Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmasing Again

Hello, Dear Ones! Well today I'm joining so many parties and memes! But I want you to stay with me so you'll have to look at all of my pictures first and then I'll share who I'm playing with today! My bad, I know! :)

Everybody is getting in full swing with Christmas and decorating. I'm just loving seeing your pretty homes and lights and decorations and crafts and...well, you know! It's a wonderful time in Blogland. So I'm having another home tour with some different pictures and hope you'll enjoy.

Mr. Precious added some little blanket lights around our tiny hedges. Twinkle twinkle...

Well, my dear dear fuzzy little Chloe Dawn is our greeter today and she says come on in.
Here we are in the entry and you can see our taaaaaaaaaaaaalll tree! It's getting dark outside so these lights are twinkling too!
Here's a mosaic of some of the ornaments on the tree. So many different ornies hang on this tree.
Peeking into the living room and there is my gift! My piano where I play my Note Songs for you.
Here's the other side of the room and I really can't believe I'm showing you this picture. You see my furniture fabrics so do not go together! Those winged back chairs are very olden and they need to be recovered but as you can see, I just haven't done that yet! :) Please forgive me...
Now we're in the den where we spend most of our time.

Now this is the Met Monday part of my post! Thank you Susan for being our most wonderful hostess! You see these wall units are very olden. About 30 years olden. The backs were wood just like the rest of the piece and when I would put anything on a shelf, the item just got lost in all of the darkness. So...I bought some really thin foam board, soft green colored fabric and covered the backs with it. This one actually has two sections because of the little hole in the back where a plug can go through. Sorry I forgot to get a before shot.
It was really hard to get a good shot of these. This wall unit has three sections. I just measured the openings, cut the foam board, cut fabric a tad bigger and just taped it onto the foam board with masking tape. Yep, and then just poked the boards in place. Pretty easy and I really like how it turned out. The fabric green color is very similar to the color in my sofa and now I can see my tiny little pretties.
Now shifting gears...I got a package in the mail yesterday and opened it up and look! My sweet blogging friend Marydon at Blushing Rose sent this to me! Can you believe it? This beautiful night light has Note Song fabric on it and pretty little froo froo beaded trim on it. Isn't it so lovely! I thank you so much, Marydon, for thinking of me. I don't deserve the kindness you've shown me, but I appreciate this so very much! Thank you so much, Dear One.

I thought the perfect place for my new gift would be in my 'Crystal Bar'! This is where I keep most of my crystal. Our house is olden and there are mirrors - big big mirrors in here on all three sides with glass shelves. So what better way to showcase my shiny twinkly crystal?
So I tossed a few Christmas balls in here and now it's all Christmasfied.
Look! I have a ornament wreath too! Mine is probably about five years old - way before I discovered Blogland. Guess where I first saw one of these wreaths? In a Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion magazine. Boo Hoo, I miss that mag! :( She had used vintage glass balls and a few little Christmas toys. I loved it. Then in the "good" days of HGTV I saw a tutorial on how to make an ornament wreath from the show "Room by Room". Well, I wanted to make a wreath too. But I wasn't going to go to the trouble of making one with glass ornies that would break - so I went in search of nonbreakable ornies - good old plastic. Now as you can see I didn't use all one color or even all one size. I mixed it all up and after all of these years, I still like my silly colorful wreath.
Twinkle, twinkle, shiny shine!
I'm not purposely getting into each of these's just impossible to hide with all of the mirrors. So I'm just waving at you! Hi, Dear Ones!! :)
Now we're on the sunporch which is right behind the den.
I love my shell wreath I made a few years ago and she was so sad not to have any Christmasness. So I tied some soft white balls onto some ribbon, attached it and now she is all Christmasy! Smile sweetie! She just loves the attention! :)
I've shown you this little tree before but thought I would make a mosaic to show you some of my painted on the inside balls!
I just loves these! I've been collected these for around ten years. I just love these! I've said that already haven't I?
Here we are in the breakfast room and my tiny little hutch is all Christmasfied today and filled with Santies!
I must show you this. I entered a giveaway from Traci at Beneath My Heart and I won! She made this darling little gingerbread family and put our tiny names on each little one! Isn't this just one of the cutest little things you've ever seen? Thank you Traci.

