Lovely December

Hello there,

When I started writing this post it was all about the stress that December can bring~ with preparing for the holidays, buying gifts, readying the house for company, etc~ and then I deleted every last word and started again. I am sure many of us are stressing over getting things done, that is almost a given for anyone at this time of the year, but I thought a post about welcoming and enjoying December would be much more fun and appreciated.ceramic houses all lit up

So welcome December, I am so glad you are here. I love the darker days, and the cooler temperatures and even the snow ( yes, we have had some snow already and I was thrilled!). Decorating for Christmas is such an enjoyable pastime. I have to admit that I probably go overboard with the decorations. Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year and I want to enjoy it to the fullest, and lots of decorations are part of that!

Every year we get a real tree but don’t put that up until mid December ( we have to make sure it lasts into the New Year), but that doesn’t deter from the Christmassy feeling in our house at all. We have a lot of artificial trees ( yes, when I say a lot, I mean about 7 or 8). Some of them are bigger and others are tiny, but it is pretty common to see a tree in every room of the house. And when I run out of trees, I use greenery to decorate. And lights! Lights make everything more magical, don’t you think? Personally I love the little white lights that twinkle, but anything will do. And don’t forget about the candles! The more, the merrier!twinkly lights on top of the cabinets

One decoration that is very near and dear to my heart is the wooden church that my dad made for us many years ago. My parents had one and he modelled the ones he made for me and my sister after theirs. I love it so much because it was handmade by my dad and it will always be treasured for just that reason.Christmas church

My collection of Santas is quite impressive. Years and years ago I took part in a Block of the Month program through a local quilt shop. Every month you received the materials and instructions for one block, plus a Santa. Well, I never made that quilt, but I collected all those Santas, and those are one of the first things I pull out each year. If you look carefully, you will see that every Santa has a quilt block design on him somewhere!

I don’t know how I got started collecting my little glitter houses, but they have this wonderful German feel, and I adore them. They have seen better days ( being made out of cardboard they do not stand up well to years of use), but I love them, flaws and all.

I also have a collection of ceramic houses and I love seeing our son trying to peek in the windows of the church and the shops, trying to spy something new.

Our banister gets decked out too! I love hanging different little items from it, like the long stockings, and the fabric skates that I designed last year. And of course I have to sneak in a few toadstools where I can!

And then there are the quilts….how could I decorate for Christmas and not use quilts? Quilts are cozy at the best of times, but especially so at Christmas time! You will find little quilts all through our home, but I also have a few larger ones.

 

And even now, I am working on one that will be a perfect cuddle or big wall quilt ( if I can find the time to finish it!)

You can find this free pattern here.

 

So there you have it, a Christmassy tour of a quilter’s home. I hope that you are enjoying the season and that you are taking time to do some quilting, decorating, and baking. ( If I could only add scents to a blog post…smell those cookies baking right now??)

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Monique

 

34 thoughts on “Lovely December

  1. I really enjoyed seeing all of your decorations. When we moved to Arizona from Texas we decided to downsize, a lot. My Christmas village, Santa’s and snowmen were all given away. I do still have my quilts, I could never get rid of those. They are hanging everywhere in our house. I love decorating for Christmas. Yesterday I made peanut brittle and today I baked ginger cookies. My house smells so good. Merry Christmas Monique to you and your family.

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  2. I love your flying geese quilt. So simple and perfect! I’m going to start on one in the New Year, as a leader and ender project. Eventually, I’ll have a Christmas Quilt for Christmas 2018 or 2019, right?

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  3. Your house is beautiful! I live in a small house so there isn’t much room to set things around without packing up everything. LOL Have a wonderful and merry Christmas.

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  4. It was fun to see your decorations. I love the quilts and pillows, I have very little in the way of quilted items to decorate with for Christmas. Thanks for sharing the link for the tree pattern.,

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  5. Thank you for inviting us into your home to see your Christmas decorations. I love them all. I especially love all the quilts you’ve displayed. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

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  6. Your home is absolutely lovely!!! I don’t know how you find the time to decorate and make all those things!! Thank you for the tour. I wish you a very merry Christmas, Monique:)

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  7. Thank you for sharing this Monique! I usually have Christmas all through the house as well, but this year has been a struggle. It’s wonderful to see all your Christmas decor & I really like the snow on your blog too. It put a big smile on my face! πŸ˜€

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  8. What a lovely sweet post 😊 I love seeing all your bits and pieces and it brings a festive feeling to my heart 😊 I feel inspired to decorate but be more focused in putting together little settings, I usually set up the tree and then put bits around the house but I don’t pack away anything, everything’s always out and it doesn’t have that themed feel. Thank you for the ideas and for welcoming us into your home xxx

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  9. I loved your decorations. So much going on during the holidays just getting around to reading the important stuff I didn’t want to delete. Hope you had great holidays!

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