Thursday, November 19, 2009

Christmas Joy

Hello Everyone!
I'm back from my bloggy break.
We had a busy week and yesterday was my hubs birthday!
His gift from me was a crackberry...oops I mean a blackberry.
Yes, he is officially obssessed with it. He's a tech nut.
We are planning to decorate our trees this weekend.
I did order a new frame from Kristen I thought I would share.
Check it out.
It's a JOY Christmas tree frame with festive ribbon.
I have ordered many frames from her and this just
may be my new favorite. The details are amazing.
Look at the precious NOEL frame she included for me.
Thank you Kristen! I like them displayed together.
I added a red candle and garland.
I have my eye open for a new festive table runner.
I also wanted to share with you my Christmas ornament
exchange gift I received from Morgan at The Fountains.
She is very kind and generous. I just adore it.
She out did herself and mailed me glitter gold ornaments.
It's all Chestnut approved. I will have to keep an eye on him
for sure. Why do cats like Christmas trees so much?
Underneath the pretty paper were 4 ornate gold orbs.
They are unique and lovely.
I like the gorgeous spirals and gold sparkles.
Thank you Morgan! I will treasure them.
Have a wonderful weekend!


C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Melissa... everything is so beautiful, and I LOVE Chestnut! Bisous... Julie Marie

Jenglamgirl said...

HOW FUN MELISSA! I LOVE KRISTENS blog and her decorative touches. Plus her work is breathtaking, and I love her frames too. Very pretty ornaments.. and I am glad to see you back! ;) Have a great night!

Stacey said...

Welcome back girl. :)

The frames that Kristen made are so pretty. I enlarged the pictures to get a good look. Wow!

We aren't decorating until we get back from Thanksgiving. Just not ready yet...

Connie K said...

Wow what great Christmas things ::)

Chari said...

Hello sweet Girl...

They do say that "absence makes the heart grow fonder"! I missed you, Darlin'!!! Hope you had a restful blogging break!

So your honey had a'll have to tell him I said Happy Birthday!!! Russell's birthday is coming up on the 27th. nice that he's enjoying his "crackberry"! While the fancy blackberry isn't really Russell's "thing"...he does have his vices. Anything mechanical or audio...and he's in his 7th heaven!

Girlfriend, isn't Kristen just the most talented lady? I have admired all of your beautiful framed art and pretty bows forever now! I love your newest "JOY" Christmas tree frame!!! Ohhh...and those pretty ribbons and bows are to die for!!! Love the beautiful vignette that you have created with your new pretties...the Christmas arrangement in that beautiful frenchy planter is gorgeous!!! Ohhh yes...your home will be stunning all decked out in its Christmas finery...can't wait to see it!!! I have started...barely...but you know how slow I am...I may get finished before Christmas gets here! Hehe!

Well Darlin' happy that you stopped by! I really enjoyed hearing from you...I missed you!!!

Love ya,

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Melissa, I'm glad your back! I don't think I could stay away either! Thanks for posting about the did a great job fluffing out those bows! I try to keep them from getting too smashed, but those boxes are not quite wide enough. Looks like you're getting started on the decorating! I've been doing Christmas a while now so I feel like it should be almost I'm going to try to start my house on Sun. I think I might be free that day!! I'll probably do the tree and a tutorial on the tree topper. I've had several other ladies ask me to do one too. Well, back to work...I still have several things to make for my show on Sat. Thanks again! I'm glad you were pleased with the frames!! Kristen

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Melissa!
What a wonderful box of lovin did you ever receive. I just love everything. It all looks so festive and happy. What more could a girl as for?

I too, am going to do some decorating this weekend. So much to do. I wanted all the trees up before the grandkids come here for Thanksgiving on Thursdy. I wanted them to walk in and just be so wowed by it all. A real winter wonderland.

Thanks for sharing sweetie. Have a beautiful Friday. It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas at your house too. Country hugs...Sherry

Cynthia K. said...

Hi Melissa ~ Lovely to have you back! All your treasures you showed us are so beautiful. I especially love the King of Kings box. So glad Chestnut posed with the gold decorations - orange and gold are so pretty together!

Happy Birthday to your Marine!! Please come see my last two posts. They are tributes to Veterans and I want our military people to see them - yout husband included. Bye...

Cynthia K. Beauty and Blessings

southerninspiration said...

It's GREAT to see you back......nice things that Kristen does....yes ma'am, she can glam up some really pretty things!!! ;)

Good to see you back again!

PAT said...

We are back from our getaway and my semi bloggy break. I missed visiting!!

