Thursday, December 16, 2010

My Holiday Home

Welcome to my home.  Come on in! Have a look around and make yourself at home.

The reason for the season- our nativity sets.  I've had the bear set on the cake plate since I graduated from high school.  I love the Little People set for the kids to play with.  I push the angel every time I walk by so I can hear it sing "Away in a Manger."

Our Holiday fun list is written on the chalkboard doors in the dining area.  So far we have completed
  • build a snowman
  • make gingerbread houses
  • visit Santa
  • buy our yearly tree ornaments

2 Santa's to keep you company while you wash your hands

even the restroom has a few decorations.

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope each and everyone of you has a VERY Merry Christmas!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

stocking ornament

Remember my mantle with the stockings back in this post

I had a request for a tutorial for the ornaments.  It's super easy!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

teacher gifts

Teacher gifts are hard!  Last year I was pretty close to my sons teacher and he told me that they get so much stuff for Christmas.  And how many times have you been to the thrift store and seen a bunch of teacher ornaments and mugs?  So what do you get the person that spends over 30 hours a week with and cares for/about your child? 

This year I went with chocolate.  I mean who doesn't love a bar of chocolate!!! (Don't ya love my craftin table- with pen, marker and glue all over it?)

Especially a festive bar of chocolate!!

It's super easy to do.  At first I used cardstock and cute patterend paper.  But the cardstock was pretty hard to work with.  I had to mark and score all the folds- it was a pain!

Then I tried using white copy paper and wrapping paper.  Much easier!  The measurements are: 
  • bottom piece - 9 inches x 6 inches
  •  top piece - 9 inches x 5.5 inches
  • I also used about 12 inches of ribbon or trim to tie around each bar
For the gift tags, I dusted off some stamps.  The "to from" is from the $1 bin at Michaels.  The fancy note is from Stampin Up!

And there ya have it!  Inexpensive and easy!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree

Since red is my favorite color- and I'm the one doing the decorating- we have used red, white and green in our tree for the past few years.  
This year I added these large candycanes.  Super simple to make- I took large pipecleaners (from Hobby Lobby) simply wound them around each other and bent one end.  I LOVE them sticking out of the top of the tree with the red and green picks.

The garland is a premade red and white pom pom garland- purchased at Walmart many years ago. 

We buy new ornaments every year to represent what we did that year.  Here you can see some from years past- soccer and video games for my son and my angel ornament from my childhood almost 20 years ago.  (makes me feel old!)

One can't live in Nashville without having an ornament from the Grand Ole Opry!
Everyone's names are represented with glittered initials.
Here is the entire thing!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas card holder

I LOVE getting Christmas cards!  But what do you do with all those cute cards we receive from our friends and family? Display them on a ribbon card holder! 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Red and silver

Some change their Christmas decoration theme every year. But I just can't! I've done red, white and silver for quite a few years now and I love it just as much as I did the first year. To me, red and white just mean Christmas! I love, LOVE, l o v e the color red! This shelf area is one of my favorite to decorate!

I built the hanging door knob shelf when we first moved into this house. The JOY letters are paper mache from Hobby Lobby. The black candle holder is made out of an unfinished wooden candle stick and wooden circle glued together then spray painted. The manger block was made last year from a cut down 2x4 and vinyl from Say it On the Wall. The Season's Greetings canvas on the other side is from Home Goods.

The glittery snowman is from Target clearance last year. Love that! The candles are just cream colored with polka dot ribbon wrapped around them, set on silver candle sticks from around the house. The box is paper mache that I decoupaged paper onto. And of course there has to be an apothecary jar full of ornaments!

No holiday is complete without jars of treats! See that strip of red ribbon? That's our Christmas card holder. A post is coming about it.

I'm linking up to Rhoda's Christmas Vignette Party