Tuesday, December 8, 2015


Howdy, ya'll...

December 7-11, 2015

Some of the most talented ladies in TEXAS will be
proud to show off their Christmas homes to you.
I am honored to be included...
"Thank you, STACEY, for inviting me.."
I hope all of you will go over to see STACEY's pretty home 
all decked out for Christmas.  
She will also have all remaining bloggers and their links on the Christmas in Texas Hop.
My features for this party:

 Mr. Sweet and I donated our 7' tree to Goodwill years ago...

with our advancing age, it was getting harder to carry it up and down those attic stairs.

We opted for a tabletop 4' tree and never looked back...
also just love using this
 SANTA HAT as our tree topper. 

 I use strictly a TRADITIONAL theme....
reds, greens
with a little black and white thrown in for good measure...... :)
I love pine cones when I can find them but we don't have many around here.

I bought this little lighted SANTA when our grandson, DREW, was a year old.
He is 25 now.

One CHRISTMAS, Mr. Sweet hid a beautiful sapphire and diamond cross for me in the
little green sack.
sooo fun.
 now, in secret, I can't keep from peeking in it every Christmas)

Every time I walk by the tree, I stop and do a little tweaking.
Christmas brings out the child in I decorate accordingly...
and have so much fun doing it. 

 I have so enjoyed my little snow people,
all dressed in the colors of my choice...

This is the 2nd year they have paraded across our vintage mantel and made the holidays especially fun for me.

 Before you leave, please stop in my kitchen...

 I want to show you my tiny KITCHEN Christmas tree...
one of my favorite colors....

this photo is from last Christmas.

 I changed it up a bit this year, using TEXAS  wooded ornaments
a friend hand painted for me.

I have COOKIES.....
just for YOU.... fact, it's a COOKIE MARATHON...
Chocolate Chip Pecan and White Chocolate Cranberry
(shhhh.....don't tell they are both from a mix)

I have the Rooster Cabinet all set up for 
Christmas treats.

This darling JOY stocking and the cute bag it came in
is from CAROL at ART AND SAND ...
I think it's the cutest thing ....and I have it hanging on a knob on the Rooster cabinet.
Thanks so so much, Carol....I just love them both.

Coffee, tea, hot chocolate or Spiced Cider..?

and plenty of cookies...
you can even take some home with you.

 One thing I've collected over the years is cute
 (that's a post in draft...)

This time of year, the thrift stores are full of them...
just pick the cutest one of the bunch every time and before you know it, you've got an amazing cup collection. 

...a new little metal tree from Kirklands...

it was "the buy of the day"
with 20% off so of COURSE, it had to come
light up my life......

I was singing a song when I spied these adorable paper plates
in the colors of the season here at THE SUMMER HOUSE.
 I have a thing for cute paper plates...
I just LUV TARGET  !!

My thanks to all of you for coming by to see a bit of
CHRISTMAS in our home.

Please visit these blogs parties going strong on
December 8th:

Betsy at Estelle's
Lisa at Fern Creek Cottage
Aimee at It's Overflowing

I forgot to list Day 2 parties...


Shelly at Queen in Between

Carol at Bluesky Kitchen

Kim at Hunt and Host

Celeste at Southern DayDreams

For December 10th parties, please visit
 Linda @ Linda's Life Journal

Eilis @ My Heart Lives Here

Laura @ White Spray Paint

Katie @ Let's Add Sprinkles

Kathryn @ The Dedicated House

and please remember to visit
STACEY, the CEO of this amazing Christmas Link Party.

♫ ♫...the stars at night are big and bright...

Tweak it Tuesday
Ruby Tuesday


  1. As I sit here with my first cup of coffee, I am wishing I could reach in and take a cookie! Oh BJ...outstanding! Your whimsy is simply delightful! I fell in love with the black and white Christmas collectibles last year...they are so adorable I would want to leave them out all year long. This was simply an outstanding Christmas post! Big, big Texas hugs for sharing your sweet home style!

  2. Your decorating is beautiful girl. You have a talent for making something feel warm and cosy.

    God bless.

