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December 14, 2007



I love the ornaments! I've been buying them for the past year (the old ones) - the aqua are definitely my favorite - so pretty!

Your doll fits just right, doesn't she?

So glad your girl is headed home. Mine just had her last exam today also.

Have a happy holiday!



Oh Kim how wonderful to have your baby coming home :) Love your ornaments and that doll is adorable!



So happy your daughter is on her way to spend Christmas with you.The doll is adorable under the tree.

Susan Ramey Cleveland

I'm praying for traveling mercies for your daughter, that she has a safe trip. Have fun with her, Kim. Love your Goodwill orns.


Enjoy your time with your daughter kim! I have two that are just a blessing too!

Sweet Cottage Dreams

Lovely! Yippie your daughter is coming home! She has such a pretty place to rest her head!



Your house looks so pretty and welcoming- a perfect place for your daughter to come home to.

Missy Sue Hanson

May you have a beautiful visit with your daughter! The doll is so precious!

Betty @ She's Sew Pretty

Kim, Enjoy your time with your daughter and have a wonderful weekend! I'm going to go thrifting today and look for some treasures!


I love your dolly! So glad your baby girl is on her way home! I had one come home Tuesday and my baby girl comes home tomorrow. Now mama can sleep good!



Kim, I have some ornaments, just like that. Most are from Jim's mother's collection. I love that color!

Have fun with your sweet daughter! I know you can't wait to see her!


Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio

I love vintage ornaments! Your wrapping paper is just perfect for Daisy Cottage...
have fun with your baby girl!


i love the patina on those ornaments! have a great time with your daughter!


These nice, vintage ornaments look just like the ones hubby and I had on our very first tree. Same color, too.
So glad your daughter is coming home for Christmas.


Hi Kim

Just catching up with your wonderful posts - have a truly fantastic weekend with your family! Clare x

Jennifer Wallace

I love the doll under the tree. Brings memories back to me. I loved my baby dolls...and paper dolls. Where oh where did those sweet days go?
Enjoy time with your real baby doll! That's what Christmastime is all about. Being with each other.
Merry Christmas Daisy Cottage and sweet Kim!

Barbara Jacksier

What great colors. Old ornaments are really the best!

Daisy Bouquet

What a cute little doll and to have your baby coming home for Christmas how wonderful. Blessings Mary

Southern Heart

Kim, I love the old ornaments...they remind me of childhood and simpler times. We put toys under our tree, too....they also keep the tree from looking lonely when they presents are opened. Everything looks very pretty at Daisy Cottage.

xoxo, Andrea


I love the ornaments, especially the sunflower with the toile and black crochet pillow. How gorgeous! And, happy reunion with you daughter! I know you will have a wonderful holiday together.


Love all the ornaments but are really drooling over the aqua ones - I wish I could find some (and some pink ones too!) reasonably priced by me - there's not much good thrifting by me. And your dollie is so sweet. So nice to have something treasured so much from your childhood.

Have fun with your daughter!!!


Those azure ornies are just too yummy! You're making me pine for my Mom's ornaments, which didn't get unpacked this year. They're the kind with the starbursts in the center. Lucky you to have two dolls beneath your tree this week- your dear daughter and the doll in the photo! I really enjoy your blog-such an enjoyable display of beautiful vignettes and sheer love of home, & always a pleasure! Thanks for stopping by to see me too. Have a wonderful holiday!

Daisy Cottage

Thank you everyone!
It is raining and she's now driving on the interstate so I get to be a nervous Mommy!


I'm loving those aquas and blues, since my home is in those colors! YOu "scatter" so well, Kim - lol! Aaaaah ... coming here always gives me peace.

Happiness and joy to you and your DD as you greet one another with hugs, kisses and hearts filled with love!


Love the pretty little red gingham dress on your doll.

And that looks like vintage wrapping paper--
maybe it really is!

Everything looks so pretty...



My dear girl is coming home from college too--Saturday or Sunday as our Virginia weather permits--with her roomie, too. I'm looking forward to all the laughter, even if it arrives with laundry! I know your time with your baby will make the season bright.

The Decorated House

Hi Kim!
The house is looking so beautiful and I'm sure Shannon was thrilled to see it all in person. You found some lovely old ornaments with such fun color. I love how you make simple old things breath new life again.
Hugs, Donna


The ornaments are beautiful. My college dd arrived home today, too. Isn't it wonderful to have them home


I love the color of those old ornaments, Kim. They're so pretty, and you've wrapped your packages very prettily too.
I'm so glad your daughter will be home soon. Now it's really and truly Christmas!


Hi Kim,
Enjoy the time with your daughter. It will be so much fun.
Love your ornaments. Such pretty colors.


I just LOVE old ornaments and can't get enough of them. Enjoy your time with your little girl.


Merry Kristmas Kim,
Darling aqua vintage ornaments you found, I love the ones that have faded a bit, they look like Mercury glass when they get like that. I love the look.
I have loads of vintage ornaments that I decorate with, it gives our Christmas so much character.
So glad you have your daughter coming home, enjoy the Holidays with all your family and dear Maggie. :) Bren

Esther Sunday

Safe travels to your daughter. I am quite sure she loves to come home to you, Kim and dear Daisy Cottage! With love, Esther


Kim you vintage girls have convinced me to go out & find some old ornaments..I must be on the hunt now! My mom has some old pretty ones from probably the 50's, but she is still using them on her tree. :)

Enjoy your week with those kiddos!



