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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Decorating For Christmas

After I got the Halloween decor boxed up and put away today,   I looked thru my Thanksgiving stuff.     I really don't decorate too much for Thanksgiving,   so that didn't take long.    
Then......I pulled out some of my Christmas totes.    Well,   one thing led to another and before I knew it.....I was decorating for Christmas!  
The first totes at the back of the shed were full of Nutcrackers that I had decorated the fireplace mantle with last year.

I wanted to use them again this year,  but not in the same spot.     I thought a  Ballet theme would be fun to do in the dining area at the end of the family room.    

Since the orchestra is such a big part of the ballet,   I wanted to include some musical instruments in my vignettes.    This is the little piano that belonged to our daughter when she was about 2-3 years old.    The ballet shoes were worn by our grand daughter.

I wanted the cabinet shelves to really sparkle,  so I added several crystal pieces.......

I used  wide musical ribbon to make a runner along the front shelf of the cabinet.

A Tutu Christmas tree is a perfect addition to my Ballet theme.....
Crystal bowls full of hand painted ornaments
Nutcrackers dressed in sequined uniforms sparkle under the lights....
I have a white violin,   a gold one,  and one decorated with roses in the cabinet.....

My Ballet theme wouldn't be complete without a Swan....

The vintage Ballerina's were my Mothers.......

I always start my Christmas decorating pretty early in the season.. so this is about the right time for me to begin.      I like to take my time and enjoy the process.    I love Christmas ....I could probably leave my decor  up all year long and never get tired of!


  1. Oh Penny, you have so many stunning decorations. I love the Nutcrackers and Ballerina's, Everything is beautiful.Thanks so much for sharing.
    I took down my Halloween decorations, there weren't many and left up my pumpkins, etc. Will start taking that down about a week before Thanksgiving and start my Christmas decorations. Looking forward to seeing all your pretties.
    Have a great week.

  2. LOL- You are too cute, Penny Now why didn't this surprise me at all? I bet you Debbie-Dabble is hard at decorating for Christmas, too, over at her place. She has so much Christmas stuff it takes her a long time to get it all placed. Hope you have a Merry November night. xo Diana

  3. Penny,
    Diana 's comment cracked me up...yes, I have my upstairs done already!! She knows that you and I are 2 peas in a pod when it comes to decorating!! LOL!! Everyhting looks so pretty!! LOVE the Nutcrackers and Ballet theme. I never got into that becuase I had sons and no daughter but I do love it..... Today, I start to take down Halloween and Fall and hope to get some Christmas decorating done downstairs as this is my week where I am off Monday, Tuesday and Wed., only work Thurs. and Friday and off the weekend...... My goal is to be completely done decorating for Christmas by Thanksgiving so I can sit back and enjoy the season this year.....


  4. You sure make the holiday magical with your decor. So pretty!

  5. And wonderful theme Penny, I especially loved your Moms figurenes. The Ballet shoes, so precious, look forward to see your ideas on expanding this theme. Beautiful start Penny♥

  6. Hello Penny,
    I love the ballet theme and I do love nut crackers! It all reminds me so much of The Nutcracker Suite. Your china cabinet is gorgeous and it fairly sparkles with fantasy. I do love Christmas! Thank you for sharing at my new party and enjoy your day.

    Autumn blessings,

  7. Oh man...I couldn't wait to see how you decorated! :) HOW fun!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  8. Beautiful display! I love the ballet theme :) So many pretty pastels and the ballet slippers are just lovely! Thankyou for sharing! I am ready to start my Christmas decorating now too!
    Jennelise xo

  9. Penny- You home is so gorgeous, I love that beautiful white Cabinet all done for Christmas you home is so perfect.
    Thank you so much for sharing.

  10. I love your Christmas start! The ballet theme is fairy. The ballet shoes are very cahrming.

  11. Love your Christmas Ballet theme Penny! So romantic and lovely!!
    Vesna -Home Chic Club

  12. Looks beautiful! I love that sheet music ribbon and the ballet slippers. Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday Link Party! Hope to see you again on Sunday night!

  13. Penny, the vintage ballerinas are gorgeous! You do such a beautiful job and I love your soft tones of pink, creams, and white. Unexpected for Christmas! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  14. I love that you have your daughter's piano and your grand daughter's ballet slippers. It's so nice to bring touches of the past into our celebrations. Thank you for linking up to Tips and Tricks. Hope to see you again this week.

  15. So magical:) I love the nutcrackers.


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