December 29, 2013

Late Date with the Holiday Decor!

Well, I was sick for Christmas this year and I think my husband has been referring to it as "the kennel cough". So I am very late in getting the photos of the holiday decorations up I guess. But I hate to see Christmas end so I am still going to post how I decorated this year and since my husband is half Serbian, I am still on time for Serbian Christmas on January 7th! 

I am not one to have a "theme" each year although I do like to change it up a bit from time to time just to keep it fresh. I don't have the storage space to change the theme each year plus the memories that are brought back when you take out the old favorites is far more precious to me than looking like a magazine.

I think this will just be mostly photos with a bit of commentary when needed only. I hope you enjoy and are inspired….for next year maybe. At least if any of this does inspire you, you can pick up your supplies at 1/2 off! Now that makes my heart sing…..I am going to take you from the front through to the back so take off your coat and get comfortable!

I love Jesus and He is my reason for celebrating Christmas so that was the only "theme" that was used  this year (I guess that makes me a liar, liar, pants on fire). The front starts with his manger…..

Then I made a Star of David out of a foldable yardstick and my old tree skirt was repurposed as His Royal robes

Shepherd's Staff because He is our Shepherd

The porch swing got gussied up a bit

You can make any garland into a wreath just by connecting the ends!

downspouts got some greenery and berries

Come on inside!

I made the pine wreath by wiring bunches of pine from one of the pine garlands to a wire form then added ribbon I already had on hand. Then I just hung it inside an empty frame and hung that in front of the mirror.

shoe forms
Free huge woven something or other from the trash and a $5 bird cage add big impact and cover up an unsightly fireplace

small white lights mixed with large vintage colored lights 

loads of homemade ornaments….

make a beautiful tree

old lantern filled with some green bulbs

another star from foldable yardstick

Mini Christmas Trees from old record player springs and sticks

foldable "A" for my A+ husband out of……..foldable yardstick! 

greens and a thrift store tree for $3

mini nativity

nativity ornament

First nativity I bought as a married woman….

Welcome to the Dining Room

I had so many left over sweaters from my sweater trees last year and the sweeter tree skirt this year, that  I made a whole forest!

cookies from my cookie exchange   YUM!

even the dog's crate got a little jolly!

a little chalkboard from a $3 thrift store serving tray

another homemade decoration

Does anyone else decorate the bathroom?

 This is our little advent tree that we keep on the upstairs landing. 

Each day we add another miniature vintage ornament

 And finally the backdoor greenery! Yes, if you noticed throughout the house, I didn't use the typical red and green ribbon. I love rich chocolate and creamy white ribbon…..they remind me of hot cocoa!
I know that was long but thanks for hanging around until the end!

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  1. I'm sorry to hear you were sick on Christmas and hope you're feeling 100% chipper again soon. I'm glad you posted your beautiful decorations, and I love every little detail. (My favorites are those teeny tiny wire trees.) Merry Serbian Christmas and Happy New Year!

  2. I do Hope you've received a Healing Touch so that you can begin the New Year in Excellent Health? I too keep Christmas up for longer than most, I Enjoy the Ambiance and as long as it feels comfy and cozy with the twinkling lights and all of the Festive Holiday Atmosphere, we Roll with it! Your Home looks Beautifully Styled and Welcoming, may 2014 be all that you Hope for! Blessings and a Happy New Year from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian


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