French Cottage Tour Florida

Happy New Year.
I am off this week watching my grandgirls and enjoying some family time.
I thought while I was gone I would post about a beautiful French Style Cottage in Florida that I just love.

Breanna Pierce of The French Hens has this sweet small cottage in Palatka Florida.

Celebrating Friends In The New Dining Area

Happy Friday Everyone. Christmas came and went so quickly. Now we are all moving on to the brand new year. I have one more celebration tonight and then Christmas will be officially over and we can concentrate on the new year and all that will come in 2020.

Merry Christmas Chicago

Merry Christmas Everyone.
We celebrate our Christmas on Christmas Eve.

I wanted to share a special place in Chicago where we went to have our Christmas Eve dinner.
It is Lawry's Prime Rib House in Chicago on Ontario just off Michigan Avenue.

Most Magical Christmas

Wishing all of you a Beautiful Christmas.
May you enjoy all the blessings in your life and find peace and joy being with family and friends.

I want to thank each and everyone of you for sharing your hearts and cherish friendship with me this past year.

A Little Soap Talk

Happy Friday Sweet Friends.
As we head into the last weekend before the big day I wanted to share something special about a person that makes good for the earth soaps and scrubs and lip balms.

Christmas Birds and Kringle Frost

Happy Wednesday Sweet Friends.

Oh my one week until Christmas!!!!  When Thanksgiving is late it makes Christmas come even faster.

Hope you all are enjoying this last week as we head on down to the big day.

I wanted to share a few little birdies that have flown into my life and a cute Kringle Frost gifted to me.

These sweet little birds were gifted to me by my friend Diana for Christmas. 
They are so sweet and I love their fun feet!  

Thanks Diana they make me smile.

Some of my little family of birds have flown to the back of my stove in the kitchen.

I just love this sweet little couple.

This sweet little family is adorable.
 Not sure why but these birds just make me smile every time I see them.

This guy Mr. Kringle Frost was hand made and gifted to me by a dear friend in blogland. 

He also has a cute bird friend and owl friend. 

It was not planned but it seems like a lot of my decor this year is bird themed!

Some of you asked about the ornaments I hung on my lamps this year.
 I could not remember where I got them I have had them for so long. 
I do want to share with you these would be pretty easy to make.

She cut the star pattern out of a corrugated piece of cardboard box. 
You can see the corrugated lines on the top of the star.
You probably would not even have to use a corrugated box. 
Flat pieces of box would work too. 
Great way to recycle packing boxes from this time of year.

I am showing you the back of the star to see how easy peasy this is out of a piece of box. 
Then she hooked a piece of wire to hang them.
Then she just took buttons, pieces of lace and made a little joy banner and attached them to the star. 
I think these would be pretty easy to make. 
I might think about making these next year to put on packages.

Hope all of you are enjoying this last week leading to Christmas Day.
I am finished and just enjoying listening to Christmas music and taking in all the beautiful lights and decor for Christmas.


Outside Christmas

Happy Saturday.  

Christmas is coming quickly.  

Here is JCC#4 Christmas decor outside.

I put fresh green garland on the picket fence and archway and gate.  I like to support the Boy Scouts and a little guy in our neighborhood sold me the beautiful garland.

I also added greens to the flower boxes with lights.

My two bedroom condo with a yard and garage bigger than the house lol!  is now decorated on the outside for Christmas this year.

This time of year comes and goes so quickly.  I am trying to enjoy every minute.

Have a great weekend.

New Dining Area

Hello sweet friends.

When you live small you have to be creative  when trying to carve out useful areas in your home that you need.

I thought I could live without a dining area but after living here for 6 months I felt I really needed a dining space.  

The kitchen is too small for any regular size table.  The people before us has a bistro table in the kitchen.  Terry would not be comfortable sitting at a bistro table!

I found a round table and 4 ladder back chairs on FB Market Place. 

Got some chalk paint and painted everything white. 

We also were going to have to do a change up of the TV to over the fireplace to make the room work for both a living room and dining room.
The TV is now over the Fireplace.  I chalked painted the cabinet and then distressed it a little to match all the chippy in the room

I made the bay window area a new dining area with my $40 dining set from FB Market Place.
We can look out the big bay window when dining.

