Tuesday, December 8, 2009

It is 3:00...and the high is 10! PIC HEAVY






















































It is not fit for man or beast in our parts today. They cancelled school as well. Apparently the weather has gotten us confused with the NORTH POLE! It was negative 24 degrees this morning...and that is NO JOKE. I wish I could say I did not have to leave the house today..but I did...we were out of milk and other staples. Since Santa is my neighbor now....I thought I had better snap some pics of the holly jollyiness around here. I really went simple this year....I was just not up to any over the top decorating. The older I get the more I think about putting it all back in totes..and what a job it is. SIGH. Me being someone who LOVES Christmas...and already thinking about the future work involved. Did I just say that out loud??? Well anyways...on with the pics....I had to use my little point and shoot Canon so the pics are not the best...soooo bear with me! I have penny pinched and saved and so we made a pilgrimage 4 hours away to our "LOCAL" Ikea...and I bought the Ektorp Svanby beige sectional and a chair. I hope to make one more trip and get another chair to flank our fireplace. I have been happy so far with them...although the beige is def. MORE white looking to me. It will def. be getting washed a lot in this family (TWO black animals, two men folk, ). I got in on the FREE white slipcovers as well...which I am almost scared to use. I have heard so many (mostly in mags) say oh we just throw them in the washing machine and we are good to go...little bleach.....lets hope that is the case. I sure do LOVE the look though.. ...YUMMMMY. My birthday is coming up as well so I fanagled a new glass sofa console out of my dh. Looks nice behind the sectional I think. Well I hope to take part two pics soon.....the lighting is so terrible in this home. Is there a better/faster way to download pics and enlarge them other than in edit html? I might actually post more if I could take less time downloading all of this.
Other than that if you have time please take a peek at my etsy store...I have several items left that I would be thrilled to find a new home for! Convoy me for custom orders. THanks so much folks.....pray for warmer weather here....it really is bitterly cold. Hugs to u all. xoxo, cherry

51 comments:

Billie said...

Brrr...those temps sound so foreign to me. I enjoy reading your blog and am always inspired by your creativity. Thank you for sharing!

Annabelle said...

Love all you Santas. I'm feeling about the same as you. I haven't put up the first decoration yet...it makes me tired to think about it! I could use a few elves. Stay warm. We're having snow, sleet, thundersnow, a blizzard warning & tomorrow below freezing!

Annabelle said...

Oh...I forgot to say...if you use Windows, you should try Windows Live Writer. It's free. Oh my gosh, it's no trouble to post & upload your pictures with it!

Shell in your Pocket said...

OH..how I love that Santa pillow!

sandy toe

Darlene said...

Oh girl I can't even believe how cold it is there!! BRRRRR!! LOVE your new furniture and of course you know I always love seeing your decorations. They look so vintage and gorgeous!!! EVERYTHING is beautiful!♥

My Vintage Modern Farmhouse... said...

I loved your post. I feel the same way, I went very simple this year because like you I think about tearing it all down. The older I get, the simpler I am getting. How exciting about your new furniture. I had a cream slipcovered sofa that I just sold to a friend. I liked it, I was just ready for a change. Please show us pics soon. Oh Happy Birthday (early). Stay warm.

Hugs,
LeAnn:)

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

It is cold here too....20 degrees! That is cold for Portland! I agree with the simplicity this year....I can barely get myself to put up the tree! shhh you didn't hear me say that!

Stay Warm & Cozy, Carrie

Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

Love all the vintage Santas... WoW, I am sitting here thinking my legs ache because it's so COLD, and it's 27 degrees, I can't imagine BELOW... burrrr...

Kristen said...

Your home looks lovely. Congrats on the new furniture. It's always exciting.

Shell said...

I think we hit like 29 here in Washington State today,,,and lemme tell you trying to craft/glitter in my basement was a challenge with the aid of only my space heater in this 100yo house!!! Brrrr! My office isn't much better!

When my son was in the Marines, it would hit like 120 in Iraq,,,,he'd say, "well, after it gets over about 105 it doesn't feel that much different at 120....I think this could snap affects us similarly in WA State as your extreme cold! That said, I hope they find some solutions to this "Global Warming" and/or Freezing in Copenhagen!

Your vignettes are wonderful! Im' getting ready for our Historical Parlour tour and the masses coming through my little Bungalow,,,,,,It's a challenge! Why again, (I ask myself did I volunteer to have hundreds come through my little home???)

Stay warm and enjoy!!!
Hugs,
Shell

Laurie said...

