Friday, November 29, 2013

Decorating Always Starts in the Kitchen, and With the Memories

The first thing I decorate every year is the kitchen.
Nothing says Christmas like a decorated kitchen.
Reminds me of sitting around the kitchen table with my Mom and Grandmother.
The first thing to go up is the curtains my Mom made me so many years ago when I moved into my house.
the kitchen window all decorated
love the light in the window at night.
cute scene on the curtains of Christmas cookies and cakes
how sweet

and my Hoosier cabinet
A Christmas present from my Mom and Grandfather one year.
I always hang my Christmas apron with my Mom's and the 
"hostess Apron" on the left is a gift last year from my sweet friend
Paulette from A Cheerful Thrifty Door
How generous and thoughtful, it mean so much to me.

oranges in my Pfalzgraff bowl
I can remember reading about my Dad getting them in his stocking

a vintage cookie cook book, bell mold, Rudolph mold and some red sugar for decorating

from Sears and Roebuck and Co.!

it is still full, I guess someone did not get their cookies decorated?

I love reading these and getting some tips
From Aunt Jenny at Spry Shortening
never heard of it, have you?

a quilt potholder made by one of my best friends years ago, it has always hung here

I was thrilled when I found this years ago...I knew it was just like my Mom and I.
It was on her refrigerator, I sure miss our annual cut out sugar cookie baking.

my little shelf

adore bottle brush wreaths
I used them for my Barbie's when I was little

sweet little snowmen to great me

This was a productive day.
I was suppose to work but I got a call on Wednesday
"would you like Friday off?'
You bettcha!
I don't go back to Tuesday so I should have most of my decorating done and to
start packing for my week at 1515 in a couple of weeks.

What did you do on this Black Friday?

Joining Marty at
A Stroll Thru Life 193rd Inspire Me Tuesday

Jann at


Anonymous said...

Hi Ann! I love seeing all of your sweet decorations and all the stories and memories attached to them too. Glad you got today off and I'd say you got lots accomplished. I've been decorating too. No Black Friday business for me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lottie said...

Ann, I love your kitchen curtains! Thank you for sharing all the memories of your mom.

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Love the curtains and your aprons! So nice to have things with fond memories attached. Your kitchen decorating is so pretty! Hubby put up the outside lights today and tomorrow we start the tree. Joy!

ann said...

If your kitchen does not get one' spirit in the mood, it is a hopeless case. Black Friday. I babysat while the kids are trying to move into their new home. I may hit the stores next week when most everyone else is working.

Paulette said...

Your kitchen looks fabulous all spruced up for the holidays. I'm not decorating this year, the kitchen and living room are still under renovations, and I am leaving on Monday for sixteen days, but when I return I will enjoy Christmas decoration at my children's homes and via blog post from my blog friends. How sweet that you used the apron I sent you, thanks for the shout out. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of your holiday decorating.

Susie said...

I love all your is truly an old fashioned Christmas feeling, looking at everything. Blessings dear Ann. xoxo, Susie

Pat said...

Your kitchen curtain is the cutest thing I've seen in vintage Christmas decor, dear friend!!! How precious that it was a gift from your Mother!
Black Friday was spent traveling to see my 91 year old Dad and eat a belated Thanksgiving dinner with him!!!
So~o~o glad you were able to have a few "extra" days off to do some serious decorating for Christmas. . .I'm still working on it here on the Prairie!!!

Sue McPeak said...

So warm and cozy for Christmas, Ann. Love all of your special memory pieces and gifts that you have shared. I'm getting inspired just looking at all your pictures. This week I should get in the spirit and put up the tree. Have a great week decorating.


Adorable curtains for the holidays, along with such cute aprons too! I love C'mas elements with memories, as this way they become real treasures!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

You know that I totally adore your hoosier, it is so fabulous and you always decorate it so beautifully. Love your stories about all of your treasures too. Thanks so much for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi Ann, the curtains are so perfect for the holidays! They would be wonderful to share with my 'Sugar & Spice' party next week. Love the old cookbook and the red sugar!

Curtains in My Tree said...

sweet decorations and the cookie recipe makes me want some
I need to get busy and decorate a little
It's always nice to see what your are doing
Merry Christmas