Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Farmhouse Holiday--Past & Present


Old glassware is always lovely...

but when you add candlelight, prepare to be enchanted.

This is a little peek at tomorrow's afternoon tea--just the three of us. Dr. Gollum, Young Bandwith-hogging Gollum, and me.


Just a few days ago, we put up the 2008 tree.








Here's the same tree, but in 2006 & 2007:


I've always been fascinated by snowglobes--maybe because I grew up in New Orleans, and I'd only seen snow once, in 1958.










I have a few pictures of Christmases past, so come away with me, way back in time...
Our first year on the farm, I made an unusual dining room centerpiece using glass candlesticks. I arranged them down the length of the table, accenting them with ornaments.


When the afternoon sun hit the glass, it filled the room with a confetti of light.

Here's a closer look.


That December I took a break from writing and went wild.
Magnolias and feathers were woven up the banister. If feathers ever go out of style, and they will, that's TOO BAD. I'm keeping them. Feathers and farms = perfect.


Here's the living room in 2006. Many of you may remember the faux bronze bust, Helena, that I covered in shells. http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com/2008/07/welcome-to-neptunes-beauty-parlor.html



The following year, I found a "Rooster Santa" for Dr. Gollum:


Time just sprinted along, and now we are enjoying our third Christmas on the farm. I wake up very early to write, and I look forward to fiery sunrises

and pink sunsets...

Despite the hectic pace around here, I did manage a bit of whimsy. The little, stumpy gargoyle was a gift. His cousin sits atop Notre Dame Cathedral. Mine is beribboned. Dr. Gollum's contribution was a hardhat. I just love a whimsical fellow who has a sense of comedy and doesn't hesitate to dress a bunny--a guy like that makes life grand.

46 comments:

  1. Gollum,

    Your table setting for tomorrow looks wonderful! I hope we get to see more of it! I love your tree! Your decorations from the past were breathtaking! I love your unusual centerpiece. (So very magical and mystical looking!)


    It must be wonderful waking up to "farm life". Seems relaxing and slow!


    xoxoxoxo
    Donna Marie

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  2. Love, love your snow globe collection! That sparkling centerpiece is incredible, as are the sunsets. You may recall, that your front doors just make me scream out loud, they are so beautiful. laurie

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  3. I lingered for many minutes at your photo with the lovely cake stands ... my heart skipped a few beats for sure!

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  4. Oh, GG!!! This was/is, well~~~ just beauuuutiful!!! Soooo heartwarming, sensual n' romantic, in the sweetest, most endearing way. "Special family moments", in my humble opinion, are enchanced, and made even MORE memorable, by the settings in which they happen~~~ And this IS "a Kodak moment" for SURE, girlfriend! Love n' thanks sooo much for the endearing thoughts of tea n' loved ones, together as one family unit, like they USED to be in days past... and benefit FROM, today!!! Simply LOVELY, GG, just lovely~~~ Linda

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  5. Stunning Gollum, everything is so inspiring and stunning, except the bunny in the hard hat, he is just plain hilarious, Dr Gollum is so funny :)
    Enjoy your afternoon tea. hugs, Kathy

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  6. Gollum, everything, as always, looks wonderful, your snow globe collection is great, there is just something that transports me back to the wonder of childhood with the softly falling snow all contained in one little sparkly sphere. Loved the trip down memory lane with your past Christmas decorations, just beautiful! Thanks for coming by my blog and leaving such a nice comment too, I do love coming here to not only see, but experience thru your wonderfully written words a bit of your life on the farm.
    Hugs, Judith

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  7. Your table for tomorrow's tea is stunning. I hope you'll share more of it. I love your tree...I'm with you. Feathers will go out, mine will stay. You'll see them soon..lol. I adore the Santa with a rooster..But the hardhat on the bunny is hilarious..hugs ~lynne~

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  8. Ooh, so many pretties to look at! That swirly glassware is just gorgeous, and you're right, candles do make it really sing!
    Your tree looks gorgeous! I could never decorate like that, lemme tell ya! Girl, you've just got talent coming out of your ass!

