Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Frank, the mayor of Richmond, owns the Hungry Mule Cafe where he and his wife Ellie make the most wonderful food in the county. His sister Letha owns the Blue Moon Trading Company and has been dating Hank from the hardware store for 5 years. They are going to be married in front of the Christmas tree in the center of town on Christmas Eve and everyone is invited. This will be the biggest event of the year and people were beginning to think it would never happen. Everyone has done an extra special job of spiffing up the town with evergreen and red bows to help them celebrate this momentous occasion!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Mr. McDonnagal is the lighthouse keeper in this quaint little village. He hands out candy canes to everyone he meets during the month of December and greets them with a "Merry Christmas". He and his family have lived in the light house for 35 years. His father was the previous owner who inherited it from his grandfather. The candy cane tradition has been going on for many years and thus the name "Candy Cane Cove." Children for miles around have always thought that the lighthouse beam was meant to guide Santa and his reindeer to the families of the village.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
This quaint little cove is named after Crystal the snowlady who has arrived every year at Christmas to delight the children and share in the magic. Warm fires burn inside the homes as tufts of smoke drift from the chimneys into the brisk air. Snowflakes, gentle in their unique designs, sway towards the earth forming a beautiful white blanket covering everything in sight. Crystal loves the way they tickle her nose and drape on her arms to make her appear that she's wearing elbow length white gloves. She can't wait for the children to come out and see how fanciful she looks with her white atire that glitters in the daylight.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
School was closed today in the village of Noel due to snow. Noel is a small village in Missouri where you can send your Christmas cards to have them postmarked with their Christmas City stamp and then sent on to friends and family. The children of this little village have started a snowman contest and have spent the day creating their unique snow people. Crystal and Bobbie have dressed their snowman with one of the Christmas sweaters that Aunt Pearl sent via the mail. She loves to knit and wanted to help the cause.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
The Hermann family live in the house at the top of the hill with 5 children, two cats, and a dog. They finished decorating their home for Christmas and have now retired to sit by the fire reading "The Night Before Christmas" and reading about the birth of baby Jesus from the Bible. Each year they put a nativity in front yard to remind everyone of the true meaning of Christmas.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Christmas has arrived in this winter wonderland! Visitors to the village are rooming at the Four Corners Inn before heading out for the "Christmas Pagent" at the local church. A young man sits on a bench by the pond watching a young lady skate and wishing he had the nerve to ask her out for a date. Letters swing in the gentle breeze from a banner between two trees wishing one and all a "Merry Christmas" as they enter the village. Snow gently falls creating a blanket of white everywhere. Christmas decorations adorn all the homes and businesses.
I wish all my readers and customers a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Lila wasn't thinking clearly when she built her snowman on the side of the hill. She's been holding Frosty up for quite a while now and no one has checked on her yet.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Remember the good 'ole days when you could buy pop from a chest type cooler on the porch of the store. One stop shopping wasn't like Wal-Mart is today. It was a place where people got together in front of a pot bellied stove to get warm and chat with friends. A general store stocked all kinds of items from groceries to hunting gear.
Johnnie's is the "One Stop Shop" in the small town of Melville. It houses a general store, post office, gas station, and gossip corner. Johnnie O'Brien is also the town's mayor, head of the decorating committee, and the postmaster. He and his wife Clarissa live in the red farmhouse just a hop skip and a jump, (with snow shoes on) from the little store. Thelma Clemens has sent her husband Frank Jr. to pick up a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread from the store. He has not been seen since before sunset and she is sure that he and Johnnie have gotten involved in a checkers tournament. Thelma can see his old blue pickup parked in front of the store from her window. Looks like she'll have to put the oldest child Betty Lou in charge of the other children as she heads out to corral him back home.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
The Dooley family own the Christmas Tree Farm in Holly Ridge. Mr. Dooley is bringing more trees up from the valley in his blue pickup to sell in the barn. A fire is always going in the metal barrel so customers can warm up after trapsing through the trees trying to find just the right one. Mr. Nickels arrives in his red truck with his faithful dog Cocoa to search for a tree for his 95 year old mother. She lives in the yellow house at the top of the hill and still decorates her farmhouse for the holidays. In the village all the shops are open late for last minute shoppers. The Moose Tracks Chocolate shop offers the most delectable candy and deserts in the county. Otter Creek is an outfitters clothing store which is also owned by the Duncan family who own the Tea 'n Whimsy tea room. Silhouettes of a couple sharing a cup of tea can be seen through the bay window. Izzie Bloom owns the local gift shop and people come from miles around to buy their Christmas gifts and decorations there. Street lights cast a soft glow on the snow covered street where a Ford Sedan is parked along the curb.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
This is a very rustic room so, I kept my Christmas decorations in the same theme. The stockings were made from a table cloth that I purchased at Target several years ago.
As promised, here's a peek at my next painting to be listed on eBay. The pictures aren't the greatest because I took them late at night after a hard day of painting.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
This is my favorite room in the house. It's very rustic and comfortable. The massive stone fireplace has a huge stone mantle. It makes it a little difficult to hang stockings from it since there is no way to tack them up. The result was to tie them to the garland. A "Canoe Rental" sign hangs above a garland draped doorway to the left of the fireplace.
This is a closeup of the garland around the doorway to the right of the fireplace.
Tucked in the corner is our cabin theme Christmas tree. A pair of snowshoes decorated with white jingle bells and a little greenery hangs on the wall.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
The Christmas tree sparkles in front of the window. A sleigh near the tree holds presents and a santa stands guard nearby. An old antique cabinet from our grandmother's home is decorated and lit with candles hanging from the side. Take an old object and give it a new life, like this Red Wing crock. Fill it with evergreen, pinecones, and apples for that extra holiday touch.
In the foreground a rabbit holds a candle on his little serving tray. Beaded trees, garland, and snowflakes decorate the fireplace hearth. This is another view of the same room. I love the warmth that candle light and white Christmas lights add to a room.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
I love to add evergreen everywhere even on the white iron bed. I put a small tree in all the bedrooms. Each room should have a little festive touch and the red toile always looks great with Christmas decorations.
A small tree is added to the quest bedroom. See what a nice glow just one small tree can give a room. My daughter, Amber, was able to find purple beads to work with my color scheme in this room.
You can see the small tree reflected in the window in this picture. A touch of evergreen has been added to the antique dresser and above each window. The little candles are in the windows year round throughout the house. Looks like a cat has been sneaking into this room. They always seem to leave their little paw indentations on the bed. They aren't supposed to be in the guest room but they are just so sneaky.
Monday, November 5, 2007
The door is surrounded by evergreen and dried orange slices.
A wire urn is filled with beaded fruit and a wreath hangs on the wall.
As you go up the stairs from the entrance there is an antique white mantel shelf hanging on the wall loaded with family pictures. The pictures are draped with evergreen and gold beads.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
This is a view from the same window. I raised the screen and stuck my head out the window for this shot. I'm sure the neighbors wandered what I was doing. I'm lucky I didn't fall out the window but, I had to get one last picture of my roses that surround the Weeping Mulberry tree on the corner of the front yard. The Dogwood trees turned a beautiful dark red this year which really compliment my red roses. This is the only red in my yard. The backyard is landscaped with pinks, yellows, blue, and lavender.