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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Met/Mosaic Monday-Deck The Halls Tues.



Today I am again joining three different parties, now how much fun is that!!! I am joining Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch for Metamorphosis Monday, Mary @ Little Red House for Mosaic Monday and Susan @ Thoughts From Over The Rainbow for Deck The Halls Tuesday. You will definitely want to check out all three of these wonderful memes and see all the stunning creations everyone has come up with.

Well, the boxes all finally came out of the attic and when they landed this is what the living room looked like. I was just about ready to skip the whole thing and put them all back. lol Such a mess.


Once I took a deep breath, I thought I would start on the Dining Table and Buffet first. This is what it looked like for Thanksgiving.


After digging through some of the boxes, this is what it looks like for Christmas. I am determined not to buy anything new this year, so I am trying hard to recreate with what I have. I tied some Christmas ribbon on the candlesticks, added my wonderful Santa that I found years ago, changed the floral arrangement a little along with the table runner and called it done.


To change out the buffet, I put down a gorgeous Gold and Cream table runner that was a gift I won at Printersdevil - Playing Dishes Christmas In July giveaway. It is just perfect for the buffet. I added my little Church birdhouse along with the Bible telling the story of Jesus Birth and a wonderful little Crown ornament that I had that signifies that Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Next to that is my precious Nativity scene that was my MIL's. I put Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus under a cloche and the cow and one of the wise men beside them. My MIL bought this set in the 50"s and I am so thrilled that these pieces have survived and that she gave them to me.


After a few more hours work and the help of DH to put the tree up and move the furniture a little, taaa daaa we have a Christmas Tree.


A few decorations for the coffee table and end table.




A view looking back to the dining area.


My Raggedy Andy Santa found a comfortable spot on the leather wingback chair. He's resting up for the big event.


Some garland and a few balls and bows on the top of The China Cabinet and I've called it good for now. I still have more to do, but at least I'm off to a start.


This is a mosaic of our tree and decorations. These are all ornaments that I bought when I first got married and have added to over the years, plus a few that were my Mother and MIL's. Some of the ornaments were also gifts from the children and grandchildren over the years and they are all precious to me.




Thank you all so much for making the "Holiday Cloche Party" such a huge success. If you havn't made the rounds yet you will definitely want to check them all out. Every single one of the participants had beautiful and creative vignettes that were so stunning and such inspiration. I had a ball looking at all of them. If you would please vote on the poll on my sidebar for when you would like to have another "Cloche Party", I would appreciate it. Thanks again.

91 comments:

  1. Beautiful job, Marty, and I still like the nativity scene under the cloche best of all!

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  2. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! love your tree!

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  3. Well..of course it's beautiful..I expected it to be! :) You do everything so well, Marty. It's fasinating to see the things you create and the way your home turns out! Those leather chairs looks so comfortable!
    The fact that you have kept you decorations over the years and that they have sentimental value to you is wonderful! I do the same. All those memories that come out for the Christmas season are heartwarming. What a lucky family you have!!
    Hugs!!
    Mona

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  4. Marty I bet you are glad you persevered with all those boxes!! The room looks beautiful! I am wishing mine was looking like this- I am still knee deep in boxes and we have been a bit under the weather so it is VERY SLOW!

    It's snowing and we have Christmas music going sitting by the fire- just being lazy. Keep telling myself it is not all about decorating anyways!

    blessings
    mary

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  5. Oh Marty...it looks so beautiful. Your tree is fabulous! Can't wait to see what else you put together!

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  6. Oh, Marty, it takes your breath away ... absolutely stunning, inviting & full of memories. The nativity scene in the cloche is my fav ... very partial to them.

    You truly have created a magical Christmas spirit throughout.

    TY for sharing, Marty. Your home is beautiful.

    TTFN ~Marydon
    Visit/join our new blog ~ blushingrosetoo.blogspot.com

    Our 6 GIVEAWAYS ends Dec. 8th

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  7. Everything is so pretty! Love your tree. I did very little decorating this year. Got frustrated as can't be on leg for very long at a time, so just quit.

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  8. BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!love the reflection of the tree on the mirror,you have beautiful decorations Marty!.love everything you have done here..thanks for coming by dear friend,i really love everytime you do..hope you had a wonderful and fun weekend....xxxx's

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  9. Your home looks absolutely beautiful. Your tree is amazing! I am glad I stopped by ~ this post is stunning and it makes me feel like I am home! Happy Holidays!

