Friday, December 18, 2009

… 'trimming' the kitchen





I think that my favorite place to decorate is the kitchen. . . after all - it is the place where most of the preparation happens for the holidays.  One of my favorite (& easy!) ways to decorate is to use pine boughs. I think they give a lot of  decorative & festive bang for  your buck. I use the artificial kind of boughs. . . 


but I have one problem. . . 


. . . I find each year that my Dad has tossed the ones from the year before! Even last year - he had tossed the five (yes 5!) boughs that I used all throughout the house & when I. . . well. . . kind of threw a hissy-fit. . . he went a got three brand new ones. I thought that was nice. . .  (& needed - 'cause I had nothing to decorate with!). But then, this year when I went up to the attic to get down the boughs & decorations. . . there was just one bough! He had tossed two of the three (brand new) boughs. . .


. . . sigh.


I really tried to not have a hissy-fit this time.  . . (& he really felt bad) . . . but I told him NOT to go & buy new ones. (I think that maybe in the back of my head, I didn't want to have the money wasted - as there is a really good chance that they won't still be around next year!) So this year we have just one bough. . . strategically placed on the kitchen counter - where it is seen through out the day & evening from most all parts of the house.









A simple poinsettia & a red & white quilt help to finish the look.


And then there's the little 'candy shop' that has been a part of our Christmas tradition for years. It now holds what I like to call the "Grandpa candy". . . the 'Werther's Originals' that my Dad carries (& hands out) wherever he goes. (We always have bags of it on hand. . .) Even with just Dad & I here - it will still need to get filled up a couple of times this season!)





But really - the cutest things in this 'Christmas' kitchen are these guys . . .







I mean. . . really . .  how could I ever top these two!  By the way - this is what my Dad wore when he went around to all the neighbors - to deliver all the loaves of pumpkin bread he (& Bailey!) baked.  They look like a couple of Christmas elves don't they?   (. . . except for when Bailey looks a little nervous being held . . . I think he might have thought he was going to get a bath!)


I hope that you are having a great Christmas season. . . It's hard to believe that it's only a week away! 


xo, Bren

6 comments:

happy zombie said...

Your kitchen and your home is so beautiful, Bren! Magical. Well, from what I could see. That sparkle from those two pumpkin bread toting elves stole the show. I love this post... your words and photos are like hot apple cider!

Stephanie said...

Bren, love your beautiful kitchen. I can see why you like decorating, you do such a good job. You dad and doggie are adorable! Thanks for sharing and lifting my spirits. Stephanie

The Graceful Stitch said...

I love that your Dad took the time to get all dressed in his Christmas red and green to deliver the gifts to the neighbors. What a wonderful picture, a Christmas decoration in itself. Have a joyfilled day!

Vicky said...

You sure do have two adorable guys in your life!! Your kitchen looks wonderful!

Jacquelynne said...

The pictures of your Dad and Bailey are just the cutest! They look like best buddies!

Quilted Quickies said...

How cute are they!! You house looks beautiful as ever! I wish all of you a VERY Merry Christmas! Holiday Hugs from Me and Gidget. Kisses to Bailey ;-)

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