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Our merry little Christmas

I can’t believe that there are only two more sleeps until Christmas. It’s amazing how time seems to be moving so quickly. Don’t you agree?

My kids are super excited to spend time with our family on Christmas Day and of course open up all of their presents. I do need to get cracking and finish wrapping their gifts, which I plan to do tonight after they go to bed. How about you? Are you all set for Christmas?

This holiday, I decided to keep our Christmas decorations pretty low key because time got the better of me. I just didn’t accomplish all that I wanted to get done. I did manage to make canvas Christmas trees for the top of our TV console which I shared yesterday HERE.

Yesterday, I also took some photos of my family room decorated up for the holidays. Please excuse the grainy photos. It has been snowing almost every day this winter and this room is on the north side of my house, so not much light shines through the windows in here.

 

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Oh ya! Please also ignore the missing baseboards. It’s on my to-do list once I can get this room re-painted a lighter color. Hopefully I can check it off my list sometime this Spring. Y’all know how it is…

 

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Our Christmas tree is all decorated in reds and whites. I started out with some of my Mom’s ornaments that she made me many, many years ago and over time I have added candy themed ornaments, snow flakes, pine cones, glitter houses and birds. It’s kind of a “mish-mash” of styles but I love each and every ornament so it works for me.

 

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I recently found these glass cupcake ornaments at Homesense and I think they look really good with my wooden berry garland. I can’t help but smile when I look at them. Love these!

 

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Here are some of the other ornaments I have collected over the years. I found six of the vintage red elf ornaments (top left) at a garage sale last year. The little glitter house came as a set of four and they were purchased from Superstore here in Canada. The owl ornaments and the red and white striped balls I found at Homesense.

 

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My mantel was kept simple also with reds and whites. I used my hand painted and glittered pine cones for the top and added some red berry sprigs for color. The willow stars were purchased at the dollar store and the rest of the decorations I have had on hand for quite a few years.

I have to be honest with you. I am not too fond of my fireplace from the 1970′s with its tacky pitted metal doors but it is not in the budget to rip it out, so for now I am just working with what I have until we move in the near future.

 

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I found four white snowflake stockings at Homesense a few years ago and then I made labels for them with each of our initials.

These stocking labels are extremely easy to make. I used a cardboard circle ornament from Michaels and painted it white. I then added white snow glitter to it, glued on a wooden snowflake applique and added a silver monogrammed sticker to the middle. Lastly, I glued white ball trim to the edges of the ornament and then added a piece of white satin ribbon to the back for hanging. Easy peasy!

What do you think? Aren’t these so cute?

 

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Here is a close-up of the glittered pine cones that I made. To make your own all you need to do is coat the tips of pine cones with white paint or white gesso. It doesn’t need to be perfect! You can then add clear crystal glitter while the paint is still wet or you can add Mod Podge over top of the painted areas and then sprinkle on glitter and tap off the excess.

I made these pine cones a few years ago and I still love to use them. They are timeless and bring a lovely sparkle to my mantel.

 

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When I go all out decorating for the holidays I have vignettes like these all over the house. This glass cloche holds a wintery scene. The bottle brush trees I made a couple of years back. The glitter house came from Home Outfitters, the figurines from the dollar store and the snow is actually Epsom salts from my bathroom cupboard.

 

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This little sign that sits opposite the Christmas tree has a special meaning to me and to my kids it is meant to be a visual reminder. “No peeking, no sneaking, no shaking!” Ha! If only I had followed those rules when I was a kid. I used to meticulously untape and retape all of my Christmas gifts under the tree and my Mother didn’t have a clue.

Well I’m off to wrap some gifts, have a cup of tea and then off to bed.

I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful Christmas holiday and a Happy New Year! Thank you for taking the time to read my little ol’ blog throughout 2012 and I hope to share some new projects with you again soon.

 

Until next time,

 

 

 

 

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2 comments

  1. elaine worthmann

    Hey Carrie i love the mini village in the glass bowl with lid you have at the base of your fireplace could you tell me roughly how large the bowl is.
    thanks Elaine

    1. Carrie

      Hey Elaine! How are you? How was your Christmas with your family? It measures 13″ tall by 9.5″ across. I’m so happy you left me a message. Haha!

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