Moved my angels and candles to this bay window that use to be on top of the TV armoire.

This is my Christmas centerpiece for the new table. 
Little candle votives inside these sparkle angels and then the old ceiling light fixture made into a candle holder.

Now I have a dining area off in the corner of the living room area.  

My comfy RA couture couch is angled now to face the TV over the fireplace mantel.

My farmhouse window has stayed put!  Love that window.

Terry has a new power recliner in the corner that he absolutely loves. 
I was able to sell both of the other recliners so that was a blessing. 
They were not power so we had to pull them away from the wall and into the middle of the room to recliner to watch TV. 
This recliner for Terry is so much better.  He pushes a button and the chair reclines without moving it away from the wall.  He loves his cup holders too.

I want to say Thank you to my blogging friend Debbie for making me these cute fairies for my tree.

They are so adorable.  Thank you Deb.

Well there you have it.  
New living room switch a roo and new dining space.  

I love the whole layout of the new living room now.  
I feel content finally that this will stay and will work nicely for us. 

Ok I saw a few of you roll your eyes!!!!  I really feel content with this for now lol!

When the tree comes down after Christmas I will have that open area to find a new chair for this spot.  
Then it will give me one more seat in this small living space.

Hope to have up my outside decor on the little cottage soon.  
We are finally seeing some sunshine here in Illinois.  It is super cold but the sunshine helps so much.  
I just pretend it is 75 degrees outside and not 20!!!!!

If anyone is interested in a gift for me this Christmas here it is.   
What I want for Christmas!!!!

Have a great week.  Enjoy getting ready for the big day.

Front Door Christmas Tree

Happy Sunday Sweet Friends.

I wanted to show you a pretty Christmas tree I bought recently from a local artist.  

She takes vintage pieces and ornaments and vintage frames and makes these beautiful pieces.

Here is the one I bought from her for my front door.

This had a very dark frame and I white washed it to have it be seen easier from the front of the house. 
I love all the glass ornaments and vintage pieces she uses to make her framed trees.

Of course it is over cast and no sunshine to try and get a good picture.  Plus the shadows were giving me grief!

Trust me this looks really pretty on my front door.
I will have my outside decor to show you this week.

Have a great Sunday and beautiful start to the new week.

What is happening

Happy Weekend.

First things first I want to thank all of you for sharing your acts of kindness.  

They all touched my heart.  Just think of how beautiful our world would be if every person on earth shared kindness with each other.

Debbie Mountain Momma
Cindy Cloches and Lavender
Helen (nominated her daughter)
Debbie Koperski

Your names were drawn.  Please contact me with your mailing address and your little birds will be flying to you soon.

What on earth is happening here??? 
I will show you what this is all about hopefully in the next few days.

Have a great weekend.

Living Room Christmas

Hello Sweet Friends.

I have my tiny house Christmas decor up in the living room to show.
My home is small and my theme is less is more this year.  

Little sparkle here and there is enough.

Here is the faux fireplace mantel and mirror and insert all decorated for Christmas.

I put pretty greens on the fireplace insert.  Candles inside for pretty candle light at night.

My mirror and top of the mantel.  Greens, candles, sparkly trees and German ornaments.

The little sparkle trees along with my candles sitting inside the vintage ceiling light fixture.

Wreaths and stars adorn the lamps.

I found these pretty German white ornaments embellished with pearls at HomeGoods. 
 I wish I could have found more.  They are so pretty.

Love the sparkle of the Christmas tree at night.

My then sings my soul and sweet angel gifted to me last year from a blogging friend Cil.  
Added it to this wreath and greens and some hearts.

My sweet angels and candles with greens above the TV armoire.

My tree full of gifted angels through the years and sparkly ornaments.

Hope you all are having fun getting out all your special decorations to create more memories this holiday season.

This time of year goes so quickly so I wish all of you enjoyment every day as we head down to Christmas.

Happy Decorating, baking, gift giving and love.