Thursday, December 8, 2011

Nutcrackers, Snowmen, and Sugar Plums

I'll let the pictures be worth my usual 1000 words for this post. 

I just wanted to share some sights from the kitchens in my corner of the world. 
Pretty much, we all keep the same themes in our kitchens every year.

 If you like it, why change it?

The Farm Sister has nutcrackers

This shelf could actually have been part of the copy cat challenge as well. She saw something like it a few years ago in Southern Living and decided to make herself one just like it.

I have snowmen in mine

OK, there's one Santa on there, too.
I use that cookie jar to keep track of all Christmas receipts. 
I keep my cookies in tins. 

I pretty much showed my snowman table last year in THIS post. No need to show it again.

The only thing I changed was the centerpiece.

This year, I'm using this Frosty hat. 
and a simple poinsettia in a green tin bucket. 

I keep it set for the month of December.

I have no idea what fell on that plate...

And yes, we eat there.  

We actually use white cotton napkins instead of these snowflake ones, though.
 To be honest, I don't want them to fade from over use.  

More snowmen for the walls 

For the Duchess,
 it's all about the edibles.

Wreaths for the pantry doors

I showed her sugar plum tree last year, 
but I didn't show the topper. 

A slow scan down the tree.... 

Some were purchased, but most of it was just made over the years. 
 I'm pretty sure those gum drops are  petrified by now. 

Her centerpiece  is made with red hots and apples. 

Yes, I copied my candy cane candlesticks
from her. 

And that's it for tonight. 

Do you have a theme for your kitchen?

and At The Picket Fence for the Kitchen party
because those two sisters are always partying.


Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Debbie, I LOVE your Frosty hat! It would be on Little Man's head if he were around. He loves Frosty AND hats! :-) The Farm Sister's nutcracker collection is pretty great, too!

Barbara F. said...

I am finally heading up to bed - both my computer and camera are acting up! Ugh!! But I love this post, Debbie. Everything from the 3 of you is just great. xo

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Debbie...

Ohhh...I love it all, my friend! Your sister's Christmas Nutcracker shelf is sooo pretty and I love all of your snowmen too! I remember your beautiful snowman table from last year! I just adore that you used Frosty's top hat for the centerpiece! Too cute! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful Christmas with us...I sooo enjoyed my visit!

Warmest Christmas Wishes, dear lady!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

I love all of your family's decor. I especially love The Duchess's kitchen with the candy theme. Her topper is wonderful! Each one of you have such a bright and cheery kitchen. Love the top hat on your tablescape, it's the perfect centerpiece. Great job!

Christine said...

You have out done yourself!
The Snowman hat just put it over the top. Love it!

Grace on the Narrow Path said...

Merry Christmas,

Sandra said...

I love all of the Christmas decor! Everything is beautiful. I love the candy cane candle sticks, too. I think I may have to try that this year. Merry Christmas!

Anita Diaz said...

Wow Debbie, EVERYTHING is just beautiful! I love the candycane tree, and the tree with gumballs, is gorgeous!! I do pretty much the same every year too. I actually pull out the photos so I can see what to do then I'm not spending so much time "thinking" about where things go. I did change the living room this year, but basically not using poinsettias. Thanks for stopping by, and you can come over any time and enjoy the Romantic England! Keep an eye on ebay for them because the newer plates are often times pretty inexpensive. I would love to have the salad plates, but they are usually out of my price range.

Crickit said...

I love all of the snowmen! The new table center piece with the hat is adorable! Thanks for giving us a peek at your home and the Duchess'... such a fun treat!

Tanna said...

It would take a 1000 words to tell you how wonderful and Christmas-y you and the Duchess have things looking at your homes!! Lots of good Christmas tradition and memories made with y'all! blessings ~ Tanna

Ruby Jean said...

Talk about some Serious EYE CANDY!!!! :) Love the tree topper... So CUTE!!!

Kim@stuffcould.... said...

I like the candy cane tree since it is so pretty...They are all beautiful though

Nikki (Sarah) said...

Whoa this. It's full of delight. I love your tree topper. Best I've ever seen and those gumballs on the've given Christmas eye candy to this Jewish girl.

Chatty Crone said...

Awesome - gorgeous - beautiful - elegant - super!

Those words aren't enough. I love the napkins and the way they go full circle. Your plates. The candy cane tree is so pretty.

Eye candy.

Love, sandie

Amy Kinser said...

I love each and everything! Love the candy cane tree. Love the tree topper on the Duchess' tree.

Hope all is well.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Wow, that was a lot of decorating, love frosty with the top hat! And your tree looks good enough to eat. Do you know I don't know who the dutchess is, you refer to her all the time...a child?



Hi Debbie, Oh, everything looks so festive!
I have a nutcracker collection also.
I haven't even started decking the halls yet.
I'll start tomorrow. It's different when the kids won't be home for Christmas.
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
~ Julie

elizabeth said...

