I love decorating for Christmas! I always do everything different than the previous year, but I don’t spend money most years. I just get creative and use what I already have laying around. If you haven’t noticed, that is the theme around here. Also, having little kiddos means you have mini decorators who go behind you and change things up.
I like to use things from nature to decorate with because they are free, and I’m loving our new house with all it’s shrubbery and holly. My dad came over and we spent a couple days trimming hedges and trees. These limbs are from my crepe myrtles that are over grown. As soon as I saw them, I was planning where I was going to put them. John got me this basket for Christmas 2 years ago. I love anything that looks french country!
I’ve had this candelabra that I scored for free and promptly painted. The distressing is completely natural from moving it around all these years. I used the leftover trimmings from our tree to decorate the mantle along with pinecones from our back yard.
This owl is my favorite decoration. I asked the kids if they wanted to kiss him when I packed him up to move, and they looked at me like I was crazy. When we got in our house, it was the first thing I wanted out of the boxes for our mantle. I wasted a whole evening looking for him.
This chalkboard is my newest project. It was really quick to fix up, and I’ve had fun changing the art on it.
Here’s a cozy chair to sit in and drink cocoa by the fire.
This is my mom’s favorite chair to sit in when she’s at our house. I like to sit and look at cookbooks and magazines here.
Even a shelf in my kitchen gets a little christmas cheer.
My father-in-law gave me this beautiful Christmas Cactus. I think it’s even bigger today.
Our dining room got a little sprucing with greenery from our yard. My sister left her tulips at our house when she was moving, and I kept them. I told her she could have them back for spring!
I love having some extra sparkle on my chandelier.
Another view from the dining room which is more like the serving room for our larger table in the study.
Before I had my owl friend, I had this snowman. When John and I were dating, we spent a lot of time at Starbucks. I’m not sure how that differs from any other part of our life together. Anyway, one time we were sitting and having coffee and John brought this guy to table like it was a centerpiece. When we left, he put it back. That might have happened a couple times after that, and then I ended up getting it for a Christmas present.
This is what we call the study. It’s where we do our school activities, big family meals, etc. It’s the perfect place for our Christmas tree because you can see it from almost anywhere in the house. The presents under the tree were for Arabella’s birthday. So are the lights and icicles. I’ll have some pictures from her Frozen and snowman themed party.
The teapot is full of pinecones we collected last year in Virginia. I love this handprint ornament of Arabella’s hand from when she was two. Notice the reindeer have earrings. I told you I had mini decorators.
This year I decided to use lots of colors on my tree – pink, green, blue, red and silver. I love my birds that I made a few years ago out of book pages.
I also made these paper rings and hand stamped them when Camden was a little baby. Sniff, sniff.
John’s dad found this baby carriage at a garage sale for Arabella. It looks so cute by our tree.
I love the blues and reds on my armoire. It took me a while to get it right.
This was a fun project Arabella and I did together. I can’t wait to share the pictures!
More tree beauty. My rings were made with Trader Joe’s bags, so you see some red on the inside which I don’t mind at all. Reduce, reuse, recycle!
This picture makes me happy and want to drink some coffee at the same time. Notice the truck under the table.
I hope you’re having a blessed & festive Christmas season!