Alabama Stone Cottage Christmas

Allison's mercury glass-like Christmas tree decorationsA look at my personal collection of new and cherished holiday decor.

Since building our lakeside cottage, I’ve made a conscious effort to bring a touch of the outdoors in when decorating. Christmastime is no exception.  By chance, I recently ran across a holiday collection in Lowe’s featuring over-sized champagne color pinecones with a mercury glass look, perfect for our home in the woods.

mercury glass-like ornaments on Allison's Christmas tree via AtticmagMr. Shops loves the way the six inch tall pinecones “light up,” almost from within, highlighting the softly glittered edges.  Drop-shaped ornaments in champagne, gold, chocolate and copper hang along side laser cut wood snowflakes.  The new ornaments are all shatterproof, ideal with our small herd of pets and young grandchildren.

vintage wood sock stretchers used in lieu of Christmas stockingsHere is a photograph of our tree a few years ago.  I decided to skip the copper color ribbon, but continued using the French script fabric tree skirt and large metal angel votive for the tree topper.  Our Christmas mantel was featured after I purchased vintage sock stretchers from etsy shops to use in in lieu of traditional stockings.  I love their whimsical touch.

Lynn Haney Collection Santa of White Woods via AtticmagSantas from the Lynn Haney Collection have been a holiday tradition for almost twenty years. Artisans hand paint faces cast from original clay molds. Wigs and beards are made with natural fibers, wool and mohair. Detailed costuming made from velvet, silk, wool and brocades are finished with European braids, fur and trim. Exquisitely detailed accessories including decorated trees, baskets and toys give each Santa personality.  I have collected three; Santa of White Woods was my first purchase and is by far my favorite. The detailing of his off-white felt coat, woven baskets, paper star and sweet face always bring smiles to our holiday guests.  A birch bark and feather tree adds to the snowy scene.

Lynn Haney Collection Candy Cane Santa via AtticmagOur grandson’s favorite is Candy Cane Santa, holding a puppy and kitchen along with holiday books and a small decorated tree.  I love the soft curls of his beard.  He keeps watch from the kitchen island, beneath a leaning Charlie Brown-style Christmas tree bearing painted wooden ornaments that decorated our trees when our children        were young.

vintage paper mache Christmas ornaments via AtticmagThe tree branches also hold a collection of papier mâché and handmade ornaments that were given to us as a wedding present – Mr. Shops and I were married on the day after Christmas.

Lynn Haney Collection Let it Snow Santa via AtticmagLet It Snow Santa resides in the breakfast room next to a green feather tree.  His quilted coat features snowmen against a dark blue sky with falling snow.  Santa holds a soft needle pine tree with a small red bird in one arm, a snowman and sled in the other, and a burlap bag of toys tossed over his shoulder.

vintage nativity scene via AtticmagMy only venture into the crazy world known as Black Friday was two decades ago, to specifically purchase this nativity.  It is a cherished Christmas tradition.  Our grandson was delighted when he recently discovered the manger not only has a “horse” but also plays music.  Old and new favorites to share with our loved ones this holiday season and beyond, creating fond Christmas memories for everyone.

 

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5 Responses to “Alabama Stone Cottage Christmas”

  1. Pat December 16, 2013 at 7:04 am #

    Allison,
    I adore all of your Santas in your Christmas decor, dear one!!!
    The creche with your Nativity is precious!!!
    Visiting from Susan’s!
    Fondly,
    Pat

  2. cat_mom December 16, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

    Just beautiful–all of it!

  3. kswl December 20, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    Very impressed with the unbreakable ornaments— practically and lovely. Your Christmas decorations are beautiful!

  4. Allison December 20, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    Thank you, Pat and Kswl.

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