Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Special thanks to Karla for hosting ~ What do you LOVE about your Holiday Home Party today.

The party started hours ago but I thought I'd join in on the fun. You can check out all the other party goers by clicking on the picture to the left.

The stockings are hung on the mantle with care!

Love the nutcrackers ~ the tall one my mom & dad sent from Germany. The little ones are from my sister in law ~ LouLou.

More pics of my mantle

I love blown glass ornaments. Most of these are from


Old World Santa that I painted on an old window

My husband and I have had this tree topper since our first Christmas and although it's a bit small for this tree it's hard to change it out.

More glass blown ornaments on our tree

Remember in all the hustle and bustle of this time
that Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

When I was younger I remember our tree being decked out with these ornaments - my mom gave me about a dozen different ones a few years ago and I love em!

The two little teapots are Portmerion ornaments that I got while visiting Stoke On Trent in England.

I just had to try my hand at glittering a pear after seeing there them over at Sugar Bear Designs.

I actually collect snowmen but didn't put too many of them out this year. With 2 new dogs and a busy household I went minimal this year.

I won this arrangement at BUNCO a couple of years ago and adore those feathers and toys in it.

I hope you enjoyed a little sneak peek into my holiday home! Don't forget to go by and check more out at Karla's Cottage here.

I taught a painting class this morning - we painted Pansies - one of my favorite flowers to paint!




Sandy - this was her first class with me

Jim - this was his first painting class and he also won the project piece that I painted in class.


Monday night I taught the Cardinal and Holly class again and here are the pictures from those talented students ~

Alice -
She also won the project piece I painted in class pictured here







Don't forget to enter my 250th GIVEAWAY - see post below to enter!

Have a wonderful day!


Sugar Bear said...

Lovely decorations and home Sandy! Happy holidays!

Southern Heart said...

Sandy, everything looks just beautiful (as always! :)

I hope that all is good with you...happy holidays to you and your family!

Love, Andrea

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Sandy, that was one fabulous post. love the tole painted trays. Susan

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

So pretty, those blown glass ornaments. And that tray you painted is just wonderful.

Hugs & Merry Christmas,

Kari & Kijsa said...

Everything looks wonderful- all aglow with Christmas joy! thanks for sharing!

kari & kijsa

Julie said...

So many adorable decorations!

Adeline's Shabby Cottage said...

Very pretty decorations!! Love the painted trays!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

You have lots of pretty decorations, but your hand-painted Santa is my favorite!
Please visit our holiday home too!

Scrappy Jessi said...

cute cute,
you are so talented!
you must be the best teacher, if all those ladies can learn to pint like that.

Anonymous said...

Very pretty and the Santa window is adorable. ~doriann

Sandi McBride said...

Well you've outdone yourself Miss Sandy! I'm making a promise to visit everyone of my Blogging friends tonight before I go to bed. I love your ornaments. I don't put out my glass blown ornaments British Phone Box and dollies I keep wrapped up, to precious to lose...I'm glad I got to share yours. I love the pansies...they are all so good...I love snapdragon and pansies planted together. Well, off to other locales...see you tomorrow

Alison Gibbs said...

Love all your gorgeous decorations. It is amazing how many of us are putting out less this year.

Christina said...

I LOVE the look of your home! Elegant, yet traditional!!! Perfect! I'll have to try to post a few pics in a few days of my humble abode.
In Him,

Donna said...

Your decorations are so pretty! I especially like the glass ornaments.
The paintings on the trays are fabulous! Love the pansies and the cardinals. I may have to try that out!

Dragonlady said...

Enjoyed seeing your lovely glass ornies,everything is so pretty..
glad you are feeling better

carlene federer said...

your home looks absolutely gorgeous...I KNEW it would Sandy!
I've gotta get down south and take one of your classes, you are so talented, maybe you could teach me a thing or two!!!

Mary Isabella said...

Your home and decorations are awesome. Thank you for letting us take a peek inside. Blessings Mary

Jenn and Jacqui said...

Hi Sandy, your home is decorated with so much love, everthing looks really beautiful :) Love the mantle and the blown glass ornaments. We collect snowmen too, aren't they adorable!! Hope your little guy is much better :) And we see you have a new gentleman in class too :) Jenn and Jacqui

The Rose Room said...

Beautiful decorations. Wish I could have joined your class! Merry Christmas and Blessings - Rachael:)

Amy P said...

Love it all Sandy! My favorite is the santa you painted on the window pane, too cute!

Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

I love all of your ornaments - how pretty! And, it's finally cooled down here in GA to help get us in the Christmas spirit, huh? :o)

joan said...

Hi Sandy,

I'm way behind on my blog reading. Your ornaments are so pretty. And all of your decorations are lovely. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Jeri Aaron said...

Hi Sandy! Just stopping by to peruse your blog - lovely things here - the mantle is wonderful, the painting you've taught in your classes is just lovely - I adore the cardinal (reminds me of my daddy), the goodies from Harrods - oh my!!!! You have a very Merry Christmas. Your friend Jeri

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