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A Cottage Christmas

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Welcome. I am so glad that you stopped by. Come in and sit down and relax for a few minutes and I will make you a cup of hot coco to warm you up. We are having lots of much needed rain in Southern California as well as snow in our local mountains. It is cold outside and the perfect time to take a little break from the holiday rush.



I found these adorable Christmas cups with Scottie dogs at Ross Department store for $2.98



Finding inspiration . . . . .




Here . . .

The Scottie plate was $3.98.


There and Everywhere . . . . .

I could not resist painting a little Scottie dog painting for my friend, who owns two adorable Scotties, for Christmas.



A Santa cookie jar is filled with sugar cookies. Would you like one to go with your hot coco?

Vintage and new stockings are hung here and there

This one is very special and made by my dear friend and artist Jane Elliott. She used old lace and denim fabric.










Snowmen came in from out of the cold and are happy standing guard over the fireplace.








My studio assistant, Bentley, is anxious to take you into the garden to show you his new Christmas stocking. He is wearing his new raincoat and does not mind the rain.






Since we are in the garden in the rain we will show some gifts I have been growing to give to family and friends for Christmas.

The little red birdhouse planter holds a Rosemary topiary.







I purchased the garden signs at a local craft show - they make great gifts for gardeners.




The little JOY sign was made from salvaged tin.



The Ivy topiary looks festive with the addition of a red check bow and red berries.





The wreath is a mixture of real and artificial greens.


Paper whites are so fragrant and make a wonderful gift which can be used indoors as well as outdoors.






The addition of ivy to a potted Poinsettia adds a very nice touch.






Fragrant paper whites.




I start growing paper whites in early November so they will bloom by Christmas.




I plant a new batch of paper whites each week and that way I have them blooming through the end of January and into February. They make wonderful inexpensive and thoughtful gifts.





The rain has stopped and our beautiful California sun is shining.







Bentley was glad to take off his raincoat and put on his new Holiday collar. Looks like he is still looking for his Christmas stocking to show you.





Looks like he found it.










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Thank you for stopping by to visit. I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your visit, comments and those who follow my blog. Please let me know if you would like to see me paint something special or have any questions.
Have a lovely week. Blessings, Erin

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