a few christmas things

paperwhites & amaryllis

Let's talk Christmas for a minute. I love Christmas. And everything that goes with it. I know I'm not the only one who has a mile long list of fun holiday things I want to do in the next six weeks. Everything from baking goodies to Christmas projects to throwing parties to seeing the lights to spending time with loved ones to just sitting and enjoying my tree, I could on and on. And the truth is, I never get to everything on my list. There simply … [Read more...]

christmas entry table

christmas entry table

  There's nothing like a festive entry table to welcome holiday guests. My entry table is full of sparkling merriment!   I filled glass vases with ornaments I already had. I think Christmas needs more disco balls. They're so sparkly and fun!       I made a giant snow globe for the display. You can see all the fun details for the snow globes here.     You've … [Read more...]

dollar store garland wreath

tinsel garland wreath

  I really love a sparkling holiday wreath. And I really really love when I can make one for less than $15.00! So I was at the dollar store (The Dollar Tree to be exact) and I spotted this fantastic silver tinsel garland. Almost immediately I thought it'd make a great wreath. I wasn't wrong.   All you need for this project is a straw wreath form, tinsel garland and a stapler. My wreath form is an 18 inch and it … [Read more...]

deck the halls

deck the halls

  Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la, la la la la.Tis the season to be jolly,Fa la la la la, la la la la. Don we now our gay apparel,Fa la la, la la la, la la la.Troll the ancient yuletide carol,Fa la la la la, la la la la. Take it Russ!..........................................Fa la la la la, la la la la.  I can't hear Deck The Halls without thinking of that scene in Christmas Vacation. Classic. I decided that my halls … [Read more...]

diy vacation ornaments

manzanita ornament

  I like to collect sand from our vacation spots. That is, if there is sand to be collected. I bring it home in a ziplock bag then display it in a jar on the bookshelves. This year I wanted to turn some of our vacation sand into Christmas tree ornaments. We have a ornament tradition in our family and these are a perfect addition to our tree. I made these this morning and it took me less than 20 minutes. Easy peasy. First, start with … [Read more...]

metallic reindeer art

metallic reindeer art

  Never say never. Two things I have "never-ed"; dark chocolate and using gold in my home. Well guess what? This year I have redacted both of those nevers. Something changed in my taste buds around summertime and now I absolutely love dark chocolate. The Lindt dark chocolate with a touch of sea salt is pure heaven. In regards to the gold, I used a metallic satin gold in my fall decorating and sorta fell in love with it.  So that's my … [Read more...]

tis the season: for christmas printables

Peace on Earth

  I love, love, love prints. And that goes doubly for Christmas prints. I love the typography and design element. And I feel like they add so much to a space. With that said, I have been going a little nuts with Christmas printables this season. And I love it! Here are 14 free Christmas printables you can download and enjoy. And I'd like to say that I have almost every single one of these in my home. I appreciate the time it takes … [Read more...]

white…branch…tree…thingy

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    I had a hard time starting this post mostly because I don't know what to call this... white... branch.... tree.... thingy. Curt suggested that I call it the white tree of Gondor. But I opted to go in a different direction. Well, whatever it is, I love it! And it looks so splendid next to my advent calendar.     I started by finding a branch from my yard, painting it white and sticking it in this white pot. … [Read more...]