Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A little Christmas Decorating and Some Awards

All of you, and I really mean ALL of you are so decorated for Christmas! I had to do a little bit of decorating. We can't put our tree up until our new flooring is down. I will tell you a secret - workmen will start laying it tomorrow!! Hallelujah! So in the meantime, I did want to show you some of my decorating in the den.
Here is my mantle and how I've decorated it this year. It's always different every year and I have rather a hard time deciding what to do - do you? I'm not very good with mantles. I combined a couple of garlands, added lights and some gold beads.

Found this Santie a few years ago and popped him up there in the middle. Now I don't have any reindeer but I do have lots of doggies. I turned my back to get something and lo and behold (that's my Christmas talk) a couple of my doggies jumped up to be Santie's helpers!

Just look at this Christmasy obedient Staffordshire I'll help Santie doggie face!

Oh, here's another little fuzzy face - just waiting for the jolly old guy to tell him what to do. That's my doggies!

Isn't he a cutie? All dedked out in his Christmas finery even down to his little boots!
I have one more thing to show you. Since I couldn't put up my tree in the entry, I added a swag to the bannister. Actually the floral part was a big candle ring and I just squeezed it together and made bows for the top. You may be asking why I didn't put garland down the stairway spindles - well, we just had it painted and I didn't want to scratch it up. I'll scratch it up next year!

Here's a little closer view. I've so enjoyed seeing all of your decorations and was so sad that I didn't have my big tree up. But I feel a little better now.
Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I fell so special today, my sweet friend Dawn at passed this beautiful "Friends" award to all on her bloglist. I didn't have to do anything, just be one of her visitors. Thank you so much sweet Dawn!

Here is the explantion of the chosen blogs for the "Friends" award:

These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these kind writers. When you pass the award along please include these guidelines.I am to choose 8 friends to share this with.

Well, here I go breaking the rules again, but I too, would love to pass this special "Friends" award on to all on my Blog list. You can see the little tag and that will take you to my list! Thank you again, Dawn!


I've been tagged!! My sweet new blogging friend Monica at has chosen to tag me! This sweetie lives in Norway! How wonderful to get to be friends with someone so far away! Thank you, Monica!

Now, for the rules... as follows...
Rule #1 ~ Link to the person that tagged you.

Rule #2 ~ Post the rules on your Blog.

Rule #3 ~ Write 6 random things about yourself.

Rule #4 ~ Tag 6 people at the end of your post.

Rule #5 ~ Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their Blog.
Rule #6 ~ Let the tagger know your entry is up.

Now six random things about myself, let's see...

1. I have to have a glass of ice cold Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr Pepper each morning - first thing.

2. When I was about two years old, I was bitten by a black widow spider and almost died. But God decided He would let me live. He knew blogging was going to be in my future! ;)
3. I looooooooooooooooooooove popcorn!

4. I love to be right! ;)

5. I'm pretty particular where things go in my kitchen. I believe everything should have it's little place. I don't mind my messes, but it bugs me when someone else messes up my kitchen. My bad
6. I love to laugh and sometimes I can start laughing and can't stop! I can laugh for hours! Maybe not hours, but you know what I mean.

I'm breaking the rules. I know everyone's so busy so if you want to do this...please be my guest. Does this mean I'm being naughty? Will Santie Claus come to see me? ;)


Chris presented this Butterfly Award to me. Thank you so very much, Chris. She is one of my favorites and if you go visit you'll see why! So, see her and notice that beautiful smile she has - is she just a happy lady or is she up to something? lol I'm supposed to pick 10 deserving people to receive this award, but I know how very busy you all are and if you haven't recieved this yet, please be my guest!

Now pass this on, Most Sweet Ones! ;)

There's so many great blogs to visit so go enjoy!The rules for this award are deliciously simple:

1. Put the logo on your blog

2. Add a link to the person who awarded you

3. Nominate 10 other blogs

4. Add links to those blogs on yours

5. Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs
I'll not leave you with a little Note Song today since my post was so long!


  1. Oh Shelia your mantle is FABULOUS!! I LOVE that Santa has those doggies to help him! Just gorgeous, as is everything you do!!!! Congratulations on your awards!

  2. Oh and, WOOHOO for getting the floor down....YAY!!!!!

  3. Your mantel looks great! I love Santas, so yours is a hit with me. I don't have up a big tree this year due to my hubby's surgery, but I do have a small one and many decorations. I'll start posting them soon.

