Merry Christmas 2018 “Cozy Little Touches” Decorating for Christmas

Hi there y’all.  🙂  Hope all is well.

It’s that wonderful time of the year again.

Yes it has been a while….a long while since my last post. But for the past year I have tried my unprofessional skills Vlogging on YouTube.  Thank You so much for your support on my YouTube channel and your continued support here on my blog.

 

Christmas time is the most wonderful time of the year for me.

 “Cozy Little Touches” of Christmas decorating this year to welcome the holidays

Hope you enjoy.

Cozy comfy seating with red fur trimmed and reindeer pillows to make you feel at home.

Starting the day with Master bedroom holiday pillows:  I love making our bed.  It’s a ritual for me. It’s how I start with a good feel for the day.

The apothecary jar sparkles in the morning sun. A nice view from anywhere in the bedroom. Filled with berry kissing balls and snowflakes

Later …I’ll snuggle for a little reading. My snowball pillow, what fun, and the pom-poms that accent last years holiday pillow.

Time for Breakfast:  Snowy white cozy tablescape the perfect ambiance for hot oatmeal…yummy…I can’t remember a day where my Father did not make hot oatmeal each and every morning. (You can see more of this tablescape on my YouTube channel).

Apothecary Jars is one of my favorite décor items. Changing the fillers are easy for seasonal decorating. Fillers are budget friendly and the glass jars makes it all so pretty. This year I wanted to display our Thomas Kinkade Christmas Village cottages. A perfect fit.

Our dinning room centerpiece was simple and sweet with yet another beautiful apothecary jar and just a $5 box of ornaments and mini lights. The acrylic prancing reindeer candleholders….oh my…the perfect holiday Ebay find for this season.

Christmas would not be Christmas without, if only,  a small little tree. Draped in crystals and white mini lights.  Maybe next year a larger tree…….See the tiny apothecary jar filled with paper ribbon bows….so cute.

This Christmas Season my decorating was at a minimum. Just small touches to welcome a wonderful Holiday Season.

May you and your beloved ones have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

 

 

Until next time stay warm and cozy….Much Love 

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Merry Christmas 2017

 Wishing you a safe, happy, full of laughter, hugs and kisses

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Greetings at the door

A table runner recycled

Welcome to the table

Sleigh full of goodiesReindeer wishes

Tiny tree blessings 

Breakfast at the island bar

Back door farewells

Blessings for a festive meal to enjoy with family and friends

Hugs and Kisses until we meet again……

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Christmas Holiday Smoothie

It’s a Beautiful Day for a Christmas Holiday Smoothie

I love smoothies.  I have them practically everyday and love to experiment with different recipes.  Although this is not an official “Christmas recipe” it can certainly be enjoyed all year.

May I introduce you to:   “My” Christmas Holiday Smoothie: 1 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 cup whole cranberries

1 large banana

1-1/2 cups orange juice

3-4  tablespoons of honey (or your desired sweetness)

Blend,  puree’.   Makes approx. 5 full cups.   I prefer not using ice in my smoothies.

Since the weather was so nice,  a little balmy with a light breeze I just had to enjoy my smoothie outdoors in my happy place.  I wanted to make it relaxing and cozy.

I first brought out the faux fur pillows then gathered a few magazines.

But the hopeless romantic whispered in my ear and… oh dear……

…create a cozy bedroom outdoors ………..

..the lamp you see…  a vintage beauty….to surround yourself with what you love is the key… 

Oh Yes, I stayed here all day without guilt nestled under the tree…….

What a Beautiful Day………….. for a Christmas Smoothie…don’t you agree?

Evening was calling……time to come indoors.  What a shame to end a day without worries or care

just when you feel as if you’re floating on air………..

Enjoy your day…….Make a Smoothie…..a Christmas Holiday Smoothie….

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Champagne Holiday Cart

What’s a celebration without champagne!  A few weeks back I started refreshing my bar cart from the Moon and Stars shown here to something more festive.  After all it is Holiday Season so why not start out by celebrating.

You can also watch on YouTube where you can see more videos

Thanks for stopping by!!!!!!!  Enjoy!

DIY Poinsettias and Tea for Two

My holiday decorating started earlier than planned. Could not resist after seeing so many beautiful holiday decorating ideas.

I decided to start out by accenting a holiday pillow (of course) with ribbons.  Last year I did bows on pillows shown here.  The idea of ribbon Poinsettias is from a YouTube channel “Dezine Fun”.    Wire ribbon is recommended.  I used ribbon that is 2-1/2″ wide, cutting 5 strips at 8″ long. 

I tacked them on a holiday pillow.  But consider other possibilities to use in holiday decorating and gift wrapping.  Simple, cute, easy, fun. It was time for Tea.  The weather was so nice we decided to have tea outdoors on the patio.

‘Tis the Season….Tea for Two

The tea-pot warmer kept the tea steeping hot for hours. My favorite brand is Pure Leaf.  The white smaller tea-pot for hot water only in case we wanted to have another flavored tea.  Honey spoons, lemon and orange slices, finger snacks and peppermint sticks was all we needed for this little impromptu tea setting.

Love using hand towels when dining outdoors. The potpourri baby deer gave a scent of pine cones.

 

 

Cute pillow… right?

What I love most about our little Tea for Two on the patio… you would think the peace and quiet, good weather…etc, etc. but no, it’s the Lemon Honey Spoons  🙂  (too funny)  The package indicates for hot tea but I also use them in a cold refreshing glass of water,  juice, ice tea and cocktails when I want the taste of lemon and the sweetness of honey.

  

 View their site for the large variety offered. And check out the holiday gifts:   http://www.melvillecandy.com/Honey-Spoons_c_8.html

I was lucky to find lemon honey and clover honey spoons at TJ Maxx for $3.99 per bag of 5.

Combined with other spoons and stirrers they make cute and fun budget friendly gifts for those who like to flavor their hot beverages.

 

……….’Tis the Season for goods things…..

Hope yours starts off with a fun DIY.  Thanks for stopping by

Table for Two – Intimate Settings

Take some time this Season with a little one-on-one to relax before the holiday rush really sets in.

  So many times we prepare entertainment settings for guest, family and friends which is awesome but I love to tap into quiet moments for a party of two.  For you and hubby, best friend, Mom, sister, brother, daughter or son.  Any person who is dear to your heart.  Sometimes heart-to-heart, one-on-one is much-needed and appreciated.

I am truly inspired by those who have the creative talent in the art of tablescaping.  It’s not my forte but I love to indulge. :-)!

This “Table for two – Intimate settings”  is for sushi lovers.   I decided on an alfresco setting to enjoy the FL weather.  Here are some of the items I gathered.  Simple, sweet and budget friendly.

Tablecloth in a tropical print by Tommy Bahama

Centerpiece: A DIY effort to create the illusion of a meditation water garden..  🙂 (hmmmmm???)

Bamboo mats

Japanese garden lantern 

Sushi set: Dragon fly on cobalt blue and steel chopsticks  Japanese soup and rice bowls Sake set 

Sake

Fabric prints that mix and match. The napkins are made with the same fabric use on the bar cart shown here.

Now it’s time for sushi.  It turned out to be a very calm setting. The candles made the evening more enjoyable.

 

 

 

Hope you visit again for the next “Table for Two-Intimate Settings”

Remember, giving someone your time can be the greatest gift of all.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day!