decorate stuff when the grands come along. LOL ! There's a short space of time when it's all about ME ME ME and finally the way I like things and no worries and then it starts all over again, haha. Everything goes back UP :)

    Merry Christmas to you and your family :) UP is fine....we are blessed.

  6. I enjoyed taking a tour of your home decorated for Christmas. It's all so pretty with your vintage touches. The little mouse in the pocket is adorable! Hopefully, everything will be safe for the little ones this year.

  7. such a beautiful home!

  8. Wow...everything looks SO pretty, Vickie! Miss Mousie and her tiny banner are the cutest!! :)
    Merry Christmas!

  9. Your decorations are so cute and sweet, Vickie. I don't change my stuff up a whole lot either, and just move one chair for the tree. It baffles me to see completely new tree decor each year, as mine are each and all little memories. I laughed out loud when I read "shifty eyes", lol - they so look shifty.

  10. it all looks so bright and cottage-y, vickie! the vintage bunting was a cute find:)` and miss mousie--so adorable, had to pin her:) your "littles" are lucky to spend christmas in such beautiful home filled with fun, vintage goodies:) have a wonderful christmas and healthy new year!!

  11. Take lots of picture of the kids carrying the Christmas tree around the house :) Hoping you have a Merry Christmas!

  12. Your house has so many of the pretty things that I love! And I love your piano...I learned to play with that little book and still have it! Merry Christmas!

  13. Your house looks so nice. Lots of special touches . Funny about decorating with little ones in mind. I hope you and your famiky have a great Christmas.

  14. Vicky, love all your decorations! Yes I've learned to only put what can be played with down low. Next year I'll have another baby around so even more stuff will have to go up high! wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

  15. Vickie,
    Love all your sweet decorations. The mouse from Tracy is so cute in the bunting. I wish you and your beautiful family a very Merry Christmas. Happy Birthday wishes too. Enjoy.

  16. Everything is just so darn cute Vickie! Love the new baby bunting with the sweet mouse. The rattles are a great idea. I usually keep things that the little ones can play with on the bottom shelf of the blue cabinet in my entry. This year it holds glittery houses. Not so kid friendly. I can just see our little Will (2 years old) bringing one into me. Where there's a Will there's a way! lol! I always close the living room French doors when that little one arrives. But the kids are so fun and I wouldn't have it any other way! A very Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

  17. Hahahaha. ;) That was cute. Mack (and Maggie) are so excited to go to gramma and grampa's. mack asks when we are going over and over. Haha. I think he might be more excited for that than Christmas. :) And I love the dice display. Hehehe....

  18. Your home and decor are always just so lovely and cute! I especially love all your cool vintage things...the angels in the first photo, the deer, the shifty-eyed elves in the winter scene. Here's wishing you and your family a very happy and blessed Christmas!

  19. Vickie, it looks BEAUTIFUL! I love all your new changes - the curtains, shutters, dark window frames, etc. Your home is the perfect blend of tradition and shifty-eyed elves. : ) It's very YOU. Merry, merry Christmas!

  20. Everything looks beautiful! I loved the angels and so sorry about your deer! Wishing you and your family a very happy and blessed Christmas!

  21. It all looks great, so pretty and fresh and perfectly staged for the grandkids. I love the conservatory even if the elves do look a bit shifty.
    I nearly directed people to last years Christmas post because I pretty much put things in the same place too. I guess it's easier but also you know it works !
    I hope you're enjoying the holidays, have a wonderful Christmas xx

  22. I love all your vintage Christmas treasures. Your home looks so festive Vickie. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.


  23. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this post! Your home... and all of your beautiful decorating, is sooo lovely and inviting looking! I bet when guests enter they feel as though they're getting a great big happy hug! Hope you had a very Merry Christmas! xo

  24. Your rooms are cute and festive, Vickie. The blue and red are so lively together. You have the most fun and unique collections, and you always display them beautifully. What a treat to visit your blog today. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  25. I hope your beautiful decorations survived Christmas and all the little hands that touched them !

  26. Merry Christmas Vickie! Your home looks so beautiful decked out with all of your vintage Christmas decor! One of my favorite Christmas songs as a kid was "Santa Mouse" by Burl Ives. Have you ever heard it?Your little mouse reminds me of that tune. Love the bunting!

  27. Found you through Mod Vintage Mix! What a delightful post- I adore the mini village conservatory and the mischievous little elves -lol and all your vintage touches- am now following along

  28. Happy holidays Vickie! You win all the prizes for beautiful integration of vintage Christmas decorations. Just beautiful. Perfect. Inspiring. All the words you can think of. That's what your decorations are!

  29. What a gorgeous holiday home you have Vickie! I love every single inch and I bet I would love it all year round!! ;) Happy New Year!!

  30. I absolutely ADORE your dining room. You know, seems to me I'm seeing a lot of the old record players making a comeback.

  31. I love the gorgeous photos of your home!

  32. So many beautiful treasures! I could spend some time getting lost in all of the festiveness!

  33. I just LOVE your beautiful home! Those little elves do have an impish look. Everything is just too cute! No wonder the little ones like your stuff. wink, nod. Happy New Year dear friend!

  34. I am so behind, but I am glad that I visited today. Everything looks so lovely for Christmas. I know I commented once before about that table runner. I know now that I have got to make one for myself. I don't usually do ruffles, but I love the look on your table.


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