  4. Best wishes with the new floor! Your staircase and mantel are just lovely. I can relate to not wanting to scratch that new paint - we're going thru that now & I pity the person who makes the first boo boo!!!!!

  5. Congratulations on your awards!! You deserve each and every one of them!!!

    I love the bannister swag...very pretty!!

    Your mantle looks beautious!! LOL!!


  6. Good Morning Sweetness... Congratulations on your awards and thanks so much for passing them on to all of us... and darling your few little decorations are simply stunning... I loved them... and before you know it you will have that gorgeous floor done and your tree will be up and all decked out... Have a fantastic day

    Love Ya,

  7. Hon, I have not decorated at all! Well, there are 6 Dickens buildings on my kitchen cabinets and my Christmas china is in the hutch.

    But, I do have 4 totes down from the attic! So I will be busy today. :D

    Congrats on the awards and tags!

  8. Hi Shelia..I love your mantel! I know Santie apprecaites his doggie helpers! Can't wait to see the floors....I wish Santie would bring me some, too!...Debbie

  9. I knew that the Shelia I knew was not sitting around an undecorated house, just waiting for her BLASTED floors to get finished. And, I was right; the mantle looks Shelia-lovely. (That's a new word combination I've just invented, since the word "lovely" is no longer descriptive enough.)

    The mantle swag is the perfect touch to greet visitors as they walk into your beautiful new entry.

    Congratulations on the awards. This is the very reason I did not include you yesterday; you don't need any more awards--you're justifiably loaded! (Once again, I was right!) See, I love to be right too!

    PS I also love popcorn, AND your new header is delightful!

  10. Morning Shelia~ I love your mantle and the brick is gorgeous. What a wonderful cozy place. Yes dear Shelia, you are good with mantles! Congratulations on your awards~ you are the sweetest in blogland. :) It sure is cold outside today~ a good day to snuggle.

    Hugs~ J

  11. Your mantle is gorgeous, Shelia! I'm not decorated yet, either, so don't feel badly! If you notice, any pictures I've posted have been of individual items, not things actually being displayed or hung! LOL

  12. Oh Shelia, I love your mantle, and the Santa is Gorgeous! I had to laugh about the garland on the steps...I am the same way...if it's just been painted...don't scratch it up, Blessings, Nancy

  13. The mantle looks wonderful. If you use pipe cleaner to tie things on it will not scratch. Kathy

  14. The mantle is so pretty Sheila. I love all the lights !

  15. Shelia,
    Love the mantle! The santa is just perfect there, and the puppies helping him out add so much charm! Great job! Oooo, and I have to tell you how much I love those spindles in your stair case! What a wonderful home!


  17. Good Morning Ms Sheila,

    Your home is so beautiful and precious, I love your mantle :). Congratulations on your awards!

    Christmas Hugs,
    Kathi :)

  18. Congrats on all of the awards - they are well deserved by you!!! Enjoyed your mantle - the sweet dogs look great with the beautiful Santa. Sally

  19. Congratulations on all your sweet awards. Feel the love!

    Your mantle is gorgeous. I'm sure Santa must have lots of dogs even though we don't see them often. He just seems like a dog kind of guy.

  20. GM Sweet Pickle...your mantle looks just wonderful girl..and I know you can't wait to get your floor down and your house all back in order...its drives me nuts when my is out of place..congrats on your awards..hope you have a great day...hugs and smiles Gloria

  21. Your mantle Santa is magnificent. I think your candelabrums are just perfect. The beads in your garland add additional "bling".

  22. The puppies with Santa are precious! Maybe the seindeer should take a break this year and let the puppies take over...tehehe!

  23. Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful, dear Shelia! I knew it would be!!

  24. Hi Glenda. You are always so sweet and encouraging! I appreciate you liking my mantle! Hope you have a wonderful day!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  25. Congratulations on All you Awards! Your mantel is awesome! So regal, i love your staircase spindles, so unusual, don't think they make them like that anymore!


  26. WOW, Sheila! Your mantle is beautiful!!! Mantles are my "difficult spot." LOL! I love the Santa! So glad your flooring is being installed tomorrow! I know it will be beautiful!

    Your tag answers were great! Congrats on your awards! ~hugs, Rhonda

  27. Shelia, it is looking quite festive and very pretty at your home.

    And, congratulations on the awards. We all think you are award-winning.

