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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

More French Farmhouse Country Kitchen

I am trying to create a French Country Farmhouse look in the kitchen, but it seems like I have gotten carried away and added a few more decorations than they would have. Oh well, it's Christmas, so I am just going with the flow and wherever the mood takes me. 

This is a look at the finished kitchen.

To the left of the stove I have this little vignette that I've already shown you. 

I just love this cutie little Christmas Chef.  How fun is he.

The right hand side of the kitchen has the most counter space and always gets most of the decor.  It's also what you see as you walk into the room.

I kept the pumpkin/gourd stalk since both are used through the Christmas season, and I love the colors. lol  I added a black ribbon to the bow to tie it into the rest of the decor.

My little French chef and the cute Petite Provence plates center this display.  Wheat, berries, fruit and table necessities are handy in the bottle carrier.

Some Christmas cookies under the vintage design cakestand and some bananas on a vintage pie plate.

 Remember these old pie tins.  This was my moms.  The holes really helped to cook the bottom of the crust evenly.  I love using it for a fruit plate.

This corner gets a Father Time figure that I found at GW.  I think he fits the old world theme of my French Country Farmhouse .

He is dressed so beautifully and has a pouch on his back full of presents.

My favorite cream roo is all dress up with some Pointessetia flowers and ready for the season.

My version of a French Country Farmhouse kitchen. 

I hope you enjoyed my tour and I would feel totally Blessed if each and everyone of you were here to visit and enjoy a cookie and tea/coffee, or a glass of wine and some cheese and fruit. 

I am linking to the following parties:

Open House Thursday @ No Minimalist Here
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Home Sweet Home Friday @ The Charm Of Home
Inspiration Friday @ At The Picket Fence
Potpourri Friday @ 2805

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

French Country Kitchen

How is all of your decorating going.  I see that some of you are all done and everything is glorious, however I am just starting.  I need to hurry up or it will be too late to do it at all. lol

I did get another small vignette done in the kitchen.  Just a really simple display using my favorite cloche, a demi-john and a stalk of wheat.  I added a couple of ribbons to the top of the cloche and on the wheat to go with my black and red Country French Farmhouse theme.

 See my precious little chef that I found last year after Christmas.  His hat and basket are decorated with holly and berries for the season.  I've added some plums, wheat and cinnamon to the cloche, and I am sure he is going to cook something wonderful.

 Isn't that a sweet little face.  Such a cutie.

 I have a couple more things in the works that I will show you later.

Hope all of your decorating is coming along beautifully.

I am joining Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

Monday, November 28, 2011

92nd Table Top Tuesday

Welcome to the 92nd Table Top Tuesday.  With Thanksgiving over I am sure everyone is on their way to decorating for Christmas.  I know you will all inspire us with your lovely vignettes.

I am going to try and create a French Country Farmhouse Christmas in the kitchen, so I did a small vignette to remind me that a French country home is always ready to entertain and welcome guests.  A large basket of fruit, bread, wine and some cheese and grapes at the ready for anyone that should drop by.  No lavish decorations, just bountiful displays of food and wine that say WELCOME.

The wheat is a symbol of welcome and is tied with a combination of black and white toile and red checked ribbons to coordinate with the black checked napkins.   A loaf of Sesame Seed French Bread and a long Crusty Bagel is perfect to go with our fruit and cheese.

The bounty of food and wine arranged in a vintage wood bucket.

Cheese and grapes on a black and white transferware plate.

A glass for you and one for me.  A couple of pinecones and a pointsettia brought in from the yard to celebrate the season.

A little bit of nature's goodness to welcome you when you visit.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I always look forward to your visits.  Now, let's see what you have.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

French Country Christmas

Did you all survive Thanksgiving.  Ours was wonderful and we are having another one today, so I have a turkey breast and dressing in the oven, green bean casserole, candied yams, mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce all ready to go in the oven  While that is all cooking away, I have been playing and creating another small French Country Christmas vignette for the kitchen.  Here's a little sneak peak.

I hope you're all having a super day shopping and decorating.  I will see you Monday evening for Table Top Tuesday and a full reveal.  Have a super weekend. 

