The Kitchen Christmas Tree and Saturday with Miss Mustard Seed

I am usually 3/4 of the way into my Christmas decorating by now…but with some travel and other commitments, I am running a little behind….

I hit the ground running with the Christmas decorating after Thanksgiving Day…

…..and had a wonderful day on Saturday at SuzAnna’s Antiques in Raleigh..

Prior to the milk paint workshop and book signing…

…..I had a wonderful lunch with Marian (Miss Mustard Seed) and Kristen (Sophia’s Decor)….


Marian presented a wonderful workshop.

…..She taught us many wonderful techniques using her milk paint and waxes…

…………I learned so much.


She cut her hair…it is so cute!

Marian took the time to write something special in each book…


So after the book signing..there was time to “shop”

Here is Marian and Kristen….


And me…


And Marian bought this beautiful chandelier from Kristen’s booth at SuzAnna’s…


Kristen has beautiful items in her booth, including her magnificent painted furniture pieces.

And I cannot believe that I did not get a pic of my friend Brittany of Pretty Handy Girl….
…..Brittany is currently remodeling her kitchen from the ground up…it is going to be awesome.

So after a wonderful Saturday, spent with many wonderful blogger friends, I continued my decorating…

And here is my very first Christmas decor reveal for this year…

… “take-out Santas” Kitchen tree..

……….and how appropriate as tis the Season for take out!!!…at least for me!


The tree has velvet bendable stems made by Raz…

…..the Santa “take out chefs” were a purchase many years ago from Bombay Company.

This one is the “Chinese Take Out Chef”



Burgers and fries anyone?


And here is my new addition…my “chalkboard chef”…


From another angle…


These little “guys are new”..bought them after Christmas for 75% off…
…..a good thing, as they were originally $14.00 each..



And on the other side of the table is my “Egg Nog Station”…

…..a vintage Egg Nog set by Atlas.



I found the Egg Nog Milk bottle many years ago…it was perfect for my Egg Nog set.



Now this Egg Nog is for “adults only” as it definitely has a “kick” to it!! πŸ™‚



Hope you enjoyed the first of my Christmas decor…lots more to come…

…..just finished another little kitchen tree…stay tuned…

Do you have a kitchen tree?…

I will be joining the following wonderful link parties:

A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday

DIY by Design Fall Into Fall Party

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays

Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits

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  1. The Christmas tree is sooooo cute! Lucky girl…already got your holiday decorating in full swing. Not so much here =(

  2. I’ll take some of that take out chef Chinese, with a side of the Chalkboard Chef, and a pitcher of “adults only” egg nog. Looks fabulous Shirley! And I know this is just the icing on so much more to come …

    And it sounds like you had a fabulous time with some amazingly talented blogger friends! Fun!



  3. You’re a jet setter these days, lady. πŸ˜‰ Your take-out santas are so dang cute and whimsical. I’ve never seen take out santas before. I LOVE your egg nog station. I never knew there was a such thing as an egg nog bowl and mugs. I’m learning all kinds of things from you today. Everything looks great and I can’t wait to see the rest. xo

  4. Shirley, what an adorable tree! It’s so cute. I so love Egg Nog and would certainly enjoyed getting “kicked” together with you!!
    I am really enjoying Miss Mustard Seed’s book- thanks again for the lovely giveaway.

  5. What an adorable tree! The ornaments are too cute. Love the vintage eggnog set too. I’ve never seen anything like that. Looking forward to seeing more!

  6. Cute! Impressed that you decorate your ktichen — mine is too nutty to do more than a few Christmas touches. Enjoy the process, Shirley!
    xo Heidi

  7. Oh how fun. You got to hang with Marian and Kristen. That is how we three met last year, shopping. And how I made a great friend in Kristen. Sorry I couldn’t come and play this year as it looks like y’all had fun.

  8. Linda Miller says

    Your kitchen tree is adorable, as usual. Glad you had a good weekend with your fellow bloggers. Looking forward to more posts and some new ideas.

  9. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says

    Such a fun day with fellow bloggers. Your take out tree is fabulous. What a super find. I’ve never seen one and it is definitely one of my favorite things. Everything looks amazing. Hugs, Marty Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 05:14:25 +0000 To:

  10. Sounds & looks like a fun day Shirley! Love your kitchen tree and take-out chefs! I used to love to pop in Raz’s showroom in Atlanta at market, I ordered piece meal but my partner carried tons of their Christmas line every year. I loved perusing their display. Happy decorating~ looking forward to seeing the rest πŸ™‚

  11. Love your tree, Shirley! You’ve inspired me to put one together for my kitchen counter. Can’t wait to see the rest of the Christmas decor reveal!

  12. Sandra White says

    So exciting to watch your christmas decorating take place. Love the kitchen tree. It is very unique. I have never seen anything like that. You are inspiring me to pull out my christmas decorations today. I have been very busy visiting with my daughter who came home from DC for Thanksgiving, and now that she has returned home, I have got to get with it. Your decorating inspires me so much.

