Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I'm Christmasing!

Hello, Dear Ones! I'm beginning to start my Christmas decorating! Isn't this so much fun? It just brings the childness out in us. Well, in my case, I guess the childness is always out there! :)
Anyway...I wanted to show you the little set up on the table in the den. This little drop leaf Duncan Phyfe table is my seasonal spot! So it's getting all Christmasfied!

See all these little houses? They're not mine - they belong to Mr. Precious. He just loves his little houses. There is no particular brand or set...when he sees one and he likes it - he buys it. So I wanted to honor him with this little setup. It sure did make him smile when he walked in and saw it. I'm so wonderful like that! :) You know I'm kidding.

Now these two tiny little houses are very old. Probably about 25 years. You know, the little light bulbs in these little houses have never gone out! That's a miracle!

This little house is a "Snow Village" one. He bought this and another one at a silent auction.

The lights on this little snow scene don't work anymore but he still loves it. I poked it upon a set of Christmas decorating books to raise it up some.

Here's a close up. Isn't this sweet?

Here's the other "Snow Village" from the silent auction.

Now I think this is neat! Do you recognize the house in the picture? Sure you my Note Songs cottage! It actually snowed here on the island a few years back and we were in 'snow heaven'! I took my digital picture over to PhotoScape and changed it to a watercolor look! I just loved how it turned out.
What do you think? Looks like a watercolor painting, doesn't it?
So I popped it into a little frilly frame and poked some ribbon through the frills and our little Note Songs cottage joined Mr. Precious' little cottages and all was right with the world. Well, except I have boxes and boxes and garland and Christmasy stuff all over the place! :)

Hope you've enjoyed seeing my little spot of Christmas.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~ this is one of my all time favorites!

Merry Christmas, Darling

Greeting cards have all been sent
The Christmas rush is through
But I still have one wish to make
A special one for you

Merry Christmas darling
We're apart that's true
But I can dream and in my dreams
I'm Christmas-ing with you

Holidays are joyful
There's always something new
But every day's a holiday
When I'm near to you
The lights on my tree
I wish you could see
I wish it every day
Logs on the fire
Fill me with desire
To see you and to say

That I wish you Merry Christmas
Happy New Year, too
I've just one wish
On this Christmas Eve
I wish I were with you

Logs on the fire
Fill me with desire
To see you and to say
That I wish you Merry Christmas
Happy New Year, too
I've just one wish
On this Christmas Eve
I wish I were with you
I wish I were with you

~sung by The Carpenters (I miss Karen Carpenters' beautiful voice)


  1. Of course he loves it. It looks so pretty. You are truly wonderful.

    I love your idea with the picture of your home. I think I'll try one, too.

  2. Karen Carpenter sure had a very pretty voice. Cute little villages that your husband collects. The one that no longer lights up you may want to put in a tiny tea light candle that runs on a battery to give some glow to the windows. Good idea to put the snow photo of your home on display too. Have fun finishing all your decorating.

  3. How smart of you to frame your snowy cottage picture. I don't blame you - I know snow is rare there!

    It's getting Christmasy here at our house too. :)

  4. I love this little village...and your cottage photo. O, I MUST do one, too....
    Happy decorating..and it IS so much fun. Stop every now and then and have a cup of egg nog with fresh grated nutmeg on top...ummmmm

  5. I wondered where you'd been hiding, Shelady! Love the village. Such a cute grouping of houses and buildings. I always think those look so much like Christmas. And you are a sweetie for doing this for Mr. Precious!

    Sending you big hugs...


    Sheila :-)

  6. Shelia, what darling cottages/villages. I'll bet he is tickled with you. What lovely settings you have created for them.

    I am all done now ... until I see something someone else will spark in me ... like you!

    What lovely voices KC had ... I can't listen to the Carpenter's, the moment we found my son was 'gone', she was singing a song that so depicted him.

    Hugs, Marydon

  7. Hi Sheila
    Mr Precious's winter wonderland village is adorable. I love all the gorgeous little buildings. The framed picture of your cottage is lovely.
    Glad your Christmas decorating is going well.

  8. Just love the villages. I've resisted from buying any houses (space issue), but I have been buying the Hallmark house series ornaments for 27 years. Can't stop now!! Take care, Sally

  9. Shelia, oh how I wish I were small enough to take a trip into each one of those little village houses, they look so fun to venture into it. I can only imagine all the wonderful little village people I would meet inside each of those homes.

    I love the set up. I love villages during the holidays, I could sit and stare at them for hours.

    .•:*¨¨*:•.Blessings*¨2 U 4¨**¨¨*the holidays .•:*¨¨*:•.


