It's A New Year

Hope your holiday gatherings were fabulous.  I felt so much love and celebrated all the blessing of my life as we all gathered to celebrate together.  Lots of fun, too much food and lots of heart filled joy.

Now on to a new year.

Hope you take paths less traveled in the new year to discover new opportunities and discover joy, happiness and blessings in the most unlikely of places.

Go out in the fresh snow and make snow angels.

Most of all remember to always have your heart and eyes open to see magic in your everyday life.

May you all have a wonderful start to the new year.  Wishing all of you lots of love, happiness, joy and new adventures.

Happy New Year

Imagine and Create

Good Morning Everyone.  I put up my last post for the year yesterday with my Merry Christmas Card to each of you then something fun and sweet happened after I posted.  I want to share this and thank this sweet blogger and friend.

Kim over at Exquisitely Unremarkable sent me this sweet angel she made.  This special little angel is made out of macaroni.  So looks who's hanging with my sweet birds!

Kim is so crafty and at one time in her life taught school kids.  I bet they just loved having her as a teacher with all her creative ideas that are so much fun.  This little angel just makes me smile so she had to go up into my kitchen Christmas tree with my birds.

Along with the sweet macaroni angel she gave me these two Rae Dunn mugs.  Kim said when she saw them she new they were perfect for Terry and I.  I imagine and then Terry with his trusty tools creates for me.  Gosh I love these Kim.  Thank you so much sweet friend.

I have to say as we move on down into Christmas and think about all the blessings in our lives.  I have met and become friends with so many of you sweet bloggers.  My life changed so much when I started my little chippy white decor blog over 6 years ago.  I have met and become friends with so many of you sweet friends that I probably would have never met if it were not for blogging.

To this day it still amazes me how people from all over the world can meet and become friends and click instantly and feel like life long friends without ever meeting in some cases.

I truly love all of you that I have come to know.
I wish all of you that celebrate Christmas a very Merry one and I wish all of you most of all a brand new year filled with happiness, health and most of all peace.


My Wish

Wishing each of you love, good health and happiness in the new year.
Merry Christmas.

Let it Snow

Good Monday Morning Everyone.

Wooooo Hooooo!  We are on the last week before the big day.  Hope you all are enjoying your pretty homes all decorated, cookies, wrapping and getting ready for the big day.

As we begin this last week before Christmas I wanted to share a little something special with all of you.

My friend Diana from Nana Diana Takes A Break blog and Cottage on the Cove came to my annual girlfriend party this year.  As a gift from one of the other girls that came to my party I received this cute snowman.

Diana took one look at this sweet and cute little snowman and said she could make something very similar.  Each year she gives a gift to her family members that she makes to remember that year of Christmas.  She thought a little snowman or snowgirl like mine would be the perfect gift.

These are a few of the sweet little snow peeps she came up with.  Are they not the cutest.  She gifted me the pink hat snow girl on the left for my snowman.  He was excited to get a Snowmail Order Bride!!!!  She also gifted me the little snow baby too.  Now my snowman has a sweet little family.

Little Snow Baby

The other three I bought from Diana for gifts.  These little snow peeps are soft and oh so cute.  I think Diana did a great job making these from just looking at mine.  Oh how I wish I had that crafting talent.

Diana still has some of these left in her Etsy Shop here.  The snow babies are just adorable and would make great gifts.  Thank you Diana for these beautiful snow peeps.  I love my little snow family and I know my daughters and my mom will love the ones I gift them.

Enjoy the rest of this sweet week before Christmas.  I am trying to enjoy every day.  This time of year moves way too quickly.


Angelic Gift

Hi Everyone,
Oh my do you feel like the month of December is going waaayyy to fast?!   I love this time of year and it seems like it just goes to quickly.

This is the time of year that sweet surprises arrive at your doorstep.  This happened to me just the other day.  Vera from Instagram Rowhomesandcobblestones sent me a beautiful and sweet gift.  Vera knows my love of angels and Madonna's and she sent me this beautiful new Madonna for my collection.

This angel is from the Holy Journey series that is a tribute to Christian Faith.  The sculptures in this series are of the people and events during Christ's brief time here on earth.  The pieces are just beautiful by Veronese Designs.

She joins with some of my other angels and Madonna's that hold special rosaries from family members that have passed.  These beautiful angels and Madonna's give me such peace.
Thank you sweet Vera for making my heart sing when I opened up this lovely thoughtful gift from you.  I will treasure her.

I wanted to show you this sweet little mannequin Christmas tree I found at Marshall's.  Just was too adorable to pass up.  I have her on my makeup table.

I have to tell you I am having the best time with these sweet little birds from Target.  When I come into the kitchen in the morning they just make me smile.

