Sunday, December 13, 2015

Theme Post: Gothidays Day Seven

Welcome to the final day of Gothidays 2015! Today, the insomniac would like to share with you some of her Christmas decor for this holiday season.

Back when we lived in the Gothic Mansion, decorating for Christmas was a very big deal, especially when the offspring were younger and still living at home. It literally took two weeks to do the whole house, and roughly the same amount of time to pack everything away again. These days, decorating feels like more of a chore than a delight, and nobody seems to care as long as there's plenty of food available to take their minds off the lack of seasonal decor.

Should you wish to see photos of how things were back in the “Olden Days”, here are a few links - which may or may not include some rather vague instructions on how to make some of the decorations you'll see in this post:

Theme Post: Gothidays 2012 Day One 
Theme Post: Gothidays 2012 Day Seven  
'Twas the Night (almost) Before Christmas

Many ornaments were taken to Goodwill when we packed up the Gothic Mansion two Christmases ago, and even more sold at a Christmas Market the insomniac  was a vendor at in November. As this too was a handmade/vintage market, she created a number of ornaments to go with the vintage Christmas items from her personal collection and, as expected, none of them sold. Actually, there might have been one that sold. No, wait - that one was given away. Seriously, she could write a very large tome on “How to Make Things That Won't Sell at a Market” and have no difficulties whatsoever filling it up with her brilliant ideas. Probably enough ideas to make it a three volume set.

The holiday colours for the cottage seem to have evolved into predominantly black, ivory and crimson, with a whole lot of tarnished silver thrown in. Because when dropping your old Christmas ornaments off at the Goodwill donation centre, you'll probably decide to take a little peek inside the Goodwill store and will inevitably find more tarnished silver to add to your already extensive collection.

And that's how the tarnished vase in this next picture was found, jazzed up with a few rhinestones, displayed with turkey feathers and taken to market. Where it didn't sell. There was, however, a tremendous amount of interest in the feathers ...

Customers:  Oooh, what kind of feathers are those?
Insomniac:  Wild turkey, I think.
Customers:  I really like those. I collect feathers, smudge with them, etc. etc. etc.
Insomniac:  Oh jeez, just take one.
Customers:  Really? Thank you so much!


The ivory decorations seem to work well against the dark furniture, dark walls and the dark stones on the fireplace. One has definitely noticed she's reluctant to display any brightly coloured things in the cottage, and there's only a handful of those types of ornaments left. Plus the ivory complements the skulls on the mantel nicely.





Lengths of fabric formerly used for covering tables at markets are now being used to cover the dining room table. The buffet always gets decorated, because at least people notice those decorations on their way to and from the kitchen to fill their plates with more turkey and stuffing.

The table isn't generally covered in antlers, and is not part of the holiday decorating scheme. The insomniac  has discovered a good way to get things done in a relatively timely manner is to stack them someplace where, eventually, they'll be in the way. As Christmas dinner will be on the 24th this year, the antlers will need to be photographed and put on the website within the next ten days. This clever tip, plus many more, to be revealed in her upcoming tome.


After Christmas, the insomniac  plans to unpack the box of crystal underneath the buffet and put all that  on the dining room table. Then maybe the shelves in the clock case meant to hold all the crystal will get built before Easter.


The blackened and gold-leaf tipped antlers didn't sell either. But that's okay - a set went to one of the insomniac's  helpers at the market and the other set will now live here with us.


As always, the taxidermy loves to get dressed up for the holidays, as does Odin. Or Thor. Whoever that guy on the piano is.


Thrifted frame, adorable little picture of an angel and deer. Didn't sell. Luckily, the insomniac  has gotten a lot smarter about markets, and is now making things she likes herself instead of things other people might like. All covered in Chapter 2 of the book. Look for it soon ... like in about twenty years.



Set of three votives that didn't sell. The spouse says it's because everyone fears the glitter.


Decoupaged papers on the backs of crystals. Didn't sell. Not even a little sad about that.



The very last of the brightly coloured ornaments. It hurts the eyes, doesn't it? If they weren't really old and possibly worth something, they'd already be gone.


