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December 12, 2019

2nd Christmas Tree and Kitchen Dining

I went heavy with the black and white check this year. Kind of MacKenzie Child's-esque!

 I fell for all the elves I've been seeing at the stores and picked this one up at Hobby Lobby.

 I also found a tree topper at Hobby Lobby with the same black and white check.  Love it!

 Some evening shots...

 Isn't he cute!

 On the chest I have a Santa and his sleigh with a Nutcracker standing by.  

 This nutcracker has been around for a long time.  He's a Steinbach (from Germany) nutcracker that I found at T.J. Maxx many years ago.

 The table topper is a MacKenzie Child's piece I picked up several years back on their after season sales.  It's actually made for a square table, but I pinned up the sides and made it work!

 Off to the right is the kitchen dining area.  I have a lineup of Nutcrackers and trees.

 The red runner was a find while visiting Frankenmuth, Michigan.  They have such neat stores there!

 I swapped out my floral center arrangement and put together this centerpiece.  

I found the Tartan plaid and wood tray at JoAnn's.  Again the black and white checked pieces were from Hobby Lobby and so were the nutcrackers.

 My amaryllis is blooming away.  Notice the snow outside?  We're currently at about 10ยบ outside and getting snow.  It's a bitter day, one to spend indoors!

 Happy Holidays!


  1. Liz, So many pretty decorations. I love the black/white ribbon. I can see it cold there, so please stay warm and safe. Blessings for a Merry Christmas. xoxo, Susie

  2. I love the black and white in your tree. Looks gorgeous. You can keep that snow up by you thank you!!!! We have had a little bit yesterday but nothing big. It is just dreary and cold. Ugh how many months before June! Have a good day.

  3. Liz,
    I become "liken to a child" at Christmas. . .
    and I love the whimsy of your Mackenzie Childs inspired Christmas Tree!
    Great collection of Nutcrackers!
    Merry Christmas!

  4. Very nice MK style tree, Liz. Pretty tree topper! I love the size of this tree as it appears to be slim. Your nutcrackers look so charming on your chest. The white amaryllis is gorgeous. Merry decorating, Liz!

  5. Love the unique tree topper. Happy holidays Liz!

  6. Liz, your tree is gorgeous and I love the elf and the tree topper. I also adore nutcrackers and your vignettes are just lovely! Wishing you a most joyous Christmas season!

  7. What a happy setting! This trees with its checks and elves just makes me smile. It's so cheerful!

  8. Liz, what a wonderful look for your second tree. Love the black and white check. You found some cool check ornaments at Hobby Lobby. A pretty vignette to enjoy. Your house looks lovely and so festive. Merry Christmas.

  9. Hi Liz! Oh, your tree is lovely! I love how you've decorated it. I've been seeing a lot of the black and white buffalo check this year. Your little nutcrackers are so cute too! Thanks for popping in to see me and Merry Christmas, friend!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  10. I love all of the black and white buffalo check! You have so many sweet little vignettes throughout your home! It is always a pleasure to stop by! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  11. Liz, I sure hope you are a winner of the new tote! This tree is perfect - you don't have to add much to make it a fun MC type tree!

  12. Liz, your tree is beautiful. Of couurse, I like all the black and white check. I enjoyed seeing your nutcrackers. I've started to add in more nutcrackers recently. I gave all of my nutcrackers to a niece decades ago.


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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