Friday, November 27, 2015

Let There Be Peace On Earth

Well, it's almost over! November that is! I can't believe how fast this month has flown by. It has been a busy one! Before I share what today's post is about, I wanted to give you an update on my thyroid biopsy. I am thrilled to tell you that the biopsy was benign! I am so thankful and wanted to thank each of you for your thoughts and prayers. I definitely felt them! 

Now, onto the reason I am posting today. I had mentioned previously that I wasn't planning to go all out with my decorating this year due to my trip to Prague to see my daughter. I just did not have it in me to drag all my boxes in the house from the shed and then spend 2-3 days getting everything decorated. I would not have had time to undecorate before I leave since I leave for Prague on Christmas day. I also didn't want to leave it up and have to deal with it when I get home since I return home the evening before I return to work. So, I opted to not use all my decorations this year. Instead, I bought a very small, real tree and wreath and then I cut branches of cedar and some limbs from some type of tree with red berries. I used the theme I had going in my house since Miranda's going away party and added fresh greenery to it. I used candles and things I had in my house. I printed a few things and made a few and called it done! My theme is Joy to the WORLD and Peace On EARTH. In light of the turmoil going on around the world, I thought this was fitting. I also thought it worked well since Miranda is across the world from me right now and I will be traveling across the world to see her soon. I used sheet music and maps/globes to pull my theme together. Today I am sharing my simple Christmas dining room.

I love how this area turned out. This french provincial dresser serves as a buffet. I took down the travel print I had hanging above it and put up my nativity print. It was stored under my bed. I don't have a lot of storage so I take advantage of that space. :) 

I found this adorable idea online for the cute little globe banner. I made two of these and need to make a third one. I forgot one of my globes! I used my Scrabble tiles to spell out Peace On Earth.

I stacked my collection of  A Christmas Carol books on the other end of the buffet. My vintage Dickens Days bowl sits on top. I found this bowl at the flea market a few years ago and it is one of my all time favorite finds!

The china cabinet holds a vintage suitcase and train case and another map printed box that looks like vintage luggage. These as well as the little globes belong to Miranda. I strung a piece of jute on the front of the china cabinet to hold cards. Hopefully I will have to add another one.

Here's a closer view of the top.

The top center shelf of my built in bookcase just got a little greenery added to what was already there. That angel was an after Christmas clearance find a few years ago and she stays out year round. 

For those of you who are fairly recent readers, here is a picture of my built-in bookcases my hubby built me/ The bottom portion is cabinets and holds tons of dishes, glassware, and serving pieces. I absolutely love this unit and the fact that my hubby built it just for me makes me love it even more. He's a pretty awesome guy! He is so good to me. He loves me dearly (and I do him) and he will do anything to make me happy. Anywho, back on topic. This unit held a lot of Christmas decor last year but this year not so much. See the globe on the bottom shelf? It needs a banner. Suggestions for a different saying that Joy to the World or Peace on Earth? Maybe Let the Whole World Sing?

On to the table. You may remember these adorable little plates I recently shared in this post. Well, here they are on my table. I keep my Christmas dishes in the bookcase cabinets, so I was able to get to them. I had forgotten about the white and silver snowflake edged plates I bought last year. I used my red chargers, the snowflake plates, and my square peppermint edged plates with the new plates for a nice looking plate stack. Nothing fancy and not too matchy matchy, but I love it! These plates are the only decor I purchased this year and I just couldn't resist them!

I just love them! I want to get a vintage look truck from Hobby Lobby and tie a bottle brush tree in the back for the center of the table. Not sure if that is going to happen this year or not. I am trying to curb my spending this year due to my trip.

Last thing to share in the dining room is the banner I made. It is two sided and each side is different. I used vintage map images from the Graphics Fairy to make the letters. I like how it turned out.

And, that is it for today my friends. I would love to show you an overview of the entire room, but right now, there is a pile of bathroom stuff  in it due to a renovation we just started! It's a good thing but at the same time, I hate the mess it creates. It will all be worth it though when I have a pretty new guest bathroom. Anywho, I will be back to share the kitchen and living room soon. Have a lovely weekend!