  28. Have I told you yet today how beautiful I think your home is and your mantel is just perfect. I wouldn't change a thing on it. Congrats on the awards. And a big thank you for your kind words about me. :)

    Love Ya,

  29. Shelia, your mantle is breathtaking! I think I could sit and stare at it for hours. Not only are you the bathroom diva, and the diva of tablescaping, but now you're the Christmas Diva!!!!!

    Justine :o )

  30. Your decorations are wonderful - and you've given an idea that might be the missing touch for my mantle. I'll let you know what I do, if it works. Can't wait to see your new floor and your tree. Thanks for sharing your pretties with us today. ~Adrienne~

  31. Your mantel looks beautiful! I love the sweet doggies looking adoringly up at St. Nick!

    Congrats on the lovely awards too! Your blog is always so much fun to read.

  32. Oh Shelia, you rule breaker you! heheehe (I do that too) Congratulations on your well deserved awards and I'm so happy to hear that your flooring will start today!
    I LOVE your santa! (Visit me today and you'll understand why) And I'm sure that you are NOT on the naughty list. You'll get a visit this year!

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  34. Your mantle is very pretty. I put the same thing on my mantle every year...I guess I lack orginality LOL!

    I do adore the doggie helpers Santa has. I think you just might find a few extras in your stocking this year for making Santa so happy!

    Congratulations on all of your awards!!

    take care,

  35. Your little festive touches are so pretty. I'm so glad you're getting your new floor down so you can get your house back together again! This is such a hard time of year to be torn up.

  36. oh my little picklepoo...this is all sooooo delightful...I am a Dr.Pepper addict too! lol love the christmas! talk soon

  37. Shelia your decorations are so pretty. I especially love your Santa. You seem to have such a warm and freindly home. Blessings to you. I am so glad I am getting to know you.
    p.s. you have been tagged. Come see.

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  39. I am sooooo slow getting around lately with the house painting, chickee, but I'll be more diligent. Promise........ ;-)

  40. Hello dear Sheila, Your mantel is beautiful I love the lights and the Santa in the middle. Very nice job. Love the swag too. so festive and I am glad your are feeling better about your decorating. Yay!!! The floor will be done for Christmas. I know it will be beautiful.

    Your awards are fun and well deserved. I love your meme as it allows your friends to get to know you better. Every time I have company my kitchen gets turned upside down. LOL. I can never find what I want after company leaves. I'd rather have company though. It gives me a reason to re-organize.
    Thank you for passing on your lovely awards.

    Here is a diva scoop. I took pics in the mirrors of simple elegance. There are several bathrooms in that store used as display purposes. I couldn't resist some mirror photos. I had fun, the whole time thinking of you. Come see the rest of the store tomorrow. It is truly amazing.

    Christmas love...Jeanne

  41. I simply LOVED your decor! It's SO different from what I am used to...

    Thanks for the kind words Shelia!!

    Hugs, Monica

  42. Lovely decorations - the Staffordshire dog is so precious. And your mantle looks great with all the lights. So pretty.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

  43. Shelia~ are you getting any snow? We are have a BLAST!!

    Hugs~ J

  44. Yay...your floors are coming tomorrow...I'll bet Santa had something to do with delivery! Oh you did a beautiful job on your mantel & your banister...I'm with you on not scratching the paint this year...Haha! ;-) Bo

  45. "My Bad"? Oh Shelia .... you crack me up! Of course Santie will bring you presents :)

    Your mantle looks gorgeous and I love the swag. I think I might try that next year instead of having garland. See, now you're a trend setter ;)


  46. The decorations look beautiful! I love the snow falling too!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. Ps. Thank you for your sweet words about the house issue :)


  48. I know you are sad you cannot put up your tree just now, but just think of how wonderful it will be next year to have your new flooring, newly painted walls, everything all ready. I think your mantle looks truly wonderful, and I love the stairway decoration.

  49. Shelia,
    Your mantel is so pretty! And congratulations on the awards!

  50. Congratulations on your awards! Your mantle looks absolutely gorgeous! I know you are excited about getting the flooring in! I know it's going to be beautiful. laurie

  51. LOVE your mantle ~ it's beautiful!

    Merry CHRISTmas!



  52. Your mantle is just beautiful! (and so is the rest of your home, so warm and welcoming) thanks so much for sharing these photos with us.
    xo Lidy

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    I have something for you!!


  54. Dearest sweet one your decorations look marvelous;) Hugs French;0)


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