Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Red Transferware and Snowflakes Christmas Hutch, a Winner and Decorating Motivation...or Not

I know you've seen my kitchen hutch a bazillion times but for what it's worth, here it is decorated for Christmas 2012. 

Snowflakes are a recurring theme in my Christmas decor this year, especially here on my breakfast room hutch which is chock full of red transferware.
This antique lace piece that hangs over the top of our hutch has always reminded me of snowflakes.  Now especially.

I like to tuck little bits of Christmas amongst the hutch, in the pitchers, ladles and teacups, like this
bottle brush tree set amidst pinecones and faux snow...

...and this glass bird ornament with a pheasant feather tail nesting in the recess of a soup ladle...

...like pinecones nestled into and amongst the red transferware creamers...

...or just a lone little snowflake resting atop a small pitcher.

I like seeing Santa in a suit of snow white.  

With Etsy being here to film during October,  I never really got to decorate for Fall like I'd normally do.  I did pull out these little squirrel figurines and since I had not yet tired of seeing them I kept them on my hutch as part of my Christmas display, mixed with some natural elements like pine tree sprigs, pine cones and my favorite bark pillar candles.  

I even put a few snowflakes on the wall and hung them from the cabinet handles across the front of the hutch to carry the theme.  Have I ever told you all that this hutch was from Shawn's bedroom when he was a little boy?

I work a lot and it seems that most of the time my work day begins as soon as I get up and ends when I call it quits which typically is just before midnight.  I am having some medical issues and have taken a few trips to the Dr. and lab both last week and continuing into this week.  The combination of these things has made seasonal decorating seem like somewhat of a task this year.  I feel a little guilty for thinking that, and more guilty for admitting it.   Our main Christmas tree still stands stark naked.  
Shawn works hard to, though he has been in more of an Archie Bunker mood than a Clark Griswold one lately so his attribution to the Christmas decorating has been this:

It has been a little difficult for me to find motivation for much of anything lately, except maybe to wear one of Shawn's big t-shirts and a pair of his baggy house pants.  At least wearing loose clothes makes you feel skinnier.  Now, that's motivating, right?
I'm glad I can wear his clothes if I want to.  I am more glad that he cannot wear mine...that would be worrisome.

 What will the future of our Christmas tree be? Will I find some motivation to do anything to it, other than what I've already done which was decide I did not like where it stood, and so crawled underneath it and carefully (barely) slid it to a new location thus covering myself and the living room floor with an inch thick layer of flocking.   Tune in later to find out...will it go back in the box, stand as is, or be strung up...with lights that is?

p/s The winner of the $40 Novica gift certificate giveaway from last week is Comment #2 Constance Person. Please contact me asap so that I can provide you with the gift certificate.  


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  1. Aw, I'm sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well, Nancy. I hope you get your tree decorated, even if it is just a little bit. Your hutch looks great! I love that red transferware and the little bits you've tucked in are wonderful.

  2. Nancy- I think that is the prettiest collection of red transferware I have ever seen in a hutch. I suppose I am too old to be adopted so that I could inherit the collection should you predecease me-which is NOT likely!

    I am so sorry that you are having some medical issues- I have had my share of things this past year, too...starting a year ago now-now that I think about it. I can remember my father saying that if you have your health you have everything (he had Parkinsons) and I didn't really "GET IT" back then. I do now. We have been through hubby having brain surgery several years ago and cancer surgery 3 years ago. It all takes it toll-emotionally as well as physically. It is sad when we are too tired to care what we get done, isn't it?

    Blessings to you- I hope your health improves greatly. After working in a hospital for years I understand health issues. xo Diana

    ps. SO glad to hear your hubby isn't into cross dressing! Good old Kathryn Hepburn paved the way for us to wear men's clothes!

  3. Nancy I am sorry to hear you have not been feeling well. I love all your red transfer ware. You hutch looks beautiful with all the red and white.