And that's pretty much it for the downstairs decorations. No Christmas tree again this year, as we now have a forest full of trees that have the decency to drop their needles all over the forest floor instead of all over ours.

Upstairs is totally barren of Christmas decor, other than a skull and the remains of some very special flowers that probably aren't going to make it through many more holidays. Oh, and a cherub table cover that didn't sell. Almost forgot about that.


And now it's time for the important part of the post - the giveaways!

Firstly, a Krampus pillow - the perfect gift for any child on your Christmas list. And what child wouldn't want to be tucked into their bed Christmas Eve with this beauty in sight? It's practically guaranteed to produce visions of things other than sugarplums dancing in their heads. All. Night. Long.

Because the giveaway is open world wide, this lovely pillow will be sent to you without the actual pillow to save on shipping charges. But it takes a standard 18" pillow form, which can be purchased almost anywhere.


Secondly, a set of holiday tags with twelve different woodland animals, a package of antique gold tinsel garland, and an amethyst snowflake with an olive green bow. Whaaaaat? Amethyst and olive green are so Christmas colours! No? Oh, maybe that's why it didn't sell.


And thirdly, a package of crimson tinsel garland which says tissue paper on the label but it's bright and shiny so just ignore that, along with a lovely crystal ornament embellished with black snowflakes and crimson ribbon. Whaaaaat? Snowflakes aren't supposed to be black? Probably why it didn't sell either.


To enter, simply comment as to which of these prizes you're interested in. Or ask to be entered in all the draws and increase your chances! Winners will be announced Monday, December 14th as an addendum to this post. Both this and the previous contest end this evening, Sunday, December 13th, at midnight.

As always, a big thank-you to The Curious Professor Z for hosting this holiday extravaganza! It's been wonderful reading about the other participant's holiday rituals, and one hopes to see you all again next year. Although please don't expect anything new in the way of decorating ideas here at the Little Gothic Cottage - if anything, it might be even sparser than this year.

However, one does hope you understood that although the insomniac  claimed in her previous Gothidays post to be on a mission to reduce the amount of Christmas baking consumed in this household, she wasn't actually serious. We're right back up to fourteen different varieties of cookies in the freezer, two or three kinds of spiced nuts and at least five types of candy. Some holiday rituals should not be tampered with. So sayeth the family.

Until next time, the insomniac  wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties.

IA


4:19 p.m. Monday, December 14th, 2015

Thanks to everyone who commented and entered! Commenters were assigned a number in the order in which their comment was received and winners chosen by the Random Generator.

Please email lynne@insomniacsattic.com with your mailing address so your prize can be sent to you the next time the insomniac  drives into the city!

Skull Apron Winner - Lesley UK
Here are your random numbers:
11
Timestamp: 2015-12-14 23:09:30 UTC

Gothic Stars Winner - Bobbi
Here are your random numbers:
8
Timestamp: 2015-12-14 23:10:14 UTC

Krampus Pillowcase Winner - Natalie
Here are your random numbers:
7
Timestamp: 2015-12-14 23:10:57 UTC

Gold Tinsel, Woodland Tags and Amethyst Snowflake Winner - Debi
Here are your random numbers:
5
Timestamp: 2015-12-14 23:11:30 UTC

Red Tinsel and Crystal Ornament Winner - Stella Caughell
Here are your random numbers:
9
Timestamp: 2015-12-14 23:11:54 UTC

62 comments:

  1. Hey! lady M! Got something you wanna say? :)

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    1. Of course I do. Thank you for remembering me! What a great post! I get such a chuckle out of your sense of humor. Fourteen types of cookies and two - three types of spiced nut, aye? Can I come to your house for the holidays? Sounds scrumptious! I think your Christmas decorations are fabulous and you should be happy they did not sell. The great unwashed masses have no taste anyhow. I especially love Thor or Odin and hope he gets recognition at the solstice. Perhaps a few pagan dances around the statue. Count me in for everything and anything you want to give away. You know, when I pile stuff on the diningroom table it just looks like clutter. But when you do it, it's a work of art. I suppose that comes from being in retail and knowing how objects should be displayed. Have a great day and thanks for the laugh.

