Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas at our house.

Here is a little peek at Christmas time, at our house. Please come on in.

We have the tree up and decorated ~ It is always fun getting out the boxes of decorations from other years. Some of the decorations, we have had a lot of fun making. The kids call this the cram tree, because there is not much room for too many more decorations.

Candles wrapped in old sheet music and tied up with string.
A little burlap stocking I made, filled with toys.

What fun Christmassy things are you up to this weekend?

My family are driving down to celebrate my Mother's birthday, and going out to lunch, so looking forward to spending time with them.

I wish many blessings and joy for you during the holiday season.



  1. Carolyn! Your home looks like a lovely place to visit at Christmastime!

    I'm sure it's a lovely place to visit ANYtime, your Christmas decorations look so inviting and charming!

  2. Just Gorgeous, I love everything!!!

  3. Hi Carolyn, Lovely decorations. I just had to stop by and tell you that I have that same little bear ornament in the 6th photo - the one hanging from the star. I also have two other that are similar. They are among my favorites. Well - I have a lot of favorite bear ornaments, but it's nice to see someone else with similar leanings! Thanks for posting the photos. It must be wonderful at your house this time of year.


  4. Hi Carolyn...Oh, your tree is lovely. So many wonderful decorations. Love the glass bell jar.
    Always nice to have everything ready and be able to enjoy it for a few days.
    I hope you have a wonderful day with your Mom. Happy Birthday to her!

    The polar bear in the previous post is magnificent. Beautiful photography and story.

    Take soon.
    Hugs, Nancy

  5. Simply beautiful Carolyn. What a lovely home and great ideas. The candles in the sheet music.. brilliant! I hope you all have a lovely day with your Mum.

  6. Thanks for sharing your decorated home with us. I'm sure there are some wonderful stories behind some of those ornaments.

  7. Oh my goodness, Carolyn, just gorgeous. Your tree is beautiful!!! Your house looks so inviting. Happy Holidays, sweetie! xoxo

  8. Thank you so much TattingChic, that is very kind of you.

    Many thanks Stefanie.

    Thank you Ginger for visiting and lovely that we have some of the same decorations.

    Many thanks Nancy for your kind words and yes, I hope that my Mother has a happy birthday.

    Thank you Karen, appreciate your friendship. I posted a Christmas card to your Mother today.

    Hi Dolores,

    Thanks for your visit. I think at Christmas time there are some lovely stories, especially some of the memories of years ago.

    Lovely to hear from you Sixpence and you have been missed here.
    I look forward to coming to visit you soon.


  9. Carolyn, your home is beautiful, your tree I just loved..I blew upeach picture to see all your lovely ornaments, I love an over full tree...they are full of memories no? I also loved your fireplace mantle :) very, very pretty! Have a wonderful time visiting with your family and I hope your mama has a beautiful birthday! Besos, Rose

  10. Thank you very much dear Rose.
    It will be hard for my Mama without Dad but we will all be there for her.
    Many thanks for your kind words, dear friend.


  11. Carolyn,
    This is wonderful to tour your lovely home.

    The tree is so pretty and I'm sure you have a story about every item. This is one of the things I love to recall when looking at ornaments that I have gotten over the years. Sure is special.

    God richly bless you this Christmas,

  12. I wish I could stay at your house during Christmas :p

    My mom never bothers to put up Christmas decoration. And it's all hot in Surabaya. The only Christmas spirit we can feel here is deep within our heart.

    Happy holiday, Carolyn!

  13. Hi Carolyn! Your home is lovely and your tree is so pretty... I love looking at Christmas decorations at others homes, you get to see all the things they like and you get some great ideas too...Thank you for sharing your wonderful home I so enjoyed the visit....This weekend I'm going to get my list for groceries together and maybe make some cookies...I'm also trying to get rid of this cold I have....Have a nice weekend! Hugs, Jennifer

  14. Love your decorations Carolyn. Your tree looks very magical and the burlap stocking looks perfect.

    Hope that your mum has a good birthday.

