Monday, December 5, 2016

Cozy at Christmas Holiday Blog Tour 2016

 Hi Friends and Welcome to
Cozy at Christmas Holiday Blog Tour.

Our hostess for the next few days 
is 



I've been busy here at Rose Garden Cottage
and welcome you today for a little tour.


The porch is ready to greet friends and family.


The glittered deer welcomes as friends and family arrive.
The old wood sled
was painted red like my front door
and this year sports a pair of figure skates stuffed with winter greens.


Christmas postcards from France grace my vintage style door urn
filled with winter greens.


 Santa is standing in the entry and ready to greet you.
Come on in and stay awhile.
So nice to have you visit.


My tour today is right in the dining room.
The table is set, the tree is decorated 
and
all is ready for Christmas!

This year I decided on a theme of reds, white, silver, gold
and a pop of aqua throughout  my cottage.


To the hutch top,
 I've added a garland of evergreens to my
white rooster parade.



In the evening the lights on the garland frame a cozy glow!

Taking a peek inside the hutch,
I've used a mix of holiday plates
with red, white and a pop of aqua.
Vintage school books lift and showcase among the treasures.
This sweet little angel is a gift from Ginny, a dear blogging friend.
The vintage red goblets are from the Mississippi Glass Factory in Pennsylvania 
where most of my family lived and many worked in that factory years ago.


Bottle brush trees stand among my dishes and collectibles.


Bringing in the aqua with a bowl of ornaments and a sweet aqua cow creamer.
The red floral platter was my mother's from the late 40's


Old books with Johnson Bros. dishes and holly plates become part of the decor.
Teacup plates hold a sugared red apple.


My little house mouse is taking a nap.
He is full from munching on an apple.
This sweet decoration was a gift many years ago from my grandmother.
I love it nana!!


On the hutch top, I kept it simple like the interior
 by just adding a tray with a red ware fruit  teapot by Antique Reflections,
Spode Christmas cup and saucer, and a couple more bottle brush trees 
with a pretty
Winterberry Platter.

Anyone for Christmas tea?


Around the dining room I've placed pretty accents
like these glittered
white roses with magnolia leaves
 in a tall farmhouse pitcher
 standing on a tall pedestal table.
The fabric roses were easy to glitter by spraying them with adhesive glue
and sprinkling glitter all over each rose.
It's a bit messy but turns out great and lasts without yellowing.


Pretty velvet and script fabric Christmas stockings hang 
on each side of the hutch filled with greens
 atop a vintage style window frame.
I stuff the stockings with poly-fill to hang fuller.


To the right of the dining table,
I've decorated my vintage Barley Twist buffet with
pretty holiday treasures.
A few years ago I painted this buffet black
and added the white accents with a stencil.
My talented hubby added the bottom shelf for the white bowls.
This piece was white at one time, I may go back to that.
What do you think?



I've used deer in my decorating theme again this year
and this sweet wood pair of deer stand among the greens on 
my handmade shelf.
To hold the stemware in the first photo above, 
I've placed two pegs side by side, and  slide the stem bottoms in place.
To each stem I've added a small candle ring for color.


Love the music shoppe near by.
Music is a big part of my life and while I didn't
bring out all my larger village pieces this year,
I had to bring out this treasured one.



Inside the little couple are singing carols.
This scene brings back special memories of
growing up and playing the piano every Christmas while
we all sang carols.


This special pillow makes for a comfy spot by the window and perfect for a seat to relax
with a cup of tea and enjoy the tree.


Last year I found these glittered antlers and keeping with the deer theme, I
 hung them in my ivory dream catcher on a side wall.


Please take a seat around my table.
Here I used a soft ivory tablecloth in a window pane design.
To the center of the table I've layered a poinsettia topper.

To one of my favorite cake plate gifts from a dear friend,
I've added a darling light up cottage under a cloche
with a boxwood wreath at the base and a scattering of
red,white and aqua ornaments.
The cottage was a gift  many years ago and part of a Christmas flower arrangement.
A gift that keeps giving years later.


