Saturday, December 22, 2012

Home for the Holidays Pink Saturday

It’s been so long since I have been able to take part in Pink Saturday and I really do enjoy it. Christmas for me this year has been a bit unusual – it all seemed so overwhelming for a number of reasons I will not bore you with, but I decided to not put up a tree and to go very sparingly. In looking through a number of really beautiful blogs I’ve discovered that I am not the only one that does not get their tree up the day after Thanksgiving and has all their decorating done by December 1st and that am not able to get everything down and put away after Christmas until the end of January – what a revelation for me!!

Here are some things I did do…

Bleached some bottle brush trees in preparation for something – not sure what yet and they may not get done until next year

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I love looking out onto my deck as it’s just off the family and dining room and see just a bit of Christmas especially after a light snow

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Our Christmas tree this year is some branches I had previously sprayed silver and hang decorations on according to the holiday. I love these little ornaments, not sure if you can see, but they are polka dots on red and green bulbs – so cute! Since this photo, I have tucked mini lights into the container – it’s so beautiful at night.

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This photo did not turn out well, but in real life it’s actually very pretty. My husband made me the candle holders a few years back and I love displaying them at Christmas

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I know, I know – this is very plain and I have dressed it up a bit since the photo with more fairy lights and a bulb in the nest – it’s very ethereal looking. The tree I started making last year and finished it this year – a dear friend gave me the vintage trim you see on the bottom.

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Nothing elaborate or over the top – very simple and done at my own pace as I felt like it – I really enjoy the simplicity of it it all.

And I have to show you our baby boy playing in the snow chasing snowballs

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One thing in all of this - I realized that I really missed my beloved Christmas decorations and also realized that my process and some of my expectations were part of what felt so overwhelming. I’m in the process of cleaning out the closet in the guest room to make way for my pared down version of Christmas. I’m keeping only those items I truly love and that are very sentimental – all the rest – you know the ones that every year you say “Oh, I’m not putting that out this year – I don’t know where to put it, I really don’t want to take the time for that etc., etc. and then they get put back into the bottom of the box and packed away again – they are going to the thrift store or my daughter if she wants them. Only our tree (yes, a fake one) and our sweet lighted deer along with a sleigh will stay downstairs in our above ground basement. Everything else will be brought into that closet so that it’s not a big production to haul several containers upstairs and then take them downstairs usually in the middle of a snow storm or the aftermath of one blah blah blah – you get the picture I’m sure.

Take a moment and stop by How Sweet the Sound to visit with a lot of sweet people and see how they are decorating their homes for Christmas if you are still in need of some decorating inspiration.

Have a wonderful and Happy Holiday Season. Merry Christmas to you and yours,


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

All Joy at Christmas

The last post of my Christmas creations – some for Lake Tahoe Holidays and some for my Etsy shop…

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Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season to all of you


Sunday, December 16, 2012

May you find peace…..

Papirskatter - Sweet Cherubs

When I began this post, it was with the intention of sharing the last bit of Christmas items with you, but found that I could not… maybe next week.

The only thing I’m going to address in this post is to say that in a season that should be filled with as much joy and peace as possible ~ my heart goes out to all the parents, family, and friends of the dear ones lost this past week at Sandy Hook School in a senseless act of violence. My heart aches for all of you and I know that nothing said at this time can even begin to lessen your loss, but know there are millions of people around the world thinking of you and praying for you to be able to somehow cope with this grief and find some semblance of peace in your lives.


Monday, December 10, 2012

Joy to You and Yours

I still have a few cards, etc. that I have not posted yet for Christmas, so thought I would share them with you…

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And another…

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A couple of new tags to my Etsy shop as well…

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I have a couple more of the single banners that I will be posting also in the next day or so.

Take care and stay warm…

Friday, December 7, 2012

Warm Winter Wishes

Another sweet vintage bird for Christmas…

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And the tag – although of course you cannot see it simply says “Warm Winter Wishes”.

A simple banner in shades of sage, red and white…

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A Happy Holiday Season to all of you and a Merry Christmas to you and yours ~ Dru