    Leeann x

  15. Your tree is so beautiful! It's huge! I love the sheet music with the candies tucked away inside, they are very clever. I am off to finish my Christmas shopping this weekend, hopefully! Have lots of fun this weekend!

  16. Hi Deanna,

    Many thanks for your visit and I wish for a wonderful Christmas, to you and your family.

    Hi Fe,

    It is warm here too and one day I would love to have a white Christmas the ones, you see like in the Christmas cards.

    Hi Jennifer,

    Sorry to hear that you have a cold and I hope that you are feeling better. Good luck with the shopping. I went grocery shopping on Thursday and got a few things ready for Christmas.

    Thank you Leeann, sweet of you to visit me today.
    have a magnificent Christmas!

    Hi Sares,

    Much luck with your shopping.
    This time of the year it is crazy out there, or it is over here when we walked up Queen Street shopping.


  17. This weekend.... panic shopping! ACK!

    Your house is absolutely beautiful though!!!

  18. Carolyn, your Christmas decor and home are beautiful, so warm and inviting! The simplest things catch my attention like the candles wrapped up in sheet music!

    And your french chair REALLY caught my attention!!

    Thank you for inviting us into your lovely home.


  19. Love it Carolyn! I want to sit in front of your tree and stare! And then take in every other little thing. You are so talented!

    I am trying to do this for my next post. I wish my camera was better.

  20. Your house is beautifully decorated!
    That's very kind of you to show us.

    Here we just decorated our Christmas tree. Maybe when we get more decorations we can add more and spread them in the house.

    Lots of hugs and merry Christmas!


  21. Lovely decorations Carolyn! I hope you enjoyed your day with your Mom.


  22. It's all so magical! Thank you for the peak into your lovely home! Your stocking is fabulous sweet friend!!

    Love and hugs,

  23. Carolyn,

    Everything is so lovely and festive:)! I am hoping to make some gifts this weekend as well as do some baking:).



  24. Thank you Heather and good luck with the shopping. We went shopping yesterday and it is so tiring, with so many people about.

    Many thanks Marsha, lovely that you could drop by and for your sweet message.

    Hi Barbara,

    Thanks very much and I wish you could come and sit in front of the tree too. I look forward to coming to visit you.

    Thanks Sophie, looking forward to coming to see you.

    Many thanks Lynn ~ I should be getting ready to leave soon to drive to Tauranga and yes, really looking forward to seeing my Mum and family.

    Thank you Karyn, sweet of you to come and visit me, and I look forward to coming to see you soon.

    Thanks Kim and enjoy doing your baking and making gifts, it is so much fun doing Christmassy things.


  25. Oooooh Carolyn, your Christmas-tree is marvellous! I've never seen so many different and beautiful ornaments on only one tree - it really looks great! And I also love your other wonderful and lovely decoration. It will be a pretty celebration, I'm sure! Warm hugs from snowy Austria, Traude

  26. Dear Carolyn, I would like to wish you and your family a very happy christmas, and may next year brings much blessings to you all, together with good health, joy, love and prospertity.

    I´m so grateful to have met you through blogging because your work is so, so beautiful and I enjoy it so much. Besides, this post is so lovely, your christmas decor is sweet and cozy, and beautiful and I adore your blue walls.
    Muchos cariños
    Maria Cecilia

  27. WOW Carolyn, just gorgeous!!! I adore that mirror over your mantle too!

    This will be our weekend to get some baking done...and finish up the Christmas shopping (I'm almost done)!

    Many blessings to you ~

    :) T

  28. Your tree looks magnificent, Carolyn. Those heirloom decorations are very special.

    Have a safe trip and a lovely time. I am off to visit my sister at weekend. Hugs, Lynda

  29. Carolyn, I do so love your 'cram' tree. It is beautifully decorated with ornaments that probably bring you so many happy memories from other years celebrated too. Your home is just beautiful and oh so cozy looking. The stocking is adorable, my friend.
    I hope you have a wonderful tome with your mother and all your family.