Until next time.....


  1. Hi Vicky,
    So, so pretty! I just love that you have a little bit of decorating to enjoy before you leave to see your daughter! And everything you did is so pretty! The theme you chose is fitting and so meaningful right now! I love that little banner on the globe, I may have to do that too!
    Your new plates look so pretty on your table!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Vicky, this is the perfect Christmas theme for you this year. I love the simple but perfect decorations! I am so so happy to hear the wonderful news about your biopsy! Prayers continue for your good health. I hope you enjoy this time of year and the countdown until your trip!

  3. I really do love the theme and I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU IN 4 WEEKS! Love you. :)

  4. I am so happy to hear your biopsy came back clear!!!!! A perfect Christmas gift to hear such great news!! It looks so pretty Vicky! I love fresh greenery and your banners are brilliant! It is a lot more decorating than I can do this year. We have our living room and pretty much the whole west part of our house in dire straits. (renos) We are crammed into the kitchen for the next few months so I decided not to decorate. But next year will be brilliant and maybe even stockings hung by our new wood stove!

  5. What a great start you have on your decorating! I have only put up my cat proof tree so far! Hopefully I will have a post about it soon. I love your new blog header too! Everything looks great!

  6. I am so glad for you for the good news about your biopsy, that is a true thanksgiving blessing indeed. xx

  7. It's crazy how fast November flew by! I love all your Christmas touches, Vicky. The globe banners are such a cute idea. Love those plates - they are so cute and look good with the rest of your place setting. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

  8. Vicky, thanks for sharing your good health news. Know lots of prayers were sent your way! Your home decorating is serenely beautiful. Great theme for this year. We're still in reno, so I think my Christmas decor will be sparse and limited to one room this year. Your trip is rushing towards you! :)

  9. Hi Vicky! I saw your news over at cecilias and it made my day! So glad!

    You are so right about November flying by, but it seems like life is flying by! lol What is it about getting older that makes that happen?!

    The banner is so cute and everything looks just adorable!

    Happy weekend!

  10. Aww, it looks so pretty Vicky and I'm SO glad your health news is good news! I'm hopefully going to start decorating today for Christmas and I'm planning to PURGE a lot of my stuff. I don't use a lot of it and it's just taking up space!


  11. Vicky, I am so happy to hear the good news about your biopsy! I had one of those a couple of years ago, and it is always such a relief to hear the word "benign!"

    I think your Christmas decor looks beautiful, and I can absolutely understand why you reined in your decorating because of your trip. I had planned to do that, too, but seem to have gone the opposite "snail's pace self" has been working on my Christmas decor since the first of November! Hubby has helped me so much and has even put up the outdoor house's one of his least favorite things to do, but making and keeping me happy during this difficult time is his #1 priority. He is definitely a "keeper!"

    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    Warm hugs,

  12. Your decorations may be scaled down from previous years but they are so perfect for THIS year. I love how the theme flowed from Miranda's party to your holidays.

    Best of all, ANSWERED PRAYERS!!!!

  13. Oh Vicky, I absolutely love everything that you have done. What an imagination you have and what a divine staging and display. I do not even have words . . . it is lovely. Sometimes less is more and in this case it rings true. The way you incorporated the globe and the maps and that beautiful framed art . . . Great job!
    I hope that you are having a lovely weekend.
    Connie :)

  14. I went simple last year and had planned to be simple this year because we leave for vacation on December 17. But, I started decorating yesterday and I haven't done simple.

    Enjoy your days leading up to your fabulous visit to Miranda.

  15. Stunning, stunning, stunning! I love the collections of things that you have done, none more so than the Christmas Carol collection - I was watching this last night after a busy day decorating the house.

    I am so relieved with your biopsy results, such a blessing for Christmas.

    Take good care of yourself my lovely xx

  16. I'm so glad that you got good results from your biopsy. I love your Christmas decorations. So pretty.
    Take it easy and have a wonderful week. Julie xo


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