It seems like Christmas is truly upon us, as this is St. Nicholas Day. A very happy time to those of you who celebrate. Today, we are both celebrating his life, and mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela. What a courageous life he led. We will miss his presence in the world, but I hope the difference he made will always be with us.
Today I am sharing a little bit of my Christmas decorating. This year my little red shelf holds this enameled white and red coffee pot holding greens, and an old red rolling pin, and next to it I've placed a matching cup holding a candle. To the other side, I've set a bundle of cinnamon sticks tied up with gingham ribbon. It looks cheerful and says "Home Sweet Home" I think. Darla, and Sharon, you can see the little Blue Willow lantern I mentioned hanging on the wall. I really like it, and someday I'd like to find another one.
This Blue Willow bowl is the piece that I bought the day that I found my little cupboard. It's a nice size, measuring about 5" deep and 7" in diameter, though it seems bigger somehow. It's the perfect size for holding a pot of flowers on the kitchen table. Around the bottom of the bowl, there are ridges, which don't show up very well in the photograph, but do add a bit of interest that I haven't seen on Blue Willow china before. It's a litle bit older piece than some of the china I have, and I really am happy to have found it. Red and white pointsettias both look good with Blue Willow, in a classic way, that says Merry Christmas to me.
Brrrrr, our weather has turned really cold. I'm thinking it is a good day to put a pot of chili to cooking on the stovetop, and mix up a batch of cornbread to have with it for dinner tonight. I've traced a small needlepunch pattern onto fabric, to work on tonight, but first, I'm going to head to the store for the floss I'll need to stitch it.
I hope you all are enjoying your day.
....'til next time in Merryville.