Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Branching out for Christmas

I'm finally getting around to posting my Christmas decorating for 2015.

If you remember, I kept it very simple last year with fir trees and greens,
but this year I wanted to do the aspen trees again that I did the year before.

We have hundreds of them on our 40 acre place in Fishcreek.
We are always having to thin them out of the fence lines, and so it's nice to be
able to use the ones we cut down.

I did a very simple mantle in the living room

I did make a mistake when I put the little grove in front of the windows...
it makes it impossible to photograph  and have it appear as pretty as it is
when you are in the room, but you will get the idea.

There are actually six trees, but I couldn't get a very good photo of them this
week because of the stormy weather making the house so dark.

I have missed blogging, and hope that I can get back into the swing of it again.
It was a rough summer and fall here at the Stocking house due to illness, so I wasn't able
to be on the computer very much.
I had vertigo so bad that I wasn't able to do much of anything for months.
I would be good for a few days and then it would hit and I would be sick again.
I had visited two doctors locally, before going to Boise and seeing a specialist who
put me through a few tests to rule out the more common reasons for vertigo and found that
because of the congestion in my head from my summer and fall allergies, the pressure
in my ears was all that it was. He put me on a couple of different meds
to treat them and I have felt great since I saw him the first part of October.

Once I got my life back :)))) I could see how far I had fallen behind athome and got to
work putting my very neglected garden to bed and cleaning this poor house.

So I am happy to say that I feel as though I could actually now spend some time
blogging again. I have really missed visiting all of my favorite people and places
and hope to catch up soon.

I do have more Christmas to share, but this post is a little heavy on photos,
so I will post again soon.


Anne's Attic - Design said...

Hi June, I adore your simple beautiful Christmas decor. It is so soft and sweet very magical just like Christmas should be. Have a very Merry Christmas! xx Jo

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

I am so happy you are feeling better- and it is the nice thing about blogdom; your regular readers will be back, so taking a break isn't a big deal! : - )

As always, your pictures are amazing. You are so talented it amazes me - your trees are spectacular! Simple beautiful Christmas! ♥♥♥

Merry Christmas to you and yours, dear lady!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

The aspen trees are magical, lovely...and I love your honeycomb trees, too! So sorry to hear about the fun! I'm glad you were able to get some help with it! I Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!


Thank you so much to make me dream with your beautiful Christmas trees. No snow here in France we have a wonderful Indian summer.xoxo from PARIS.


Thank you so much to make me dream with your wonderful Christmas trees !No snow here in France we have a beautiful Indian summer! Xoxo from PARIS

Jade said...

Oh, how I looooooooove it, dear June, what a magical winter wonderland! Thank you so much for your inspiration and MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family!

With love, Jade

Bente said...

Dear June. I LOVE your trees. This is so beautiful. Glad to hear that you feel better now.
Sending a hug your way.

Barbara Lilian in France said...

So good to hear you are feeling better and getting your life back. Love the pretty style you have used for your winter decorating. Enjoy the festive season, and I send you Best Wishes & good health for the coming new year.

Daniela said...

Oh, my, I'm so sorry to read that you've spent such a sad time, vertigo are so very annoying, you should never move and always keep your eyes shut, that's not possible at all ... I do know them so well because, even if I'm still young, I suffer of cervical arthrosis for several years, after having had a car accident many years ago so, sometimes, I happen to have my neck rigid and to have vertigo so badly... fortunately it doesn't last lots of days, but during that period I'm unable to do anything, even to read it is a disturb to my stomach !

I'm so very glad that you've recovered, now, and that your life has come back to the normality !

Your Christmas decorations are so refined and tasteful, filled with light and simple, at the same time ... so very researched !
Thank you for sharing, my darling June, I'm looking forward to your next post.
Have a blessed day
Dany said...

Good Morning
Your house is decorated to pretty for Christmas* love the trees and mantel
Please I would love for you to email me. I Have had vertigo since I was 15 years old. Same was you. Email me so we can talk. I have gone through so much testing. I would love to tell you how to be off the medication completely. The meds I took made me so tired but it did take away the vertigo.
my email is
I hope to talk to you ***

Things and Thoughts said...

Dearest June, I'm so happy you feel fine again. Simple problems can cause so much trouble! Your house looks magically beautiful and I'm looking forward to see more inspiration! You created such a wonderful atmosphere all around and find very clever and very eco to give another chance to the cut branches.
All the best to you and your family,

One Shabby Old House said...

