Friday, December 15, 2006

Come On In!


Welcome, Welcome! Thanks for stopping by on your bloggety Christmas Tour of Homes. Wasn't it great of Boomama to host this again? You can go on over there to add your home or to jump in on the fun!





Please ignore the nice pile of papers that my son delivers. They are a daily fixture on our step. I wish I could figure out how to make them look like they are part of the decoration.


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Here's my deal of the year. A whopping $5 at Shopper's Drug Mart on clearance. I wanted a wreath for years and this satisfied my cheapness, penny pinching frugal budget.









Coming into the living room our stockings hang. Why not from the fireplace mantle? Glad you asked. Because the 6 little rugrats that run thru my place each day will not leave them alone. So up they go. The patchwork ones are my kid's. Notice teen girl's hanging off the lamp in the background? Nice designer touch don't you think?


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You've seen this one but seeing it's my favorite thing in the room here's my nativity.




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My tree, day and night

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And just for Barb, here is my designer barricade that is used during the day when I have 6 kidlets running around. It's either this or everytime we have a potty need or diaper change I shuffle all 6 into the bathroom with me. Notice the nice touch of the Thomas Tank engines. Guess that big screen comes in handy after all. I think I'll let hubby keep it.



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Part of my snowman collection. The house is a tealight house and when lit the windows and open door glow. My fave. There is a "look with your eyes not your fingers" rule on the house which the kids totally get but they can't leave the stockings alone. Go figure. The snowman coasters were a gift from my sis. Moving on the the kitchen now.



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I used to collect stacking Russian Doll thingy's. This is one of the only ones I kept. It sits on top of the fridge.



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And my little snowman on my table. He amuses me. He's an icecube roasting marshmallows over a fire. When you turn him on the fire flashes yellow and he flashes blue. Another gift from my sis.


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And to end just some more of my snowman collection.


Thanks for coming by. It just occurred to me I forgot to have my little red cup (turned around this time to show the snowman) follow us around like in the last tour. Ah well, maybe next year! Merry Christmas!

67 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Susanne, love the way you did day and night tree photos and I LOVE the "Russian Doll Thingy's" too! It all looks so inviting!

Anonymous said...

Susanne I love your decorations. The snowman that changes colors is really cool, and your barricade (I can totally understand).

Thank you so much for inviting us in. Merry Christmas sweet friend.

on the Rock said...

The Russion doll nativity is cute!
A wonderful tour! Merry Christmas!

Barb said...

I just love your green front door, Susanne, and the wreath is so pretty. I love your tree, too, but your barricade cracks me up. I don't know how you handle having six little ones around all your decorations this time of year. The one little one I have is a challenge!

I love your snowman collection. What a nice home. So comfortable looking. Merry Christmas my friend.

Anonymous said...

Your front door is gorgeous! I love that green door and the wreath is perfect. Your tree is beautiful too and the barracade just cracks me up. Does it really work? Don't they try to climb over it? I can't imagine having six little ones around my house this time of year. Just the one I do have is a big enough challenge.

Your snowman collections is adorable. What a lovely home, Susanne. Wish I could just drop in on you. Merry Christmas my friend.

Beck said...

Your house is beautiful! Very smart with the tree baricade - I'm just planning on decorating the bottom four feet.

Anonymous said...

I love it all, Susanne! Your nativity is beautiful, and so is your tree. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Okay, I could not post earlier. Here I go again. I love all the precious decorations you have up. The snowman roasting marshmellows is very different and the nativity is gorgeous. I can't believe you found such an amazing deal on that wreath. Too pretty!

Anonymous said...

Everything looks great Susanne. Your tree is just beautiful - especially at night. I'm beginning to wish I had a snowman collection. They are so sweet, and I've seen several so far.
Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful home.

Anonymous said...

I love how your christmas tree lights reflect in the windows that wrap around it. how lovely!!

i also love the snowmen!! gotta love the snow people!

oh oh . . . I also really like the stacking dolls. I collect dolls from around the world--how neat that you have stacking doll natavity. I've never seen one before!

blessings!!
and Merry Christmas!

Tammy said...

Thanks for sharing the Christmas tour of your home!
Your tree by night is breathtaking with all the lights reflecting in the window!!
:-D

Melanie said...

I love the snowman that lights up. Too cute. I have a few snowmen around myself. Thanks for inviting us!

Anonymous said...

So cute! Your tree is beautiful!! And Thomas is a staple at our house, so he fits right in the Christmas theme (they have a Christmas one by the way , and a Percy snow:D) I love your snowman that lights up. Thanks so much for the wonderful tour. Have a blessed Christmas!

gail said...

Love doing the tree day and night and yours is gorgeous. Cute, cute snowmen. But your designer barricade is just too funny; I hear ya on needing it!

