Happy New Year!

 
 
I hope you all have a very Happy New Year!
My little one is sick so we'll be staying home today.
 
(Not that I had any glamorous new year's eve plans anyway.)
 
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas too.
Ours was really nice! Very happy and relaxed.
 
 
About a week ago all the fireworks stands opened back up.
Evidently Texans shoot off fireworks on New Year Eve.
 
Well you can bet my hubbie was quick to jump on that band wagon!
He is like a little boy when it comes to fireworks.
He spent almost $100 on them and tried to claim it was for our boys...ya right!
 
 
I have quite a few things I'm going to try to photograph for the blog today, but I need the
 sun to come out first!
Not that I'm complaining. I am thrilled that Houston is finally getting some cold weather.
So nice getting to wear my knock off Uggs.
 
Hope you don't mind I'm not doing one of those "my best projects of 2012" posts.
I never do. I'm too lazy to put one together.
They're just to much work. :)
 
So anyway...this has been a little bit of a rambling post...
 
I am raising my imaginary glass of champagne or sparkling apple cider and wishing you a
Happy New Year!!
 
 

Merry Christmas Friends!

 
"the children were nestled all snug in their beds while visions of suger plums danced in their heads"

Blogger Home Tour: Our Prairie Home

I'm so happy to give you a glimpse of the beautiful home of Laura from Our Prairie Home.
Laura is a mother of six kids and sells hand painted furniture.
She is one busy lady, but still manages to blow me away with all kinds
of wonderful projects on her blog.
Maybe she found a way to get by without sleeping. ;)
 
 
 
I am so in love with Laura's beautiful stairway!!
 Can you believe each of these lovely swags cost only 16 cents a piece!
The snowflakes are from the dollar store and were then embellished, the greenery from her In-laws
 and some pretty ribbon.
Such a big impact, for such a low price.



I love Laura's beautiful mantel.
Sparkly silver and fresh greenery is one of my favorite combinations at Christmas time.
The touches of aqua are just the cherry on top!



In.love.with the chippy aqua door!!!!!
Laura painted it to look this way!
 


Beautiful salt dough ornaments, which also hang on the garland on the mantel.
Love this tarnished silver tray!


These fabulous stockings are no sew.
Love that!



Laura's kiddos said "no" to bringing the silver and aqua theme into the living room.
They wanted the traditional red and green.
It sounds like my kids! :)
 
 
I think this Christmas window/wall art is such a great idea.
It's simply Christmas trees cut out of scrapbook paper.
So cute!



I know this isn't Christmas, but I think Laura had one of the prettiest Fall tables in blogland, so I just had to show you in case you missed it!




I knew you'd want to see some of Laura's house when it's not decked out for Christmas too.
She painted this adorable table and the really cool "Brown Cow" sign too.



The credenza and armoire were also painted by Laura.
Her home is full of vintage treasures and hand painted furniture.




The Christmas decorating I've shown you is only a very small sampling.
During the month of November and December Laura completed approximately 2.5 million craft projects and managed to put together a darling Candy Shop themed birthday party for her daughter!
You will want to visit Our Prairie Home and take a look around for yourself!!

My Christmas Home Tour 2012

 
I threw together a little Christmas home tour so there is a spot where all my
 Christmas decorating for 2012 is together.
If you want anymore information or want to see more of any of the rooms,
 just click on the highlighted words.




Christmas outside my front door very simple, but still festive.
 
 

In my living room I tried to go with a Nordic Christmas feel.











I have a lot of little areas in my entry way so I went all out decorating them all.

 

















My dining room has a brown and white cottage look.

 





The deer on the buffet didn't start out here.



My original mantel including a NOEL banner.
But it's a woman's prerogative to change her mind.....

 

Here is my mantel redo with more of cottage look.
I also show my Christmas tree in the same post.

 









 My breakfast room tablescape.

 






My breakfast tablescape included chalkboard charger's.






My guest room with some light Christmas touches.



Thoughts...


 
I didn't mention the tragedy in Connecticut in my last blog post
because I needed some time to think and reflect.
I first heard the horrifying news on my car radio on Friday.
 Ever since I refuse to watch the news. I know it will just be too much.
I am praying and praying for all the victims families and loved ones.
 What can get us through a time such as this?
Holding close to Jesus. Get out of the darkness and cling to the Light.





I was at church today and while we can worship God anytime, anywhere...it is always such a treasure to worship with my brothers and sisters in Christ.
 Tears were often streaming down my face this morning and the verse that kept repeating in my head over and over was "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." Jn 16:33
 Praise Him!
Jesus is our comforter, He can give you peace that is beyond our comprehension,
and He is our Savior!
So dear friends go to Him, cling to Him.
He will be there for you!

 



My Christmas Guest Room

Last year I decorated my master bedroom for Christmas and it was really fun.
This year I decided to deck the halls in our guest room.



Since the nightstand in the room is painted a pale aqua color I decided
the theme to the room is "Blue Christmas".



A while ago I ordered the striped throw pillow from Pottery Barn on clearance.
The photo on the web site showed a very different color blue for the stripes.
I had originally planned to use it in my son's room, but it was much to feminine looking.
It works well in the guest room though.
Plus I hate returning things...especially if it means a trip to the post office.



I found this sparkly twig star at Target this year and placed it on the bed.



A simple winter scene in a cloche sits on the nightstand.



I think the deer was also from Target.
Some fresh evergreens and an aqua and silver acorn ornament.



If you want to know more about the nightstand you can click here.
 
See the little birdie ornament hanging off the nightstands handle?



Ahem, also from...say it with me....Target!
Cute, right?



I put together a simple little vignette in the corner.



I found the shutter at a garage sale for $1.00.
It had a pretty atrocious stain job.
I quickly dry brushed on some white paint.
After the holidays I plan on working on it some more by adding some gray tones.



I found a pack of  paper snowflakes at the grocery store.
 I simply taped them in a circle to make a sweet little wreath.
 
 
 
The snowflakes have the perfect shade of blue on them.
I also just taped on a turquoise bow.
 
 
 
A little tree in a vintage bucket sits on my chippy white chair.
I wrapped the tree in one of my blue t-shirts.
 
"I'll have a blue Christmas without you"
 
 
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