This post is beautiful, Melissa!! I will begin getting Christmas together, next week. Our kiddo's will be here this Sunday, for Thanksgiving. Afterward, I'll start putting together vignettes and of course tablescapes.

Tardevil said...

Your ornaments are gorgeous! Like your garland & new pics from Kristen too. The one I wanted got sold b/c I didn't act quickly enough. BTW, that box she sent them in was gorgeous too. Have a happy Thanksgiving, if I don't get back over before then!

tales from an oc cottage said...

And even a Christmas cat! Perfection!

m ^..^

jenjen said...

Happy birthday to your hubby! It is nice to take a break every once in a while.


mbkatc230 said...

So glad you're back Melissa! I love those frames from Kristen, and the ornaments you received are beautiful. I can tell already that your home is going to be just lovely at Christmas. Happy Birthday to hubby! (loved the crackberry remark lol). And that is a great shot of Mr. Chestnut! He looks very regal guarding the loot. Have a wonderful weekend. Kathy

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Melissa!

Beautiful ornaments & frames! Don't you just love the sparkle of the holidays?

Hugs, Sherry


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Ooooh, Morgan sent you a beautiful package! Love that box she used. I love the frames you got from Kristen ~ that Christmas tree one is gorgeous with all that ribbon! Your tabletop looks great with both of them ~ just the right amount of decor.

Deb said...

welcome back...great post...

Lori said...

Welcome back my dear friend! You know I've been looking at the frames from Kristen and I'm going to have to order me one! I think they are so cute! What a great exchange!

"Blossom" said...

Those picture frames are just the right touch in the place that you have them. So beautiful! Glad you are taking sometime for yourself and hubby. Have a great week-end.

Jennifer said...

Mellissa Your home is so pretty.I love the comfy feel I get everytime I look at it.Your new frames are wonderful.Happy Birthday.Hugs,Jennifer

kimmcl said...

It's so nice to have you back Melissa. You must be one of Kristen's best customers! I agree, her frames are beautiful - I have an initial frame myself and I love it. I like how you have yours displayed together!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Melissa your new frames from Kristen are just wonderful. Love them with the candle and garland. I can't wait to see all of your gorgeous Christmas decorations. Your gifts are stunning. What a wonderful surprise. Have a super weekend. Hugs, Marty

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Good morning Melissa, what beautiful things. What beautiful things you bought from Kristen. Her talent is amazing. I've started the decorating procedure in the house. Can't believe I'm doing it before Thanksgiving, but this year I feel it's a must. Not sure why.. just one of those feelings. Thanks for swinging by the open house event. I hope you enjoyed the short tour..
hugs ~lynne~

Denise said...

Oh, that wasn't a long break at all :) I'm so glad you're back so soon. Are you decorating for Christmas yet, I already have some trees up, I wanted to go to Kirklands today but it's pouring with rain outside :-/
Have a lovely weekend Melissa.

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Melissa,
I hope you had fun on your break.
Happy Birthday to your hubby!
Your new frames are too cute. Love the grouping.
Your exchange gift is so elegant looking.
Enjoy the weekend, friend.

Lisa said...

Your new frames are beautiful! I bet those got you in the Christmas decorating mood. :0)

Morgan said...

Welcome back - we missed you. :)

I am so glad that you got your package and liked everything! As you can tell, I'm a bit obsessed with anything glittery :) I just love the way that the ornaments sparkle with the Christmas lights.

The frames are gorgeous - I will have to check out Kristen's stuff.

PS: The box is from Hobby Lobby. They have a lot of really pretty boxes, and they almost always run them 50% off.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

YAHOO!! She's Back...go girl i'm doing my cartwhells here (well in my mind eye) I have missed you so much my sweet duaghter...Don't do that to your Mom again or she'll come get you ha ha!!
Now I love the frames that Kristen did this time for you...she's one very talented lady...and look how pretty that box with all those goodies from Morgan is...and I see Chestnut there...good grief girl you could't take a picture without him in it...
Girl I have not a clue why I can't get your email mail but you can get mine...Love ya my sweet girl...Hope you have a GREAT weekend...Many hugs and smiles to you Gl♥ria...I mean it you di that agin and I;ll get you with my big woodren spoon ha ha!!

Shelly said...

Hello Melissa, Great to have you back. Everything you in your decor is always so beautiful. I love Chestnut in the back ground.

Cathy said...


I am so glad that you are back!!! I hope you had a wonderful and rest filled break!!!Blogland is not the same without you!!!

I love all of your gorgeous frames!!! Kristen is amazing...I love her work...she is working on one for me right now...she has been so sweet...trying to find the perfect colors for me!!!

