Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas ornament swap

Once again I participated in a Christmas ornament swap. I received so many cute ornaments. 

The plan this year was to have one tree full of handmade woodland ornaments. But, the whole Costco being out of trees meant we had to use my tree as the family tree. None of my beautiful woodland ornaments made it on the tree. Maybe next year!

Before I share the ornaments, I wanted to show poor Chester. I found him at Dirt Cheap for just $1. He needed a home and a little glue...


Soon enough he was good as new!


His birdie friend doesn't have s name yet.  Chester was more than happy to oversee the unpacking of his forest friends...











Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Home Tour

Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house
Only mother was scurrying not quite quiet as a mouse
The stockings weren't hung by the chimney with care
And mother was glad St. Nick wasn't soon to be there

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of finals danced in their heads.
Father in his PJs all ready for his nap,
And mother silently cursing, "Now, where did I put that?"

When from out of the closet mother created such a clatter,
Father slid from his bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the living room, he groggily puttered
Tore open the door, rolled his eyes and muttered:

"What are you doing, up at this hour so late?
Is it really worth it to make the house look great?"
When what to his tired eyes should appear
but a great big mess and adhesives that won't adhere

With a jingle and jangle and a little thud
I just knew my Christmas tour was a total dud.
More rapid than eagles, this holiday came
And I fussed and fretted, and tried still the same.

I set out the snowmen, the penguins and bows
And really just hoped that everything goes
There are too many Santas, some sort of scary
And, no one knows what happened to Mary.

Several boxes are missing, including the lights
So our tree won't shine much during the night
Our electric bill will surely be lower
without the outdoor lights sucking the power!

But it's still Christmas and I'll be a good elf
Put up the decorations I have, in spite of myself
If you wink your eyes and turn your heads
Maybe my home won't be something to dread

So spring to your keyboards, and leave a nice word
Even if you think my decorating is absolutely absurd.
Enter the drawing, visit the other sites
Happy Christmas to all, and to all, a good night!


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I  had every intention of putting up the tree in early December, just like every year. However, this year, my husband suggested I not get a tree until closer to his birthday (Dec. 14). So, Saturday night, we headed to Costco to get a tree only to find them completely sold out! Not good! Costco was really the only affordable place to get a tall tree.

Instead, we had to break out the 7.5 ft tall pre-lit artificial tree and prop it up on a box to make it look taller.


Only to discover that the pre-lit part is only partially functioning and the box full of Christmas lights is completely missing!

Guess what is also missing?


My entire nativity set!

Solution? Just line up all the other weird nativity sets I have and just pretend it's a depiction of Jesus' early life and that Jesus, Mary and Joseph have already fled to Egypt! That's totally the story I'm going with when the kids ask...



I still have some points of JOY in my holiday decorating:


JOY is one of my recent finds at Dirt Cheap. I plan to keep it up year round to remind me that we're supposed to have JOY in our lives.


Even Edmund has a festive little nest for Christmas.



Let's make our way outside...

But first, a stop in the vestibule



Out the door..And on to the porch...Because everyone needs a mantle on their front porch


Friday, December 5, 2014

16 Candy Cane Ideas for Christmas

Tis the season for candy canes! Candy canes pop up in everything from body wash (my fave from Bath & Body Works), to hot cocoa and, of course, decorating.

I was invited by HomeTalk to gather some really fun Candy Cane inspired decorating ideas. Head on over and check out my Candy Cane Creativity clipboard and all the other great ideas on Hometalk.


16 Candy Cane Decorating ideas