Monday, December 6, 2010

~CHRISTMAS SHABBY COTTAGE CHIC~

~WELCOME...COME ON IN~
 Just Off Our Entry

I ended up being MIA this weekend!  Truthfully...I enjoyed every single second I spent with my Miss K!  We shopped 'til  we dropped, BB&J (Baked, Bagged and Jared) Christmas goodies and we decorated until we could decorate no more!  When her Momma and Daddy picked her up this afternoon my La Chaumière de Briarwood looked as though a mini-tornado had invaded her interior!  I was toooooo tired to even THINK ABOUT Bloggin!
~OUR CHRISTMAS DINING ROOM~
All Is Calm~All is Bright

Wouldn't have changed a thing!  That said...I'm behind again, but who cares?  Right?

Above you'll see some of the fruits of our labor.  Our two dining room Trees are finished and they look sparkly and bright.  The larger Christmas Tree holds all of our family ornaments and is always the most fun to decorate!  Of all our trees, both little and big, she is the PINKEST, but is dearly loved just the same.  Good thing I've had all the ornaments for years and years because it's almost impossible to find PINK BULBS anymore!
Have you tried?
Found any?
I saw a few at Hobby Lobby, but that was about it!
~MY FAVORITE TREE~
Demure and Sweet

This medium sized Tree is new to our home this year and was initially purchased because I wasn't sure the larger Tree was going to ever get decorated.  We've had the larger of the two Trees for well over twelve years and it holds 700 plus mini bright lights...but~about 600 of them had burned out!!!
 
~CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?~
 (About 1/3 of the burned out bulbs)

My Mr. AGPMan changed them out one by one.  A huge task, but ultimately easier than trying to remove the old lights and then re-wrap the limbs with fresh strings.  Took him about 5 hours (or more) to relight the thing...and then I yanked it outside and flocked the entire thing (FAUX SNOW IN A CAN!!)  It was TOOOO TOOOOO GREEN for me and the faux snow toned it down!
~OUR "NOEL" BANNER

The most exciting thing Miss K and I did as far as decorating goes was the making of this Sugared and Glittered NOEL BANNER!  It was easy peasy to make, too!  The scrolly frame around the lettering was taken from a vintage cabinet photo and scanned into my computer.  The background color was changed and a single letter was placed in the center!  They were printed out on heavy card-stock and then lots of shimmer and shine was added.  Each lettered card was linked to the next using vintage gold cording and draped across a vintage mirror...

For right now I'm back in my studio as I have LOTS and LOTS to list on my website and will be doing so every day this week.  Hope you'll stop by to see what's new.

Are you wondering about the winner of my FOLLOWERS GIVEAWAY?  Well...the sweet gal who snagged the prize is none other than FRANCY RICHARDS!  Francy doesn't have a blog (just loves to read them) and has followed me from the beginning!  You can find her comments sprinkled all through my posts.  Thank you to all of you who played along and for the kind compliments!  CONGRATULATIONS FRANCY GIRL!

Now...are you wanting to know about my December Giveaway?  It will be the last one I will be doing this year.  I'll be announcing it tomorrow and it's sure to be a fun one!  How about the treats my Miss K and I put together?  Would you like to see those as well?

Happy Monday and Merry Christmas!
May you bring to this day your very best!

Blessings and love...

49 comments:

Marica said...

Ciao cara Rebecca, é stupefaciente!!!

Kiss^^

Marica

Linda said...

Such beauty! I love your very feminine tastes Pink Lady!

I hope you will have a very blessed Christmas!

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Anonymous said...

