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Wednesday, December 12, 2007


KARLA over at KARLA'S COTTAGE is having a "Your Favorite Things About Your Christmas House" today so I wanted to join in all the fun. THANKS, KARLA, for hosting this delightful tour. Be sure to stop by Karla's to follow the trail to some beautifully decorated homes!!

I haven't started my SERIOUS candy making as yet but granddaughter and I did make these Chocolate Bark treats. Some have peanuts, peanuts and marshmallow and Chinese noodles.
I've put all this in the freezer but, you know what? I've discovered it's good frozen solid, too!!
heh heh heh

Just about any kind of Christmas wreath or swag is one of my favorite decorating tools for the season. I just LOVE everything about a wreath!

I like filling my little wall vases that flank a large mirror with candy canes for grand kids like it, too ! :)

My ole Father Christmas! I do love much so that I leave him out year 'round......

This lovely crystal vase was given to me by a sweet, sweet friend of over 50 years...I love it filled with glass balls for the holidays.

My favorite things in the whole, wide world at Christmas are the beautiful, soft, red velvet stockings my mother made for my son and daughter...every bit handmade, hand beaded...the whole 9 yards. This one with the Santa belongs to my son, DAVID (He is 43 now)

This is my daughter's ........

I can't do the beautiful work that my mother could do but the ready-made appliques from the store, on plain stockings make really pretty ones for all the grand kids. Since I have 11, I won't try to show them all right now, tho!! :)

This red velvet door hanger was made by my mother and I use it EVERY Christmas and will for the rest of my life.....I just love it.

All the little pearls, I think, are just beautiful.

Of course, every home should have a kissing ball or two!!

Hand decorated gift bags are another of my favorite things..I use them a lot for decorations. They are little works of art to me!

Isn't this angel bag so cute?
We DID NOT get the snow we were supposed to get, either! I am beginning to wonder about our weather people. Maybe they need to look for another job, better suited for them!!??!! :)


Scrappy Jessi said...

yummy thanks for sharing!

Nan said...

Wow. You have a lot of favorite things. I think my favorites are the stockings made by your mother for your kids. Those will be a great memory of her forever.
Have a good one!

Amelia said...

Very Christmasy looking.

Enjoyed the mini tour of your house!

Karen H. said...

Good Morning BJ,
WOW, what beautiful Christmas decorations you have. I love the stockings your Mother made for your kids. That will be a treasure for sure handed down. They still look like new. She did a wonderful job. I'm sitting here eating a bowl of plain Cornflakes and look what you done and did, made some candy. LOL. Well, after I finish my cereal, I'll have some of that candy to go with my coffee. Everything is just beautiful in your home BJ. One thing tho, I didn't see a picture of your Christmas Tree. I know you have one. When do we get to see it? Well, take care my friend and have a great Wednesday. May God Bless You and Yours. "THANK YOU" for sharing your home with us.

Karen H.

Anonymous said...

I love the stockings and door bell your Mom made! What wonderful rememberences. Chrristy :-) <><

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your holiday home!

Mary said...

Hi BJ, Oh, I love those stockings made by your mother -- beautiful! And the candy canes in the jars, the garland on the mantle, the candy...ooooo, the candy looks scrumptious! Thanks for sharing!

Tammy said...

I loved seeing all of your sweet Christmas things!

Nunnie's Attic said...

Those stockings are so beautiful, BJ they almost make me cry. I love old treasures and something for my kids from my mother...what could be better. I love everything! And your candy looks to die for.


Marcela said...

Hi Sweet BJ
I saw here on your blog about Karla's party but I didn't prepare anything so I am not going to participate...Maybe next time!!!
Oh BJ I love your decoration...and you mother made such wonderful stockings!!!
Good luck BJ..I hope you win!!!

BittersweetPunkin said...

I love everything! Especially the chocolate...LOL!

Actually the Father Christmas is gorgeous and I like the candy cane idea!!
Robin said...

I thought everyting was so pretty!! Thanks for sharing your ideas with us. Hugs, Grams

Nan said...

BJ, what happened to Alice? Her blog is gone.

NAME: CIELO said...

Very lovely…

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace (Agnes M. Pharo).

Enjoy the Season


Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, BJ, it all looks SO pretty & cheery. Love those handmade stockings, I know you must cherish those. Of if I was at your house, I would be eating all that chocolate candy right up! This time of year is so tempting with the treat.

