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....