Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day, my friends! I hope you had a fun and chill day. Although we saw very few people, L and I still celebrated in style, joined by our dear friend, Nick. It was a bitter-sweet day, as we all missed Karen so much, but she was with us in spirit.
I have a three-fer for you (three outfits "fer" the price of one!), and I have the final batches of decorations on the Big Tree to show you! Are you ready? Grab a handful of chocolate and a mug of something suitably festive and join me, won't you?
This is what I wore on Christmas morning.
It's a variation on all the previous outfits worn with my Christmas Tree Skirt in the past - it's not a skirt I get really creative with styling, as it doesn't need much.
- Cardigan - no label, thrifted; last worn here in September for a wee shop
- Blouse - CABi, thrifted; last seen here in September with orbs and sequins
- Skirt - handmade, vintage 70s, thrifted; last worn here in December 2019
- Shoes - Seychelles; last seen here (2nd outfit) earlier this month
As I mentioned, Nick spent the day with us - this is permitted under our current restrictions, that a single person can pick another household of up to two people as their "bubble". We couldn't leave Nick alone on Christmas!
L and I were up early and did our stocking presents, then I we both showered, and got dressed for the day.
I did have a house-dress on overtop of this (this one here
, a snazzy vintage piece by Mr. Robert!) to keep my clothes safe while I made us brunch.
I whipped up an egg, pepperoni, mushroom, pepper, onion, sausage and cheese scramble, with roasted potatoes, a buttered English muffin, and a half a grapefruit with raspberries. Lots of coffee, so that I was civil (heh), and we were set until dinner.
Attempting to get Vizzini to hold still resulted in...a Three-Eyed Cat!
"Give me more food or I'll curse you all!"
That totally won't work, Vizzini - 2020 has done that already (it feels like).
He loved having Uncle Nick over - there was much rubbing and purring.
"You didn't say Uncle Nick was coming, Woman! Let me down!"
This was a very comfy outfit to wear for the day.
We watched a football game, as well as some comedy shows, and just chatted. We reminisced about Karen, so there were some tears too, but being together made it so much better.
I had my shoes on very briefly, then put my slippers back on.
All my favourite seasonal jewelry. The big tree pin was a gift from Ev (Evelyn) who was my boss at Christmas House.
- Belt - vintage 70s, thrifted, Powell River
- Bracelet - thrifted
- Star/snowflake bracelet and earrings - Metropolitan Museum of Art gift shop, NYC
- Small tree brooch - Avon
- Large tree brooch - gift from Ev
I pinned the cardigan shut with the big tree pin, and added the small one to the neckline.
All ready for a Zoom call!
L is wearing one of his nicest shirts (he has an amazing collection).
And Nick dressed up in one of his fancy shirts, plus a bow-tie and waistcoat.
Merry Christmas, my family!
And a VERY Merry Christmas to L and me - we bought a new car!
It's a 2017 Jaguar F-type convertible. Its name is Vlad, as the colour is called "Carpathian grey" - it goes VROOM...really fast! L's been saving for 8 years for something really nice, and he loves sports cars; we've had two Miatas in the last couple of decades, but have been carless for 4 years while we saved money.
Backing up a bit here, I wrapped L's presents on Christmas Eve and discovered that one of his gifts was a BARGAIN.
Isn't that an awesome tie? It has a blue/aqua rooster on it, plus some irises at the bottom.
I've never heard of Leonard Paris.
It definitely has a Japanese vibe to it...
But it's made in Italy (100% silk), so I looked it up online...and they are 177 Euros each, which is $265.00 Canadian dollars. I paid $7.00 for this at Flavour Upstairs back in the summer.
On Christmas Eve, while L and I played boardgames, Vizzini kept an eye on things.
"I'll report any suspicious decoration activity."
We tucked a few presents under the tree for us, plus Nick's.
And a few from Mom too!
My stocking presents.
So much chocolate! Yay! It's like Santa knows me. I also got some graphic novels, loads of boots, socks, tea, a calendar and gift cards to Flavour Upstairs and Turnabout.
Vizzini got very interested in the Spinnakers chocolates so I had to put everything away.
"I was looking for my present! Where is it?"
So we showed him his new snoozing house.
"Really? That's it?"