In the evening, the light inside the cottage makes such a cozy setting.
I could live in this cottage.
See the family gathered around inside?
I love this sweet charming treasure.

On each end of the table, I've placed a beautiful Christmas tree plate.
My mother  made these over 40 years ago and they are
as pretty now and they were so long ago.
Thank you mom, I love and cherish these hand painted by you.

On each side of the centerpiece,
I've placed these beautiful glass candle holders
with drip catchers that have crystals tangling around.
The candle holders are from Ireland and a gift from my dear hubby
when we first got married 43 years ago.
In place of real candles, I've added these faux candles from Ikea.
It's hard to get a good picture of these and they have a bit of a glare here, 
but in person, the light is soft and pretty.

Here is a better view of the poinsettia topper.
All embroidered and cut out work on an ivory background with holly leaves.


For the place settings,
I layered The Noel patterned Christmas plates from England with red charges on white placemats.
To the center, I've added a ring of rosemary.
These are a find from Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas.
The stemware and dessert cups have rings of gold with holly and berries all around.
Years ago my Swedish daughter and exchange student gave me these goblets and dessert cups.
They were gifts for dining at Arby's years ago.
I really did feed her that year,(haha) she just loved to go there with her friends after school events
and in the fall, collected these for me.
What a special memory.
I love them my dear daughter and remember the memories every time we use them!!


My napkins are red with an embossed poinsettia design
and held with a snow dove napkin ring.
This set of doves are a long time treasure of mine and
given to me as a gift for a wedding shower I gave for a special friend.
They are perfect for all seasons.
 Love them Kathy!


To each chair back, I've added a silk red ribbon wrapped around
winter greens and berries.

Over the table, I dressed my vintage style chandelier,
with a garland of poinsettias, gold berries
and
drop crystals all around.
The crystals are designed in different shapes and stay in place year round.


I usually put up two or even three trees each year.
This season I decorated two skinny trees and one of those
 trees is placed in the dining room window. 
 The skinny style makes it easier to move around the table.
To this tree, I've added red, white, silver with aqua ornaments along with red birds.
The tree skirt is red velvet with a silver snowflake design all around.


And, my tree would not be complete here at "Rose Garden Cottage"
without large garden roses placed in the tree from top to bottom.

To the top of the tree, sits a large fluffy red bow.


When the sun goes down and the lights come on,
it's a cozy room to dine and enjoy family and friends
around the table.


This is my favorite view,
looking out from the table and seeing my deer all aglow in the front garden.


As are time together comes to a close,
I can't help but reflect on a wonderful year
and all the many friends here in blogland who have made it special.
You are all very dear and I wish for you,
blessings and God's grace this Christmas and beyond.
Let us remember loved ones and special memories that will
carry us through the season and into the new year.



But before you leave,
 I want to share one more thing.
 To the left of my front door,
I've placed a vintage style mailbox
and this year,
 I'm using it to hold Christmas cards.
I thought it was a good idea and can be used all through the year
to share cards and postcards for other holidays too.


Merry Christmas ya'll!
I'll be back throughout the month sharing more decor.



Thank you for visiting my Cozy at Christmas Holiday Tour.

It has been a joy to have you.

Merry Christmas with Love,
For more touring fun.
Visit the participates below in our three day schedule.
and 
Thank you to our hostess 

Cozy At Christmas Blog Tour

Let's Add SprinklesHyacinths for the Soul/ Southern DayDreams/ White Spray Paint/ Garden Up Green/ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson/ Ellie and Elizabeth  

Brookhollow LaneAt Home With Jemma/ My Heart Lives Here/ The B Farm/ Botanic Bleu/ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen/ Art and Sand/ Ash Tree Cottage

Sweet Nothings/ At Rivercrest Cottage/ Opulent Cottage/ Decor to Adore/ Fern Creek CottageThe Dedicated House/ Bluesky Kitchen









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Monday, November 28, 2016

Tart Pan Ornaments

With Christmas so near,
It time to share 
a few hand created ornaments you can also make for quick gift ideas.
This season I'm putting to use sweet little tart pans.
I find these little treasures junkin and antiquing.
They are perfect to create an original design using 
all those bits and bobs in your stash of craft supplies.
The skies the limit to how you can embellish these little cuties.

