Tuesday, December 13, 2011

LET IT SNOW....A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS....

As if on cue, we arrived at our cottage last Friday to the 'white stuff'.


We had left Ottawa, a barren snowless landscape, to travel 1hr west, to buy a Christmas tree in hopes of bejewelling it and decorating the cottage for Christmas.


Even without lights and tinsel, our 10 1/2 ' tall Fraser Fir is a beauty.


We are lucky at Christmas to spend a week at the cottage...In fact our first night ever at the cottage was Christmas Eve, six years ago. Our rustic log cottage is nestled in a decidedly country setting, therefore our Christmas decor reflects that. I have bought very few Christmas decorations for the cottage...instead I have culled our antiques and more than 30 years of our traditional Christmas decor to decorate the cottage.


An antique chair and pine cone box I painted several years ago.


I bought these Matryoshka stacking Santa dolls when our girls were very little, thinking they could play with them ... 20+ years later they gaze down from the fireplace shelves.


Skiing Santa...one of seven different Santas I made.  I prefer traditional Santas... or St Nicholas.


Even the duck residing yearlong on our mantle gets gussied up for Christmas


Every Christmas Eve since they were babies, I have given the girls a Christmas ornament each. All of these meaningful ornaments are now divided between the city house and the country cottage.
Three traditional Santas...one for each daughter are the first decorations that are hung on our country cottage tree each year. 


Every December I lovingly remember my Grandma who crocheted several different snowflakes for all of her grandchildren.


I have 10 of these darling angels...meticulously made from pasta by a dear friend. 


An antique 'Crazy' quilt from Nova Scotia becomes the skirt surrounding our cottage Christmas tree and Rolling Santa ...another painting project I painted for my munchkins... patiently waits for Christmas Eve.


She's a wee bit wonky, has some boughs longer than others, and a few gaping holes (not to mention one string of white wired lights... gahh!), but she's perfection in all her imperfectness....inspiring our yearly refrain..."THE BEST TREE WE'VE EVER HAD"

....Bring on the snow


Christmas 2009


Wishing each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous New year!

10 Comments:

At December 14, 2011 at 7:42 AM , Blogger Solace Interiors said...

Years worth of memories. ;) I love all your hand painted creations, especially the pine cone box. You are a very talented lady!!!

 
At December 14, 2011 at 9:22 AM , Blogger lianne - slow blood said...

those two lake pictures are wonderful! can't wait to be there.

 
At December 14, 2011 at 9:52 AM , Blogger Maureen @ Modecor said...

Nicole, Mary Anne has the same box (think Marty built them) and chair...we painted these waaaaay back, every Tuesday morning after our kids went to school. We have tons of projects that we worked on.

 
At December 14, 2011 at 9:54 AM , Blogger Maureen @ Modecor said...

Lianne ...not sure we'll ever have that scenery again, but I think there might be some fun happening at the cottage!

 
At December 14, 2011 at 1:35 PM , Blogger Vanessa@decor happy said...

Your tree is huge - looks taller than 10.5' - love fraser firs as well. I love the traditional feel of your cottage and that setting is incredible - lucky you!

 
At December 14, 2011 at 1:42 PM , Blogger Maureen @ Modecor said...

Thank you Vanessa... I'm going to send you a pic of our tree at home... Quite a bit different..

 
At December 15, 2011 at 8:52 AM , Blogger NewLightRedesign said...

So beautiful Maureen, it looks just a fantasy out of a book. How very lucky you are all. Merry Christmas!

 
At December 15, 2011 at 9:04 AM , Blogger Sherry Daniele, True Color Expert said...

I just love your big tree, and the quilt for the skirt!

 
At December 15, 2011 at 10:43 AM , Blogger Kristie at The Decorologist.com said...

Maureen,
What a beautiful Christmas tree and such a picturesque setting for a charming Christmas with family! Love the quilt tree skirt, too :)

 
At December 18, 2011 at 12:34 AM , Blogger SZInteriors said...

Your tree is beautiful, and I LOVE the icicles - are they vintage?

What a nice setting to spend your Christmas. I hope you have a really great one!

 

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LET IT SNOW....A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS....

As if on cue, we arrived at our cottage last Friday to the 'white stuff'.


We had left Ottawa, a barren snowless landscape, to travel 1hr west, to buy a Christmas tree in hopes of bejewelling it and decorating the cottage for Christmas.


Even without lights and tinsel, our 10 1/2 ' tall Fraser Fir is a beauty.


We are lucky at Christmas to spend a week at the cottage...In fact our first night ever at the cottage was Christmas Eve, six years ago. Our rustic log cottage is nestled in a decidedly country setting, therefore our Christmas decor reflects that. I have bought very few Christmas decorations for the cottage...instead I have culled our antiques and more than 30 years of our traditional Christmas decor to decorate the cottage.


An antique chair and pine cone box I painted several years ago.


I bought these Matryoshka stacking Santa dolls when our girls were very little, thinking they could play with them ... 20+ years later they gaze down from the fireplace shelves.


Skiing Santa...one of seven different Santas I made.  I prefer traditional Santas... or St Nicholas.


Even the duck residing yearlong on our mantle gets gussied up for Christmas


Every Christmas Eve since they were babies, I have given the girls a Christmas ornament each. All of these meaningful ornaments are now divided between the city house and the country cottage.
Three traditional Santas...one for each daughter are the first decorations that are hung on our country cottage tree each year. 


Every December I lovingly remember my Grandma who crocheted several different snowflakes for all of her grandchildren.


I have 10 of these darling angels...meticulously made from pasta by a dear friend. 


An antique 'Crazy' quilt from Nova Scotia becomes the skirt surrounding our cottage Christmas tree and Rolling Santa ...another painting project I painted for my munchkins... patiently waits for Christmas Eve.


She's a wee bit wonky, has some boughs longer than others, and a few gaping holes (not to mention one string of white wired lights... gahh!), but she's perfection in all her imperfectness....inspiring our yearly refrain..."THE BEST TREE WE'VE EVER HAD"

....Bring on the snow


Christmas 2009


Wishing each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous New year!