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    2. I'm always surprised when I remember anything, lady M! Oh yes, so many cookies. I can feel my jeans getting tighter already and we're not even at mid-month yet. Sigh. Of course you can come for the holidays - I'll go take all the piles of unartistically stacked fabric off the guest bed right now!

      I'm not terribly unhappy the decorations didn't sell, other than now I don't have any spare money for Christmas presents for anybody. LOL

      Lucretia (see below) says it's Odin and I don't dance, so sadly he'll get little recognition at solstice. Really, the only time I pay any attention at all to poor Odin is when I dust him - twice a year. :)

      I guess retail experience has given me some useful skills in stacking crap on the dining room table! I wonder how I would phrase that in a resume? Haha! I've entered you for everything and anything, lady M! Thanks for stopping by - it's going to get busy for everybody now, isn't it? If we don't talk before then, you and his Lordship have a very wonderful holiday season, okay? :)

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    3. I didn't win - boo hoo. Dying just a little inside. You have a brilliant holiday too!

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    4. Don't be sad! I'm going to be knitting Edward Gorey scarves and skull socks in the new year - I'll send you something cute. Well, I personally will think it's cute - you know how that goes. ;)

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    5. I used to have an Edward Gorey t shirt many years ago. I hope you had a marvelous holiday.

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  2. I have just experienced 5 of the 7 deadly sins while looking at the pictures you posted of your house and decorations. All so wonderful. Which two did you not experience you ask? Well, actually, really, it was all 7. I will admit to pride of having similar stuff to yours in my own home and sloth because I still have not packed up to move to yours. That last being a very sad affair for me and probably the best for you. Your spouse is right. The glitter does scare me and you might find a few items missing, and your trash person's load a slight bit heavier.... I do like the idea of how you did those crystal ornaments! And why are the colors of olive green and amethyst NOT Christmas colors?? You can put me down for any and all. Although I should state that I do not decorate for Christmas anymore, and any holiday ornaments that I like simply stay out all year long. Which explains the pumpkin goblin sitting in the dining room chair.

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    1. Awwww thank you, Debbi! I too am a very lazy decorator - that's why I've gone with the crimson stuff - works perfectly for Valentine's too, doesn't it?

      You and the spouse would get along famously - he HATES glitter. Oh, I see I have red glitter on my coat now, he says this morning. Poor guy. He is the trash man and probably wouldn't be at all unhappy to find his load heavier on Sunday mornings when he goes to the gas station to unload our garbage.

      I've put you down for any and all! I think any of these would work well all year round, don't you? Or at least until Valentine's Day. That gives you another couple of months before you'd have to pack them away. :)

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    1. Thank you very much, Frilly Frenchie! I've put you down for all the giveaways, but if you win and didn't really want to be entered, just tell me.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! :)

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  4. Wow, wow and wow! Your home is just beautiful!! I have total Christmas-decorating envy :)
    Cookies, candies, goodies - can I come and visit?? xox

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    1. Thank you, Wild Fairy! I'm actually a very lazy Christmas decorator - hence, no Christmas tree. Propping things up against other things and throwing a few pine cones around doesn't really take much work. LOL

      You can totally come visit. There's enough food here to feed five hundred people. ;)

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  5. I love your decoration... So beautiful...

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    1. Thank you, Madame Kismet! I still love my little votive I made to look like yours. ♥

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  6. The craft sale you were at must have been too mainstream! No one understood the gothic magnificence of your vision! I'm going to throw my hat in the ring for that Krampus pillow. If I win it, I'm going to give it to a friend who ADORES all things Krampus. It would make him wet his pants.

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    1. That's two I've done this year other than Horror Con, Debra. It's kind of funny to watch people walk up to the booth and then quickly walk away. I'm not sure what it is - maybe I have Resting Bitch Face or the booth is just too crowded. I really can't figure it out!

      I'm not going to enter you in the draw, but I am going to make you a Krampus pillow - as long as you send me a picture of your friend wetting his pants when you give it to him! Please email me your address - lynne@insomniacsattic.com. I'll get it done tomorrow and probably will mail all the prizes out Tuesday or Wednesday. Since you're in the same province, maybe you'll even get it in time for Xmas giving! LOL

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    2. Dear Insomniac -- you are just TOO nice to me and my Krampus-loving friend! I will do my best to persuade him to post the requisite photo! I don't know if he's on Instagram but I bet he would post it to his blog. If he does, I'll send you the link! Many thanks! I've sent you my mailing address privately.

