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November 30, 2010


Julie Marie Vicknair

Hello Kim... after decorating like crazy for one full week, I am through!... I love seeing all of the beautiful colors in your home... the all~white homes are so very pretty, but I LOVE color in mine too!... your beautiful afghan looks just stunning there, as do your pretty pillows... and that little vintage teapot is my favorite!... happy decorating... or dreaming about decorating... xoxo Julie Marie

Ricki Jill Treleaven

*giggles* I decorated for Thanksgiving, and I am still enjoying my Thanksgiving flowers and decorations! I did get me tree up and decorated. I'll probably put away all traces of Thanksgiving today and finish decorating for Christmas today and tomorrow.

....but I have not thought about it, Kim. Not. At. All......


I always say disting is a big part of the decorating, lol, I usually only do it for holidays:>) I've just begun the decorating and I dust as I go.


If it counts, then I am in great shape! At least my mom's house is decorated and my shopping is done and everyone was fed at Thanksgiving. Today is the day. Planning to use a tenth of what I have, but what is going to get done will be done today and I will go to bed tonight and declare it all good. My plan was to start December with the bulk of Christmas done! Less than 24 hours to make that goal. :)

I know yours will be beautiful. Can't wait to see.


Yep....all glittered and glammed up for Christmas!! :)
Added a few new trinkets this year and one of them are some wooden houses my Dad made years ago. I never did a whole lot with them until this year. I sprayed them white and dusted them with glitter! Now they proudly sit upon my mantle with a new growing collection of trees! Daddy would be tickled. :)

Crochet Galore

Yes, I'm decorating and have been decorating, but also have been sitting and thinking in between. Can't wait to see your sweet cottage in holiday flare.


Found your blog in "Where Women Create" and was pulled in by your colors! I did set up our advent wreath but do also clean and contemplate before creating. No rush as I don't take it down quickly after Christmas anyway.


Oh Kim, your house looks like Christmas already! With all those reds!, Just add a tree and a few sprigs of holly tucked here and there and you should be ready to go!! Love, love, love the *cotton* pillow!!!
be blessed

Amy Henry

Hi Kim,
YES, that totally counts!!!! I haven't started decorating either and keep putting it off. Too many rubber maid bins to dig thru and before I know it, Christmas will be here. HELP!!!!
If you get a chance, stop by my blog and enter my giveaway. I will pick the winner on the evening of Dec 1st.
Hugs to you my friend....STILL LOVING YOUR HOUSE!!!
Amy (Mom to the Four Sisters)


Hi Kim, I haven't even dusted yet! Really need to get started!


Yes, that counts! But you must hurry before you have to dust again.

Carol @ Old Glory Cottage

Creating holiday magic takes time! Yes, I've started, and I just might be done by December 31st!

Carrie Merth

I am all done. I got it done the day after Thanksgiving. I got it done early as December could be crazy at my house.

Susan Freeman

I started the day after Thanksgiving. This has been a very sad year for us and I decided to try to make this Christmas as cheerful as possible. I think that it has helped that we have had several snow storms already and are expecting another one today. Unpacking memories of Christmas past has helped me to focus on happier days.

Susan and Bentley

Barbara F

Oh Kim you sound like me! I am not really feeling it this year, so as one other lady said, I will put out about 1/10 of what I have! As for dusting I don't enjoy it as much since they stopped selling vanilla Pledge!


definately counts! I am almost done and let me tell you I am glad! It is beautiful, but a LOT of work!

Drawn to the Sea

The thinking's half the fun, right?
Hope your day's sweet :-)


Hi Kim! Almost fnished decorating :) This year we started early but I think I'll only decorate a little bit here and there. I can't wait to see your holiday home and most of all I can't wait to see that little doll house again. I put that on my list this year......hope Santa is listening :) xo

Elizabeth Marchus

Hi Kim,
Your ahead of least you have dusted LOL!
I just put the pumpkins away...
Next weekend we will decorate for Christmas. I'm still tired from Thanksgiving company, we hosted 20 adults and 3boxers, my house was full!.
Have a sweet day and hugs from Modesto ca,Elizabeth

Penny @ The Comforts of Home & Lavender Hill Studio

Hi Kim,
I just got back from Naples, Fl last night. We spent a week there for Thanksgiving with family. I am starting my decorating sometime this week. I feel like I am behind already!