He didn't seem too thrilled.
"Maybe if you filled it with catnip mousies?"
Cats, never grateful! We opened the presents under the tree after brunch.
I got a book of "Torrid Romance" comics from L, Fluevog gift cards from Mom and L, a Panthers ornament from L, and a lovely necklace and some handmade ear-cuffs, both from Mom.
I love the ear-cuffs! I wore the white and red ones right away! L also got me a gift certificate to the Patch. It's like he knows me.
A closer look at the cool necklace from Mom. It's by Zsiska.
The black ball is magnetic, and the necklace is adjustable to long or short length. Cool! Thanks, Mom!
I changed in the afternoon, as I'd booked a Zoom call with my family, including my uncle in Melbourne, Australia and my aunt in Parksville (up-Island), as well as my brother (in Courtney), and my former sister-in-law and her daughters/my niece, and Mom.
Of course, I had to dress up!
- Dress - People's Market, consignment; purchased here for $12.00
- Shoes - Marc; last seen here in August with all the red and white
I wore my fleece-lined tights and had a football jersey over this for warmth prior to the call.
The dress itself is cotton with velvet dots.
The top sheer part has smaller dots.
And the two snakes - which don't go all the way around (I'll let it slide) - are hand-sewn plastic crystals. They have red crystal eyes, which is why I went with red accessories.
Including my Santa hat! For dinner, I cooked us a roast beef, peasant buns and butter, roasted potatoes, cauliflower and carrots, sautéed mushrooms, and stuffing, with onion gravy all over it. It turned out awesome and we were SO full after.
L and Nick approved of this outfit, but once we finished dinner, all bets were off, and I changed into my very comfy house clothes for the evening.
Wearing my shoes around felt festive. Clomp, clomp, clomp.
A few sparkly things, and the ear-cuffs.
- Earrings - vintage fair
- Silver/onyx ring - Toccara, vintage fair
- Fang cuff - Alexis Bittar, consignment, Sidney
- Silver/crystal ring - Soul Flower
- Ear-cuffs - gift from Mom
I took a screen shot during the call. That's my uncle Brian and aunt Joan in the upper left, me in the middle, my oldest niece, Zoe in the upper right (her mom was cooking turkey dinner in the kitchen in the background), and my mom below her, and my brother Dave on the bottom left.
Good of you to join us, Mom! She fell asleep by the fireplace and didn't wake up till I called her - she would have missed the call! So good to see the fam! I'm so glad I was able to facilitate this.
Sadly, due to technical difficulties, my dear aunt Lois and uncle Brent were not able to join us, but Lois sent a picture.
She's wearing a Christmas sweater and doesn't she look lovely in red? She's my dad's younger sister -I'm physically a blend of her and my mom, looks-wise, lucky me!
After a late night hanging out with Nick, L and I slept in on Boxing Day, and hung out at home relaxing after all that rich food (and drink!) and chocolate we'd gorged on.
We had a Zoom call booked with our other family, our dear friends, in the evening. Again, gotta dress up!
- Dress - vintage 70s, Ian Peters (attributed), consignment; purchased here for $40.00
- Boots - Teleport; first worn here in November with turquoise
I styled this up properly, including a necklace down the front.
This is a super comfy dress to wear.
I wrote this post while wearing it, in fact.
You know, just chillin' at home in my sparkly black and silver dress, as one does.
I only wore the boots for the Zoom call (I have to get up and show off my outfit - my friends expect it!), and for these pictures.
Just a few things that I love.
- Belt - vintage 70s, thrifted
- Necklace - Dots
- Rings (as above)
- Earrings - thrifted
The Big Tree: Moons, Minis, and RANDO!
And here we are, at the last of the Christmas decorations on my big tree. We still have the village and my childhood ornaments to get through before the end of the year, and then I'll be done...just in time to take it all down!
I've saved some of my faves for you here, including my moons.
This liquid gold moon has a silver star hanging from one tip - this was by Dept. 56 and was $19.95. It's porcelain. I loved these so much.
I also love these porcelain moons.
The colours are so rich, and they have that matte finish that I love.
Purple, blue and gold. The points of the crescents are very pointy.
These were $7.95 each.
I also have a couple of acrylic moons.