Merry Christmas! I'm playing along with Karla too, so come & visit me!


Tammy B. said...

Your Christmas decorations are so pretty and I love that fact that many of them have a story behind them.
Have a wonderful day!

Tammy B.
PS I'm kind of proud that it didn't snow last night !!!

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Everything looks wonderful! I have a serious craving after looking at you

Stephanie said...

Absolutely gorgeous holiday home! I keep several of my Santas out year round, too! Please pop over to my blog!

Merry Christmas!
Angelic Accents

Michelle said...

BJ, your favorite things are precious. I love the handwork done by your mother.. That candy looks so yummy! I'm baking this weekend :) Michelle

Terri and Bob said...

I love your blog! Thanks for visiting me from time to time! I love reading your comments. Please stop by today if you haven't...

Tea Time and Roses said...

Yummy the chocolate looks delicious!! Continue to enjoy all your beautiful decorations...they all are indeed lovely! Thanks so much for sharing so much Christmas Cheer with us!



Cottage Contessa said...

Everything looks absolutely GORGEOUS BJ! Oh what I wouldn't do for a piece of that chocolate you made! Have a wonderful day out partying & blog hopping sweetie!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Southern Heart said...

Absolutely lovely! Your home is very festive and welcoming. Your stockings remind me of the ones my mother and grandmother made for my sister and me. If you have time, stop by for a visit...the stockings are a few posts down from the one today.

Thank you for sharing your home!

xo, Andrea

Jackie said...

Good afternoon BJ. You have some lovely Christmas decorations. Thank you so much for sharing them with us all.

Frozen chocolate is sooooo good.

bj said...

SOUTHERN HEART...I can't find my way to your blog....? Not sure what I am doing wrong..

Adeline's Shabby Cottage said...

OOoo...I think I gained 5 lbs. just looking at your yummy photos!! Your treasures made by your mother are simply stunning!! Great post! Merry Christmas!

PEA said...

Such beautiful decorations you have around the house and oh my, those stockings and door hanger your mom made are just precious! Such a lot of detailed work to them!! Heyyyy, did you take my kissing ball? I have the very same one! hehe I make the peanut and chow mein noodle clusters...sooo yummy! That's one thing I've never had a problem with...I have all my Christmas baking in tins in the freezer and I'm never tempted to go eat some! If I have some out on a platter out! lol xox

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Yeah! A kissing ball..I was beginning to think that I was the only one. Your favorite things are wonderful. Susan

...... Kristina ...... said...

Ooooh BJ,
Your mothers talents are stunning and you show them to us so full of pride,mothers are so special as we know.
CHOCOLATE BARK TREATS!!!!!! they look so yummy why don't we have them here????
Kristina XxX

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Oh BJ, I just love love love your home and all of those homemade candy yummies are making my mouth water!


Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Hi Linda, all of your decorations are great.I found this angel yesterday and posted about her..Come see...Have a good evening.. I am off to finish dinner. Hugs, Baba

Whimsy Pink said...

Everything looks so pretty! I love decorating for christmas!I posted mine too!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

All lovely, but those stockings your mother made are GORGEOUS!!
Please stop by our holiday home too!

Brenda said...

oh I love Father time. I have always loved the older ones.

Miss Sandy said...

Your Father Christmas is so unique, I have never seen one like him before. Your home is lovely and your treats look delicious! Have a wonderful holiday. Miss Sandy

Alison Gibbs said...

What beautiful christmas things you have. The stockings your mother made are beautiful - so talented.
Yummy looking chocolate goodies there.

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

mmmmmmmm!! That candy looks yummy! I love the stockings and everything looks so warm, inviting and festive!
Southern Lady's Vintage

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

What gorgeous stockings and decorations you have here. Thanks so much for the tour of your home!

Meggie said...

Hey BJ: Thanks for sharing your favorite Christmas things. I love your Father Christmas...I have the three wisemen in a similar design. I just got them out tonight...I'm a little behind you diligent bloggers. But all of you from Karla's that are sharing have inspired me. Guess I better get off my computer and go to the attic for another trip.....

BumbleVee said...

frozen solid butter tarts work for me...ahahhah ...a great nibble.

Anonymous said...

those dang chocolates were so dang good!!! ROFL (rolling on floor laughing) I LOVED them!!!! We need to invent some more kind of candy some other time!!!