🎄Visions of the Holidays, a Charcuterie Surprise🏠 and a Craft📿

There is nothing better than walking around our neighborhood during the holiday season!! I can’t say that people go all out with lights and decoration, but just a simple

wreath on an old door, from the early 1900’s, 1800’s or even 1700’s, is all the charm they need!! The first house above is our Yellow House, more simple than we ususally do, because we will be splitting our time between The Tain House and The Yellow House !! On the next house, I love the old ornate corbels holding up a protective overhang and a simple wreath is all this cozy door in the center of town needs!!!

The building on the left is our newly renovated town hall, that used to be a school!! They kept the original palladium windows, the natural stained front doors and all the old ornate woodwork that makes this building a testament to our town’s past🙏🏽 And the building on the right is a house with some of the same architectural details of our town hall, but it’s someone’s lovely home…both buildings are decorated with just wreaths, but that’s all they need!!!

And these are just two of the many churches on our walk!! On the left, an old wooden New England style church, that looks like a wedding cake with tiers that go high into the sky!! And I adore the other church doors, our own Dicken’s Village style church…again both adorned with simple wreaths!!

This stately looking house on the left, with columns and a long church bench on the font porch has the wreath next to the door, and pine branches fill the urns on either side of the stairs, it adds to the sophistication of this old home. The next house has a history of being the carriage house to the old town jail…The Jail House is now very expensive condos, with a history of it’s own, that I will do a blog post on this one day!! However, the architecture of that front door is just stunning, hard to believe it was a carriage house!!

We are so lucky to have a library in our neighborhood…and I think it is archatechtually beautiful…to greet patrons during the holidays, a couple of wreaths adorn the double doors!!

This house always captures my heart when I walk by on my way to town…but how perfect is it for the holidays, by just adding wreaths!!

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After I prepared this post and getting ready for it to publish,

this happened!! An old fashion New England Nor’easter!! It would have been nice to see those lovely doors in my neighborhood sprinkled with snow, but if I’m waiting for perfection, this whole blog would never be published🤣

And this charming house? Does it belong in our neighborhood? No, it belongs on our table…as a charcuterie house!!! I got the idea when my sister-in-law, Patty, sent me a picture of a charcuterie tree, which is a great idea too!! But when I was looking around at the trees on Pinterest, I saw charcuterie houses and it set my creativity on high!!! However, the first one I made, with cream cheese holding the crackers and breadsticks together, fell apart!!! Because cream cheese doesn’t set like frosting when it dries, it cracks and falls apart and doesn’t hold things in place for long periods of time!! So I hot glued the breadsticks and crackers to a milk carton!!! Of course if I could have put it all together with cream cheese, it would have made the house edible, but this way it could be saved for at least a season!! This is how I made the Charcuterie House…

First I washed and dried a half gallon milk carton, then cut the top off. I cut each corner down about 4 inches, like the photo on the left, pinched two opposite sides together, then trace the triangle on the two other sides, now cut the two triangles to form the roof. I hot glued the roof together, then I was ready to glue the plain breadsticks onto the carton. I started by outlining the door, like the photo on the right…

The rest went pretty fast, cutting the breadsticks as I went along. The roof is made by gluing round crackers in tiers, starting at the bottom and working up…

Cut a cracker to size for the front door and use fresh rosemary for a wreath and bough, along with red candy for berries!!! I stacked crackers for the stairs and raised the house up so it won’t touch the food I’m putting around the house, that way I can use the house again!!

And then, getting ideas from other charcuterie houses on Pinterest, I filled in the cutting board, using cheeses, pepperoni, prosciutto, peppers, broccoli and carrots…

I stacked crackers and cream cheese to form the chimney, rolled cream cheese into three balls for the snowman and pieces of olives for the hat, eyes and mouth!! Breadsticks for the fences, pepperoni and cream cheese for the walk, prosciutto flowers line the walk and broccoli trees surround the house!! I stacked sliced cheese for seats around the fire pit made of carrots anchored by cream cheese and the taboggans are made of red peppers!! Since this is for Victor and I to eat for lunch, I put it on a small cutting board, but I’m saving the house to use at Christmas…Hopefully to have Gina, Tom and the boys over, but honestly, it will probably be just Victor and I, due to Covid!! But what fun we will have creating another Charcuterie Winter Village!!

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I guess you could say, I have lots of time on my hands, and you would be right!! So here is another craft that I conjured up from another idea of Patty’s!! I love that she is always sending me recipes and craft ideas!! She sent me pictures of garlands that she had made from felt… So again I went on Pinterest and found felt ball garland, although I loved the look of them there were no directions on how to make the balls out of felt fabric, which I had plenty of, and didn’t want to make a trip to a store…

So here are the holiday felt ball garlands that I made up!! These three garlands I made for The Train House windows, over the kitchen table!! It’s like jewelry for your window!

I used red and green for Christmas colors, but thought I would add aqua to go with the decor in The Train House…you could use any color, for any holiday…I’ve seen pastel colors for Easter and orange and black for Halloween!!

So here is how I did it…Felt fabric comes in 18 inch rectangles at crafts stores, cut 1/4 inch by 18 inch strips.

Then roll the strips into balls, like you would roll a ball of yarn, then tuck the end into the rolled ball. After the balls are all rolled just string them together with a doubled thread and needle!! Make it as long as you want, I went a little crazy because it was keeping me busy while staying home and I made a few for gifts.

And here are four strings I made, they will be going to The Train House to adorn our new fireplace, which I will show in my next post!!