I'm using this same photo that I used in my last Christmas tour and guess what? This photo is beginning to be my favorite. I love seeing my little Chloe Dawn watching her mommy take this picture. Thank you all for coming to see me.

Here are the parties and memes I'm participating in today:

The Nester is hosting the "Christmas Tour of Homes"

Cielo from The House in the Roses is hosting "Show Your Cottage Monday"

Mary from Little Red House is hosting "Mosaic Monday"

Susan at Between Naps on the Porch is hosting "Met Monday"

and dear Sally at Smiling Sally is hosting "Blue Monday". Pop in to visit all these blogs today and see all the fun and inspiration happening on this wonderful Monday!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

I Want A Happopotamus for Christmas
(I think this song is a hoot!)

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
Don't want a doll, no dinky Tinker Toy
I want a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
I don't think Santa Claus will mind, do you?
He won't have to use our dirty chimney flue
Just bring him through the front door,
that's the easy thing to do

I can see me now on Christmas morning,
creeping down the stairs
Oh what joy and what surprise
when I open up my eyes
to see a hippo hero standing there

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
No crocodiles, no rhinoceroses
I only like hippopotamuses
And hippopotamuses like me too

(Short Music Interlude)

Mom says the hippo would eat me up, but then
Teacher says a hippo is a vegeterian

(Short Music Interlude)

There's lots of room for him in our two-car garage
I'd feed him there and wash him there and give him his massage

I can see me now on Christmas morning,
creeping down the stairs
Oh what joy and what surprise
when I open up my eyes
to see a hippo hero standing there

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
No crocodiles or rhinoceroseses
I only like hippopotamuseses
And hippopotamuses like me too!
~sung by Gayla Peevey


  1. G'eve, Shelia ~ I didn't realize you got the nightlight. When I saw that fabric I said 'Shelia!' literally, in the store. I am glad to see you are enjoying it ... Thru the darkness, shine a little light on me! May it guide your steps safely ...

    Your home is scrumptious, sweet friend. I don't know where to begin to tell you which I like most ... I love ALL of it.

    Merry Christmas hugs, TTFN ~Marydon

  2. Sheila,
    Oh my goodness!!! Where do I start?!
    Your house is just stunning, starting with the entry way. I love your taaaaaaaaaaaal tree. It is breathtaking!
    And the mantle in your den is gorgeous. Your den looks so inviting and cozy. I like the way you covered the backs of the hutch with that foam board. That turned out really nice and all your "pretties" show up so well now. I love the ornament wreath you made too. Girl, you are so ahead of your time!
    I love all the colors in the wreath!
    And of course, thanks for sharing my little ornament. It makes my heart sing to see it displayed in your home. It's like there's a little bit of me there with you!
    Thanks for opening up your beautiful home to us, and of course your beautiful heart as well. You are a sweetie!

  3. Hi, Sheila,
    Well, I just love your decorating style, and your house is so pretty. I always love your sunroom. Thanks for the tour!


  4. Wow, its all gorgeous!! What a great tour! The ornament wreath is spectacular! It's all beautiful, thanks for sharing!!

  5. Oh Shelia, What a fantastic, fun, fabulous tour of your Christmas BLING in your beautiful home! Gorgeous, all of it ... but I really LOVE the front door pictures with Chloe Dawn standing guard, or hostess, as the case may be. So cute!

    And I like the living room's chairs and sofa - they don't match but I love that! It looks very chic, and "English cottage-y" -- like it's in a magazine. :-)
    Merry Christmas, my dear!

  6. Isn't it funny what we pick up in a post. We have the same chime clock. But mine quit working. It seems to get stuck on a certain time. I really have got to find a clock doctor....
    Your ornies are so pretty. My daughter loves those painted inside ornies.

  7. Shelia... I loved this entire post, and I enjoyed seeing it all! And your tree is magnificent. I can't believe how tall and majestic it is! I love all of your decorations, too, and I would never have known those ornaments were the "p" word on that ornament wreath. P stands for Pretty because it is that! Very pretty, indeed.

    And that Chloe Dawn in the last shot is so precious and in the other shot, too. I love her!

    Enjoyed all of your Christmas goodies and congrats on your blog present. That is a precious light.