Everything looks great, Cherry! We are at subzero here, too, and I'm so ready ofr it to stop!

Shelia said...

OOO...so cold! Now I just love picture heavy! Everything looks wonderful!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

tarnishedandtattered.blogsot.com said...

Hi Cherry,
I am so happy to see your awesome house all fixed up for the holidays. (I'd love to see over the top)! I have the Ikea sofa and DO have the white slipcovers, we have 3 kids and a dog and I promise you they come clean in the wash. Just make sure you leave them a little damp when you take them out of the dryer, they tend to shrink up. Lisa

Tamara Jansen said...

Isn't the weather just CRAZY?! It's ridiculous to have to live in these kinds of freezing temperatures. Good thing we have Christmas to keep our minds of the weather :)

ceekay said...

Your pictures of your decorations is lovely....I simplified this year also. Although, my snowmen are calling me...really they are!

the Garden Register said...

Pictures are great! Thanks for sharing. Love the black/white Santa pillow; is it something that you made or purchased?

Connie said...

Miss Cherry, throw them in the wash, sugar!! I do mine and no problem. Look great even after many washings. Do NOT fear.

You may be picture heavy but they are still gorgeous photos, chickee!! Loved viewing them.

We're in Idaho and I was out in the backyard at 8 am doing a photo shoot in -3° trying to snap photos. Love Bunny just about had a fit! LOL

If you need help, just email me from my side bar. I can help you probably but it's much easier conferring by email than through the blog post, sweetpea.

xoxo,
Connie

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

Hi Cherry, first I wanted to say how adorable your home looks!Now to answer your question about my couches yes I still love my couches and I would say they have washed up pretty good, I soak mine in Biz before I wash them, I don't know if it helps but it can't hurt, I have three boys and three dogs although only one dog goes on the furniture unless I'm not looking! I would love to get the beige slips but I think it might be easier to get the white ones clean you will have to let me know.

Hugs~Kelly

Carmen said...

I always love every single photo you post. Everything looks beautiful!

Kristi said...

Your Christmas decor looks fantastic, as usual! And I'm with you on less is more, lol. There are some years when I want to do it all and then others (like this year) where I just do a little and I'm a happy girl!
Your new chair looks great! I want to see more! I feel your pain on the pictures. I'll tell you, I about gave up on blogging and posting pictures of any kind on my old computer(it was over 8 yrs, lol) until I got this new one! Much faster and easier now.
Is your email the same? I emailed you and wondered if you had got it. Glad to see you and cant' wait to see MORE of your beautiful house!!!
xoxo
Kristi

Karen said...

I love all the Christmas at your house! I use VSO Image Resizer, you can download it free. When you select the pictures, select the first one, then go to the last one in the file, push the shift key, then right click on the last one, and it should select every picture on the file so it does them all at once. So.....this means we get to see even more pictures lol!

Polly@MakeMineBeautiful said...

In answer to that pic question. I use the mosiac maker on (www)bighugelabs(dot)com. You can do just two pics side by side, or a whole slew of pictures. I use the layout 'tiles', and I do 1 row with 3 or 4 columns. that lets you have 3-4 pics in a single picture. You upload the pics, press create, and then save to your pictures.

It's an easy way to upload several pics at one time, post them, and keep your blog page shorter.

Hope it helps you.

Tardevil said...

Oh, girl...I love those vintage Santas, bottle bush trees and candy canes. I'm going to post pics of my old Santa cookie jars, mugs, etc. soon, and if I don't forget to come tell you, I want you to take a look. I've also done a vintage Santa tablescape I think you will like. I'll try to let you know when they post. We probably have some of the same stuff. ;O)

Tardevil said...

BTW...how do you stand 10 degrees???

Just a little something from Judy said...

Exceptionally beautiful!!! Every single picture should be in a Christmas Country Living Magazine. I just love the work you do. Thanks for taking the time to download the pictures to share with us. I would not want to have missed one of them.

Stay warm.

Frippery said...