In red, and yellow.
These were $4.95 each.
This resin gold moon has three gold stars that dangle from the bottom.
This was $5.95.
I liked these moons - they were carved from wood and handpainted in India.
They were $7.95 each.
These plastic moons live near the bottom of the tree as they can't be broken by inquisitive little cats.
Purple, and teal. Such rich colours.
You can see the gold backing on the India moon there too. These were $3.95 each.
I have a collection of miniature fruit and vegetables. I like food on my Christmas tree.
A red apple core...
And a green apple core.
And a beet!
Beets are so...festive, right?
How about a slice of watermelon?
These were $7.95 each (handmade stuff costs more!).
I don't really like carrots, but I do when they are roasted for dinner!
Moving on, I put these minis on last, near the tips of the branches to show them off.
My hand-blown glass hedgehog...
And my blown-glass frog.
The frog looks rather flattened.
Maybe he tried to hop across a highway? These were $14.95 each.
I have some mini acrylic animals, which were $2.95 each.
And a seahorse.
I also have a red bird, which was $3.95.
And a faceted acrylic tomato.
The tomato was $3.95 too.
We had about 6 designs in this line of "animals on glass balls" - I bought three of them. They were $11.95 each.
I had to have the possum - look at his curly tail!
I love the little mouse too.
What a cute little thing!
I didn't realize I had so many frog ornaments.
This is a nice tropical frog.
I like his grippy toes.
I have some hand-blown tiny light bulb ornaments - these were $5.95 each.
An assortment of acrylic shapes.
The red star was $2.50.
I love the rich orange of this one - it was $5.95.
We sold so many of these following ones.
The big ones like this were $2.95.
Green and yellow.
This spiky drop was also $2.95.
Purple! My favourite.
This small acrylic drop was $1.95.
One mini glass ball way up at the top of the tree.
That was $1.50.
And this wee Santa was made in India and was $2.50.
That's it for the minis.
And finally, the last of the decorations fall into the category I call "RANDO" - not just random, but rando! They are even more...rando! than random!
This, for instance, is a glittery bird, possibly a dove.
With a ribbon around its neck and a town on its back.
You know, just like real doves, hee hee. This was $15.95.
I adore this...thing.
I think he is supposed to be one of the magi, the wise men.
I like the "flying" shape of him.
And he has a wonderfully kind face.
He has a couple of chips on this beard, so I think he was in the "take it" category, but these sold for around $17.95 each. I should touch that up with some paint.
I love this polar bear. He's one of my favourite ornaments.
I like his mismatched stockings and gloves.
And scarf and toque.
He was $19.95, and is by Dept. 56.
As are the stockings, which were $24.95 each (not cheap!).
They are sculpted by hand out of some sort of fimo-ish plastic clay.
Purple and teal?
I also had to get this stocking from the same collection.
Pink and turquoise and purple and yellow.
I love all this colour!
I don't know where this ornament came from.
It's an empty hot air balloon, made of metal and resin.
It's by Katherine's Collection and it's a mystery.
I think Mom brought these back from Holland for me.
Little porcelain shoes! With windmills!
I also have a rubber and leather soccer ball.
I played briefly in elementary school. It was $5.95.
I love this glass and brass lantern.
These were $4.95 each, and were displayed with the nautical stuff in the store.
I remember that there were multiple designs of the "Whoops!" skiing snowmen.
Yeah, that's about how I am on skis. These were $3.95.
I bought this decoration in the Monte Carlo Hotel in Las Vegas in 2002 when I went there on vacation with Tammy, my former boss.
That was a strange trip. I'm glad I have an ornament to remember it by!
I also have an ornament filled with real Tabasco sauce. It was $5.95.
I'm not sure why I bought it - I don't even own Tabasco sauce.
We sold SO many of these gumball ornaments - they were $2.95 each. The red part is metal and the top is glass filled with tiny beads.
They fell over a lot, and the tops smashed. Tiny beads everywhere. That happed on an almost daily basis.
I have a cow skull! Yes, I do!
"Southwest" was a theme in the 90s (it went with chili peppers, and cowboy-ish decorations). I just liked the skull. It was $7.95.
Remember the customer who sent me the Star Trek Romulan Warbird decoration? She included this "Happy Holidays Y'all" ornament.