    Sheila :-)

  8. Chloe is the cutest thing there and you've got some beautiful things! So cute how she is watching through the glass doors! I love that pretty! Now when are we going to sit at the piano together and sing?! I would love that! Come say hi :D

  9. Sheila- your home is just beautiful!! I love the entry way all those sparkly lights your dear hubby put up for you (mine will hopefully get ours up tomorrow- it has been so very windy here)

    I LOVE LOVE your piano area and your sunroom is just precious! Thank you so much for sharing your home with us!


  10. Just stopping by to say goodnight. I love visiting. I love how your shell wreath felt lonely for Christmas bling. Mister sends a paw shake to Chloe Dawn.
    XX 00

  11. WOW, Shelia - what a gorgeous Christmas home you have! Your tree is spectacular! I don't think I've ever seen one that tall! I love everything you have done - and I especially love your MET idea about the foam core board for the back of a hutch or whatnot! I just posted about being afraid of color, and that would be a good, non-permanent way of me getting some color into our little cottage! I may borrow that idea from you in the New Year!! Merry Christmas to you!... Donna

  12. Oh Shelia. What a beautiful post and what a beautiful home you have. And you know what I like most, your wreath with all the different Christmas balls. That is gorgeous. I am going to see if I can make one too, I will start with a little one. LOL Thank you for sharing and showing your beautiful home
    Merry Christmas

  13. Dear Shelia

    What a great house and very Christmassy with all the wonderful decorations and that marvellous tree. Thank you for sharing.

    We have it simple here in our bungalow in Surrey UK, so I enjoy seeing everyone elses in Blogland.

    God Bless have a wonderful Christmas, Jackie.

  14. Such lovely pictures of your warm and inviting Christmas home Shelia! The mosaics of your wonderful ornaments are so fun and of course I love Chloe Dawn as your greeter! Wishing you many blessings this Christmas.

  15. Sheila-I am so glad I got to go on this tour of your home! It is lovely, warm, and inviting...just the way I know you are. Your front doors are that lead glass. The foam board turned out great in the bookshelves. LOVE your tall Christmas tree!Hope you saved something for Deck the Halls! :)

  16. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous post, Shelia!!

  17. Hi Shelia,
    Your home is beautiful inside and out. Your tree is amazing!!!

    Take care,

  18. What a wonderful post to start my morning with...LOVE your sweet doggie. Our oldest daughter and I made an ornament wreath for her this year. I bought enough to make a 5 foot tree like I had seen at a hotel on the Country Club Plaza but alas did not get it made yet. Your home is lovely! I especially was drawn to the ornaments painted on the inside...what treasures. Thanks for letting us peek into your home. Hope you have a grand day!

  19. Oops...I forgot. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED that you posted that silly little family calls me when they hear it playing and let me listen just makes me happy for some reason.

  20. Holy cow, there's a lot of Christmas going on in there! Everything looks so shiny and beautiful, Shelia!!!

    Justiney :o )

  21. Zoe hugs and kisses to Miss Chloe...and everything is so beautiful...I sure enjoyed this lovely post...all that crystal is to die for!!!!

  22. Yours is one of the prettiest Xmas homes I've viewed this season! We must have similar tastes! I love the nativity on that first round coffee table. And the den is lovely. Thanks.

  23. Your home is so beautiful! It really put me in the Christmas mood. I love your tall tree. It is gorgeous! Your den looks so cozy and warm too. Your piano room is very pretty too. I love it all!

    Lee Laurie

  24. Morning Shelia,

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your beautiful home and all of your beautiful decorations!! Everything is GORGEOUS. Your home is so welcoming and inviting. I just want to come over and

    LOVE seeing Chloe Dawn's cute little face at the door. Sooooo sweet. Hope you are having a wonderful day today.♥

  25. So, so pretty...and I like Chloe Dawn at the door, too!

    Stop by and look at the STROLL give away post - you won!

  26. Shelia, your home is just unbelievably beautiful! You have pretty little touches everywhere. You know how much I love that sunporch! I could marry it!

    Your piano is to die for! One of these days you need to get Mr. Note Songs to record you actually playing so we can hear you.

    Did you know the hippopotamus song was actually sung by Gayla Peevey to raise funds to buy a real hippo for the Oklahoma City Zoo? Neato huh.