  4. I always love your wonderful Christmas Hutch, hope you get to feeling better soon!

  5. Nancy, the hutch looks festive and no doubt your tree will be soon. I know the feeling of just wanting to crawl into a big shirt and comfy fleece pants and curl up on the sofa by the fire. In fact.......that's just what I'm doing. LOL
    Our tree is up and decorated and just a few things left to do around the house. I'm usually not ready this early, but hosting house guests the first week in Dec. pushed me to get it done.
    Sorry to hear that you are dealing with some health issues on top of your busy schedule. Take care of yourself and know that I'm thinking of you.........Sarah

  6. I never get tired of your hutch and to see it done up for Christmas is a real treat. It is absolutely gorgeous. I would spend an hour...ok, maybe two just looking at everything. So pretty. Hope you feel well soon. Have a wonderful Christmas. Hugs,DebC

  7. Christmas isn't about decorating a tree, is it? There's comfort in that truth. Just love yourself and others--God will work the rest out. Bless you! Kay Moser www.kaymoser.com

  8. I never tire of seeing your hutch. It is gorgeous all decorated for Christmas. Love the beautiful collection of red transfer wear. Hope you have a Merry Christmas. Karie

  9. Nancy that hutch made me very happy. such a great collection of red transferware! I hope you start feeling better, and the tree is beauitful even without the decorations. Joni

  10. Your hutch is gorgeous. I hope that you are feeling better soon and that tests show an easy solution. I know the mood will strike soon to decorate that gorgeous tree.

  11. Breathtaking! It so magical, that hutch is fabulous and totally befits your stunning transferware Nancy!

  12. Like the others who have responded, I hope you start feeling better soon. Life doesn't always cooperate with us when we want it to, does it?!! And, sometimes the best thing to do is curl up on the sofa with baggy pants and a big shirt and just take a deep breath and relax. Your home is already beautiful, as is your tree. Jane

  13. Nancy, Your hutch looks gorgeous, as always, and I love the tree just as it is! Very natural looking! I say leave it as is! Hope you are feeling better soon. Hugs,


  14. Oh, my, how lovely the pink is in your cabinet. Could just sit and stare at it. And your green tree looks beautiful as is. Take care of your health!

  15. Girl, don't even trip about the tree and all the decorating and everything else. You have to take care you Y-O-U first! If it gets done, it does. If it doesn't, there's always next year. You have been SO busy the last few months, and you guys both deserve a little break in the action. Everything works out for a reason. Your hutch looks terrific, and the squirrels are perfect pretty much year round, so see...that worked out! Feel better, little woman!

  16. Nancy: I wish I could copy your hutch dish by dish. It is just perfect, perfect, perfect! I do hope you start feeling better real soon. Take it easy and be good to yourself. Even if you can't decorate your home like you want to, go out and look at the decorations in the shops and the lights in the neighborhoods. Then come home and curl up with a good book and a cup of hot cider and rest.

  17. Hi! I'm the one you mentioned at the winner... I emailed you, I hope it went to the right place. Hope you are feeling better soon!

  18. YOur hutch looks amazing. I too find it difficult to find the inspiration to keep it all going, but I know you will.

    - The Tablescaper

  19. Hope you feel better sooon, Nancy. I've been fighting a bit of a bug the past couple of days too. I tend to do too much and then it catches up with me.

    LOVE your red transferware all decked out with snowflakes. It's stunning and I'm swooning! Sure wish I lived closer so I could do some shopping in your shop. Take care.

    Christmas blessings,

  20. By far you have the most beautiful collection of red transferware, it is perfect for the holidays! Hope you are feeling better, give yourself permission to let things go….. Have a great holiday season, Laura

  21. i wish for you good health this christmas season. do not stress out over not getting your usual christmas on, it is about family- the love that you give and recieve, but you already know that.. enjoy your wonderful family, and have a blessed christmas and joyful new year.. Lyn

  22. Christmas blessings, Nancy. Get well wishes from Newfoundland, Canada. I believe you will get that 'second wind' you need to do your tree in time for the 'Big Day'. I never ever tire of seeing that beautiful pink transferware of yours! Always a pleasure! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    Linda from Beautiful Ideas

  23. Seeing your lovely hutch decorated with the snowflakes last year motivated me to decorate more with snowflakes. Makes sense as I use alot of snowmen in my decor ;)
    When one is dealing with issues that take your mind elsewhere does lessen the joy of doing something like decorating a tree for the holidays but I do hope that you follow through and decorate it. I think it will bring a smile to your face and allow you to focus on something else for a while.
    Praying that all goes well with the dr and lab tests.

  24. As always your hutch looks beautiful, Nancy! And I think the squirrels and the log candle are perfect for Christmas. I'm sorry I haven't been here more often lately but I'll be trying to catch up over the next few days. I hope you'll enjoy these last days leading up to Christmas. Be well!

  25. Such a beautiful display of red transferware in your hutch. Love every piece and the snowflakes are gorgeous with the red. Don't worry about your tree, enjoy your family and take care.

  26. Gorgeous display! I also collect pink transferware, but my collection pales compared to yours. Thanks for sharing this lovely post!


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