Tuesday, December 18, 2012

~Open House for Friends & Family


longing to share our home
with friends & family
and when distance hinders
you do the next best thing
you share through blogging :-)
the glow from the twinkling lights
to the smells of Christmas
brings such comfort
I do love to decorate & enjoy
opening my home to others this time of year.
We were blessed to be a part of the
hostess team for a progressive dinner
this past Friday night.

our Christmas decorations
are such great reminders ~
of different times in our lives
of our dear friends
and of our family members
 I have enjoyed the lighted wreath
on the foyer mirror this year.
It adds a special touch to the
nativity scene.


 red & green ornaments
 add color to the crystal bowl
on top of the china cabinet

I nestled Mr. Rooster in a fresh green wreath
and added the real candy canes for a little whimsy. :-)
(notice the lighting in this picture - I love it!)
The evening sun had started to shine
through the dining room windows and
created such great shadows & light.
the lantern filled with the colorful ornaments
is sitting on top of the fridge

Hope you have enjoyed your visit~
just wish I could have shared a cup of
 hot chocolate with all of you
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elizabeth said...

Your home is beautiful. I think we have the same nativity! :)

Ferrell Boys Mom said...

I was soooo disappointed that I wasn't able to make it to the progressive Christmas party! Seeing these pictures of your beautifully decorated home only amplifies my disappointment! Seeing all of your homes decorated for Christmas . . . that was what I was looking so forward to! Maybe next year. :) Merry Christmas!

Lori said...

Merry Christmas! Lori

Dorothy said...

Everything is just gorgeous, Karen!! Thanks for letting us have a peek at your Christmas decorations! Love the wreath on the mirror!

Trish said...

Your home and Christmas decor is beautiful!

NanaDiana said...

What fun- You have a lovely home and I am so glad you can share it with friends. I am sorry that loved ones live so far away.
I have not been to a progressive dinner in a long time- they are so much fun-I think we need to get one going here- xo Diana

Sandy said...

Everything looks so beautiful, warm and welcoming, Karen. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. Give my best to dear Marilyn.
Shaun returned home today to stay!!

New Every Morning said...

Your front door? AMAZING.
I also love your snowman hat tree topper. So fun!

The picture of the old man praying used to hang above my grandmother's kitchen table. Wish I knew what ever happened to it. Your picture of it's match brought me warm memories tonight. Thank you!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Thanks for opening your home to me.I enjoyed the visit even though a hot chocolate would have made it even better.You do have a great ability to excoriate very tastefully.

Bugs and Sunshine said...

Wow, you do such a nice job creating a warm space! Makes me want to crawl under a blanket with a good book and enjoy!

Dianne said...

I'll be there in six hours--have my bed ready--I'll have some peppermint tea please--I wish--you are such an incredible decorator--sure wish I had you here to help me!

I love you, dear friend--Merry, merry Christmas to you and all of yours!

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

I don't know how I missed this...it is just beautiful..everything is beautiful. I pray you had a wonderful Christmas...hugs!! from Texas

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

I'm a bit late getting here, but because I follow you and have you on my sidebar, I saw your post. I'm so glad I stopped by even though Christmas is well past. Your home is lovely, as are your decorations, and the lighting makes it feel so warm and cozy. Lovely! ~Zuni

Pamela Gordon said...

I missed this post too and am sorry I didn't comment on it at the time of publishing. Your home is beautifully decorated for Christmas. So warm and welcoming. I hope you had a blessed Christmas season. Pamela