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My 2019 Christmas Cottage Decor

Merging the past with the present is what I’m all about this year. Previously I have tried to make each holiday as different from the last as I could. Each season would be bustled in with new ideas, themes and decor. This year, however, I seem to be searching for calm and caring re-connections. As I peered into each storage tub, it occurred to me that I had many old, forgotten treasures from which to choose. In time, it became clear that I did not want to choose a vivid color theme. I wanted all of my old slightly worn friends on display and so this year’s sentimental theme began to take shape.

An eclectic cottage with neutral colored Christmas decorations
The living room is just as eclectic this year as the bedroom, however it is a bit more muted. It is low key and rather neutral in color except for a few pops of red. It’s funny because I pulled bin after bin out of storage and into the living room. After the dust settled I wondered where all of the stuff went. It actually looks kind of empty to me now.
Rustic glam flocked Christmas tree full of ornaments
The tree is a slim line flocked tree with mostly neutral colored ornaments. I packed a ton of ornaments in and on this tree. Natural materials as well as metallics and glittered ornaments are represented. I’m calling this tree’s theme “rustic glam.”
Christmas ornaments
My favorites ornaments are the ones that look kind of old fashioned with sweet little animal scenes tucked inside.
2019 Christmas Cottage
I left the bookcases where they were and just swapped out fall decor for Christmas. The center section has a few of my soft Santa figures staged n a little tree forest.”The chair” got a quick cover of striped fabric with a soft, furry throw. I love this little rustic tree with the simply wrapped packages clustered at the base.
Christmas decor in my cottage entryway.
The entryway went back to simple artwork on the wall. The grey dollhouse is now off the dining table and stationed here in the entry. I’ve placed my little old feather tree on the white chippy table and decorated it with cute small ornaments, still in the neutral color scheme.
a collection of Belsnickles
I LOVE Belsnickles and other Santa figures . Though my collection is small and unimportant, it is cherished because I remember fondly where and when I picked up each and every one of them.
photo montage of 2019 Christmas decorations
The bottom corner shows some of the simple gift wrapping for this year.
Garlands draped over a mirror reflecting a pretty Christmas tree
Reflections of a Christmas tree. I went with four garlands draped over the entry mirror. You can see that I also collect glitter houses and little scenes in domes. Love those.
A photo montage of Christmas decor
Another collection- those cute little natural wooden houses. Little houses get me every time. The Christmas tree is a painting that Les did for me about 15 years ago. I love that rustic primitive look.
snowflakes pinned to an abstract painting hang above a Christmas village.
I was going to paint a Christmas scene for the concrete wall but was running out of time. Instead, I decided to return the abstract piece that was there previously. Snowflake ornaments strung with twine are pinned onto the top edge of the canvas to give it some sparkle.
This little shelf is in the kitchen above the fridge. My kitchen is simply styled with white uppers and with grey lower cabinets.
Won’t you share a few pics of your holiday decor in the comments section? I would love to see what you do.
Modern farmhouse Christmas decorations
I believe in the magic. Do you?
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Join Me on a Tour of My 2019 Christmas Bedroom

Approximately one year ago I decided that I was getting tired of seasonal decorating. Next year, I thought, there would be no more garlands all around the front porch- no more gigantic, overly decorated trees- no more little Christmas elements stuck on every shelf. I was as beat up as an old bat trapped outside of her cave.

Well… fast forward to this year – a lot can happen to one’s psyche in a year don’cha know. Maybe it’s the Keto lifestyle kicking in. It really does punch up the energy factor to sky high. Or, more likely, it’s retirement from the post office. Whoot-whoot! This year is the first time in many that I also decorated the bedroom for Christmas. Come along then – let me show you what I did.

