Monday, December 8, 2008

WILL SNOWMEN MELT IN THE SUNROOM?


Don't you just love Tuesdays, when Susan hosts Tablescape Tuesday, and aren't you glad that Thanksgiving is finally gone, so I'll stop posting Thanksgiving tablescapes? Now, you'll be seeing Christmas tablescapes on my blog. Don't worry, it's not much longer until Christmas will be here. (Oops! I guess that IS reason to worry!) I don't think I'm going to be ready, but maybe my tables will, thanks to Tablescape Tuesday!

If you've visited my blog before, you know I have a few collections. Okay, you can stop laughing. Yes, I have a LOT of collections! You just thought you had reason to believe that I am crazy, and you had not even seen my Christmas collections yet!


For the Christmas season, my sunroom is filled with my collection of snowmen, so the table setting in this room is -- you guessed it -- a snowman theme. I used a quilt for my tablecloth.



I saw this top hat on Pat's blog (Back Porch Musings) (Between Pat's blog and Susan's blog, I have a lot of porches on this blog--maybe I should call this room a sun porch instead of sunroom). Well, I wanted one of those cute top hats so badly that I paid full price for it! I can't remember the last time I paid full price for anything! (I've been looking for a sale on plastic surgeons-have you seen any sales?) When I brought the top hat home and placed it on my table (it began to dance around -- sorry), I couldn't figure out what to put it in. You see, Pat had made her's look so pretty that anything I did paled in comparison, so I'm still working on that hat.





My sister gave me this cute stemware for Christmas a number of years ago. I've had the place card holders so long, I can't remember where I got them, but I'm sure they were a bargain!




If you've visited my blog before, you may remember that I often use napkins or paper plates under a glass plate, because it is an inexpensive way to make my dinnerware go with my theme. The plates with the plaid border were a pattern that was being discontinued at a local gift store, so being the bargain hunter that I am, when I spotted them on the sale table, I knew I had to buy them.



The mittens, which hold the napkins and silverware, are a Christmas tree decoration. I bought all that were left in the store when I found them for 25 cents each after Christmas one year (I can't pass up a bargain, even if I don't know how in the world I'm going to use it). See, the string that goes over a tree branch is under the plate.


More of my snowmen follow. There are so many of them, I tried to combine some pictures, with the hopes that you might not get tired of looking at all of my snowmen. If you really want to see them, just click on them to enlarge. I don't know what these snowmen are doing during the "off season", but they do seem to multiply each year. Do you think they are mating in that closet where I store them? Can anybody tell me how to distinguish between a snowman and a snowgirl? I could at least store them in separate boxes next year.





I used a Christmas tree skirt as a table topper.


See that darling lamp (the snowman in a jar)? I ordered that from Lynne's shop.




Okay, I'm starting to figure this reproduction thing out (you'd think after having two children, I would already know all about the birds and the bees). In the next picture, on the right side of the table, there is a snowman that looks like a candle. It's a lamp that I also ordered from Lynne's shop. Lynne, are you sending me pregnant snowmen (ahem, snowgirls)? You know, it's kind of hard to tell if a snow person is pregnant.



Whew, this posting is getting long. Sorry, but I don't want any of these snow people to fee left out when I'm taking pictures. I just have one more thing to share, and it is much more fun than my snowmen (or snowgirls), at least for me it is.


Bridget at My Silly Blog has honored me with the Butterfly Award. Bridget has such a great blog that it makes this award even more of an honor.

IMHO, this award has a lot going for it.

First: It says it's for having a "cool" blog. I have always wanted to have ANYTHING that is cool, but I've always been kind of a nerd and haven't had or done anything very cool. So I am really honored to accept this award!

Second: It doesn't require me to do a whole lot (You may have noticed that I don't follow instructions very well). One reason I have trouble with award instructions is that I always have to pick other blogs to pass the award on to. I think every blog I visit is cool (that's one reason I wanted mine to be cool), AND, it always seems that whomever I send it to has already received it. If you don't have this award, I am now presenting it to you, because every blogger who visits my blog has a really cool blog, so please copy the award picture and then if you can find 10 bloggers who haven't received it, please pass it on to them.

