Friday, December 14, 2018

Christmas Kitchen and The Merry Musical Blog Hop

Have you heard an old song by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers? 
It's pretty cute. I've added it to my massive iTunes Christmas song library. 
I'll be there with bells on was a regular phrase in my old bosses vocabulary. Cute, cute.  
At one point, before my old computer bit the dust, I had 24 hours of Christmas music. 

I love Christmas music. I love searching out old and almost forgotten songs like the one by
 Dolly and Kenny. 

I want to say a big thank you to Amber for putting this Merry Musical Blog Hop together. If you are stopping in from Pam @ Everyday Home, welcome. She has such a beautiful home. Stop in to see how music is woven through her home and life.

If you have followed Let's Add Sprinkles this Christmas season, you may remember that I've tried to reuse, recycle or repurpose decor instead of buying new.
I have bought a few new things but, by and large, I've stuck to that creedo.

Bells are back in style!
I want to say it started last year with a wreath from Joanna Gaines. This is the 2018 bell wreath.
When I saw these groovy bells at the thrift store, I knew it was meant to be.

I believe that they are from the 70s and that they haven't been cleaned since then, either.
Bar Keeper's Friend is my "go to" cleanser for brass, silver, or copper.
It almost does the work for me.
The bells polished up beautifully.

Bill and I tried to find the best way to string them up. Doubled up twine proved the best. He picked up some heavier twines at Home Depot but they were too thick by the time three knots were tied.

A couple of sprigs of my favorite faux greens and a bow finish it off.

The wire wreath form is from an old lamp shade.
The ribbon is fabric from the thrift store that I tore into strips.
I hung it on our faux vent hood.

This Christmas, I've tried to stick with decor elements that have a European feel.

The Old World Chalets go with the natural wood of the Christmas tree next to the stove.

The blue Belsnickel with the blue tree is a happy accident. I got the Belsnickel in NYC at the Green Flea Market. Sadly, it's closed now.

We are observing Advent this year with our church. I love it.

Some Swedish cookies go with the theme. The blue and white tin is full of Stroopwafels. We're about to give these a try. I saw them on a vlog and they looked fun and delicious.
Plus, they went with the decor.

I've never had a tiered tray until a few months ago. It's such fun to style but y'all already knew that.
I couldn't believe that I found blue and white candy canes. They are blueberry which sounds disgusting. I'll let you know if I try them.

The pie safe was moved to the kitchen and it's filled with our Blue Willow.

Another bell sits on top with greenery and a thrifted deer.

We'll be home with bells on this Christmas.
Read my favorite post about bells.

Now hop on over to see what Laura of Decor to Adore is up to. Her blog is always adorable.


  1. Katie, your groovy bells are perfect! I am not familiar with the Kenny and Dolly song, so I will have to check it out. The old world chalets are so pretty and the Swedish cookies look delicious. I love how you have little vignettes in your gorgeous kitchen! It is so much fun hopping with you

  2. Katie what a great find those bells were! You did an amazing job is updating them. Your cozy home has put a song in my heart!

  3. Love your jingle bells, Katie! Such a fun Christmas musical hop. Have a wonderful Christmas!!!

  4. Your home is so lovely, Katie! I love your bells! It brings back memories of a string I had like the 70's bells! Something new to hunt for in the thrift store!

  5. Katie, your kitchen is just beautiful and I love the bells. It looks like you love blue and white as much as I do. It has been so much fun being on this tour with you! Merry Christmas!!!

  6. Katie,
    Your wreath on the stove hood is so pretty. Bar Keeper's Friend is my friend, too. I just discovered another one of their products that cleans tile. I used it yesterday to clean my tile floors. It does a good job of cleaning the grout!

    Your thrifted bells look wonderful all cleaned up.

    I was sad I could not join the Texas bloggers' trip to Dallas. I saw photos on FB, and it looked like you all had a grand time.

    Merry Christmas,

  7. I love this wreath so much, Katie! Those bells are fabulous. I've never even thought about using Bar Keepers Friend on thrifted finds like these, thanks so much for the tip. Your kitchen and home are really pretty, Katie, I just love everything! I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas, CoCo

  8. Katie, I love your kitchen...and that wreath! Excited to be joining this holiday hop with you. Merry Christmas! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  9. Katie I loved your bell wreath! I just recently found a huge bag of jingle bells at the thrift store and have been using them to decorate my presents. Your kitchen is absolutely beautiful and I love the old world Christmas charm that you've added. I'm so excited to be joining you on this blog hop!
    Merry Christmas!

  10. Katie, your kitchen looks fabulous. I love the wreath with the bells. They sure shined up pretty. I will have to try the polish you used. I was going to clean my tea set on the mantle but didn't get to it. It will be fun to see what is under all that grunge. The old world Christmas that you added looks perfect and pretty..Merry Christmas..Judy

  11. I am in love with that wreath!!! It is soooo cute!! Your home is gorgeous!! Loving every detail!
    ~Emily @

  12. Your bells are beautiful.

    As I looked for inspiration for this post, I kept seeing bells in posts and blog. I ordered a variety of bells online and hope they arrive soon.

  13. Love your fresh, white kitchen! It's perfect with the crisp blue and white theme. I am envying your backsplash-marble subway tile is on my bucket list. Love your vintage chairs, too. The old wood really brings warmth to the space. All so pretty, decorated for Christmas!

  14. Love the bells -Last month I stuck my 35 year old sleigh bells on my wreath this year- must have picked up the bell memo

  15. I love seeing how you incorporated bells into your holiday world. It's such fun -- and like you, I'm wild about Christmas music. Just can't get enough!

  16. Katie,
    Love your bells from (yes, indeed) the 70's!
    Like you, I love to see brass ( and silver) polished!
    The blue and white within your Kitchen is delightful.
    Bells will be ringing this Christmas!
    Merry Christmas!
    P.S. Thanks for stopping by with your sweet comment!

  17. Katie this is an absolutely charming post. You have definitely inspired me to use more blue in my Christmas decor. You have added perfect old world and Nordic inspired treasures, and it all seems so cozy. I love the advent candles.

    You cracked me up about the blueberry candy canes sounding gross. Last year I thought I was going to try using some blue this year so I picked up some of those candy canes, I just didn't get around to styling any blue Christmas vignettes. I guess there is still time!

    I love your bells!NAs you saw, I used bells too. Thanks for the tip on using Bar Keepers Friend on thrifted junk.

    The wreath is simply beautiful amd perfect in your kitchen

    Thank you so much for joining the hop! Have yourself a "merry musical" Christmas!

  18. Katie, I love the blue and white color combo! The bells and wreath are perfect! I have loved bells for years. I have some fun ones, but didn't unpack very many boxes this year. Your home is so warm and inviting! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

  19. Katie, your wreath is perfect! I love the shiny brass bells you cleaned up. I'm the polisher here in our home, and Bartender's Keep is my friend too! Your blue and white and European theme is charming. I find your home very inviting. Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays!

  20. Katie, the wreath with the bells is just darling!! I have Bar Keepers friend, but never thought to use it on brass. Thanks for the tip! Your home looks so lovely, and I love the advent wreath on your kitchen table, too. Merry Christmas!

  21. Katie, I love your wreath!! It looks so beautiful! Hope you and your family have a wonderfully blessed Christmas! Hugs!