It Feels Like Christmas!

It’s Friday, and the decorating is ‘finished’… but is it ever really finished? After I took all my photos, I thought of other little tweaks I could do, but here’s some perspective on tweaking. When I showed Kaleigh the finishing touches, what she noticed were the ornaments hanging in the window… that went up about 2 weeks ago!

So if you’re thinking tweaking will make all the difference, just remember it might only make a difference to you! Others could just now be soaking in all your hard work from days gone by.

And with that I wanted to wrap up this week and my prep-for-Christmas focus by sharing a few corners and moments with you from inside our home.

Welcome!

Father Christmas will greet you as you step inside.

Along with fresh cedar boughs

As you step around the corner you will find our Advent wreath. This was something brought forward by my hubby into our Christmases. He grew up with Advent wreaths, and he also grew up with the gold angel chimes you see in the middle.

He tells me that on Christmas Eve he and his brothers would have to stay downstairs while his parents decorated the Christmas tree. When the tree was finished his mom would ring a little bell signalling for them to come upstairs. When they entered the room the angel chimes would also be softly dinging in the background.

Here’s a better look at the angel chimes.

The heat from the candles makes the little fan spin, and the hook you see on the left taps the bells as it spins past them. The wreath is made from fresh fir, and I spray it with water every day to keep it from drying out too fast.

This is local holly that I picked up from Princess Holly at the foot of our hill.

And the floating candle idea was inspired by Pinterest!

This cinnamon scented pine cone adds to the feeling of Christmas with the aroma it leaves in the air.

Like the pine cone, the objects inside the apothecary jar are scented too, but not in a good way! I don’t like the smell of them, but I do like them! So I thought an apothecary jar was a good choice, and now I am able to use them for a splash of colour in the powder room.

 

The candles inside the clear flutes are  mini oil lamps made of blown glass. They are made by GBS Glassblowing company in Shawnigan Lake.

If you haven’t been to GBS studio, it’s worth the trip. And if you time it right you might even see owner, Grahame Fowle in glassblowing mode. Grahame’s creations are beautiful, and seeing him in action is awe inspiring.

These are our handmade Christmas stockings… the two on the right.  I made the one in the middle for Kaleigh’s first Christmas, and my Mom made a new one for me at the same time. Let’s just say my old one is now a vintage piece in my collection of things 😉

The names are cross-stitched separately and then machine sewn onto the stocking. All the beading and felt pieces are stitched by hand. We draft our own patterns inspired by colouring books and Christmas cards. And the stocking on the left, well it’s kind of like our tree topper – it’s an interim, but will be replaced by a handmade one like the other two. I’m still in the drafting mode!

And this little stocking Kaleigh made for me about 8 years ago with some ‘help’ from her Nana… It’s a pretty special ornament and always finds a special spot on the tree.

And this is an ornament she beaded with very little help quite a few years ago.

This fun ornament is a red hot chili pepper that Tristan, my hubby’s son, gave to him a few years ago. I tried to get a close-up so you can see the detail in his face. Isn’t he great? We would put him on the tree, but he’s ceramic and uber heavy, so wants to slide off the branches!

My hubby brought the gold table covering for me from Germany before we were married… and of course you know all about the crow family I wrote about yesterday! They make me smile 🙂

He also brought back this hand carved crèche scene from Cologne. If you look closely you’ll see Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus in the middle. And then all around them are the 3 Wise Men, a Shephard, a camel guide, and of course the livestock. There’s a camel too, but you can’t see him because he’s at the back in the photo.

So just like the angel chimes, when the candles are lit the heat from them turns the fan, and this makes the little platform holding the livestock, etc. turn around Mary, Joseph and Jesus in the middle.

When Kaleigh was younger we went to see the Nutcracker ballet, and this is her keepsake ornament.

The ‘Polar Express’ has always been a family favorite, and this is Kaleigh’s Polar Express bell!

When my hubby and I were dating we each bought pieces to the Thomas Kinkade Christmas village. And then joined our pieces and put them out for our 1st married Christmas together!

Here’s a day shot…

And a night one too.

Thank you for stopping by!

I hope you enjoyed your visit.

 

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from our home to yours!

THANKS FOR READING!

 

16 Replies to “It Feels Like Christmas!”

  1. Well your home is certainly beautifully decorated for the holidays. We had the same angel chime growing up! I was just talking about last weekend at my MIL’s house because they had never heard of it or seen one before. That really takes me back. I love the special ornaments that Kaleigh made for you – how sweet and so important to have those in a special place. I love what you and your husband did with your Thomas Kincaid houses – what a fun way to unite for your first Christmas together. You’ve certainly got me in the spirit – looks like you can kick back and enjoy with a glass of wine tonight!

  2. Beautiful job Sheila! I especially love the crows, the holly in the vase with a floating candle and the white wreath on the mirror…your home looks festive and ready to welcome the holidays! Very cosy!

  3. Sheila, what wonderful beautiful ideas. I too grew up with the Angel Chimes and I am going to get some Holly and a floating candle for my living room. Your home looks lovely for Christmas. I hope you enjoy forever after the holidays.

    1. Thank you Alicia! It’s so much fun hearing from people who grew up with the Angel Chimes. They’re a really important part of our Christmas, especially for Clemens, and I love their delicate little sound… I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  4. oh my gosh you are SO ready for the holidays!!!! Have you done your shopping too? GAH! I need to clean up and finish up the decorating around here… Many projects got started but not finished – I can’t believe Christmas is in a week!
    Your house looks BEAUTIFUL Sheila!

  5. So beautiful and peaceful looking. I too have the same heritage with the Christmas Eve and the creche and even that spinning angel thingy. Love the blown glass candle holders – i need to visit the GBS soon.
    thank you for sharing your home.

  6. Loved that peek into your home Sheila! So lovely. As for the Advent wreath, I grew up with that too – European tradition! My mom and dad tried the “decorate the tree on Christmas Eve’ and it didn’t fly when we got older! They always kept the tree up until Epiphany!

    Your blown glass candle holders are beautiful!

    Have a wonderful Christmas!

    1. Thank you Barbara! You are so lucky to have grown up with the Advent wreath – I wish I had too. We’ve bought our wreaths in the past and this year too, but next year we’re hoping to make one. As for decorating the tree on Christmas Eve, that wouldn’t fly here either! Do you celebrate Christmas Eve or on the 25th?

  7. Your home is beautiful Sheila! It’s so precious that each vignette, or ornament holds a special memory and I’m happy that you have shared those little details with us. I too, really like the holly with the floating candle! So pretty! Have a Merry Christmas!

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