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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Deck the halls!

Well.  Sorta.  I guess I wouldn't say that our halls are decked- per se.  We don't really have that much Christmas paraphernalia.  And this year- we didn't even get out all that do we have.  It's just the season we're in right now, I guess.  I definitely wanted to get enough decorations out to make it merry and bright...but I wanted the least amount of work.  :)

I did get around to decorating our mantle this year and I kind of like it.   I do think it's missing something, but it hasn't come to me yet?

My favorite thing is this Christmas tree subway art.  I love this verse from Isaiah...prophesying the coming of the Messiah over 500 years before Jesus' birth.

 I made this Burlap Bubble Christmas tree last year and wasn't quite sure what to do with it this year.  But it ended up back on the mantle.  :)

 And this nutcracker.  My dear friend, Amy, got this for me and Geoff our first Christmas we were married and I love it.  So does Parker...except she wants to play with it and I do not let her because I want it to actually last!

And our stockings.  I love our stockings.  I ordered them from Pottery Barn the Christmas before Grace was born knowing that these would be our stockings forever (or at least for a long while).  And wouldn't you know- they no longer have these.  And with the addition of baby boy next year...that leaves me with a problem.  I did get a stocking pattern last year that I never I'm thinking about making our stockings for next year.  We'll see!

In years past...I've always displayed our Christmas cards along our mantle.  I knew I wanted to do something this year...and after making this frame for displaying our instagram photos...I knew this would be the perfect thing.  It's hanging in our kitchen so we're able to enjoy them more this way.

We have 2 Nativity sets....this Little People one....

and this one that I bought back in college.  Parker arranged both scenes herself.  ;)

And this is our Christmas tree.  So we decided to actually go to a tree farm and cut our own this year.  And while it was a good experience making lasting memories....I do not think we will be doing it again.  This tree isn't the prettiest tree.  ;)  We only put up maybe 25% of our ornaments because it was hard to find branches that are strong enough to hold the ornaments.  The good thing is...I put on lots of lights.... which I think helps!

 I took a strand of lights, strips of Christmas fabric, and tied them around the lights.  Its really cute with the lights both on and off.  I did this last year and got the idea from The Vanilla Tulip but I can't find the link.

We didn't really do much on the outside either.  One day, one day.

Another new addition this year is this mesh wreath.  I looked up DIY Christmas wreaths on pinterest for inspiration...and came across this one.  She has a wonderful tutorial.  I feel like these wreaths are really big...even a little over the top.  A little different than what I usually go for.  But for whatever reason- I am loving these big, over-the-top wreaths right now.

I would like to add a little something to the center of this wreath like in the tutorial, but this is as far as I got and I'm happy enough with this.  I think I see more mesh wreaths in my future.

 And that's about it!  Hoping to get some pictures of the girls tomorrow for our Christmas cards.  I realized just a few weeks ago that we didn't send one out last year, so I really want to this year.  And I wanted to do a family picture, but it's just not going to happen.  So I'll settle for our sweet girls instead.


Linking up to Kelly's Korner- Christmas Tour of Homes


Elenie Counts said...

Stopping by from Kelly's. So pretty! I love the Little People nativity and the wreath on your front door. :) Great job!

Alphabet Soup Momma said...

Beautiful decor! I just love the red burlap tree. And I love that your stockings say Mommy and Daddy - precious!

Sarah said...

Everything looks so pretty. Your mantle is lovely. Could you drape some red/gold beads over the mirror? Or, make something to put around it with fabric and in your wreath? You seem to be very crafty and I think something around the mirror would accent all the great items. I LOVE your stockings and the Subway art, too! Merry Christmas!

Claire said...

I love your burlap tree, and your wreath. What beautiful decorations!

Anonymous said...

I really like the splashes of red on the mantel!

Natasha said...

I love your fabric wrapped light!

Anonymous said...

Found your stocking on ebay =)

Unknown said...

I love it all! Very simple and clean and cheery :). I really like the card holder - very creative!! And, the mantle looks wonderful!

The Howards said...

Your decorations look great. I know what you mean about wishing you would put out more... I do the same thing.

Jennifer said...

LOVE it!! Please tell, where'd you get your Christmas tree subway art?

Viv said...

I love all the decorations! The tree turned out great too! Love the idea about the Christmas cards!

Caitlin said...

stunning. very simple yet elegant. love all of the decorations especially the burlap tree!


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