Thursday, December 5, 2019

Did a little decorating today...

Friends, I didn't mean to do a Thanksgiving post and then disappear. What happened was, I found the yard rake leaning against an oak tree, picked it up, and have been gone for seven days. Well, that's just about right.

Reminds me of a story Daddy used to tell us about my uncle Lloyd. There were seven boys and two girls in Daddy's family. There were railroad tracks not far from their farm. Daddy said all the boys would be out working in the field when a train whistle would blow, off in the distance. Uncle Lloyd would drop his hoe and take off running, catch the train, and be gone for weeks at a time.

Anyhow, today I'm trying to put up a few Christmas decorations...BUT! this has been a week of, everything I do or touch looks worse than it did before. I have struggled with the Christmas village on the mantle...

Just couldn't get it to look right. The snowy forest scene was too small and needed something! Finally, a brain storm! Using feed bags, (what ever did I do before we had feed bags) I cut out six fir trees...

painted them green...added a little white paint for snow...then painted a star for the top of each one. Not even sure now if I like it. Afraid it looks like something out of a coloring book for a seven year old??? Oh well. :(

and that garland around the fireplace! Got the ladder out again and making sure this year, to hang the center of the garland on the nail in the center of the fireplace, whew! which I did. Got it all hung and realized the plug for the drop cord needed to be on the right side...I had it on the left side. I had just put the ladder up! Been like that all day! 

I do like the little village; the houses and the people, especially in front of the cold snowy forest...

Found the Carolers last year at a thrift store. Seems like every year I find something new to add to the village and all of it's from a thrift store. 

 another group of carolers

and I'm not quite done with the tree yet...

So that's it, so far.

Oh, Poppy finally killed a deer; a buck. A big buck...eight point buck with two more small points. The taxidermist said if the small points are large enough to hang a ring on, then they would count as two more points...which would make it a ten point buck. Poppy sure was tickled. He is having it know we need one deer head in the living room :( 

Poppy had the deer processed and gave the meat to three friends.

Well, this post was supposed to be about the new shower curtain but I guess that can wait until next time.

Got this picture of Poppy and Smokey this evening...
It's usually Dumperoo curled up in Poppy's lap.



  1. You did a great job decorating your mantel. I like how you've arranged it. I remember when you posted about finding the carolers. Some of my best finds have been from the thrift store.
    Congratulations to Poppy for getting that Buck. You mentioned he gave the meat away? Don't the two of you eat venison?

  2. Congrats to Poppy! Bob didn't see any on his hunting days.
    I think the mantle looks great and I love your thrift village!

  3. Oh your decorating is spectacular! The snowy forest backdrop is just right and your feed sack trees are the perfect touch.

    Love your tree. One of these days we will have to try a tree again------always a lot of angst about the possibility with two rambunctious cats around. Maybe this year we might not wimp out.

    Poppy did good!! 8 points is a lot, isn't it? I bet he (the deer) provided a lot of meat!

  4. I'm so glad to know Poppy got a deer! I love the village and the cold snowy forest. But, are there bears in that forest?

  5. Your mantle looks absolutely lovely dear Henny Penny. I have been trying to decorate too .... but all I seem to have achieved is a great big mess in the house!!

  6. I think your mantle is perfect. Congratulations to Poppy, hunting is a mans thing . . . I don't really get it, but I've noticed that men and women are different in sooooooooooooooo many ways, LOL.
    Please stop in and visit my latest post. I have a "shout out" to your blog :)
    Have fun decorating.
    Connie :)

  7. The mantle looks nice, and I'm glad you put your own talent into it. Very nice! Phil

  8. Oh I love your trees!! I need to go get some feed bags out of the barn and make me some. I love your church! I am going to look for me a church. I found one I like but the cost.... I have 3 of the 4 carolers like yours. Tell Poppy congrats on the the deer. Can not wait to see pictures of the mount. Love you bunches

  9. Your Christmas village is so cute! I love the variety of what you have in it. Your tree is beautiful too! I finally finished our tree and it's been up almost a week. It takes time to decorate a tree. I think your lovely home is just made for Christmas. I hope you and Poppy have a great weekend!

  10. I did my crib yesterday afternoon, l was gonna
    wait till the weekend, but, decided to get it
    done! Looks good, pleased with it to, it's still
    the original crib, mia Mama used when l was a boy! ;).
    Yours looks lovely Henny..Quite unique, love the colours
    to..the figures look nice to..! ๐ŸŽ… ๐Ÿคถ

    So Poppy finally got a deer, "well done Poppy"..we've
    been waiting long enough..Bless him! :).
    I would have thought a photo would be of Poppy
    with the deer slung across his shoulders..HeHe! :o).

