Friday, December 12, 2014

My Christmas House 2014

 Yes, I am finally posting some photos of my Christmas décor this year!  So grab yourself some coffee or tea, and get ready, because you're in for photo overload here!
 We start in my front room, which is where the tree resides.  The colors in here are usually aqua and lime green, so for Christmas I add a bit of turquoise and red, and it makes for a pretty color scheme.
 Opposite the tree is this wall, where I do a little display every year.  Things look pretty similar to last year, although I added the felt wall hangings I made.
 A closer view of the top of the cabinet...
 ...and of the inside.  It's dang hard to get photos with the glass doors, but you might be able to see more details here.
 Again I've got my FAO Schwarz dollhouse decorated on the top of my computer cabinet.  So far, I haven't decorated the inside of a dollhouse yet (like last year).  We have a new kitty this year who likes to jump inside the dollhouses!  So I'm not sure if I want the hassle of him messing it up every day, but we'll see...!
 A sweet little deer with a doll dresser behind...
 In the corner is a table with my numerous nativities.
 Then we move into the great room.  This is where the majority of the magic happens!
 A bit of a closer look.
 My biggest new addition to the décor this year was this red "bin" from Hobby Lobby.  It's a perfect location for extra vintage ornaments and trees, not to mention the great pop of holiday color!
 You may notice this wall is just a little more toned down than last year ("You call this toned down, Corey??").  This year, I gave myself permission not to use EVERY SINGLE DECORATION THAT I OWN, so a few things are still packed up for another year.
 I decided to frame all the photos of my kids with Santa (there are some funny ones- take a look here).  Most of the frames were ones I already had, but I bought a couple Christmas-y ones as well.
It's a little bittersweet though, because this year, my kids decided they were done with going to see him, even Avery!  I actually think they all still believe, but they just feel it's too "baby-ish" to go sit on his lap!
 Ah, and here's the big guy(s) himself!  I love, love, love my vintage Santas!
 Here he is with his sleigh and some reindeer.
 And some little guys amongst the doll furniture!
 The elf tree is on an end table next to the couch this year.
 Vintage ornaments and more mini Santas in a tray on the coffee table.
 I'm so glad I had the thought to put the bottlebrush trees in this container- so simple, but such a fun look!
 "Let it snow" is a bit of a push down here in Florida, but oh well- we can dream!
 Pages from a vintage Christmas book are propped up on the shelf.
 More sneaky elves!
 I actually painted the red frame to add a bit more color- it used to be just wood- tone.
 More vintage reindeer, with Rudolph!
 Oh, how I love the look of all the vintage ornaments- practically all found at thrift stores over the years...
 A tiny little sleigh on top of the doll dresser.
 And a little bit bigger sleigh on top of another doll dresser! (Good thing I've got enough doll dressers to go around!)
 The blond elf here is actually our "Elf on the Shelf".  He's named "Silly Pinnochio" and keeps us all entertained with his stunts!
 I just love the look of pastels mixed with the traditional red and green!
 The advent tree made its way over onto a wall in the kitchen next to my studio.  The kids love picking out which ornament to add each day!
 On the other side of the studio door is our vintage Christmas card hanger (found at a thrift store).
 And the final bit of decorating is this little spot in the kitchen.
 As you see, I took advantage of the red and green colors of this doll furniture!  It looks so cute up here, I almost want to leave it up year round! (If you're interested in the Poky Little Puppy book, there's some more pics here!)
And that is all, my friends!  I hope you enjoyed it!  And I hope you're all having a great holiday season thus far!

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

June Thru October

I know, I know, it's December now, and nobody cares about the summertime and Halloween and such, but I just wanted to post the last few months' worth of my kids' Project Life albums.   I promise I'll finish showing you my Christmas décor soon!!
Riley's Scrapbook:
Noah's Scrapbook:
Avery's Scrapbook:
(Remember that I am just beginning a Project Life album for her, so the first page is sort of a "title page" for the book)
Okay, stay tuned for a Christmas décor post soon!