11/19/2009

Show & Tell Friday...Seasonal Snippets!

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Hello my friends...I'm so happy to see you today!
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Today, I'm joining in with Cindy from My Romantic Home for "Show & Tell Friday"!
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Please go by and pay Cindy a visit...I guarantee that you'll be glad that you did! Cindy has a fabulous blog and one of the prettiest homes in Blogland! While you're there...you can check out all of the other "Show & Tell" participants!
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Seasonal Snippets...
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Ohhh...do you know that we only have 35 days until Christmas? I'm so excited...Christmas is my favorite holiday!!!
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I'm trying to be patient...I mean, we haven't even had Thanksgiving yet! Hehe! So I will leave the dining room, which is presently decorated in all of its Fall finery, alone...until after Thanksgiving! However...I have started a little bit of my Christmas decorating in the living room.
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As many of you know...I just finished putting in a faux fireplace in my living room and I've just been "bitin' at the bit" to decorate that new mantel! Hehe!
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I'm not ready for the "reveal" but I wanted to share just a few "Seasonal Snippets" with you....
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so without further ado...
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Christmas 2009 at Happy To Design!
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Santa Claus is coming to town...
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I started collecting Santa Claus' about three years ago. I haven't gotten very far...I only have three! Hehe! This Santa is one of my favorites! He looks very elegant in his cream colored velvet robes...trimmed with gold...don't you think?
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Ahhh...just look at that sweet face! I love his kind and gentle eyes!!!
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And...where would Santa be without his reindeer? Hehe!
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I recently found this set of reindeer at Hobby Lobby. They were on sale for 50% off...yeehawww! I love the burnished gold and that fabulous filigree cut-work!
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Just a pretty French finial amongst some Christmas berries!
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Shhhh...I'll tell you a little secret! I have even started playing Christmas music already! I especially love listening to all the Christmas songs about the birth of Christ...my favorite!!!
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"NOEL"...french for Christmas! This beautiful "Noel" sign is another Hobby Lobby find. I bought it last year...during their "after Christmas" sale. I could hardly wait to get it out this year and use it! It really is beautiful...I love the french scrolled border! It's a nice sized piece...standing about 12 in. tall...and it's very heavy! If I remember correctly, I only paid $4 for it...it was marked 90% off!!! I love after Christmas sales...that's when I buy all my decorations!!!
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AND...I'm giving you a "sneak peak" at my brand new...decorated for Christmas...mantel!!! Stay tuned for the full reveal! Remember...this is about "Seasonal Snippets" today! wink!
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Joyeux Noel...
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Merry Christmas!!!
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I know...I know...it's a bit early! Hehe! But...it won't be long now...Christmas is drawing near! Have you started your Christmas decorating?
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Well my friends...thank you so much for coming by today! I hope that you enjoyed a few of my "Seasonal Snippets"! Please leave me a comment and let me know that you were here...I'd love to visit with you!!!
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Love ya'll,
Chari
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45 comments:

Cathy said...

Oh Chari...your Christmas design is GORGEOUS!!! I love your Santa...his face is so darling and sweet!!! He is dressed so beautifully in his white and gold finery!!!

The little piece of your mantel is so pretty...I can't wait to see the rest!!! I am sure you have had so much fun dressing it for Christmas...I love new toys...don't you;)?

I can't wait to see more!!!

I hope you are having a wonderful Thursday!!!

Enjoy!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Stacey said...

How funny...I was scrolling along admiring the pictures (without reading the words) when I realized that has to be your new mantel all dolled up! It looks beautiful! You put things together so well. Can't wait to see all of it.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Your a BIG ole tease my friend...Now I did enlarge the mantle to have a better lookie see ha ha!!
Can't wait to see it all dolled up girl...I knew you could wait so I guess I won that bet I made you last week ha ha!! You owe me a trip to the mall in Vegas now ha ha!! Love ya sis...I hope all is well on your side of the mountain my dear friend...Love ya sis...Mountain Big Hugs to you...Love Gl♥ria

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm from England and I don't have a 'blog' but I recently discovered yours -as well as a few other beautiful American blogs - and I just wanted to say what an inspiration these lovely sites are!
I do hope it's alright for me to read your blog - not sure if there are any 'rules' that I don't know about. I'm in the process of decorating and I've honestly never seen such beautiful homes as yours and these others - I hope you don't mind me 'peeking' for some lovely inspiration!
Best wishes, Maria, (UK)

mbkatc230 said...

Oh Chari, you have some beautiful things. I love the Santa, he's really gorgeous in the gold and white. I think my favorite is the French finial - it's just beautiful. The peek of your mantel is so lovely, I can't wait to see it in all it's finery. Hope you are having a wonderful week. Kathy

Lori said...

Love the snowman! I have to wait until after Thanksgiving before I decorte, but I don't know if I can wait another week!

