Wednesday, December 11, 2013


  Sunny and cool here in Southern California..It's been cold at night but by 8am it's about 40 degrees on the back patio.   But sitting on the front porch and chatting with a good friend and having a cup of's perfect.
Then it hit me..just two days and visitors would begin to arrive and a family dinner on Sunday.  I NEED to finish the decorating. 
Thursday.  It's has to be finished by Thursday!!
I'm still in pj's when I realize I need to get dressed first.  I have a coffee buzz going on and the need for speed is overwhelming!
I got started and finished the Living Room..except for some minor tweaking.  I collected a few of these hand made Santa's ..sculpted little faces..I fell in love with them.  

I always have a table with "A Cup Of Christmas Tea" on it.  It's one of my very favorite Christmas stories.
This copy is an autographed copy.  Of course the lady in the photo is my Grandmother.  Her name was Lilly.  She was a school teacher.  She was Married on New Years Eve 1900.  I was married New Years Eve exactly 100 years later.  (Not really important to anyone but me. :)
This is the top of my piano.  I've decided to make it a Candy Cane Christmas so I began by filling every container I could find with Candy Canes..  The little Christmas tree you see is a white feather tree.  It's been missing for the past two years ...I think.  I found it this past weekend!!  Maketh me happy! *smilin'* here.
The baby girl is my Erin Kathleen.  She is the third from the youngest.
This is the little sofa table I found at an Estate Sale.  I can't remember the price but it wasn't much.
Every single thing on the table is second hand...except the skates.  No, WAIT, those are second hand too.  Every single thing in this picture is second hand.   Garage sales...yes, even all the books and the Mandolin.  I think that's what it is.  Has a rounded bottom.  ??  I play the piano..nothing with strings. 

 Yep..second hand..even the coffee table..pillows, but not the furniture.
Again..lamp, little pitcher, picture frames, plate, plate stand, crocheted doily..all bought at garage sales.  The end table was bought from a friend many years ago.  I bought both end tables from her.  The flowers...I bought from stores over the years.
The other little end table I bought from the same friend.

Living room...  Yikes! The coffee table needs help!
I've already changed the coffee table since the picture was taken.  :)    Tweak, tweak!
I added this candy cane to the center of the front door wreath.  It added a little something. 
I showed most of the front room.  I skipped the doll house, table and chairs and dolls, doll carriage, wicker highchair with the doll in it the old antique wicker buggy, blah, blah, blah.
I will show them when I finish decorating them.  *puff puff*   
I'm getting there..:)  

It's fun to do it for the family..and yes, I do it for myself.  It's fun!  A LOT of fun.
See you tomorrow...
Love'n hugs,

This post was a wee long...sorry...


  1. Your home is so beautiful! I love the way you have decorated everything. I can't believe you got so much second hand. That's so great.

    I think it's so interesting that you got married exactly 100 years to the day after your grandmother. I love things like that. I'm really into family histories and something like that is mind-blowing to me.

    So now that you're done with your house, how about coming here and helping me with mine?

  2. Hi Mona, your Christmas home is so delightful, your visitors will love it. I know I would love to visit you! You are obviously a very artistic person! Merry Christmas to you and your family from Merry Old England! xxx

  3. what an effort but you got so much done. it all looks so festive and i am sure your visitors will love it and appreciate that you did so much special decorating!

  4. Hello Mona,
    Your home is so Welcoming! I would love to sit and have a cup of tea with you. I love that picture of your Grandma. How cool is that you were both married on New Year's Eve 100 yrs apart! I love that!
    Enjoy your beautiful home!

  5. What a beautiful home, I see you like to collect tea cups as well. I have several and love them. Wish I could take a tour through your beautiful Christmas home but guess it will have to be through this blog. Maybe you can make a trip to sunny Florida one day and we can have coffee and chat.

  6. Holy Museum Batman - you got a lot going on there - gee, My house looks pathetic compared to yours, but heck, you are wonderful at decorating, whilst I am better at robbing trains. hehe I didn't know your grandmother's name was Lilly - its a fine name and all Lilly's are just wonderful people, eh. Love the story with photos - made my day - thanks so much dear Mona and hugz to buddy whatz is name, eh....PH :)

  7. Oh Mona, it all looks so pretty. I love it and your Sculpted Santas are fabulous. Hugs, Marty

  8. Well Mona, I so enjoyed everything in this post. The stories are fascinating, especially the lovely photo of your grandmother and being married on New Years Eve. Lo and behold, I saw the burgundy throw over your coffee table and realized I have the SAME ONE! It is currently over my dining table for Christmas dinner. Thank you so much for sharing it all!!

  9. Oh girlie, you made me smile! I LOVE 2nd hand goodies! I added a few ornaments to my tree that I bought last week at an antique shop, $1 each:) Enjoy your day dear friend, stay warm! HUGS!

  10. Mona, your home is so lovely and I love all the decorations. So festive. I finally finished, yea
    Now I am going to sit and enjoy.
    Have a grand time with your family and friends.

  11. you are all ready for company and Christmas, lots of beautiful treasures. my favorites are the skates, the santa on the table, an that beautiful tea set

  12. You have no idea how much those candy canes have inspired me---I've just called Chris to bring me several dozen, all red and white, in different sizes. typing fast, so I can go while the iron's hot.

    off to be the Wizard.



  13. Enjoyed this very much. We have something in common we both like to go to garage sales and see what we can find. A lot of my Holiday decoration came from yard sales. I love your Santa and all your other decorations. Have a good time with your family. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  14. You have so many "garage sale treasures" They are simply lovely and go with your decorating so well. What a comfortable home you have with all your touches.

  15. Looks very festive. Thank you for sharing the photographs. Happy holiday.

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  17. A white owl perched up high overlooking it neat! I love your Santas and the pink skates. It's beautiful my friend! Happy holidays!

  18. Your home is just fabulous. I love the way you have it all decorated inside and out. And how all the things around you - that mean love to you.

    So who are you having over on Sunday - will this be your Christmas or just the start of your holiday?

    I wish you a very Merry Christmas.

  19. It all looks so beautiful, Mona. I really love it- Everything is looking all dressed for the Holidays at your house. Blessings to you- xo Diana

  20. Talk about warm and cozy . . . Mona's place . . . has the charm! Candy Canes too!!!

  21. I'm so glad you're decorating. I hear so many older folks saying they don't decorate sad! But then again, your not an "older" person anyway! Enjoy your family...we're heading out this weekend to spend time with family too..can't wait!

  22. Dear Mona - It's way too cold in Mid-Missouri for me! We would have to sit INSIDE with a cup of hot cocoa for a visit! Your Christmas decorations are beautiful and I love your theme! Nothing says Christmas like candy canes. I envy your decorating skills and your energy! Hugs to you - Rhonda

  23. Dear Rhonda..I wish I could answer you directly so I always hope you find my response here.
    I know we are fortunate to have the kind of "cold" we have here. I remember so well living in Oregon and how cold it was up there by this time of year. I'm glad you like the candy canes. I hit on some sort of theme every year. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. Love,


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