Restful bed at Christmas time
The bed got the full treatment too. I usually do not go with printed sheets. It’s always plain white for me or else I wake up with nightmares that spiders are on the bed. No kidding. Too much information? LOL This year I am an adult so I figured that I could handle a plain little red and white plaid. So far, no problem.
Crafty Christmas pillows with reindeer silhouettes on them
Let’s start the craft talk with me showing off these cute little reindeer pillows. The base was a plain, square pillow cover that I bought at Ikea. My first idea was to silkscreen something onto the covers, but this year I’m pretty much into handcrafted rustic style- isn’t everybody? I searched the net for reindeer silhouette clip art. Then I printed out what I liked, cut it out and traced around the cut-out with a permanent ink pen. (Permanent Uniball-bold forever Baby!)
The last step was to sew pieces of ribbon and buttons to the cover.
And you just know that there is some other pillow stuck under the cover. Gotta save space where I can.
Comfy, cozy Christmas bedroom ideas.
Our comfy, cozy bedroom full of rustic and kitschy elements. The pops of classic Christmas red are a departure for me as I usually go with more neutrals.
childhood Christmas memories
When I see a Christmas element that reminds me of my childhood, I get it. That is what it’s all about, right? Being a kid again?
I also looked for free Christmas printables online. I found this watercolor print at Hip 2 Save
Wing back chair with Christmas decor
Notice the double garland on the mirror. This year is all about “the more the merrier” with garlands.
pillow made with placemats
This little red snowflake pillow began life as a small place-mat for the table. You can find instructions and quite a few more ideas for making fun and inexpensive pillows here.
Tall, rustic Santas grouped with a primitive, rustic Christmas tree
I try to make cohesive vignettes with my decorative smalls. That way, the overall look is not just a huge hodge-podge of stuff and things stacked everywhere.
Vintage Christmas ornaments
A charming little shadow box holds vintage smalls that my Aunt B. used to pick up for Les and I. Barbara has sadly passed earlier this year so these little trinkets are even more sentimental to us now. The mixed media ornament on top of the box was made by a local artisan here in Prescott.
Bedroom decorated for Christmas
I love how the bedroom is reflected in the closet doors. It doubles the Christmas decorations and heightens the fun for me.
Christmas shelf decorations
See that Santa on the right? When I found him at a thrift store- where else?- I thought that he was so cool and oh-so vintage. While looking through my new Country Sampler magazine, I saw him listed at $29.95. Laughing all the way, I showed the item to Les. He has always stated that I only like new- old stuff because I tend to go for “vintage look” over the real deal. It would appear that he knows me so well.

Merry Christmas everyone! No matter what holidays you celebrate, I wish you and yours the very best season and all the new year to come.

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My Pared Down Autumn Decor

Can you believe that it’s almost Christmas? Again?! I’m so excited to show you my Christmas decorations reveal, but first, take a look at what the living room looked like before the Christmas transformation.

wheat stalks for fall
Living room entryway
In preparation for Thanksgiving visitors, I removed all items that were strictly Halloween decorations and added just a few fall touches to the living room. This is the entryway wall. I had to move the grey dollhouse over here to clear the dining table for company.

After the hoopla of my Halloween decorations, autumn looks very understated. To make a fast transformation I took away all things that were strictly Halloween and added a few fall touches to complete my living room in time for Thanksgiving company.

free fall printables
I started the presto-change-o by printing out a few free autumnal mages. You can find them here. and here.
morning sun casting shadows on a terracotta pot filled with pumpkins and fall fruit
Early morning light falls on a terracotta bowl filled with pumpkins, fall fruits and a bittersweet vine.
wooden cat on a white chippy table
Wooden cat on a white, chippy table
concrete wall in living room
power wall, wall of bookshelves
wooden pumpkin bowl
Found this adorable little wooden pumpkin bowl at a thrift store for just pennies.
coffee table dressed for fall
Early morning sun casts such interesting geometric shadows, don’t you think?
favorite coffee spot
This is my favorite spot to sit and read and have my coffee in the morning. It’s a great way for me to gather my thoughts before the day’s activities.
Mixed media sculptures by Les gains
While I’m showing you around the living room, I thought that you might like to see some of Les’ mixed media figures.
Mixed media figures by Les Gains
Les used lamp fittings- the part that light bulbs go into- and clay to craft these little guys.
abandoned bird's nests
On his walks around the property, Les also found and created a place for these little abandoned bird’s nests.

And now, just like that, the next post will be to share my Christmas decorations. It is the first time that I decorated even the bedroom. I usually just do the kitchen and the living room for company, but this year… well, you’ll see.

Christmas ornaments
And, before I could blink, it was time to dig out Christmas ornaments.
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My Halloween/Fall Living Room Reveal- Part Two

I cannot believe how fast this month has gone! It’s almost Halloween and I haven’t even posted my reveal- part two. Well, here it finally is.

