The Trimming of the Tree

When most people talk about trimming their Christmas tree, they mean festooning it with ornaments and lights. But when we trimmed our tree, we actually cut off about half its branches. And the point of doing that was to create space for plenty of ornaments. For over a decade, we've had a fake tree to avoid dealing with dried, fallen needles on the floor. But this year I remembered a Christmas tree from 2011 that inspired me to go "au … [Read more...]

My Holiday Home Tour

Normally I would wait until closer to Christmas to reveal all of the house decked out for the holidays, but I wanted to get everything ready for Jennifer Rizzo's Holiday Home tour party on Monday, December 10th. This post is an overview of my holiday decor, with more detailed photos coming soon. Needless to say, I've been busy scurrying around pulling everything together. Without further adieu, here's a sneak peek of Christmas 2012 at Town and … [Read more...]

Keeping It Simple at Christmas

This year I've vowed to keep it simple for Christmas. Our tree is smaller, I'm only using about half of my decorations, I don't know if I'm even putting out my Santa collection. Instead, I'm focusing on greenery, vintage ornaments, and the philosophy that less is more.Using ordinary items around the house, an ironstone dish becomes a vessel for vintage baubles. To add a little Christmas greenery, I used Spanish moss instead of evergreens. Just … [Read more...]

Christmas Votive Holders on the Cheap

This Christmas season I've got a few decorating projects lined up (like who doesn't, right?). Hopefully I'll get to all of them but I'm not makin' any promises. I'll just do the best I can. First up are these little Christmas votive holders. Simple and sweet. At this time of year, I like anything that's simple.Here's what I started with. Six little candle holders at 49 cents each from Goodwill. I suppose they look cute enough as is, but they … [Read more...]

Pretty Pink Baubles for Stephanie

Last night was a Holiday Open House at Carter's Cottage and while I was shopping, I saw these beautiful pink Christmas ornaments that immediately made me think of my eldest daughter, Stephanie. Her favorite color is pink and lately I've been feeling blue about her because she's suffering from a wicked sprained ankle. So I had to take these pretty pink baubles home with me as a gift for her. Stephanie loves Christmas so combine the holiday with … [Read more...]

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

"Rockin' around the Christmas tree, at the Christmas party hop." Thank you, Brenda Lee, for making this holiday song such a classic. Tis the season for sharing gifts, food, and most importantly ... love and joy. Unfortunately, Christmas¬†can be stressful and even sad for many. I think it's important not to get too freaked out about making everything perfect. Instead, have some fun by letting down your hair and rockin' around your Christmas tree. … [Read more...]

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