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    3. My pleasure, Debra - any Krampus-loving friend of yours is obviously a friend of mine! LOL

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  7. LOVE. YOUR. DECOR/ATIONS. Have a fantastic Christmas/Yule/Solstice!!!

    And although I can't see him really well, I believe the guy on the piano is Odin, not Thor. For one thing, he's wearing a sword, and Thor favors his axe; also, I've worked a bit with Odin, and it FEELS like him. So there's my two cents... ;-)

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    1. Thank you, Lucretia ... right back at ya! I got your card the other day and, believe it or not, actually braved the Post Office lineup last week and sent one to you!

      I'm going to take your word for it, since I have no clue. Odin it is. :)

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  8. In all honesty, I don't believe that I've ever known anyone who is able to decorate by mixing darkness with the festive as well as you, Insomniac! As I browsed through the photos you provide here, all I could think of was how Guiermo del Toro could just as easily filmed "Crimson Peak" at the Little Gothic Cottage and the visuals would have been just as impressive as they are in the actual film. You're a very talented person; of that there is no doubt.

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    1. Wow - that's high praise, Nightwind! Oh, did you see Crimson Peak? I really liked it. It's probably one of the few movies I'll end up buying when it comes out on video. I'd totally live in that house - even with leaves falling through the roof all the time! They'd have to get rid of that basement, though. Ewwwww.

      I also saw Victor Frankenstein last week. It was okay - pretty cool sets and all, but just okay. Daniel Radcliffe was cute as Igor though.

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  9. Omg please enter me for all! Btw I think your xmas decorations are perfect colours! And I just want to teleport all your decorations to my house!

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    1. I will enter you in all five giveaways, Laura! And thank you - I'm liking the new bright red decorations too - not something I thought I'd ever say! :)

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  10. I would love to have your 3 volume trilogy! I like the Chrystal's withh découpage ! Crowns on Ravens! Oh my!
    I will be researching your past Christmases and taking notes! Oh the Krampus pillow ! Perfect woodland set! And tissue paper garland? Wow ! Oh Yes Please kind lady of the forest! xoDebi

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    1. Maybe I really should write a trilogy then, Debi? Couldn't do any worse than my markets, could it? ;)

      I liked how the crystals turned out, too. Tons of tutorials on the internet about them lately, so I don't think we're the only ones who liked the idea. :)

      I've got you down for all three giveaways! Thanks for stopping by. ♥

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  11. Oh if I had been able to attend the craft sale you were at...
    Well, it's actually probably good for the family finances that I wasn't!
    I absolutely ADORE the crystal/snowflake decoration, but that amethyst snowflake with the olive bow is gorgeous too... I cannot choose which one I like better!

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    1. I wish you could have attended too, HollyElise! Actually, your budget wouldn't have suffered much damage - mostly everything I was selling was $20 or less. Lots of stuff for under five bucks! Plus, your US dollar is worth like ten of ours. LOL

      I'm going to put you in the draw for both then, shall I? Good luck, and thanks for stopping by and commenting! :)

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  12. Eeek, I hope I'm not too late to enter to win that Krampus cushion case!

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    1. I'd be gothically gleeful to win any of your very seasonal giveaways. I like glitter, and my home is currently decorated (unintentionally) with sequins. I have no idea where they came from, In England we call glitter and sequins 'fairy poo!'
      So refined!

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    2. I won't pick winners until later today Nat, to allow for time zone differences, etc. So you're not too late and are entered in the draw! :)

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    3. I'll put you in the bucket for all five giveaways then, Lesley UK! I love glitter even if the spouse doesn't. It seriously doesn't seem like Christmas without seeing it all over the floor. On our clothes. In our food. Etc. etc. :)

      As I like to think of myself as a fairly refined person (small joke), I'm going to start referring to it as Fairy Poo now too! Thanks for that! LOL

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    1. Even though you've removed your comment I'll still enter you in the draw, bexwork! I realize those posts on the two FB pages didn't allow for much time to enter, so I won't pick the winners until later today and hopefully give everyone a chance. Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment, and I hope you've decided to stick around! :)

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  14. It's always a pleasure to tour around the Little Gothic Cottage and see all the wonders therein. Thank you very much!

