Cottage Style Party & The Holiday Tree

In my head I pictured picking out my Christmas tree in the snow, surrounded by big puffy white flakes with holiday music playing.

That is not how it happened.

In pouring rain I quickly picked out my Christmas tree from the lot at Home Depot and had the guy toss it into the back of my truck.

Everything was soaking wet: me, the tree, the Home Depot guy, me again.

It's a nice 8' Fraser fir with most of its needles still on it.
I said most, as after I finally stuffed it into the tree stand about a quarter of those needles were on the floor.

But its a nice smelling tree that only needs to be up for about 10 days.

(By then it will be a fire hazard...)

So here it is...

Oh, wait, let me put my contacts in....

That purple tree skirt looks a little better with the purple drapes framing it now!

No tree would be complete without a kitty under it.

(yes, those are needles on the tree skirt...like I said, 10 days...max!)

I also decorated my mantle with loads of lights.

My new favs are the color-changing faux pillar candles from a dollar store.

In daylight...

Those fab color-changing pillars, one is reflected in the antique mirror.

I also baked a few cookies last weekend.
Before you think I'm an over-achiever, I also took 3 naps.


Hello Friends!

Welcome to this weeks

Cottage Style Party!


How is everyone?
Have you finished decorating?
Are you enjoying the holiday season yet?

My decorating is done but my naps got in the way of most of my holiday baking.
Still one weekend left to bake!

Let's see what you have been up to this past week...

This is such a warm and inviting entry! I love the fruit tucked in the greens above the door. 

Drop by Linda's blog Beautiful Ideas for a cup of tea and to see all her holiday greenery!

I adore this display in Susan's dining room!
That deer is the perfect touch next to the small tree on the table!

Join Susan at her blog Must Love Junk for her Mini Holiday Home Tour! You will love it!

How sweet are these stockings hanging from this cottage mantle? And how cute are Santa and Father Christmas?

Stop in to BJ's blog Sweet Nothings to see more of her cottage holiday decorating style!

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  1. OOO, thank you so much for featuring my cottage mantel. I am very honored.
    Love the other features, too.
    Going to get my Featured Button. :))
    xo bj

  2. I love your tree and the kitty underneath!

  3. I have missed out for a couple weeks so I'm making up for it with 3 links this week. lol! Hope that tree hangs on sweetie! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  4. Thanks for the party, Debi! Great features :) Love your tree - and your adventure :) Holiday hugs from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

  5. Your tree looks so pretty! Thanks so much for featuring my holiday home tour! Merry Christmas :)

  6. wonderful features this week, Deb. Yes, well into the throes of all that is in the Christmas season! Having fun too! I do appreciate you hosting,

  7. Nice features Deb! Thank you so much for the fun party!
    Merry C'mas,

  8. Oh my your tree is pretty - and I love those candles - I wonder why our Dollar Store didn't have any.

  9. I love your tree. Mine is also a real tree and is only up for a few days!


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