    Merry Christmas!

  27. Wow your house is very beautiful inside. Your Christmas decorations are very pretty too wow...Happy blue Monday.

  28. Good morning Sheila. I love the outside of your home twinkling with lights. Then precious Chloe Dawn watching you through the door. All you have shown is awesome. I could look at your decor Christmas or otherwise every day and still enjoy it all.

    The painted inside ornaments are amazing. I studied every one I could see. No wonder you collect them. Awesome.

    Love the hippo song too. It was fun to read the comment about the song being created for a zoo that needed a hippo. You can learn lots reading these blog comments.

    Hugs xoxo, Jeanne

  29. O, I am just beside myself at the prettiness in your beautiful Christmas home. Every thing looks just perfect.
    I, too, am partial to the photo with your sweet fur baby watching you take a photo of the front door...
    love, bj

  30. Hi Sheila
    After your last post I didn't think your house could look any prettier. Now you have the lights switched on on the tree it really does looks even prettier. Thanks for the close up of the painted baubles. They are gorgeous. The gingerbread family is adorable. What a wonderful giveaway you won there.

  31. Just Gorgeous!!!!! It was all icing on the cake after the Christmas tree! Your house is just beautiful!

    God bless,

  32. Beautiful, Shelia... you have created a lovely cozy warm nest for you and your dear family and I can tell that love abounds in your home... I love all your Christmas decoration, and the feeling of peace and cozyness I get by looking at some corners of your home. I'm totally in love with your windows, by the way... ;) Thanks for participating in our SOYCM (long one!) and for inviting us into your lovely home.

    Have a joyful and blessed Christmas, dear Shelia!


  33. Shelia, will you adopt me? I wanna come live in that beautiful house of yours!!!

  34. Hi, Shelia! Thanks so much for your comment on my new blog--it's people like you who inspired me to start one :-)

    Your home is GORGEOUS!


  35. You have such a beautiful home Shelia. Everything is so beautiful here. Chloe Dawn did such a good job as greeter. I bet she is getting excited about Christmas. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holidays. I hope you have a good day grammy-to-be :>)

  36. Hi Sheila,
    What a wonderful post I loved it from start to finish even the hippopotamus song!
    Have a great week.

  37. Your home is just a perfect reflection of YOU! Warm, friendly, cozy, lovely and beautifully decorated!

  38. Mummy!!!!

    I luv it, I luv iit, I do!

    Hugs & Christmas Kisses!!

  39. I'm so sorry I don't regularly travel to Houston anymore. I would then travel south and knock on that beautiful door begging for a tour in person. Love your 'crystal palace' area - it must really shine and sparkle. Enjoyed the trip through your post today. Sally

  40. I love your entry way, tree and all your Christmas beauties.

  41. I thought I left a comment...but not sure where it is! lol
    your projects always look just so glad you are feeling so much better to be able to work your magic!

  42. you have the prettiest house. will you come make over mine? lol
    everything looks great!

  43. Oh my goodness, what a lovely, lovely home you have. You added all the right touches. Everything is just beautiful! Thank you for the tour.

  44. You are a party animal for sure, hooking all of these memes together. Your home is beautiful, and I agree that photos of Chloe Dawn keeping watch are the BEST! Happy Blue Monday.

  45. Hi- I have so enjoyed your pictures of your home. I especially love your living room and I would move in anytime !!!
    When you say the Gulf Coast, do you mean the area near Galveston ? My sister and family lived there and also Houston. The visit I had there was so nice and it was much cooler with the breezes.
    Nice to talk with you, Sheila......

  46. Everything looks so comfy and welcoming. Your new new light is delightful just fits you to a T. What a lovely gift. Thanks for sharing your home and talents.

  47. Oh my stars! The tree in your foyer is AMAZING!!!!!

    m ^..^

  48. Everything looks FABULOUS!!! Something to deinitely sing about!!!

  49. It is (ALL) so gorgeous! And very inviting. Thank you for allowing a peek into your home...and I remember that song! LOL

    Come to my Christmas Goodies Recipe Exchange and link up Dec 15

  50. What a great job with this post. Thanks for sharing all these lovely & festive photos. My favorite is the tall, tall tree! Come visit me & see what I've created this week. Be sure to leave a comment!

