Suitcase Full Of Trees...

I like to make holiday vignettes with my old vintage suitcase. I've used it for various vignettes over the years. It seems perfect for Christmas time.

At the other end is the cheap painting I turned into a blackboard. And the dough bowl full of red ornaments.

I didn't plan on doing this, but yesterday evening I ended up changing everything on this old window. The glass pops out easily, so I had to be careful. I like the children from another time here. And the old Bingo cards.

In the sewing machine drawer, I put three candles I wrapped in various papers. I don't think it would be prudent to light the candles for fear of fire. They'll just sit there and look pretty.

So far, this is my coffee table centerpiece. I really haven't added anything holiday-ish to it yet. But something may pop into my head.

Charlie Ross in his bed. I ordered a couple of these from a few weeks ago. Charlie took right to it. Abi gets in one occasionally. He seems to feel very safe cuddled up in there by my chair.

Okay, I'm hungry now. Time to finish up that casserole. I got a lot of mileage out of that one. I will be looking up some more online, as this is that time of the year when bad weather lingers. And it's so nice to have a salad and one other item provide a whole meal.

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  1. Your house is decorated so nicely! Very colorful and comfortable. I love ALL the Christmas decorating you did.

  2. The trees in the old suitcase look so enchanting Brenda. I've been meaning to ask about your Pepsi crate. Did it have dividers that you removed or was it plain without dividers. I have one but it is difficult to use like you are able to. Enjoy your afternoon. ♥

  3. I also love to fix casseroles that last a few meals my favorite blogsite is called plainchicken you might like her different receipes How you have a great day snow and ice here in louisville ky.

  4. Love the window with the vintage pictures-your blog is always so pretty and inviting! What a sweet picture of Charlie Ross curled up snug in his bed!

  5. Everything looks so lovely. I love your little snowman, what a prize he is!

  6. I love your Christmas decorating and your sweet doggies! Carol

  7. I've always loved how you've made vignettes in suitcases. Charlie Ross is so cute in his little bed. Who knows, maybe Abi will get used to hers. Now that the weather is cold, all three of my cats prefer my bed, especially before I can make it in the morning! They love to snuggle down into the flannel sheets and blankets. I don't blame them!

  8. Love love the suitcase full of trees Brenda!! Your home is looking so festive and Charlie looks ADORABLE in his new bed!

  9. I love the way you used the sewing machine drawer. I also got a kick out of the cow -- no pun intended -- looking out over the softdrink box. She looks as snug and contented as Charlie! The tree on the blackboard is nicely done.

  10. I love your vintage holiday decorating, but Charlie Ross steals my heart! He looks so darn cute in his new bed. I bought 2 similar ones for my pups and they love them!

  11. Charlie Ross looks so darn cute snuggled in his new comfy bed. I love your window decorated with old photos and bingo cards!

  12. Looking good! Your window turned out really cute! That Charlie really owns that bed, doesn't he? Your decor is beautiful.


  13. I love that old window Brenda! It has been one of my favs of yours for awhile! It looks even better restyled!

  14. Everything is looking so good! Love the vintage suitcase for vignettes! I'm almost done with my decorating. I'll keep tweaking it I'm sure!

  15. I love all your pretty vignettes, but that little Charlie Ross steals my heart. I'd love to pick him up and give him a hug!

  16. Oh, this is as cute as can be! I love how you group things for a cute vignette. Just adorable! You are SO talented, and Charlie is so sweet! Love that shot!



    P.S. Glad you like the socks. I can't wait to see how the others turn out once we get them hung!

  17. Your cozy little house is looking so festive! Mimi

  18. Brenda your decorating is outstanding. Great look with the vintage case. I love the window with the anytime pics and bingo cards. Each vignette is perfect and Charlie Ross looks adorable cuddled up staying warm. Be careful in the ice and cold. It's still hanging on with us and I am getting cabin fever.
    Have a good Monday! Hugs

  19. I think it's unanimous. Everything looks perfect, but Charlie Ross steals the show. He looks so cute cuddled up in his bed, looking at the camera and probably thinking 'go away mommy and let me sleep'!

    I know what you mean about the convenience of making casseroles. I find on days when I don't have to think about what I'm making, then actually make it, I'm much more productive.

  20. It all looks sweet and cozy and Charlie is stealing the show again just like the other day :)

    Lasagna would make a next good casserole if you like pasta ...

    Come to think of it I've not made lasagna in ages and might do so now that I am thinking of it, lol...

  21. Your vignettes are really beautiful, especially the trees in the suitcase. I enjoy seeing your vintage items and the cow in the old wooden box is lovely!

  22. What a wonderful idea with the old vintage suitcases...everything looks to cozy and pretty!!!

  23. Oh I adore those suitcases filled with Christmas Trees!! So festive, fun and lighthearted. Got me to thinking of the year my sister came home unexpectedly for Christmas to surprise us-we heard a knock on the door and opened it and there she was, snow falling behind her and a suitcase filled with pretty wrapped presents for us!

  24. The suitcase is really cute, what a lovely idea, and very you. I'm sure it will inspire many others to put something together.

    Oh by the way? Cold? It's only -14 C here, but some other Canadian bloggers, it's -35C too cold to go outside for more then a few minutes with bare skin that's brrrr. So whenever I want to complain, I just think of my other blogging friends.

    Warm climates here we come, let's pack our bags.

  25. Tiny wreath or jingle bells around cows neck might be cute. I love your cozy Christmas!

  26. Gee, Brenda, I don't mean to be critical but if you elevate those four medium trees in the suitcase so that they would break the line of the open side of the suitcase and be taller than it, your vignette there would be better...
    Love all that you do and look forward to each new blog with photos! :)

  27. The trees in the vintage suitcase are just perfect! Wow, you have a knack for vignettes!!

    Charlie Ross looks so cozy. Milo loves his dog bed but Layla has to be curled up right next to me. For a little dog she can get hot under those covers!

    Have a great week!


  28. Your suitcase with trees looks great! Love seeing little Charlie cozy in his little bed.

  29. I love your style. You take the ordinary and make is spectacular. Thanks for that sweet dear comment on the blog today. I am still weepy when I read everyone's comments. Need to go to some laundry and get my head on the ordinary things.

  30. Beautifully done, you have a talent for this I think. It's lovely.

  31. Your home looks so festive, Brenda. I love everything you've done. Charlie Ross looks downright comfy and cozy in his new bed. You're a good Mum. :)

  32. Brenda,
    Oh, I love this idea of the Suitcase full of Trees. Jess just bought three old suitcases and stacked them on top of eachother for a vintage look. I should tell her about this creative idea.

    Your little doggy is sweet. I am looking forward to your post for the blog tour.



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Brenda has been writing since grade school. She majored in professional writing/journalism in college, where she won awards for her feature writing. She loves to decorate, garden, enjoy nature, read and spend time with her Yorkies.


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