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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Homespun Christmas

Greetings to all my wonderful blogging friends and family!
     I've been having so much fun adding festive Christmas touches to my home.
          I hope you'll come join me in the celebration!

Sleigh bells ring....
Are you listening?

Each Christmas my little red sleigh sits happily in my kitchen.
 I love adding homespun items in hopes of filling it to the brim.
Small pillows,
 quilted stuffies,
 wooden toys,
 patriotic touches,
 pretty red and green ribbons
 and a chubby quilted Santa...
They all make the season so bright and colorful.

"Gather Round the Christmas Tree"
Do you see my shy little kitty, Abigail?
She waited to come down and investigate until after I had left the room.
When I decorate, my kitty, Zoey is always right in the middle of things.
She gets so excited with all the activity and always finds a spot to claim as her very own. 
I love Teddy Bears!
Over the years my family and friends have given me each one of these little darlings.
Can you tell I love all things patriotic?
I was a Navy wife for many years and always find myself favoring the colors red, white and blue.  

My mischievous Zoey is always looking for places to hide.
When I discovered her she startled me!
This adorable scene reminds me of one from the movie "E.T."
"E.T......Phone Home!"
Thank you for stopping by and sharing this wonderful season with me.
Around the world people are celebrating this glorious time of year.
I pray that you have a blessed Christmas as you celebrate
The Birthday of a King
Blessings and A Merry Christmas!
Carolynn  xoxo
"Behold, the virgin shall be with child,
and bear a Son, and
they shall call His name
which is translated
God with us."
Matthew 1:23
 Oh, My Goodness! Have you seen Meri's giveaway? It's absolutely wonderful.
If you would like to be included in her drawing you will want to pop in
and say hello!
I'm linking to all my favorite blog parties and giveaways this coming week.
I hope you will stop by my side bar and visit with each lovely blog.


Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Carolyn: Your cottage is looking so festive and I just love the whole look of your blog dressed for Christmas. I had such a time getting mine where I wanted it I'm afraid to change anything, but I sure am enjoying everyone who does..Love, that little hiding Zoey..Happy Sunday..Judy

Kathleen Grace said...

Hi Carolyn, I'm finally catching up with my blog friends and enjoying all the bright and pretty decorating. Your home is so cheery and bright and your cat in the stuffed animals made me smile. What a cutie!

The Shop Around the Corner said...

Stopping by early this morning before I get back to my packing. Can't wait to get to our new house to much so that I left a couple of wreaths out of their boxes so that I can hang them up the minute I get there. :)
Your decorations are so cheerful, Carolynn. As usual, my heart melted when I saw Rageddy Ann and Andy. Sigh...too cute. Love it all, and thank you for that verse. Reminds me of a post I wrote last year titled "God with Us." I might share it again.
Have a great day bloggy friend. :)

Perfectly Printed said...

Your Christmas decorations are lovley! Love your front door wreath, especially the touch of the flag! BTW, your kitties are too cute!!


vivian said...

I love your blog! such a happy Cheerful and inspirational place to visit. Your decorations are adorable.. so is your kitty!
have a great day

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carolyn, Once again a visit here is like going home. I love your cottage and all your cozy decor and collectibles. But especially your sweet kitties. They steal the show with their cute ways.
Wishing you a wonderful week.
Hugs and Blessings, Celestina Marie

My Vintage Mending said...

I love your quilts on the table and under the tree...Our kitty does the same thing...It is his favorite time of the year. Best to you and your home is gorgeous..smiles..Renee

Ruby and Arthur said...

Love that photo of your kitty with all the bears. That was so adorable! Merry Christmas, Jean

Primitive Stars said...

Merry Merry, everything looks so lovely and festive.....even the sweet kitties.........such a wonderful time of year......enjoyed my visit with you now feel like decorating a little more.........Blessings Francine.

victoriantailor said...

Sweet pictures, funny Zoey!!
Have a wonderful Christmas!

craftyles said...

Carolynn, your house is so CHristmasy, I'm loving the red white and blue touches. Your kitty is adorable-especially in the ET picture. I just love it!

Sylvia said...

Love your christmas decorations Carolyn, I can tell you had fun. I see you have Raggedy Ann and Andy, I use to collect them and still have many. That little Zoey is so cute, it must be fun finding her in all the differant places.