Here are a few of the pans I found  recently.
The finished designs will be available in my etsy shoppe
Where my Christmas SALE begins today through Jan.1st. 2017.
Using coupon code
CHRISTMAS25 at checkout.

So as you can see, I gather up all the tart pans in my stash.
Some I paint and others I leave unfinished.

To the bell shape pan, I add musical graphic paper to the background with stars.
Tinsel and snow with a little tree and reindeer are the centerpiece.
Adding a little greeting at the top with a bough of evergreen
completes the ornament.
To hang and display, I simply glued on a ribbon before I added the evergreen around the edge.
This helps hold the ribbon in place and keep the ornament hanging straight without tilting backwards or forwards. 



 This one was designed using sky paper for the background and I hand painted snowflakes over the paper and sealed with modpodge.
Tinsel, a tree topped with a star and a sweet little hand painted snowman
standing in the snow takes center stage.
To the side of the shapes I like to add lace or more tinsel
after I place the hanging ribbon in place.


This one was fun to create using a felt reindeer 
with a musical background paper.
Tinsel, trims and side lace with snow and word ribbon complete another bell shape tart pan.
For the round pans,
 I again left this one original and just added pretty plaid paper for the background.
A vintage deer ornament takes center stage with tinsel,
poly filling sprinkled with glitter for the snow
and
a little sign saying rejoice added to complete with an ornament to fill in the space.
For the bow I just tied a bow from yarn and added a dot of glitter glue.


To the backside I added more paper
for a little note to be written when used as a gift.
A sharpie pen works great here to leave a message, greeting or date.


To this round pan,
I painted the back ground with a soft sky blue.
The star in the center is cut from wood with my hand painted
country snow scene.
I then added tinsel, a star in the sky, ribbon, lace around the pan and of course,
 lots  of glittered snow!


This last little pan was also painted in an ivory color 
with added tree, glittered snow and Noel message 
in the background.
I drilled a little hole at the top for the hanging thread.
And 
let me share here,
for the snow, I use tube acrylic paint in white.
You can place it  on the area you want for snow applying  it thickly 
and glitter while it's still wet.
It takes longer to dry but looks like real snow and stays in place.

So there you have some ideas for little tart pans
and all the little embellishments in your stash of crafting supplies.

Before I go,
I want to share a beautiful hand created card I received from Connie
Connie designs cards using many of the designer supplies and tools
meant for card artists like herself.
Her work is amazing and I always enjoy viewing each and every creation.
It has been an inspiration to visit her blog over the years.
She also does something very special  too~~~
for her comment followers she sends, 
 a lovely card, hand created just for you.

This is the beauty she sent to me.
Love this darling vase filled with flowers.

And,
Connie hand crocheted around each button to form the flowers.

Adding embellishments to her design to complete
for the perfect card original.
Thank you Connie, I will enjoy this and plan to frame it in the new year.

***************

Another beautiful creation I won and received right after Thanksgiving
was from
and Linda has an 
 Etsy shoppe too called,

 I won a beautiful hand created
bookmark from Linda.
I love it and all the gorgeous details Linda adds to her treasures.
Lace, buttons, ribbons, and words.


I collect bookmarks so this is very special.

I love the word Hope and it arrived at just the right time
when I needed to read this word.
Made with fabric with lace overlay, buttons and more make this extra special.
Thank you Linda.
So happy I won this beauty and I will enjoy it greatly!


Now just one more thing!
Next week begins a Holiday Blog Tour,
Cozy at Christmas
It will be hosted by a Texas Friend
15 plus bloggers will share their homes and more
Dec. 5,6 & 7
My day is the 5th 
so if you liked to stop back by,
I'd love to have you visit.
I'll also have the links to all the participates too.


Thank you for stopping by today.
Wishing you a great end to November
with a  beautiful start to December
and
The Christmas season!

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