  30. Lovely...I love your "cram" tree!

    I hope you had a wonderful time with your Mother!

    Wishing you glad tidings and merry wishes! Denise

  31. oh how cute! I love the idea to use music sheets for wrapping, so beautiful.
    your home looks so cozy and warm- it reflects your personality.
    happy holidays, darling Carolyn!

  32. Carolyn, I comppletely forgot when I commented on here to ask you if you could please email your address if you are comfortable with that because I have a Christmas card made out for you, and I know it won't get to you in time...but as usual I am late with everything :) Besos, Rose

  33. I love your cram tree! The more the merrier. Love the colors in your living room, too. Everything is so festive and inviting. Blessings to you and yours and happy birthday to your mom. xoxox Tammy

  34. Carolyn, thank you for inviting us for Christmas - your home looks so lovely. I love the unique family touches. It is what Christmas is all about. Tradition!
    x Suzi

  35. My darling I wish you and yours all the joy, love, hope, blessings, peace, laughter, miracles, good health and boundless wealth during this holiday season and always.

    Love & Hugs

  36. This is simply gorgeous dear Carolyn, what a beautiful home you have. I adore the music notes wrapping...what a creative idea.

    Happy Birthday to your Mother!

    Wishing you a peaceful weekend, cheers: Evi

  37. how beautiful and festive it all looks

  38. Hi Carolyn,
    That was a wonderful treat to see your Christmas home. Can I just say that I love your fireplace and mirror? Everything is just gorgeous. You are so lucky to have all those old ornaments. I am still pining for the ones I grew up with (but my mother's husband threw them all away some years ago). I can still see them in my mind's eye though! Have a most enjoyable weekend!
    Sharon :-)

  39. So beautiful and lovely is all that you share
    Love Jeanne

  40. Thank you so much for visiting today, Trude, I appreciate your kind words.
    A lot of the decorations the kids and I have made, which was fun.

    Dear Maria Cecilia,

    It has been great to have met you through blogging and I am amazed every time I see your beautiful roses.
    The lounge walls are actually green and we are thinking over the holidays of maybe painting them a cream, white or a neutral colour.
    Wishing you and yours a very happy Christmas and best wishes for 2010.

    What a lovely feeling having all the Christmas shopping almost finished Tracey and now spending the weekend doing some baking.
    That will be fun.

    Hi Lynda,

    Thank you for your visit and kind words. Have a lovely time with your Sister.

    thank you so much June, for visiting me today and the lovely message. We had a lovely time with my Family and was great to celebrate my Mother's birthday.

    thank you very much Denise, for your kind words.
    Merry Christmas and best wishes to your family.

    Thank you dear Susan.
    Old sheet music does make lovely wrapping paper. Happy holidays to you!

    Hi Rose,

    How kind and sweet of you ~ I will email you, thank you very much.

    Thank you so much Tammy for your kind words and friendship.
    Blessings to you and your family.

    Hi Suzi,

    I think it is great to have little family traditions. Many thanks for coming to visit me today.
    Merry Christmas and happy holidays.

    Dear Duchess,

    thank you very much, sweet friend for the very kind message.
    Lovely to have you as a blog friend.

    thank you Miss Eve, for your lovely message you left for me.
    Wishing you a wonderful and happy holiday season.

    Many thanks Sandra, lovely to have you come by.

    Hi Sharon,

    Lovely to have a visit from you and always great to read your comments.
    thank you.
    Sorry that some of your old family decorations were thrown out.
    Your have a wonderful weekend.


