Thursday, November 29, 2012

Traditional Christmas Colors in the Sun Room ~ 2012

My MIL's little jelly cupboard is all ready for Christmas.  I removed everything, and brought in a few holiday items.  I love decorating this cupboard.  The red painted back is so conducive to Chistmas decor.

A snow family is perched on top.  These have been around for a while.  Especially the one in the center.   I love the red candy dish on the upper shelf. My husband had it before we married.  I found a holly green one at Habitat that I really wanted, but the price was way too much!  

After a mishap that broke out the glass in one of the doors, I removed the other one and replaced both with chicken wire.  Like that even better.  Nothing inside is new.  I've had the Old World Santas for years.  It's one piece, and folds up.  The 3 little angels were a gift from my daughter. The red box was bought at a consignment shopas wer the Ball jars.

I made a Christmas arrangement for the table with floral items from the Dollar Tree.  

I made this wreath several years ago using snow people made from baby socks.  They were made by a friend's mother.

The two pictures on the left of the door were made for us by a neighbor we had in Conyers.  She is so talented, and I always enjoy having these items on display.

Aren't the snow people cute?

I later wrapped the cushions in the wicker rocker with Christmas fabric too.  The ribbon on the small cushion is wired ribbon from the DT.
These fabrics are from the clearance bins and are remnants.  

Ready for Christmas in the Sun Room!!

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wooden Box Decorated for Christmas

You probably don't recall my post some time ago on this little wooden box.  It was hand made by a friend for my late husband to store his 8-track tapes in.  Now that tells you how old I am getting.  :)  Anyway, I ran across it some months ago cleaning out the basement, and saw it as an opportunity to paint and decorate.  I used ASCP Olde White, ASCP Dark Wax, and took it from a plain brown roughly made box, to one of my favorite treasures.  I added some french script paper inside the lid, and of course french labels from Graphics Fairy to the front, and it has held a place of prominence ever since.  

After making a table arrangement for the sun room, I used the left over DT flowers to decorate my sweet box for Christmas.  I just bunched the stems together that were left over, wrapped an old doily around them, put a small rubber band around it all, and plopped it in my box.  Here it is!!

Whatcha think?  
Cute or what?

I love it so!!

I don't know which I like best, the tape box, or my sewing drawer!!

Which is your favorite?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas in the Entry ~ 2012

I have decorated the wall you are facing when coming in the front door in many ways.  Today I am sharing what I did for this year.  I don't "plan" how I'm going to decorate, I just start bringing out the decorations, and let my imagination do the rest.  That's probably why I move things around so much.  

I started out by draping a quilted wall hanging over my old table that sits here.  The quilt was a gift from my brother in law and his wife a number of years ago.

This wonderful nativity, a gift from my daughter and grandson is always great to use.  It is one piece, and is so heavy.  I just love having it out to enjoy.

I had two small wreaths I had not used, and part of a spool of this green and red mesh, so I quickly made not one wreath, but two, and hung them both above the table.


This topiary is probably 15 years old.   I like the way it looks with the picture of the little chapel.  If you remember, this frame was dark brown until it got ASCP Olde White, and some dark wax, and a little sanding.  This is one picture I've used for years in one room or another.  It's Home Interiors, and was a gift from my Sister-in-Law.

The tree ornament on the shelf is in the shape of a guitar.  It's been around for many years as well.  The shelf is made of resin, and is very light weight.  It is held up by velcro.

Here is a full shot of the entry wall, with a little glimpse into the family room.  I love how this all came together too!

Reds and greens.....Christmas colors at our house!!

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas Mantel 2012

Today I'm sharing my mantel for this year.  Simple!!  I generally use lighted garland, but this year I wanted to continue with the chippy gate I've used for Fall.  I already had everything I'm using, so this is not only a simple look, it didn't cost a penny!  

Sharing some of my snow folks.

Now, "the chippy gate":

The little planter section on the gate, allows for all kinds of goodies to be placed inside.

This sign from Dollar General happened to be the perfect width for the gate, and already had the twine to hang it with.  Worked out perfectly!

What do you think!  I think it works together well!

Simple uncluttered look.

You'll notice a Snow Man theme as I reveal more of my decor.  Not exactly planned, but I knew I wanted to use them, so I just played it by ear.

So that is this year's mantel and hearth.  Nothing new purchased, nothing spectacular, but just what I wanted!

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Dining Room ~ Christmas 2012

Do you remember the beautiful Festive Holly (Nikko/Japan) dinnerware I bought last year at the consignment sale I helped my daughter with?  I researched on, and they would have cost $419.50 if I'd bought them a piece at the time (doesn't include shipping).  I got all this for $19.50!!  Probably my best bargain EVAH!!  Not even a single chip!

Last year, I used gold chargers.  This year I'm using silver.  They are the only new item on this table, and were 98 cents each at Wal Mart.

I could hardly wait to get them out again this year. Aren't they pretty??

This table cloth was bought at the same consignment sale for $4 - $5.  I just draped it over the drop cloth table cloth on the table, since it's only 52" x 70".
A perfect cloth with the dishes, don't you think?

This pedestal was a KMart find a number of years ago for $5.00.  The green bowl was purchased at a consignment shop near our SW Georgia home.  The pine cones are some I picked up there last year.  These wood candlesticks show up everywhere.  They're old as well.

The green glasses are Anchor Hocking, and belonged to my MIL.  I really treasure these, and they too are perfect for this table!

The silver candle rings are from Good Will a couple of years ago.  The red napkins are from Wal Mart.  The white napkins were from a set of 12 that came with a table cloth that I purchased in the 80's at a pottery nearby.  Don't they look great with the dishware?

This stainless is from the consignment sale my daughter held.  I got 40 pieces for $10.00.  That was a fabulous bargain too.  They are very plain, but are nice and heavy.

This was the very first thing I did to decorate for Christmas.  I just couldn't wait to enjoy these fabulous finds!  This table was done very frugally, and I couldn't be happier with it!  It just sings Christmas!

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Old Sewing Drawer Decorated for Christmas

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We sure did.  My daughter and her family ate with us yesterday, and we at with them today.  She lives nearby so that makes it so much easier.

I have been busy decorating for Christmas.  I've done all I plan, except for the tree.  We use a small tree now, and I'll probably get it up tomorrow.  I'll be sharing everything for the next several days (maybe weeks)!

I was anxious to decorate the old sewing machine drawer I bought recently at Queen of Hearts. 

It sits on the bookcase in the dining room.  I removed the fall decor, and added 2 large styro foam snowflakes, a garland of red beads, two bunches of silver grapes, some holly and pine cones, and a Christmas card from last year.  I love the way it turned out. 

The door I distressed stands behind the bookcase.  I added some burgundy ribbon to the burlap wreath, and hung this little snow man stocking.

This is one of my favorite spots to decorate.  I'll be back soon with more decorations to show you!  I'd love to see what you have done.  Leave me a comment, and I'll pop over to your place and return the favor!  

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