Showing posts with label christmas decorating. Show all posts
Showing posts with label christmas decorating. Show all posts

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Southern Christmas Mantle and A BIG Surprise

Good morning and happy Thursday y'all. I don't usually post on Thursday's, but today is oh so special! Today I'll be doing a post over at Blissful and Domestic revealing our Southern Christmas Mantle. I'd be tickled pink if you'd follow me over to Danielle's to see all the pictures of our little Christmas mantle. Click here and it'll take you right over to Danielle's. 

And in other amazing news I just happened to link up our Christmas Home Tour over at The Nesting Place and to my shock and awe, Myquillyn mentioned it over on her blog. Click here to visit The Nesting Place to check out boocoodles of Christmas decor inspiration. Oh my, feeling so grateful and blessed right now y'all. There just aren't any words to describe how thankful I am!

Have a blessed day everyone!

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Friday, December 5, 2014

A Merry Little Porch

I'm just overflowing with joy y'all to share our Christmas porch. Every Christmas for years, I head to my favorite blogs waiting with anticipation for those ladies to fill me with inspiration. This is my first Christmas being a blogger, I still have to pinch myself sometimes when I say that out loud. It doesn't even seem real sometimes that I spend my days writing and sharing and meeting some of the kindest folks on earth. I'm so grateful to be on this journey. Okay, enough rambling, on to our Christmas porch. Christmas is no excuse around here to spend wastefully, so I always do my best to use as many God given natural elements as possible, translation-FREE! I love using as much fresh magnolia, juniper, and nandina berries as possible! Welcome to our porch........

I kept the porch as simple as possible so that it would easily transition to a winter-time porch as well. My husband made the little fur covered bench for me and it doubles as a little table by the sofa. I recovered the sofa cushions with some recycled toile curtains that used to call the living room home and made a few more pillows in some grays and icy blues. 

 On the other side of the porch, I have another little sitting area with our swing and my favorite old afghan. I've had that blanket for years and I just love all it's bright happy colors.

I added pine cones to a twig wreath that I use in lots of seasons. And here's some pictures from our little side porch that gets the most traffic at our house. We're totally back door kind of people y'all! 

I was determined to stay simple and uncluttered this season using as many natural elements as possible. I thank y'all so much for coming by today for a little tour of our Christmas porches. Have a very Merry Christmas!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Trees, Trees, Trees!

This house of ours is such a gift from God and I don't want to seem ungrateful or anything, but since we moved here eight years ago, we've had to have an artificial Christmas tree because we heat our house with a cast iron stove and that baby gets waaaaay too hot for a real tree. A Christmas tree wouldn't make it three days in our living room. So with much sadness, we bring out the artificial tree every year and I fluff that poor thing to pieces. But, this year, we filled up our handy, dandy propane tank and we have heat like regular folks. I'm feeling all kinds of rich this winter, AND, it means we can have a REAL tree again!!! I was so excited for Thanksgiving to pass because I wanted to get our Christmas tree like right N-O-W

I really wanted us to cut down our own, so up into the mountains of North Carolina we went to the biggest tree farm I'd ever seen! It was massive y'all. The kids hunted high and low and we scoured those trees like our life depended on picking the perfect one. This was BIG, it was our first real tree in years! 

We took along our oldest's precious girlfriend and thank heavens we did. She spotted the perfect tree for us, and boy was she right! It's a beauty. Here's a little peek at it all bright and vintage-y with it's glass C7 bulbs. I swoon! And the best part- the smell, heavenly!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

DIY: Pom Pom Garland

These garland's are so easy and addictive. I've wanted to make one of these for EVER, and when I started to think about my Christmas decor, I really wanted to include these. Now that I've made one, I want to make more!  Don't say I didn't warn you, they are addictive! I've outlined the steps in numbers, but for those visual learners {like me!} I've included a link to a You Tube video tutorial that was just awesome. So here goes.........

What you'll need:

  • Yarn in your choice of color
  • Scissors
  • Your hand!

