Christmas Card Holder Wreath

So here's the story of me making a Christmas card holder wreath.
 I decided to use soft creamy colors so it can be used all year round.

I started by spray painting wood clothespins cream.
I then decoupaged this pretty script scrapbook paper on top.

I glued the clothespins onto a metal ring, putting cream buttons in between for space.

A brown and cream gingham ribbon was glued to the top with a loop for hanging.

I can simply clip the Christmas cards to the wreath.

When Christmas is over you can snap on some antique post cards.

Or you can use it for displaying photos.
These are pictures from a trip to Philadelphia several years ago.

I think this house belonged to Betsy Ross.

I have a confession......

I actually like the wreath best with nothing on it!
All that work to make a Christmas card holder and I'm not even using it for that!

White Christmas

We got our tree on a Sunday night.
 It was the first time in ten years that we've had a live tree so it took us quite a while to cut off the bottom, bring it inside, see that it was scraping the ceiling, bring it back outside to cut it down some more. etc etc
Finally we got it in the house and got the lights put, but it was started to get late so we decided we would decorate the tree another day.

My 12 year didn't want decorate the tree on a school night.
 He just didn't want to do homework and decorate the tree on the same night. ;)
So I threw ornaments on the tree. My two year old helped me hang the white metal stars.
This was my chance to try something a little different.

 I found these sparkly snowflakes for a dollar a piece and hung them from the ceiling.
I used packing tape and they are starting to fall down now. :(

Here's the arrangement on my living room table.
I threw it together for these pictures and planned to change it out later,
 but I ended up liking it so much that I kept it this way.

You know those beautiful Nordic blogs where the tree sits in a bucket and they are very sparsely decorated. That was the look I was going for.
(FYI: there's a tree stand inside of the bucket)

It was something different for five days, but I was glad to load on the color at the end of the week. :)
If you want to see what our tree ended up looking like go HERE.

Linking up to White Wednesday @ Faded Charm

Our Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to my Home!
It amazes me how early most people in blogland managed to get their decorating done!
I'm just finishing mine up.
If you'd like to see more of any rooms I'm showing just click on the highlighted word and it will take you to that post.

A Christmas welcome at our front door.

This is the first time I've decorated the master bedroom.
I have a feeling it won't be the last.

I had fun putting together this gingerbread man tree in my kitchen.

A vintage vignette in our family room.

Our red and turquoise tree.

Our living room which you can see more of in the tree post.

Having fun with paper whites.

I wish you could smell them through the computer screen!

The buffet in the dining room.

You can also see a Christmas tablescape in our breakfast room in my dining post.

A Nordic inspired Christmas tree.

The reason for the season.
Thanks for stopping by my friends and Merry Christmas!

I'm joining the Christmas Home Tour @ A La Mode

Room by room tour @ Cottage and Vine

Christmas Dining

I've kept the decor pretty simple on my dining room table.
I should have ironed down the edges on my runner, but all this decorating makes a girl tired!

My runner looks like an old grain sack, but is actually towel material that you can purchase
 by the yard from Quilter Studio.
The sides are already hemmed...which for this non sewer is awesome!

I was lucky enough to win this cool burlap coffee sack vase from Lemonade Makin' Mama.
I put one of those thick glass vases you can get at the thrift store for 99 cents inside and then filled it with greenery from my yard and some faux frosted red berries. Finally I wrapped some wired ribbon around the top and added a glittery snowflake ornament.
I {heart} it!

I found these cute red deer from Target and filled some canning jars with candy canes.
One day I found my two year old hiding underneath the table eating one.
That lil' bugger makes me laugh. :)

I also kept the decor on my buffet pretty simple.

Using large scale pieces to decorate with means it will be that much easier for me to put away later. :)

I got this tree on clearance after Christmas last year from World Market.
I think they are selling them again this year.

I pulled out an old bronze colored metal deer candle holder because I thought it went nicely
with my new deer print.

Isn't this deer print the sweetest thing!
I got it from an Etsy shop called Cafe Baudelaire.
 I placed it in an over sized frame backed with fabric.

The darling wooden shoes are from my Dutch friend who brought them home for me
when she came back from a trip to The Netherlands.
They are very special to me because they are from a friend that I treasure.

Moving on to my breakfast room.....
I thought it would be fun to do a Christmas tablescape in here.

It's much easier to put a tablescape together on a small table than on my big long dining table.

The place mats are vintage ledger sheets from my fiend Heidi.

Linen colored napkins embroidered with white Christmas trees wrapped in gingham ribbon.

I used the ornamental kale in my Fall decorating, but it's still going strong so I brought it into the house.

Bright red fresh pomegranates are so festive sitting in a pedestal with greenery.

Silver deer and jingle bells round out the rest of the arrangement.

Ready for Christmas cookies and hot cocoa!

I know it's crazy, but I've actually been trying to lose weight this month.
It's been working too. (slowly but surely)

So you want to know something I do to keep myself going while eating all this healthy food in small portions?

I've been planning out my Christmas menu. Meal by meal in great detail.
Nothing will be off limits on Christmas!

Crazy? Maybe, but it works for me!

Primp your stuff Wednesdays!

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