Ms. Redo said...

I love every detail! The little quilted pieces are delightful. Zoe is cute as a button peeking out at us. Thanks for sharing the beauty! Mary

GardenofDaisies said...

Everything is so pretty. I love the picture of Zoey hiding in among the bears.

vintage grey said...

Hi Sweet Carolynn! Your home is so pretty and cozy!! I see your precious kitty!! Too cute! Wishing you a beautiful and blessed week! xo Heather

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Thank you for sharing your gorgeous blog. Your decorations are beautifully presented and Zoey looks great on that lovely red and white quilt. I am now a follower of your blog and look forward to return visits. I invite you to join me as well on my blog at
Hugs, Gayle.

Dorthe said...

Dear Carolynn,
your home looks so country cosy and beautifully decked for christmas,- and I had to smile seing your cats, one taking more part in the fun, than the other!! :-) how lovely.
Hugs, Dorthe

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello my friend,
What a wonderful post! I love the picture of your kitty under the tree! All your teddies are adorable. I collected them too for a while and then went on to the dolls. Now, it's my first love; tea things, which I started as a new bride years ago and stopped when the babies started joining our family. Thank you, Carolynn, for coming to my Christmas tea today and have a wonderful week.

Christmas blessings,

The Farmer's Daughter said...

That Zoey is so much FUN! You're house looks so cheerful and festive! I love visiting it. . .even if it is over the net!
Christmas Hugs,

Daughter of God by grace. said...

We have one string of Christmas lights up, and Dad brought home our tree tonight. This is a wonderful time of year.

Johanna said...

Hi Carolynn,
your Christmas buddies are all cute, the nicest one is Zoey. So cute when she hide between the teddies. She feels that Christmas is something exiting and happy. I wish you a wonderful Christmas time.
Best greetings, Johanna

Poppy said...

Hi Carolynn,

Is that a new background?! Love it! Your staircase and landing are so pretty and Christmas cozy! Beautiful touches, full of warmth and sweetness.

Always a treat visiting you!

Happy holidays!

Poppy xo

Doughboy said...

I also enjoy the coziness of our home with all the creativity, joy and love you bring to it. I'm so glad that Chenille Cottage is providing you a way to share our joy with so many others!
I love you!!

BECKY said...

Sure is bright and cheery! Just like you! Thanks for sharing at Blissful Whites Wednesday, gal!!
Have a lovely week!

Amy said...

I'm your newest follower! I love your kitty, Zoey. My kitties also love to hang out on my quilt tops. I also really like the decor on your front door. Nice! Whenever you have a minute, come visit me. I love vintage, too!

Marilyn Jo McLeod said...

LOVE your blog and how cozy everything is! I'm going to have to spend a couple of hours browsing all of the other neat blogs too! They all look so delectible! Love your colors and love the little frames around your photos. May I ask how you insert those into your blog or how you get those darling frames around your pictures? I would like to jazz up my own blog a little bit! Thanks.. and love your kitty. My kitty hides under the tree too and loves it!

Pamela Gordon said...

Your Christmas decor is so bright and beautiful! I love all the colour and the teddies under the tree. The photo of the cat hiding among the bears is so cute! Merry Christmas to you! Pamela

Lavender Cottage said...

I love your Christmas header! Lots of festive decor at your house and a sweet collection of teddy bears.

Elena said...

I love your decorations and your adorable kitties. My favorite shot was your kitty with the teddy bears! I always leave encouraged after reading your posts. You are a blessing!

Michelle Ridgway said...

Your festive decorating is beautiful.

Martha said...

Lovely Christmas! Your kitties are adorable!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love it all, so pretty. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

Tea in Texas said...

What a merry Christmas you are having with the festive decor. I love teddies too and your tree is lovely with all the bears! Have fun enjoying Christmas! Thanks, Pam

Paula said...

Dearest and darling adopted momma! You have your sweet cottage decorated beautifully and so cozy and welcoming! What a blessing it is to your sweet hubby, kitties, your family and friends! I love Zoey! She is so sweet and what a joy she is to get excited and enjoy being in the midst of all the activity! I loved seeing her hide with the bears! The verse you shared is beautiful! I love that we can celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Lord, Savior and Redeemer! I love you dear heart! Your girlie and adopted daughter, Paula xoxo

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Love your header! I so enjoyed seeing all your beautiful decorations. I think Zoey fits right in ♥
Happy Holidays!

