Friday, December 14, 2018

Santa Visit

Hello.  Happy Weekend. 

 I know all of you are busy with baking, shopping, wrapping and last minute decorating so I will keep this post short.

Our special little guy Buddy had a visit with Santa and I wanted to share the precious pictures.

Buddy was not too sure about this guy with the beard but warm up to him quickly.

Buddy had on his new green sweater to meet Santa.  He wanted to look his best!

Buddy was very excited to tell Santa his wish list for Christmas.  Santa told him since he has been such a good boy that he will be getting some nice treats under the tree this year.

Just wanted to take a little break from this busy time of year to say Hi and share Buddy with Santa.

I am enjoying having all my shopping and wrapping done and most of the baking of cookies done.

Now I can just enjoy the few days left until the big day arrives.
Have a great Weekend.
Hugs,
Kris

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Living Room Christmas Tree

Hi Everyone.
Hope the baking, shopping, wrapping and final decorating is all going good and you are enjoying all of it.

I know I have said this many times but this time of year goes to quickly.

Here is my living room tree.

I have always wanted a noble fir tree.  I love the long branches and the natural look.  I found this one about a week ago at the Home Store.  All trees were 50% off.

I decided to keep the decor on the tree simple.  This tree is so pretty just by itself with just the lights.  I added the snowflakes to give it a little bling and of course my lucky nest I made.


The branches feel real.  Such a pretty tree with the two colors of green.



Here it is lights on at night.  It gives off a really pretty glow.  Looks so bright in this picture but the lights are pretty subtle. 

I have snowflakes from the dollar store hanging with white ribbon from the shutters.




The tree came with lots of realistic pinecones on the branches.  I was going to take them off but when I got it set up I loved them for a realistic look.


The snowflake theme was pretty easy and inexpensive to create.  Dollar store big snowflakes and little snowflakes for ornaments were from Walmart.  Twenty four snowflakes in a package for $2.98.

Enjoy the rest of the week.
Wish this time of year did not go so quickly.
Hugs,
Kris

Friday, December 7, 2018

Christmas Kitchen Decor

Hello Sweet Blogger Friends.
Hope all your baking, shopping, wrapping, Christmas Card writing and all other holiday things are going well.

This time of year goes so fast.

Trying to enjoy all the days leading up to the big day.

Thought I would show some of my Christmas decor in the kitchen.

With having a very tiny house I tried to get a festive look for this small space.


Remember these sweet little birds I got at Target last year.  Love these little birds.   Target had some really cute ones for this year too but I resisted and stayed with just these.

I just love these sweet birds and how they are dressed for winter.

I have them on one of my shelves in the kitchen.

I added some little fairy lights to have them shine at night.

This is my kitchen tree with the lights on.  I did a snowflake kisses theme on this tree.





Here is my tree without the lights on during the day in the kitchen.  







Even with my girls grown and out of the house I still get out my elf on the shelf.  He is sitting in my kitchen Christmas tree keeping an eye on little Buddy and Terry now!!!!


This was my Elf at my Girlfriend Christmas Party waiting for the naughty girls to come and take a kiss!!!



This is my watering can all done up with Christmas and winter flowers on my kitchen island.

My sweet kitchen cherub.  No facial changes with this cherub like the outside garden one!





I put up a half wreath on the back door and underneath a wooden tree with greens and a cute bell.







My small house sign and below it is a Christmas wreath and Buddy's stocking.


Hope you liked the tour of my kitchen Christmas decor.  With decorating in a small space I have to live with "less is more".

Hope you all are having lots of fun as we head on down to Christmas.
I baked yesterday all day.  Got 5 kinds of cookies baked.  The house smelled so good.

Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Kris
Parties: Dishing It & Digging It

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Outside Christmas Decorations

Hello Everyone.

Hope you are enjoying baking, gift buying, wrapping and decorating for the big day.

This time of year goes so quickly.

I have the outside of the house done up for Christmas.  I wish I would have taken pics last week when we got 10 inches of snow.  It looked so pretty with the snow covering and the lights at night. 

So ignore all the dead leaves and things that were under the snow in the garden.



Front of the house with decor.  It was so much prettier with snow covering the ground.  Even though we hate getting snow it does make every thing look prettier in the garden areas.  Otherwise things are just dirty and dead looking.  I miss seeing all my pretty summer flowers.
Ahhhh Memories!


House at night.


Front Door Angel Wings

My spindle tree sits on an old chippy bench with an old suitcase above that and my old clock.


I added my old clock to give some height to the tree.
My Spindle Tree with the lights on at night.

Each window out front got a pretty wreath and flower boxes got a nice set of greens, pinecones and automatic candles that flicker at night.









Bike with lights on at night.

Bike basket at night.



This is my cherub bird feeder that is in the garden.  I noticed something interesting after taking these pictures.  Look at the Cherub's face in this daytime picture and then go down to the next picture and looks at his expression on the night time picture.

