Merry Christmas!!!!

So I had hoped to take an adorable photo of my boys and wish you all a merry Christmas.

First Levi tackled Grant.
 Yes, the 20 month old is beating up on the 11 year old!
But it's all in fun.

Then when Levi saw that I was trying to take his picture he went into major pouting mode.
I give up!
So anyway, Merry Christmas, from my picture perfect family, to yours!

More Christmas past, this time in the kitchen.

Last year I hung little wreaths from my kitchen cabinets.
It was an idea I got from the blog Joys Of Home.
 It was so festive.
I really loved the way it looked.

I bought extra wreaths at after Christmas clearance sales last year so I could hang wreaths on all my cabinets this Christmas.
 But I ran out of decorating steam this year and chose not to hang the wreaths.
 And I'm o.k. with that.
It's good to know your limits and not overdo things.

If you're stressed out at Christmas it's no fun for you or your family.
The wreaths are in storage, waiting patiently.
Hopefully they will make an appearance next year. ;)

p.s. I simply used push pins to attach the ribbon to the back of the cabinet doors in case you want to try this.
Here is the link where Joys of Home hung wreaths on her cabinets.

Christmas Past

For those of you who are new to my blog I thought it would be fun to show you some of my favorite Christmas projects from last year. Just click on the highlighted words to be taken to the complete post.

I made a pair of walnut topiary and featured them in a winter wonderland tablescape.

I made some metal reindeer ornaments. They require a little patience but are well worth the effort.

I took these cheapie wooden ornaments....

And made them into cute tree ornaments using scrapbook paper and Mod Podge.

Christmas Tour

Welcome to Fern Creek Cottage's Christmas home tour.
If you click on any of the words highlighted in green it will take you to that post for more information.

Our tall green front door was calling out for some traditional red decor.
Come on in and see some more!

In the entry way I went for a simple look.

In the living room I had fun decorating this bookshelf.

A DIY blackboard, mercury glass and sparkly trees on top.

Homemade tags tied to the baskets on the bottom.

On the coffee table a white and gray tray.

The tray was a DIY project too.

Our winter wonderland fireplace mantel with embellished dollar store stockings.

Lots of silver sparkle here.

The dining room is brown, gold and copper.

Have you noticed how just about every display in my house involves deer?
I'm a little obessed with them. :)

My 20 month olds room got a little Christmas fun too.

We did a birdie theme for him.

My 11 year olds room featured something he loves.....
the Chicago Cubs!

Brown and Gold Christmas Tablescape

I have brown and gold chairs in my dining room (that I hope to recover someday) so it seemed fitting to take a break from all the white and silver in the rest of my house and go with a brown, gold, copper, & cream tablescape. Whew, that was a long sentence!

It all started with this pretty damask table runner. It's too short for the table and they didn't have two of them to sew together, but I decided to use it anyway. I'll put it somewhere else next year.

I already had these brown leaf candles that I adore and the only candle holders they fit on were these cream ones, so I guess we're adding cream to the color scheme! I hung these beautiful metal deer ornaments I bought from Dayspring last year from the candles.

I took this close up so you could read the verse at the top of the ornament.

My large metal deer candle holder takes center stage. If you've been following along with my Christmas decorating you may have noticed I have a thing for deer. :)  I just love them!

My son Grant gave me this beautiful gold pear for Christmas last year.
 I placed it in a small cream urn and put a little wreath around it.

I recently picked up these brown napkins on clearance at Target. Four napkins for, wait for it......$1.40!!!! Bargain city! The leaves on the napkins tie in nicely with the leaf candles.

I had so much trouble putting this tablescape together. I didn't want to spend any money and I just kept trying things, rejecting things, trying different things some more.

I love it now!
 If something of yours "isn't working" just keep playing with it. You'll get there.
The only money I ended up spending was on the little gold votive candles on the deer.

Linked up to: Tablescape Thursday@ Between Naps on the Porch


Christmas trees in my boys rooms

We aren't putting up a big tree this year. With a 20 month old in the house I just can't deal with the drama! To make things a bit more festive I thought it would be fun to put little trees in both of my boys bedrooms.

In Levi's nursery I went with a bird theme.
 The normal theme of his room is woodland animals so this fit right in.

 Everything is up high on the dresser where little hands can't reach it!
Levi loves birds so it is a fitting theme.

One of my favorite things in Levi's room is this Jeanne Winters "Sing to the Lord" print.
 The Christmas Subway art printable is from the blog Eighteen25 (thank-you!).

Levi's twig lamp fits in with the bird theme.
 I decorated the tree in green, turquoise and red to tie in with the printable and tin.

Little glittery birds on the tree are from Michael's as is this cute little tin.

In my 11 year old son Grant's room we went with a fun Chicago Cubs theme.

He has quite a bit of Cubs paraphernalia already so I just had to get some
bright blue and red ornaments for the trees.

Cute vintage cars.

Perfect for a boys room, but it makes me smile too every time I see it.

This was so fun I may do it every year!

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