I Will Honour Christmas In My Heart

I will honour Christmas in my heart,
and try to keep it all the year.
I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future.
The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me.
I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!

~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol



Christmas is my favorite Holiday and my favorite time of year!

I go all out decorating our small townhouse for all Holidays but especially Christmas!

Every room in our home has a different Christmas Theme and Color Scheme!!

I prove that you do not have to live in a large home to have several Trees, over 20 in all shapes and sizes!!

The majority of my Christmas decorations are placed in the same spot every year and I know that this is not what most Decorator's care for but it is like seeing old friends again when I decorate each year for Christmas.......

I do try to add a few new things and change up things a bit but for the most part, these decorations are part of my Christmas traditions and I will not change them until I can no longer decorate like I do......

This blog is dedicated to All Things Christmas!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Today, I want to share with you the home of a dear friend, Rose Marie.

To honor this wonderful woman, I thought I would share her home decorated at Christmas. These pictures were taken in 2009.....

Rose Marie was missing this weekend when I had my Fall Get Together for friends and family.
Click HERE if you missed the post...

Rose Marie was diagnosed with Breast Cancer over 20 years ago and has been fighting against it ever since.

Her husband Joe has always been by her side. In fact, Joe and Rose Marie remind me a lot of my parents in the fact that they do everything together.....

And he is by her side now, taking care of her....

Rose Marie has made Victorian crafts and hats for many years and this is how I first met her. The name of her business is Victorian Rose and is quite fitting.

This is Rose Marie at an event we attended at the Stegmaier Mansion a few years ago.

She is truly a beautiful woman, inside and out.

I am asking for your prayers for my dear friend, who is in desperate need of them. On top of receiving chemo and radiation for metastasis, she has been diagnosed with Polymyalgia Rheumatica which is a disease that causes muscle pain and fatigue.
She can barely get out of bed these days.....

Update on December 7, 2011-
Rose Marie passed away on December 6th, quietly in her sleep. She LOVED Christmas so I guess it is only fitting that she passed away on the Catholic Feast Day of Saint Nicholas.
She will celebrate this Christmas in heaven......

Up to 2 years ago, in her 70's, she still decorated her home with 5 Christmas Trees.

You can see she is a woman after my own heart.

Her style is French Provincial and Victorian.

This is the Fireplace in her Living Room...

Her many dolls.....

A beautiful tree beside the fireplace....

A beautiful musical vignette on a chair....

One of the hats and capes that she creates....

Another tree on a table in the corner of the Living Room....

I have those same rose lights.....

This tree has many ornaments from Rose Marie's childhood...


Is there anything better than dolls and bears!!

The cabinet below.....

This tree is in the hall way as you enter the Sitting Room.....

Looking back into the Living Room from the hall way....

Don't you just love that chandy.....
After seeing this, I decided to add shades to mine....

Tea Pots on a shelf in the Sitting Room....

Christmas village in the Sitting Room....

Another Tree in the Sitting Room....

Mannequin in the Bedroom.....

Some of the many hats that Rose Marie made.....

Her doll carriage with her childhood dolls.....

On her dresser on the far right is one of her creations....

She is a true Victorian Rose , is she not????

Another one of her hats....

Rose Marie and Joe are Members of our Victorian group...

Here we are at one of the signings at Barnes and Nobles when Joe Matteo and the Stegmaier Mansion was featured in Victorian Homes magazine..

Rose Marie, me, Carol and Anne Marie...

Here we are 2 years ago at Sugar's Tea Room for Christmas Tea...

Carol, Amy, Lisa, Rose Marie and me....

Me , Anne Marie and Rose Marie at Sugar's.....

And that is Rose Marie on the left when we had the honor of decorating the Stegmaier mansion for Christmas last year.....

Rose Marie is one of the most elegant women I know.
Please keep her is your prayers.....

We miss her so much!!!

This is one of my finds at the half price sale at Volunteer's of America.

This pretty tree skirt will look pretty in my Guest Room and was $4.99 and then Half off.

And I had to show you this.....

A Tea Pot Cozy made and gifted to me by one of my friends, Sue.

