It seems impossible to be headlong into December but we are.  I spent most of the weekend unpacking totes of treasures only to pack them back away.  My decorating, like my life this year, seems to be a little more simplified than years past. 

I still love the season but I am fervently trying to focus on what truly has meaning to me as I set about bringing Christmas to our little cottage.

I am not quite ready to share it with you yet as the clean up is still in process but I am close. 

These pictures are from my little treasure hunting adventure last Friday.  I had the best time and plan on returning to the next Vintage Marketplace in the Spring.  I haven't had a chance to snap pictures of what I brought home but hopefully that will come soon, too.

I am off to bible study and already have a few returns to make but then it's back to creating a December nest that will hopefully be a part of many new Christmas memories to come.

xo, Patty


  1. can't wait to see it all. christmas is such a magical time of the year. so exciting. enjoy your day. ( :

  2. Hi Patty. I can't wait to see what you found at the market place. I was so sorry to have missed your call! I was home! But in the garage, setting up. If you had called my cell, I would have gotten the call. Darn.
    Have a great day!
    xo Kris

  3. Patty- I am anxious to see your NEW Christmas memories! It sounds like you are on the right track and have your priorities straight- xo Diana

  4. It's always good to step back and truly focan on what matters most! I can't wait to see your Christmas pretties, Patty!

  5. I was actually thinking of you today. I am missing my Dad a lot these days and said a prayer for you. I haven't decorated this year...not sure why...or if I will...I may take your example and simplify and begin anew.

  6. Patty, I love the pictures...such lovely things.

    I can't wait to see your Christmas decorations and I so understand about decorating with what is important to you. I think each year our focus is in a different place and I think that is really okay.

    Blessings this day!


  7. I love Christmas, with all the lights and pretty things... I can't wait to see the rest either..Happy Holidays with love Janice

  8. I feel the same way about Christmas too. Although...I still put up fun treasures from the past but I'm trying to highlight the reason for the season. I have two mangers that I display. One of them I received from my parent's when I got married and the other one I inherited from her when she passed away a few years back. I don't know what I'd do without the hope of Jesus Christ. ~Amy

  9. Yes I think simple is my mode this year as well. I'm going with a tabletop tree that hopefully be out of our puppy's reach. She's been such a destructive little/big girl that I'm not willing to chance her stealing ornaments from a tree that she could have easy access to. Enjoy your decorating and holiday preps. I haven't brought down the totes yet, but soon.

  10. I love December about the birth of Jesus
    Have a fab week
    Ella xxx

  11. Patty,
    I love how our Seasonal decorating evolves through the years!
    Each year, I send more and more of off~cast items to our Church Thrift Shop!
    I hear squeals of delight when I donate...and the $ale of items benefits the Missions of our Church, which is my delight!
    I'll be back soon to see your Christmas Nest!

  12. I love everything in your photos. I can't wait to see when you've got everything done! :)

  13. I only put out about half of my decorations this year but for somewhat different reasons :). I love the items that you have posted. Can't wait to see the finished look!

  14. Patty,
    Oh, I love the Mother Mary statue, it's beautiful. I was noticing all the red decorations for Christmas. They are so festive, and I really like the "JOY." Enjoy the season!
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley


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