I think of her fondly when I put it out.
And here we go, the very last ornament.
It's a large empty velvet stocking, and was $5.95.
So now, when you take a look at my tree, you can really see how many ornaments I have crammed on there.
Feel free to click on the pictures to make them even bigger.
I am so happy that I put my decorations up this year. They have given L and I a lot of joy and peace as we have gazed upon the trees and odds and ends of things.
One last shot of the bottom.
That just makes my heart happy! And I hope you all enjoyed this very thorough look at my decorations over the past 6 weeks (and if my house burns down, I've got a record for the insurance).
As I mentioned earlier, we still have our village, and my childhood ornaments to get through, and I'm planning to get those pics posted by the time New Year's rolls around.
And now, off to enjoy the rest of the weekend! I have a cat who needs some cuddling.
There may also be some naps involved!
What a lovely read for Boxing Day -- I have so enjoyed seeing all your ornaments. YOu probably mentioned this before, but I was wondering if your tree skirt is quilted velvet. It is so pretty!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Cynthia, I'm really glad you enjoyed it all.Delete
Yes, the tree skirt was made by my mom, and matches our stockings - she quilted all of them.
Your mom is SO talented!Delete
She really is! Thank you!Delete
That was a super fun dissection of all the ornies over the last couple weeks (?) She! Each one is so intricate. It is fun to see the randos at the end being highlighted. They add so much!ReplyDelete
Thank you, honey! I'm glad you enjoyed the Randos!Delete
I'm loving the golds and reds of your Christmas morning outfit. That skirt is an absolute delight! Three-eyed cat made me giggle! L's shirt is fabulous too, and doesn't Nick look resplendent in his waistcoat and bow tie. I can imagine Karen was very much missed, making for bittersweet celebrations. Bu what a Christmas present you got yourself! Just wow! I love that he's called Vlad! Much more distinguished than our "Corrie", but then again she's a mere Ford Fiesta :-)ReplyDelete
I do hope Mr. V. has started appreciating his new snoozing house in the meantime? No use buying Ms. P. something like that. She's rather have a humble carton box.
Your Christmas afternoon Zoom call outfit is cute, but I'm totally swooning over your Boxing day outfit, which is comfort and utter fabulousness in one!
Loving the moon decorations and the cute little painted clogs!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Sheila! I'm off for a nap of my own now :-) xxx
Thanks, Ann! I love the skirt. Isn't that a funny pic of Vizzini? He just moved at the exact time to make a third eye.Delete
I loved that we were all dressed up - yes, we missed Karen so much. It's been a very hard year.
But Vlad is some consolation!
No, Vizzini is having nothing to do with the darned house! Sigh. CATS.
Thank you! It was a fun dress to wear - I left it on for most of the night, while L and I played boardgames.
Your festive outfits are so beautiful! You always dress fabulously but you really outdid your self for these holidays. I love the purple tint in your hair, it seems to me that the purple is more distinctive than in the last set of shots? Your red and gold styling with the maxi is gorgeous...the floral golden red pattern on that maxi is stunning and I like the gold accessories. The silver and black maxi styling is just as gorgeous and you look fabulous in your LBD as well. I love that photo of you in your red outfit holding the three eyed Vizzini. L looks very stylish in his fantastic shirt and Nick looks very smart too. It was fun seeing your family, good you were able to get them on Zoom. I called my parents on Whatsapp I think. The Jaguar F-type convertible looks fantastic. I'm not very knowledgeable about cars, but it looks great. Your big Christmas tree looks absolutely magical. I wish you all the best in 2021.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Ivana! Yes, I refresh the purple in my hair every few weeks, and did it just before Christmas this past week.Delete
I love that skirt too - the pattern is woven! It's really soft too - I know it looks like very stiff fabric. I'm glad we were all fabulously dressed - it made it all feel more festive. I loved being able to Zoom with my family - they really appreciated it.
I know nothing about cars, but I know this is a really fancy one.
Thank you, my dear friend! A very Happy 2021 to you!
yes, dressing up adds to the festive atmosphere. I plan to dress up tonight but I haven't decided what to wear yet.Delete
What a fab array of outfits.ReplyDelete
Your trio looks like a very well dressed dinner party for Christmas Day.
