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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Holiday Sparkle

All that glitters is not gold.

Everyone has a task on their 'to do' list which they consistently push to the bottom.  On my list it's polishing silver.  I love silver and I want it to shine.  But for some reason I resist committing time to such a monotonous task.  But as we've all heard it said, "No pain, no gain".  So yesterday I undertook what has become in recent years a semi-annual chore.

Here is part of my inventory~

Look at this Deed Box! Vintage Pottery Barn showing its age.

These pieces are daunting and yet there's more! I have had all of this PB silver for almost 20 years. I can't believe how fast the years fly by. At Christmas I think the passage of time becomes the most evident, as we seem to mark time with holiday memories.

"Through the years we all will be together, if the fates allow..." 
This lyric always makes me cry.

Well, more on point, I worked and I worked and I'm here to tell you that my home is positively sparkling!

How about a little preview?

My set of PB reindeer, a gift from my mom and dad, have been Christmas fixtures upon the mantle for nearly two decades.

Stocking holders all in a row.

Look at the Deed Box now! And, check out my silver plated mirrored coffee table! I found it at a model home sale for about $20. What was I thinking? Now I have a table to polish too!

Another view~

Wow! Suddenly I'm feeling a Christmas glow! I hope you are too!

Until we meet again~


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  1. The silver is gorgeous. It does make the house look special. I think it is nice that each piece has a nice memory to go with it, as the coffee table does. That's a gorgeous coffee table, BTW.

    I enjoy your blog very much. I was pointed the way by your hubby. When I was young, and he flew in the USAF with my Daddy, I knew him. He was always like a big brother to me.

    It's lovely to reconnect and especially to see the home that you two share, the son you have and the happiness that radiates from all of it. It is a pleasure to visit your blog. I will be back.

    Merry Christmas to all from Vicki in Dallas

  2. Vicki, thank you so much. Larry has spoken so highly of you. I hope we can all get together one of these days. Thanks again for visiting my blog.

  3. The silver is lovely, so shiny! I love the sparkle it adds to a home! Your reindeer, deed box and stocking holders are so pretty! I'm feeling like it's Christmas too! Thanks for the inspiration! Merry Christmas!

  4. It looks like once you started, you couldn't stop polishing! I know about those beautiful Pottery Barn pieces - a wine bucket, a wine coaster, a picture frame - all sterling silver and all found pushed back in a cabinet because I didn't want to spend the time polishing. Finally I gave them away. But I love sterling jewelry and don't mind a bit when it comes time to polish it!

    I love the glitter and sparkle in your home, Dana! It works so well and adds a touch of elegance to your natural Christmas decorations. So lovely!

  5. I love your silver reindeer-isn't it fun to pull them out every year and decorate. I love those simple traditions. I enjoyed you photos and the views you take. Merry Christmas!