Monday, November 30, 2009

The Transformation of Sweet Bee Cottage to...

Welcome to Candy Cane Cottage!

Special thanks to Tracey of Notes from a Cottage Industry for hostessing this special tour through blogland.

Please enjoy this delicious peppermint mocha I made especially for you while we visit for awhile.  Let me tell you a little bit about our holiday traditions....

I don't know how I talk Worker Bee into going along with me, but at Christmas time we change the name of our house.  We decorate the outside with candy cane themed items and give away candy canes to guests to our cottage.

The kitchen goes through a transformation too - we call it Gingerbread Kitchen!  Are you with me on this? Well, let me show you...

I have several Christmas pillows from Amy at Into Vintage.  She does the best work.

This is probably one of my favorite Christmas decorations.  The child's vintage stove photo is from a line of cards at Walmart from a few years ago.  I bought a white mat and an "oak" frame.  I just painted it with red acrylic craft paint.  The colors and picture just charm me!  Wouldn't you like to have been the little girl that opened that up on Christmas morning?

Even Baby Bee gets in on the action....

Baby Bee has her own tree.  It is decorated with many Mary Engelbreit ornaments I've collected over the years.  When she was a baby her nursery was all primary colors - red, blue, yellow, with touches of white and green - the tree was a perfect fit then.  The colors don't match her room now, but this is our tradition and we're sticking to it.

There's even a touch of Christmas in the bathroom...

Have I gone too far?

Up next is our guest room/craft studio...

Here's a quick stop in our dining room/sunroom....

And finally a few peeks at our living room...

This little vignette is another favorite of mine.  The More Creative Friend made this little set of JOY letters and I added "to the" to set off Worker Bee's globe collection.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed your peppermint mocha while you visited.

What are some of your favorite Christmas decorations?
Which ones touch your heart?


  1. Your home looks so festive. I love the gingerbread items. I have a friend who has been collecting for years...and they just make me smile. Thank you for sharing your lovely home.

  2. It all looks so sweet and warm and inviting and cheerful!! But I can't seem to get past that one picture with all of that Fire King jadite in the background. When were you planning on sharing those little lovelies, hmmmm??
    Happy December 1st!

  3. Well all of this touched my heart and made me grin from ear to ear. How beautiful your home looks already! So cozy and warm and full of color and love. Thanks so much for inviting us in and giving me inspiration to get going today and get things done!

  4. Oh Janelle, everything looks perfect! I love that little red snowflake sweater - a sweet touch. Now I'm inspired to get started on my decorations! :-) -amy

  5. The peppermint mocha was delicious and put me in just the right mood -- what a lovely home, and what an inspiration -- beautiful! I can't pick a favorite -- it's all of the little details that make your home so charming.

  6. What wonderful decorations...thanks so much for sharing them....blessings

  7. Wow! Looks awesome! We certainly do have a lot in common!

    You mentioned that all the good stuff is gone on Saturdays at your thrift store - it's funny because I took about 7 bags of stuff Monday, and they were putting it out while I was shopping.

    I love the ME house-shaped pillow - did you make it or buy it?

  8. everything looks so nice.

  9. Hi bee!
    Okay, where to begin...even the bathroom?! I feel like a slacker. I love your craft room with the cabin look. I collect the 50's plaid picnic stuff too. Love the idea of baby bee's own tree, but my fav was the Joy to the World, very clever! Lisa

  10. Thanks for visiting. Have fun making the frames. I love all the red and white decorations.

  11. Thank you for letting me visit your cottage,I had so much fun! You must pop in for a cuppa - as we say over here...
    Warm Wishes,
    Cally x x x


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