"Life is amazingly good when it's simple and amazingly simple when it's good." ~ Terri Guillemets

Monday, December 3, 2012

Old Time Party #3 and Farmhouse Christmas Decor

Whoo-hoo, it’s an Old Time Party
and a giveaway!
Right here and now at the farmhouse.
Get your farm gal/guy on and come join me.
The more the merrier!
Held the first Monday of every month at 6:00 am.
Party will be up and going strong through this Friday.

We are including Christmas at the party this month as I've been asked to join in
the 'Creating Christmas' blog hop with
Traci at Fishtail Cottage doing Natural Christmas decor on Dec. 11
Jann at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson doing Vintage Christmas decor on Dec. 13.
Make sure to mark your calendars so you won’t miss a thing.

I truly feel honored that Jann asked me to share my farm style Christmas décor.
I have many moods when it comes to Christmas. And many boxes.
I have lots of decor from my pickin’ adventures and auctions. All frugal finds.
It’s fun to open up the boxes each year and determine what I’ll be using.
I surprised myself as I added lots of red to the farmhouse this year when I usually do a lot of white.
Let me show you…

White dishes with vintage touches.

Christmas aprons in stripes and plaids.

My chalkboard creation on a vintage tray.

I love this old rooster that was saved from a shed as it was being torn down.
Just added some greens here.

Santa and his farm truck had to make an appearance.
Who says Santa drives a sleigh?

My book page trees that I topped with rustic stars.

This is the barn wood table with sewing machine legs that we whipped together last year.
I needed a narrow table to hold the desserts for the holidays with all the company we were expecting.
I pulled the materials out of the garage and asked the hubby and son-in-law if they could make a table out of it and do it quick, like in an hour or less. LOVE IT!

Every year I set up a snack station. This took an unexpected turn and brought out the child in me. 
I was thinking of my sweet, little granddaughter. 

Added a couple of vintage touches to my old screen.

I like the look of old mixed with new.

Cute little farming bibs.

And a little tree tucked into the corner of the kitchen.

On one end of our living room, I draped a pieced quilt top that was passed down in the family over our banister.

This décor is placed on a chicken incubator that I purchased from an Amish farm.
I’ll show more and tell all about the incubator another day.

This is just the top of our tree that I put in a milk crate.
I added boxwood, pinecones, muslin bows, and icicles.
And see that fluffy stuff? It’s cotton from Arkansas!
My friend, The Farmer’s Daughter, sent it to me after I was fascinated with her cotton fields and her family’s history. Wasn’t that sweet of her? I thought it was special enough to add to our Christmas tree. 
It looks like fluffy little clouds!

I had 3 little hearts that I tied together for the tree topping. It works!

Every tree needs a cute little bird.

These little books are vintage journals and make for an interesting read.
I added a pocket watch and an old pair of glasses that belonged to hubby’s grandmother.

Old rustic ice skates with sleigh bells and a lantern.

I almost forgot about my blue Ball jars on the kitchen table. I collect jars. Can’t help myself. 
And a farmhouse can never have too many wire baskets or feed sacks which I'm using one as a table runner here.

That’s enough about my décor for now!
I do have a favorite room, my dining room, that I will share later.
It needs a post of its own, but I'll give you a sneak peek! 

Let’s not forget about the Sweet & Simple Giveaway!!!

For the Holidays, I’m giving away $30.00 toward my Old Time Pickers’ shop.
If you win, pick any item(s) valued up to $30.00 by January 31, 2013.
Shipping for that item(s) is included.
Please note that the giveaway is for the U.S. only.
Happy Holidays & Good Luck!!!

To enter the giveaway, here’s the deal…
*You must be a follower. 
*Visit at least 3 participants from the Old Time Party below to give them some friendly farm love. 
*Come back here and leave '1 comment only' that you shared the love. You can comment how many visits you made, or what you enjoyed, or what you learned, or who ya visited, or yadda, yadda....
See...sweet and simple. And this is on the honor system so please follow the sweet and simple rules.
The giveaway will close this Friday at midnight.
Winner will be announced first thing next Monday morning.

Now for the Old Time Party!

Callin' all Pickers!
Show us your finds...flea market, thrift shop, curbside, and from any other thrifty outlet.

Callin' all Crafters!
Show us your projects...anything which involves material, glue, scissors, paints, and  other creative tools.

Callin' all Healthy Homemakers!
Show us your skills...healthy recipes, going green, gardening, homesteading, and maintaining a healthy, balanced home.

Callin’ on Everything Christmas!
Show us your best farmhouse style in décor, food, & fun.

Please Do:
Write your post first and link back to Old Time Party with text or link back with the Old Time Party photo within your post. Here at the party, be sure to link up your post url, not your blog url.
Link up to the category below that coincides with your post.
I'd appreciate it if you became a follower.
Visit at least 3 other party participants.

Please Don’t:
Link to shops, giveaways, parties and blog hops.
Link up something that you have already shared here.
For pickers – no items from box stores.
For homesteaders - no posts on hunting and/or harvesting animals (eggs, honey, milk, etc. are fine).

Those featured will be announced next Monday.
Okay…now do some boot scootin’ and get linked up for some farmtastic fun at the
Old Time Party,
Sharing at Welcome Home Wednesday

*Callin' All Pickers*

*Callin' All Crafters*

*Callin' All Healthy Homemakers*

*Callin’ On Everything Christmas*


The Farmer's Daughter said...