Your ornaments are wonderful...I love the picture of your precious kitty peeking through...darling!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Cathy said...

I almosy forgot...Happy Birthday to your sweet hubby!!!


Grandma Nina said...

Hi Melissa,
So nice to "see" you again. Hope you enjoyed your little break. I should do the same, but it's hard to stay away, isn't it. I'm Christmas decorating, too. I love the results and little more than the process.
Can't wait to see pictures from you.

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm so glad you're back! Chestnut is so cute!

Linda Q said...

Hi Melissa,
Oh how fun to get a box of goodies. Love that box by the way!
Good to have you back, look forward to seeing your home decorated. My big push to do the house is this week.
Hugs, Linda Q

Angela said...

Hello Melissa,

Welcome back!

Thank you for the sweet comment you left me about my neighbor. Things have been quiet for almost a week now. Let's hope they stay that way.

Shelties are the best dogs. Bob is absolutely the sweetest dog that I've ever owned. I need to get some pics of him up on my blog. It's cute that yours was named Tara. I love it! If we ever have a daughter, I was planning on naming her Tara from Gone With The Wind.

By the way, Kristen has the best frames. I'm addicted to them now. I've already purchased two from her.

I can't wait to see pics of your house decorated for Christmas. I'm sure it will be gorgeous!

Have a great weekend!


Lisa said...

Beautiful!! You always find such great things! Your kitty is sweet! He's orange so I know he is a sweetie! They all are!
Have a great time decorating!
Hugs, Lisa

Jenglamgirl said...

Your a doll Melissa Hugs! ;)

Jules said...

Welcome back from your little bloggy break! We all need one from time to time. Happy belated Birthday to your Hubby!! That was nice that you got him a new “toy” to play with. I love the frames and I am checking out Kristen’s store as soon as I leave here. The little noel one is really cute. The gold ornaments that your blog friend sent are beautiful and I’m sure they’re going to look fantastic on the tree this year.

Chestnut is so cute :)

Joy said...

What pretty ornaments and I love the frame.. Christmas is my time of year :)
Welcome back!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Melissa, welcome back...hope you had a wonderful rest. Your frames are lovely. How talented Kristen is!

Happy birthday to your hubby!

Barb ♥

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Melissa,
What a beautiful box those orbs came in! I just love the scripture on the top of it. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, Melissa! I'm SO glad you're back as we have missed you terribly!

I was stuck with no computer for a few days, and I felt so disconnected. But I am in a temporary set up now and up and running.

Hope you have a great weekend. I love your pretty ornaments and your wonderful fluffy kitty! Happy Birthday to your sweet DH!


Sheila :-)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Such pretties!!! And I'm sooo glad you are BACK!!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Melissa, I've used the battery opperated lights on my parent's staircase before.I think they have the same problem as you, with a short rail on one side and no plug in. I can't remember where I got the lights last time...maybe Dollar Tree?? I just tucked the battery pack under the garland, but be sure and leave the switch on the outside so you can turn it on and off. Hope this helps! I just got back from setting up for my show. Everything looked as good as it could, I brought alot of my own tables for display out of my livingroom. They only gave us one 6 ft. table. That wasn't near enough. I'm off to bed, I only slept 2 hours last night!! I'm about to fall over! Talk to you soon. Kristen

Jo said...

I'm slowly getting in the holiday spirit. Now that I've seen your new goodies, I may need to speed things up!
I gave my husband the same last year for Christmas ~ it is so over my head. Hope you had a fun birthday celebration.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Nancy said...

I just stumbled upon your blog. It caught my eye with the adorable picture of you and your USMC hubby. My brother is a Marine and my brother in law just left this am for Iraq (army). What a hero your husband is and you ( military wives) are too! thank you....Love your blog and all of your creative ideas. I'll be back! :) Nancy

Janna K said...

Hi Melissa, I found your blog when visiting my good friend Nancy's blog. LOVE IT!! Your Christmas decorations are gorgeous and inspiring to me (I'm challenged when it comes to holiday decorating :). I enjoyed reading your posts. As a former Army wife (my husband served 11 yrs and has been out for 8), I really appreciate the sacrifices your family makes on a daily basis.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

HI, Melissa, it's looking pretty at your house, thanks for stopping by!

Ginger said...

Glad you're back Melissa. Tell your hubby Happy Birthday from all of us. A crackberry huh? LOL.
Beautiful ornaments.

gin said...

lovely frames. and you did get a great swap package. love those ornaments.


Look at all the gals that left you welcome back comments:)
You have a lovely home with lovley treasures.
Thanks for sharing some Christmas Joy.
Deb :)

Faith Imagined said...

