Dec 3, 2012


As was expected, I overdid it this weekend with the whole "Let's get this house tarted up for Christmas" idea.  It started innocently enough on Friday night when Aunt Chrissy and I did our weekly grocery shopping.

"I'm going to get the ingredients for Greek cookies", I said emphatically in the baking needs aisle.

Aunt Chrissy gave me a look that said "I don't want to hear it when you pull a muscle trying to mix the damn dough, but I sure would love a bag of them for my morning coffee/commute."

So I got the ingredients for the Greek cookies and them promptly procrastinated all weekend so that I wouldn't have to face the fact that I've been trying to make these bloody cookies for 46 years now and for 46 years I end up in a teary heap on the kitchen floor.

It's a good thing I don't drink alcohol, or we'd surely be looking a few empty wine and/or vodka bottles rolling around on the floor with me.

Today, though.  Today.  I'm determined.

So Christmas threw up all over Chez Spinster, and for the first time in a great while there wasn't too much gnashing of teeth as the last decorations were hung.  I suspect that this has something to do with the overabundance of red feathers everywhere, even though I am certain that there is absolutely no scientific evidence whatsoever that Santa Claus ever came near a batch of red feathers.

Maybe in his younger days when he performed his drag act?  Hmmmmm.  I wonder what his drag queen name would have been? 

See?  Thoughts to ponder on a Monday morning.

Here's the final result of the comings and goings of the weekend.  There was precious little stitching that took place, but God willin' and the creek don't rise I will have a threaded needle in my hand as soon as I turn off this silly machine and hit the Happy Chair.

The Official Spinster Stitcher 2012 Christmas Tree:

I'm not really sure what's going on here.....suffice it to say I think I got a little too jiggy with it:

The Official Jim Shore Santa collection as assembled by Aunt Chrissy:

The Big White Wall of Nothingness, covered with a few stitchy pieces:

Aunt Chrissy's Official 2012 Spinster Stitcher dining room table tableau. (Think I've got enough Starbucks k-cups?):
The mantle:

 And last, but certainly not least, is you-know-who.  He thinks that if he sits there and stares at his treat closet I'll cave and get him a Snausage.
Stop that snickering, please.  I only got the Snausage because he was a good boy and went into his apartment when I went to the dentist this morning. 

That's the Monday report.  I hope that you weekend was full o' fun and that you're off to a great week!

Woo Hoo!


  1. Chez Spinster looks fabulous!! You and Aunt Chrissy did such a good job! I am an everything-old/antique-kinda-gal, but I sure do love looking at the different ways people decorate, and your home is just wonderful..... I love it all!
    BTW, I have been known to keep some Snausages around myself.... nuttin like a special treat for the pups when/if they are well-behaved! Of course, I've had the same package around for several months now......
    Have a happy week!

  2. Oooh, I was hoping as I scrolled down, we would see the recipe for the Greek cookies!!! Darn.

  3. Wow! What a lovely looking home you have there. Love the red & white. Love that dining room table and chairs!

  4. Your home is gorgeous, beautifully decorated and perfect!

  5. The red feathers are magnifique! Everything looks absolutely perfectly coordinated. I usually just call my decorating attempts "Christmas Eclectic" because there is never a theme but usually a hodge-podge of things passed down by family, given by friends, and whatever was on clearance last January at the Big Lots.

    Now. Please don't think I'm an Internet stalker but sometime would you post a pic of your shelves (that one can see reflected in the mirror)? The hubs and I just bought unfinished 7-foot maple shelves and are, I mean *discussing* whether to stain them lightly or paint them white. Are yours in a room with otherwise white trim?

    Happy Holidays, Coni!

  6. OMG I really really LOVE the mantle!! Where did you get the runner with the points and bells?? LOVE .... SWOONING HERE....

  7. beautiful tree and decor; love your home!!!

  8. beautiful tree and decor; love your home!!!

  9. Your decorations (and home) look freakin' glorious! My mother just started buying me Jim Shores last year, when I "grew up," and it's always exciting when I see them in other houses. I love your arrangement, and your jaunty floral arrangement!

  10. I love it! Everything is so festive and beautiful! Well-done! :D Awwwwww come on and give Stewey a treat! Cathryn

  11. Your decorations look wonderful.

  12. Everything looks beautiful. My tree is up and with just a few things to finish Scully and I are happy campers. Now if we could just get some stitching done....all would be good.......Trudy

  13. Beautiful!! Very well done, I must say.

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  15. Oh Coni! I always love the pictures you post of your home, but this set was my absolute favourite. Everything is perfect! You are so great at everything you do!
    My favorite photograph is your dining room table because the 'tableau' is so cool, but what I really love is that your beautiful 'Quaker Diamonds' by Karen Kluba is hanging a spot of honour near your Mother's work. Both pieces are so gorgeous...brings a tear to my eye...well, more than one...
    I love your blog, as always...

  16. Everything looks beautiful, makes me wish that there was an Aunt Chrissy in my family. It looks a though Stewey is thinking "If only he had thumbs" he'd be so in that closet.

  17. Your home looks lovely. I love all the stitchings on your big white wall of nothingness : ) The picture of Stewey made me laugh as Sophie, my cat, sits in front of the closet where her food is kept & stares at the door, undoubtedly for the same reason : )

  18. Can I come for Christmas? It looks perfect to me!

  19. Fab-tastically tarted and appropriately jiggy.

    Hmmm...Santa's drag name...Kris Tingle? Wait, that's more like his stripper name. I...I think I'm going to stop right here.

    1.! KRIS TINGLE!!!!! That is, most definitely, the best name I've heard yet! You get the Grand Prize for that one, Mdme Heather! Woo Hoo!

  20. Well, according to the drag queen name generator (my imagination simply failed me, so I went hi-tech) Santa came up as 'Helena Handbasket' - but I think that's just plain wrong. Anyway, your decorations look absolutely stunning!

  21. Everything is so pretty!!! Especially your lovely tree!!