While I started Christmas decorating early this year, I didn't really finish until today. Since I get bored doing the same decorating every year, I like to experiment with different ideas. As I mentioned in a previous blog, I have about 17 plastic crates with Christmas decorations and used just one of those boxes this year. For the past 14 years, I have been collecting antique European baskets (mostly French). This year I decorated the tree with some of my small baskets along with German brass candle holders, and glass snowflakes I made with our three daughters about ten years ago with a kit from Martha Stewart. These glass snowflakes are beautiful the way they catch the light and you can create so many designs.
How do you decorate your home for Christmas? Do you have one tree, two trees, or many trees? I once met someone who had 14 trees in her house - one in every room including the bathrooms.
A very long time ago, (I can't believe it's been about 25 years), I travelled with my Mom and Dad on a trip to Europe. We had stopped in a craft shop in Switzerland, and my mom purchased this adorable doll by Meike Riedel. My mom passed away four years ago, and I treasure this charming doll with its cloth painted face, her hair in braids and a dress made of a fabric that looks like a "Liberty of London". The old wooden tricycle on the right was my mother in laws when she was a child and the bears I have collected at antique markets along with the small wooden sled.
Look at the amazing details of this finely crafted French doll basket. I love the beautiful patina, and the fact it has survived all these years in such fine condition.
Who doesn't enjoy candles and a wood burning fire? It feels so good to sit by the fire on these cold, short days in Michigan.
The lowest shelf of this antique Welsh dresser holds a collection of various old books. My husband is always asking me why I purchase these books when I can't read them as some of them are in different languages. Well, its all about the binding and covers, isn't it? The architectural piece in the center is actually from the Lee Plaza Hotel in Detroit. Our daughters like to go into these amazing old dilapidated buildings in Detroit to take photographs and they came across this incredible piece.
We celebrated my husband's birthday the other night and you can see our golden retriever loves to prance around with the wrapping paper in her mouth. She always knows how to get our attention.
I can't believe Christmas is just four days away...