Cherry, I love your palette. Less is definitely more with me this year too. Someone told me about Live Writer too but I have a Mac so editing HTML is the only way I know. It takes up lots of time. But your pics are worth it. I have slipcovers and couch/ chair from Rowe. They are dry clean only and the dry cleaner shrunk both sets. Wish IKEA had been close when I bought those ridiculously expensive pieces. Yours look great and I too have heard they are super to maintain. (Now that mine have shrunk I throw them in the washer too, can't get any worse and I certainly can't afford new ones) Stay warm, Pam

the wild raspberry said...

as i was looking through your pics...i thought...ooh...i could really snuggle into that big white chair. love it.
hope that it gets above freezing for you today...
chas

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

Yes, there is a much faster way. Try a free download of Windows Live Writer. Super fast. Here's a post I did on utilizing it.
http://cozylittlehouse.blogspot.com/2009/11/windows-live-writer-tutorial.html
Brenda

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Hey Cherry Girl I just got goosebumps reading your post! I'm lovin' the Santas and all your adorable goodies you have placed perfectly. We have had quite a bit of snow...and then it melts with the sun the next day! But I'm enjoying the cooler temps!
Blessings,
Debbie

Happy@Home said...

Well, it may be cold outside, but the inside of your house looks very warm and cozy indeed. I enjoyed looking at each and every one of your beautiful photos. I wish I could help you speed up the photo loading process, but I do it the slow way too.

Dettao said...

YOu've got some great decorations. They are just beautiful. The older I get, the less I decorate, too. It is work.

Michelle said...

Stay warm Cherry! Love all your decorations and new furniture!

Kim said...

Brrrr....at least those temps come with snow, right???

Love your new chair & your decorations! You always inspire me with your vignettes...where did you get the glittery candy canes?

aimee said...

baby that is cold! happy almost birthday! i just love your home :)
blessings,
aimee

Lori Holt said...

Wow Cherry...now I feel really guilty for complaining about our 8 degrees ABOVE 0 weather.
I love the new furniture and the white slipcovers...very simple and inviting Christmas decor...just the right amount of BLING!
Happy Holidays,
Lori

Mammatalk said...

Love your Christmas decor!

It is freezing in Bend right now. This Arctic front is unbelievable.

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I don't think I've ever been in weather as cold as you're having. Your home looks so cozy and welcoming though. I love all the vintage santa mugs, and your decorating is wonderful.
Blessings,
Marcia

Kirsten and Shawn said...

You should try Windows Live Writer. It is a snap to upload pics and edit them right there. Can't wait to hangout soon.

Mimi Sue said...

It's cold here in Utah but not that cold. Yikes. Your house is looking very festive and so cute. Mimi

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Oh Brrr...I couldnt take that kind of weather! That's why we moved to Georgia!

All those Santa's are so cute! We have an Ikea couch with the white slipcover but I don't let the dog on it. I'm not sure how much washing those slipcovers can take. I bought extra just in case (they're not expensive).

Manuela

NicNacManiac said...

Your home looks so festive and inviting!! Love the little Santa's and all of the candy canes in the big red boot!!
Keep warm, we have -20 degrees as well...really lookin forward to Spring!! Did I see a little birdie mention that it was your Birthday...Big Birthday Hugs xOxO

Sherri said...

You decorations are wonderful! The Santa Christmas mugs brought back so many memories! My grandfather bought me one of those when I was little. I wish I still had it!

Dena said...

Hi Cherry,

I hope it warms up for you soon! I can't even imagine that kind of cold! Snuggle up and create :)

Hugs,
Dena

Elise said...

Delectable as always, Cherry!! You totally have a way with decor.
Elise

Wendy said...

I dont know if Id want it that cold, but Id like some cool weather. Its in the 80s!

Marydon Ford said...

What a lovely collection of Santas ... your decor it very pretty.

Merry Christmas, TTFN ~Marydon

Jen Kershner said...

Girl it all looks so gorgeous and festive. You have such great stuff. I'm afraid I just don't have that much. I'll just have to settle for admiring yours!

Home Sweet Hideaway said...

And I thought -2 degrees was cold. -24 just sounds painful! When the weather is like this, my hubby likes to say "And we need to worry about global warming?"
Your home looks so lovely. I just LOVE your colors and all the vintage goods. Very pretty!

Merry Christmas!

Ramona said...

Good Morning Cherry ~

I know...brrrr, right?! It is kinda cool having Santa as your neighbor...who knew that he lived in Oregon? Your home looks so warm and inviting and I love your holiday vignettes...well done...but I wouldn't expect anything less from someone who lives in Santa's neck~of~the~woods.

Merry Christmas my Friend ~

Smiles and HO~Ho~Ho ~ Ramona

Just a little something from Judy said...

My order arrived today in perfect condition. It is more beautiful in real life than on the computer screen. I can't wait to give them for gifts. Thank you so much!

jenjen said...

Beautiful! Your home is just so so so beautiful. I love every single thing about it!

You are so creative!

XOOX
Jen