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Monday, December 28, 2009

CHRISTMAS EVE, '09....BEFORE and AFTER

BEFORE.......................


Everything all nice and neat and feastive...Looking so like "CHRISTMAS TIME in the city.....ding a'ling...hear them sing......"


colorful....inviting....anticipation.....
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I just LUV this photo of my vintage hutch....with all the cute little bags on and in it and hanging from it..........reminds me of my favorite boutiques....:>)
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....and we all know that, sometimes, the BESTest gifts come in small packages...right?


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...just look at all of them....just sitting there...waiting to be TORN into and ooo'd and ahhh'd over.....
and, it didn't take 15 minutes until paper was flyin'..bows were unraveled...grins were all over the place...

In a couple of days...stacks of "STUFF" were all over my cottage...
stacks of beautiful and loved CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS....
Faux sugared fruits....and Christmas signs....

candles and bowls...Santa Clause music boxes.... cranberry kissing balls...

Wreaths and greenery...more candles and berries...
o...I do love CHRISTMAS...
BUT.........
I am always SO glad to get every treasured thing packed away safely..banished back to
SWEET NOTHINGS attic for another year...
and my cottage vacuumed and dusted and everything back in it's place...
AT LEAST FOR THE TIME BEING...
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Now, you may have noticed there's some GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE left under that pretty dome, right square in the middle of all the MESSY table...

........excuse me while I go have a slice.....:O)


27 comments:

Libby Murphy said...

Wow BJ what a lovely post. I just wanted to say hello. Let you know that I've enjoyed meeting you through the Blog Universe and I hope that 2010 will be a stellar year for you.
Happy Twirls

Linda said...

It is soooo much FUN decking our homes for the holidays...at the end of the holidays it's also nice to have our homes back to normal!

Blessings,
Linda

Kathleen Grace said...

Your before photos are divine, especially that cute hutch! But I have to agree, once the fat lady sings it's time to pack it back up. I'm doing mine tomorrow!

Dawn said...

We wont see "normal" for another few weeks around here. I don't pack it all away till the kids go back to school. They hate to see it all put being taken down.

Your home looked so inviting. I'm sure the children feel so special when they see it all.
Have a Happy New Year!
Dawn

Pinky said...

Just found your blog and LOVED this post. Everything looked so pretty and festive! Looks like Santa was VERY good to you and yours! Happy New Year!!!! Pinky

niartist said...

Oh BJ, your home was beautiful all decorated this year! I loved it! I've been super busy here with tons of things and getting all my ducks in a row - who knows if anything will ever get back to "normal"! LOL! We'll see ... talk soon! So glad I stopped by! Check in sometime ...

Andrea said...

You are a very blessed lady...all of those grandkids! I have two adult sons, but neither is married. Your home looks so warm and inviting. Please visit my brand new blog and see my home and my furry babies. I love new visitors to my new blog.
We both love thrifting, I see!

© Jennifer Raley said...

Very pretty and Christmas-y. Enjoyed it. Sure sorry to hear you have to go to moderated comments - but not a problem.
Can you believe 20-10 is around the corner? Hard to believe. Jenn

Tardevil said...

Looks like someone had a fun time shopping! LOL! Coming by to wish you a wonderful birthday, a little early!

Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) said...

What a beautiful Christmas. Love your hutch! Seems everyone is packing up a bit earlier this year! Can't wait to see the decorations for January!

Kelly Howard said...

It's almost your birthday Ms BJ! Your home is such a reflection of you...

Michelle said...

The red and white quilt looks fabulous and what a gorgeous table you've set!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I love getting it out, and I love getting everything put away too and having life back to the "normal" chaos of our large family. I love the photo of you with your camera too. You look so happy, and you express that happiness and your inner joy with every post. Have a Happy New Year.
Blessings,
Marcia

Allidink said...

I have missed you. Great Christmas photos :) so cheerful.

All the best,
Allison

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

Looks like you had an awesome Christmas... good for you!

Theresa said...

I love all your Christmas goodies, especially the gifts hanging on the hutch.... ooohhhhh aaahhhhhh! Love it all! It is always so much fun to get everything all decorated and then it all has to go back in the attic along with some new decorations:) Enjoy your day dear BJ whatever you do, dusting and fluffing and maybe a little baking:) Something will be smelling good at your house... it always does! Have a blessed day!

eileeninmd said...

Happy New years, BJ! Your home and decorations are all beautiful. The cake looks delicious too.

My name is PJ. said...

I just love photos of your cottage, BJ. I can never see too many. And it seems like your a girl like me who puts it all away as soon as it's over.

Do you spring clean in January? I always have....

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Everything looked so festive, fun and beautiful. But the after shows loved, fulfilled hearts (and tummy's). Rosie

Patty Ann said...

BJ, I loved todays post, yesterdays post and I'm sure tomorrows post will be great. Where do you find the time and energy??? You are such a bright spot in my daily blog reading and way ahead of me taking stuff down. It will be a couple of weeks before it's all packed away. I wish I could take the week between Christmas and New Years off to get my house in order. But I'm blessed with a wonderful job and work must go on. May 2010 be your best year ever. God's richest blessings to you and your family.

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I hope that 2010 will be a stellar year for you.

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Beverly said...

You know, I really did notice that German's Chocolate Cake. Why did I notice? Because that is my very favorite cake in the whole wide world.

And, I love that ball of berries next to it, too.

Chris said...

Now that looked like a really fun place to be. No wonder I couldn't find all the things I needed this year, it was at your house. LOL

Happy New Year,
Chris

Rhondi said...

Hi BJ
It looks like you had a wonderful time. The house looks so festive! I'm sure you had a wonderful time, but always good to be back to normal.
Hugs, Rhondi

Dreams and Decor said...

So glad you had a great Christmas! Love all your decorations! And I love that vintage hutch! Have a safe and Happy New Year! Patti

Kathleen said...

It all looked wonderful..Nothing comes down here till the Epiphany..that's the rule!
And I don't look fwd to putting it all away and carrying those bins to the basement!

Nanna said...

how did I miss this post? LOl what a treat ! you give a whole new meaning to the words "I don't have enough room" LOL, we have Christmas at sisters house (picket) & she's alwasy saying not enought room! LOL
Helen