Were in full celebration mode here at The Decorative Dreamers house, how about you? We’ve already started the celebrations at our house last Saturday after hosting Christmas for my husbands side of the family. It was so nice to be able to see everyone and to have been able to do so without being stressed from work this year. I love working retail and I do miss working, but I have to say that it has really been a blessing time of year. I have been able to slow it down and focus on the little things and that has meant quite a lot to me and to my husband as well. He always takes the week before Christmas off and is thrilled to have me home with him this year. He also has always been one of my most treasured blessings!
My dining room is one of my favorite rooms in this house. I love it for so many reasons. One reason is because of the location of the room in this house. It is to the left when you enter our home as most dining rooms are but because our house sits so much higher then the street when you look out of the windows it overlooks the whole yard and just feels so open. I also love that it has another door that leads into the kitchen. Because the view is so enjoyable I have never put blinds in this room. I do finally have curtains but since this room is so rarely used they always stay open
I also love that this room is large enough to accommodate a big table which I now finally have. It has enough space for additional pieces of furniture for serving as well as a Christmas tree too. When I started this tree it was primarily to showcase my collected Lenox ornaments. I started collecting one of them each year starting when my husband and I first married. That was in 1988 and we now have quite a full set. I decided they would be best complimented with silver and gold and so the dining room tree came to be.
This year I added the gold angel wings that I got from after Christmas sales last year. I actually had forgotten I had them until last week when I came across them while organizing my Christmas decor storage. They are quite large and really pretty but I think they would have been better if I had put them on first so they would be more in the background. I do love them though!
I read a blog this morning that talked about focusing on details this Christmas. Not necessarily with regards to decor but with regards to special visions that create wonderful memories. I loved this bit of advice. I really want to do this not just for the holidays but for everyday!
I couldn’t believe my luck when I went out just last week to find a new tablecloth to fit my larger table. I found exactly the color and size I wanted at the first place I went to. It is an off white color with silver metallic threads throughout. I love TJ Maxx! I thought for sure they would have been sold out already but I guess since it’s larger in size I was still in luck.
Speaking of silver, this year I even made time to polish the silver. Now mind you we will not be using this silver tea set but since I was polishing my silver serving pieces I decided to polish this set up as well. I love how shiny and sparkly it is!
Our marble buffet table also sparkles as well this year. It’s the perfect place to display my Fitz and Floyd. I love unwrapping these pieces every year!
I actually have used this tray several Christmas’s to serve ham. I think I may have to retire it from serving duty though because I noticed it is starting to loose some of it’s coloring around the edges. I just can’t bare the thought of seeing it all worn and rubbed off, but gosh the ham sure does look good served on this pretty platter!
I purchased this manger scene from the Atlanta market this year. It was from a vendor who sold handmade ornaments from Peru. They are just spectacular. Can you imagine making this by hand?
Okay, I just have to share this little tidbit tip I used this year. Early in the season even before I set out any trees or Christmas decor. I pulled several pieces of my silver serveware and displayed them in a utensil dish. I did this so I would see them and remember to get them polished before company came. I am so glad I did this. I had them in another utensil caddy then switched them over to this one since I needed the caddy for silverware. I already had this metal container and then I found a glass container I already had as well that fit perfectly. I love this look and it matches a larger metal piece that I usually use on the dining table for floral displays year round. I think I will now keep my serveware out and handy all the time now. That way it gets used as well as serving a decorative look appropriately in the dining room.
I hope you have enjoyed the tours of Christmas this season. I hope to do more blogging again now that I more time to do so.
QUESTION: I have a bit of a dilemma that I hope someone will help me with. My son has restored one of my older more expensive laptops that crashed many years ago. It is now totally restored and free of any old pictures and virus’s too. I could use it again to blog but am very concerned to do so since I have been through several laptops that mysteriously developed virus’s that caused them to crash totally. I have also recently deleted several blogs I followed because they were causing my blog feed to be filled with strange blogs that were not only phishing but some that were x-rated. I currently use a chromebook but am unable to use photoshops (Picasa) on this without a great deal of hassle. I have been using my phone for photos and my blogger app to post them, then editing the words on the blog with my chromebook. If I go back to my laptop I can use my camera for better photos and be able to edit them and tag them as my property which is important to me. The question I guess I have is how can I prevent these virus’s from creeping in again. I am hoping some of you will take the time to share what measures you use to prevent this from happening. I am interested in hearing what you do not just with malware but with anything you can do on blogger to prevent this as well.
As always, thanks so much for stopping in again today. I really appreciate it and hope you’ll come back again sometime if you’d like.
I want to wish each of you a very Merry and Blessed Christmas!
Jesus loves you!