  10. These are so beautiful. And I love the way you set them up on books and all.

  11. It's lovely, Shelia. I haven't even started on my village. Yikes!

    Hugs, Barb ♥

  12. I love your hubby's village! I have a set and my sweetheart doesn't seem to get real excited until I'm setting it up. I have to put it in two places because of lack of a big enough spot for all of it. The living room has the 'City' and the countertop of the linen cupboard at the end of our hallway has the 'Country'. I set it up and then he tweaks it! So funny but fun to watch. Thanks for sharing the print of your home - what a great idea! ~Adrienne~

  13. I didn't know they had programs to change a pic to look like a watercolor! Yours is lovely! I love the little houses!

  14. This is beautiful Shelia! I am still thinking about getting our little houses out. I suppose I should at least fix up Ralphie's house!

    I love your watercolor. Gorgeous!

  15. That is a beautiful display. I've always wanted one that is little tea shop. I enjoyed the song too.

  16. I miss Karen Carpenter too. My husband very nicely put all my Carpenter Christmas songs onto the ipod, so the sounds of The Carpenters ring throughout the house this time of year.

    Your village is beautiful, your husband has great taste!
    And your photo/watercolor looks great!

    Have fun decorating!
    All the best to you,

  17. Oh, I sure love your village! Everything is so charming and I bet you have so much fun setting it up! You are very Christmasy my dear, can't wait to see more! Cindy

  18. Oh how pretty it all is sweet Sheila! You have been a busy bee! Your home looks so festive...I better get a move on and do mine!!!

  19. Sheila, this is so sweet :o) It's a lovely display. I don't decorate for Christmas anymore, but I think I might start getting some stuff together for next year :o)

    Blessings my friend.

  20. Oh, I just love you little houses! I used to love to stand and gaze at these for hours when I was a child! I also love your house in water pretty! Come say hi :D

  21. Oh lovely! Yes, you are indeed wonderful to decorate for your husband. :-) But we knew that already.\
    I am really looking forward to seeing your Christmas decor, as I think it MUST be fantastic. And now you hve challenged me to find somewhere for all of my Christmas houses .. I have not set them up in several years, and my girls miss them.

  22. I love your little houses. How sweet! My son gave me the ones I have from the time he was in college so that is why they are so special. Now, my grandchildren just love them. Thanks for sharing and have fun!


  23. Hi Sheila...

    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at your home Miss Sheila!

    Oh, aren't those little homes so darn cute. Bless Mr. Precious's heart...isn't that a great thing to look for when you're out together?

    I have a little snow picture of the cottage...I'm going to make it into watercolor too! Thanks for that hot tip.


  24. Oh your little Christmas town looks so pretty! My dad gave me his village that gave him so much joy -- just a couple of years ago -- this is my third year putting them out and I think I've finally found the spot that suits me the best -- the sideboard. Thanks for your sweet visit today!

  25. Oh how precious, Shelia! It all just looks so pretty!

  26. Oh Shelia, I love your, or rather, Mr. Precious' Christmas Village. Your snowed home fits in well. My favorite is the courthouse....Christine

  27. Shelia,
    I love how you have the village set up on the table, then adding the picture and frame was a great element of surprise and it all blended so well together. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Hi Shelia; I love your Christmas spot.. what a perfect place for his beautiful house's. I have a Christmas set of homes,, like him I buy what I like... but I could not bring them back this last trip...:( so looking at yours has brighten my day... thank you.. have a great week.


  29. Shelia, your village is charming, and the best part is that it's Mr. P's purchases! Love the way you displayed it! Linda

  30. You have a good start...yes, bins all over the place here too!
    Mild today so I cut greens for the wreaths and window boxes..Got to take adv of good weather..
    I love your village, or your dh's..:)
    I never had one till last year. Just a little one..but it is fun.
    Too old to start a collection now..
    Thanks for showing us your pretty Christmas ness!

  31. Christmas has arrived at your house, Sheila, and it looks great! I adore little villages and neighborhoods...they're nostalgic and so friendly looking. I'm looking forward to more photos of your Christmas decorating!

    God bless,

  32. lovely, really lovely collection. can i have the court house please?lol,i love it, beautiful!.


  33. I love that your hubby is the one who collects the houses, how neat!!

    The Note Songs Cottage picture is sooo pretty! Looks like your house is big enough to have a bloggers convention there!! Count me in! :-)


  34. Hello Sweet Picklepoo, Girl I love your villages they are so sweet....I have alot of them and haven't put them out in years...look at you in the snow YAHOO!! I didn't think you got snow there...Loved your post today girl...Hope all been well in your world...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  35. I like these little houses too. The warm glow through the windows makes me feel like I'm strolling down the street of the most quaint town. Now if I could just figure out how to fit in the door so I could get some hot cider!

