Monday, December 2, 2013

Shall we decorate?

They were dragged out of the attic yesterday.............several of those green storage boxes announcing 'decor central', set up on the floor in the upstairs office. A contained mess of sorts, and a time for memories, a few giggles, and some sighs, as each loved item was unwrapped from the white tissue paper. 

I changed my mind. "No space for a live tree" was forgotten Saturday when visiting The Vintage Village to collect granddaughter from work at 'SuzAnna's Antiques'.

Sam's 'Country Porch' was loaded with beautiful fresh-cut North Carolina Fraser Firs, just in from the western mountains. The fragrance of pine permeated the evening air, and when I felt the glowing needles, pine sap stayed on my hands and the smell was captivating. A small 4 foot tree, already in a stand to hold water, seemed the perfect size to tuck into the corner of the dining room.

The little 4 foot fir came home with us..........a jolly carload in the crisp evening air.......the granddaughter, Cathy the large stuffed elephant from IKEA whom the granddaughter also fell for (I'm sharing), the Christmas tree, and some extra fir clippings to use in the decorating. 

What can I conjure up from all these pretties? 

I started decorating yesterday afternoon after Bob 
and I spent the morning raking and hauling 
fallen leaves again. Today I'll be going full 
steam ahead and hopefully Christmas will soon  
be visible here in the cottage..........
I'll show you later.


  1. Oh I can't wait! Definitely my favorite Season of all! Love ~ Vanessa

  2. You're off to a great start, Mary! I don't blame you for opting for the live tree - there's nothing like it!

  3. There are a very few things out here. I'm taking it slowly. And a real tree will be put up in a week or so. Love the smell of a fresh tree. Your decorations are all so pretty - I know you'll create a beautiful scene with them. Enjoy the process!

  4. I started decorating a bit but just cannot muster the motivation this year. Hopefully all of you lovely blogger posts will motivate me! Love all the pastels in your ornaments.


  5. I know just what you mean. Every time I open those boxes a wave of memories comes with it.

  6. I have always had live trees. The scent is part of Christmas for me.

  7. Yeah! You got a tree!! We have always bought a real tree and did so again the day after Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to seeing your holiday house Mary.

  8. Your fresh tree sounds delightful, Mary. I can't wait to see it decorated. Have fun with it!

  9. How fun to see decorations laying there in wait. I can't wait to see what you do with them.
    Decorating has begun here, but won't finish until Saturday night after we get the tree on Saturday.
    Some shopping done today, almost done now, except for food and a few loose ends. Then I
    can play in the kitchen, something I don't do much of these days and miss. Have fun with
    the decorating and so glad you found a little tree to tuck in the house.

  10. Dear Mary - my gifts are purchased and nearly wrapped............Christmas cards to do, and now, thanks to you, a timely reminder that it is time to haul out the decorations♥

  11. From the looks of your stash of decorations, I can tell that your cottage will be magical. Looking forward to seeing it Mary.

  12. Can't wait to see the results!


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