I need to get decorating!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

So glad you're back! You've been missed. I also ordred a pretty Christmas frame from Kristen. Isn't she amazing? What pretty ornaments you got. laurie

Jenny said...

Looks like the break was wonderful're all inspired and holiday-ized! Good for you.

Chanda @ The Eco-Cheap Mom said...

I bet your house looks amazing for the holidays! Very nice! I need to step it up this year. Thanks for the inspiration!

Stopped by from SITS.


I so enjoyed looking at all these treasures! Thank you for your encouraging words on my weight loss blog. Blessings!

Lori said...

Melissa! I was wondering how are those gorgeous ribbons attached to the frames? Chestnut and trees? Yes, Kitty has to have a spot left empty under all three large trees or she'd make her own! It kind drives me mad, especially in the living room tree which I do a village under in all pink, white and crystal! But low and behold there is kitty all spread out in the lower right corner! I usually take a lacy cloth and puddle it up for her to lay on, at least its cute! Hugs to you both, Lori

Drama queens mum (Kimberly) said...

Aww, your kitty looks so cute under there. The frame is pretty. I gave you an award. Stop by my blog for info.

Darlene said...

It's my first time visiting and I liked what I saw. We put our Christmas tree and some inside decorations today. Although, my dining room table still looks like Thanksgiving. By the way - congrats on your healthy lifestyle changes!! Keep it up!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Melissa,

Glad that you had a good blogging break.
Happy birthday to your husband.
Love all your Christmas decorations and your sweet kitty.

Happy week

Sharing with Sherri said...

Melissa, My goodness you're already back! Time just seems to be flying by! I hope you had an enjoyable break!

Your Christmas display and frames that Kristen made are so pretty!
Love the beautiful ornaments and box they came in too!

Thanks also for stopping by and for your well wishes!

Have a very nice week and Thanksgiving!!


Liz said...

YAY, I'm glad you're back. I hope you had a nice break. I've been really looking forward to your Christmas decorations. *smile*

Love your frames from Kristen....beautiful and festive! =)

I have to tell you, I love your cat! What a cutie-pie!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! =)

Lots of Love,

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Welcome back Melissa!!

Those are the most beautiful frames and the ornaments are so perfect for your home!

Happy belated birthday to your hubby! I'm sure he's enjoying is crackberry err Blackerrry LOL!


Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Hi Melissa

I just got a new blog button. I don't know if works or not so I would really appreciate it if you could try to put it on your blog and let me know.


The Blonde Duck said...

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Ok I think I finally have the blog button kinks worked if it works now. Thanks

Shelia said...

Hi Dear Melissa! Those frames from Kristen are just precious. She sure does a great job, doesn't she? Pretty ornaments and your kitty looks adorable posing so sweetly! I'm glad you're back, I've missed you!
Have a blessed Thanksgiving,
Shelia :)

Picket said...

Morning girl..beautiful treasures girl!!! Everything is so pretty and that Chestnut is gorgeous!!!

I want to wish you and yours and Happy Thanksgiving filled with much love and joy! ~Picket~

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Many Thanksgiving Blessings to you and your family….Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Janna K said...

Hi Melissa, just wanted you to know I tagged you on my blog today since you're one of the ladies who makes me smile with your sweet posts!

Sue said...

Your decorations are gorgeous. I bet your home is magazine beautiful for the Holidays (it seems to be that way everyday ;-))

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Hi Melissa!

I'm sorry my blog button didn't work. I think I have it working now. Will you try to post it on your site and let me know?
I'm hosting our 2nd annual Christmas Cookie Recipe Party every Friday in December. Please stop by and pick up the button and spread the word! Thanks!!

Blondie's Journal said...


I am SO happy to see you back!! I LOVE Kristen's frames, she is a real talent. I am going to check out her blog.

I bet you are excited about decorating for Christmas. Is this your favorite time to use all your wonderful gifts and talent? Can't wait to see what you do as I wasn't blogging until mid December and don't think I knew you. Happy I do now!! :-)

Happy Thanksgiving, sweet friend!


xinex said...

Welcome back Melissa. Belated Happy birthday to your hubby! Your house looks so Christmassy already with that beautiful frame from Kristen....Christine

prashant said...

I love her frames too. Very pretty ornaments.. and I am glad to see you back

Work from home India

Miss Janice said...

Melissa, Happy Thanksgiving to you and I'm sooooo looking forward to your Christmas decorations:)

Melanie said...

How sweet your blog friends are! I love the internet and how it brings people together.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I am soooooo late! Grrrr