Christmas Home Tour Part II

CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR PART II

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Earlier this week, I showed you my home decorated for Christmas in the evening.  Today I am taking you on a daytime Christmas home tour.

Let’s start with the front door and inside entry-

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I have added string lights all over the outside of the front door display, as well as to my deer and other inside front entrance Christmas decor. I love my antique sled found a few years ago at an estate sale.

Next, a few more up close photos of my decorated entry side table and past the stairs into the formal living room.christmashtentry2upclosecollage We have two full fireplaces in this house and while I love both of them, it has been a challenge to decorate two large mantles this year.  I have had to split most of my Christmas decorations between the two mantels. I plan to make some improvements and additions next year to our formal living room fireplace for Christmas decor and some new art.  Below is my minimal set up for it this year.

christmashtformallivingroomcollageOur new large tree sits in the corner of the formal living room and we also have a smaller feather tree with a hand painted base in our kitchen dining area.  Below is our kitchen eat-in, which I love. We have 18 foot vaulted ceilings in the room, lots of windows, a sliding glass door out to our deck and a second fireplace.  For our kitchen dining table set up – I went with a cozy button tufted settee and two crushed velvet high back chairs.  We spend a lot of time in here, so I went with plush but comfortable seating.   I made that fun Santa wreath a few years ago- looks great hanging on our door that leads to the garage.

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In this same room, we have a built in buffet- I call it the wine buffet.  I love to decorate it for the holidays too.

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Here is my collection of woodland creatures, Santa figurines, and snowmen.

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Last, is our formal dining room with the farmhouse wood box that I made filled with Christmas greenery and gold glitter pine cones.

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Come back in a few days and see all my hand painted Christmas decorations and ornaments that I have made over the years.  I can’t wait to show you my handmade collection.

If you are still shopping online and need some last minute Christmas gift ideas or Christmas decorations, stop by my Etsy shops by clicking on the links below-

ONCE UPON A HOME DESIGNS

THE PARTY FETTI SHOP

READY SET CRAFT KITS

PINWHEEL PRETTIES

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Christmas Gifts for Crafters

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR THE CRAFTER

Crafter Christmas Presents

Is your wife or best friend a crafter?  If you are not a diy’er or crafter yourself and are scratching your head on what to get a crafter this year, I am here to help you!

Or maybe you are a crafter and you just want to know what craft things are trending this year- these recommendations should inspire you too!

There are no affiliate links in this post- so keep in mind you’ll need to Google these items or head over to Etsy and search for some of these amazing gift ideas.

House shaped shelves have been popular this year and are a great way for a crafter to display some of their handmade goods in their home or craft space or these shelves are perfect for storage in the craft room.  Actually everything house shaped has been trending this year- so why not add a little house pillow to your home or a house shaped bed if you have a little one.  The simple house frame design takes its influence from the Scandinavian contemporary simple designs. ill be all over the place this year. It will dominate especially in kids products where clouds and raindrops have been key decor pieces in the last few seasons, the pitched roof house is set to join the party.
Paper folding has really improved this year and the new contemporary designs focus on geometric shapes. Many come as kits or printable templates too for the paper crafter.  Now there are wood templates like the one above.  These are also perfect for making your own Christmas ornaments this year or for decorating your own party with some of these stunning designs.
Every crafter needs to get organized so why not pick up a pretty planner! Anything to make 2017 more productive and to plan out craft projects over the year.  Get ready to get organised!
This year the popular patterns have been the palm print or any large tropical looking leafy plant print is what the pineapple was to 2015. Everything palm print to keep you calm!  Don’t forget succulents are huge too!  They are wonderful for the home already made in either felt, paper, or even plastic- or many Etsy shops now offer them as kits to make your own.
This year, for the first time Pantone chose two colors of the year –  light pink and light blue.  If you want to get fancy, the you can call these color names “Rose Quartz” and “Serenity”- whatever name you call them by, these two color shades are ideal for all craft supplies: card stock, fabric, knitting yarn, buttons, and any thing else your crafter may need to stay trendy.
I would love to hear your favorite craft tool or craft trend this year, comment below with your recommendation for craft gifts this 2016 Christmas.
If you need a craft kit for your crafter or supplies to inspire your next project, head over to my craft supply Etsy shop –
Craft Supplies
Thanks for stopping by the blog today.
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Christmas Home Tour Part 1

CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR PART I

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My plan today was to share a full home tour after getting all the Christmas decorations up but my Canon point and shoot camera has been giving me problems (the shutter is staying open too long) when I photograph in low light.  Any photographers out there. . . please help and please post in the comments to give me some pointers on how to fix this in my settings on my Canon 5x/16.0 camera?  I did manage to clean them up a bit with Photoshop- but you can clearly see the blurry line running through all my photos, where the shutter is not quite closed.  Ugh!

Christmas Home Tour 2016

So instead I am just posting a few of the photos that I took last night that I managed to do a quick touch up.  I’ll take some better daytime photos this week and get them posted later in the week for the Home Tour Part II.

 Above is our formal living room with our stone fireplace with my decorated mantle and our staircase that I added Christmas greenery and lanterns on top of our banister pillars – our house is lit up every where at night.  Every nook of the house features sparkling lights.  I may have gone a tad overboard on the electric lights.

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Our dining room- see the reclaimed wood farmhouse XMAS sign on the buffet – I made it!

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Our little woodland creatures table – I love the trendy animals made from wood, pine cones, and other natural materials that have been popular the past few years.

Christmas Tree

Our Christmas tree really came out amazing this year.  We bought a larger 9 foot tree since we have vaulted ceilings – I finally got the tall Christmas tree I always wanted.  Later this week, I will share many of the handmade ornaments and other hand painted Christmas decorations I have made over the years.

Christmas EntranceThis is my favorite part of our home – the front inside entry.  I plan to transition this table for every season.  I made the JOY reclaimed wood sign as well for this table.

Stay tuned for some gift giving ideas on Wednesday and the second part of my Christmas home tour -the day time tour with much better photos- I promise!

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