I WON THE DRAWING?????? I AM SPEECHLESS....AND THAT IS A NEAR IMPOSSIBILITY FOR ME!! Ooooooo, REBECCA. WHAT A WONDERFUL SURPRISE..I AM THRILLED TO WIN SOMETHING YOU MADE AND SNOW PEOPLE SEEM TO BE THE CENTER OF THIS YEAR'S FOCAL POINT IN MY KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM...SO THIS LITTLE BEAUTY IS SURELY GOING TO HAVE A PLACE OF HONOR THERE!..THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! I AM TOTALLY DELIGHTED...AND STILL IN SHOCK I WON IT..!!
CAN'T WAIT FOR MY HUBBS TO WALE UP SO I CAN TELL HIM ABOUT THIS!
BLESSINGS TO YOU, DEAR FRIEND, AS WE BEGIN A NEW WEEK...WARM HUGS, FRANCY

Vintage Sandy said...

Oh my your decorating with Miss K is just beautiful I can imagine all the fun you had and what a sweetheart your Mr. AGPman is for changing all those blubs many kudo's to him, can't wait to see your next giveaway it is always so beautiful♥
Hugz♥

Carol said...

A Big CONGRATS to Francy for winning a treasure from Rebecca. I am sure it is one you will hold close to your heart forever.

Rebecca, the view from your French doors is so very lovely. What a trooper your Mr. AGP Man is getting tree lights fixed. Isn't that a tedious part of decorating?

All looks well, All looks bright at the Nelson's. Lovely job and a big Hug for inspiring the rest of us :)

Carol from
Good 'Ol Texas

VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

Oh,my Godness,dear,dear Rebecca:-)))*

You are very Blessed woman,that's true!!!
Your HOME looks SO invited,SO brilliant warm,sweet,just not enough wonderful words to describe my feelings when I see it!

All beutiful details are absolutely amazing and those white-rose soft colors combination making me beyond happy,just would LOVE to be there,in your magic home:-)*

Much Love and very,very Christmas mood to you,wonderful talented woman,Rebecca!!!
***Violetta***

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good morning Rebecca,
Oh my, your home is gorgeous and your trees simply divine in their soft lights and pinks! You and Miss K did a fabulous job! Have a beautiful day, sweet lady.

Christmas blessings,
Sandi

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Everything is beautiful Rebecca... did Miss K ever receive her birthday card I sent her? xoxo Julie Marie

sissie said...

Hi Rebecca,
I'm so glad that you enoyed your time with Miss K. Sounds like so much fun.

I love your pretty pink Christmas tree. I agree that pink ornaments are hard to find. There is a Christmas shop here in town that has a child's section that has tons of pink ornaments, some that are very pretty.

hugs
Sissie

Kathy said...

How gorgeous! Sounds like you had loads of fun and made wonderful memories - I just love the soft, sparkly look to your Christmas! Thank you for joining me this week at Christmas with Victoria - you made it all the more special,
Kathy

Cat & Cricket said...

Rebecca~ beautiful!! I just love your Noel sign..am popping over to your website now!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Wow! What beautiful trees and decorating! Your taste in decorating for the holidays is right up my alley!~Hugs, Patti

Terri said...

Love your Victoria Christmas post! All your photos are so beautiful of your home and your holiday decorations.
Hugs,
Terri

Theresa said...

You have a winter wonderland scattered all over your beautiful home! I am amazed at all of the gorgeous decorations! It sounds like you had a great weekend with Miss K! Have a blessed Monday! HUGS!

Cindy said...

Your Christmas trees are really beautiful, I LOVE your dining room, it is so gorgeous! I know what you mean about a tree being too green. That is exactly what I don't like about my tree, it looks all wrong. I don't know how to flock it though, can you tell me what you did?
Hugs, Cindy

Tanza said...

Good morning sweet friend,
This was such a beautiful Christmas post to wake to !! I LoVe every little detail you created !! WoW !! Miss K did a wonderful job helping Nana make Christmas pretty !! Your trees are stunning !! And, r, I just LoVe that NOEL banner !! Soo soft and feminine !! Looks PeRfECt on that lovely mirror !! I could just sit in that room all day long !! I needed to see this today !! Tickled my little heart, and warmed it bunches too .. Hoping your week is a blessed one, filled with some Christmas FuN !! I LoVe my sweet, talented girly-girl friend ~
Happy day to you ~
~TeA~ xo

Char said...