    Justine :o )

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  9. So glad that you shared some of your christmas decor with us. I love your style. vickydarnell

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  10. We need to meet Dr. G sometime! I bet he's an interesting guy! LOVE the tree & the feathers!!! I wish my garland looked as good as yours. Also, I love the snowglobe collection & the Santas I see in the distance. And you're right, the light was cool in the dining room w/ that centerpiece. I came over to drop off a link to this blog - don't know whether your visit it, but she has an ironstone tree, so I thought you might be interested. Tardevil http://cottageelements.blogspot.com/2008/12/holiday-home-tour-2009-3rd-and-final.html

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  11. It's all fabulous! Your afternoon tea sounds lovely.

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  12. Okay, Gollum! You're hired! After exhausting myself Decking everyone else's Halls, my tree is standing naked in the sunroom! I can't make myself do one thing to it! We did put out the "Baby Jesus Action Figures" last night---translation, The Nativity! I might just cut and paste the pics of YOUR tree on MY tree and call it Christmas! As always, your talents take my breath away.
    Thanks for the explanation of the paper clip plumbing! Always good to have a few extra tricks up one's sleeve.
    Have a wonderful, relaxing day.
    Carol

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  13. Christmas past and christmas present it's all so wonderful. I love going back and revisiting my old christmas photos. It's a good thing that we can design changes every year and still incorporate old ideas and they still look beautiful. Happy Holidays
    Blossom

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  14. Just Beautiful Gollum..WOW I loved that center piece you did..where is Mister in all of this...did he help you decorate the tree again this year...love you bunny and girl you are so right got to love a man with a homor..loved your farm life..told you I use to raise Ostrichs and Emus on my farm..Hope you have a great tea with your boys..hugs and smiles Gloria

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  15. The bunny with a hard hat is so funny, Gollum. The glass is so magical and I love your orange Christmas balls! Your snow globe collection is fascinating and everything you put together is gorgeous!...Christine

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  16. Great post today Gollum. You always keep me smiling! Only a writer could use the description..."Young Bandwith-hogging Gollum". How funny!
    Thanks for sharing and have a great day.
    Desiree

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  17. G' mornin', GG! (Has anyone ever told you that coming here first thing in the a.m. is equal to that "first cuppa gooood coffee"??? Meant to tell you, before, how beautiful your house looks AND "feels"~~~ allll of the pics, past and/or present, are as enchanting as you, my friend! YOu make even the little things delightful, which is one of MY goals in life!!! HAPPY DAY, sweet pal! Love, Linda

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  18. Stunning - your home all decked out for Christmas is just stunning!!! I am so ashamed that I have not posted any pictures of our home decorated for the holidays.

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  19. Okay... I am coming to your house with a big truck (evil grin). I don't know where to start... I love it all!

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  20. Dear Gollum,

    You are very lucky to have a husband who seems to enjoy the holidays as much as you do. My husband, who grew up in Italy, only celebrated 'Santa Clause' on Jan. 6th. Every year he would get an orange, peanuts and sometimes a pink rubber ball, as my husband tells it. He really never learned to celebrate the holidays, even when our children where small. He just went along with things, but his heart was never in it. I've always found this very sad, since my memories as a child were soooo.. different. He also goes into his 'Bahh Humbug' period the week before Christmas, which can be downer for the rest of us if we let it. So when I hear of a man who embraces the holidays, as Dr. Gollum does, I have to give him a special 'HATS OFF'. Give him a ((((BIG HUG)))) from me. "YES VIRGINIA, THERE IS A SANTA CLAUSE".


    XOXOXOXOXOXOXOX
    'D'

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  21. AS ALWAYS,I LOVE EVERYTHING YOU DO.YOUR HOME,THE TREE,THE SNOW GLOBES.WONDERFUL...ANN

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  22. Hi Gollum,
    What a gorgeous table you set! The glow of the candlelight is just magical. I sooo enjoyed seeing your staircase and feather festooned tree. There must be a ostrich running around on the farm freezing to death without it's little feathery coat...LOL!
    Funny that you found a santa with a chicken for Dr. Gollum... after making santas for over 20 years, this was the first time I made one with a rooster, the Provencial one that Laurie,Bargain Hunter got!
    I am going to have to make one for myself now!
    Enjoy your cozy writing corner with your furbabies and the hot mug of tea!