    Christmas decorating here has followed much the same path as yours. Much more when the children were younger (and here) and less and more for ME now. Christmas tree is a given, prelit artificial, and it's the first thing to go up. Now it's all glass ornament figures, many of which are there as memories of something. All the furniture moving needed to open up space for the tree inevitably leads to more furniture rearranging and at least one trip to the charity store with donations.

    I totally understand the craft/vintage fair thing. I, too, was a participant for years. Could never get a handle on what would sell, and it felt like a lie to conform to the trends and ignore my own style. Found the same to be true when I sold roses ... rare roses in need of preservation and distribution sat and sat, as did the ones that I loved the most, common ones that folks had heard of (and anything red or yellow) sold almost as soon as they were available. It's disheartening. I'm glad that you appear to have found your niche at Horror Con, among people who understand and appreciate.

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    1. You're always welcome to come for a visit Hartwood Roses, as you totally understand that just out of range of the photograph, the place is a total disaster. ;)

      It was great fun decorating when the kids were little, and I suppose if we ever get grandkids it will be exciting again. But at this time in my life, I'd rather be doing other things. If Gothidays hadn't been running, it probably would have been about one-quarter of this.

      2015 was the year to try out some things on my Bucket List. I'd always wanted to do craft fairs but never had the time when I was working. I'm glad I found Horror Con too, as that will be the only fair I'll continue with. They do seem to get me ... my handmade things do well there, and I don't feel the need to try and tone myself down! 2016 will be the year I'll try out an Etsy shop with handmade clothing for those of us with darker tastes, although it will be comfortable stuff - no corsets! And for me, it's not the end result that matters - I just need to try new things whether it's a failure or not. If I didn't have a constant stream of new projects on the back burner, I'm not sure what would happen. But I don't think it would be good. ;)

      Isn't that odd - red and yellow roses are my least favourite. I do hope you keep growing all those rare and beautiful varieties yourself though - for your own enjoyment, if nothing else. The world would be a sadder place if only the common things that people are comfortable with survived. ♥

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  15. Whhaaat? Of course amethyst and olive green are Yule colors! I don't even understand the question..!
    Your home is delicious. I had to back track twice to that first picture because: Is that GOLDEN stucco?? Pure decadence!

    Merry Gothimas!

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    1. Well that's what I thought too, Ms. Misantropia! I knew somebody other than me would feel those are perfectly acceptable colours for the holiday season ... ;)

      I had to backtrack and see what golden stucco you were talking about! It's actually a brass ceiling. We'd always wanted one in the Gothic Mansion but it didn't really suit, since it was more of a farmhouse and not a particularly fancy house. So it was the one thing we decided HAD to be done here in the LGC. I love that ceiling. :)

      Merry Gothimas to you and your new **ahem** visitors! I'm going to come read about that now. Ewwwwwww.

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  16. Okay! Where to start... Is that the snake candlelabra acquisition form Prague I see in the first photo?! That skull also has a Sedlec Ossuary look about it I think? Everything looks so very gothic, I love it! I must side with your husband regarding the glitter. The mere word conjures up horrific images of glittery pumpkins and sparkling witches that seem to have become the new standard of commercial Halloween decor! I always love looking at your home and your great taste in decor, Christmas being no exception! Very beautiful! Really like that old world looking Krampus pillow, though I'm probably late for your contest. There will be some lucky people receiving your treasures! Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas!

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    1. It totally is - you have a good eye! I wish I could find somebody to make me some of those candelabras for the Attic. I think they'd be hot sellers - just like the stuff I make. Hahahaha. And yes, the two skulls from the Sedlec Ossuary are permanent fixtures on the fireplace mantel. That guy suffered a few lost teeth when I shipped him home from Prague, as by that time our suitcases were getting quite heavy. I kept those teeth for years, always thinking “one day” I'd getting around to gluing them back in. I threw them out when we moved. ;)

      I believe most sensible people fear the glitter and I hate cleaning it up. And yet, when I go looking at Hallowe'en or Christmas decorations, those are the first things I gravitate towards. In my case, it's a sickness for which there appears to be no cure.

