Sunday, November 16, 2014

Christmas sneak peek

I didn't get as much done today as I would of liked.  Last night my hubby decided that he wanted to hook up the water softner and as always something has to go wrong.  Of course all the water had to be shut off so I didn't get to do the laundry or any cleaning done since I had to help him.  Well needless to say we had many problems, several trips to Home Depot in the snow (yes it was snowing pretty good yesterday) and looks of leaking.  It was after 9 pm when we finally got all the leaks taken care of and the water softner going.  So today I had to do all my cleaning and the laundry which didn't give me much time to do decorating.

 
I decided to do a woodland theme in my sitting room.  I started in here first since I am hosting Thanksgiving and this room is separate from the kitchen/family room.  I didn't get the whole fireplace done.  I still want to decorate the hearth area some more.



I decorated one corner of the coffee table.  I would sure like to something else in  its place.  I would like to have an ottoman instead.  That will something for me to make at the beginning of the year.
I thought that the desk would look like decorated a bit.  

I also had a small tree that just happen to fit perfectly in the corner.

 It's not too easy to see all the ornaments in this picture so I took some close ups.




At one point I looked out the window and saw this in my maple tree.

At first I thought it was an owl but upon a closer look it was a hawk.  I ran to get my camera and was able to take a couple of shots before he flew off.  I love this one of him looking at me.  He is such a beautiful bird.

Now that I am totally exhausted since I had to go up and down the basement stairs a million times I think that I will relax with a glass of wine and look through my Christmas magazines in my sitting room.

Linking with
Dwellings The Heart of Your Home, I Should be Mopping the Floor, Boogieboard Cottage
Elizabeth Joan Designs, Le Chateau Des Fleurs, Huckleberry Love, Between Naps on The Porch
Coastal Charm, A Stroll Thru Life, Cozy Little House, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Worthington Court, Our Home Away From Home, The Winthrop Chronicles, The Dedicated House 
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A Delightsome Life, Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson, From My Front Porch To Yours
Posed Perfection, Katherines Corner, Ivy and Elephants, Anderson & Grant, Live Laugh Rowe
Embracing Change, All Things With Purpose, Rooted In Thyme, Imparting Grace, The Charm of Home, Shabby Art BoutiqueFrench Country Cottage, Craftberry Bush, Redoux Interiors
I'm Not a Trophy Wife, Nancherrow, Bacon Time With The Hungry Hypo, Love of Family and Home
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The Shabby Nest, Natasha In Oz,  Pieced Pastimes, 3 Little Greenwoods, Scrapality
Six Sisters Stuff, Be Different Act Normal, Thoughts From Alice, Life on Lakeshore Drive
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32 comments :

  1. Beautiful hawk! You are way ahead of me. I haven't even begun to think about Christmas decorations.

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    1. I work 6 days a week so if I don't start planning now I will never have it done in time. I just wish I had more time to decorate. The Christmas season goes by so fast. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful week!

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  2. Looks wonderful so far! Terrific woodland theme with the birds, berries and greenery. I know how frustrating it is when something like hooking up a water softener gets in the way of decorating! You did great to have gotten so much done on top of that!

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    1. Thank you. I didn't the get the fireplace area all done. I am hoping to get it done within the next few days. I have a lot of cleaning and straightening up before Thanksgiving. Have a great day!!

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  3. Looks so beautiful Jody! The pictures of the hawk were amazing. You got some beautiful shots. I'm sure its frustrating to have your decorating interrupted but, relax and enjoy that glass of wine!

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    1. Thank you, I actually had two glasses of wine last night!

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  4. Your decorations are coming along beautifully. I am still thinking of what to do, and I usually just gradually start putting things out or creating something new. Beautiful picture of the hawk.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. We have quite a bit of wildlife around our house since we live near the foothills. Have a great day!

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  5. I love it!!! I can't wait to start decorating for Christmas!

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  6. Beautifully decorated mantel! I love the lanterns and the cardinals...Christine

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

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  7. I love the woodland look! After all the drama with the water softener, I would have probably been to exhausted to decorate ;-)

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  8. Thank you, I had to force myself to do the decorating. I can't believe I just said that. What I really wanted to do was veg out on the couch that day.

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  9. Nice decorations!
    I have a funny hawk story. This was during a very cold spell - lots of snow. We had a hawk who would lay on the ground and play injured - he thought the little birds at the feeder were his smorgasbord or something. Well. I had put out a couple piece of uncooked bacon for the little birds - they need the fat as I'm sure you know. Well the hawk was puzzled but interested. The hawk decided he liked salty breakfast meat and started making off with it. Watching the hawk fly off with bacon in his talons was an odd sight but less upsetting that seeing him make off with a poor sparrow.

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    1. That is funny that the hawk took the bacon instead of the little birdies. I too hate to see the small birds harmed. I put out shelled peanuts for the blue jays and squirrels plus bird seed in the feeder for the small birds. We also have a fox that hangs around our neighborhood.

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  10. Looks like you have a great start on your holiday decorating. What a beautiful mantel! The hawk is beautiful, but he is not welcome here...a hawk killed one of my chickens last year, so I get nervous when I see one lurking in the treetops! Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely weekend!
    Blessings ~Deborah

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  11. G'day Looks great! LOVE seeing Christmas decorations! All blog comments appreciated and sharing is caring today!
    Cheers! Joanne @ What's On The List #SayGdayParty pinned

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  12. I am slowly starting on my basement décor as well. Looks like yours is coming along nicely. The shots of the hawk are wonderful! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  13. Oh that looks so warm, welcoming and festive. I have pinned this and am dreaming of winter while it is hot and humid here in Australia!

    Best wishes and thanks for linking up and saying g'day!
    Natasha in Oz

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    1. Thank you and you have a wonderful day also!

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  14. I envy everyone that has their holiday decorations up already. I'm planning on decorating this week. Love your tree, it's awesome! Thank you for sharing and linking up to Scraptastic Saturdays. This post has been shared via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Have a wonderful week.

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    1. I wish that I had all of mine done. This is the only room that I will do before Thanksgiving. I only have about 4 more to do plus 2 bathrooms. Have a great day!

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  15. Ahh, a man and his water softener. It's always a love-hate relationship isn't it?! Hahaha...sorry things didn't go as smoothly as they should have! The tree is beautiful though!! Thanks so much for linking it up with Found & Foraged! xo, Laura

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    1. Thank you. Have a great day and thanks for the party!

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  17. I love the Chistmas peak post you shared at my last Fabulous Friday Party
    Thanks
    Maria stop by this Friday for another party

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    1. Thank you and I will be sure to stop by on Friday. Have a wonderful week!

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