Pamela said...

Ahh, that was just so much fun! Your home is so lovely and inviting! I truly love your snowmen collecition and I love the Russian doll stackable dolls. I used to have that nativity scene and then gave it to a friend who just loved it as it was huge! lol Awesome! Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

Doris said...

Thanks for the tour. Your tree is beautiful. Merry Christmas!

Lala's world said...

that was great! love all your snowmen! and your nativity is gorgeous! and totally get why your stockings are up! I did the same before! but my youngest is 4 1/2 now so things are getting easier...now I just have to figure out how to keep my kitten from climbing to the TOP of my tree!!

Anonymous said...

I love that you have stockings hanging all sorts of creative places, and not on your mantle, too cute! :)

Your tree is gorgeous and you got some terrific photos of it. I love snowmen and am so loving all of your cute ones!

Thanks for sharing with us and have a very Merry Christmas!

PastorMac's Ann said...

How wonderful! Love your snowmen, of course! Your tree is so beautiful in the daytime and the nighttime. I don't know how you do it with 6 little ones in your home all week. Wow. Thanks for inviting us in. It's sweet and special just as I knew it would be.

Many many blessings for Christmas.

Donna Boucher said...

I just love your stacking nativity!
My little girl would love it. We have a Russian Stacking doll...given to us from relatives who visited Russia. We love all of those little pieces :o)

Merry Chirstmas!

e-Mom said...

Lol, you bought your new wreath at Shopper's Drug Mart! What a great price. You must live in Canada... yay, my homeland. (Now I live south of the border.) We have some Russian dolls around somewhere too... I'll have to put them on display, thanks. Your tree is awesome. Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

I loved this and enjoyed your snowmen so much......and I loved your homemade barracade! I need one of those!

Julie said...

Hi Susanne,
Your tree is so pretty...love those day and night shots...your home looks wonderful!

I love your ingenious little barricade. A mom's gotta do what a mom's gotta do.

Christmas blessings to you!

Barbie said...

What a cute home Susanne! Wow, you have 6 kids in your day care!!!! I am impressed! I sure could learn A LOT from you!

Anonymous said...

Susanne--I loved seeing everything and reading the tour. It was like behind the scenes. I love the bargain wreath--it's great! The nativity nesting dolls are really beautiful, too.

Anonymous said...

Love it! Love it! Love it! You've decorated beautifully! I love the barricade (that will be me next year).
Have a very Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Love it! Love it! Love it! You've decorated beautifully! I love the barricade (that will be me next year).
Have a very Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Love it! Love it! Love it! You've decorated beautifully! I love the barricade (that will be me next year).
Have a very Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Love it! Love it! Love it! You've decorated beautifully! I love the barricade (that will be me next year).
Have a very Merry Christmas!

Erna said...

Nice to stop by. I should've jumped in but I'm a bit behind in posting stuff about Christmas. Very neat Russian doll set and, of course, I love snowmen. :0) If you wish to see my snow family, as opposed to a "tour," you can do so on my blog. It'll have to suffice this year. :0)

Tammy said...

Susanne, this was beautiful! I love how you've decorated...and your tree both at day and night is breathtaking- truly!
I love how you showed the baracade! lol And that you have to hang your stockings out of reach!Having little ones around is a lot like having a puppy, isn't it? ;)
Oh- And love all of your snowmen!
(There's a lot of snowmen collectors here, I'm finding...makes me want to start, too!)
Wonderful tour, Susanne!

momrn2 said...

Wonderful! The tree at night is absolutely gorgeous reflecting off of your windows. And I love the Russian nativity dolls!!

Thanks for hte warm welcome friend!

Anonymous said...

I love the stacking Nativity dolls!

It really has been fun peeking around everyone's homes! Thanks for sharing!

Blessings,
Karla

org junkie said...

Just beautiful...your navity scene is so amazing and your little tealight house is so very cute...love it!!! Enjoy your weekend! Laura

Laura said...

Hey, Susanne! Love the tour of your home - and thanks for visiting mine! The other greenery you see in my house is magnolia leaves - we live in Alabama. The rest of the greenery is holly, cedar, and pine, and I'll bet you have plenty of those in Canada!

Kari-MommaB said...

Oh, Susanne, I can smell the cocoa and taste the cookies already! Your home is so inviting! I love the snowman roasting marshmallows! Too cute!

Have a merry Christmas and a wonderful new year!

Mrs. B said...

Your home is so pretty-loved the front entryway! Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Susanne,
Where did you get the Russian doll nativity set. My girls are adopted from Russia and I would love one of those.
Please email me back at
cbattjes@altelco.net
Thanks
Cheri

Anonymous said...