  51. Beautiful house and decorations. My favorite is Chloe Dawn looking out the door. So cute!

  52. Sheila, your home is amazingly gorgeous! You've done such a beautiful job decorating. I love the place of honor that your tree has, it looks so pretty.

  53. Your home is so beautiful! Inside and outside. I love your wreathes you made. But my fav photo of all is Chloe Dawn at the door!

  54. Well I LOVE your silly Xmas wreath. I've been meaning to make one and I just plum forgot. I will wait for the sales on some pretty pink, blue and white balls.
    Your crystal bar reminds me of a Dean Martin movie. My husband would die for something like that. I think "olden" is better than "newden" lol
    Love everything dear Shelia and you.
    Great post.
    Love Claudie

  55. Hi Shelia, I've finally gotten a chance to come visit you, and I'm so glad I did! Your home is SO beautiful (and so big!) you've done a beautiful job decorating for the holidays! CD is SO cute!

  56. Your house is eye candy!
    Click here to see my post.

  57. Everything is simply beautiful Shelia, Your home is absolutely very beautiful, thank you for sharing.

  58. O Sheila !
    Your tree is the grandest, so perfect for your entry - just like a home in a movie - B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. classy, love it ! I love all your decorations and all your "olden" stuff...Love how you updated the shelfs ! I do love your last picture with your pup looking through the glass I can hear her saying "Mom, Mom...whatcha doing Mom ?- I see you Mom....come back inside......Mom......" Just sweet !

  59. Oh how pretty! Looks like Chloe Dawn is all ready for a visit from Santa Paws!

  60. Chole Dawn looking out that door was my favorite photo of all & there where lots that I liked. Your tree in the entry is amazing! Thank you for sharing. So glad to see another Texas Sister!!!! Hug Chloe Dawn for me. Merry Christmas. Charlene

  61. Now THAT is a home tour. I had no idea there was even such a it a "meme" you call it? Anyway...I am crawling under my table and I am NEVER ever coming out! LOL
    JUST beautiful, Shelia! Just beautiful!

  62. Shelia,
    Your rooms are so pretty and I love the wreaths!!!

  63. What a beautiful place and decorations you have for the holidays. I just really love that
    ornament wreath!

  64. Sheila, I'm so glad I scrolled down to see your last post. Your home is truly magical. I love how Chloe Dawn is always around to join us. My Scooter takes off on me,the little scamp. I love your ornament wreath, have yet to make one.. maybe a project for another day...hugs ~lynne~

  65. I'm glsd I'm not the only one who misses the "good old days" of HGTV
    Those were some great shows back when

  66. Your home is filled with so many beautiful things and I'm sure all of them hold special memories for you. The wreath you made of shiny balls is really pretty. And I like all the snowmen you have gathered on the shelf. Thanks for sharing all the pictures with us. You are so inspirational.

  67. Wow, so much eye candy I don't know where to start!

    Your home is just beautiful and I love all your Christmassy touches! The ornament wreath is fabulous! Yes, I miss Mary (have you been to her website) she said she tried to get the mag restarted but now is not the time with the way the economy is. I miss that magazine there really isn't another one
    like it out there now.

    The nightlite is so cute and just perfect for you!

    I tried to find an email for you but I don't see one. As to commenting, don't be too hard on the "mega bloggers". I find it very very difficult to get to people even once a week so I can imagine how it is for them. Most of those bloggers post every day and every day they have 30+ comments. That's alot of people to get to and take care of your kids and your house and life in general. Although there are certain ones that I rarely ever see commenting. But since people keep going to their blogs anyway, it must not be an issue.


  68. Oh Shelia, what a treat! Your home, all "Christmasfied" is absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful decorations with us at MM. :)

  69. I love it all! So beautiful! It all looks so festive! I am stopping by from Nester's tour. If you want to see my tour, click on the 'Christmas 2009' tag on the left sidebar of my blog to see my Christmas decorating posts! Merry Christmas!

  70. Sheila,
    I'm so behind! But, I'm so glad I' stopped in to visit with you. Your home is decorated so beautifully for the holidays. I love it all! However, I have to say the one thing I REALLY love is that beautiful piano! I wish it was mine and that I had never stopped piano training as a young girl...what a regret! It's just beautiful.


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