Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Charlie Brown Christmas



It's Tuesday night and I still haven't finished my Christmas decorating. I just never seem to have time between work, laundry, puppies, and hubby. Maybe I'll finish this weekend just in time for Christmas, but then Christmas has been canceled at Brambleberry Cottage. Anyway I thought I would share a bit of my Christmas decor.
I usually don't like to have Santa's out for Christmas because it's really not about him but, when I saw the pattern for this one with the sparkle in his eye I couldn't resist. He was just too cute. I left one afternoon and by the time I came home my amazing talented hubby had cut him out and glued him up. The only problem is he's so big that I never know what to do with him.



In the dining room sits an old 1860's baker's rack that I'm forever playing with. Hubby thinks it looks like a strange laboratory with all the glass jars filled with silver and gold balls. I love the way it sparkles.



Here's our sweet little Charlie Brown tree propped up in the plaster urn. It's so small and pathetic that it reminds me of the one Snoopy picked out. Every tree needs to be loved no matter how small, don't you agree?
It's proudly displayed on the dining room table behind the couch with a collection of faux gifts.



Everywhere you look there are sweet little gingerbread men and girls. Growing up I lived across the street from a woman named Rose. I of course called her Mrs. blank but in my heart I longed to called her Toots (her nick name was Tootsie).
Every year all the neighbor kids would gather at her house to make Christmas cookies that were used to decorate their tree. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of times spent in her kitchen as she cooked and created so many delicious things.



Our little cottage is so small that there's nowhere to put everything so Christmas is simply added to what's already there. Can you see the little porcelain sugar cookie
peeking out from the tea cup? You may be wondering what that other thing is next to him...my old brass door knob from the turn of the century. Strange I know.



I bought these darling pink stars while in Jacksonville and haven't found a place to display them.
I was thinking about stringing them from ribbon and wrapping them over the arms of the 1910 light fixture that hangs in the dining room. Its looking sad and unadorned. Very unChristmasy.



Shiny things under glass jars that reflect the light so beautifully.



Ooh! Happy Birthday to me! I saw this while hunting for shiny things and decided it would be perfect above the bakers rack. Sweet hubby granted my wish and let me buy it for my birthday present...lucky me!



More shiny things...


And still more shiny things...



And more sugar cookies.
I wouldn't dare show you my stockings. They're so HUGE that they have to be hung by doorknobs instead of the chimney with care. My mother once said that they must belonged to greedy children :).
Well! All I have to say is "no comment."

11 comments:

ellen b. said...

Wait, wait!! When is/was your birhtday??? I love your decorations. I have a cloche on my christmas want list this year. I never even knew what that was till I this year blogging :0)

Cori G. said...

Hi Ellen B.,
I'm going to try this and see if it works. Do you click on the follow-up comments thingy? If you do and get this message please let me know.

My birthday if Friday and I'll be 47, but most people say I behave as if I were 20. I'm not sure if that's good or bad.

Have you tried checking Home Goods for Cloches? I have them in all sizes. Some I've found at Big Lots other at garden stores and one at Victorian Trading Company, but I think that one was expensive. Target carries them occasionally.

I read about your Samovar...very interesting. It must be so wonderful having such a rich heritage.
Have a fun evening...are you getting rain?

Cori G.

Cori G. said...

Hi Ellen B.,
I'm going to try this and see if it works. Do you click on the follow-up comments thingy? If you do and get this message please let me know.

My birthday if Friday and I'll be 47, but most people say I behave as if I were 20. I'm not sure if that's good or bad.

Have you tried checking Home Goods for Cloches? I have them in all sizes. Some I've found at Big Lots other at garden stores and one at Victorian Trading Company, but I think that one was expensive. Target carries them occasionally.

I read about your Samovar...very interesting. It must be so wonderful having such a rich heritage.
Have a fun evening...are you getting rain?

Cori G.

Moorea said...

What beautiful decorations. I remember having decorations up...
vaguely.

Hey- wait... is that you in the comments section? It's your birthday THIS Friday? Now- I wish I had your address. I would send you a snail mail card! What a wonderful time of the year to have a birthday! (Isn't that a song?) Lucky you! I see you got a lovely early B-Day gift- the cabbage rose print. Fun! Have a nice warm one, whatever you do!

Love, Moorea

fairmaiden said...

Your shiny christmas things in jars are so pretty. And the rose hanging above your display is beautiful. Happy happy birthday to you!

I WANT to SEE your BIG stockings!!!!

Becky said...

Hello my sweet sweet praying friend! How that is such a comfort to me. I never dreamed when I started to blog that I would be so blessed. Thank you for all of your nice comments but more than anything for the friendship that we have. Happy Birthday as well. Oh my what a beautiful birthday gift Cori. I love Christy Repasy's roses. Your home looks so pretty and I don't see anything resembling a Charlie Brown Tree. Everything looks wonderful. Gotta get moving and get ready for work.
Hugs
Becky

kathy said...

How beautiful is your decorating -- found you through Alura -- will visit more of your blog as time permits - Kathy - GA
countrychintz.blogspot.com

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Cori, I am LOVING those silver ornaments! Stunning! These pictures are beautiful!!!!

Merry Christmas dear!

Hugs,
Maryjane

Tara said...

Cori

Happy Bday to you! Your home looks lovely and cozy, you really make it happen at your house!
:0)
Tara

ellen b. said...

I'm so glad I didn't miss you special day. You are 10 years younger than me :0)

Pat said...

Hi Cori!
I'm happy I didn't miss this birthday eve! Please e-mail your address to me so I can send you a BD card next year! It has been so nice getting to know you over this almost one year of blogging -- I never thought I'd know someone who lived in California, much less to have been chauffered around by this new friend when I visited San Diego ..lol! That was so sweet of you!

My house looks like Scrooge's --very little decorations are up as we will be away in Denver for Christmas...can't wait for that! I had to put up a photo of last year's Christmas tree -- my house is very small too so it is squashed in an archway!

I love your gingerbread memories --I made gingerbread men this past weekend. :-)

Hugs, Pat