Thursday, November 24, 2011


My table is all set, and the pies are all made, bird's in the oven and all the sides are on their way.  I have so much to be thankful for, and have been so blessed this year with many miracles from the Lord.  All of my family is well and healthy, and my grandson that broke both legs had his final surgery and is walking and doing well.  That in itself is a major miracle.

Today as I reflect on all the Lord has done and all I have to thank Him for, I include you in my prayers and as one of my biggest Blessings.  You all have enriched my life more than you can imagine.  I am so thankful for all your visits and all the friendships I have made through this blog.  May the Lord Bless each and every one of you this Holiday.  God Bless.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Recreating Storage

We enjoy a glass of wine occassionally and use to have a fairly good collection since we would tour the wine country every year and visit a lot of the wineries.  However, we havn't been to Napa in a few years and our entire wine collection is long gone.  DH really wants to have a few bottles around for the holidays and has ordered some from his favorite vinyards so it was time to resurrect the wine rack that has been stashed in the laundry room.  I thought maybe I would give it dual duty and use it to not only hold his wine when it gets here, but to hold some of my placemats and free up a little space in the buffet for other things.

This is how the corner of the breakfastroom has looked with a pedestal holding a fern. 

Here it is now with the wine rack.  It holds 44 bottles, so that is definitely more than we have on order, but there will be plenty of room for the 18 bottles he has coming and room for me to get some sparkling cider and champagne and still hold some of the placemats.

 So from this - - - - - - - -

 to this  - -- - - - - - - - - -

 As you can see, we don't have a lot right now.  I do have a fabulous bottle of Chocolate Wine, I can't wait to have some on Christmas Eve.  The empty wine slots work great for rolled up placemats.  They add a little color and fun to the piece too. So, something different, and no money spent at all -  well if you don't count the cost of all the wine on the way.  lol

 So, what do you think?  I always have to get use to something new.  Sorry for the poor lighting, the sun was going down, so I couldn't get very good pics.

I want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and may you be Blessed with all of the Lords Blessing on this special Holiday.  We all have so much to be thankful for and I am so thankful for all of you that I have met through blogland.  This has been such a wonderful place to exchange ideas and to get to know such special people that I would never have the chance to meet otherwise.  You have all enriched my life immensely.  God Bless and Happy Holiday.

                                                 I am linking to the following parties:

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Fall Into Fall @ Diy by Design
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Chic Cottage
Open House Thursday @ No Minimalist Here
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Home Sweet Home Friday @ The Charm Of Home
Inspiration Friday @ At The Picket Fence
Potpourri Friday @ 2805

Monday, November 21, 2011

91st Table Top Tuesday

Welcome to the 91st. Table Top Tuesday.  I can hardly wait to see all of your Thanksgiving and Holiday vignettes and displays.  I know you have all been super busy.

I showed you these two really cute American Atelier Petite Provence plates that I found at GW for $1.99 each, and since they had some red and green in them, I think they can work in the beginning of a Christmas vignette.  So, this is the start.

I'm not ready to go all out yet, but just a hint of things to come.

The bundle of wheat got a little red checked ribbon and some berries, kind of cute for a Country French Christmas.

Fruit and the french bottle carrier holding some flatware, napkins and a little fern join the corner.

Aren't the plates just the cutest ever.  Love the border and the rooster are both so sassy.

This one is strutting his stuff too.

So I think I will strive for a French Country Christmas in the kitchen this year, and this is just a tiny start.

Now I can't wait to see everything you guys have, so let's get the party underway.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Decorating with Pheasant Feathers

I love decorating with pheasant feathers, and I see that a lot of you do too, however I don't like the high price at the craft stores.

Just a few feathers makes any arrangement look more elegant.

 So I went on a quest to find some affordable  feathers and I found some.  I thought I would share with you so you can have some also.

They have a pack of 24 long pheasant feathers for $10.00 .  That's a great price and they had super reviews.  So I ordered some, can't wait to get them.  I plan on using quite a few in my Christmas decor.

So, if you are in the market for some feathers, they have several kinds and the prices are all very good.  I am not paid by them, just thought it was a good deal and wanted to pass along the info.