Thursday, December 21, 2017

Better late than never Christmas tour.

I'm incapable of getting my Christmas act together until all the holiday house tours
in Blogland have come and gone.  I don't make big changes in the way
I decorate for Christmas from year to year, but I felt the need to publish a post
 to pull my blog out of the toilet, so to speak.(I'm referring to my last post.)

Sunshine and days off rarely coincide, so here's our dining room
on a gray winter day.  I had to take dozens of photos just to get a few shots
 with all the chandelier lights shining. I got my workout going up and down
the chair to screw in one temperamental light bulb and then hightail it
back to my camera to quickly snap a shot before it flickered out.
   So there you have it.  All 250 watts burning bright.

Total calories burned during my chair stepper routine = 250 (I wish!)

The chandelier crystals take on a new persona at night
when they catch the rays of the 24/7 light show next door.
Red and green and flashing all over.  :o)

An old quilt is my table dressing for the season.

I added some glittery wood snowflakes to my autumn acorn garland.
Green trees in teacups and an angel in a birdcage?
There is no logic involved in Christmas decorating.

I retired my sheet music wreath and resurrected "swamp thing"
with a piece of pine garland and red berries. The Swedish candle holder
was a thrift store find.  Score!

Red white & blue brighten up this corner of the room.

I keep the buffet top simple so I can easily move everything
 to make way for Christmas goodies.  We need lots of room for goodies.

I made little gingerbread houses to decorate the kitchen shelves,
and as of today there have been no uninvited guests
nibbling on the walls.  Whew!

The red and white mugs were a World Market find this year.
I also found a cookie cutter at WM for mini gingerbread houses
that will make assembling the houses so much easier next year!

Since I still haven't replaced our living room furniture (no big surprise),
I spruced up the sofa with a fun new throw from TJMaxx.
A round red placemat from Target brightens the basket on the wall.

On my to do list for several years was to make a big chalkboard (3 ft. x 4 ft.)
 to hang over the sofa.  It only took a few hours and cost around $10 to make.
I wonder how long my chalk art will last when our grands arrive?

The only thing I've yet to do is assemble candles and votive cups
for the luminaries we line our sidewalk with on Christmas Eve.

Our son-in-law Jeremy has taken on the duty of lighting
 the luminaries each year, which is not an easy task when it's
cold and windy.  I'll be watching from the nice warm house.

It was a difficult year for us at 911, but as 2017 draws to an end,
I realize how truly blessed we are.

We love you Santa.
  It wouldn't be Christmas without you.

Thanks so much for visiting and Merry Christmas
from our house to yours!



  1. Your house is beautiful, as always. I love your decorating style. I have the same Swedish candleholders...and I found my pair at a thrift shop (Goodwill), as well! In fact, I forgot about them until I just saw yours. Now I must go down into the dungeon and try to find them in my candle tote box. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Vickie! xoxo

  2. I just adore your house, Vickie! The blackboard looks amazing with that garland, and the luminaries are simply lovely outside! Merry Christmas and here’s to nothing but good things in 2018!

  3. Beautiful! It was worth waiting for. Love the chalkboard too. Have a Merry Christmas.

  4. You killed it on the chalkboard!!! I used faux spray snow (like there would be a can of real spray snow???) and some stencils a few years ago on the windows. I had all sort of snowflakes, Christmas trees and snowy scenes on them and they looked so festive and cozy. It took my nieces all of 4 minutes to "try to see if it was real" and then the whole scene was nothing but a smeared mess. Not that that is what the grands are going to do with the chalkboard. Nope, not at all :)

    Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

  5. I loved every minute of your tour, Vickie! You really know how to make a house...a home. Just beautiful! Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a blessed 2018!

  6. Merry Christmas, Vickie. I love it akl, and true, there's no logic to any of the decorating, lol, but it sure looks cute. I do the luminaries too, but we are expecting rain, so im not even bothering assembling. I'll use that time to eat bon bon crockpot candy I made. My chandelier lights in the DR do the exact same thing as yours!
    Enjoy your family time together, and thanks for sharing your cozy home.

    1. Oh, and our neighbors have a light show going 24/7 too - complete with blowup, countdown to Christmas Santa, as well as one jet skiing on grass. The lights are multi-colored, and it looks like an amusement park, but I'm not amused.

  7. Vickie, I am so happy that you decided to share your Christmas home. It's always delightful! Love the throw on your couch and your darling cabinet display. Christmas decor not making any sense is what I love about it. It's truly magical nonsense! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. We love Santa at our house as well.

  8. Love seeing your bright and pretty home all decked out for Christmas. Love your pretty chandelier too. I want to wish you and your sweet family a very Merry Christmas. Wishing a new year full of happiness, great health and lots of new and wonderful adventures and blessings. Yeah for 2018 to start new for all of us.

  9. You're just like me I can't get my home tour up until the last two weeks. I think if i did it sooner it wouldn't seem fun more like work. Your home looks so beautiful and wishing you a Merry Christmas

  10. Love, love your VickieWonderland! My fav's are the kitchen shelf (you know I love those colours) with those amazing teeny houses (bite sized, he he) and 911 on your chalkboard!!! You are so darn talented!!! All that AND a world class athlete. Happy, Happy Christmas to you and your family... enjoy all of the little elves. xo

  11. Love you, Mom! What a beautiful post. :)

  12. Merry Christmas Vickie everything looks lovely!
    Happy New Year

  13. I love all your décor. So classy!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away

  14. Beautiful Vickie, I'm so glad you shared your Home Tour! your photos were wonderful, no idea it was a gray day. LOVE love love that wonderful chalkboard art you totally nailed it, te he. Hope you had a great Christmas. Have the Happiest of New Years! xoxo Debra

  15. I'm enchanted by each vignette! And you know I LOVE your chalkboard. What an artist you are! Happy New Year!

  16. Vickie,
    I haven't been on the blogs for a while, been doing instagram, (so much easier and quicker)but am still gonna blog eventually. As I was looing thru my blog list, so glad to see a recent one from you! your house is adorable as always, Hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! If you ever get on instagram, you can find Me at walnut_and_vine.

  17. I'm a bit behind, Vickie, but I'm glad I finally made it to see your decorations. Yours is one of my favorite homes to visit in blogland, every single detail is to my taste. And this time I'm admire the blackboard with the garland, what a brilliant idea. Happy 2018.

  18. Just stopped by to see if there's a recent update from you. I miss your posts. Hope you come back to blogging, Vickie. Hugs.

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