Monday, December 14, 2015

A Little Christmas Tour

  Hey there! Finally got all my decorating finished (cards still in the works) and I thought I'd show you around. So grab your cuppa and join me won't you? My choice is coffee at the kitchen table for my T Stands For Tuesday gals.

This is the tree in the den filled with handmade ornaments from swaps, exchanges and gifts thru the years. I love this tree!

                                     These displays are also in the den.

                                      This is the tree in the sitting room.

     The two  displays above are also in the sitting room as are the stockings:

                                    I made the first three many years ago.

  And in the living room:

    This is a real mix of things including the Elvis ornament I bought hubby some years ago as he is such a fan of his music. And I love my Hallmark singing sleigh riders!

   Hubby has yet to notice my newest Santa edition for this year (the Irish one) :):)

 And -in our home at least-it just wouldn't be Christmas without this guy:

  Bought him for hubby some years ago during a time when he really did act like the Grinch when it came to the holidays. And now we just have fun about it!

 Hope you enjoyed my tour. So now I want to know - how do you decorate? 

 For the art part I have  a wintry journal page to share:

 I created my girl in the style of Julie Nutting. Background is a deli paper gelli print on which I stamped snowflakes. The image was collaged with text paper and cardstock. Face and hair painted with acrylics. I embellished the hat with a pinch of glitter and bling. The words are stamped with an old foam alphabet set.

 And just for fun I played with the colors in photoshop and these are the results:

 That's all I got for now. I am TOTALLY enjoying record high temps in our neck of the woods -65 F!!

 Linking this post to Art Journal Every Day; Art Journal Journey (theme is collage);  Art It Friday - Show Your Face; Paint Party Friday; Simon Monday Challenge (theme is Just A Pinch); T Stands For Tuesday; Try It On Tuesday (theme is snowflakes, snow or winter whites). Hope to find you in one - or more of these wonderful places along the way!

 " Only when the clamor of the outside world is silenced will you be able to hear the deeper vibration."       Sarah Ban Breathnach


  1. Love your Christmas decorationsand your trees!So adorable!I am a fan of Julie Nutting and your girl is fabulous, my friend!Happy T Tuesday:)!

  2. You have a LOT of lovely trees. You also have a huge house in which to place them. I love the banister where you place your stockings. This was a fun tour, and I enjoyed it a lot, especially the nutcrackers.

    I enjoyed the fun warm winter wishes you shared, too. I especially like how you changed the colors in PS. I have some similar foam stamps, but have never used them.

    Thanks for inviting us into your home for the tour and a wonderful cup of coffee, as well as your lovely journal page for T this week.

  3. Your Christmas decorations and trees are wonderful, what a great collection. Love your journal page - in all colours, and thanks for joining us at Art Journal Journey. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  4. Oh Linda- your decorations and trees are just awesome and your Julie Nutting girl is amazing ! Thank you very much for the deco tour and for linking the fab girl collage to Art Journal Journey!
    I wish you a happy T-Day and please enjoy the pre-christmas time!
    hugs Susi

  5. You've got such great collection of Christmas decorations that all have such meaning for you-I love that! I don't have nearly as much in our house-just the tree in the living room and a few little Christmas ornaments we've gotten on our travels. in the rest of the house you wouldn't know it was Christmas at all! Merry Christmas Linda, your journal page is lovely!

  6. wow, now that´s what i call decoration!! you make me feel guilty, i haven´t done anything but a candle this year. not in the mood somehow.
    enjoy the days and happy t-day!!

  7. Fab pics of your decorations and love the colours of your pages I do like the girl

  8. How fun to see your house. It looks so pretty. I love your little collections- I have a couple myself. And nice lady today in your art piece. Hugs!

  9. Oh dear Linda it looks very festive at your house with so many treasures and special things to enjoy...each one tells a story!
    Have you seen the Grinch Christmas snacks made out of a green grape, banana slice, strawberry and marshmallow for the pompom on the hat :-)
    Warm Winter Wishes for sure and your girl looks charming...extra fun with your PS variations too.
    Happy T Day
    I have missed you!

  10. Thank you for the tour through your lovely home and Christmas decorations! I tend to group my decorations--all snowmen here, moose & reindeer over there, etc., but this year I am trying to mix it up a bit. The tree is on my agenda for today. Of course, I had to get a good look at that Elvis ornament since your DH and me share being a fan of his music. I'll show mine next week. Happy T Day!

  11. What fun to go from room to room with you and look at all the decorations. I like your wintry journal page and all the variations in color your were able to create.

  12. We're having record highs here, too. Feels so strange, doesn't it!

    Your decorations are fun :) I enjoyed your home tour. Happy T Tuesday!