  41. Thank you Jeanne for visiting.

    Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas


  42. Your house looks wonderful! Happy birthday to your dear mum, hope you had a fantastic day together!
    Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas! xxx

  43. Hi Carolyn!
    I hope you are enjoying your weekend with your Mother and she is full of Birthday kisses!!! ;)
    I love all of your Christmas decorations...the little details are too cute.
    everything vintage

  44. Wow! Your house looks amazing, darling C!


  45. Very pretty! Your house looks lovely all dressed up for Christmas!!

    Have fun these days!
    Thinking of you.

  46. Your home is so lovely!

    Thank you so much for stopping by to visit my Blog!

    Happy Holidays,

  47. My dearest Carolyn,
    I`m sorry, that I haven`t visit at your "home" for a long time! We can visit, but allways isn`t so much time, that can leave message, too, unfortunately! I hope, that you understand! It´s time, when we can only quick visit without message,but I never forget you!!!

    Your home looks sooooo beautiful!!!
    Beautiful decoration!!

    Now, my dear friend there far away MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
    And thank you for being my friend!!!:)

    BIG hugs to you!!!


  48. Thank you Victoria ~ Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2010.

    Many thanks Michela, for your visit.
    We had a fantastic birthday for my Mother and was great to catch up with my family. Merry Christmas.

    Thank you Jodie, always great to have you drop by and yes, Mother had a lot of birthday kisses.

    Thank you Couture Carrie

    Many thanks Constance and I hope that you are enjoying the weekend.
    Merry Christmas.

    Hi Lulu,

    many thanks for your visit today.
    Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you.

    Lovely to have a visit from you dear Marge and many thanks for being a lovely friend.
    It is a busy time of the year and I want to wish your family a Merry Christmas and best wishes for the new Year.

    Hugs to you, dear friend

  49. Hi Carolyn,
    All of your ornaments for tree and photo are Fantastic!

    A great happy Christmas.

  50. I love Christmas at your house!!
    Love the sheet music, and stocking.

  51. Hi Carolyn,
    Your home is beautiful and so very inviting with warmth and love for Christmas. I love your cram tree. I think ours has become a cram tree too. But so many treasured ornaments have to be apart of the decorating.
    I love the long candles wrapped in sheet music. Great idea.

    Hope you mother has a wonderful birthday. I am sure it will be a special time together.

    Thank you for stopping by and your kind comments. You have been a blessing to me the past year and I wish you a very Merry Christmas with your friends and family. All the best in the New Year too.

    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  52. I love peeking inside all my blogging friends Christmas homes..your's is so so lovely. I love every little last detail. May your Christmas week be full of love..peace and joy!

  53. Carolyn-I love your "cram" tree--those are the best kind! I saw some ornaments made with sheet music on HGTV by one of the designers--yours are just as cute! Of course, nobody at my house can play any muscial instrument, so I guess I won't be making those:) Hope you had a good day with your mom and hope you have the merriest of Christmases.

  54. Carolyn-I forgot to tell you how much I l love the polar bear and dog pictures--reminds me of "And the lion and lamb shall lie down together"--great for Christmas! :) Thanks for sharing this!

  55. Thank you very much Rosarita and a very happy Christmas to you.

    Thanks Rosemary, both very easy to make but yet they do look good.

    Many thanks, Celestina Marie ~ it has been great to have you as a blogging friend. You are always so lovely and kind and I enjoy your visits and visiting you.
    Have loved seeing all your wonderful Christmas decorations.
    We had a wonderful family birthday dinner for my beautiful Mother.
    Thank you.

    Thank you Koralee and I have enjoyed having a peek into all my blog friends lovely homes.
    Your home and all you have to share is beautiful.
    It is fun isn't it.

    Thank you Susan ~ I have enjoyed visiting your home and seeing your beautiful decorations too and all the wonderful tablescapes.
    The Polar bear and dog are lovely.

    Merry Christmas and happy holidays.