June, It's so good to have you back. I was wondering what had happened to you. I have heard how awful vertigo is. I'm sorry you had to experience that but am so happy that you are back. When you are gone I really miss you. You're my go to girl for "pretty." Your home looks beautiful as always and your photography always makes me want to take a class. Wish we lived closer as I would pull weeds for photography lesson. lol Have a Merry Christmas my friend and stay well.

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Your branches are beautiful! So glad to hear you're feeling better and that it was just the allergies causing the vertigo. I have a friend who suffers from it. Looking forward to seeing more of Christmas in your home!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I am so glad to hear that your vertigo is gone, bless your heart.

I love your trees and your mantle. Looking at your mantle made me want to cry for some reason. Maybe the subtleness and the soft colors and the simple, sweet look. You have a gift for decorating.

Happy Christmas holidays to you ~ FlowerLady

Katherine said...

Glad to hear that simple meds cleared your problem and it wasn't something bigger. I went through something very similar last year and was so relieved when they said it was just a sinus infection.
The house and decorations look gorgeous - as always. You have an incredible eye - both with creating vignettes and capturing the images. I pinned an image of your tree's months ago. The picture of them lined up near the white wall - looking so magical. It is the most pinned image I have - seriously. Just beautiful.

Hoping you have a healthy and joyous Christmas.


Unknown said...

I´m very happy to hear that you´re feeling good again <3.Your christmas decoration looks magical...I love how you decorated those trees.I´d wish I had great ideas like you ;)The room looks so enchanting.I wish you and your loved ones a very happy christmas.
Warm hugs,

Ivelina said...

Thank you for the lovely and inspirational Christmas! You are so wonderful, as always! Your pictures have a heart and feelings. You speak through them and make me happy.
Merry Christmas!

sandi s said...

I'm so glad your feeling better. I suffered from vertigo this last year also and it is not fun. I love all your pictures, they are so beautiful ! Merry Christmas. Hugs,

Claudia said...

Happy to hear you're feeling better, June!

Lovely, lovely decorations.


Diane said...

I'm so glad you're back on track, June. I've missed you. Your Christmas house is different and beautiful. Diane

My name is Riet said...

Hi Dear June, So glad to see you again and that you are feeling Healthy again. Your post with the beautiful photo,s is stunning. I wish you a wonderful Cjristmas.
Hugs from Riet.

PS come on my latest blog post and meet my family. ☺️

Dorthe said...

Hello, dear June, and welsome back, I`m happy for you, you are feeling good again, Vertigo is so awfull, and makes your life miserable ,in not being able to do anything much !!
Your christmas dressed room is amazing with all the Aspen trees you pulled inside, and decked with silvery ornaments, and also your white paper trees are so lovely .
Thank you for a visit to your magic winter world, take care, dear.
Hugs, Dorthe

Victorian1885 said...

Absolutely stunning Dear June! Magazine worthy for sure again this year...
I am so glad you finally got feeling better... always a worry...
My love of mercury decorations grows every year... I just love the little ones on your tree.
Have a wonderful Christmas Season filled with Love..Laughter..and great family times. I look forward to following you again in the new year.
Love & Hugs..

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I'm so sorry to hear that you have not been well, but so glad you are feeling good again! Your little grove of aspens is gorgeous. What an inspired idea! Happy holidays!

Susan Shull said...

Hello, June! Thank you for the glimpse into your dreamy world. So sorry you have been ill, but thankful you are back to your creative self. I wish you the merriest Christmas ever and that you feel God's love for you in all His new ways of showing us!

Dorthe said...

Hello dear, getting a message that my commenting on your blog failed, ?? I don`t know what happens, as this is the third time ,I experience this, writing to try sending on your email, it this fails again.
Loving greetings from Dorthe

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

June, I am glad you are feeling better. Vertigo is no fun at all!

I love, love, love the trees and the simplicity of the branches and
ornaments. I bet it's stunning at night with all of the strands of lights.
Your beautiful home is one of my favorites!

Merry Christmas to you and yours,


christelle said...

It is so beautiful, filled with charm and with enchantment.
I like this universe which looks like the wonderful world.

Victoria said...

Ahhhh, I remember you doing this last year! I'm pretty sure I pinned it:) It looks amazing, like a winter wonderland right inside your home! Your grandkids must love coming over and seeing this:) Your mantel is so gorgeous, I love the gold metal twisty thing...sorry, don't know what to call it but looks like little gold leaves on a vine, just lovely!