  13. Thank you for the coffee and the tour around your Christmas decorations. You have two trees? Wow! I am also confused about the living room and the sitting room. Are they not the same?
    What are my decorations like? I haven't got any. Well, I do hang up my cards and I have a 'star' and a 'snowflake'hanging up as I did a workshop recently.
    I haven't spotted Elvis yet. I can see lots of 'Father Chrismasses' but noting that resembles Elvis. (I assume you mean Elvis Presley).
    I'm really sorry, our cultures are so different that I don't understand much. (although I have lived in the UK for a bit).
    It was lovely seeing all your decorations.
    Thank you for commenting already,
    Happy T-day and have a good week,

  14. Love all of your Christmas Decor!!!! I used to put up several trees ans now I'm lucky if I get one up :) Love your art this week too ♥ Merry Christmas!!

  15. Happy T-day Linda, and thanks for the tour of your lovely home.
    Love seeing the little collections of Christmas here and there.
    Thanks you for the earlier visit and the lovely comment....I'm feeling a little better each day.

  16. lovely cosy warm home with the temp the girl too

  17. Hello Linda,
    Your home is decked out in full holiday fashion. The tree with all your friends creations on it is so wonderful! I have one just like it too. Your nutcrackers look very good all together. Your journal page for winter is great! I love that you play around with it and change it up. That is fascinating. It gives a different perspective on it. So cool! Linda, would you send me your address? Thank you,

  18. Your house looks so cosy and full of christmas spirit and that is refected in the art!

  19. Your journal page is soooo cute! You could print copies of it and use it as your Christmas card.

    Wow, you go all out with your Christmas decorations. It all looks lovely. My favorite from what you showed is the mini tree with only handmade ornaments on it.

    Happy T Day!

  20. Fabulous Christmas tour! love all your decorations...I have a soft spot for all things Santa, but the Nutcrackers are really stunning and had to smile about the Grinch! Love your wintry little girl too...happy T day!

  21. Such a fab post, I really love all those white lights near your clock and nutcracker collection, quite my favourite part, best wishes to you and yours for the season!

  22. Your home is filled with wonderful Christmas spirit and love!! Such cozy rooms and love the stories behind all the ornaments!! LOVE your wintry journal pages in their varying colours!

    Hugs Giggles

  23. Cute collage girl. You have a lot of decorations! I haven't decorated much for a long time, but I have a table top tree again this year (hand-me-down from McFamily--LOL!). Happy T-Day! :)

  24. Thank you for sharing your wonderful journal pages with us at TioT's this time.

  25. What a wonderful tour around your decorations! I love the stockings! Your journal girl is fabulous and I love her different looks! Hugs, Chrisx

  26. Delightful and cozy Xmas decorations ~ thanks for 'inviting me into your lovely home' ~ Your creative cards is another wonderful one!

    Wishing you the magic and love of the season,
    artmusedog and carol

  27. Hi Linda! Love your tree with handmade ornaments! Thanks for sharing your house Christmas decorations.

    Fabulous journal page and all fantastic versions. Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday. Mar x

  28. Happy PPF Sweetie and have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

  29. Loved to see all those decorations!!! Haven't seen so many...they are lovely, Linda. The girl card is beautiful too with all those photoshop play.
    The quote in the end is so true!
    Enjoy your celebrations! :)

  30. Beautiful decorations and lovely work Linda! My tree is also artifical but well over 6 feet, not super huge though.

  31. I so much enjoyed the tour of your beautiful Christmasy house with all the fab decorations. I love your girl that you altered with PS. I like the original one and the brownish background one best.

  32. Wow, you have a lot of decorations! Must be a real Christmas-y feel in your house :-) Love those 2 trees! And the girl in different colours.... Have a happy PPF!

  33. I love your Santa and Nutcracker collections, since I also collect them. That Christmas portrait is marvelous too. Merry Christmas, my dear friend!

  34. Love your girly cards, so sweet. Great take on the challenge and thanks for playing with us at TIOT.
    Hugz, Z

  35. wow, that's a lot decoration!
    We have mainly candles and led-lights in and out...
    Merry xmas,
    happy holidays!!!

  36. You have a beautifully decorated home. The girl is amazing.
    Happy weekend xx

  37. Wonderful Festive post, Linda! I love how you decorate and I'm envious of your Nutcracker dolls too! Lovely winter journalling. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Creative New Year. xx

  38. How lovely your work is! You are a wonderful artist.

  39. Such a beautiful home with all the lovely decorations. I can feel the warmth. Happy Christmas to you and your family.

  40. Beautiful art journal page and such gorgeous decorations. I love all those Santas of yours. Thank you so much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  41. I loved your tour! Wonderful decorations! Also your Aj page is beautiful! Great work.

  42. Hi Linda, Thank you for sharing your home and beautiful decorations with us. You can feel the warmth in your pictures and I loved hearing the stories behind some of the decorations.

    I love your art journal page. I think it is one of my favorites but I also think I say that almost every week. I guess all of your work goes into the favorite category. I can see the love that you put into all that you do.

    I hope that you and your family have a wonderful holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  43. So sweet! Great decorations and the wintry journal page is super cute -- Merry Christmas!

  44. Very pretty Julia Nutting style girls. I adore your gorgeous Christmas decorations Linda. All the best for you and your family 2016!

    Love and hugs


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