For this Christmas I wanted to make some of our own Christmas ornaments. Well...so far I've made only two!
When I saw this tutorial to make this Christmas ornament I thought to myself, "I can do this!"
I found out it was a little too much time consuming, and a little difficult on making the little cones and using Scotch tape at the same time. I think it might have been my fat little fingers that got in the way. I'm not discourage by it though, and will try to make some more during the year, and hopefully with more practice I can maneuver better the little cones and tape!
This always happens to me.
When I think I was done with decorating, I found a big tin full of old Christmas ornaments. What to do? But of course fill every little open cranny of this pine cone arrangement on our coffee table with colorful Christmas balls!
The silver star was also an afterthought. I bought it at the Dollar
I made this quick & easy recycled card using two old Christmas cards (commercial). The tree image is from one card and the sentiment from another one.
When I say quick, it means that it was pretty quick cutting out the layers of card stock and designer paper, and embossing the green card stock. The part that took me awhile was creating the layout of the tree and sentiment! I tried out different layouts, and after many trys I gave up, and came back the following day & voila...phew!!!
I really like how the plaid designer paper compliments the ornaments on the Christmas tree.
~Every Time a Bell Rings, An Angel Gets His Wings~
I wanted lots of white and red on each shelf, and to keep it simple.
On the very top shelf, I placed a cake plate (on it's side so we could see the gorgeous poinsettia design) between the lit candles.
What's so nice about this snowmen shelf is that it will stay the same throughout the winter season.
I always struggle with the bottom shelf decor wise though; so I always keep these baskets filled with pine cones, pomander balls, wine corks, and seasonal silk flowers. This Christmas season, I filled the smaller basket with lots of old Christmas ornaments collected over the years.
I especially like the "night look" of my baker's rack every evening!
Hubby placed the white ceramic pitcher & bowl on the little round table...(I had left it bare). His big contribution to our bedroom decor!
We usually use this table to place our phones & Kindle reader while charging, loose change, and other miscellaneous items at the end of a long day. The Longaberger hanging basket above the table holds our phone and Kindle chargers.
I covered up the floral seat of the chair with a blue crochet afghan and added some Christmasy pillows. I picked up the afghan at a garage sale. Lately, collecting crochet or knitted afghans is my new quest in life.
I added a long table runner to the dresser and kept the top cleared of all my schotskys (spelling?)!
At this point, I am pretty pleased with how our bedroom looks.
Just a few of my favorite Christmas dishes and pitchers.
I decided to display some of my holiday dishes along with some of my clear glass pitchers in the kitchen corner shelves this year.
This is our small breakfast nook for two!
I plan to add a little touch of holiday cheer to the top left corner shelf, and finally hanging up two more of my deviled egg dishes.
This gorgeous Santa plate is wooden and was hand painted by a talented co-worker. The above pitcher and this cut glass one were given to me by a dear neighbor before he moved to his new retirement home.
I love how the snowman plate can be seen through these two crystal pitchers.
On the bottom shelf, I decided to put our jolly Santa cookie jar for easy reachto some soon to be baked Christmas cookies.
Most of the crochet doilies were made by my Mom.
I added a set of three snowman plates to the shelf above the window; and basically this side of the kitchen is done!
I'm so glad to say that I'm all done decorating our home, except for our tree...arghh! It simply takes me forever to decorate it...but must be done before this weekend, so all of the storage tins & boxes are put away!!!
It's not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.
is here and I'm slowly getting our home ready for some Holiday cheer!
In order to do this, I made a big pot of some delicious copy cat Wendy's Chili and homemade cornbread for dinner. This way I wouldn't worry about dinner and concentrate more on decking the halls.
Between putting away the Thanksgiving decorations, dusting & cleaning; and then taking out Christmas decor & sorting through it, I had some time to put together an easy garland from past recycled Christmas cards from friends and family. They were too pretty to keep in storage. This way I get to enjoy them all over again.
By the end of the day, I was able to just finished the breakfast niche shelves.
I'm making progress on a daily basis though. So far I have finished decorating our bedroom and living room. Slowly but surely, our home will be all done by the end of this week.
I'm so glad that you came to visit!! DH and I have been married for 26 years. Hubby and I are now retired and enjoying life. We winter in Sun City, AZ, & spend summers in Golden Valley, MN. This blog will chronicle our adventures (& misadventures)as a retired couple. We have 2 spoiled and devilish KittyKats, & Jack - the most adorable perfect Chihuahua ever!!!!