Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Fat Cat Ornaments

I found these three fat cat ornaments, 
a few years ago now,
it was at a pop-up Christmas store 
that was gone by January.
I saw them hanging there,
 just begging to come home with me.
Here's the gray tabby fat cat ornament.

They look so cuddly just hanging around. 

 But yet clueless with little 
pink tongues sticking out.
Here's the yellow fat cat ornament.

They cause me to laugh when I look at them.

I just love their short little legs.

Here's the calico fat cat ornament.

Like funny parade balloons full of hot air,
with such sweet faces.
Cher doesn't like cats.
But she tolerates the ones on the tree.
Hope you all have a Happy
Christmas with many blessings.
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Fab Five Have Arrived!

 Mrs. Claus
And Santa!!!
I'm you host, Coco the elf,
excited to bring you this special event!
Live from the Ozark Buffet,
 the crowd goes WILD,
as our stars make their way to the stage!
Here's Gingerbread man, looking dapper
 in his chef's hat and red scarf.
Radko Holly Jolly Santa waves to the crowd 
flanked by his Radko toy soldier bodyguards!
And Appletree's Mrs. Claus, never tires of 
whipping up some delicious cookies for Santa!
Up on the hutch, 
Frosty the Snowman cookie jar
can't contain his excitement,
because, it's time to get things started!
It's time to light the lights!
It's time the other reindeer,
Radko reindeer salt and pepper shakers,
welcome a new reindeer here tonight!
The Radko "Deer Friends" Candy Jar
to be exact!
Based on an early Rudolf tea set.
Found on Ebay at a great price and
presented as a Christmas gift 
from Samantha.
Rudolf now has a place of honor
on the top shelf of the hutch!
Although I admit, he is oddly shaped,
I fell for his cute little face 
and his gold bells immediately.
He makes a great addition to 
the Ozark Christmas Collection!
 Thanks for stopping by 
and Merry Christmas to all!

and the crowd goes wild....

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Third Time's A Charm

This is the third year that I'm attempting 
to perfect my Christmas tablescape.
Thanks to my Blogger friends for all
the great suggestions.
Comments are always welcome!
Here and here are the last two years.
This year I have added a few special items that add 
a little eye candy and sparkle to the table
as well as a little candy itself!
Last year I was fortunate to find these charming
little reindeer salt and pepper shakers
at Pottery Barn...
Galloping Reindeer Salt & Pepper Shakers-Reg. $30
It was after Christmas and for only a day
PB listed them online for just $6.99!!!
Read here how I snatched them up right away.
I think they definitely compliment my big 
PB reindeer cookie jar centerpiece, 
and add some sparkle with that silver stand.
Did you notice the cookie snowflake
ornaments hanging above the table?
They were an after Christmas find at Kmart.
I want to believe they sort of tie together
the whole cookie jar centerpiece theme.
They sure do look tasty.
Speaking of tasty, while I was strolling through 
the candy isle this month,
I noticed how the Christmas Rolos
were sort of the colors of plaid.
I reckoned they would look charming 
near last year's Carson plaid plate additions, 
and add a nice sparkle.
Again a favorite tradition is including 
Bobs Sweet Stripes Soft Peppermint Sticks 
with their festive red stripes.
New this year 
is a short apothecary jar from Michaels,
I filled it with Harry & David 
"Mondo Milk Chocolate Maltballs".
They were a gift from my mom, 
from my trip to Virginia HERE.
Another Kmart find are these charming little 
plaid bird house ornaments.
One has a green roof,
and around back,
one has a red roof and 
the plaid works perfectly with the scape.
So you see after many additions the 
tablescape takes on a sweet Christmas charm.
And a little Christmas sparkle!
Check out my pantry this year!
The Train has arrived!!!

Hope ya'll are having a sweet Christmas as well!
Thanks for dropping by!

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Monday, December 16, 2013

The Nickel Tour of Christmas Around the Living Room

We begin our tour with this yummy little candy dish
on the console table behind the couch!
I just want to eat him up he looks so sweet.
 He's the Dept 56 "Hot Cocoa Snowman" candy jar.
I got him a few years ago, when I was on a search for 
a Christmas candy dish...now I have lots!
As we zoom out I spy...
 Cher on the back of the couch!
She's enjoying a rest and wondering who
I'm talking to.
A little tilt up and we see the large mirror 
decked with boughs of holly and eucalyptus.
I got the little wooden animal garland at Pier One
years ago now.  I like it because it goes well
with my India inspired theme in here with its elephants
and camels(?) and donkeys(?).
As we pan right,
 check out the huge faux poinsettia bush!
I used to put them around a fake ficus tree 
every year till Sam threw it out.
It was her idea to stick them in the elephant vase,
and I must say....I like her thinking!
Continue panning right and we see the 
merry group on top of the curio.
The bear is from JC Penney and the 
solider is a stacked candy container we found
at Sam's Club last year.  He's empty now
but I liked his scale more than his candy. 
Tilting down, inside the curio we catch a glimpse 
of the "Amusements Retro Robots" 
Christmas ornaments.
I found them at Hobby Lobby last year.  
Very steam punk.
The next shelf down we find the jolly little 
retro snowman bubble light by Bruce Elsass' 
The Hobgoblins Collection for Bethany Lowe. 
Based on a plastic light from the 1950s.
eBay image
Next to him I put a big red bow on
The Fitz and Floyd "Exotic Jungle"
 tiger lidded box.
Out of the curio and a little further right
 is the poinsettia garland strung across the tapestry.
The ornaments are hand blown glass,
from Pier One four years ago.
Just below the tapestry are new Christmas stems 
Sam and I found at Hobby Lobby this week.  
Not sure what they are, maybe Bayberry
stems or white Christmas berry stems.
We needed something for that vase
and I didn't want more poinsettias.
Also sound asleep in front is the Fitz and Floyd
"Old Fashion Santa" candy jar.
On this side of the room a beautiful tiger is
staring at a beautiful tiger on the
wall across the room...
The "Le Tigre Royal" print by Paul Jouve,
a JC Penney find back in 1999,
is festooned with more
holly and eucalyptus garland and
glass icicles, giving it an air of merriment.

That concludes our nickel tour,
I hope you had fun.
 Please exit through the gift shop,
and enjoy the rest of your holiday season!
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