Friday, November 30, 2012

Pretty Pinks for Christmas 2012

Hello Friends!

I can't believe Christmas is only 24 days away!  Where did the year go?  I worked all week long on decorating my little cottage for Christmas and it is so pretty in here!  I used ivory, white, and silver in the living room and dining room but it wouldn't be Christmas if I didn't have some pink somewhere so I decorated my bedroom and bath with my favorite color.

 This is the sweet snowman I repainted last year.  When I bought it she was red, blue, and yellow.  I think she has really been improved!
 This little tree is usually in my craft room but I moved it to the bedroom and put all of my favorite pink ornaments on it.  It sits in the center of my dresser now.  I just love it!
 I keep telling myself that this Santa needs a white tree instead of that green one, but every year I don't do anything about it.  Eventually I will get to it.  I could probably spruce him right up!
 I love my pretty pink decorations on my dresser.  They make me very happy!
 I made every single thing in this whole vignette!  It is such a gift to be able to craft and create!  My favorite item is the framed "noel" sign hanging on the wall.  I had so much fun making that!  The hardest thing to make was that pink tulle tree.  You would not believe how much pink tulle I gathered for that thing!  I wanted to pull my hair out by the end of it.  I bought 3 foam tree forms but as you can see there is only one tree.  Maybe I will decorate the others another way.
 I absolutely love this pretty pink Christmas pillow.  My mom made the pillow and I decorated it up for Christmas.  I also made this super sweet Christmas ornament to stick in the pocket of the pillow.  It adds some more sweet Christmas charm.
 Last year I made the most beautiful Christmas stockings ever but realized that I didn't have any for my new step-daughters so last night I decided to make these beautiful Christmas cones in place of stocking this year.
 They are made from quilt batting, vintage lace, doilies, ribbon, linen, seam binding, and other embellishments.  This cone is mine and I think it is so beautiful!
 This is my step-daughter Maggie's cone.  She likes lace so I gave her cone a pretty Victorian lace collar.
 This is my step-daughter Lucie's cone.  I used gathered satin ribbon to trim hers and vintage doilies and lace.  I hope the girls like them!
I made a beautiful cone for my husband James also but I used less feminine trim and buttons to embellish his.  They are hanging on my fireplace and they look so beautiful all together!

I hope you have enjoyed my photos and creations and I hope you have a blessed weekend!

Blessings To You!
Love Tammy

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Fall Cottage Decor

Hello Sweet Friends!
I decorated my house for fall a few days ago and I wanted to show you how lovely it turned out!  I can't believe I am actually posting decor pictures before the holiday has passed this time!

My dining room is lovely and the table is set for a feast!  I wish we could sit down together for some tea and scones!
 I decorated my buffet in the dining room with shades of white. ivory, and brown.  I really love it.  I made that little pumpkin under the bell cloche with mod podge and an old dictionary.  Then I rubbed it with brown ink to distress it a bit and added the embellishments.
 Here is another one of those cute pumpkins.  They were so fun to make!
 My living room looks so cozy and inviting right now.  I rearranged the furniture to enclose it a little and the warm tones help make it look even cozier!

 My favorite arrangement is on this small dresser.  I just love how pretty the decorations turned out!
 Fall is such a wonderful time of year!  All of the trees around here are just so pretty!  I can't believe Thanksgiving is two weeks away!
 My fireplace mantle turned out nicely too!  I am going to make a fall banner (that I will be sure to post when it is finished) and hang it on the fireplace when I am done.

 I just love this "yardlong" print of that pretty victorian lady.  I don't use it very often because it has a gold frame and everything else in the cottage is white.  But she sure shines now!  I bet she will find a permenant home at the bed and breakfast.
 Here are some sachets I made.  I made the one on the left for my mom.  I think I am addicted to making these sachets and you will probably see a lot more of them on my blog in the coming months. 
 I am planning on selling them in the gift shop at the inn.  They are just so much fun to make and I love how cute they turn out when I get fininshed!
 This one has an orange and evergreen fragrance sachet in it.  It smells so wonderful!  I know my mom will love it!
 I made a "practice breakfast" this morning.  I am trying out the recipes I will be using for the inn.  This is orange infused French toast with berry compote and exteme veggie scrambled eggs, minus the veggies because I didn't have any this morning - but I will add them in for my guests.
My new hubby is loving the practice cooking I have been doing lately.  He is so sweet and always helps with the dishes and cleaning up the messes I make.  He is a wonderful husband!
 I also made a practice batch of cinnamon rolls a few days ago.  I think my recipe needs some tweeking, but I am really close!  Each guest will get a cinnamon roll on their plate with a scripture for the day stuck in it.  What a great way to start the day, huh?
I hope you are having a fabulous fall and enjoying all that the season holds for you in your area.  I am in prayer for those affected by the hurricane and now the blizzard-like storm in the east.  May you all be protected and cared for.

Blessings to You!
Love Tammy