Ugh, sorry to hear you had vertigo. My FIL had it a couple of years ago, my MIL ended up calling 911 because he couldn't walk. I also had a friend who had some years ago and was out of commission for 6 weeks, she said it was horrible! I'm glad you're feeling better! Hugs!!!

oldgreymareprimitives said...

Hello dear friend! Happy to see you. As a fellow vertigo victim I am so sorry you went thru this. I used to lie down and cling to the edge of the bed / couch as if it was rolling upon a violent sea.
The forest of trees is gorgeous once more, I can imagine in the evening how spectacular it all is.
Merry merry to you and yours sweetie.
much love

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Simply beautiful and stunning. I'm so glad to see your Christmas post and I'm sorry to hear that you have been having health problems. Glad you are on the mend.

Merry Christmas hugs,

chateau chic said...

Your home is always stunning, June, no matter what the season or holiday! Very inspirational!! So glad you're on the mend and trust you have a wonderful Christmas with your family.
Mary Alice

joanne said...

beautiful as always! I love the look of the bare aspens and think I may try that next year. Can I come and cut some down?? Vertigo has been the bane of my life since March, I have taken a few rides to the ER with it being so debilitating that I can't do anything but lay in bed motionless. They have no idea why so all the really bad things have been ruled out. I have a constant ringing in my ears now and my hearing is affected, any kind of stress sets of the unbearable dizziness. I am so very sorry to see that you have had trouble with it also. So very strange that I know several people going through the same...
I hope you are feeling better, that Landon is well and ready for Christmas. Take care sweet lady, I really miss you.

Ian's Girl said...

Your home is almost as lovely as the lady who lives there! It is truly beautiful in its Christmas finery.

I'm so glad you're over your vertigo; I had vestibular neuritis for two years and had to learn how to walk again once I finally got over it, so I understand how awful it is.

Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family!

Sheila said...

Your decorations are awesome! Glad you are better & looking forward to your posts. Merry Christmas!

Cheryl said...

Absolutely it!

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

I'm sorry that you had such a tough time, dear June. I'm glad that you are feeling better now and that you can enjoy the Christmas time. Your home looks just magical. I absolutely LOVE those trees and your silver and glittering decorations. It's the most gorgeous indoors winter wonderland.
Sending hugs and love,

Anonymous said...

Oh, I am flabbergasted!! So beautiful, its a fairy-tail-setting.
My family likes a common green tree, but I am in love with these branches and these decorations in it. Wow!
Much lovely greetings and wishing you and your family a great Christmas!!
Hugs Peetje.

Anne said...

Dear June .
So good to hear you are feeling better .
Your Christmas decorations look gorgeous .. absolutely beautiful ...
Your home look just magical ... Love it !
Hugs from Anne

sophie said...

Un Noël féerique !
Quelle jolie décoration !
Joyeux Noël
Amitié de France

Mantelilaakson Susanna said...

Just so, so beautiful photos!!
Gentle and charming!
You really have a talent to see all the lovely details!

I wish you Merry and Happy Christmas holidays with your lovely family!
Let the Angels be with you!

Robin Johnson said...

***sigh*** Too Pretty For Words!!!!!

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

I cannot imagine it being any prettier than your photos, June. It's magical.

I am glad to hear you are feeling better. My poor little house is in need of a deep cleaning, but Hubby doesn't DO deep cleaning, so it will have to wait a little longer until I'm stronger. ;)

I'm glad you will be able to blog more. Whenever I see a new post from you, my heart jumps for joy.

Much love,

Susie said...

Merry Christmas June. I love your little trees. I am thinking of having my Teddy bear make me some for the porch next year. So sweet. Your honeycomb trees are the same as the ones I put on my mantle. I just love those too. I did not stick mine together..I placed a bobbie pin at the bottoms to hold them together. ;):)
My Ted had a bout of vertigo..the dr. showed him exercises to do and it worked. I was thrilled and so was Ted. I hope you are well and enjoying things now. Blessings to you and yours, hug Landon for me. xoxo,Susie

Ricki Treleaven said...

June, your mantel is so pretty….although it's simple, it's simply breathtaking. I love your trees, too. I hope you and yours have a Blessed Christmas!

Ricki Jill

DD's Cottage said...

So glad you are back-definitely missed! LOVE and am swooning over your serene home!