  1. Begin by laying the yarn over your hand as illustrated in step 1
  2. Now loosely wrap the yarn around your hand {about one hundred times}
  3. Gently remove from your hand onto a flat surface
  4. Cut a generous piece of yarn and lay it up under the yarn roll you removed from your hand. Take this yarn piece and tie , very tightly, around yarn roll. 
  5. Now, using your scissors, cut through the yarn loops taking care to cut every loop
  6. Shake it out and you'll have a pom pom
  7. The most important part: in order to have a neat nicely formed pom pom, you have to give it a little hair cut to even out it's length
  8. If all that has blown your mind, here's the link to the YouTube video

Thanks y'all for joining me today and for helping me kick off the Christmas season with a fun little garland craft. Happy Pom Pom-ing!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Celebrating Christmas With A Jesse Tree

Every year I try to simplify Christmas. I crave a peaceful and tranquil Christmas. I really want to wake up on Christmas morning not feeling exhausted from the process that is Christmas. I don't want to be doing a mad dash to the grocery store on Christmas Eve because I forgot some ingredient for Christmas Day lunch. I don't want to be angry and irritated during the Christmas Eve service at church because I'm thinking of a gazillion things that I still haven't done. Anybody with me??? 

This year I really wanted to draw all of our focus in to the history behind this Christmas season. I want us all to deeply understand Christmas and it's how's and why's. The more we understand God's purpose in giving us His one and only Son, the more Christmas can be less about us and more about God. I need less about us and all the junk that becomes Christmas, don't you?

We've always used an advent calendar to celebrate but the Jesse Tree allows for an understanding of Christmas through a lesson and then adding an ornament to your tree each day of December. The Jesse Tree gives us the opportunity to celebrate Jesus' birthday with an understanding of the why's. I purchased Ann Voskamp's The Greatest Gift to help me to fully understand how to use a Jesse Tree. 

There are lots of other books out there for all ages, but her book in particular really spoke to me. It is family friendly so it's good for all the ages we have here in our house and she gives you access to files so you can print the ornaments that will go along with each night's devotional and lesson. You will begin on December 1st and conclude on Christmas Day. You can go all out and buy a ready-made Jesse Tree and ornaments or make a simple one like we will be using. I've put some branches in a pitcher and attached some little book page stars to some of the branches. Each evening, as we read a lesson, we'll place it's corresponding ornament onto our little tree.

Ann even has a YouTube video that explains the Jesse Tree in detail. 
Celebrating with the Jesse Tree is just one more way that our family will be reminding ourselves, in the midst of a very commercialized holiday season, that GOD should be our focus this Christmas. Repeat with me, God should be our only focus. I've got to get rid of all the stress that I put on myself unnecessarily, and FOCUS only on the reason for Christmas- Christ.

I'd be oh so happy if you would join our family this Christmas and celebrate using a Jesse Tree! I'd love to hear how you are celebrating this Christmas! Until next time........AE

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Friday, November 14, 2014

A Whisper Of Christmas

Well, I'm beginning to get this little blog all spruced up for the Christmas season. I've started to feel a little Christmas-y since the cold arctic air rolled in yesterday. Shhhh..... don't tell, I started listening to my favorite Christmas station on Pandora- I know, I just couldn't help myself! Christmas is such a joy-filled season. I'm still holding off on all decorating for Christmas around the house though until Thanksgiving has passed. Living simply and intentionally means slowing it all down and enjoying every season. Thanksgiving is such a special time, so I'll wait for it to pass before I begin any Christmas decorating.

What I am doing right now is organizing my Christmas decorations and figuring out how I'd like things to look around here to honor the Christmas season. I'm busy sewing up some new pillows in fun vintage fabrics and red gingham- love gingham! I'm going to continue with using all natural elements {this means FREE stuff y'all} this year and keep the decorating clean and simple. You'll be seeing lots of evergreen and whites and pine cones used in lots of places. The word for this Christmas is SIMPLE. Doesn't that just sound so pleasing- simple. Now, say that with me real slow like, s-i-m-p-l-e. 

I've added some new Christmas banners to my Etsy shop  and I'm going to be using lots of those in my decorating here too. I've used book pages, whites and traditional reds and greens to create some star banners that you can use to decorate a shelf, mantle or even string on your Christmas tree. I've also added some gift certificates to the store that can be purchased for those folks that you just aren't sure what they want this year. 

Join me Monday and I'll be sharing a new tradition that our family is going to be starting on December 1st- The Jesse Tree. If you'd like to embark on this journey with us, you'll have plenty of time to research or purchase some books on the subject. I'm so excited about celebrating Christmas using the Jesse Tree! We're going to be using Ann Voskamp's book "The Greatest Gift".

Have a fabulous weekend y'all and until next time...... AE

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