    Everything looks lovely Henny..all up together and always
    colourful..the tree looks great to..hope the pussy~cats
    love running up and down mine used to..! :).
    You ALL have a great weekend..keep yer eye on that rake..! :o).
    ๐ŸŽ… ⛄ ❄️ ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ’ ๐ŸŽ… ⛄ ❄️ ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ’ ๐ŸŽ… ⛄ ❄️ ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ’

  11. I LoVe your mantle and the village scene. The trees were a great idea. Congratulations to Poppy on his buck. The men out here in the west love to get big bucks too. :-)

  12. Your decorations are looking very pretty and your kitty cat is so identical to my dear Smokey who I lost a year ago. Miss him so much. Your mantel looks very pretty!

  13. You've done a wonderful job with your village, Henny Penny! I remember last year's post about those finds, and they're really great. The background forest is new this year, I think? Fantastic idea! I really need to model myself after you and find the motivation to do more around here...I've done some decorating already but...I never do any crafts and that's part of the fun, isn't it? For example, I love your homemade trees all the more because you created them. Well, I guess it's a big deal about getting a big male deer? I kind of get it, but I feel for you! God bless you all : )

  14. Wow, you find great stuff at your Thrift Store!! I love the carolers. I have a set of our metal ones. -Jenn

  15. Your mantle looks great. The Christmas season is just too short after the decorations are up, but I guess that's part of what makes them special.
    Merry Christmas
    xx, Carol

  16. I really love it, Thanks for sharing! Looking forward for more!

  17. Your Christmas village looks perfect to me, Henny. I enjoy seeing it. I am putting up my
    tree today but nothing a involved as you have done. At least Smokey is giving Poppy a warm
    reward for a hard day deer hunting! We had a great wind blow thru here a few days ago, and
    it was blowing in the right direction for a change because it got rid of the last of our
    leaves for us!

  18. Ah Henny you did a perfect job with your lovely fireplace mantle. Your creative side didn't leave you when it came to making those green fir trees...just perfect friend. Loved the photo of Poppy and Smokey. Looks like they are "two peas in a pod". Have a blessed weekend. Hugs!

  19. The thrift store is my favorite place! I love your wee village!

  20. Your decorating looks so festive and magical.
    Your talent for creating never ceases to amaze me, those trees look perfect, and completes the mantle scene.
    I remember when you found the set of carolers and was tickled pink :)
    Poppy and Smokey look so comfortable, my Tom-Tilly sits on my husband's lap, but not mine...and I'm the one who feeds her.
    Love your tree Henny, it's so pretty and nostalgic.

  21. Hi Henny great decorating love your village xx

  22. I love your awesome Christmas decorations. The village is beautiful.

    Merry Christmas, happy New Year!

  23. Your Christmas village looks great on your mantel. It's fun to find goodies at thrift places. I am slow going with decorating this year. Hopefully it will be done in the next few days. Have a lovely Christmas season ~ FlowerLady

  24. I think your mantel decorated for Christmas looks terrific. You did a fine job making the trees.

  25. Very pretty, Henny, and I love your green trees - well done!! Do you also keep some of the meat for yourselves?

  26. I cant even put into words how much I love your mantle. You are so creative and it always looks so unique, so full of magic and seems to reach out with a hug. Well done, girl.
    I am decorating our loft for the Christmas get together and having so much fun. I will get a post up this weekend.
    Hi Poppy, Hi Smokey. hugs to all

  27. Your mantel looks great. Good job on the trees.
    So Poppy paid to have the buck head mounted and gave away all of the meat! Well, I guess we know his priorities.

  28. Oh I like your could make more of them and line them up on the mantle! Yeah for a good hunt for Poppy!

  29. I'm so glad Poppy has finally got that deer! Wondering if it will mean he can quit for a while, but knowing men it will only inspire him to do more. Your decorating is coming along and maybe that deer head can go up over the fireplace? Thank you for sharing a glimpse of your decor this year. Sometimes I feel like hoping a train too...

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  31. Hello Happy Sunday, Hennie! I love the carolers, I really like the story of putting it all up only to find you have to come back and do more. That's my story, too! Hope you got all the raking done, its winter time here since the end of October. Love the fir trees, you are so crafty! Love, Terry

  32. The Christmas decorations look fantastic. I am happy for Poppy getting his deer. :-)

  33. Hi Henny Penny :) Your mantle looks wonderful! I love the long legged Santa! That's pretty cool. I think you did a great job. We don't have our tree yet, we'll be getting it tomorrow then trimming it on Tuesday. It's always so festive this time of year I love it!

  34. Hi Henny - I like your Christmas Display and your Christmas Tree is a real beaut! Expect you'l have Snow this Christmas. Tomorrow here it is predicted to reach over 40Deg is going to be hot! Cheers. KEV.

  35. Love your little mantel village - very sweet :)


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