You may recall (from part 1) that this is the entryway wall before the seasonal decor change. I wanted to point out the black console table that is now moved to the concrete wall.
Concrete wall before fall decor. The white chippy table is now over by the entry wall as you saw in the part one post.
And after: this is the concrete wall with it’s new/old table. To get a kind of window frame look for this wall, I cut and glued 1×2’s into a grid pattern. It, by no means looks like a window frame, but I think that it adds a cute touch.
On a side note, Les skim coated this wall with a concrete patch mix a few years back. I just love the way that it turned out.
handmade window frame for a rustic Halloween
The wreath is ( what else?) a thrift store find. There is a fire alarm at the top, so I added the ribbons and the fall looking vine piece to conceal it.
Living room before fall decor
The “Power” wall before fall decor. It’s called that because of the power sign that Les made for me. It was supposed to go in my gym, but he made it to point out the window. I CANNOT have my workouts flying out the window! I love it though, so it ended up in the living room.
And after seasonal decor. This wall is what you see when you look straight ahead as you enter he house. I’m going to make a post to show you what that chair looked like when I got it from the thrift store. I bought it even though it was ugly because it is really sturdy and comfortable and it was only $12.00. When we moved out of state, we had to pare down a LOT of possessions. But I just could not part with most of my rubber stamps. Those drawers are where I keep most of the stamps.
Halloween collectables and primitive decor
More Halloween decorations. You can see what I mean when I say that the direction is blurred. My whole house is kind of prim, kind of grunge, kind of handmade, kind of vintage, kind of modern and on and on. It is especially bad since both Les and I are collectors and makers. Oh well, who needs a nice cohesive house anyway?
There is a line in one of the television series that I used to watch. The nice lady asked the other, “Do you know what surprises me the most about this house?” The snooty lady answered, “What? That nothing in this house costs over twenty-five dollars?” That cracked me up because it describes my thrifty house perfectly.
Living room Halloween decor
In case you were curious about my concrete wall, this is how it fits together with the “Power” wall.
more Halloween decorations
When you open the front door, this wall is to your right. I’m not showing a before pic because the only thing that I changed is to hang a wreath over the mirror and to line up cute collectables on the top shelf.
a group of Halloween collectables

And now it is almost time to rearrange once again. LOL, but I love it and will continue until it is no longer fun for me.

Happy Halloween!
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My Halloween Living Room Reveal, Part 1

Doesn’t it seem like Halloween, Thanks Giving and then Christmas decorating is too much to do in too small of a window? Or is it just me being lazy? This year, I’m putting out most of my fall and Halloween decorations at the same time regardless of style. That’s right, I’m being crazy and mixing primitive with rustic, with 50s kitsch with modern…well, you get the picture. I am also combining fall with Halloween so that as soon as Halloween is over, I can clear it out and replace just a few things like the runner on the coffee table with a Thanks Giving runner.

You may ask your self, “Why is she doing this if she just wants to be lazy?” The answer is that I still love seeing my little seasonal accessories at least once a year. Unwrapping and playing with the toys is just fun for me. You should see me with the 50’s Christmas music and the peppermint- hot chocolate come time for the Christmas decor. Oh wait! I think that you will. hahaha…I’ll get Les to take a pic this year.

Anyway, on to the before and after pics.

Here is what the living room looked like before all of my Halloween decorating. Our living room is small but so I rearranged the furniture and decorated the whole room. This is the view from the entry. Behind the sofa, you can see two of the doll houses that I’ve been working on. I have nowhere else to put them so they will stay right where they are for this season.
This is the “after” picture. First, I changed out the pillows (of course). The wall behind the sofa has become a Halloween and Fall art gallery. I put links to some of the pics that were free printables in previous posts. The chairs that are now across from the sofa are the two entryway chairs melded together with a folded quilt.
If you are looking for free printable art for your seasonal decor, I’ve put a lot of links in these three posts. They include some of my own paintings that you can print out if you like. https://sandramccall.com/2019/10/17/more-awesome-free-printables-for-your-fall-decor/ and https://sandramccall.com/2019/10/13/where-to-find-the-best-free-halloween-printables/ and https://sandramccall.com/2019/09/10/free-printable-halloween-art/.
You can see Ali patiently waiting for me to leave the room so that she can test drive the coffee table arrangement. Actually, I had a three tiered stand that she promptly knocked over, so I backed it down to two tiers. I’m happy to say that she is now leaving it alone. As soon as Halloween is over, I will replace the skull table runner with a Thanksgiving version.
Two chairs that used to be on the entry wall are now “melded” with a folded quilt and a colorful pillow. Note the cute skull table runner on the coffee table. That will be changed out to a Thanks Giving runner as soon as Halloween is over.
Halloween wall with free printables and other Halloween art
Gallery wall. The skulls that you see just above the black shelf were done by Les. His stuff is so cool.
Halloween prims
I try to wait until the end of season to buy but I could not resist the resin figures from Michael’s and this cute felt garland from World Market this year.
Halloween collectables
My little Witchy lady is a favorite and stays out all year, usually in my art studio
entryway wall
Entryway before Halloween decor. The black console table will e moved over to the concrete wall that you will see in the reveal- part two. The two chairs will be moved directly across from the sofa.
entryway ideas for Halloween decor
And after. The dollhouse shell that you see was on the dining table. I had to move it in preparation for our feasts to come, so it goes here for now. What to do with an elephant in the room? Decorate it!
Fall decor ideas
To make the entry wall look more cozy for fall and winter, I hung a rustic looking coat rack and stuck a woolen scarf on it. A couple of throws tucked into the crate under the little white table adds to the fall effect I think.
Halloween decorations and collectables
The I’m a sucker for cats so this little guy in the yellow clown costume is another favorite collectable
Halloween cats from World Market
Happy Halloween!
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Fall Decor 2019 part 1- Plus an Easy Project Idea

