Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas Tour 2013

My weekend has been spent giving lots of extra cuddles to my little girl. It has only been a couple of weeks since her little brother was sick, now it must be her turn. She is on amends, so I am praying she will be feeling great by Christmas! Yesterday she pepped up a little, so she helped me finish up a little Christmas decorating. We spent the entire day in our pajamas listening to Christmas music and decorating away!

I thought it may be fun to share a post full of all our Christmas decor. I know I have shared many of these photos already, but I've thrown in a few new ones too. So relax, grab some hot cocoa, and come on in!




















Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a BLESSED day!

Leah

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Styling our Kitchen Shelves for Christmas

Yesterday I spent some time playing around with the shelves in our kitchen, attempting to add a little Christmas vibe to them.

I switched things around several times before deciding on this display:


 It's super simple which was my goal. I brought out a few pieces of my crystal collection and arranged them on the lower shelf.  The top shelf is styled with a few of my antique blue mason jars. I tossed in a few twigs from outside for a little texture.


 Next I scattered around some ornaments that I already had and boom...done!


Simple Christmas decor using what I already had!


Have a BLESSED weekend!
Leah

Check out these other Christmas decor posts:
DIY NOEL Letters
Our 2013 Christmas Tree

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Our 2013 Christmas Tree



 Each year when decorating our tree, I like to combine traditional elements as well as a few modern touches. My kid's have a collection of Boyd's Bear ornaments that their grandmother got for them several years ago, so they are on the tree each and every year. 


The larger bears sit on the tree skirt at the bottom of the tree. They are so festive and fun. 


I used the same burlap chevron ribbon that I talked about yesterday as a garland for our tree. I draped pieces of it down the tree starting from the top. Those little spriggy things are from Cracker Barrel several years ago.


The rest of the ornaments consist of shatter proof sparkly blue, silver, and white ornaments, snowflakes, and white bows. The Peace and Joy ornaments are from Walmart. 


And finally we have our tree topper. This one is new to us this year. I found it at Sears marked way down on black Friday. Audrey wanted a tree topper that she could put on the tree herself while her daddy picked her up. *so sweet*

Here is a shot of of our tree all lit up at night.


So cozy! I love this time of year! Now I need to go make some hot cocoa. :)

Have a BLESSED day!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas Craft - DIY NOEL letters

This past weekend I finished a little craft project I had been wanting to do for quite sometime.

 After my son's Tractor Party, I switched out the art on the shelf in our dining area for a large mirror and a wreath. The little shelf seemed like the perfect spot for me to add a little Christmas decor.  So, here is what I came up with.


This was actually pretty easy and I didn't spend a penny! I'm all about making the most of what you have before going out and buying something new. 

Supplies:
Poster board
Scissors
Glue
Yarn
Clear nail polish

I'm sure most everyone already has this stuff around their house.

Step 1:
Free hand the letters in the design you want onto poster board. I used inserts that came in my husband's new dress shirts. I always save things like that, you never know when they may come in handy! See how my little man helped me with this part?


Step 2:
Cut the letters out.


Step 3:
Begin wrapping the yarn around the letters and securing with glue. I used stick glue because it was much easier to work with. I rubbed a little on the front and back of each letter and then began to wrap, wrap, wrap.


Step 4:
Secure any fraying ends with clear nail polish. Works like a charm!


Step 5:
Display your new creation!


I had to bend each letter a little so they would lean against the mirror the way I wanted. I'm sure you could use something more sturdy like maybe card board to keep from having to do that. I like the flexibility of the poster board though.

The burlap ribbon is from Walmart, and the little votive holders are a recent Target purchase.



I love the blend of textures on our little shelf now, and how the votive holders give the display a little sparkle!

There you have it, a quick and simple Christmas craft for zero dollars!

Have a BLESSED day!

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