Jennifer said...

I am glad that you are feeling better. Thankfully it was something that some medicine could easily cure. I love your forest of branches and silvery decorations. The mantle display is also really charming. I hope that you and your entire family have a wonderful holiday.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi dear June. I'm so happy to see your post come through. Sorry you have been so sick. I have a friend who suffers from the inner ear too so I have heard how horrible it is. Glad you are feeling more like yourself. Your Christmas display is absolutely beautiful, but I would not even expect otherwise! So delicate and charming. Keep feeling better and have a very Merry Christmas with your family..Judy

Krissu said...

Ahh. simple beauty! Heart-warming. Blessings! and wonderful Christmastime!

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

I am so sorry to read that you have been taken aback by vertigo June. Did you know it affects more women than men, but at least they have found the cause and a remedy.

The beauty of your home has not skipped a beat though since you have been abed.The gathering of sparkling trees are breathless just like an enchanted forest.

They would not do well in my home though, the kitties would have their delicate bobbles strewn about. I will enjoy and admire yours though instead.
take care my dear.

Susan xx

{oc cottage} said...

oh my! it is is raining...and i am so menopausal...therefore i am all teary here...reading your post! ;} it made me look back at all your Christmas posts and SERIOUSLY...each of your post is better than any magazine published today! your camera really tells a story...and your words are the perfect complement! so, i'm just going to wish you THE merriest Christmas and then grab a tissue before i poor over older posts and wish i lived in idaho! ;}


BIG hugs from here!{the state that even Jesus have given up on!}

m ^..^

Ingrid said...

Hello June,I am glad you are better!just say that I love your Christmas beautiful....enjoy the beautiful time of the year...x

Home and Lifestyle said...

Dear June, I am happy you are back again...because it's always a great pleasure to read your post and to enjoy your wonderful pictures. I am just waiting for your next post ;-).

Sending hugs, Ingrid

Burlap Luxe said...

Oh June i am late, but so happy to see you have posted... I did some twigs this year not like I did last year but best year it's an abundance of bare trees again for me after this amazing visit.
Your hundred acre woods here is like a story book Christmas, and I adore every inch of it.
Wishing you wellness this season and looking forward to your next post.

My post before this new one is a post where all in my decor was of salvage, everything reimage does and salvaged.
You really inspire a bare tree like none other out there.

Un Joyeux Noël


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Hi June! I have been following your blog for years now. I am still in awe of your talent and eye for design.
Thank you for inspiring me many times over.
I hope you are feeling better very soon.
Merry Christmas.

suziqu's thread works said...

Dear June
I am so thrilled that you have found that magic in your heart and hands again to enjoy decorating for Christmas once again. Even though your inspiration went on a forced holiday for a little while there you have certainly made up for it all now. I can feel your enthusiasm returning here June filling your home with such an amazing Winter Wonderland! Your aspens are perfect and so beautifully decorated in silver and gold. I have created a very small vignette in similar shades using some tea tree branches. I adore simple with emphasis on nature and peace and that is what I feel when I look at your beautiful images.
I am so happy for you Jean that you have found your stride again and that you can now enjoy a Beautiful Christmas full of blessings with your family.
Much love and many warm hugs sweet friend,

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Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I love the natural look of your trees. If I did that here, people would think I was crazy. Granted, I do have twig branches I've put into vases and I do hang things off of them year round. Glad to hear you are feeling better. Happy holidays! Tammy

Geli said...

Dear June!
I wish you a very merry Christmas with your family!
It's so dreamy in your home!
With love,

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Oh June, I had no idea. I have missed your gorgeous posts and I decided to stop by just to say hello and read about your Vertigo. How awful but I am glad that you got the help you needed it. I hope you are feeling much better by now.

Your Christmas photos are enchanting as always. I do hope that you had a wonderful Christmas sweet friend. I also wish you lots of health and blessings for the new year.

Love your gorgeous home June.


Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Oh, my goodness June! I am so sorry to hear that you have been ill with vertigo and for so long of a time. I have had it and its no fun. Bless your sweet heart! I hope it never comes back! Sending lots of loves and hugs! xoxoxoxoxo

Frannie Fimbres said...

I have missed your sweet blogging. So sorry for the reasons. Love and prayers will be lifted for you and your family. I adore your blogging - it inspires me to be a more kind, loving & creative person. I have a son named Landon, so you are always close to my heart. May the New Year bring abundant blessings and good health! hugs