Sorry Bridget. I just can't follow rules, but thank you so much for following the rules and passing this award on to me!

Be sure to go to Between Naps on the Porch and see all of the wonderful tablescapes. Thanks so much for coming to see mine. laurie

58 comments:

Happy To Be said...

Laurie I just loved this snow wonder land today...you girl bt far have the best snow people collection I have ever seen..I love the quilt as a table cloth..I did that alot when I had all country decor..And Lynne's sweet lamps...I got the one in the jar.You girl have the best taste in stuff... I love it all have a great day dear friend...hugs and smiles Gloria

Anonymous said...

Oh Laurie! You are so funny! I laughed out loud at your pregnant snow girls! I am so glad to be the first to comment, You just have the neatest thigs, and I love the snowman theme, the plaid plates are so darling! I love plaid! Everything is just so adorable, Christmas must be wonderful at your home! Love Ya! Connie

mishebe said...

I love it all. Love the mitton silverware holders, so cute. And i have that big hat. I just scored and bought a few small ones for half price. Your sunroom reminds me of what Santa's home would look like . Fantasy. mishelle

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

I adore that top hat! Where do I get one of my own? I must have missed the one on Back porch Musing.
I think your Aaah, Hmmm, chubby snow people are cute.
I'll be waiting for an answer on the top hat....;O

Sweet Wishes,
Sara

lili11 said...

I love d Christmas pictures. It reminded me of our own Christmas which we celebrated long ago in 1986. That was in Chico, CA (I was a student then). Christmas tree and all d ornaments ... Now I live in Malaysia and I don't celebrate Christmas anymore.

mbkatc230 said...

This is so cute, I think you should leave the snowpeople to their own devices. It's cheaper than buying them! But then again, you might have to build an addition, so ... The mitten idea is so cute, and I love the stemware. Have a great day. Kathy

Zoey said...

That room is just wonderful. I love the quilt on the table and that top hat is the perfect centerpiece!

I would have snatched up those plaid dishes, too. I love patterned rims with solid centers like that. You can do so much with them.

I think you did a great job on your sunroom.

Kristen said...

All the snowmen are soooo great. You are so cleaver with the title...are they melting?

Lady Katherine said...

You have the coolest blog today! Snowmen! What great ideas, love the mittens for the siverware, the plates are great! I will take that quilt off your cool hands today! The is warming the porch up! Oh and that top hat! Reminder to me I want a top hat! You know I never seen a top hat in a store, now just where in Arkansas do I need to come. lol I have snowmen placemats and snowmen I use after Christmas, for its a winter wonderland theme. Now when you are tired of it just pass it over the Mississippi River,maybe it will ice and the snowmen can slide over on the quilt, or I will come flying.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Laurie your sunroom/porch looks fabulous. I love all the snowmen/persons. I am so happy you found one of the hats. Sometimes, ya just have to pay full price! I'm such an enabler.:-)

Your tablescape is beautiful.

I love everything you've done here and I love the falling snow. Great!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Oh Laurie, I read so many things in your post that made me say "me too!"

I want to make a snowman hat ...they had a tutorial on the Joli Paquet blog. Your's is too cute! I like to use glass plates a lot too, I have a collection of just about everything plus I'm a major bargain hunter & often buy things I have no idea what I am going to do with, just beacsue they were cheap...we're soul sisters! ;o)

I never thought to use a tree-topper as a table toppper though. I have a couple of vintage ones that I never know what to do with...now I do!

I've said it before but I'll say it again...I LOVE your sunroom!

tardevil said...

Oh Laurie, where do I begin....I love your table and everything on it, but as you told me about my beach Santa (and I followed your advice by the way - so thanks!), you should tell people to enlarge that 1st tree photo. That snowman garland has my heart...I've never seen anything like it - it is soooooo cute! Love it all...wish I could see it in person. And oh by the way, you're no nerd - you're cool - I just know it!

marty39 said...