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  10. Just beautiful!! The tree really is stunning. You've done a wonderful job ~ Don't you love all the memories associated with the ornaments?
    xo

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  11. Your home looks so lovely. Your tree is gorgeous!

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  12. Marty it is absolutely gorgeous. All of it! I love your tree and the Santa on the table is beautiful!

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  13. Hi Marty! Your home is so beautiful all decked out for Christmas! And I LOVE your tree...gorgeous! You have such a nice collection of ornaments, too! Happy week!...hugs..Debbie

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  14. Well, hello there Ms Wonderfulness! Oh, you've done a beautiful job on your decorating! Your dining table is just beautiful! Your buffet...what a beautiful nativity set from you MIL! Everything is so pretty! You're just the best at decorating and your tree is so beautiful!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  15. Oh Marty, your home is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing it with us. I'm sorry I missed the cloche party. Maybe I'll get to join in on the next one.

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  16. Your livingroom and diningroom looks beautiful. Love all your ornaments and your cloches. The nativity set is very pretty displayed under the cloche. I like that, I like it all.

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  17. You home is beautiful and inviting and you have a wonderful sense of decorating style. Thanks for sharing. Judi

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  18. How very pretty Marty! I put my tree and Christmas stuff up! I'll be posting some of my photos soome!

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  19. Marty, you sure know how to make a house look cozy! I love how you decorated your tree and all your touches on the other furniture. I'm slow this year myself. Finally got the trellis tree done today. Now if I can just get to the rest! I'm determined not to spend a penny myself. Not one!
    Brenda

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  20. I am speechless, your house looks gorgeous! Decors and colors very well coordinated. You have transformed it with your magic wand!

    Happy Holidays!

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  21. Hallmark would be hard pressed to decorate such a beautiful tree! I love that each peice has a special place in your heart. I started buying my kids a new ornament every year three years ago. I can't wait to have a tree that looks like yours.

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  22. Marty, everything is just lovely, love the tree and the santa on the table is sooooo pretty, what a wonderful room you have and I can appreciate all the work.....love it all

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  23. You did a marvelous job of creating beauty out of those boxes!

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  24. This looks great, Marty! I always feel overwhelmed when I first get all the boxes out and together in one room. Then it slowly comes together {although I would like to better organize when I pack it up this year}.

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  25. Hi Marty,

    Just wanted to tell you I love all your posts and especially the cloches and this last one ... your home looks like something from a classy magazine and the photo of the finished Christmas tree is just delightful.

    I also want to thank you for adding my giveaway button.

    But for some unknown reason, everytime I try to leave a comment on your blog I have problems...this is the first time I have managed to post in ages.

    Have a wonderful Christmas (just in case I don't get to comment again) you are a wonderful blogging friend.

    Warmest hugs,
    Sandi @ Bearly Sane

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  26. Stunning! Such beautiful pieces and a beautiful home that holds them. Hope you join Raggedy Andy in that comfy chair. Rosie

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  27. Hi Marty! Your tree is beautiful and all your decorations! Right now my family room looks like your before pic....tomorrow it will be done because I cannot stand the mess! LOL!
    Have a great week! Luanne

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  28. Marty,

    Your a busy girl that tree decorating turned out great, and the Santa on the table is so darling. I love the little cloche on the coffee table, I just love it all, everything is darling.

    Have a great week ahead,
    Blessings,


    »-(¯`v´¯)-»HEIDI»-(¯`v´¯)-»

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  29. Hello Marty, what a beautiful home you have and your tree is stunning WOW, happy MM, Kathy.

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  30. Marty, your decorations are beautiful!! I love your tree... it's just gorgeous.

    I also have tree decorations that are very precious to me. I put them all on one tree in the dining room (I call it my Treasure Tree). I also have a snowflake tree in the family room.

    Aren't you happy you dove into all those boxes and dressed up your home for Christmas?? :-)

    Kelly

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  31. Your decorations are beautiful, Marty, but your tree is simply stunning! Thanks for sharing.

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  32. Everything is beautiful as always!
    Absolutely gorgeous.

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  33. Marty, your home is lovely. The tree is beautiful. I loved the cloche party...people are so creative!

