Thursday, December 13, 2012

Itsty Bitsy in the China Cabinet

Hello, Dear Ones!
I'm sure you're all like me ~ so very busy, cleaning house, buying and wrapping presents, cooking and doing all the things we do at Christmas getting ready for the celebrated day of our Savior's birth.
We attended a wedding last night at the Railroad Museum 12-12-12! 
It was wonderful!
A middle aged couple tied the knot!
There was a beautiful catered sit down dinner and then were entertained by a murder mystery group.
They picked folks from the audience to play the characters. 
No, no Nannette! I declined most profusely! :)
It was just so cute. 

Well, anyway...I wanted to bring you into the dining room to show you what I've been up to.
 Nothing fabulous or over the top.
I just put in my simple little Christmas dishes on the shelves.
I'm thinking I need to paint the backs of my china cabinet a soft light color.
What do you think? I'd love some suggestions.

 Added a few crystal pieces.

 I had to swing the doors open so you could see.
The glare you know! :)

Now here's what I wanted to show you.
You know I've been making little glitter houses and then I made some teeny tiny itsy bitsy ones minus the glitter and added them to the china cabinet.
You can see them a bit better HERE if you've like.

 I made three of these little tiny house sets and added a set to each shelf.
Here are the green ones.

 Blue ones.

 I found this sweet little figurine a while back and thought she looked perfect with the blue set.
She looks like she's waiting for Santie Claus to come!

Then the red set!
You know I have to admit, I have a lot of fun!
Ain't life grand! :)

Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

The Holly and the Ivy

The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.

O the rising of the sun,
And the running of the deer,
The playing of the merry organ,
Sweet singing in the choir. 

 The holly bears a blossom
As white as lily flower;
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To be our sweet Savior.

The holly bears a berry
As red as any blood;
Any Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To do poor sinners good.

The holly bears a prickle
As sharp as any thorn;
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
On Christmas day in the morn.

The holly bears a bark
As bitter as any gall;
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
For to redeem us all. 

 The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.
~ sung by The Christmas Choir


  1. I love what you've done in your dining room! Instead of painting the back of your hutch, you could find a Christmas paper you like and attach it to posterboard to fit in the back for the season. I plan to do that with mine but haven't gotten around to it yet. Today is the day I decorate my dining room. I woke this morning with thoughts of my dear grandmother and aunt's vintage glassware pieces that would look wonderful with my Christmas dishes. I'm off to follow your inspiring example - off to the dining room!

  2. It's lovely, Shelia, and I love those little houses! So sweet!
    Before you paint...why don't you get some fabric, attach it to foam core board, and use/and or change it up for a while before you paint? Then, you'll know for sure!
    Happy Holidaying!

  3. It looks so very pretty Shelia! Hope your week is going well.

  4. Hi Shelia....your place always make me feel like I am back at home with my mom....All your decorations remind me of her. It's all beautiful! I think your follower Nancy has a wonderful idea before you paint! Have fun with it!

  5. pretty pretty.. beautiful christmas china and so well displayed.
    i'd paper it in a light tone- look at it a couple weeks first. then if you like the lighter look the paper would easily come off with warm water n elbow grease- dry it and then commit to paint.. thats just me though= I like to test things first:)

  6. Shelia, your cabinet is beautiful decorated with Christmas china. What about painted bead board? But me I know nothing lovey. Happy Christmas, Olive

  7. Shelia those little houses are so cute!! Your hutch looks beautiful!

  8. Oh my! Your china cabinet is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen! Your hand-crafted creations along side your China and other pretties is adorable. I love the little figurine and the precious Christmas Tree so much!

    Jan ♥

  9. Your display in your china cabinet is so pretty and wonderful!
    Yes I would paint the back ground white. Great idea!


    1. Thank you for your advice, Pamela and have a wonderful Christmas.
      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

  10. My gosh- That is just beautiful! Your cabinet is lovely and so are your sweet collections. I don't think I would paint the inside of your cabinet-but how about taking foam board cut to size and (it's really thin) and covering it with a plain (or even patterned) fabric or wallpaper? Then, if you got tired of it-you could just switch it out- xo Diana

  11. Hi Shelia, Your cabinet looks beautiful. A lighter color in the back would look very good. Your little houses are so sweet.

  12. Your cabinet is so lovely...I would not paint it. The little houses are so sweet as is all your pretty christmas dishes.Merry Christmas.

  13. Oh sweet Shelia, you sure have the falir for fixing things and making them look gorgeous! Your china cabinet looks lovely, wish I had one to fix up just for C'mas..I have a small one, so I can't take the crystal out of it, than what'll I do with the crystal and silver tea set, lol! The little houses are adorable too. Happy holidays lovely lady. Your visit put a smile on my face.

  14. OMG Maam Sheila,

    You blown my heart away again. You are such a clever lady and you have such adorable collections that I always envy.