  36. What a wonderful collection of houses!!

    I was listen to the Carpenters Christmas album the other day and wishing they were still here - Karen had a wonderful voice.


  37. We finished our 68th tree I laughed out loud at the fun statement...I am just about treed (if thats a word) OUT.....9 more days...we can see the end....

    As always your pictures are wonderful....

  38. Hi Sheila, Oh I just love the cottages. And, I love the watercolor of your sweet note song cottage. You have inspired me to do this as I have photoscape too. I love it.
    Your display is gorgeous and I love the warm glow from each cottage.

    I too love Karen's voice and enjoy her music often. Wish she was still with us.

    Have a great rest of the week and thank you for stopping by.
    Love to you sweets, Celestina Marie

  39. Your little village looks so cute and I love your cottage "watercolor" photo. What a great idea. I didn't know you could do that. I love the look of watercolors. I remember a disc jockey playing a Carpenter's song when I was a girl and saying that Karen always sounded like she'd just had a drink of ice cold sweet lemonade. I was pretty young, and kept drinking lemonade, thinking maybe I'd be able to sing like her if I drank it :-)

  40. Your village of tiny buildings looks so Christmasy. Since I'm unable to decorate this year, I've decided to live vicariously through YOU! (Lucky you!)

    I like your "watercolor" picture, but I have an "odd" favor to ask, and I AM serious. Teach me how to make a simple bow like you do. When you come to my Cloche party, you'll see the best I can do, and you'll know that I need instructions. So, Please.

  41. Oh Shelia - what a fantastic Christmas display you all have there. I love love love love those Christmas Villages - but unfortunately we just don't have the space for it. Love yours though - so I'm living vicariously! :)

  42. Shelia.. what a sweet and beautiful village you've made. I feel I could actually step into it and talk to the people , walk through the town waving and nodding at neighbors and friends. I am so glad I was off work today and able to take some time to look as I wouldnt have wanted to miss this. I'll just close my eyes, make myself tiny and spend my day in your village. Thank you for making this fantasy so realistic and amazing.

  43. Hi Sheila,
    Very, very fun! Love the little houses. Missing Karen Carpenter, do still play her music though.

    Beautiful little village!

  44. Hello Sheila, I have been without service because because of a terrible 24 hours of storms. No snow but tons of wind and rain. The sun is shining at last today. I had to post my tablescape this morning and just finished. We were without power for hours and went to bed in the dark. sigh. All is well now.

    I too love your beautiful village. (I mean your hubby's village). Each house etc. is so charming. However, the most charming is your beautiful home looking like a watercolor. I didn't think it ever snowed all the down in Southern Texas. You never know. It snowed in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida many years ago. It never stuck though. My children didn't know what it was. They were all raised in Florida and never saw snow until they were grown.

    I can see you are loving the holiday decorating Sheila. Your previous post is gorgeous. You are a true decorator.

    Love you my talented friend, Jeanne

  45. All of your hubby's village houses are so beautiful!! Love the watercolor look of your home in snow....just gorgeous! Hope you are having a great day.

    My parents are quite excited cause it might snow in Houston this weekend.♥

  46. Hello there!
    I am now officially playing my Carpenter's Christmas CD almost every day .... it is one of my all time favorites.

    You little Christmas houses are precious as is the watercolor of your 'cottage.'

  47. everything is so pretty! love the picture of your cottage :)

  48. You ARE wonderful like that!! Love the village!! Love it!!

    And the photo is gorgeous! It does look like a framed watercolor!

    Have a great week and thanks for sharing!

    Lou Cinda :)

  49. Oh Sweetie...HOW Christmasy! So inspiring. Exactly what I needed to get moving! If anyone can make me move my arse, it's you! Yes indeed! What a fun month this is going to be!! :):)
    Oh...and I am sooo pleased you liked that silly hammer! I have NO idea why I decided to show it..but there it was in my hand..and suddenly I thought..LOL
    It's interesting how the paint has stayed so in tact after all these years and the used it has had. She probably put MANY coats of varnish on it! LOVE my hammer!

  50. Sheila,
    It's always pure joy to stop by your blog. And now to see all the Christmas decorations, Just beautiful!
    I hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful and joyous holiday season.
    Love and hugs,

  51. The villages are beautiful ~ such a peaceful feeling when looking at them. And The Carpenter's Christmas music is absolutely a favorite of mine! So very sad that such an incredible voice was silenced way too early.

  52. Love the way you set up the little houses. I also loved Karen Carpenter...back then, I could actually understand the words to songs!

  53. Love the villages...they are so pretty! I'm stating a little collection of them too. :)

    p.s. did you get any snow on Friday? I love what you did with your picture. :)


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