Hi Kim,
Your home already looks like Christmas with your reds and greens and love of color! I finally started gathering all my Christmas boxes yesterday and am decorating a little bit here and there. No Christmas trees are up yet. Today I bought another slim tree at Target $25 on SALE for $20! I love that store. Now I will have a tree in the living room and one in the family room. We gave our beautiful full Christmas tree to our niece this year it was getting to heavy for us to carry up and down the basement stairs. At least the outside is totally decorated. Oh, no cleaning while I'm decorating there's too much stuff out everywhere. Have a lovely day and thanks for showing out that beautiful Christmas crocheted throw again. I love seeing it.


I am still putting away fall things and it is slow moving! I keep telling myself it will get done, not to worry!

Dusting is for bored people!



I love the way you think. Blessing to you. Kathi

Sandi ~ A Cottage Muse

Hi Kim ~ what a treat it will be to see your home all decked out for the holiday!

Have a wonderful day!

sweet cottage dreams

there are times when the best ideas come from deep thought...

your home looks decked out already with all of the pretty greens and reds!

think happy thoughts and have fun decorating!



Sneezing and eyes itching here from all of the dusting, I started the day after Thanksgiving and we put the tree up last night. I keep saying I am going to leave most of it in the tubs but end up using it all:) I am down to a basket full of trinkets that I will "tweak" with:) My husband and children love it, so, I am glad I went all out again this year. Can't wait to watch your home get all gussied up for Christmas, Kim.


Awwwwwe...So nice to see a bit of your precious home. Really really miss seeing it. You have the greatest house.
Putting on my wish list: Daisy Cottage House Tour for Christmas!
Love always, Suzanne


I'm going to start dusting and moving furniture this afternoon....tree will go up this afternoon hopefully. I'm so anxious. We have several inches on the snow on the ground now and it's still snowing so it definitely looks like winter here.

Patti VZ

I guess it's about time to start thinking about it, huh? :)


you can sit and think all you want because, at the end of all your thinking you will be bursting with ideas - yeah! can't wait to see your wonderful christmas decor - i've been ready to decorate like last week - i love the tea pot against the wing chair the green sure pops - love it!

have a Blessed Week -

love ya, maria - cottage feel -

Julie Harward

Dusting is a great start...mine is all up thanks to my hubbies help! I am having a give a way that you might like! ;D


You're ahead of me. I'm still thinking about dusting! But I did just clip some pine branches and holly branches with beautiful red berries. And I did take out my retro ornaments and mix them in with my Nantucket shells in a big red stoneware bowl. That's a start I guess.

Melesa Garrison

Last year we had my husbands 4 kids, spouses and children. My oldest daughter, son-in-law and kids. We had a house full with lots of decorations. This year, I put up my little 3' tree, wreath on the door and calling it good! When there are no kids around, it kind of takes the magic out of Christmas. I don't want to put a damper on things as Christmas is very special and the celebration of our Lord's birthday. It's fun to hear about all the ppl and the decorating that has taken place and I can't wait to see what you do with your precious cottage. I have however been decorating the office all morning and it looks very nice. God Bless, MG

Sami Jo

it TOTALLY counts! *wink* That's what I've been doing too and I haven't got to the dusting part - I've been sorting through luggage and doing laundry - changing bedding and plotting my Christmas List. Such a slacker this year - haven't even started on my gifts yet! Gotta clean up the mess before I make another :) Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!


It is still November and I think the world is rushing all the holidays together too much anyway.
there is plenty of time to decorate for Christmas.

Aloisia Tomschin

Yes, I decorated for Christmas, though, not as much as in the past. This past Summer the Chicagoland Area had flooding and I also lost all my Christmas decorations and tree. But I am so happy today, because yesterday, my best friend Janet sent me a beautiful Ceramic Christmas Tree for Christmas, It's excactly like the one I lost in the flood. I thank God everyday for friends like her and I am so blessed to have her as a lifelong friend, 55 years so far!!


If bringing the tubs inside counts - I've started! I enjoy the entire process and do a bit each night when I get home from work. I love the sparkling, twinkling lights, all the old familiar ornaments plus a few new ones. I would leave it up for months if I could!

Love, love the green teapot!


Love everything in your pictures. No, I haven't started decorating for Christmas yet either. My oldest grandson who's 12 helps me with the tree. It takes a while to take the decorations out of the boxes and put them on the tree so he helps me. When my grown sons were very young, they would each pick out a Hallmark ornament to put on the tree. When my three grandchildren were two they started picking out a Hallmark ornament to put on the tree each year too. So. . .we have bunches of Hallmark ornaments to take out of their boxes and put on the tree. It's fun watching them every year make sure I got all the ornaments on the tree they picked out over the years! Cindy Okla


Did your friend from the Kallilac Shack stop blogging?