  3. Hi bj, Well if I leave now by car, I can be there in about 8 hours. LOL Your home is so inviting and cozy to be for the holiday. Love it and the colors are right after my own heart. Black and white with red is my theme this year too. Your tree is so precious in 4 foot and that little Santa holding the bag is a treasure. I'd be peeking inside that every Christmas too. Love all your special touches and your aqua tree is beautiful with the Texas ornaments on it. Love that pop of color and I use it too. Oh how good the cookies look. Hey, I'm all for a mix when we are so busy. Works for me.
    Loved your home tour today my Texas neighbor!! Have fun visiting. xo

  4. I love all of your Christmas CHEER . . .
    Black and White checks set off the Reds perfectly . . .
    And as I imagine you in your home I can hear you singing many of our favorite Christmas carols . . .
    I envision a bit of dancing too . . .
    Happy December Days bj . . .

  5. OH SO PRETTY! I could walk in, hang my jacket on the hook and feel right at home! So warm and inviting! Have a blessed day dear B.J. HUGS!

  6. BJ, It's is beautiful at your house. I love the mantle too. I know what you are saying about those bigger trees. I call our a "Bob Evans" 6 foot but skinny. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  7. BJ, you were meant to be a blogger! Your photos, your storytelling, your inviting way just grabs people and pulls them in. I would love to visit your cottage in person one of these days. It's just 7 or 8 hours from here....I might surprise you.

    Thank you so much for being such an important part of this week. ♥

  8. Oh my. I would love to downsize our tree. I adore your black, white and red scheme.
    Let's Add Sprinkles

  9. How much do I love this post full of HAPPY!! So sweet, and inviting, and of course you are always a hoot!! Just love you to pieces sweet lady, and wishing you and your precious family a merry, merry Christmas! xoxo, Andrea

  10. I can't think of a more beautiful place to spend the holidays, its perfect! with cookies, I'm in!!!!

  11. Love your collection of black and white Christmas decorations! I may have too make some cookies from a mix today...they look delicious!

  12. Such a cute idea to use a Santa hat as a tree topper! I am loving all the traditional red and green decorations and then you surprised me with your turquoise tree! Such a fun color! Your cookies look so yummy! I want to come over to your house!

  13. Oh bj, I just LOVE coming to your house for a tour of your happy home! Your 4' tree is just perfect for you and Mr. Sweet. I don't put up a big tree either. It's too much work for me now. All your decor is so cheery and makes the world a better place! Thanks for sharing your own special style.

  14. Thank you for showing us your Christmas decorations. Every one of them is beautiful. And also thank you for sharing the cookies with us too, I am feasting on them with my eyes!

  15. Joyful! What a fun party you have going here. You keep on peeking into that little never know!

  16. I could sure enjoy a couple of those cookies right now, Bj . Your decorations are soooo pretty! Love your tree, right now I have a 2' one up with clear lights only..
    Merry Christmas! I'll hop over to visit Stacey now.

  17. So festive! Loved every little thing... Inspired me so much this grey morning. I have a tabletop tree but the prelit wont pre light! lol... gotta get busy!

  18. Your Christmas decorations are just beautiful. Love the snowmen. The cookies look delicious but I didn't see any gingerbread ones lol. Have a blessed day. mMdeline

  19. Your Christmas decorating is so much fun! I love the Santa hat tree topper!

  20. Thanks so much for the Christmas cookies...declicious! I am loving all the traditional red and green decorations. Your home is full of Christmas cheer...thanks so much for giving us a tour! XO, Aimee

  21. Hi BJness! Oh, your tree is just stunning! I love it. I love these little trees as it's so easy to fill them up with decorations. I'm like you - a kid - when it comes to Christmas. Your baking makes me drool! Your home is always so beautiful decorated and thank you for sharing it with us for all these years!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  22. Oh BJ-
    You are so talented!
    I would love to sit right smack in the middle of your Christmas decorated house and eat your cookies and drink a good cup of coffee!
    I think your tabletop tree is the smartest thing and I am a fan of black and white too!
    I am also a Texas blogger and isn't Stacey amazing?
    I am on for tomorrow- so I hope you can stop by.

