Sunday, December 13, 2009

Homefront: Christmas Decorating

My mantle this year is on an actual fireplace! Amazing!! The width is only about 3 inches wide, so no crazy heavy things this time that will make it fall, but what I can fit on there is perfect for us.

Since we usually do the silver, aqua/blue and white, I thought a little more red and green would be nice for the boys this year, so I stocked up after Christmas last year when everything was 90% off. Isaac's little retro glitter race car ornament needed to go up here, for it's own safety! The deer I got on Etsy from minzer, I love it and maybe I will add a pretty sprig of holly or mistletoe to it's antlers. I wish it were a little bigger, but it's still so cute, and vegan.

My mirror used to be the brushed nickle finish, but that is just something else I painted white. One day, I'll get all crazy with the color, but for now, it's perfect. The red wooden beads are just 2 strands hung up with 5 little nails.

I found these adorable vintage reindeer pair at a garage sale this summer for .75 cents and had to have them. (I found them online for almost $40 last month, wow).

I couldn't find (all) my candles for the candleabra I painted, so one hitched a ride on this little sled I painted and hey, this Santa hat works just fine too! That's what decorating is all about, using what you have in new and unexpected ways, right?


 This little house is my favorite. I got it in 1987 for a class Christmas party. Each student had to bring in a cardboard (empty) milk carton and the teacher and room mothers made us these adorable little houses. I can't wait to be a room mother when my oldest starts school. The house is just felt, glue, ric rac, sequins (well, missing sequins) and glitter and I absolutely adore it.
The Christmas tree is teeny in our new home, since in our lqast place, we put it on our table... but for now, it works and the boys loved decorating it, so that is what is important!

I loves these gumdrop snowflake ornaments! I used lots of cookie cutters tied with red ribbon as filler on the tree. They really catch the light and are inexpensive and so festive!

The boys made this cute little Frosty the Snowman mobile with their Grandma and Grandpa. It's little foam snowflakes, batting (I think), yarn, hangers and pipe cleaners. It's so cute and is tied in their room.You can make your own little mobile and customize it for your decor too. A tree star in the middle with ornaments hanging around on coordinating ribbon and tulle would be so pretty.


Merry Christmas and thanks for visiting! Now join in on The Nester's Christmas Tour of Homes!


Hootin' Anni said...

BEAUTIFUL!! Everything is so festive.

mY tOUR iS nOW sHARED....come by, if you can, to visit. Happy Holidays!


A Bushel and Peck and Pigtails Paper Trails said...

Love the beaded garland on the mirror! Merry Christmas!


Angie @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Everything looks great! I too love your milk carton house!! What a memory!!

Lemondrop Marie said...

Lovely tour- the mantle is so pretty! That little reindeer is the sweetest! Happy touring and holidays!
Happy touring and holidays!
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

Brandie said...

Stopping by from the Nester...Love the blog and all of your decorations. Thanks for sharing!

Kari said...

This isn't a Christmas decoration, but I enjoyed seeing your Keep Calm and Carry On poster in the mirror. I have one, too. :)

Jessica said...

Love all the color. So pretty

sweetpicklesandchocolate said...

awesome home and decorations
merry christmas

Jason, Lisa, Olivia & Annalie said...

Be still my heart. Love it all!

robenamunroe0513 said...


Anne~fiona and twig said...

Wht an utterly precious milk carton house!
It's all so cute though, it's so hard to pick a favorite!

Lisa said...

Thanks for stopping by my tour! I LOVE the gingerbread house...too cute. Love the snowman too.

Merry Christmas!

Lisa :)

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