      You are NOT too late to enter for the pillow - I'm feeling rather lazy today and probably won't make the draw until later this evening, despite what I said about the contest closing at midnight last night. I think that's what people love most about me, isn't it? I'm always late for everything? No?

      A very Merry Christmas to your household too, Mark!

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  17. Literally, I never get tired of telling you what a beautiful house you have got. Every single detail is plainly perfect, and there are so many to appreciate. I remember when you first announced on the blog your family was moving to a new place, I could not accept the idea. It was like "why are they leaving this wonderland, why?", but now I think your new home is even more stunning, if that´s even possible. I feel a lot of healthy envy (sorry, I don´t know if that expressions is correct in English. In Spanish we say something alike when we desire to express we have got nice feelings about a friend´s good luck). I mean, seriously: the golden ceiling wood panelling, all the glittery deers, the Victorian postcards and photos, the PIANO. Jeez. It is like a little cute version of Allerdale Hall in Crimson Peak. ♥

    It is a bit sad that we can´t really buy as much stuff and home decor as we´d like at the moment. We are traveling and moving from one country to another due to work, and we don´t know where we will be next year (I sincerely hope it is England at once, but only Heaven knows...) I am eager to establish ourselves and start building our own charming home. I am sure it won´t be as adorable as yours, of course, but I have so many ideas I want to use...

    By the way, how fast Gothidays have passed this year! I feel I missed it all at this point!

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    1. Literally, I never get tired of hearing you tell me what a beautiful house we have, Violette! LOL I remember when I announced we'd be leaving the Gothic Mansion, too. I'll admit, looking back over the photos of the lovely Christmases we spent there while writing this post did make me feel a little nostalgic. But when I drove past the old place this summer (for the first time since we'd left), it felt rather odd - like we'd never lived there at all! I guess I really have moved on. And your phrase “healthy envy” translates perfectly. ♥

      I think travelling around the world right now is a wonderful opportunity for you both. There's plenty of time to settle down and furnish a home. Oh, England would be wonderful - so many antiques! Your home, wherever and whenever it happens, will be absolute perfection with your exquisite taste, my dear. :)

      I can't believe Christmas will be here in ten days ... I have so much to do yet!! :O

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  18. Wow!What lovely things. It's hard to believe no one wanted the things you made. I just found your blog posts through the lovely Professor Z. If any of your contests are still open, I would love to be entered, but if not, I still feel fortunate to have discovered your blog. What a lovely home. Have a wonderful Holiday season.

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    1. Oh, thank you - how sweet of you to say so! I'm very happy you found me through Professor Z's blog, and delighted you stopped by to comment. I'm being quite slack about closing off this contest today, so you are still in the running for all five of the giveaways! And a very Merry Christmas to you and yours, Stella. :)

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  19. I am totally late for the giveaway but I must say I love your artistic eye and all those ornaments and especially how laid back you are about the fact that some old Norse god is killing time on your piano! :D Did you create that Krampus pillow and if so, can one buy another copy of it? It is pure awesomeness!

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    1. I'm sorry you missed the giveaway - and I was totally late drawing the winners, too! The Norse God Guy is my husband's ... he loves that sort of stuff. Hence, the picture above the piano. ;)

      I did, in fact, make the Krampus pillow and I just happen to have nine more copies of that silkscreen left. It was supposed to be for tshirts, but it ending up not coming on the right kind of material so I thought I'd do pillows instead. There's very little room on all four sides of the remaining images though, so I will have to fart around a bit with the next ones and add some different fabric to get it to fit on a standard pillow form. But I'm going to do that in January, and if they turn out alright then they'll go on the website. I'm sure they'll be a Huge Seller! LOL

      I'll send you pictures when they're finished, and if you're still interested there will be one with your name on it. I'm thinking a nice festive plaid around the image, but we'll see what fabric I have in all those bins in the basement. ;)

      Have a very Merry Christmas, Jade! ♥

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    2. Merry Christmas to you too! And I shall be anxiously waiting for a pic of the next Krampus pillow! ^_^

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  20. Oh wow. Anything to do with antlers speaks to me. This post is a pure delight, real candy for the eyes. :) Very inspirational.

