Tuesday, December 17, 2013

It's beginning To Look A Lot Like...

C h r i s t m a s !

  We got snowed in again on Saturday and I came down with a cold and sore throat. The good thing is I was able to get the trees up and the house decorated, then rested by finally beginning to watch the Downton Abbey series. Yes, I bought the DVDs and am just now watching from the first episode! 

  Here are some pics of my trees and displays which I will share at Inspiration Avenue for the theme of "Christmas" this week. My trees are also for "T Stands For Tuesday" with Elizabeth and Bleubeard:

 This is the main tree in the sitting room. I always adorn it with cardinals and my very favorite tree topper- a peacock! We used to have a 5-6 ft. tree but have downsized and simplified.

 And this is the tabletop tree in the den. It's filled with ornaments I have received throughout the years thru swaps and gifts.

 Here are a few pics of some of the displays. I tried to put it together as a collage in PicMonkey but it just wasn't working out for me this time :(

 I woke up this AM to, yes, another snow day! I only hope this isn't the beginning of a really snowy winter... but to keep warm I had not one but two cups of my favorite Sumatra blend Starbucks coffee:

  Here is a card I'm entering for the Simon Monday Challenge theme of  "Stamp Out 2013!" :

 This was recently made for a dear friend's special birthday. I used a sketch -Heather's Sketch which was one of the Simon challenges a few weeks ago.
 Products: 5" x 7" white card (Canvas Corp); white card stock; patterned papers (The Natural Matstack-DCWV); foam stamps (Making Memories); Grand Calibur die cut machine and Big Scalloped Squares Lg. dies (Spellbinders).

  And this is the card design I used to send to my family members in France.
  Products: white note card , card stock (Canvas Corp); patterned card stock-Figgy Pudding,Peppermint (Basic Grey); twine (Martha Stewart); glitter tree (Hobby Lobby); Grand Calibur die cut machine and Classic Ovals Large dies (Spellbinders).

  I'm also linking up with Aimee at artsyville for her final Glue It Tuesday-thanks so much for hosting!

 I hope wherever you are you are warm and cozy-whether it's by a fire indoors, or out enjoying summer in your part of the world.

 " Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are."
                                                                                                                     Marianne Williamson


  1. Linda it sure looks a lot like Christmas!! Beautiful beautiful decor. I just love every image and your card is so so lovely.

  2. Thanks for the Christmas tour of your home. Beautiful tress.
    Happy T-day

  3. Love your trees and all the decorations--especially the older looking santas. Sumatra--awesome coffee!! Pretty cards--and I think you will love Downton Abbey!! I am totally hooked! Happy T-Day!! :)

  4. Enjoyed looking at all your pretty Christmas displays. Your cards are very pretty and I'm sure will be appreciated by those who receive them.

    Stay warm. I can't imagine living in all that snow.


  5. Lovely decorations! Sorry to hear about the sore throat. Hope it's feeling better.
    Happy Tuesday!

  6. Wonderful decoration. You have a true christmas treasure! Also beautiful cards.

  7. ahhh what a perfect quote...again dear Linda ♥

    Your house looks so merry and bright with so many lovely festive touches!!!

    I used to redecorate our whole downstairs by taking down the everyday things and putting all Christmas in its place...not sure what happened this year...OK I guess you have to stay home to get anything done...

    Your snow sounds cozy to me but I find it nicest when everyone can be safe at home to enjoy it...
    they are calling for 60 degrees toward the end of the week here in Virginia = it will feel like spring...
    hope you'll be getting a thaw and that you are feeling much much better very soon...
    no time to be feeling poorly that's for sure!

    Happy T Day to you and thank you for your sweet visit and understanding about my JM 'crush' ...I know you get that ;)


  8. Both the trees look lovely Linda and your decorations are awesome. You have made such beautiful cards for your friend's birthday and Christmas. Have a great week.

  9. Such charming decorations! but I am really partial to the Santas...I am still doing the full-size tree and wonder every year how I will get everything back into the closet again! you have a good idea going with smaller trees...happy T day!

  10. I like how you grouped your decorations together...all snowmen, all Santas, etc. The tree with the cardinals and peacock on top is stunning and it is fun to have the one in the den with ornaments that were gifted to you!

  11. Lovely cards Linda and great decorations too! I always have to stop and think for a second when I see cardinals at Christmas - we don't have that bird here in the UK, our Christmas bird is the robin :)

  12. I really like the way you arranged your decorations in groups--all snowmen, all Santa, etc. I really admire people who have time to do more than one tree. The cardinal tree with the peacock on top is stunning!

  13. Your trees are gorgeous. I still do 7 ft. trees but I know I am going to have to start thinking about downsizing in a few years. Your Santas made me smile.

  14. Nutcrackers, snowmen, and Santas, OH MY. It's all perfect Christmas fare and lovely, too.

    Sorry I'm late. My internet is down and will be for a couple of days, so I'm at my neighbor Sally's working on her laptop, which is NOT fun. I'm no good with a touchpad because I need a mouse.

    Thanks for joining T today. I'm a nut over trees, and I absolutely adore those you have. It's been forever since I've had anything but tabletop trees. I'll join you for another cup of Starbuck's too.

  15. Beautiful decorations and cards Linda! Thanks for sharing and thanks so much for joining along with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  16. very pretty Noel card! It's fun to decorate the house. I place Christmas cards and candles around the house, even though I don't celebrate Christmas. And I got a cold too and am home from work, after looking for my -ex's (and my) doggie with a wet head. Should have known better... {:-Deb

  17. Your trees, cards, and home are all beautifully Festive. Merry Xmas Linda!

  18. Your home looks mighty inviting, Linda! I like all the personal touches scattered about your abode! 'Tis warm and cozy, especially with a nice cuppa Starbucks!
    Happy holidays to you and yours............

  19. Your decorations and cards are all beautiful. I hope you feel better soon. I am a little late for T-Day, but better late than never. :)

  20. you have some gorgeous decorations and the trees look so beautiful!!

  21. Your Christmas displays are so festive with all these wonderful sparkly touches. Thanks for sharing your cards, they are beautiful.

  22. Linda...your house is beautiful and yes, you definitely are ready for Christmas. Don't you just love this season...all of the tradition and beautiful decorations? Thank you so much for the lovely comment you left on my blog. It is so appreciated. I also wanted to tell you that I think the birthday card you made for your friend is lovely. Very professionally done. Have a wonderful Christmas! <3 Candy

  23. Everything looks so beautiful....snow makes everything so chrismassy.....I'd love a white Christmas (as long as my parents could still get here!) ....

    Karen xxx

  24. oh how pretty!!!! This is my all time favorite time of year!!! so much to see and so much inspiration!!!!

  25. Thank you for sharing your beautiful Christmas trees and decorations!


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