Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.....

There is still tons of shopping, baking, wrapping, mailing, and running to do before 
Christmas gets here!!!

But the house is decorated and the table is set!!  I will be joining a bunch of Christmas link up parties...be sure to hop over and check out all the wonderful table settings and Christmas decorations!!

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.....

These candlesticks were my Paternal Grandmother's...I inherited a TON of crystal that I cherish dearly.

You might remember this sleigh from one of my Salvation Army posts you can find it here

Better Homes and Gardens table cloth purchased last year.

I love that you can see the Nativity I grew up with in the background.  I used to play with it all the time as a child and then I lost Joseph.  My poor Mother hunted high and low to find a new Holy family that looked like they belonged.  I am so glad she humors me.  She at one point bought a very modern nativity that was all white.....I never really liked it!  So glad we went back to the vintage one.  Oh the things she does to make me happy :P

Again one of the Salvation Army sleighs I found.  I added a ton of pics and of course a cardinal...since it's the Illinois State bird!  I know I am in Texas now....but I have to "represent"  LOL

Everyone made these candles last year...including me!  I still love them.  They look so pretty when they are lit.

Of everything you've seen...the Cardinal and the birds nest pick in the small sleigh are the only things I purchased.  This year, I just used things I had.  I added ribbon to candles, crystal I inherited, Goodwill and Salvation Army finds from last year, the china my Mother purchased close to 20yrs ago now for family gatherings...ect... and a ton of inspiration from all of you ladies!  
I often look at table settings I admire and try to figure out what it is I like about them so much.  Maybe it's the different layers, or the varying heights of the center piece, maybe it's the monochromatic or vibrant color scheme.
Next I do my best to look around the house at the things I have collected and borrow items from other room and do my best to create the feel I was going for. It's fun to see how many different looks you can get using the same items or re purposing them somehow! 

May all your Christmases be white....



  1. Paula, your decor looks wonderful! Everything looks so warm and festive! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Your table is beautiful. I love how you have added sentimental elements with the family nativity and your grandmother's crystal. I love the personal touches of memories gone by. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

  3. Hi Paula. Your table is so pretty! How wonderful to have so many family treasures passed to you. I love the candles wrapped with ribbon. And I'm so glad to see the arrangement in your sleigh. I found a similar one at GW and couldn't picture what kind of arrangement to put in it - now I know!


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