I always love visiting your blog, so interesting and funny. The mittens and hat are just adorable. Your snowpeople are fabulous. Love it all. Marty

Glenda said...

Really like your window treatments and the wreaths on the doors look great. Your tree topper looks marvelous, can't imagine where you found it. The placement of your tophat is perfect. It looks like a cake stand. A very good way to elevate the centerpiece.
I see good taste runs in your family. Your sister made an excellent choice. I consider your use of a "paper" plate underneath clear glass ingenious. You can have any type setting you want with just a quick change. Much less hassle to store, unlike the snowpeople collection. And they won't multiply on you either.

Shelia said...

Morning, Laurie! Oh, my goodness! Your sunporch is adorable with all of your snowman pieces! Love the top hat in the middle of the table! You have so many wonderful things - could I come shop at your house?
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lynne said...

Laurie, this is just too cute for words...girl you've put a ton of work into your snow filled sunroom..I can feel the magic... Your lamps are just darling....:-)
hugs ~lynne~

Deb said...

Hi Laurie! I love this! Now I have to go and find clear plates, what a great idea! Even the mittens that hold the flatware. Deb

Bo said...

Hi Laurie...Your sunroom made me say "WOW" when I clicked on...not only is it gorgeous but with the snow effect it is even more so. OK, now I've got to buy some clear glass plates & copy your idea of decorative paper plates underneath.
...that would solve a lot of storage issues. Loved every photo in this post...keep 'em coming!
;-) Bo

LillyB said...

Hey sister! I share your love of collecting and I loooooooove snowmen! I think they are multiplying as well!!

psss (I think you can tell the difference between the sexes because snow men pee standing up) LOL (blushing) sorry hehehehehe

Everything is so festive and fun! I love how you used the mittens too! Thank you so much for the award as well!!

Kathleen Ellis said...

You are hilarious, girl! I laughed out loud at your comments about finding a plastic surgeon on sale, the top hat dancing around and the pregnant snowgirl....too funny!
Love your snowman themed sun-porch!
Very cute! Lots of fun ideas for the table...I need to show my daughter (who turns 30 on Saturday...now how did THAT happen???)as she loves to do a snowman theme as well!
thanks....Merry Christmas!

xinex said...

Hi Laurie! Alas...a Christmas posting from you! First of all, I like the idea of a quilt and tree skirt for tablecloths. Secondly, I love your snowman collection. It sure puts my 2 or 3 snowmen to shame. The goblets are very pretty. Your whole tablescape is gorgeous and the whole sunroom is very festive! Thanks for sharing...Christine

Myrna said...

Thanks for the morning chuckle!!Your writing is so entertaining!
And your tablescape! WOW! A feast for the eyes!! Love it ALL!! What a great idea to use clear plates over paper plate!! and the mitten silverware holder, the painted glasses--I could go on and on..but must run (hobble) to Physical Therapy now.
Great job!

Liz said...

I love your tophat! I might have to copycat!!! : )

Love the mittens and the quilt and the stemware and all the precious snowmen! I also loved the snow falling in your pictures! How cool is that!?

~Liz

profenretraite said...

Oh Laurie...how cute!!! Your post is packed with soooo many good ideas! I love the mittens and the Christmas tree skirt as a table topper! You have a fabulous collection of snowmen! Wow! I'm going to have to go back through again to be sure I didn't miss anything...Debbie

linda said...

I enjoyed every single picture of your wonderful snowman (snow people) collection. You've really inspired me to get off my duff today and finish things up around here!

I love your idea of using clear plates with napkins underneath...believe me, I'll now be on the look out for some clear plates!

The mittens as silverware holders...adorable!

