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What a lovely nativity from the 30's! I love vintage cards too. All of your natural items are so neatly arranged - what a cute little red bird on the tiny tree on your mantle. And my curious mind is wondering what the picture is on your wall above your mantel?
And I'm not even telling you it was near 60 here today...


I scored a bag full of vintage Christmas cards from my Great-Aunt Flo. I LOVE THEM. I never thought about tucking them in "here and there". Going to have to find them and do that.

Loved the tour. Thank you for sharing...

Love u.


P.S. Tracks 2, 9 & 10 are my favorite.


Everything looks really pretty! :)

Becky Jo

I am so in love with the vintage cards! Everything was just beautiful - and you are a lovely host! Stop by and see me if you have the time!

PS - been a lurker for a while, glad to have a legit excuse to leave a comment!

Gail Sowell

How I have enjoyed all your Christmas pictures! I feel most welcomed into your warm home. Thanks for sharing.

Carolina Mama

You are too cute. Love all of your fun decor. I'd come visit even at -18. (of course, you would promise we'd go skiing!) You know I needed that fudge recipe. Thanx dear and stay warm. Having a cup of Celestial Seasonings Tea for/with you.


Your home is Bee-U-Tee-Full!

Thanks for sharing!!!!

Tammy S.

Your house looks beautiful. Very festive and comfortable.


Simply wonderful! Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way! Whee!


I love it! You have a beautiful home!


You have a beautiful's so cozy. I'd love to curl up in 'your' chair by the tree and read a good book. Maybe I'll just stay for awhile. It's too cold to back out there just yet. :)
Happy holidays!

Holly @ Crownlaiddown

Simply lovely--just like you!

Have a warm and toasty day tomorrow friend!!



Cute house! I LOVE the idea of using the vine around the window for cards! Excellent! Thanks for the tour and Merry Christmas!


What an adorable home you have. So warm, so lovely. Thank you for letting us come in.

I LOVED the pictures of your parents on Santa's lap. Hmmmm now you've given me a great idea.

Merry Christmas


What an adorable home you have. So warm, so lovely. Thank you for letting us come in.

I LOVED the pictures of your parents on Santa's lap. Hmmmm now you've given me a great idea.

Merry Christmas

Lisa R-P

So cute. Will you come and decorate my house?


Beautiful! You need to do a decorating book next :) I love your natural look, maybe you need to come decorate my house! It is around 70 degrees here today....

Marla Taviano

Everything is stunning, Joanne!! Love, love, love it! Merry Christmas, sweet friend!


Everything looks so sweet and beautiful-just like its decorator!
Wish we could have met up at the Nativity. It would have been nice to see you.


Loved the tour Joanne. This is my second Christmas in US and I have fallen in love with the spirit of Christmas. Me and my husband put up a tree (our first christmas tree) and it has changed my home completely. I expecially love the vintage cards Joanne..wish I had some. (Thats for now added to my wishlist).
Hope you have wonderful and warm holidays.


Your home is lovely and the photography is great! Thanks for sharing this with us.

Merry Christmas!


Your house is beautiful and I love the picture in ALaska. We have some dear friend that live there. Thanks for sharing with us. Merry Christmas!


I think your tour is my favorite so far!! It has a homespun feel to it, and I love "your" chair!! I needs me one of those!! Thanks for the heart-warming!!


Everything looks so inviting and cheery, Joanne! Thanks for the tour! xo


You don't mind if I just move in, do you? And act like it's all mine? :) Lurve the yarn trees and pictures with Santa. Lurve it all, actually.


I greatly enjoyed your tour! Very comfy! This is my first visit to your blog.

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