Dawn said...

How darling is your tree with all the critters around it. I love the quilts too:) They are just beautiful. I have a thing for quilts. Thanks for linking up to the Cabin this week.

Jann Olson said...

Oh sweetie, love your darling sleigh full of wonderful homemade goodies! You shared some super cute graphics, (as usual). Kitty is too cute! Love her nestled amongst the teddies. I love patriotic decor also. Meri's give away is fabulous! Hoping you win one and I do too! lol! Have a very Merry Christmas!

Jody and Stan said...

Thanks so much for sharing this inspiring post on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Love all your ideas and decorations!


Old Time Cindy said...

What a fun and festive cottage you have! I have a black kitty that has to be in the middle of whatever I'm doing. Like having a two year old!
Farmhouse hugs,

Sue said...

This is the best and I love it when kitties get under the tree and surprise me. Merry Christmas. Stopping by from Welcome Home Wednesday

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Everything is so darling and precious Carolynn! Love seeing your sweet puss puss kitty faces too.

Merry Christmas!

Sherry said...

Beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home! Have a very Merry Christmas!

Angela @ Cottage Magpie said...

Oh, I just love all the quilts you have in your cottage! I just love red and white quilts this time of year. So charming!!


Blessed Serendipity said...

Love all the toys, the decorations and especially THE KITTIES. They are very cute and they want to be part of the festive decor.


debra said...

I just about choked on my breakfast laughing at the kitty in the pile of stuffed toys. LOL this post made my WEEK / TOO TOO Funny!

Hug that kitty for me, lol! :) You are right about ET!!!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas sweet friend...Joyful Joyful we adore Him!!!!! Miss you suek

AshTreeCottage said...

Oh Carolyn ~ everything is so perfectly charming, welcoming and looks like home!! You and I have yet one more thing in common, a love of teddy bears. Love to you and your sweet kitties.

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

That Zoey is such a funny kitty!

Your home is looking very festive & welcoming! Love the sleigh. I found one at Goodwill last month that I keep meaning to paint and you've given me ideas of what to put in it.

Have a very Merry Christmas!

White Weathered Hutch, said...

Love it all!! Especially your quilts by the tree. Must get back to quilting....
Merry Christmas to you as well!!

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

A charming Christmas from top to bottom including your sweet words! Thank you so much for making Farmgirl Friday part of your weekly party rounds Love it all!
Have a wonderful weekend Carolyn!
Deb ( Dandelion Woman )

Claudia said...

I love all the things you've shared today, Carolynn, especially your adorable kitties!

Thanks so much for joining in this week.


kat said...

hi carolyn, lovely sweet, your home is just wonderful! i love all the trimmings,the red! lol and all your lovely vintage decorations :) i've been working on my little cottage (again, oh no still! lol) so havent been posting much, just today visiting to get more Christmas spirit! Thank you!!!! and a very Merry Healthy Happy Christmas with family and friends. hugs kat =^.^=

Jody and Stan said...

Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful decorations at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Everything looks so gorgeous! Your front door decoration is just lovely!


SueLovesCherries said...

The pic of Zoey among the bears is the best ever! As a fellow cat lover I give it an A+!

Anonymous said...


I love your blog, it is wonderful , and Ilove red too-!

just Beautiful! and the sweet Chenille Cottage is so sweet charaming and COZY

love that sweet ZOEY ... and all the teddy bears, I hope you have a very Wonderful Christmas, and Enjuoy Celebrating the Birth of Saviour

I know You Will

LOVe you
Cindy Lou~

Marti Cooper said...

So lovely! I love the kitty photo, she is just like mine always having to be in the middle of my decorating! Thank you so much for sharing this at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!

I look forward to seeing you again! :)


Mary Ellen said...

What a cheery Christmas you are having!! Your kitty looks so much like mine even with all the places she likes to leave her hair!

bee blessed

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I love your reds and blues. I love them as well. I am a quilt lover too. The sleigh with homespun is so cute and so is your cat.