I can see that you were up until all hours of the night again Rebecca. I don't think you ever sleep, but it's all beautiful and I am sure the best part of everything you did was spending time with Miss K, Char

Sheila said...

Beautiful decorations and pictures.
I love your blog. It always lifts my spirits when I visit.
Have a blessed day!!!

Shelia said...

Everything is so beautiful, Rebecca!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

ShirleyC said...

Beautiful decorations, as always. Blessings to you.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Rebecca, you have got to submit your decorated house to magazines, it is gorgeous!! And Miss K, well you already know how talented she is, and hubby the most patient man in the wold!!!

Carol

Anonymous said...

Good morning, Rebecca....me, again!
In my excitement at 3:30 AM when I saw my name posted as winning the latest give-away, I did not tell you how very beautiful all of your home is now decorated for the hoildays! It looks like something from an ultra-classy magazine spread of the most beautiful homes for the holidays
First....the patience of your Mr. AGPman to have worked with all of those little lights....oh, my!! And then, seeing everything put together!
It is absolutely breath-taking!!! The soft, delicate colors (the PINKS, sigh!)and the beautiful little trees you have set up here and there, to say nothing of THE tree....just perfection! You can really be proud of all you two have done, because it is wonderful...and the love shines through!! You are such a blessed family!
I bet Miss K had a great time helping over the weekend!! She must have been so proud to be part of it all...you two are such hands-on grand
parents!! That alone means so much to a little girl like her....
Enjoy it now and REST!!!
Love you girl..........Francy

Jan's Blog said...

My fantasy Christmas lives at your house. Thanks for sharing!!!

Grandma Nina said...

So beautiful, as always, Rebecca. Someday I would love to redecorate my whole house to be white and pink. I just don't think Hubby will let me. I love your trees!

stefanie said...

oh, its just breath taking!!!!
gorgeous!!!

sonya said...

Rebecca~
Your dining room is absolutely gorgeous! I could just look at it all day long! I'm so glad we have blogland so you can share it with us! I've always wanted to decorate with pink but I don't have the right type of house for that. Or I would!
I'm so glad you and Miss K had a great time. This weekend will be a wonderful memory for you both.
So sweet of your husband to re-do all those lights! WOW!
Remember when I went to that antique mall with my daughter last month for my birthday? They had tons of vintage pink bulbs. I betcha they're gone now! They were beautiful.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Your trees are so pretty. And boy that hubby of yours gets the award. That is a job, I know. He must have some patience!!

Nichole said...

So beautiful! My first home had pink roses in the living room and dining room, so I did a pink tree for my daughter's first Christmas. I saved all of the ornaments to give to her when she gets married, but your tree makes me want to pull them all out and do a pink tree again! Love it!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hi Rebecca, I always love coming to your blog, your Christmas tree's are just absolutely gorgeous, and so is your Dinning room... love the mirror, and also the creamy soft color of everything. I still haven't gotten one thing up yet, I've got to get busy and soon! Hope you have a wonderful week!
hugs~~ Daphne

Mariette said...

Dearest Rebecca,

Ended up here via Mari from 'A Pocket Full of Roses' who is showing off your 'gathering case' decorated with rose decals etc.
Tried to trace that blog on your site but didn't find it. Maybe you could drop me a note and guide me to it.
Enjoyed watching your pretty Christmas decoration!

Mariette's Back to Basics

The Gilded Cherub said...

Rebecca,
Hi, my name is Lorene and I am new to blogging. I came across yours and just had to say hi and let you know how beautiful your tree is. I will be back often to visit your blog. Have a great week.

Lorene

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Hi Rebecca :) Congratulations to Francy for winning your giveaway, she is such a sweetie, and I am so happy for her :) And now, once again, I am swooning over your gorgeously decorated home for the holidays! So pinkalicious!!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

NanaDiana said...

Rebecca-I missed you and wondered what you were up to! I love your trees..they are beautiful. And, no, I havent' seen any pink bulbs anywhere this year now that I think about it. Lots of blues and purples this year though.