  56. What a beautiful tree! That chair next to it looks so very inviting too! Blessings!

  57. Sweet Carolyn!
    Tell your mother happy birthday from us and I hope that you have a wonderful visit!
    You have such a cozy and comfortable looking home... thank you for sharing!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family... and a great big wish for a blessed New Year!

  58. Dear Carolyn....girl your home is just I spied that stain glass window right off the bat WOW!! How pretty your tree looks and I love a cramed tree the best....Many Blessings to you my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  59. Dear Carolyn, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us. What a delight!
    May you and your loved ones have a very happy and blessed festive season.

    Pat xx

  60. Thank you for your visit Gwen, lovely to have you drop by.

    Thank you Christina, that is very kind to wish my Mother a happy birthday. We had a great birthday and just being with my family, was wonderful.
    Wishing you and yours the very happiest Christmas.

    Hi Gloria,

    It is a pretty stained glass window, we bought two from an antique shop. The other we put in another house, we renovated.
    It also had a front door, but that had just been sold.
    blessings to you and yours.

    Thank you very much Pat.
    Warmest Greetings of the season and every good wish for the coming year.


  61. Hei Carolyn,
    Ohhh..lovely decorations. Love it:))

    Big..big..hugs to You!

  62. Oh Carolyn! That cute bear under glass truly stole my heart!
    Have a merry Christmas filled with health, joy and peace!

  63. Carolyn, your home looks so inviting. I do love all your Christmas decorations and traditions. My favourite part of Christmas are our family rituals! Have a very merry Christmas with your family. Thank you so much for your visits this year. I have so enjoyed getting to know you through the blog world. Amanda xx

  64. Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season dear Carolyn, much love: Evi

  65. You can never have too many ornaments on a tree.....more is more!
    Oh congrats on the feature too!!!
    Have a super Merry Christmas with your family!

  66. Thank you Piitis, for your visit and hugs to you, dear friend.

    Thank you Monica and wishing you the best Christmas and good health and happiness.

    Many thanks Amanda and wishing your family the merriest Christmas and best wishes for 2010.
    It has been great, getting to know you through the blog world.

    Thank you Miss Eve, hope you have a fabulous holiday season.

    Many thanks Carole,

    It has been lovely getting to know you through the blog world.
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New year.


  67. Hello dear Carolyn,

    Your Christmas decorations look so beautiful.

    I whis you a Mary Christmas and a Happy New Year 2010

    Lovely greetings from Josephine

  68. Everything looks GREAT!
    Merry Christmas!

  69. Thank you so much Josephine for your visit.
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2010.

    Thank you Fifi and Merry Christmas to you.


  70. Carolyn!!!! Merry Christmas, my dear dear dear friend!!!!

    I absolutely love the idea that you came up with- wrapping those Christmas candles in some old music sheets! And who would have ever ever ever thought of that?!

    I also created something Christmas-y with the candles I bought. I tied them all the way up with many, many ribbons! They now are each covered in ribbons of many various colors and stand proudly in our Christmas stand! :) I think that's an original, too! Or at least, I haven't seen anyone to that, every before! :)

    Merry Christmas!!!!!

  71. Merry christmas darling.

    The house looks wonderful and if you don't mind I am going to stay for a cup of eggnog.

    Love Renee xoxoxo

  72. Merry christmas darling.

    The house looks wonderful and if you don't mind I am going to stay for a cup of eggnog.

    Love Renee xoxoxo

  73. Beautiful home, Carolyn. It looks very warm and festive. I love all the whimsical decorations you have everywhere, and the tree is filled with so many wonderful and different things. I could stare at it all day!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. And happy birthday to your mother!

  74. Thank you very much Charity, so kind of you to visit.
    I am looking forward to coming over to say hello to you.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours Renee. Funny we do not have eggnog here but I am sure that there is a lot of other food and drink that I would love to share with you.

    Thank you Bella, my friend.
    I am so lucky to have such wonderful blog friends, all around the world.
    Merry Christmas, and happy New Year!



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