So good that you managed to keep in touch with your family and yet so sad there was an empty place at the table.
Wishing you all wonderful things for 2021.
Lots of love,
Thanks, Jane! I love dressing up this time of year.Delete
Yes, it seems like this is the way things go, sadly. I hope the New Year brings you peace and joy - it's good to have you back in the blogging world, Jane.
Vlad! He's a beauty! I've always liked that brand and the model you chose is very cool. Stylish and fast. A great choice. You'll have to give me a ride next time I'm in town. :)ReplyDelete
Isn't he gorgeous? I'm sure L will give you a drive next time you're here!Delete
I'm glad Nick was able to join your "bubble" for the holidays. This must be such a difficult Christmas for him (and all of Karen's family and friends).ReplyDelete
What a snazzy car! It looks like you had a very nice time - great food, Zoom calls with family and friends, loads of nice gifts, etc.
Me too, Shelley - he really appreciated it, and had a good time. It was a very hard day in many ways, but we also laughed a lot.Delete
It's a fun car! We had a great day.
You look fab in these outfits! I love your tree brooches!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Lovely!Delete
Oh my gosh!! That car is amazing! I told Gerben that the 2 of you bought a car and asked him to guess what kind a. He thought it would be a Jeep, as I told him you lived in Canada. We both admitted the car, it's gorgeous. I hope we get to see photos from the inside. You will have lots of enjoyable miles in it! I'm glad you had a good Christmas, even though there was a little black line of course. But I think Nick couldn't be in better company then the 2 of you. And how good that you got to,, see,, your family! And now on to new years eve!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Nancy! A Jeep? You know Canada has cities, right? I rarely go out in the bush! Yes, I'll take more pictures at some point, but it has cream leather interior.Delete
It was a wonderful Christmas, and I'm so glad we had Nick with us.
Happy Christmas, Sheila. It was so lovely that Nick came to you for Christmas Day; it's these special days where you miss your loved ones in particular.ReplyDelete
I loved all your outfits and the wonderful accessories; but my favourite is the long sparkly maxi dress - so festive! You also got some wonderful presents; the necklace your mum bought you was fantastic.
What can I say about Christmas tree collection - outstanding and I hope you will leave it to one of your nieces in the future or maybe even to a museum? It is most certainly a unique collection.
I'm glad to hear Vizzini behaved himself on the day - has he used his new cat
Happy New Year to you, L and Vizzini!
Happy Christmas to you, Vronni! Thank you so much - we were so happy to have him with us, creating our new memories.Delete
Thank you - it's so fun dressing extra sparkly this time of year. That maxi dress is a treasure! I am excited to wear the necklace from Mom.
It's a huge collection - I'm not sure what I'll do with it. I don't know that my nieces would want it, and I'm sure not a museum. I love it, though.
No, that rotten cat has completely ignored it. I need to find a way to secure it more, as he doesn't like that it's so light (it moves around).
Thank you - Happy 2021 to you!
PS - forgot to say the new car is fabulous!ReplyDelete
Thanks! I'm happy for L - he's been wanting a car forever!Delete
I loved seeing your Xmas festivities with your amazing outfits (gimme that Ian Peters dress!) and three handsome chaps. It was lovely that you were able to have Nick over for Xmas day, Karen would be smiling knowing he was cared for.ReplyDelete
Well done for organising that Zoom call and yes, Auntie Lois is gorgeous - just like you.
Jon's drooling over Vlad the Jag - I can't imagine a more glamorous set of wheels to swank about town in! The Jaguar plant is ten miles from our front door.
That naughty Vizzini not appreciating that smart new house. The neighbours bought Frank a plush catnip mouse which he much prefers to all the toys we brought him, the traitor!
More amazing decs - loving the cow skull! xxx
Thanks so much, Vix! I know, that dress is amazing! I was so happy to have all my guys together. Karen was definitely there in spirit with us - we miss her so much.Delete
I'm still getting kudos over the family Zoom, ha ha. Aw, thank you - Lois is so lovely.
Isn't it a stunner of a car? It's very swanky! Oh, how cool that they are so close.
He is completely ignoring it. I think I have to find a place to tuck it in, so that it doesn't move. Frank, what a jerk.