    Sue

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  34. My dear sweet friend, it all looks like it should be in a magazine. You are just amazing, and I think you should hire yourself out to do Christmas trees. I am sorry I missed your cloche party, but I am now duly inspired. You had a fantastic and talented group to join you. All my best to you..

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  35. Your house looks warm & wonderfully decorated!

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  36. What a beautiful home you have!
    The boxes all over the living room looked familiar - except mine are still there!!
    You have such beautiful pieces..love the huge cloche! Your tree is gorgeous!
    Now, don't even think of what it will be like taking everything down again...lol

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  37. Everything looks beautiful! My house still looks like yours in the first picture!!! LOL! I'm slowly getting there, lots of interruptions.

    Love your cloche Nativity!

    Katherine

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  38. It's beginning to look a lot like christmas!!!!!

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  39. Marty everything is so gorgeous!
    I really love your beautiful tree.

    So sorry I missed the cloche party. Sigh...I did take a few photos of one I made and posted it tonight if you have a moment to see. I will try for the next one my friend.

    Many Blessings, ~Melissa :)

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  40. Hello Sweet Marty, You said you are just starting and to my eye it looks gorgeously "done". You are an amazing lady. Love your tree full of memories, that makes for the best trees, one full of family memories. I cry every year when I put up my ornaments, first pair of glasses, baby shoes, juice can tops covered in macaroni, so precious to me. Love you, Kathysue

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  41. Truly beautiful as always. I pray that you are feeling warm and blessed this December Sunday!
    Blessings, Lana

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  42. Hi Marty,
    It is stunning! Your tree looks so lovely and I am so in love with that nativity! What a treasure that is! As usual, you are a decorating diva! You have such a great flair for putting it all together. The cloche party was a blast, thanks for hostessing! Hugs, Cindy

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  43. I like it, Marty! Great job. I will start tackling mine tomorrow.

    D

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  44. HI Marty!!!!
    I love the tree, what an awesome assortment of ornaments and love that you have a big window for all to see that tree!!!!!
    I think you did a wonderful job changing it to Christmas decor!!!!
    hugs,
    jamie

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  45. Wow Marty, Beautiful...could you just run over to my house and do that again with all my stuff?

    Barbara

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  46. Oh Marty! Your tree is gorgeous and I love all your decorations. It's just enough to make it so pretty and festive! Love it!

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  47. Marty you are just amazing! I laughed when I saw all those boxes in the first picture but I knew you'd work your magic! What a beautiful and festive area you have created in your gorgeous home and your tree is truly magical!

    Thanks again for hosting the cloche party. It was so nice to see how the experts do it-I can't wait for the next one!

    Best wishes, Natasha.

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  48. Marty, your Christmas decorations are beautiful - you always do such a wonderful job and are so creative! I'm afraid that my dining room still looks like your "before" picture in your living room! Linda

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  49. You are off to a great start, I'd say!!!
    Your tree is so full of pretty ornaments...lot's of memories!
    Lovin' the reflection in the mirror.
    Rhonda

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  50. A beautiful festive home. I particularly liked your decorations on top of your curio cabinet. I have a couple of areas like that and I may try something similar. Cute ornaments for the mosaic! Merry Christmas!

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  51. Hi Marty,
    First, thank you so much for your kind compliments over at my place. They made my day. : )
    Second, it gave me a chuckle to hear someone else say, "I thought about putting it all back". Hee-hee! But as I scrolled through your lovely decorations and saw your tree...it knew it was all worth it!!! I LOVE the mosaic you made of the ornaments. Great idea. Thanks for sharing the fruits of your labor with us. : ) Just beautiful.
    M.L.

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  52. It's all glorious, you might not call it done just yet but it's a great start! The cloche vignette on the buffet is wonderful.
    Maggie

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  53. It's all glorious, you might not call it done just yet but it's a great start! The cloche vignette on the buffet is wonderful.
    Maggie

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  54. I just love your tree -it's so pretty. Your mosiac is wonderful
    vickie

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  55. Wonderful post. I like the open Bible. I have never thought of that!

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  56. I thought I had a lot of ornaments on my tree, but I think you've got me beat. Beautiful!!!

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  57. Hi Marty
    Everything looks so beautiful. My living room still looks like yours did when you had all the boxes in it!
    Hugs, Rhondi

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  58. Marty it looks amazing! I love everything that you have done.