Isn't it sweet??
I am a vendor at a Craft Fair this weekend and working at the hospital so it may take a bit of time to visit all of you....

Next week, I will try to get everything set for the " Show me your Tree" Party!

Thanks so much for your overwhelming response in regards to holding this type of party.......

I am linking up to :

Pink Saturday

Seasonal Sunday

Amaze ME Monday

Masterpiece Monday

Mod Mix Monday

Table Top Tuesday

Wow Us Wednesday


Open House Party Thursday

Vintage Thingie Thursday

Potpourri Friday

Show and Tell Friday

Vintage Inspiration Friday

Home Sweet Home Friday

Deck The Halls Friday

Thanks for stopping by today and every day that you visit me!!



  1. Hello my dear friend! Big prayers for your sweet Rose Marie, my heart goes out to you and her family. Her Christmas and hats are just the prettiest!

  2. I love what you shared with the tea cozy and the shirt..my goodness. I've already started to pray for your beautiful friend Rose Marie...When you have a chance Debbie, drop by Free Spirit Haven and go to Fearless Friday to leave a request for others to join you in prayer for her...This way they can come here to read all about her also..have a face to the name for the prayer they will lift up to the throne of God's...((hugs))

  3. Debbie, your dear friend is in my prayers. Love all the pretty pictures. If you don't hear from me, I have pc problems. Hopefully I will be online the week after next. Take care! Love ang hugs!

  4. Hi Debbie, thank you for introducing us to your lovely friend. I will certainly pray for her health and her husband. Tell her how much we enjoyed seeing her pretty home.
    xo, Jennifer

  5. Hello Debbie, Happy Pink Saturday! Love your pink post this week! What beautiful decorations.
    Hugs, Shirl
    Shirls Rose Cottage

  6. What a lovely friend you have! And she in turn, is sooo lucky to have YOU! I will certainly include her in my prayers tonight. Her home is just stunning. I can see why ya'll are attracted to each other ~ exact same style of decorating. May this be her best Christmas ever!

    Happy PS!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  7. Thanks for sharing your wonderful post! And friends.Joann

  8. Debbie my heart just breaks reading your post. I will add your friend to my prayer list.

    Her home and decorations are just beautiful. And her hats are totally awesome. I so wish that I had lived in the Victorian era.

    I drove by a home in Adrian a few weeks ago built by my ancestors in the mid 1800's. It was for sale. Oh how I wish I could buy it and have it back in the family. It has been kept in the original state on the inside. I can just see celebrating Christmas Holidays in it.


  9. Hi Debbie! I'm saying a prayer for your dear friend. What gorgeous snaps and I would have thought you had done all of the decorating as her decorating looks just like yours!:)
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  10. Debbie

    You need to only ask for prayer and know that I will do it.

    I'm so excited that you're already decorating. My family would flip if I started this early - they barely put up with me counting down and talking about it:)

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  11. Dear Debbie,
    My prayers go out to your friend, Rose Marie. She is so blessed to have her husband by her side through all of this. God bless her! I love her trees and teapots, dolls, and bears. I especially like the tree with the pink roses on it. Love the tea cozy too; lovely gift! Thanks for sharing.


  12. Beautiful pics. I will remember her in prayer. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  13. A wonderful post on your friend and her life. May she continue to be blessed with her health. You both are ladies with the most beautiful things ever.

  14. May your friend be blessed with special healing.


    A day filled with scarlet, they say,
    Can make the sad heart skip and play;
    For where red abides,
    A little bird hides
    And sings every worry away.

    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Little Red Weed

  15. I'm so glad you shared her lovely Christmas decor. Please let her know how delighted we are to see her treasures.

  16. Fantastic decor, very pretty. I will be thinking about your friend and her family. That is not an easy thing to have and fight. Blessings going her way. What a great friend you are Debbie!! A real treasure. Happy VTT!

  17. Prayers of healing for your beautiful Victorian Rose friend. Her hats that she makes are incredibly lovely.

  18. She has a beautiful home. Prayers for her recovery. Thanks for showing us her home. Thank you for linking up with Home Sweet Home!


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