The Great Outdoors.

The linky feature for At the Picket Fence is doors and porches

When I think of Christmas, one of the things that crosses my mind is snow capped covered mountains.  My family has such a love for the outdoors.

I have so much fun decorating our porch with an outdoor theme.


This black drop leaf table holds a mixture of pine boughs I clipped from my FIL’S yard,  It once belonged to his parents.


My large lantern filled with pinecones, a white pumpkin saved from Fall, a crystal  garland, dried hydrangeas, rose hips, and three jumbo bells complete the vignette.


Hubby and I no longer ski.  Probably because we feel about as old as these ski’s look. lol! Actually haven’t skied since college days.  Couldn’t afford it as newlyweds.


I am mad for tartan plaids!  Thermos and coolers all ready to serve up some hot chocolate.


One never knows when they might need a bit of tape.



Old ice skates are so fun to decorate with.  Look at this darling child’s pair I bought in WI.  They say Lake Placid on them.  The red leggings I bought at an estate sale for $1.50




Hubby and I do like to snowshoe.  Only made it out once last winter.  So fun, we need to go more often.




The red lantern once belonged to my FIL.


Silvery houses light up at night.









Wish I would’ve taken a picture of our home with the lights on.

Houses all lit up at Christmas time are so magical.  Especially in the eyes of a child.  I took my 22 month old grandson for a ride to see the lights.  He would excitedly say, “I see it, I see it”.  And then I’d hear, “WOW”!  I don’t know who enjoyed it more, him or me.

What a wonderful season!


I will be sharing my porch with:

The Polohouse for the Tartan Parade

Sue from It's a Very Cherry World for Rednesday

Very Merry Vintage Style for Share the Love Wednesday

A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday

At The Picket Fence for Block Party Doors and Porches

Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Christmas



ThreeOldKeys said...

Wow. will you please come and decorate my house ... it's all so beautiful !!!

The Cranky Queen said...

I adore your "lodgey" Christmas fav are the wooden skis and plaid thermos...Thanx for sharing. Tiffany

LV said...

Your porch is so pretty. I do not have anything in the house let along on a porch. Great job.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love your porch and outside decorations. I think I will be looking for plaid thermoses during the coming year! hugs, Linda

Sandie said...

It is all just perfect! I love to see decorated porches. Thanks for sharing it with us! Sandie

~~Carol~~ said...

Oh Jann, I just love your's so charming! I'm crazy about those plaid thermoses and I'm drooling over those skis. I've been trying to find a nice pair of wooden ones for our porch, but all I see are the fiberglass ones. Not pretty enough for the porch!
Happy REDnesday,

Kris said...

LOve it...all of it!

Cindy@OldTimePickers said...

Wow! Your porch is so fun and festive!

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Jann,

Love your Winter porch!
Everything says SNOW is so much fun...
The black drop leaf table is gorgeous right by the door! The old skates with the red laces are perfect!
All the Best,

Gen said...

Good to meet you Jann. Thanks for stopping by my blog at Simply Cornish and becoming a follower. I so appreciate that. Your porch is amazing! You certainly are a gifted decorator. Looking forward to spending more time on your blog.

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Such clever and inviting little vignettes. Those thermos bottles really take me back!

Shannon said...


Debra @ Common Ground said...

Hey Jann, your porch is wonderful! It looks so welcoming and I love all the vintage goodies out there. Now, I'd never have known about your thermos, it still looks great! Be sure and link this post up tomorrow on VIF, it's perfect! xoxo

Pat said...

Such beautiful and interesting vignettes! My favorite is the ice skates on the door.

Ann said...

Exquisite outdoor vignettes. I'm a sucker for Thermos and the Scotch plaid are perfect for this time of year. said...

Love all the vignettes. That's how I like to decorate too. I'm especially drawn to the ice skates and the plaid thermoses. Merry Wednesday!

Cottage and Broome said...

Love your vintage snowshoes, skis, sled and skates you put them all to good use. Oh I forgot the tartan plaid items, I have one of the coolers, love those too! Will be your newest follower, hope you will stop by, Laura - Cottage and Broome

Olive Cooper said...

All your vintage touches like the plaid thermos bottles are adorable. You have a lovely style. Happy Christmas ♥ Olive

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

The ice skates with those stunning red laces caught my eye!


Sing a song of scarlet—
Red on Christmas morn!
Sing a song of scarlet—
Blue is so forlorn!
Sing a song of scarlet—
Red for girls and boys!
Sing a song of scarlet—
Look at all those toys!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Red Leaf and Red Mary

Anonymous said...

Love your decorated porch !!

Bohemian said...

What a great Rustic Christmas! Love the Vintage Plaid Thermos Collection... and your Porch looks so Inviting and Lovely!

Christmas Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

very merry vintage style said...

Great porch! You have so many interesting vignettes there. The tartan plaid is so pretty! Thanks so much for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday; hope you'll be back this week!

Sarah said...

Thanks for linking and joining the Tartan Parade. This is a fun post. I adore the images of the plaid thermos collection. I only have one, but am always looking for more. Need to find one of those tape dispensers. It's great! ~ Sarah

vignette design said...

Thank you for joining the Tartan Parade. Your plaid thermos collection is perfect for a cold winter day! Love how you incorporated it into your porch holiday vignette. ~Delores

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

I love your plaid accents on your holiday porch!
Love how you added the skis and snowshoes and all the extra layers.

Thanks for joining the Tartan Parade!

Babs said...

Great plaid thermos collection. I can just imagine them filled with hot chocolate. I also like your red and black checked bows (Rob Roy tartan). Thanks for sharing your great decorations and Happy Tartan Day!