Tuesday, December 23, 2014

'Tis Christmas

I do love Christmas. I love the way our humble abode transforms as if by magic, into a Christmas wonderland for a month. Each year I love to sprinkle a li'l Christmas alchemy, here and there, throughout our home.

Every year I think about changing our tree which I waxed lyrical about here last year; but I always seem to adorn our elegant tree in much the same way year after year. Boring I know, for those of you who love to have a new Christmas-scape every year, but it's just that I have fashioned so many of the ornaments over the years which hold a sentimental place in my heart. So, as long as I am able to clamber up and down the ladder, festooning frivolous fripperies upon the tree, I will continue the annual tradition. Besides the tree is such a handsome one, sitting rather elegantly in the corner of our parlour......why change it.

This year as I decorated the tree, I did so with mixed emotions. As I placed each name on the tree I was only too aware of those who are not 'here' this year. My daughter and her husband are living for a while in San Fransisco. San Fransisco seems such a long, long way away at Christmas time.

And then there is my sweet, sweet sister-in-law who passed away several months ago. As I placed her name on the tree so many thoughts of her and the lovely times we spent together came to mind. Then there is my mum. I wish I could sit on my front porch and enjoy a cuppa and a piece of Christmas cake, reminiscing about old times and have a giggle with her. My mum was the funniest person I have ever known. She had the best sense of humour, filled with fun, wickedness and drollness. Her jolly-ness was contagious; she had a peculiar way of  making the most serious person laugh. Oh I miss her. Does one ever really fill the empty void that only one's mum can fill.....I don't think so.

Our front porch with a pleasant outlook of our garden, is a lovely spot to sit and enjoy a cuppa in the sun. Of course Christmas has to have a li'l vintage charm added to the mix; don't you think.

A few birdies flew in to sit a while and hang about......it seems they love the ambience of our pretty porch and garden. They wanted to share the message of Christmas; the message that it is a season to reflect on the joy, love and peace that our Heavenly Father gifts to us every day.

Remember Dahlia?? She morphed from a simple dolly peg into the fairest fairy of them all. The tale of Dahlia's magical transformation was penned here. Dahlia decided not to spread her feathery, gossamer fairy wings and go to live with the little girls that stitch in the magic sewing room. Oh Dahlia did deliberate for an age, but she much preferred to stay in the purpley, bluey grey house with the bright pink door. After all there are soooooo many pretties to play with and keep her amused all day long.

Yes indeedy, our front porch is one very pretty and blissful place to sit and dream awhile!

And so........the Christmas magic weaves it's enchantment to li'l corners throughout the house.

This lovely wall quilt was gifted to me by my sweet friend with the magic stitching fingers, Miss Vicki of  'A Quilter's Mission" fame. Isn't it beautiful?? 'Tis perfect in every way.....from the gorgeous pretty pastels (I LURVE pretty pastels) to the lovely quote that says "Angels are always watching over me"......love, love, LURVE!! 'Tis a lucky gal that I am!

There has been many a vase of pretty flowers to welcome visitors who have entered the bright pink door, throughout the month of December.

And so….from my home to yours,
may you have a joyous Christmas
as you celebrate with your loved ones.

May it be a season for making beautiful
new memories!


  1. What an array of festive pretty things! Your home looks so beautiful and welcoming, Kim. Wishing you love & joy this Christmas,
    Hugs, Gilly xx

  2. Have a lovely Christmas full of joy and festivity, all the best of the season, Such a beautiful outlook on the garden with your Christmas decs. Blessings my friend xxMonique

  3. Such a beautiful post, absolutely full of what Christmas is all about.
    I lovely idea of having family and dear ones names hanging on the
    Christmas tree....they are always with you. A beautiful Christmas to
    you and yours. Peace be with you.
    Cheers, Anita.

  4. What a beautiful Christmas you keep in your corner of the world. I wish you all a lovely Christmas a very Happy New Year :) xxx

  5. Lovely decorations,beautiful photos!!!
    Merry Christmas!
    * Happy New Year! *

  6. Your home is beautifully decorated with your very special touches and such creativity, Kim. Thanks for sharing a glimpse. I am at the opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to holiday decorating, due probably in no small part to the fact that my energy level here in the northern hemisphere is seriously flagging with the short days. So true about missing those special people at Christmas. It's wonderful that you have honored their memories in your unique way. Merry Christmas to you!

  7. Thank you so very much for sharing your beautiful home with us! You have once again, made it a wonderland of special items. Your love is felt in every space of your lovely little abode. I'm so glad that you love your wall hanging. I thought of you the second I found that little panel. Love and happy Christmas wishes. You, my dear sweet friend, are wished all that is good and lovely....Vicki

  8. I remember when you made Dahlia. I'm glad she stayed home ; ) So nice to have another peek inside that fairy tale home of yours. The flowers beside the Christmas balls is a gorgeous photo.
    Merry Christmas Kim.

  9. Thank you for sharing your beautiful house and pretty decorations. Love the birdies and wall panel. Have a very Happy Christmas and best wishes for the new year.

  10. Your home looks beautiful have a very Happy Christmas. :) xx

  11. Beautiful memories which Christmas brings again each year. I love your flowers too, Tassie is a wonderful place for gardeners. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year Kim.

  12. As with everything you do Kim, you have made your home into a magical place for Christmas. I enjoyed every single picture.

    1. .....and I enjoy every single photo of your lovely home and shop in your wintry wonderland, Beth. xx

  13. How very sweet - all your memories of those around you - and those near and dear to each other. You are so lucky to have such sweet memories of your mum - not everyone has that extra sweetness added to their lives, but of all the people I know - I'm glad you have it, as you are one of the most special people in all of this big, ol' world.

    Your porch is causing a bit of envy on my part - oh to sit on the porch at christmas and enjoy the pretties and the warm weather - I think sometimes that I might be able to adjust quite well to a warm and sunny christmas - it certainly would bring a lot of cheer. Some of our days are so dark and somber here in the Pacific Northwest corner of the U.S. - clouds are heavy and often drop rain on us - and now and then a bit of snow - but the decorations do cheer us - and give a pretty glow and contrast to the darkest days of our winter.

    Your red and white gingham is perfect for christmas - I think it must have been designed just for christmas - though I do like it for summer too - oh the fun of red and white. I adore your porch - so sweetly decorated, I can almost hear those sweet birdies chirping away as they flit about your little branches bringing joy and love to all. Another happy christmas!!!!!