This is the other side of my dining room where I’ve added Santa vignettes and birds, etc.
Vintage cookie cutters and a marmalade jar of Christmas berry picks were added to the scene.
There’s my sheep I bring out at Christmastime. I have no idea where I got them, but I’ve had them for years.
They just seemed to “materialize” one day and they’ve been with me ever since.
For some reason they just seem Christmas-y to me.
For a filler I’ve used wine corks and red berry picks. They keep the Santa’s standing upright in case “Ivy-goes-a-hunting.”
I found the two male cardinals at Amazon.
They both look pretty serious. Maybe they can’t find their mates. I read that cardinals mate for life.
But sometimes cardinal couples will break up just like people do. Even during the nesting season.
Or one of the pair will die, and the survivor will quickly look for another mate.
“Survival of the fittest” I suppose.
I guess I need to look for a couple of female cardinals to stand by the males. Maybe then the males won’t look so grim.
Vintage Cookie Cutters:
Cookie cutters are fun to collect. I’ve purchased them at antique malls.
I ordered the dough bowl from Walmart. You can see it here and it’s just under $15.
I like the curves and dips in the wood.
Vintage Marmalade Jar:
The story of Dundee Marmalade began back in the 18th century when a Spanish ship took refuge from a storm, in the harbor at Dundee.
Dundee marmalade crocks come in all different sizes and styles.
I only have one little marmalade jar. But I’m going to be on the hunt for them in the future.
I just love them.
Dough Bowl Of Santa’s:
I think the dough bowl of Santa’s kind of look like they’re in a boat out at sea.
But that would mean the sheep are walking on water. So that doesn’t exactly ring true, does it?
Well, you can’t say I didn’t go “bright and colorful” with my Christmas decorating this year.
Though I did not put up a tree, I feel that the few little areas I’ve decorated are enough.
Normally this would not be enough holiday decorating for me. But as I get older I just don’t want to drag it all anymore
There are probably 3 Christmas trees in boxes out in my patio closet.
A tree would have been nice, sure, but it just didn’t seem like it was in the cards this year.
I feel like more little vignettes might pop up somewhere. Because it’s still a few weeks until Christmas.
My Sweet Ivy Lou:
I might just get a burst of strength and energy, have a good day, and let Ivy help me decorate just a little bit more.
Ivy does love to rearrange vignettes.
I have one big plastic tub of Christmas decor currently not being used behind the chair, and she’s fascinated by what is inside.
I often see her stand on her back legs while she digs around in it. She’s one curious cat.
Yes, Ivy doesn’t just like to pilfer things and hide them. She also likes to pick things up and toss them upward.
Suddenly I’ll see an airborne toy come flying up from behind the chair. And I’ll know that Ivy is having a bit of fun back there.