  13. Shirley I LOVE your kitchen tree and the cute ornaments you have on it, I especially love the sign that’s next to it!! Love the pretty “eggnog” vignette too! Can’t wait to see more!
    I have a kitchen tree also. I’m still working on it because i want to change it up a bit this year.

  14. Shirley,
    Eggnog is a tradition in our Christmas celebration so I think your set is incredible! And your take-out Santas are adorable. I have never seen them before. Can’t wait to see the rest of your decorating.

  15. You have done an amazing job of creating contact in the blog world! Eggnog is one of my favorite things about the holidays. Just wish it didn’t have so many calories.

  16. Oh such a fun day you must have had!!
    No chalk or milk paint here in Canada yet.
    That is a super/different tree. Love all the little Santas….
    Love egg nog just the way it is….

  17. Fantastic take out tree! But really love the fact that you have a drawer for take out menus! That’s a great idea…I’ll have to get me one of those! πŸ˜‰

  18. Wow, I love your kitchen tree and all of the little guys. Everything is so unique and clever! I love seeing all of your different ideas, just so enlightening.

  19. Shirley, you are so talented, I love this tree it is so whimsical. It is gorgeous I love all the touches. It looks like you had a great time with Marian. Good for you and being able to have techniques taught to you right from the source.

  20. Shirley, your kitchen tree is just the cutest thing ever; and your egg nog station is wonderful! I know you are a busy lady right now!! I love seeing all of your beautiful decor! You always find the cutest things!

  21. Look at you, all cute with Miss Mustard Seed! πŸ™‚ I love your little kitchen tree – darling.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  22. Oh, wow! My aunt had an egg nog set very similar to that “back in the day.” I loved it then, and I still love the vintage look and feel now! (And you KNOW I love the “adults only” stuff in it!!!) That tree is just the cutest!!!!!! I would love to be be Queen of Takeout, but alas…my husband throws a fit and pouts. Whatever, dude! Get a grip! It’s the holiday season, and I need a break! πŸ™‚ You are WELL on your way, Shirley! Can’t wait to see other bits and pieces as you progress!!!

  23. Love whimical. Where did you purchase the chalkboard chef? He would be a cute addition to my collection.

  24. What a fun, fun day! I loved looking at the pictures. Also, your egg nog station is just the cutest! Love those dishes.

  25. Oh, your little take out Santa ornaments are darling. They would fit right in with my Courtly Check Christmas tree. Thanks for sharing your tree. It is delightful!

  26. Love your take out tree and the tree itself. Don’t you love everything Raz does? The Egg Nog bottle is awesome. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Ginger

  27. I love your take out tree, it is so unique!!! I also have never seen an egg nog set! That is wonderful, even tough I don’t like egg nog:):) Can’t wait to see more. I will be posting starting tomorrow, I hope. But late as I have a clients house to do, then a dinner, then a meeting. I YI YI:):):)

  28. What a cute idea for a kitchen Christmas tree! I love your take-out santas! πŸ˜‰ My mother-in-law does a kitchen tree and I look forward to it every year. Since she does themed trees all throughout the house, but her kitchen tree is reserved for odds-and-ends ornaments that she has collected over time. I love it! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  29. Cute tree – I don’t have one in the kitchen but if I did, I’d want “take-out Santas” like yours! adorable!

  30. I love your cute tree and your vignettes. Glad you had fun in Raleigh.

  31. I love your take out tree, just adorable! I never saw those ornies in Bombay…you know they are coming back?
    Looking forward to your Cmas decos!

  32. The chalkboard chef is too cute. Love the idea of a Take-Out Santa tree. Very clever for a kitchen. I used to shop at Bombay all the time. They had the coolest things.

  33. That is the cutest tree, Shirley!

    What an amazing thing to see the St Charles Dairy bottle. We used to go there for ice cream when the kids were little. They’ve closed now. There is a dairy in Jeff City, Central Dairy, that is very much like the old St Charles Dairy. We stop there now and then, on our way from the lake. Thanks so much for the memory!:-)

  34. Oh my gosh, your take out tree is perfect!! I need a kitchen tree, I think I’ll add it to my after Christmas sale list. Happy decorating!

  35. I have never seen a tree like that before – and I love both of your chalkboard messages! Oh, so true! Love it all!

  36. Looks like you had so much fun Shirley. They are great ladies. I am also loving your decorations. That tree is so much fun and I want your egg nog bottle!!

  37. love the chef take out tree did you make the tree yourself and where did you buy the large stems. would love to have one for myself. thanks dorothy

  38. Sandy Whittington says

    Shirley – I have recently found your blog. Today I clicked on this particular one from last year….I live in St. Charles County, MO. Many good memories of ice cream from the St. Charles Dairy!!

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