Our tree goes up this Saturday. I need my husband who is not afraid of heights to go up on the ladder to finish our tree. Oure tree is 12 ft tall and I do the bottom 6 to 8 ft and he does the rest of the tree with much direction from me. But he is okay with that!!!! We switch it our every year, this year with be an oriental theme tree, last year was all the old ornaments from the 33 years we have been married. That way the decoractions stay fresh.


Geez,,,, sorry 'bout the spelling errors. I just hit post without reading it and editing the mispelled words!!!!


I really scaled back this year. Mainly because the other half has COPD and the riding mower and all of his summer toys are in the storage shed and I couldn't get to more totes. I got some down that were on the other side and
we both like it better. Simple and pretty and I was able to get down the two trees that light up and the wreath tht matches the tree. It's just fine!

Yes we are all decorated here and thinking about decorating counts too. If I'd thought more ahead of time, I could have avoided moving multiple boxes, waaayy too many times this past weekend.

Patty O'Malley

Did the feeling go away then? LOL We did get the outside decorated on Sunday. Now I have to work on the inside--not too much time left!


The decorating is complete. I wish I had thought about it more before starting because I had a hard time staying on task. I certainly hope you got Miss Maggie's input on any decorating design. :o) La


Kim ~ half of the decorating process is to think about it. You need to know where everything will go. Put some Christmas music on and feel the season. Ask Maggie, she might know, Marley might know....and then again you might need to think some more.

Jana T

Absolutely it counts!! Thinking about decorating is just about all I ever get done. I enjoy Christmas through everyone else's decorating. I'm sure I'll enjoy your decorations too. Can't wait to see them!


Oh that's a start...
At least you are already in the holiday spirit:)

But yes, I did start my Christmas decorating, not yet finish though:)


Yes, I started my Christmas decorating today, but I'm not finished yet. I put all the decorations out first...then the trees. Pretty sure it will be Friday when I get the two trees up since I still have other stuff to put out.

Trish Rowley

Hi Kim, I have most of the Christmas decos done a few more things to dig out of the garage and a second Christmas tree that I am holding back on putting up until my eldest grandson comes to stay with us for a week on the 13th Dec. then we will do that one together it will be fun and Nanna will cook him a special dinner. As for the dusting well thats a never ending thing in this house I have always said that this house is soooo dusty I could do it daily and it would still have dust everywhere lol. Trish xox ;)


Happy December Kim!
Decorating here will start after the Christmas Bazaar at church is over. It is this Saturday and I chair the Country Store booth. Just got all the totes, boxes, bags, baskets, etc out of the house over the past couple of days. Will set up Thu and Fri.
Your pics with the red and white pillows and throw look very Christmasy already! Can't wait to see all your decorating!
Have a happy day!
blessings, Betsy


I certainly HOPE it counts(though my children don't seem too convinced, yet!), as that is EXACTLY what I've managed to get done so far, myself!
And today is the first, and I cannot FIND my Advent house ...time for plan "B".
Happy Christmas SEASON!

Southern Lady's Market

LOL! I've thought about it too. Hoping it counts!

Rose - The Center of My Self

Your home is already so pretty; it really doesn't "need" anything more to make it prettier. My mom had a beautiful home. She put up a tree and a few baubles and it was sheer perfection. Learning from her, I don't go into the excess because then it feels like too much to me and I don't enjoy it. I love my home as is and just put up garland on the banister, a wreath on the door, the manger (MOST important), Advent wreath made from baubles and candles, bowls of ornies. Easy, simply, sparkly. (No tree; I'm allergic and don't miss the mess one bit.)

Enjoy whatever you do, Kim! The way you appreciate every small think in life is the best kind of decorating in the heart. <3

Barbara Anne

No decorating for Christmas here yet and am playing catch-up on blogs.

Yesterday I got DS1's quilt top to the long arm machine quilter and will get it back in about two weeks so then will put the binding and label on so it can be mailed away for his birthday on Christmas Eve.

I helped with the installation of AMIL's new/old breakfront broght from her old house to this one. It's almost completed and she and I will unpack her treasures, then decorate for Christmas. It will be utter delight!

Hope your days are filled with utter delight, too!



Sure! It counts! At least that's my story, too :-)

Kimberly Padilla

We don't celebrate Christmas, but our home is all cleaned and dusted. We began with out celebration of Chanukkah tonight. Blessings!






Love all your comfy, colorful chairs with your adorable pillows. I have a weakness for cute chairs and cute pillows. :)

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