I will let you draw your on conclusion on his changing expressions!!!!!

I will end on that note.  As you go about your day today have a great one.  I will have more inside decor pictures soon.
Hugs,
Kris

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Girlfriend Party

Happy Sunday Everyone.

Last Night was my Annual Charity Girlfriend Party.

I thought I would share some of the night with you.

I have been doing this party for about 16 years now.  We started out as a group of 4 and have grown to a group of 21!

Each year on the first Saturday of December we gather at my house to celebrate our friendship.  Everyone wears their Christmas jammies and cute slippers and we eat, drink and play some fun games.

The highlight of the party is the gift exchange.  Each girl brings a gift where some or all of the proceeds go to a charity.  I am always amazed at the gift selections and the meaning behind them picking that charity.  Very touching and we are all so blessed to share in this exchange.

Ok on to the party pics.  With being a hostess I did not always get the best pictures. I was distracted hosting the party.  I think you will enjoy what I did capture.

This Guy was keeping an eye on all of us at the Party to report back to Santa on our good or naughty behavior!!!

He also manned the kissing booth!



Each girl got to jingle with a necklace from the dollar store.  Love the dollar store.  Two necklaces for $1.

Our group has grown so much we take up all of Terry's Fireman Cave now with tables.

Food tables were set up for all the appetizers and walking taco's and sandwich bar.


I set up a Coffee/Hot Cocoa Bar.


Lot's of fun hot cocoa choices and coffee choices along with all the toppings.

I found these cute paper coffee cups at TJ Maxx.

Lots and lots of candy canes.


I love these coffee pod holders shaped like coffee pots.  Found them at Kirkland's for 50% off.


This was the desert bar almost set up.  I still did not have everything out when I took this picture and of course forgot to take a pic when I did!!!
The cupcake holder with crystals had little individual bundt cakes on it.

I loved using these cute little mugs I found at Home Goods to put marshmallows and toppings for the coffee/cocoa bar.

Yep there isElf on the Shelf still waiting for each girl to come for kisses!

Cute table runner.

Each girl gets a Swag Bag to take home from the party.

Inside each swag bag were two cute shopping totes, adult gummy's, Nail polish and a In a Pikle she emergency kit.  The kits contain hair bands, sewing kit, bobby pins etc. etc. for fashion emergencies.  They are sweet little bags you can put in your purse or in your desk drawer at work etc.


I found these cute little tags on Etsy to put on the nail polish bottles.

The tote bags from TJ Maxx and Home Goods were so adorable this year.  99 cents is such a great deal for these bags.  I use mine for everything.

Also in the swag bags were Mimosa gummies for adults.  Yummo!


This was my exchange gift and the Santa Claus pouch contained $5 in lottery tickets.  We each bring $5 in scratch off lottery tickets to exchange.  One of my daughter's friends won $500 on her scratch off.  Wooo Hooo!  Loved it!


We also play a game called Saran Wrap Ball.
This ball is wrapped in several layers of cling wrap with prized throughout.  One girl starts with trying to unravel the layers and the girl next to her has to roll two dice.  Once she rolls doubles she gets to grab the ball and continue to try and have prizes fall out.  It is so much fun.  We laugh so hard playing this game.

This was another prize that I had to give away.  I love this one because the spatula's were all designed by different celebrities and singers and athletes for William Sonoma.  The proceeds from the sale of these goes to No Kid Goes Hungry.  I added the cute girly towels with each spatula.


This was also a raffle prize.  It is a cute wine bottle holder.  Love that parka and fur hood.


Here I am with my group of bff's.  Love these girls so much.  I am beyond bless to call them friend.

My daughter Kimmie on your left front and her bff's.

Daughter Jen on your left with her bffs.  There jammie tops were so cute.  They said "Cocktails were served by the chimney with care".  So fun.

Jen's group of girls had fun slippers to wear at the party.  Jen's friend Camille made all of the slippers for them.
Many of you know this sweet bff of mine in the middle of this pic.  It is Diana from Nana Diana blog.  She lives over the border in Green Bay Wisconsin and drives down for my party.  Next to her are her two daughters Tara left and Mindy right.  Mindy is the sweetheart that adopted Peggy from us.  Peggy has the best home now with Mindy and her three kiddos and hubby.

This is my friend Pat wearing her gift from my other friend Sandy.  Pat got Sandy's gift in the exchange.  It is the cute hats from Love Your Melon.  This charity gives 50% of the profits of selling these cute hats to pediatric cancer.

Woooo that is the end.  The party was a great success.  We all had a fun time.  Here are my little birds I got from Target last year.  I love these little guys so much in my holiday decor.  I will have a post up soon on my house decor for Christmas.
Have a fabulous week.
This time of year goes so quickly so I am trying to enjoy all the fun of the season.
Hugs,
Kris