This is the best time of year! I can't wait until everyone in blogland starts decorating! I love to look!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Chari said...

Hello Maria...

My friend, I do hope that you'll stop back by so that you read this! I'm so touched by your sweet, sweet comments and I think I'm blushing a bit from your generous compliments! Thank you so much for your kind words and you are welcomed here at Happy To Design anytime, my friend!!! No rules...I think most bloggers are very happy to have such sweet people, as yourself...stop by and enjoy their blogs!

I'm soooo excited for you...in the process of decorating? Have fun and enjoy, my friend! You're absolutely right about finding so many great ideas and inspiration here in Blogland! There are sooo many fabulous homes and very creative and talented people who are thrilled to share their ideas and homes with us!!!

Again...thank you, Maria! And please do come back often to visit!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

Jane said...

Everything looks so elegant...from the gold attired Santa to the NOEL sign. I love what I've seen so far. I'll be back for the big reveal.
Jane

mommieofthree said...

Hi Chari! How lovely! I love love love your finial and your noel sign! I wish I had a hobby lobby over by my area but the closest is 6 hours away... (sob).... Thanks for sharing your lovely items with us!

Carol said...

Your decorations are so elegant! We don't have a Hobby Lobby here :(

salmagundi said...

I haven't done a bit of Christmas decorating - just waiting until after Thanksgiving. It really looks like your mantel is taking shape - just know it is everything you hoped for!! I did go to the city today to Christmas shop for the grandkids. So much fun to shop for Caitlin - she is tall and skinny and everything looks good on her. Have a great weekend. I've got to get my mind around Thanksgiving dinner - the planning and the precooking!! Sally

silk purse said...

I new it would be magical!..,

There's that lovely mantle peeking out at us, just waiting for the big reveal!~ Simply breathtaking is all that I can say!~ Can't wait to see it in all of it's full and respendant glory!!.., I love everything, yet that sign caught my eye!..,

Oh Cheri my dear, your soooo busy; really I often wonder, how do you do it my dear?..,

If you get a moment though, I can assure you that wanting to so kindly see, "all of the art", as you had so generously requested, will not happen all at once, as there's litterally 100's of pieces from my prolific days; you have no idea my dear lady!!~ Yet thanks so much for asking!

I do have a wee little "sneek- peek" of my own, of some of the perfume bottle pics, if you're curious and want to pop over before it gets busy again tomorrow..,

Do enjoy!..., Warm hugs and much love to you, "mon Cheri"

Cheers from Wanda -Lee a.k.a. / Silken Purse

Melissa Miller said...

How beautiful is your sneak peek Chari! I just love your Christmas mantel already. So pretty!

I'm finally going to put up a new post tonight. ~Whew! Taking a break from Blogland is hard. It's addictive for sure. Ha!

Thank you so much for thinking of me and the sweet e-card card you sent me. That was so kind of you. :)

Shelia said...

So lovely, Chari! Your Santa is a darling one! Your mantle is just so beautiful! Oh, I've got to get started on decorating.
Be a sweetie,
shelia :)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What beautiful snippets. I sure am looking forward to seeing that mantel in all of its decorated glory! laurie

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Oh girl you are already going gang busters getting ready for Christmas!! I am loving already the peek of mantel and your Santa is gorgeous.

I think I will regret not starting early for Christmas decor but we are having so many other things happening that I cannot seem to fit it in with the exception of my newest post which amounts to 4 little Christmas items!!

I would so love to buy a ticket to your tour of homes and see it in person!!

blessings
mary

Leann said...

Hi Chari

Everything is wonderful as usual. I love you Santa and the reindeer are terrific too.
I won't start decorating til next Friday, but look out after that!

Have a great weekend!
Leann

podso said...

Mantel is looking good!

Lenore said...

Oh, my goodness Chari....how beautiful is everything that you have shown us. I do love the NOEL sign and the Santa and everything else...LOL.
I look forward to seeing what else you have in store for us over the Christmas holiday!!!
Are your decorations already set up in your home?

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Hi Chari. Oooh love the Santa and reindeer. Actually I love all of it. You have the best taste! I see your mantel is coming along so pretty. I love watching your progress. I can't wait to see more.

Tardevil said...

Your decorations are beautiful! You must be thrilled to have the new fireplace. I collect Santas too. I've already bought 3 this year...it's addictive! If you're interested, I did a post on my collection, back in Dec. of last year. It includes most of them.

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

So pretty and it just puts you in the mood for the holidays!

Dawn said...

Hi Chari,
Your Christmas decor is so elegant. I just love all the curvy French accents. Thanks for the sneek peek.
Hugs,
Dawn

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You have some beautiful decorations. Love that Santa!

Marianne@Songbird said...