LOVE the nativity over the fireplace. Gorgeous. And the Russian doll one is cute!!

Merry Christmas.

Cheryl said...

The picture of your tree where the lights were reflected in the glass was so pretty. I really adore your snowman collection.

Your home looks very festive.

Thanks for stopping by and have a Merry Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Susanne~your home looks beautiful, & I admire how pretty your tree looks even with little ones running around. Mine cannot be blocked off because my boys are such climbers, but they have done better than I thought they would! Your snowman roasting marshmallows is so unique. I love it.

Anonymous said...

Your snowman collection is awesome! And I escpecially apreciate the barricade. Amazingly my 2 year old has left the tree alone.

Merry Christmas!

Christine said...

Susanne, I just love the Snowman that changes color, and your tree is so beautiful, both Day and Night.
Thank you for inviting us in.
Have a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

Sarakastic said...

That's one of the prettiest nativities ever. Thanks for inviting me over, that wreath looks like it cost much more than $5

Linda Crow said...

Susanne, This was so fun! I collecte snowmen, too, but I liked them before everyone went ga-ga. I still don't have an extensive collection, though. Your Russian dolls intrigue me; they remind me of dolls from Kazakhstan, which was formerly part of the USSR, which I've been to a couple of times. And, although I'm embarrassed to admit this, I didn't realize you have SIX kids! OH my Gosh! How do you find time to blog? BTW, I still can't access my blog.

Anonymous said...

Susanne it all looks gorgeous! I love the snowmen :)

Anonymous said...

Your tree looks beautiful at night, and that is a gorgeous nativity set!

Sue said...

Your home looks so wonderfully festive. I loved seeing all the little children touches that show us a real family lives here (not like a magazine photo!)
My oldest grandson loved Thomas the Tank and we used to have them everywhere!
Thanks for visiting me..
Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Loved it Susanne....I love your tree and the decorations and I'm glad you showed the day and night photos.

Is there anything more beautiful than a christmas tree lit up at night?? I could stare at it for hours :)

Big Mama said...

I love everything, but those Russian doll things are my favorite! Just beautiful.

dcrmom said...

Everything is beautiful! Love the barricade. Thanks for stopping by. Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Hi Susanne! Thank you for giving me the tour of your lovely home. I enjoyed seeing your tree at night!

Merry Christmas!

XO,
Jill

Barbara H. said...

How creative to show day and night versions of your tree! And I loved the barricade, LOL! Loved your great deal on the wreath and all the snowmen. Everything is warm and welcoming!

Anonymous said...

I love all the pictures! You ladies are so creative. You all had me in such a decorative mood this year my house is just full of Christmas lights and decorations.

debbie said...

Oh WOW!! You've got it going on!! I love, love, love, the nativity! I just purchased one at Sam's Club. I haven't taken it out of the box yet, but I hope it is half as nice as yours! Merry Christmas!

Mrs. Darling said...

I loved it all right down to the stack of papers on the porch!

Grafted Branch said...

It's all so adorable...those windows and that nativity are soooo lovely!

A blessed Christmas to you and yours.

Kelli said...

The Russian dolls are darling and oh, your tree all lit up is gorgeous!!! Thank you for inviting us into your beautiful home!
Kelli

cherdecor said...

I love your decorations especially your nativity. I've never seen one quite like that. I love your nesting dolls and ALL your snowmen! Thanks for inviting us for a visit.

Elizabeth said...

I Loved your home, and LOVED the way your tree looked lit at night. Oh my, how beautiful in that Bay Window! You talked about 6 little rugrats, do you do daycare? I just wondered because I am a daycare provider myself and know what it is like to always have toys and books scattered around (mostly from my own son, but "my" other kids like to make messes too!) Oh, and btw I've always been fascinated with Russian Nesting Dolls, yours is very unique and special :)

Anonymous said...

So warm and inviting! Thank you for sharing! My favorite is your nativity! It is awesome! *Smile*

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing!! The icecube snow is so cute and your tree during the night hours is beautiful.

Islandsparrow said...

How do you keep your kitty from climbing up the tree?? That's what I need to figure out . . .

Your home looks lovely - very Christmassy and cozy!

Do you have any snow? Ours is gone but we're expecting some tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

I alway wanted a set of those stacking Russian dolls. You are so ready for Christmas. Looks like it will be a green xmas here in Atlantic Canada. YAH - I'm not much of a snow-bunny.

Anonymous said...

I think that you like snowmen like I like Santa's
Amanda

Rabbit said...

Your green front door is so pretty! I love the hints of "real" (Thomas and the tree barricade) and your decorations are lovely! Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

oh - it all looks so wonderful! I love how the lights reflect in the windows at night. so pretty. And great work with the barricade for the kidlets! :)