Wonderful old ornaments. I love the look of your tree and your old doll is perfect there. Enjoy every minute with your daughter. So glad she's home for awhile. ~Adrienne~


I love the ornaments and the doll!! My MIL gave me some (ornaments) that look so much like yours!!

Enjoy the time with your daughter!!!


So glad your daughter is on her way home! Love the ornaments you found at Goodwill. Have a very Merry Christmas!!!


I love vintage ornaments! What a find and such a beautiful color. I long to find some like we had when I was a child - for some reason my brother got every one of our family's ornaments - so wish he would have shared them. I just need to get out and find some vintage ornament treasures too! So glad your daughter will be with you at Christmas! Blessings, Marann


All your Christmas decorations are gorgeous. I especially like the boots. Thank you for the eye-candy.


How excited you must be, a real family again just in thime for Christmas. Wonderful.


Love those vintage ornaments .... the colors are yummy. And the doll under the tree is the perfect touch. I have an old Tiny Tears doll and I think I will put her
under the tree! Thanks for the inspiration!


Oh, hooray, your daughter is coming home! Will she be there a good six weeks, I hope? What a great Christmas gift!

Helle Greer

Hi Kim,
Your house looks so beautiful for Christmas, and the music while browsing is just perfect.
So happy for you that you baby is on her way home to you. Your furry babies looks so cozy too.
I'm going to get our tree today, Danish tradition is to get is much closer to Christmas, and I always get it on my Dads birthday, so I will be busy decorating with my 2 kids this afternoon.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.


Just gorgeous, as always. Thank you for your continual inspiration!


A lovely uplifting post Kim! Thank you for sending good wishes for my recovery from my (((CRACK))) I hibernate I shall be visiting more often.
I love scattering Chritmas ornaments throughout..makes for easy decorating! Should you want to see LOTS of white snow for Chritmas just keep popping by my place!
hop along NG xo
P.S. Love the song Oh Holy Night!!

Alison Gibbs

What a fabulous find at goodwill. Enjoy the time you spend with your daughter.

Terri Takacs

Hi Kim! I drove by a Goodwill the other day ~ remembered all the cool stuff you find there ~and almost caused a big pile up stopping the car and turning around ~ he!he!I found the coolest wicker sewing basket with a red cover! I will post a pic in a day or two. Happy Holidays! Terri Takacs


Beautiful! Love the blue ornaments! And the dolly..I want to (((hug)) her, that dress~ perfect!! LOVE IT ALL!! LoveyouKim!
; - )

kari and kijsa

Oh- what a wonderful find, and how sweet the ornaments look scattered around. Just enjoyed every photo so much, and look forward to more! (In fact, we are inspired to schedule a goodwill run tomorrow...what will await us there...?)

Merry Christmas blessings,
kari & kijsa

kari and kijsa

Oh- what a wonderful find, and how sweet the ornaments look scattered around. Just enjoyed every photo so much, and look forward to more! (In fact, we are inspired to schedule a goodwill run tomorrow...what will await us there...?)

Merry Christmas blessings,
kari & kijsa

Angela (Cottage Magpie)

I love those old aqua ornaments--that has got to be my favorite color of all time! :-) I hope you have a lovely holiday!
~Angela :-)


Everything looks absolutely beautiful!!!!

Pinkie Denise

Oh, I love your old ornament, I pick them up whenever I can. And your dolly so sweet, both my son and daughter will be coming home this weekend from college for Christmas I know what you mean about having them back its such a wonderful feeling. Merry Christmas Pinkie Denise


These old ornaments are so lovely. It was many beautiful things you showed us today. Hope you have a great Monday.
Love Elzie


oooh those are my favorite colored vintage christmas ornaments! Merry Christmas honey!

ellen Crimi-Trent

I love going to your blog so much that I am adding you to my list!
I love to find old mercury ornaments too, but it always seem that I loose one each year when we start putting up the tree. This year I kept on dropping them as I put them on the treee. It was one of those days I guess!


How wonderful! Enjoy the Season, and the company of those you love.



Everything looks absolutely gorgeous!!! Love,love,love those beautiful vintage ornaments! Merry Christmas!!!


How great your daughter is coming home for the holidays!

The ornaments you found at Goodwill are such beautiful colors, I love the contrast with them against the toile - you have the best color around.

Rose @ Classic Charm

Enjoy the special moments with your dear daughter!


your home looks stunning for christmas! love love love your doll under the tree!!!
happy holidays, karri : )

debbie velthouse

junk store finds are some of the BEST! love your vintage bulbs =) debbie


I just found your website which feels like an early Christmas gift! What a beautiful and welcoming home you have created. This makes me miss our 1920 farm house with its wrap-around porch that we sold nearly a year ago. I dream of the day when I can have a home like that again but for now I can enjoy bits of yours! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful holiday season with your family.


Oldies are the best aren't they? I recall my husband asking if the worn Christmas balls should be tossed one year. What??????? I loved seeing your vintage items.


Oh, I hope you have lovely time with your daugther :)


I do so love that color of ornaments! I have a couple of my own, which I have always cherished. How wonderful that you will have your baby with you at Christmas! Your blog is a Christmas-y feast for the eyes and soul, and I thank you so much for all the lovely photos, Kim!

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