Wow! I couldn't link up earlier for reading and looking at your Farmhouse Style! 3X's before I got down to business and added my links! Cindy--friend of mine--you have put some Christmas cheer in my heart and inspired me to get to my own decorating! I didn't have the bug til I saw this post! There's just nothing like a farmstyle Christmas! So glad the cotton worked out, too--and, one more comment--Of course Santa drives a farm truck!lol
Sending Christmas Love your way,

Sherry said...

All of your decorating looks fantastic! Love the candy canes in the mason jars. Thanks for hosting!

Jori said...

SO cute!

Jann Olson said...

Cindy, I knew I would love your farmhouse Christmas. However, you out did yourself girl! So much eye candy. I see stuff I have, like crates, bottles, etc. and think, "why didn't I think of that?" lol! I have a collection of blue bottles. Didn't use one for Christmas. What was I thinking? Thanks for joinging in. Off to visit Dru and Sherry.
p.s. I'll check back later to visit more.

Jann Olson said...

Cindy, I visited 4 blogs. Even found one new one. Thanks for offering this great give away. I will be back later for more farmhouse fun!

chateau chic said...

Cindy, Thank you so much for hosting this fun party. You have so many fabulous farmhouse vignettes, I'm going to have to go back so I can look at all the wonderful vintage goodness in your displays.
Mary Alice

Salmagundi said...

Love everything about your home. Thanks for hosting this fun event. Sally

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Cindy, Your decorating is so pretty! I really feel happy when I see all you have done! i sure better get my decorating finished. Your style inspires me to get my own little farmhouse looking Christmas Farmhouse Sweet!
Blessings, and thanks for a beautiful and inspiring party!

Julie Marie at Idyllhours said...

Love your farmhouse decorations Cindy... so warm and cozy and festive!... xoxo Julie Marie

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Oh my goodness! All of your decorations are soooo cute. Thanks for the inspiration!

I linked up a couple posts today. Thanks for hosting this fun party :)

sweetvintageofmine said...

So many pretty and unique ideas in your Christmas kitchen! I adore those book page trees! And putting your tree in an OLD WOOD CRATE-OUTSTANDING--TRUE FARMHOUSE STYLE! Tryin' to get something together for your party! We'll see if I can! LOVE your post! Very merry! Roxie

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I forgot to mention that I visited and commented on three different posts. Please enter me in the contest - I'd love to win! ;)

Chenille Cottage said...

Hi Cindy!
I am just tickled to find your wonderful blog...thanks to sweet Jann! She is one of my favorite blogging buddies. I am so excited about your blog party and I will be popping in throughout this coming week to see all the lovely blogs that post their photos.

I have already visited three or four others and have not been disappointed. Each one has their very own special and personal touch.

Now to your post....Oh, My goodness! It's just a delight! I am in awe of all your sweet country touches. Those precious little overalls, your colorful snack station and your tiny trimmed tree. I am so inspired!
Blessings and many thanks to you for hosting this fun party!
Carolynn xxx

ps...I almost forgot to ask you to include me in your Giveaway!

Antiques And Teacups said...

Very fun! I found you from Fishtail Cottage!

Cynthia said...

Wow some great stuff I visited three bloggers and they have great stuff. I am glad I discovered you through Fishtail Cottage one of my favs.


Jori said...

I'm back to say I absolutely adore the pie tins, and scrabble letters!

Mary Ellen said...

Looks like Christmas is in full swing at your lovely home!! Thank you for the tour and fun party- joining in today.

Maureen said...

Holy cow! You have been a very busy girl! It all looks fabulous!

Deb Hen said...

So cute... Would love for you to join me for Welcome Home Wednesdays at www.vintageonadime.blogspot.com Thanks Debbie

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Cindy, I am so in love with your home and farmhouse vignettes. It is warm, cozy and so very creative. I could jump with in the post and live here. LOL
Thank you for sharing. I am so enjoying this.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Patricia said...

Hello Cindy, thanks for hosting this great party!
I love all your red farmhouse decor and the table that your hubby and son-in-law made.
It looks terrific!
Can't wait to see your dining room :-)
blessings..Patricia (from Australia)

Deb Hen said...

Thans for joinin Welcome Home Wednesday !!! Deb:)

Sandy said...

All of your decorations are just wonderful but I especially love
how you used the old sewing machine cabinet legs for the table.. such an inventive idea...
Happy Holidays

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

I just love your decorations for Christmas. Those book trees are just great! It reminds me of Christmas when I was a kid. Nothing better than a simple country Christmas!

ohiofarmgirl said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. I have become a follower also! I love your decorations and look forward to see what you are up to! I have left a comment on three different blogs...I may have put my link on the wrong linky page...i guess it should have been on the Christmas page. Blessings, Dianntha

Connie said...

Oh My Goodness, Move over Martha Stewart, because Cindy is in town!!!

This post is a marvelous adventure . . . so much to see. My favorites right off the bat are your sewing machine farmhouse table and those adorable little bib overalls in the window with the candy cane in the pocket :)

Thanks for the sweet comment you left on my blog, and do visit and enter my Give-Away.
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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