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Laurie, how cute. what a great idea with the snowmen...and that quilt! Oh my could it get any cuter than that? Hey is it snowing there? It is 70 here, would love to see some snowflakes....real ones! Have a lovely day....your post is just beautiful!
Blessings,
Debbie

squawmama said...

OK Laurie... All I can say is WOW! That is a wonderful collection of snowman... I don't think I have ever seen so many in one room... Just spectacular... Thanks for the post and all the great ideas...

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Melissa Miller said...

I am just so happy looking at all your snowmen.
You did make a beautiful tablescape.

lvroftiques said...

Laurie you are the funniest!! Snowpeople reproducing is a very GOOD thing!! You need to make sure they're mixed in those boxes! Lol!! I wish I could see your grandkids faces when they first walk into this room! I bet they feel they have the coolest grammy in the whole world! And I love that top hat!! That is soooo cool!! And I also love the little mittens for the napkins and silverware!! You are always loaded with great ideas! I'm gonna steal some! *winks*....And bad girl that I am I'm gonna take credit for em too!*winks* Vanna

Diane said...

Laurie, you're just too funny! My snowpeople seem to be reproducing too, or it might possibly be that I don't remember what I buy & I have the "Ahhhh, isn't this adorable - I need it" syndrome! Loved the xmas tree skirt on the table idea & think I'll borrow that one, thank you very much! Great post! ☺ Diane

Carrie said...

What fun it is to see your huge snowman collection!
I just started collecting snowmen last year as a remembrance of my brother. I have about 16 or so.
Carrie

White Iris Designs said...

Darling! The snowman theme is just darling, especially with small children. Love the tartan plaid plates!
Enjoyed visiting your blog!

nikkicrumpet said...

HOLY BAT CRAP...IT'S A BLOOMIN HERD OF SNOWMEN! I don't think I've ever seen that many adorable snowmen in one room! That is an amazing collection...I can't even imagine how long it takes to get that all together!

ceekay said...

I have been looking for the birth control for a lot of items. Put them in boxes, closets, hutches...those buggers come out with more that look very similar to them!
Your snowmans are all adorable.

salmagundi said...

I think my snowmen and women are mating in the closet over summer, too. I've got to put a stop to this!!! Enjoyed the tour of your snowland. Sally

Anonymous said...

Laurie you are just one of the most creative and lovely people I have ever been blessed to know. Gosh I can't imagine a more magical Christmas place. I would love to see your grand babies when they come to Gigi's. The mittens, and the paper napkins under the glass plate is just brilliant! Not to mention that with every post you just lift my spirits like no one else. If any of those extra snowbabies ever need a good home, you make sure you don't forget me OK? Love, Cindy

Becky said...

Laurie, I enjoyed your tablescapes! I love your idea of using clear plates over your paper plates. I've never seen this before.

ellen b said...

Hi Laurie! What fun collections and lovely spaces you have to decorate!! I enjoyed my scroll through it all :0)

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhh...I love the snowmen...and the tablescape done with them!!! So pretty.

**Have you ever thought of using a smaller font on your blog? It's kind of hard to read so big.

~Blessings,
Jan

Miss Janice said...

well, that tablescape is just darling. No wonder you loved the top hat--how cute! Everything is so festive from the goblets to the mittens. So, so cute!

Envoy-ette said...

I am so happy to see someone else use their quilt for a tablecloth! My husband thinks I've flipped my lid when I do it! LOL! LOVE THAT HAT!! Happy Tuesday!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Laurie, you are so clever, girl! What a great idea about the glass plates over the paper ones! I think you need to send that idea into Sandra Lee! She use it in a heartbeat. Love all your snowmen and Lynne's lamps are awesome! I adore the silverware holder/mittens idea...so cute!
:-) Love all your great tablescapes...be they Thanksgiving or Christmas! Love ya, Susan

Tomarie said...

Oh I just loved this post Laurie!! Everything is sooooo cute, whimsical, fun, AND pretty!! I LOVE all the snowmen :-)...but I think what I like most of all is the decorative top hat centerpiece!! What an original and fun idea!
This post just made me smile...I KNOW your grands, family, and friends have to love being in your home! Ahhhhh...your house says "Chrismas Time"!! :-) L~

BRAT girl said...

