Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Tour of Homes & Multitude Monday



Merry Christmas! Welcome to my blog and my home. I am taking part in the Christmas Tour of Homes this year. It is being hosted by The Nester this year.

This is also my gratitude post for Monday Multitude at Ann's. I am deeply thankful for this home and for the hands that so lovingly fashioned it (my husband built our home) and the dear decorations and furnishings we have grown to love.


Our decorations are very simple. Every year I decide that I am going to go out and by lots of new Christmas decorations, and every year walk away from the stores empty-handed. I just can't seem to find exactly what I'm looking for. So we lovingly put out all the old favorites - most of them handmade and many of them over twenty-five years old.

I made this wreath when my children were little. They have children of their own now. This is the first thing you see when you walk in the front door. Welcome!

We have "down-sized" our tree. It is just the two of us here now, so a little one seemed nice.

A few years ago I tatted lots of little ornaments for the Christmas tree.


One year I got together with friends and learned to make a little quilt.




My Mom made this little family.



This is the dining room. My friend Mary made me the table runner for my birthday.




My Dad made this hutch. It had been in the family since I was a little girl


He also made the little Christmas tree.



This little angel came courtesy of my sister. She keeps watch at the kitchen window every Christmas.

My Dad also made the towel rack. It is a handy place for colorful towels and Christmas cards.


He also made the what-not shelf. The year we all discovered the "Little House" books he made one each for my Mom, my sister and me. The snowman and Christmas tree are my Mom's handiwork.




Thank you for visiting. I wish for you a blessed Christmas, filled with the joy and peace of His presence.

Linda

P.S. If you scroll down to the next post you will see my devotional poem for Laced With Grace. It was my turn to write there today too!

12 comments:

Susanne said...

Everything is so charming. The homemade is so special. I love the fact that everytime you look at it it would remind you of the person who made it. I especially really like the nativity your mom made. Lovely Christmas home, Linda!

Anonymous said...

Your home looks wonderful. I love all of the handmade items. Happy Holidays!

christy rose said...

Thanks for the tour of your beautiful home Linda. Loved all of your decorations, especially the tree that your dad made. That was awesome. Merry Christmas to you!

Donnetta said...

I love how much of what you shared is handmade with memories of loved ones! Looking quite festive around your place!

grammy said...

Loved the tour. Your home is beautiful (o:
Thanks for sharing
will be looking forward to the poem.

Hill upon Hill said...

Thankyou for the lovely tour. So many special, meaningful things.

I wish your family a blessed Christmas.

Kay said...

Loved that your dad made so much of your furniture. My dad made a lot of mine too. I especially love our trestle kitchen table with benches that me made us for a wedding gift. Thanks for sharing your home and decorations. Lovely!
Kay

tonia said...

so cozy! isn't it wonderful to have stories for your things?

thanks for sharing, linda.

Maria said...

Hi Linda!
Thanks for the tip of the Christmas Change site... I'll visit there tonight!
...and look at your Christmas quilts! They're beautiful...
I enlarged the photo of the big quilted wreath you made when your kids were little! A dear friend of mine had one in her house... She has since moved to PA and we miss them very much... This reminded me of them. She loved to make crafts~

The handmade Holy Family made by your mom is sweet. I should post the one my daughter Amanda made when she was five or six. It would make your mom chuckle. It's actually very dear to us since she made it with all her heart ~ as did your mom, I'm sure ♥

Your towel rack is great! There are towels that are too pretty to use, aren't there?!

Linda, what a blessing you are to everyone around you~ thank you for blessing all your 'pen pals' out here in blogland too :)
Merry Christmas to you~ Maria

Jennifer said...

I think all the old favorites make for the best decorations! They bring back years of joy at Christmas time... that makes them priceless! Thank you for the wonderful tour!!

Gabby said...

The angel quilt is breathtaking!

heritage patchwork said...

e patchwork spread on the table looks very suited and lively red.Nice decorations.