This year’s holiday decor will start off as a mix of Halloween and fall. It seems to me that the months are speeding by way too fast to be able to fully decorate for Halloween, Thanks Giving and then Christmas right on the heels of everything else.

Here’s the deal. I’m figuring that if I can combine holidays from the get-go, then I will just have to modify a little as each one arrives.

The tall cabinets get a touch of fall too.
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Dusting my Craft Room

DUST! “Dusting and how to tackle it.” Man, I wish that could be the title of this post. The real title should read, “Constant dusting and what to do about it. Beats me! Anybody got any clues?”

messy craft room
This is what I had to tackle this morning. DUST! And lots of it. Not to mention a craft room that has gotten out of control again. Argh!

I have so many little treasures and art supplies that collect dust like you can’t imagine. Of course, it does not help that we live on a very long dirt road, and on top of a hill where the dust devils just love to come roust us out of our reverie. Seriously, those things RUMBLE around here. As soon as I hear one coming,  I run to close all of the windows, but it is no help. So, dusting has become part of my life- an evil part, but necessary none the less.

McCall's craft room
Got up at 4:00 this morning to paint the long, bottom cabinet grey and then sand it to take it from dirty, plain wood (Les found it at a barn sale) to shabby chic wood.         10:58 am. Half way there. All of the toys and things on the shelves above the long cabinet have been removed and thoroughly dusted. Whew!  Time for a coffee break.

I know, I should do like my sister and live the minimalist life. But she has no hobbies and she LOVES sleeping. No kidding- she says that sleep is her hobby and that she doesn’t want to bother with anything else.  I love sleeping too, but I also love making things, collecting things and looking at my little treasures.

craft-room-details
I attached the craft paint holder to the side of the wall and moved the green painting over to the other side by the Christmas collectibles. Les made the rustic paint holder for me and I LOVE it. It’s another one of my favorite things that I cannot get rid of.

You’ve probably guessed that I have a LOT of hobbies!  And I HAVE to have all of my art supplies. And I HAVE to live with the windows open all day. Having fresh air and seeing far off into the valley below and the mountains past that is one of my greatest pleasures. And so it goes, round and round…

vintage-Christmas
Putting the now dusted ornaments back onto my little Christmas feather tree. Santa is another favorite. Nope- he can’t go to the charity bin either. LOL, I really am making an effort to let go as I work. The “donate” box is filling up this morning.
Bethany-witch-doll
Love my little Bethany witch doll. She’s so cute.
floral-painting-number-two
Since I have self diagnosed ADD, I also started a new painting this morning. I dust a little, rearrange a little, drink more coffee, and paint a little. I can never go from point A to point B without many detours in between. 😋

Anyway, don’t judge the floral- this is just the under-painting.

sandy-signature

Seriously, I know that many of you are artists, crafters, collectors and sellers. I’m curious- How do YOU deal with the constant dusting of supplies?

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Thrifty Storage Ideas for Gift Wrap and Ribbon

After every holiday, when the clearance prices drop to 80 or 90 percent off, I tell myself, “Do NOT buy any more decorations, paper or ribbon!” And then….

Things stacked on the floor or things that have no “home” really bother me. It was time for another storage solution.  The paper rolls that were shoved into the corner between the card-stock cabinet and the wall needed a home. They also had to be on the wall and OFF the floor. OH! And, as always, it had to be a thrifty solution. After browsing the hardware and home supply stores, I found large, inexpensive hooks for hanging bicycles.

storage-for-gift-wrap

I lined them up, two by two, for a total of six hooks. It worked out perfectly to hold my rolls of paper. Then, I went to Hobby Lobby to get two metal baskets to hold the small spools of miscellaneous ribbon.

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