Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Bits of Christmas 2017

Hello, are this year's Bits of Christmas....just some random shots around the House of Mugwump. Through the years, I've amassed a sweet little collection of red children's socks and mittens. Along with greens and my favorite pepper berries, these simple items add color and whimsy to our Christmas.

I hope you enjoy these Bits of Christmas at our house.

...a new German Belsnickle

...socks and Shooner Redware early tartan seed pouch...and socks

...tiny red wool mittens

New this year is this early German cow pull toy with his folk art painted base. 

...socks and strawberries

I added an antique Santa to my early German feather tree...the fellow at the top...he's a clip-on.

...more socks

...another pair

I've had this wonderful early tin cookie cutter for a few years and decided he would be perfect in this old red carrier.

He is a handsome fellow...and has quite a presence about him.

I have been gathering early spun cotton ornaments for a few years and now have enough for this old feather tree. This tree is in our sunroom where we spend most of our time. It is the first time I've ever put a tree up in this room. When we are in this room we can see the real tree in the living room and Annie's Owl Tree in the family room...and now this sweet small tree, too.

...early spun cotton and cotton batting ornaments.


Many years ago I had photos of Annie turned into these stand ups. They enlarged the photo and backed it with hard plastic so it could be put in the stand. They made great gifts! This is Annie on Christmas morning when she was two and a half. She had just started walking and she would walk a little and then sit down and give you this very look..."I did it!" pleased with herself...even her hands are happy!

...and those little red long johns are still a part of Christmas at our house.

Hope you enjoyed these Bits of Christmas. I've tried to keep it simple these past few years...some greens, socks and mittens sprinkled in with redware and a couple of small trees...and, 

of course...

Annie's Owl Tree

Merry Christmas!

Enjoy the day,


  1. Beautiful ornaments and decorations. I love the spun cotton.

  2. Hi Robyn,
    So many lovely pieces!! Love your new Belsnickle and cow and those red socks and mittens make everything so festive!! The picture of Annie, plus the memory is so very special!! Everything is just beautiful, my friend!!
    Wishing all of you a Most Blessed Christmas!
    Christmas Hugs~
    Julie xo

  3. Just Lovely!! Thanks for sharing your little bit of Christmas. I wish you and yours a very Blessed Holiday Season

    linda m

  4. Loved everything and don't know where to start. The German feather tree and decorations are magnificent, and DEFINITELY see that horse and rider cookie cutter as a future hooked piece!!!!! I also put out red long johns but haven't put them out yet this year. Hmmm, maybe I'll do that; thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Now THAT'S what I'm talking about! Could not be more perfect, primitive but elegant, simple but plenty. I am definitely taking notes.

  6. That stand up of Annie is so very sweet. Love your Santa tree! Janice

  7. It's always a treat to see your house, whether decorated for the holiday season or just on a random day. You have wonderful taste. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the season!

  8. what a wonderful tour! I love every bit of it. Merry Christmas


  9. Loved the tour. The cookie cutter is wonderful - great find.


  10. Its all so beautiful and happy. I love all of it.
    I loved seeing baby Annie.
    Have a Merry Christmas.

  11. What a delightful way to display your treasures for Christmas. I love those little red long johns and that photo of Annie. Everything looks so simple and pretty like a breath of fresh air. You really have a flair for beautiful decorations.
    Hugs, Julia

  12. I just loved your beautiful pictures, including 'smiling Annie'.
    You certainly have the 'Christmas touch' when decorating.
    Simply done and so very classic.

  13. You have such a knack at decorating. Everything is displayed to perfection. Understated beauty.
    I love the stand up of Annie. I had them done several times when my boys were young. So happy you saved the little long johns and I bet you are, too.
    Hugs :)

  14. Everything is just beautiful, Robyn. I couldn’t help but get a giggle from Santa. It appears as he’s gotten into a snowball fight. I wonder how she fared. Merry Christmas. 🙂

  15. Brightened my day! Merry Christmas!

  16. As always you have inspired me to photo some of my little trees and post them. Love how you decorate. Have a Merry Christmas & A Blessed New Year.