Thanks! I love the skull too.
Gah, Sheila, I am not sure where to begin...as seems to always happen when I read your fabulous posts! First, you are a seriously good looking and stylish crew! You and L and Nick. So very dapper are these men in your life! And your outfits, of course, I love every little detail. Your Christmas skirt is absolutely marvelous! And you have a shoe collection that I would die for. I am loving your new Vroom Vroom car and Vizzini always makes me giggle! Thanks so much for linking with me!ReplyDelete
Yeah, sorry, Shelbee - I tend to cram everything and the kitchen sink in them, ha ha! I love dressing up and I'm grateful that my guys do too.Delete
It's so good you could have Christmas with Nick also, and that you were able to zoom with the rest of your family! I really like your red Christmas outfit, but all of these outfits are just lovely! I dressed up a bit for Christmas too but we always do so that wasn't any real change, haha! It's a big deal for our family. I'm so glad things were safe enough for us to celebrate together, even with the outbreaks in NSW we have been lucky and we are on I think day 103 or 102 of no coronavirus cases outside of hotel quarantine in Queensland so we are on very relaxed restrictions.ReplyDelete
Your tree is so colourful and all your decorations so detailed - it's really cheerful to see :)
I'm really glad we were able to spend the day with him, Mica - it really was lovely. Seeing my family by Zoom was actually great - I don't usually talk to or see most of them otherwise.Delete
Good for you for dressing up! You're so fortunate that you can relax a bit - I fear we still have some bad times ahead.
I'm glad you enjoyed it, thank you!
Three-eyed Vizzini made me laugh, while your new car made me gasp - you're going to have fun driving around in that beauty.ReplyDelete
It looks like you both had a lovely time with Nick - a very good Christmas!
Isn't that a funny pic? I know, we have a CLASSY car! I love being in it.Delete
We did, thanks so much, Mim.
Lovely to see the Christmas Tree Skirt in all its fabulousness!, and golden shoes, and those brooches!, looking really festive and adorable!ReplyDelete
Love both black dresses too. Those polka dots and snakes are fab and love your accessories with the knit dress, looking really comfy and elegant!
Lovely that you have chocolates and books for Christmas, those are Fab Presents for sure!
And I keep on admiring your decorations, there are so many amazing pieces, the moons, the fab polar bear!, and lots of interesting things!
Isn't it a fun piece, Monica? Thanks so much!Delete
I do too - I'm glad I changed mid-day!
Glad you're enjoying everything. :) It is fun to show it all off.
Goodness, that handmade 1970s skirt is stunning! So chic, so elegant, and evocative of the most beguiling sartorial elements of that decade.ReplyDelete
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Yeah, it's such a gorgeous piece - very much of its time!Delete
Love, love, love that Christmas day skirt Sheila! We both did red brocade this year eh?ReplyDelete
And oh my goodness, what a tree that is! I've never seen anything like it. I can't imagine how many decorations you must have in total - what a joy!
And last of all, huge congratulations on that beautiful new car! What a beauty. Well done you you guys xxx
Isn't it fab, Anna? Great minds think alike, darlin'!Delete
Thank you so much! I have a LOT, but I worked in the industry for over a decade. It's to be expected!
Thanks! L has worked hard in saving for it, and has been working his way up the corporate ladder to help ensure we have enough to live on in our old age. He definitely deserved this.
Your tree is sooo tall and it looks amazing, funny thing how you documented everything in case the house "burns down".ReplyDelete
Congrats to you and L on the amazing new car - I love convertibles too :)
The tie you got L is way too cool, I never hear of the brand but the print is outstanding.
Three outfits for the price of one?! How could I resist?
I think you did a great job in keeping the holiday spirit at home, not only with the decor and the outfits, gifts and food. You and L are so special, it was great that you had Nick there, it must be tough days for him.
It's only a 7-foot tree, pretty standard size, not THAT big! I feel better now that I've documented it all, to be honest, Lorena. I always think of things like, "If the house burns down."Delete
L is really happy with the car (I don't have a license, so it's really his).
I know, now I want to find more by Leonard - such a beautiful piece.
Thank you, my dear friend. It's been a hard year, and this was a really good Christmas.