Wow! I love your creativity and fun sense of style!

imjacobsmom said...

Hi Laurie! As you can see I love snowmen too. As you will see I apparently don't keep mine in separate boxes either......you crack me up! ~ Robyn

Linda/ "Mom..." said...

Dearest Laurie--- Everything you've done, everything you have created here, is SOOOOOO charming!!! It's warm, welcoming, lovely and LOVING... just like you!!! Soooo glad I got to come by - what a DELIGHT! Thank you!!!Warmest blessings, Linda

Lynne said...

Thanks so much for the compliment..it means the world.. keep your eyes open for some darling plaid plates for me will you Miss Bargain shopper??? I would really love to find some and if anyone can find them I know you can...at rock bottom prices ya know...lol..hugs ~lynne~

Kathysue said...

Oh Laurie, your sunporch looks amazing dressed in it snowman suit.You really do have a wonderful collection.I bet you could tell a story about each one.What a fun post. the quilts on the tables are a beautiful addition to such a homey look. Thanks for sharing,Kathysue

Lana G! said...

So stinking cute! Love it!

What a great collection you have and the top hat! Too clever.

playsdolls said...

Your Snowman sun room is great,you have so many nice snowmen things.The top hat is just the coolest idea,and I love your quilt on the table.Everything looks so nice and inviting, awesome job.

Knittings Nice! said...

Love love love love it.....so cute and made me smile.....I certainly will be visiting the after Christmas sales for more things...Thank you for sharing Teresa

mbkatc230 said...

Hi Laurie, I'm glad that you like our little town. It really is quite special. You're welcome to visit anytime! Kathy

the pleasures of homemaking said...

What a great room! Love it! You have such a fabulous collection. That hat is just the best touch!

Manuela

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Laurie, This is amazing!!! Your sunporch is beautiful and even more so, decked out for Christmas! I love your top hat, and the snowman theme! You outdid yourself! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

Lynne said...

WOW!! Girl.. I see you've had quite a few visitors..if you need the elves..I'd be more than happy to send them your way...are you all cold down there? It is frigid up here...hope all is well..
hugs ~lynne~

Melissa Miller said...

Hello Laurie,

Thanks for visiting!
I've missed you sweet lady.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who's shopped at a hospital gift shop. LOL!
Okay I feel better about it now. The person did have surgery. Everything turned out really well for them when it was all over with. ~Melissa :)

artis1111 said...

My friend and I are making the hats today. Love all the snowmen. I made glasses for my customers with snowmen . I did a diffrent one for 4 years, I do them in 4 year sets.This past 4 years have been things on a tree. A nwe set next year. Kathy

Chari said...

Hi Laurie...

Girlfriend...I don't know how I missed your "Snowmen in the Sunroom" post...sheeeshh!!! But know that I'm here...I just have to tell you that your Snowman Sunroom is my most favorite Christmas room ever...yes, and I mean EVER!!! It has become my "all time favorite"!!! Of course I have a thing for snowmen..hehe!!! I could do my entire home in snowmen...all year long...and be soooo happy!!! Don't know for sure what it is about the little guys and gals...but I just love em'!!!

Your sunroom is absolutely gorgeous...so much fun and so whimsical...I love everything about it!!! Honestly, I think that it should be showcased in every famour Christmas publication!!! I just love that you used that pretty Christmas quilt as your table covering...what a grand idea!!! And I love your tablescape...You're such a talented lady!!! Well...I must mention that I savored each and every photo...enjoying every little snowman!!! You should really consider putting this room on RMS and micasa...it just needs to be shared with everybody!!! WOW..WOW...WOW!!! Well I guess by now you can tell that I'm in love with this room...hehe!!! It really has become my very favorite Christmas room EVER!!!

Love ya Sweetie...
Chari