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    1. I'm a huge fan of antlers, too! Lucky for me, there's a seemingly endless supply out here in the forest. And thank you for your kind words - I'm glad you were able to stop by and really glad you enjoyed the post. A very Merry Christmas to you, Globöb Oboglöb!

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  21. Sigh ... and swoon! Your home is too beautiful for words! And yes, why would you need a holiday tree when you are living in a forest filled with them! :) I'd probably make little suet balls or seeded ornaments for the critters to substitute for the inside tree.

    Thank you so much, darling Insomniac, for hosting a giveaway and for participating. I can't help but dream of having tea with you in that dining room! SWOON!

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    1. Awwww, thanks Franny! We really do love this house - possibly even moreso than the Gothic Mansion. But that's because we're out in the middle of nowhere, and I find I like that more and more every day. :)

      I've actually been looking at suet recipes for the birds since I have some leftover from the mincemeat. That's probably a January project, and I hope my first pension cheque is enough that I can buy one of those Go-Pro's? (those cameras you wear on your head), so I can video feeding the birds. I'd probably be the only person interested in watching that though. ;)

      I feel bad I can never manage to participate every single day, so giveaways are my small way of saying sorry about that. If only I didn't feel the need to write an epic novel every post, right? I think you and Ed need to visit in winter - tea in the dining room and knitting in the sun room. Life is good. :)

      I hope you guys have a wonderful holiday season, Franny. ♥

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  22. Every time you write a post like this one (showing all these delightful images of your home and living), I want to move to your house. Love the colors--the subtle and the bright crimsons, too.

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    1. Oh, and your approach to getting things done is fascinating! :-D

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    2. Do you think you could bear to leave NY, Magaly? I've only been there once but I could see where it would get into your blood. So many cool things to see! Crimson was never a colour I used in our old house but I'm really liking it in this one. Maybe I've developed a fondness for it from you? :)

      I'll try anything to get certain things done around here. That trick works pretty well, although it took me right up until yesterday to finally move them off the table. Two days before I need to get the table set. Cutting it a little close, as always. LOL

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  23. I think Odin (or Thor) really needed those bells on him.

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  24. *giggles* That odin / thor figurine is the best ^^

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    1. Nothing quite like a strapping Viking-type fellow all decked out in his glittery finest, is there Ramona? ;)

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  25. The Color of your Wall... Divine!!! What Hue did they say that was since I'll be Painting the Juliet Art Studio Room in 2016 and already have the Black, but looking for just that Perfect Shade of Red or Crimson... or Blood... or whatever fancy Name they slap on the Sample Tag?! *Winks* Now see, if you were Selling around here you'd have at least ONE Customer that totally digs the same Aesthetic! *Winks* And then you could boast about at least one Sale... I'm Transforming my Retail Spaces more to My Style and Hope it doesn't put the kabosh on ALL my Sales? *ha ha ha* Only Time will tell, but I just couldn't cater to a Demographic anymore that I have no Idea what they'll buy anyway... and frankly, probably wouldn't choose to carry and Sell it even if I did! *Bwahahaha* I probably shouldn't even be in Retail as Odd an Aesthetic as I have, but it is my little Happy Place to hawk Found Treasures that Delight me and I simply cannot Keep ALL of... Loving the Styling of your New Spaces! Wishing you a Happy New Year from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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    1. I bought it from the local Home Hardware store ... the shade was called Sophistication and the paint brand was Beauti-Tone. I wonder if you can even get that in Arizona? LOL

      I like your new style in your showroom, and I hope it doesn't put the kaboshh on sales! I know if I were making shabby chic or painted barnwood items, I'd probably be selling out at markets, but that just doesn't appeal to me. But you know, you have to keep trying a lot of different things until you find out what works. Or in my case, what doesn't! ;)

      A very happy New Year to you and yours, Dawn! ♥

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