Today was a perfect day to enjoy the beginning of our Christmas story. We put up some decorations and we had a rain storm. It was very cold and windy outside and having the fires and candles lit, and the lamps on, added to the warmth and the anticipation of Christmas.
While we were nestled all snug in the Cottage not a creature was stirring, okay, maybe a mouse!
We had to have a jumping off place to start our decorating and we chose the kitchen.
Awhile back, after we had finished the kitchen remodel, one of my good friends, Barbara at 21 Rosemary Lane, commented that she was impressed and it helped make a decision for her to spruce (as she called it) up her kitchen. Well, then it was my time to become impressed. When she posted about her new buffalo check drapes and the black and white accents that she added, I thought that my carefully planned out scheme was definitely lacking. Then when the Farmer's Daughter of The Country Farm Home posted about her new kitchen/keeping room with the incredibly beautiful checkerboard floor that she and her hubby so painstakingly planned out and painted, it just sealed the deal that I had to go over and above what I had already done with a little help from my friends. Also, I remember reading in a decorating book by Alexandra Stoddard where she stated that every room in a house must have a bit of black in it. So I got busy and this is what I came up with. Nothing too drastic was done. I think I'm happier with the touches that were added, but I still can only hope to achieve the lovliness that those two talented ladies accomplished.
So here are the decorations for the first part of our Christmas story.
You will notice that I have used toys in an overall placement around the room. You will see this a lot during the course of our Christmas story. When Jake was born we fixed up a small sun porch as his room when he visited. At the time I was working, and a lot of my paycheck was spent on Ebay. Namely on toys for his little room. As in most things, I got slightly carried away and now that he is grown, I am hanging on to them in hopes that one day (in the far distant future) his children may enjoy them. Most are vintage, some are hand made, some have a permanent place on display in the Cottage, but most will be brought out at Christmas.
"Nursery magic is very strong and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old and wise...understand."
"The Velveteen Rabbit"
I hope you enjoyed the beginning of our Christmas story. I will bring more as the decorating progresses, and I'd like to thank again the lovely ladies who inspire me always.
Until then I hope you all have silver bells and silent nights....Judy
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