Monday, December 21, 2009

The halls are decked...and some other fun stuff!!

Hello and Merry Christmas to y'all!! I cannot believe I haven't shared the Christmas decor before now. I also cannot believe that we only have 4 days until Christmas!! Where did the time go??
If you walk up my walkway, this cute little Santa flag will greet you. He's a jolly looking fellow, isn't he??
Come on up. I used the same wreath for quite a few Christmas's now, but I just love it!! This year, I decided to hang some pinecones on the windows on the front porch area. A few trees, sled and iceskates and a few other fun things make my porch festive.

I love love love having a staircase to decorate!! Instead of your typical greenery garland, I used felt snowflake garland from Hobby Lobby and draped it, tied up with strips of red and white ticking. I also hung a thrifted knit stocking and lime green snowflake. I am on the hunt for more of these types of stockings. These were similar to the ones I had growing up and I feel nostalgic.

I so loved Crystal's little homemade village on her blog and was inspired to make one of my own. I am pleased with how they turned out and the cost: FREE!! The flying reindeer came from Target and were originally red glittered. I just mixed a little gold, silver, and brown craft paint and dabbled it on and now they work for me!!

I found these sweet deer at a yard sale this fall for a quarter each. The santa came from a thrift shop with a bunch of other crafty stuff. Y'all might remember that...The sleds are ornaments that I've had for a couple of years.

Also up here is the clay Christmas cottage and tree that Jenny made for me. If I say so myself, I just love the windows on the red house to the left!!

The cabins in the woods and the stitchery Jenny made.

Our Christmas tree...For a few years we had tiny colored lights, then I decided I wanted a grown up look and only wanted white lights, then last year nostalgia set in and I had to have the huge colored bulbs that I grew up with. I think colored Christmas lights are more fun for the kids anyhow. I know Fisher is quite fond of these. In fact, I thought the two bottom rows of the colored were blown, but it turns out that Fisher was just unscrewing them until the light went off!!

Love this ornament!! I bought it the year Cory and I were married.

This was a cute Target framed ornament. Lilly's first Christmas.

This baby stroller ornament was Jackson's first Christmas. It is from Midwest of Cannon Falls like our first Christmas one.

The armoire...I went for a woodsy look up there. I think after Christmas I'll take the Santas down and leave the other stuff up through the winter. The crocheted snowflakes on the big tree came from ebay.

We went to go see Santa today and despite Fisher crying I think it went well. Obviously, I didn't get around to making Lilly's dress, but we got this velvet jumper a few years ago from a thrift shop and it worked just perfect.

My oldest brother, Ted{in the black shirt}, and his girls came up last week. It was nice to see them!!

What else...Oh, we've been adopted!! By this sweet little girl!! I cannot tell you how excited the kids are to finally have a pet!! The kids are calling her Daphne, but I'm not sure she looks like a Daphne. I would love to have input from y'all!! Jenny suggested Jovie/Jovy/Jovey{?} from the girl on Elf and since she is our little Christmas present I like it. What do you think??
Also, I'm dying to you use colored lights or white lights??
I'll come back tomorrow and show y'all my Mom's house and my kitchen. Oh, I also am dying to share some of the thrifted, handmade, and yes FREE Christmas gifts I am working on!!


Mandi @ Finding Home said...

Cute decorations! I just loved the snowflake banner, the ice skates on the sled and the little red lantern. Everything looks so cozy!

Joanna said...

Love all your decorations!

What a precious kitty.

We use colored lights...It seems more like Christmas to me, because you can decorate with white lights any time of year.

mysteryhistorymom said...

Your house looks wonderful, Elise! You are such a cutie patootie!:) Lori

Beth said...

LOVE your decorations! I use colored lights. I have a prelit tree and it has different colored ormanents on it. It reminds me of my tree when I was a little girl. What a cutie little kitten! :)

Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

I use white on the inside color on the outside... The best of both worlds...
I love how all your decor turned out! The woodsie look is so cozy!

Jamie said...

Your home looks wonderful! I adore the village on your mantle. And I think Jovie is a great idea for a name. Enjoy your new kitty!
And Merry Christmas!

Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

You did a wonderful job, your house is lovely!
Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Notes from the Homestead said...

Hi there!
Your home looks festive and wonderful! You are sooo very creative. Glad I found your blog. Oh, and LOVE, LOVE the tassels!! I am now a follower!

Jill said...

everything looks adorable...LOVE your houses!!! and the kitty! congratulations!!! our youngest daughter is DYING for a kitten from Santa...
Merry Christmas!

Rambling Girl said...

Love all your decorations! The village is so cute and original! As for the color or white lights...I have always been a white lights girl but with kids loving the colors and now that I have a house I had a pretty tree that is mine in the dining room and the live tree with color lights and all the ornaments that the kids have made and special ones over the years in the family I have two beautiful trees!

I hope you and your family also have a wonderful Christmas, Elise! May God continue too bless your family this upcoming New Year!

Amy R. said...

Your village turned out AWESOME! I love the reindeer above the houses! I have that same red heart frame on my tree. Have a Merry Christmas! Whew! It's almost here!

Crystal said...

Cute cute cute!! LOVE your village!! :) Everything looks great!! Merry Christmas! xo

City Girl Country Heart said...

Your home is beautiful- I have missed so much during my bloggin break :(
Im going to have to go back through and see what I have missed!
Happy Holidays,