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  59. Goodness Marty - your home looks like mine - all them boxes ! So pretty in Xmas !
    Kammy

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  60. Marty,
    As usual everything looks perfect. I loved you dining room table and your tree looked wonderful.
    Sandy

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  61. Marty, I love it all....simply gorgeous and soooo inviting. Your tree is really special!!

    Many thanks for your prayers for my hubby!

    Barb ♥

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  62. Both rooms look absolutely lovely, welcoming, and so festive! The tree is so full and festive and your table is so pretty. Love the nativity cloche. Everything is just beautiful, Marty.
    hugs, Sue

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  63. Marty-It takes a lot of work and a big mess to get to the "ta-da" stage, doesn't it? It all looks beautiful, especially your tree. Your mosaic is just the essence of Christmas! Hallelujah! Mr Linky worked--thanks for your help last week!

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  64. Beautiful decorations. The end product is always worth it!

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  65. Your tree is so very pretty. I like your cloches. Even the santa sitting on the chair is so cute.

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  66. You have a very warm and cozy home. I love your tree and ornaments and the way it reflects in the mirror in your living room. If you have another cloche party, I would like to enter if I can figure out how. I have lots of cloches.

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  67. Marty, everything is beautiful, you did a lovely job! It always starts out looking like a disaster zone, doesn't it? But the end result makes it worth it. I especially love your tree and all the special ornaments.

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  68. Oh Marty, Everything is so beautiful. My precious husband has a bone to pick with you! I have been loving cloches and want some! It is all your fault. LOL

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  69. Marty...okay...even your first photo with all the boxes looks neat! Great before and after! I love your tree...love all the whimsy of your tree. Hugs!

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  70. Marty, Everything looks so nice. I love you home! You are so talented!

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  71. Hi Mary!
    Oh, everything looks so pretty! What a beautiful job you did decorating. Everything looks so festive and inviting!

    Have a wonderful day!

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  72. What an amazing transformation....Chistmas can officially begin...
    Beth

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  73. Hi Marty, Everything is beautiful and festive! Your dining table vignette is really pretty and elegant! Your home is beautiful! ~Rhonda :)

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  74. It looks wonderful, Marty! You are quite the designer. I felt the same this year, use what I Have! And I HAVE so much! It is overwhelming, at first, isn't it? But, your results are just gorgeous. Love the nativity under the cloche. And the Bible opened to the birth of Jesus. Love it, so much!

    Have a wonderful day
    Kitty

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  75. Marty,

    Wow, I'm impressed. You got a lot done in a short amount of time. Your home looks fabulous. Love how you gave the nativity a special place!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

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  76. I'd say you're off to a rousing start, Marty! It all looks so lovely. I wish I could sink into that wing chair along with Santa. That looks like the place to be!

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  77. You are very courageous showing us all those boxes. Everything looks wonderful, but it's sad you had to remove the Thanksgiving centerpiece, I just love those feathers.

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  78. Gorgeous, Marty...I love it all!

    God bless!

    Mary

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  79. All of your rooms look fabulous. Everything looks like it is in the perfect spot.

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  80. Evening, Marty! I knew you would love these cloches. I hope your TM has them! I felt I was almost stealing by the price I paid for them.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  81. Hi Marty; OHHHHH my I so love your Christmas decor.... Your dinning area is so gorgeous,, as well as your Tree.. love it love it.....

    Hugs;
    Alaura

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  82. as usual your talent shines through in your beautifully decorated home. Love it!

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  83. Oh Marty, how BEAUTIFUL!!! Your home is the epitome of gracious decor, and I just love all your ornaments with all their sweet memories! Thanks for sharing at MM. :)

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  84. Your tree is stunning! I love how personal and unique each and every one of your ornaments are. So much better than those overly styled, overly themed trees!

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  85. Your home is always beautiful, but is incredibly more so during this very special time of year! Thanks for sharing!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  86. Your home is always beautiful, but is incredibly more so during this very special time of year! Thanks for sharing!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  87. How Beautifully you have decorated for the holidays. Wonderful HOME.... it feels like HOME! TFS

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  88. Marty your home looks lovely, you did a wonderful job.

    PS: just read your house tour over at AT....way to go!!!!

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