Your banner is lovely..and I know what you mean about being behind now. ME TOO! Hugs- have a great week- Diana

Debby said...

Congrats to your lucky winner!! Every thing is so incredibly gorgeous...wow..I just love it. I also really love your banner.
Debby

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Mmmmmmmmmmm.............everything's looking very Christmas-ie! Love it all.... I use pink too....red just doesn't work here.. :-) Holy moly....that's a LOT of lights! YIKES! I thought 300 was a lot, but I guess I'm stingy with them...

Huggies!
Spence

Chatelaine said...

Pink lights, I didn't even know they made them and i love the faux snow.
Your trees are gorgeous!

I have the saying All is calm, all is bright at the entrance to my dining room too!

Mari said...

HELLO SWEETIE,

I JUST ADORE ALL YOUR BEAUTIFUL DECORATIONS, TRULY BREATHTAKING :) LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE YOU MAKE AND CREATE :) AND I JUST CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT ELSE YOU AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL MISS K MADE CAUSE THAT BANNER IS JUST AMAZING :)

XOX~MARI

Mage said...

WoW I live your dining room its splendid! The color of the wall matches the soft light of your gorgeous tree. Agree to what you've said, everything looks demure and sweet just like a cute adorable child. Enjoy the season!

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Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Rebecca,

Your trees are so pretty.
And what a patient man your
husband is...Thomas would be
happy to do the same thing.
Lucky for me because that
task would have driven me
crazy..ha ha

I found strings of Pink Wired and Pink bulbs at Walgreen's drug store of all places! I needed some for my tiny pink tree so I stocked up to use them around the house too.

Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful decorations and thanks for visiting with me.

Have a wonderful {pink} day,
Stephanie ♥

Home and Heart said...

I can hardly breathe! Your home is soooooooo pretty!! *SIGH*

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Hi Rebecca :) WOW!! Everything is just STUNNING!!!!! Your home is amazing and at Christmas, just so inviting and beautiful. I bet your precious granddaughter loves looking at all the pretty details, I know I would!! Just stunning!!
Have a beautiful week sweet friend!
Love,
Amy

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Rebecca, dear, I am closing Bella Vista....just too much stress. I have reached my limit. (I believe you understand) Thanks for being such a good friend to me.

I always "knew' you were there. I always could feel your spirit. Always!

Love, Barb

Char said...

Hi Rebecca, I am wondering if you don't mind, giving me the name of the print shop pro you use. I may regret ever asking, but I would love to give it a try......oh woe is me.......it looks so very difficult but I am game.....
Why is my mind running "be careful what you wish for?" Have a good one girlfriend, Char

Char said...

Rebecca, thank you so much for your advice on the photo shop pro.
I didn't know you were trying learn to smock. Altho you didn't ask for it, I will say that the most important thing to consider is the pleader. There are many models and you want to make sure you get one that is easy to use and make sure to consider the number of needles you may want. Pleaders are pricey and you don't want to make a mistake by buying one and later wishing you had more needle opportunity. This will determine the lenghth of the pleading. From what I can remember, the smocking it's self is not hard, it's fairly easy, my problem is remembering how to thread the fabric into the machine and do the measuring for the sizes. I still have many patterns including all the ones I showed on my blog, if you are interested, please let me know and I will copy them for you. Thanks again and good luck, Char

Lovey said...

So beautiful Rebecca!

Garden Girl said...

Rebecca,

I loved visiting your blog this morning. Everything is beautiful!

I followed the link from Christmas w/ Victoria party at Delightsome Life.

Merry Christmas!

Antiques And Teacups said...

As a fellow participant of the Christmas With Victoria blog party and sister in the Lord I am so glad I found your blog. It's lovely and a wonderful testimony. I am a retired pastor's wife. Have a wonderful season of celebrating His birth!

TinaTx said...

Everything is so beautiful!

Joyful Noise for a Joyful Life said...

What a wonderful sentiment.

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