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  23. Morning, Dear Gollum. Oh what a fun time you're going to have tomorrow and your table is beautiful! Now I'm loving all of your snow domes and those Christmas trees. Alas, I have no feathers! I'll probably go get some and then that will be the year they'll be over. Now, there is my bunny Foo Foo sitting right there on your porch with the red hard hat. Well, at least I know he's in a good place!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  24. Hi Gollum, everything is just beautiful from years past. I'm looking forward to your post tomorrow, hoping you show more of the 2008 tree! Thanks for your nice compliments on my Christmas decorating. Yes....if I lived near you I would come and help you, or you could just tell ME what to do. LOL! I just received your book "Mermaids in the Basement" in the mail and am anxious to start reading it! Kristen

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  25. There is something to be said for the quiet of the rural life. You can take time to see how glorious the colors are in the peace of solitude.Kathy

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  26. I have been looking at your blog for several days now and have decided that we were seperated at birth. I don't live on a farm (although I do have a couple of acres with all manner of wildlife closeby) but wish I did. This past month I have become enamored of my china/crystal/silver again and have been collecting (ahem, via ebay) a couple more patterns and things to finish our my fine china pattern and crystal. When I saw your snowglobe collection I sighed because I too have one. I was born in Tennessee, grew up in south Mississippi and now live just south of Birmingham, Alabama so I'm a true Southern girl. Don't see much snow so that is one reason I love the globes. I also collect music boxes (and a host of other things but one does have to try and reign it in). I'm at that wonderful age of 51 - I don't mind telling my age as I've earned every colored-over grey hair on my head.

    Anyway - love, love, love your blog and looking at your pretties and getting inspired to take the time to create my own magical world for dear husband and myself. No kids, just kitties. And deer, and racoons, hawks, possum, etc. Thank you for the inspirations!

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  27. Okay I just want to say, Why is it that even a pair of rainboots look like beautiful art in your home?

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  28. What a lovely tablescape. It looks so elegant and pretty in the candlelight. And I love your snowglobe collection.

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  29. I love your tree this year! Beautifully decorated! Past and present, you got the touch! :)

    Buffie

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  30. Beautiful decor Gollum, as I knew it would be. I'm with you though - I hope they (feathers) never go out of style. If they do - I'm hanging onto mine. They'll come back around!

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  31. How lovely, you have made your home! Love the tea preview, love where you placed the napkins.

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  32. Your, decorations from the past were breathtaking!!!!Love your snow globe collections. Gollun, everything, as always, looks wonderful,.....Pat H

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  33. Gollum, You tree is so pretty. And I love the snowglobes. I adore your home. And your doggie is just as cute as can be. Brandie and Sammie say, "Merry Christmas". Sammie is doing very well. We couldn't ask for a better Christmas present!
    Hugs, Terrie

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  34. So inspiring...makes me want to "do" Christmas you YOUR house!!!

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  35. I LOVE your work so much. Beautiful, tasteful elegant!

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  36. I do hope the injection cures what ails you ... pre-medicating is the best idea ever!

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  37. Hi Gollum...a special tea for only three!...wow, how special is that...Life at your home with Dr. G must be an adventure that most of us can only dream of...(sigh)...
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos, ;-) Bo

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  38. Thanks ,
    You really have a lovely home and Christmas Decor . Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year .
    Mary

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  39. Thanks ,
    You really have a lovely home and Christmas Decor . Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year .
    Mary

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  40. Michael, I'm with you on the feathers! I love that pic of the light coming in on your centerpiece...really amazing! And the snowglobes are so magical...great collection you have! The gargoyle and bunny are a riot! :-)
    Susan

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  41. Well, I am SO with you on the feathers...I don't CARE if they go out of style...mine are STAYING, like you said!!! The snowglobes are magical, I loved it all!!! And the icing on the cake is that Dr. Gollum even CARES enough to put the hard hat on the bunny....I have a wonderful guy too, who is right there with me decorating right along side. We are a great team!!!!! 41 years now! Hugs to you, Pinky

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  42. Hi Gollum
    Everything is beautiful as always. Love your tree this year and the centerpiece.
    diane

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  43. Oh Gollum..I love your snow globe collection! I grew up in the mountains with plenty of snow, but never had a snow globe until about 10 years ago...and that adds up to a lot of globeless years! One of my students gave me a small one with a little Santa scene inside. I still have it and I treasure it...my first one! beautiful post!...Debbie

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  44. I love it all but have a special place for the hardhat that cracked me up I truly love a good sense of humor;) Your decor is always unbelievable...everything you touch turns to gold so what's your secret? Do share (lol) French;)

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  45. No matter what year it is...your home looks spectacular. All elegant and posh! You sure know how to do things right!

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