This is the last installment of my holiday home tour series for this year. With the events on Friday, I was hesitant to write about this today. It just seems so trite to be discussing cute Christmas decor when so many children in Connecticut won't be celebrating any Christmas at all.
But then I thought that maybe some of you would want a little levity in your day. I know I do. With all that has occurred this weekend, it is easy to get glued to the tv trying to figure out how this could have happened. I have felt the need to step away from the tv remote for a while and just look at pretty things for a few minutes, so thought you might be in the same situation.
My prayers and thoughts are with the victims, their family and friends and the emergency personnel of the area.
My buddy Frosty and I would like to take you on a tour of the living room today.
I found this olive bucket at Tuesday Morning. Olive, of the blog Olive Out, had found one at a Tuesday Morning in Georgia, so of course, since I'm an olive bucket obsessed, I had to run to my store and pick one up. That's a world's record for the number of times you can write the word olive in one sentence.
I have no idea why I love these old, rusty, holey buckets, that are way over-priced for what they are, but I do. I adore them.
The NOEL candle holders were my Mother's and are probably Lefton or Napcoware.
And this is my childhood Christmas stocking. Sort of. Mine was misplaced and my sister found this on ebay and it happens to be exactly like my old one.
The wreath that I won in a giveaway from Linda at My Vintage Soul hangs from my naked picture frames. At various time throughout the year, I hang postcards, photos, etc from them, so they were the perfect place for this fantabulous vintage filled wreath.
I used this paper mache Santa vignette as the subject of my Christmas Bokeh post last week. I am pretty sure he was a candy container.
Our dear deer friend got a holiday makeover. He wanted to wear an ugly Christmas sweater, but I put my foot down on that one. I didn't want him to look silly or anything.
For the first time this year, I added aqua blue balls to my normal red and white ornaments. I was worried that it would look too patriotic. Not that patriotic is a bad look for a tree, just not what I was going for. But it is just the right shade of aqua to give it a different feel.
My tree is definitely not one of those theme trees though.
Besides the white, red and blue balls (hee hee, I said blue balls), it is filled with lots of glass figural ornaments we have collected over the years, ornaments that my son has made in school and ones that people had given us. It's a total mishmash of Christmas goodies and I would have it no other way!
This is one of my favorite ornaments. Only a few years old, but a fun vintage vibe to it.
This is one of my husband's favorite Christmas ornaments.
Why yes, that is from Star Trek.
And it gets better. You press a button and it says "Shuttlecraft to Enterprise. Shuttlecraft to Enterprise. Spock here. Happy Holidays. Live long and prosper".
It's a wonder how we ever made it to the alter.
If you want to see more of my 2012 holiday decor you can check out:
The Holiday Kitchen
The Holiday Dining Room
My Holiday Front Porch
Linda @ A La Carte
Pam you home is just lovely and your decorations charming! Thanks for the tour and yes it's been a rough week but a spot of happiness is always welcome.
Sweet Posy Dreams
Thanks for the living room tour. My mother has those same Noel candle holders.
I think at times like this, holidays with our families are all the more precious.
Just what I needed after a heavy emotional weekend. You have some stunning vintage pieces and your wreath looks so very perfect in your home. I have that exact same Santa coming out the chimney ornament. He's perched on top of my dollhouse chimney in my craft room.
Ha ha this is a fun post. I love your home. The similarity to mine is scary. Our walls are painted the same gold with white trim, I love the vintage ornaments and use the glass bulbs in the same colors and decorate the tree with ornaments collected through the years. I even was on the same wave length with you on the blue balls. LOL. Nice to have something light to take in with all of this tragedy around us. My heart is heavy for all who were lost and their families. Great post!!
@ 3Beeze Homestead
Carlene @ Organized Clutter
Looking good. I love the deer mount all decorated for Christmas. I honestly had never heard of an olive bucket until I started blogging. I like them though, not sure how much I would pay to have one.
I started to photo graph the deer trophy in Cracker Barrel today but we had drama going on (CC Fainted At The Doctors). It was much decorated like yours. The olive bucket looks great up there says your buddy. I like that by the way. I have enjoyed your tours. Happy Christmas, Olive
Tazas y Cuentos
Hello Pam! Your Christmas deco is wonderful! I have visited all your rooms and I love all the details. Your jar with the vintage toy car inside is fantastic!
BTW, congratulations for winning Nurse Sandy! She is so cute, lucky you.
Besos from Argentina, Silvina
Hee hee, you did make me chuckle today, Pam. You finally got your olive bucket! And! I think I might have told you this last year, my mom made those same NOEL candles holders in a ceramics class when I was jsut a baby.
After the heaviness of the weekend, some fun festivity
Bless you for providing a spot of beautiful distraction! It's lovely. 🙂
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I love what you have done with your deer! I have one that I need to do something with as well. I wanted to do a red nose to make him into Rudholph!
I personally feel that it is good to see positive “pretty” things in a world so full of evil so we are reminded that there is still good in the world. I do think these times call for simpler posts with an acknowledgement of what is going on in Connecticut by sharing our sorrow. When we continue on immediately after without a thought about the tragedy on our blogs, it seems kind of shallow. In a way, I feel we have a responsibility as “public” spokespersons.
With that said, I so appreciate your words and your wonderful Christmas decorations!
Red Rose Alley
I'm so glad to see that you still have Christmas in your heart. I love all the red lovelies, especially the Santa boot with the candy canes. I love your deer and how you decked him out a bit. Merry Christmas to you, dear.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley
Vickie @ Ranger 911
I'm glad you put your foot down! What good is an ugly Christmas sweater with no arms...er legs...hooves...whatever!
marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
Oh my, everything is just so beautiful. I love how you decorate every nook and cranny so beautifully. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty
Tee hee.... I remember when I first met you online, we had a discussion on your deer head! Crack me up that he is all decorated for the holidays, Pam! I like seeing all of your fun decor. I finally finished..... Now I can relax and enjoy. 🙂 Sue
Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces
This is SO great, Pam...and your decorated deer head is something else!
So cozy Pam. I love your tree and your vintage touches are always the best. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy new year!~
Everything looks so merry even the deer!
Pam your decorations are always so fun. I love the santa wreath, the stocking and mr. deer is looking daper! I am not however going to show my husband the Star Trek ornament - he'd want one. It's bad enough I have to have a ugly Green Bay Packer Ornament at the top of my tree every year! LOL.