    White Spray Paint

  23. Such pretty decorations, BJ. I love the black and white with the red mixed in. The turquoise tree is adorable. Can I please have a cookie?

  24. Wonderfully festive! And I applaud you for for switching to a 4' tabletop tree! ;)

  25. Love the idea of that little table top tree! So manageable. Everything looks so festive at your place!

  26. So So pretty! I love all your traditional decor but the pop of black and white makes it very current! I love all the checks!

  27. BJ,
    Perfect Texas ornaments for your turquoise tree as part of the Texas in Christmas tour. I, too, would be taking a sneak peek into Santa's bag. What a wonderful husband to surprise you with a present in Santa's sack. Your cookies look delicious. I love this time of year, and am so glad we connected through Stacey's Christmas in Texas tour.

    Merry Christmas.


  28. BJ, you know this Texas gal is smiling big with the sight of your beautifully decorated home. Of course I love the color scheme!!!
    We are all about red, green, black, and white here too. Love the cute snow people in their darling outfits. Didn't see the plates at Target, but I did find some cute gift wrap embellishments that were a black and white theme. They sparked a new idea for updating my little metal tree. Will share soon.
    Great job on the tour. Thanks for having us. Merry Christmas!

  29. BJ your touches of black and white are just stunning. The turquoise tree is my favorite!

  30. BJ, you've done an amazing job! Your home looks so warm and inviting. Thank you for sharing it on the tour. Have a lovely week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  31. bj, your Christmas in Texas is wonderful. I too love those 4ft trees now and use so many vintage and family ornaments. I call it a memory tree! Your snow people are so cute. I've got birds with knitted hats on as a collection this year. They make me smile.

  32. I'm a wee tad envious you are all up and decorated! I hope to be by tomorrow when book club comes but scrambling right now! It's so festive and cheery -- you can definitely tell that you live in jolly old elf territory!

  33. Love that little tree...the hat is a super topper!! :) Ho Ho Ho!!

  34. BJ,
    Chocolate chip pecan ... Now how can I resist? Yum!!! You know what BJ what I adore the most about you is that you have engaged your inner child in the joy of play and you are forever young. What an adorable idea to use the Santa hat as a tree topper. Loved your tour, I want to sit and chat for a spell.

  35. Dear Pure Texan, :)
    You are so dingy danged inspiring! Now I have to put my Santa hat up on my doubt about it. Sooo cute! I put a vintage star up will not, for the love of heaven, stay straight. So..the Santa hat will cover a multitude of crooked. :) Are we having fun yet? I do so love this time of year and you always make it even more fun with all your ideas.
    I made pictures, but they were gone by the next afternoon. A package mix you say? Not to worry, I'm on it!! heh heh I knew exactly what you meant about the tree business..with the stairs etc. and I think PH and I are headed for the same next year. Table top..yes, indeed. I did the same thing this year as I did last and ordered my tree from North Carolina. A bit much for us any more.. Did I say "a bit??" :) The poor thing is still sitting there undecorated.
    Love and hugs to you this Holiday Season!

  36. Such a cheerful holiday home! So glad to be on the tour with you!!

  37. have outdone yourself. So much to like...I don't know where to start! I would look in the little bag every year too! Just saying you never know. ha. I want to try the santa hat on a tree. And speaking of tree...that turquoise is so great! Love your black white red combo too. I am using some of the same colors this year too. I wish I could grab one of those cookies! Your home just looks so lovely, friendly, and just fun fun fun. Thanks for the tour! Sheila e

  38. did a wonderful job! Everything looks so festive and I always love black, white & red. I'd love one of those darling plates filled with cookies if you don't mind. :) Love, love your Santas and Snow people ~ totally adorable! Wish I had been able to play with all the Texas ladies...hopefully, we can do another blog hop.


  39. I love your warm Christmas decorating, especially the touch of black!

  40. Everything looks so inviting and festive. I love it! I can almost smell the cookies...yum!! ;)

  41. Those snow people on your mantle are adorable!!! I love everything!! The Santas, your tree, the COOKIES....yes, PLEASE!!! Thanks for sharing it all, BJ and Merry Christmas!!!

