Monday, December 15, 2008

BooMama's Christmas Tour of Homes 2008

Greetings from the Pacific Northwest and welcome to the Little Blue Bungalow. The Britten's: Drew, Katie Jean (that's me!), Fiona and Keegan are pleased you've chosen our blog to stop by for a visit during BooMama's Christmas Tour of Homes 2008.

As you can quickly tell we have a small home, but never short on comfort, spirit, and hospitality. Our decorations are few, but compliment the simplicity of living in a small mission-style bungalow.

Our Christmas tree is decorated with ornaments from my husband and I's own childhood, themed ornaments: gold balls and various shapes, burgundy hearts, gold paper fans, and topped by an angel (an after Christmas special over 11 years ago!)

Next to our Christmas tree in our living/dining room is a heirloom cabinet displaying some whimsical Santas I've collected over the years. Really, I'm not sure two Santas count as a "collection", but we simply can't overdue it in our tight spaces.

Lastly, is our own version of the Christmas stocking being hung "by the chimney with care". Ironically the fire place was long ago removed so we use the ornate, leaded-glass window to display our Christmas stocking. The stockings were handmade by my Mother-in-law, Bonnie. The top edging of each stocking was created from men's ties recycled from Goodwill stores and a few from my husband's late father, Kent. The Christmas stockings are a cherished additional to our Christmas collection. They are vividly displayed as you step into the Little Blue Bungalow from the front door.

In the kitchen, (no Christmas decorations here, just a Christmas apron) I've got fresh pumpkin bread cooling on the stove and ready to slice and slather with butter. (Yum!) The pumpkins were from my four year old, Fiona's, own garden and were roasted a couple weeks ago for safe keeping. The kitchen is the essence of this hard-working house and prepares and stores away the produce from the gardens. I, Katie Jean, can often be found inside the kitchen working on another creation, prepping produce for storage, or "entertaining" the kids.

We hope you enjoyed your quick glimpse into the Little Blue Bungalow. Feel free to come back often and follow the daily happenings of the Britten's through my own personal, witty writing style. May you all be blessed during the Christmas season and have a wonderful 2009.

If you enjoyed this Christmas tour, please make sure to stop by BooMama's blog (click HERE) and visit other blogs that are apart of the BooMama's Christmas Tour of Homes 2008.

From inside the little blue bungalow,
Katie Jean
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lisa-rie said...

This is so precious! I really think these old bungalows (I live in one too) are just perfect for all things Christmas! Thanks for sharing.

Sharon Kay said...

I love your beautiful blue bungalow, it is so warm and inviting. Your Christmas decorations are lovely, Christmas wishes from my home to you and yours.

k and c's mom said...

What a precious home! I loved seeing it. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

We also live in a bungalow and appreciate the simplicity that comes with a smaller space. Enjoyed seeing your beautiful decorations!

Anonymous said...

precious home! i felt like i was stepping back in time - very cozy.

Merry Christmas!

Susanne said...

Very beautiful and inviting!

Merry Christmas!

Carol said...

Oh, pretty Santas!

Thanks for sharing your home with us. Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

You have beautiful things!! Merry Christmas!!!

yankee mama said...

Thanks for sharing, so cozy!

Shannon said...

Your little blue bungalow looks like just the place to be for Christmas! I love that your grew your own pumpkins. We don't have the garden space but we did buy ours from a road side farmer's stand (a major accomplishment since we currently live in Germany but none of us speak any useful amount of German!) and the carved them Halloween day then baked down and froze the mush on Nov. 1st. My kids all call pumpkin pie Jack-O-Lantern pie!

My husband loves the stockings and is now eyeing that bag of his grandfather's ties from the 60's and 70's. I may be in for a sewing project! Merry Christmas!

oh amanda said...

the pumpkin bread is what i'm stuck on...

Tiffany said...

Those stockings are precious! How sassy! Thanks for inviting us in and showing us around. It's so cozy and comfy. I feel like I can sip on a cup of hot coffee and curl up with a good book there. My parents live in a bungalow in Indiana. There's no place like it for the holidays.

Pop on over for a visit to our home/blog so we can show you around, too. Merry Christmas!

Tiffany in Washington...for now!

Southern Fried Gal said...

Everything is so beautiful! Thank you for stopping by and leaving comment love! I hope you will visit again soon!