Holiday Decorating Archives

My 2013 Winter Mantle & Holiday Decorations

The pantry is in working order again, the fall decorations put away and the decorations out for the Christmas season. I have to thank my daughter Serenity for being so helpful.  She loves the little traditions we do each year and was eager to get everything decorated.  Between her and the younger ones, they did a lot. The winter village that we’ve had for years and is the kids’ absolute favorite thing. At night… The man used to have a fish on the end of his pole but that has disappeared.  This year Audrey had the bright idea to tear off a bit of marshmallow for the end of the stick. So cute. My mom painted both of these for me. The little Brio train…

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A Nature Inspired Christmas Tablescape

We had Christmas with mom and dad here at my house. Ten of us.  Pretty small since we normally have my sisters and their families but things just happened to work out that way this year. Since I didn’t have any Christmassy dishes, I decided to go with a tablescape that had more of a nature look. I decided to use a toolbox my boys had made when they were little as my centerpiece.  I filled the toolbox with some juniper branches, poked some red material around the base of the branches, added a poinsettia and a bit of cranberry garland.  I loved how it turned out. For our Christmas Dinner we had: Grilled Leg of Lamb with Garlic and Rosemary – Delicious! Spinach Salad w/ Bleu Cheese, Oranges…

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Working on a Winter Mantle

Over the weekend I started working on decorating my mantle for winter.  Until a few months ago I had not changed my mantle decor for years.  Yep, you read that right.  Years.  But I liked how it looked and wasn’t thinking about changing it seasonally.  So decorating my mantle for the winter season is new territory to me. I got the idea for this gate from Funky Junk Interiors.  Here is her gate here. We had this old fencing we picked up several years ago for a homeschool co-op day we had.  I wanted to save it but it has slowly been being used for firewood.  Fortunately, we still had this piece. After taking apart the boards I somewhat followed Funky Junk Interiors tutorial and…

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Thanksgiving Name Cards

For most of my dinner gatherings I use name cards. They’re fun to make and it just seems to add a fun touch, in my opinion.  When using name cards, I try to seat people with someone that I think they’ll be comfortable with. Here are a few ideas I’ve found for Thanksgiving. Martha Stewart has this Mayflower centerpiece.  Unless you enlarge it, the template is not big enough for a centerpiece.  It also is much too time consuming and complicated. Have you ever heard of veneer for a craft project? I wouldn’t even know where to find it. For my Mayflower I used construction paper (after my first failed attempt using Martha’s directions) and hot glued it together.  Very easy.  I also used a thin bamboo skewer…

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