Hope you are having fun with all your decorating around your homes.  This is such a fun time of year.  Enjoy and have a great week ahead.

Indulge Me

I interrupt this decor blog for a small little post today to brag just a little bit.  I know you all come here to see cottage chippy and whites but today I am going to brag and show you two of the most precious things in my life.

Just when you think you could not love anyone more than your own children they give you grandchildren.  We took my two grand girls for their Christmas pictures.  

So I want to show them off.

This is Abby she is 7 years old and such a kind and sweet girl.  She is growing up so fast.  I can see it in this picture.

This is Charlotte 16 months old.  She is full of mischief and fun.  She is always happy.

This picture is one of my favorites taken.  Charlotte is saying Yep!!! I drop my letter in the box for Santa.  She was very excited.

As many of you know my husband Terry is a fire chief and this year there was a Christmas party for the firefighters and their families.  Terry has a fabulous Administrative Assistant that put together one of the best Christmas parties I have ever been too.  Good food, fun things for the kids to do and Santa arriving on the firetruck were just a few of the fun things going on.

They had face painting for the kids.  The artist that did up the kids faces was fabulous.  Abby wanted to be a panda bear.

Charlotte at 16 months old is a little scared of Santa but when you put a gift in the mix she is all in lol!

Charlotte was painted up to be Rudolph.

The firefighters have some of the sweetest kids and they all enjoyed being together and seeing Santa.

Thank you for indulging me a little bragging time.  I love these sweet angels and love living close enough to see them often and help my daughter out with babysitting.  They really make mine and Terry's hearts flutter.   

Hope you are enjoying getting ready for the big day.  It will be here before we know it.
I am trying this year to really enjoy the simple things about the holidays.  One of them was taking the day to go for pictures with the girls and then a big family dinner after.  So much fun for all of us.
Have a great rest of the week and wonderful weekend.

Tiny House Christmas Decor

Hello Everyone.  Hope you are enjoying this most festive time of the year.  

I have been learning a lot since we really downsized to this tiny cottage home this year.  

I fell in love with this house the minute I walk through the doors.  I could see me transforming this tiny space into my style and cozy for us to find peace and comfort here.

With that said I still had a tiny part of me that was hesitant that I could live this small and be happy with less stuff and less space.  Well that worry is gone.  

I am embracing this living small and loving it.  I love that this house is less maintenance at this point in life.  
I can keep it clean and cozy with very little effort.  
Just makes my heart smile to live more of my life without being a slave to a house.

I have always loved to decorate for the holidays and this year having very little space to decorate was I going to be happy?!!! 

I have to say YEP!!!!  Wooo Hoooo! and Yeah!!!  The little bit of space I had to decorate I made pretty and still was able to let out my holiday decor happy!

So here we go..........

Peggy and I will begin the tour of the Tiny Cottage Christmas Decor .

Lots of light filters into this living room throughout the day.  Not good for picture taking but beautiful for living.

I put my tree in front of the larger living room window.

The tree lights at night.

My Hope angel adorns the tree each year.  She wears my grandmothers angel brooch.

Hope was the theme of my tree this year.  I always believe we can hope and pray for a better world with more peace and love for all our futures.

I surround myself not only at the holidays but year round with my angels.  They give me such peace.

Simple white wreath with a single rose along with votives that are beautiful when lite at night.

My birdhouse adorns another small angel.

Some simple little ice skates hanging on my vintage arched window.

A small garden vignette for the Christmas Cottage.

Now on to the kitchen for the little touches of Christmas here and there.

Love the sun filtering in.  A simple wreath on the cottage back door and a sweet little centerpiece on my table.

My sweet friend Sandy gifted me this cute centerpiece the night of my girlfriend party.  Love this piece.  Perfect for my coffee table in the kitchen.

My sweet bird family has their own special Christmas Tree in the kitchen

One of the snowbird family flew from the Christmas tree and landed on the wreath of the kitchen chalk board.  There is one in every family!!!!!

Added some sweet candy canes to my little skate on the open shelves in the kitchen.

The coffee bar shelves needed some sweet red and white candy canes too.

Another of my sweet angels has found a friend and they both are enjoying the open shelves too.
I tell ya I am having more fun with these little birds this year.

That is my tour of my tiny cottage home all done for Christmas.  Not a lot of big decor spaces but small cozy and pretty touches throughout the spaces.
I wish all of you peace and love as we head on down to the big day.

Before I go I wanted to show you a little tour of Terry's Fireman Cave all done for Christmas.

Another friend gifted me this sweet little snowman.  He is so cute and soft.  I love him and he is sitting on the dining table off the family room in the fireman cave.

Wishing all of you a lot of fun as you shop, wrap, bake and decorate for Christmas.
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