  42. Having a table top tree is a great idea! And you always decorate with such lovely style! Holiday hugs, Diane

  43. Love love love your decor bj. The red and black and white together is so pretty. I have said this on Stacey blog you Texas girls know how to decorate for the holidays! So much great inspiration.

  44. What a lovely time I had visiting with you this evening!! You make everything look so very special!!
    Merry, MERRY Christmas!!!

  45. Thoroughly enjoying my tour and everything you've shown us. Have a wonderful week.


  46. Hi bj, it's all just so fun and cheery! Love your little 4 ft. tree. The pictures can't but help make you feel happy. Love the gifts from Carol! She truly is a sweetheart!

  47. Forgot to mention, tomorrow I will be hosting an "old fashioned Christmas' for our Creating Christmas party. I would love if you linked this!

  48. I love the decorations and I recognized the handiwork of Carol. . .you two are my shining stars when it comes to cute and clever. Keep the photos coming! Hugs, Jackie

  49. Those cookies look yummy and I could use some right now as I go from house to house getting great ideas.

    I saw so many fun little items all over the house and I'm in love with that turquoise tree. It would look great with my aqua Santa.

    Thanks for the shout out!

  50. Now you know how to make a festive, fun, and beautiful Texas Christmas! I felt welcomed from the moment I entered your lovely home. Everything is perfectly wonderful and I am in love, love with your happy snowmen!
    Merry Christmas!

  51. I just love every square inch of your home all decorated for Christmas! This holiday brings out the child in me too. Wait, every day brings out the child in me and I suspect that every day does for you as well. Your table top tree just blew me away ~ Love, love, love it!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  52. I am LOVING that little light up tree from Kirklands. Looks like you are all ready for the holidays!

  53. I am LOVING that little light up tree from Kirklands. Looks like you are all ready for the holidays!

  54. It's all adorable, BJ! Christmas brings out the child in all of us and now you've got me singing! I'm so happy to see all your precious memories and wonderful decorations. Your home looks beautiful!
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  55. What a super cute collection of Santas and snowmen! Everything looks so welcoming. :)

    (Also, wow that gallery wall by the tree!)

  56. the turquoise tree is very pretty

  57. Adorable decorations!! I love traditional, too, but wow, that blue tree!! It's so pretty! I love blue, and what a cute card it made! :)

  58. BJ ... your decorations are so colorful and interesting. Every time I see the black and white decorations in the stores, I think of you. Your cookies look so delicious.
    Hugs and Merry Christmas.
    Audrey Z.

  59. BJ!! OMG!! I LOVE those Snow People!! And I love all your whimsical and colorful decorations!! Such fun!! The black and white really pops and I adore it!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!!


  60. Your tree is so pretty, BJ! I absolutely adore all of your Santas and Snow-People, and all those touches of black and white just make everything pop.

  61. BJ, what adorable decor! Love your snow people!! Merry Christmas!

  62. Hi BJ. Your home always looks beautiful and even more so at Christmas! I love all your snow people. Makes me want to go and buy some and put them on my mantle! Hugs, Rhondi

  63. So pretty! Merry Christmas to you!

  64. So many cute things! I'd be checking that green bag every year, too! :)

  65. BJ, Your Christmas decorations are so cute! I especially love the snow people.
    Happy Holidays.

  66. Dear BJ, I have loved visiting your Christmas home for years! Always so warm and fun and beautiful, just like you:) You never disappoint, I love it all!

  67. Hi BJ,
    Your home is always so full of Texas love and looks just precious. Your home is so warm and inviting, with some little treat always ready to enjoy! So sorry I wasn't able to join in the tour this year, but maybe next year.
    Hope you are having a great day!
    Merry Christmas!
    Miz Helen

  68. bj, sorry that I am so slow; but I wanted to thank you for sharing this with our Creating Christmas party. Have a wonderful one my friend!

  69. BJ,
    Your home looks lovely all decorated for Christmas, dear friend!!!
    Thank you for inviting us inside for a 'peek'at all your Christmas decor!!!
    Those Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies are calling my name!!!
    I do l o v e cute paper plates!!!
    Adorable Christmas Mug Collection!!!
    Merry Christmas, Texas Style, dear ones!!!


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