my favorite thing

My favorite Christmas present this year was this metal cloche my son Grant gave me. I just love the rustic brown color and the leaves at the top. I love the pedestal and that it's metal. For now I've stuck a silk herb plant underneath, but I am open for suggestions. Let me know what you think would look cute inside.

Grant also gave me this great rooster tray. I guess I've been a good girl this year!!!

Edited to add: For those of you who have been asking Grant got the cloche from Homegoods.

merry christmas 2009

~from our family to yours~

Sources: 1-3 Country living; 4-8 Martha Stewart

oh, christmas tree

I'm going to be showing you how to make these very inexpensive, but cutie patootie tree ornaments!

Start out with these cheap, cheap, cheap wooden tree's from the craft store.

I had to pry the star off of mine because you need to have a flat surface for this project.

Paint the edges. You can be really sloppy (yeah!) because only the edge will show.

Grab some scrapbook papers. I chose reds and greens.

Trace the tree on the back of the paper and cut it out. Then simple Mod Podge it on to the tree (front and back). Poke a new hole and put some ribbon or string through it for hanging.

That's it! So easy.

Oh, don't forget to use a different paper for the trunk of your tree.

You could also string these onto a garland.

Put them on a wreath.

Hand them from a burlap stocking or use them as a gift tag. The list goes on and on!

thrifty gift for a friend

I'm linked up to Met Monday and Make it for Monday!

One day I was chatting on the phone with my friend Sarah and she mentioned that one of her favorite fabric designers, Heather Bailey, now has a line of scrapbooking papers.

A light bulb went off in my head, but I didn't say anything to Sarah about it. I went to Michael's and bought these Heather Bailey scrapbook tags and made Sarah's gift with them.

I turned the tags into magnets! I was so thrilled to be able to give her a thrifty but very personal gift.

I've already shown how to make the magnets on my blog before. If you would like instructions click HERE.

christmas tablescape

I'm linking up to Tablescape Thursday!

Welcome to my dining room!

I don't usually put silver and red together, but I decided to give it a try this year.

Because I love these silver deer and there was no other place in the house to put them!

It's so much fun putting together a Christmas tablescape.

I originally planned to put live plants in this vintage looking basket. But to save money I decided to use what I had. My son was kind enough to let me use his little Christmas tree.

This nature loving Santa has always been a favorite of mine.

Here's those silver deer.

I love deer. Especially at Christmas time.

Can you believe my silver "chargers" are from the dollar store.

Best wishes from my table to yours!!
(Inspired by Paula Dean)

more christmas decor

I've joined the A 2 Z!

Well I've shown you one of my fireplace mantles and kitchen. Time to show you some more Christmas decor around our house.

This is what you see when you first walk in the door.

The snowman coordinates well with my candlesticks.

A shelf in our family room.

The large platter is up year around and I've found that this copper toned reindeer looks perfect in front of it.

A small grouping of Santa's.

I moved my Winter Wonderland tablescape onto a sideboard.

I put a piece of toile fabric underneath.

The roses have dried and look very pretty.

I love these deer!

Next to our front door.

Our nativity set.

We have a two sided fireplace so here is how I decorated the living room side. The family room mantle is much more elaborate because we spend much more time in that room.

This advent village was the deal of the century. I just got them at Costco, all three pieces were $7.88!! They were practically giving them away!

I added these colorful, sparkly trees from the dollar store.