Christmas 2013: Window Wreaths

So this year, I kinda went glitzy meets simple.  Mixing sparkly and burlap ribbon was kinda how I rolled this time.

 

 

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I put all these wreaths on every window downstairs.

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It’s kinda nice, because I can pull the curtains open and closed behind the wreath.

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I didn’t even hot glue anything.  Just stuck the poinsettia stems, burlap, and glittery leaves in and wrapped the wreath stems around them.  Super easy to do something different next year! 🙂

Christmas 2013: Staircase Decorating!

One of my favorite places to decorate in our home is the staircase.  I love, love, love it!  This year I went super simple…

 
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I used a couple nice thick mixed garlands I got 75% off at Hobby Lobby 2 years ago and wrapped them with some cheap $9.99 garlands for extra oomph.  Then I wrapped some white twinkle lights…

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Add l.o.t.s. of great crystal prisms, ornaments, etc…

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I love how the glass crystals reflect all the twinkle lights…

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Christmas is just too much fun!! 🙂

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And decorating for it is my favorite!

Roundup of Christmas Ideas

So I was looking through my Christmas Pinterest Board before decorating… And I forgot how much awesome Christmas ideas I’ve pinned!  It’s awesome!

 

So I thought I’d put together a round up of my 20+ favorite Christmas ideas!  Enjoy!!!

 

 

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I love the concept of wrapping and stacking faux gifts, candles and hanging garland.  Lovely!

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Love this cutesy idea from Handcrafted Parties!

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CUTE idea by Inspired By Charm!  I kinda LOVE this!  It’s definitely on my next year’s to-do list!

Making some bigger ones would be awesome too!!

Outdoors perhaps?  Drill holes and stick lights through them?  Could be adorable!

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Cool idea by May This Journey!!  Cut a small “x” into the Ping pong balls, and pop them over the bulbs.

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DIY Sea Glass Ornaments by Sand & Sisal.  Super pretty!

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This is kinda awesome too for a beach-y tree by Sand & Sisal!

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Awesome glittered skates tutorial by The Magic Brush!  Jennifer is pretty awesome!

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Ha! Adorable idea by Serendipity Patchwork!

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So pretty!  Use a simple string of beads to hang ornaments!

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I like this simple inexpensive idea!

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Isn’t this some kinda awesome?  Place cards would be fantastic!

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Cute door decoration idea by SAS interiors.

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Good ‘ol epsom salts, Modge Podge and Dollar Store candleholders!

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Simple garland idea by Not So Random Stuff.  

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Love this idea by Tutto Bella.  Turn mints into a serving tray! After your party, break and keep in a candy jar! Great idea for a plate of cookies you don’t have to get back. Love this for delivering Christmas cookies.

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Robin @ Heart of Wisdom had a great idea!  Using a coffee filter to make a snowflake… Already in a circle, gives the 3D effect when open.

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Love this idea from Organize and Decorate Everything.  Glittered bottles – tape off where you want glitter, add mod podge, peel off tape and let dry = beautiful!

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My Home My Style showed off this cute idea… Wrap wire around foam cone to make trees!

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Ha!  This makes me laugh!

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Dandelions and Dust Bunnies used this brilliant idea to fill vases with ornaments!

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And to top it all off…. A little redneck Christmas cheer for you! 😉

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….

Well… We officially had our first snow!  It was the light-fluffy-keep-you-snowed-indoors-snuggled-on-the-couch-type-of-snow. We got maybe 5-6 inches, which by February won’t be enough to keep us snowed in.  But something about that first snow begs for cuddling on the couch with popcorn, hot chai/coffee, and a cute baby and hubby watching old movies.  Simply glorious!

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And my man brought over all the Christmas shortly before it all happened.  (We keep it all stored in the basement of one of our duplexes since we have very little storage here due to converting the storage closet into a bigger bathroom.  To see what I mean, check out this post)

 

 

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I’ve spent the last week decorating here and there.

 

 

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Totally different from past year’s with a munchkin around.

 

 

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Emma is a TOTALLY happy and delightful baby…. As long as you’re giving her lots of attention.  Takes after her daddy.  😉

 

 

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So I’m getting used to a new normal.  Instead of hitting it all in one day and being done, it takes a week.  And I’m okay with that.

 

 

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I’m okay with the boxes hanging around a bit longer.  I’m okay with it not being instantly Christmas.

 

 

 

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A friend shared this article on Facebook and I loved it.

“If baking cookies and watching your kids sling sprinkles all over the kitchen is going to make you yell today? Then no. Don’t do it. Always choose the relationship with your kids over the Advent activity that makes you scream. Always choose the Simple over the Pinnable.  Listen, the only person who expects you to accomplish All The Things on that list? Is you.”

 

 

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Even now, I’m writing this blog post in several settings.  Because Emma wants to eat.  Then she’ll happily play on the floor awhile.  She’s so close to crawling.  She actually scoots quite well now – but only backwards! 😉  Then she wants to snuggle.  So we snuggle.  Then she sits for a while laughing at Kaydee, the dog.  Then she wants to be held again.  Actually, I’m currently typing one-handed as she sleepily lies on the other giggling at the Christmas tree.

 

 

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I’m not sure if it’s the lights or the colorful ornaments, but she loves looking at it – giggling.  It’s hilariously adorable.

 

 

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I guess all that to say… Life changes.  I’m still getting used to a new normal.

 

 

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But for now, I’ll enjoy my week-long Christmas decorating… And the munchkin that changed everything.

 

 

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