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These photos are the front and back of our Christmas Card this year, except we never got them, they got lost in the mail!!! And so, I am sharing them on my blog, with you all, wising you all comfort and good health over the Holidays and into the New Year❤️ And a hope that better days are ahead…

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During this holiday season, let’s not forget the 300,000+ people that have passed from Covid 19, just in the United States, and the first line responders. Like Joseph Varon, a doctor treating coronavirus patients at a Texas hospital, he was working his 252nd day in a row when he spotted a distraught elderly man in the COVID-19 intensive care unit. He eventually calmed the man, who did recover and was able to leave the hospital. It shows us the helplessness of patients, people caring for them and their families. It’s happening in our local hospitals, right around the corner from us, but we can’t see it, unless it’s on the news or it’s written about! During this holiday season and new year to come, let’s pray for the unimaginable suffering that is ravaging our country🙏🏽

It’s easy to forget that life is the greatest gift of all,” Karlie Perrin wrote this in her novel, The Gift.

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26 thoughts on “🎄Visions of the Holidays, a Charcuterie Surprise🏠 and a Craft📿

  1. I loved your walk around town Carol…such a pretty place. I really miss New England at this time of year. Don’t think I will ever get used to a tropical Christmas! Merry Christmas to you and Victor! Here’s to a happy and healthy New Year!

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    1. Thank you Nancy!! My memory of Christmas, when Gina lived in Florida, was walking around her neighborhood and seeing people decorating their houses wearing shorts😂 Tropical is good too, but I can see why you miss New England!! Wishing you, Chip and your family a happy and healthy holiday season and all through the new year too🙏❤️

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  2. Merry Christmas Carol, Victor, and your beautiful family. I so enjoyed your pictures of the houses decorated for the holidays and your blog, as always! We are in Connecticut for Christmas, experiencing the snow, the cold winds, and all that New England has to offer this time of year!
    After the holidays will be heading back to the Florida sunshine and warmth. Aren’t we so blessed?

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    1. Cathy, I’m glad you enjoyed the houses in our neighborhood!! I had a feeling you were in CT, from FB!! You are lucky you get to experience both climates in the winter…VA is not as warm as FL, but it’s awesome to be close to the kids!! Hope you, Mike and your whole family are doing well!! Wishing you all a joyful Christmas, and good health during 2021❤️

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments, Lisa!! I enjoyed doing those crafts, especially the garland, it was very cathardic during, staying home so much!! Wishing you the same of health and happiness during the holidays and the year ahead🎄❤️

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  3. I love everything about your blog. You are just so creative. Wishing you and your family a healthy and joyful Christmas 🎄
    Miss seeing you, Carolyn!
    ❤️Regina

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    1. It makes me feel happy, that you are enjoying my blog, Regina❤️ The kindergarten assistant is coming out in me during the holidays, covering milk cartons with breadsticks😂I miss you too and all our teacher friends, looking forward to getting together once covid is over!! Wishing you and your lovely family good health and happiness, during these holidays and beyond🙏🏽💚

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  4. Like I said before, reading your blog is like reading a favorite magazine! You offer so many good ideas and such pretty pictures. I love your little house! Did you ever consider spraying it with varnish or something to preserve it for good? I once had a basket of different types of bread that we preserved that way. You are so clever. I’m so impressed. Wishing you and your family a safe, happy, healthy, and blessed Christmas and New Year!

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    1. OMG, Nancy, what a good idea, to spray the house with varnish, I never even thought of that, I’m going to do it for sure!!! Thank you for comparing my blog to a magazine, that’s so sweet of you❤️ Also, wishing you, Art and your family a blessed Christmas with good health all through the new year🙏🏽

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  5. Once again Carol , love your big !! You and Victor put so much love and work into everything you create. It is fascinating. I hope you and your gorgeous family have happy, healthy and peaceful holidays! Merry Christmas 🎄

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    1. Denise, it’s wonderful to hear from you and so sweet to say you love my big🤣 I know what you mean about auto correct, it’s so maddening!!! Love seeing Julie’s pics of the kids and dogs on instagram, she has such funny comments!! The kids must be loving the snow for skiing!! Sending you and your whole family love and best wishes and good health during the holidays and beyond🙏🏽💚

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comments and good wishes!! I had never seen a charcuterie house either, it’s so much fun, wish I could have lots of company to enjoy it, but it’s going to have to wait until next Christmas!! Wishing you and yours happy and healthy holidays🎄❤️

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  6. Hi Carol,
    Loved taking the walk around your town with you and seeing all the houses and the church and their decorations- simple is always better. The charcuterie is so clever
    and absolutely adorable . Your Christmas photos are precious – you can see and feel
    the love. As always, your concluding quotes are so meaningful and appropriate for
    the time.
    Warmest wishes to you, Victor and your family for a blessed Christmas and a new Year filled with good health and all good things. My sister sends warm Christmas greetings.
    Enjoy Christmas at the Train house.
    Take good care, be well, and stay safe.
    With Love,
    Lucille

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    1. So glad you enjoyed our walk around town, Lucille!! The charcuterie house was fun to make!! But more importantly, you found the quote meaningful, I always like to add a little soul to my blog, to me it’s what is most important in life. Love and best wishes to you for a wonderful Christmas, and a happy and healthy new year!! And please convey our best to Dee too!! 🙏❤️

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    1. I’m glad you think the knot things are cool, Aaden!! I think your mother would like them too!! Ask her if she would like me to make her some!! Thank you for checking my blog out…you never know when you will see yourself in it🤣❤️

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