    Greetings from snowy Stockholm,

  15. Your cabinet is so well put together - I love it. I would love to do something like that in my living room. Really really nice style.

    I'm stopping by from Katherine's Corner blog hop.

    Happy Favorite Things Thursday!

  16. Sheila, your china cabinet looks SO pretty all dressed up for Christmas!!!! Since several have suggested the foam board I won't add to that. I may try that too!!!! I could change the look for each season!!! With wrapping paper!!!. I love your Christmas dishes. XO, pinky

  17. Shelia, your china cabinet looks great! I love love love your Christmas dishes! Everything comes together nicely. Great job. :)

  18. Your china cabinet looks so, so pretty! I adore those tiny little houses.

  19. Oh how I love your sweet little bitty houses.
    and your dishes too.
    Your cabinet is wonderful,don't know if I could paint it,maybe cut backer boards to fit and cover with the changing of the seasons,you could just use hook & loop tape,pull the backs off and change with different color paper or cloth,anyway I love it just the way it is,and I know you have fun making these cute houses,I know they brought a smile to my face.Thanks for sharing,and BTW I loved your deco mesh tree so much I got some red from Fred's and did a little deco mesh my'll need to pop over and read some older post.
    Merry Christmas.sweetie

  20. I painted the back of my cabinet the same color as my cream colored walls. I love the effect,

  21. I love your little houses. I have Christmas plate,I never thought of putting them in my china cabinet. I will be putting them in the cabinet tomorrow. They will look great against the dark wood.

  22. Good for you on having fun....why not???? Your bitsy villages are adorable and the cabinet looks beautiful for Christmas!!

    On painting the cabinet....I am not in favor of painting good wood on good furniture.....however I would use the foam board or paper on the backs and change them out for the seasons. Your crystal and china that you have used would wash out on a pale background....just sayin.....

  23. I love your china cabinet just the way it is. The Christmas plates look really nice against the woodgrain background.
    And your little houses are very pretty.

    Have a lovely week.


  24. Love the little houses Shelia, the red ones are my favorite!!
    You always say or do something that makes me glad that I visited your blog! Yes, life is grand!!! Thank you!!!! Big hugs to you!!!!

  25. Your little houses are so cute! I love them all. Isn't it fun to craft around the holidays?

  26. Shelia,
    Love, LOVE, L O V E your china cabinet and the addition of your little homemade villages. . .stunning!
    While I, too, like change. . .I'd probably to a neutral wallpaper backing vs paint. When I worked at a local Antique Shop years ago, the owner didn't care for maple furniture. So~o~o...another employee and I purchased double stick tape and used different hues of plain gift wrap to cover the back Seasonally!!! It was stunning...think the customers enjoyed it even more than the Shop Owner!!!

  27. Before you commit to paint perhaps try a bit of wall or wrapping paper.

    Love that paper house set. What a wee treasure!

    Have a holly jolly kind of day!

  28. I saw your comment on Nita's blog and came over to see your little homemade houses...I must say, you have done a wonderful job. They are charming! I love the patterned paper and the styles, very clever! What a perfect way to display them too. Keep up the great work
    and have a merry Christmas!

  29. Just look at all your cute little houses! I have been thinking of doing the same...but since I can't even find time to put up a tree...I won't be making houses THIS year. I really love your's. I want to make one that looks like my little cottage that I live in. Wouldn't that be fun? Maybe make my whole street of houses.

  30. OH I just love your sweet Christmas dishes and your little glitter houses are so so cute! Enjoy the season. xo

  31. I keep fiddling with buying Christmas dishes but I my age..never mind. Then I saw yours..and *sigh* would still..STILL love to have some. I did buy some red ones this year..but..not at all as gorgeous as yours. Your little houses are so sweet..and YOU are so darned talented to make them yourself!
    Merry Christmas, Shelia!!

  32. Hi your adorable little houses....Merry Christmas!

  33. Your cabinet looks so pretty filled with Christmas dishes and crystal. Your famous little houses add just the right glittery touch, too.
    So festive and welcoming.
    Hugs and happy holidays,

  34. I just love your cute little Christmas houses. So cute. Your hutch is beautiful and I wouldn't paint it. No sir. And I love painted furniture but some things just need to be left alone. Your dishes are beautiful and everything looks so wonderful at your home. You always have the cutest and prettiest displays. I love visiting your home. Hugs, Karie

  35. Loving your Christmas dishes!! They look really pretty. I love the white dishes against the stained wood. I think they stand out better. Unless you went with a darker color like red or sage green....


  36. visiting your blog always makes me smile. your China cabinet looks absolutely perfect! Beautiful. Thank you or sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

  37. I agree with Sweet Violet - On a high quality piece of furniture like your hutch seems to be, I would not use real paint. Shelf paper might work, or some of the other ideas mentioned. Beautiful cabinet either way.

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