Everything looks so Christmasy and cozy!!! Hope you and yours have the best Christmas ever!

Denise said...

The Frosty hat on your table is soooo adorable! I love it. As you know, my Christmas decorating is moving along. I HOPE to finish today. (After I finally finish that slipcover).

BTW, I really like the mosaic pictures. Did you figure that out all by yourself? I'm impressed.

Denise said...

The Frosty hat on your table is soooo adorable! I love it. As you know, my Christmas decorating is moving along. I HOPE to finish today. (After I finally finish that slipcover).

BTW, I really like the mosaic pictures. Did you figure that out all by yourself? I'm impressed.

Maryann said...

You guys have a knack for making things looks so festive, think I may have to copy the candy cane candle holders...very cool

Knitty said...

I love the top hat on your table! I have many snowmen but I'm saving them for January this year. With a curious 20 month old grandson who is very tall his age and reaches more quickly than grandma can run, I've down scaled what is out and resorted to higher placed decorating for breakables.

Ann said...

I'd forgotten about your candy cane candle stick holders ... I remember trying them last year. LOL! What a mess.

I too am a snowman fan. I have stuffed snowmen ..... ALL over the house. Some on the tree, some in the banister garland, some on the mantle ..... You can not look anywhere in the house right now without seeing a snowman.

I even got two more this year. I really LOVE them! They all seem to have personality. : D

You, you mom and your sister do a terrific job. I would love, one day, to see it all in person!


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I see you are a snowman nut like me, Debbie! I didn't even realize how many I had until someone had a linky party a year or two ago. I never displayed them all together until after that party. Love the nutcrackers; I see so many different kinds in the stores now.

Ms.Daisy said...

I so knew we had something in common...I, too, am a snowman lover. Snowmen in all shapes and sizes just grab my attention. I'm sorta kinda out of it this year, though, because of some unexpected health problems. Really haven't been able to concentrate on blogging just now. I hope you have the best Christmas ever with family and friends.


Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How festive and fun this all is. Love the tumbling snowmen and the top hat. So many cute ideas. My theme for Christmas seems to of everything!

Katherines Corner said...

Very sweet, a wonderful holiday celebration is going on in your kitchen. No theme for the holidays in my kitchen but I do have a theme Christmas tree. Hugs!


Your hutch with nutcrackers is gorgeous! I'm loving the china, so beautiful. Your kitchen decor looks adorable, I need to do something with mine, too plain, lol! Everything is great and festive! Thank you for coming by and for the great compliment reminding you of Christine's H and TA...yes, we've thought the same ourselves, isn't that funny you did too! Lots of hugs and Merry Christmas sweet friend. FABBY


I went back to see your incredible post and it's amazing, over whelmingly MAGICAL! WOW!! I know my grands would love this! Thanks for sharing.

xinex said...

Oh Debbie, I just love your Christmas decor, another one I can enjoy since I cannot do mine. I love those snowmen, one of my favorite Christmas items. I was just reading your comment left on Fabby's tablescape and it is so funny because Fabby and I keep emailing each other saying how much alike we are and how we like similar items, style and furniture. I did not think anybody else noticed until I read your comment. I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!...Christine

At The Picket Fence said...

Debbie, I LOVED that you shared all of your homes! Now that's a deal...three amazing spaces for the cost of one post! lol I like how each is unique but equally festive and special. The idea of the red hots for decorating is so cool..get it. ;) lol THANK YOU so much for sharing all of it with us at the Christmas in the Kitchen party. This "party girl" appreciates you! ;)


Anonymous said...

Wow! That is all so gorgeous!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Me tooo me tooo I love them all ! I have a gingerbreadman/woman theme and candy as well.
Ya'll just do such a beautiful job of decorating. (())

Sharon said...

I can't think of many other places to visit where I am cheered like I am in your neck of the woods! It's just all so beautiful!

I think it's wonderful that your family goes *all out* for the holidays. It lets me just sit here on my couch and take it all in - the colors, the festive spirit, the smells, and the tastes (candy canes and red hots!!)

Thanks, Debbie, for sharing this.

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas...

Kelli said...

The kitchens filled with delicious eye candy for the season is just yummy. Snowmen are a part of our year round decor! Pray for you often and hope your week is filled with the joy of Christmas!

Gayle said...

Love it all! So festive and such original ideas. Good cheer to you, my friend.

Alycia Nichols said...

Yikes!!!!!!!!! What beautiful wreaths! All of the decor is fabulous, Debbie!!! You really know how to decorate for Christmas!!!!!!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Loved seeing all your decorations! How fun to have a mother and a sister who share the same talent for decorating! Loved it all! I especially like your snowman hat centerpiece!


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Such cute snowmen in your kitchen, and I love the top hat as a centerpiece. I'm impressed with your sister's shelf-making project, and her nutcrackers are so cute on it. I can see that you both came by your decorating sense naturally. Your Mother's kitchen looks fab too. laurie


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