We never decorate this early but seeing your lovely christmas decor, makes me wonder 'could I get away with just a little here and there' LOL.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Chari.. your Christmas post is lovely! love all the vignettes.. such inspirational!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Chari,
I knew you might be decorating that gorgeous mantle of yours! I can hardly wait either, and now you've really got me excited! What a gorgeous looking santa and all the gold and creamy looking accents! Love the angel, well I love it all! Can't wait to see the big reveal! I hope your week has been going good Girl,boy have you got me going on Christmas ideas now! Hugs, Cindy

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Chari!

Oh, I just new it! I just knew you were chomping at the bit to get to that new mantel of yours! I can't say that I blame you! Love that Noel sign!!

I collect the big santa's too. I think I have 7 or 8 now. And of course I will be showing them off over the course of the next few weeks!

Everything is looking lovely!

If you get a chance swing by my Show and Tell and see the few little pretties I got from one of our favorite stores...T J Maxx!

Have a great Friday!

Hugs,
Diann :)

Anonymous said...

Dear Chari,
thank you SO much for the beautiful message you left for me -you have made my day!
Your blog has inspired me so much, and made me realize that it is possible to create a home which is welcoming and cosy, while at the same time exuding elegance, class and sophistication.
If I manage to make my home even half as stunning as yours, then I'll be very happy.
Thank you again for your gracious, very kind message.
Warmest regards, Maria

Theresa said...

Everything you touch turns to gold:) OMG Chari, gorgeous... if this is a snippet, my heart might not be able to take the whole enchilada. Beautiful Santa, Noel beauty and the new fireplace mantle, honey please! I love it all and can't wait for more. More, More, More! Love to all and have a blessed day!

Hootin' Anni said...

I collect santas...so I must admit that your white and gold santa has such a charm about him!! It's all so super tho......

Mine is up. Just Dollar Store Finds for the Holidays this week. Click Here

Sheila said...

What a beautiful start to your Christmas decor.. I love that santa. I have a brinns santa in sweet pink.. Yours is just as lovely in white. Can't wait to see it all when your completed.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Oh Chari, Just beautiful! I love how you can take pictures with backgrounds and words superimposed over the top.
You are getting me in the mood for Christmas!
Yvonne

Audra said...

Oh where to start. I just love your holiday decor, simply stunning and elegant. That Santa is fantastic, so regal in his ivory and gold, he looks as if he could talk!

You know I am so envious of your NOEL sign. What a fabulous find from our favorite store, Hobby Lobby. My husband jokes that I have a love affair with HL and it's my "mistress"... Could be, but can you really have a discount, frugal mistress? I think not. It makes me sad that so many others don't have a HL near them, I am blessed to have one only three miles away! It is a joy to behold and I could spend hours in there creating vingettes and decor for my home.

Thanks to ladies like you who inspire me on a regular basis....thrilled to think outside the "box" and come up with new ways to display and decorate.

Keep up the great work, you continually inspire us and lift us up with your wonderful comments.

Happy Holidays!

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Chari,
Love all your Christmas treasures! Your mantle is lovely. I just love Christmas! Thanks for sharing and Happy Friday to you.

Blessings,
Sandi

Lou Cinda said...

Chari~ I love it all!!

Can't wait to see the BIG picture!

You teaser!

Lou Cinda :)

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Your blog is ...beyond discription. Simply lovely! As you can tell by your comments, we appreciate all the time and care you take to share so much with us! Thank you for making our hearts beat a bit faster when we visit you! I know mine does...:)
Mona

Melissa Miller said...

Thanks for you sweet welcome back! I sure missed you and everyone. :)

Lora said...

*It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!* :)

I've got the Christmas music playing already, too!

Beth said...

Just beautiful and you take great pictures ! ! I love the mantel.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hey Girlie,
I just came back for some inspiration! Looking so beautiful, I think I need new mantle decor this year! lol. I have been trying not to spend much but it's hard when you see all the new goodies in the store displays! Talk to you soon, Hugs, Cindy

Tardevil said...

Chari,
Thanks for coming over & visiting my Santa collection! I either got the one w/ the brown pants at the Charlotte Christmas show either last year or the year before, or at a place called Peppermint Forest (I did a post on my trip there too). I looked in their online store, and it's not shown, but they may still have one, if you're interested. Happy Holidays! Will be back to visit soon.

Stephanie Lynn said...

Everything looks fabulous - and I am in love with the white french finial...wow it's gorgeous!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I'm excited to see the entire mantel reveal. The holiday snippets are fabulous!! I haven't even put up 1 thing for Christmas. I will start on Black Friday since I don't have any money to go shopping. Boo hoo!! I can hardly wait to start decorating. I just hate getting all the boxes down from the attic.

If I don't talk to you before Thursday. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving. We are now only going to have 7 people total. That's the smallest crowd we've ever had.

Kim

Susie Q said...

Oh what a beautiful Santa! he is just wonderful...love all the touches of gold. So rich!
I hope your Thanksgivng Day was sweet!
Love,
Sue