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-

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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!

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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.

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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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10 DIY Christmas Wrapping Ideas

CHRISTMAS GIFT WRAP IDEAS TO MAKE YOUR TREE MORE JOLLY

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It’s that time of year again. Time to start thinking about shopping lists, holiday parties, and wrapping. Oh, all that wrapping! It can be a tough thing. I mean, the wrapping papers you find in stores aren’t always the best. And for your loved ones, you have to have the best, right? So if you are having a hard time finding the perfect wrapping paper, or if you just want to make your wrapping paper a little more special this holiday season, try out some of these awesome DIY ideas! (My favorites are the ones involving confetti. Lots and lots of confetti.) Enjoy, and happy wrapping!

1. Painted Pretty

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This would be a great one to do with the kids. Pick a few colors, grab a brush, and go to town!

2. Sports Ball Simply Stamped

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These are so fun and unique! My favorite is the golf ball. These would be great for any sports fans in the family. I bet a baseball would look pretty cool too.

3. Add Household Twinkling Trinkets giftwrap4

This wrapping paper is so cool and perfect for the sewing crafting recipient.  Gotta love the black, white and gold combo.

4. Confetti Shimmer & Shake

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Who wouldn’t love to receive a gift wrapped up with some confetti under an over wrap of cellophane? Kids will go crazy for it! They can shake these presents and watch the confetti move.

5. Stamped Stupendousgiftwrap6

How rad is this idea? I love the polar bears. So cool!

6. Eraser Polka Dots Dappled

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This is a classic. Grab a regular old number 2 pencils and stamp away! Try adding some color with different colored ink pads too!

7. Rubber Band Burst

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Who knew rubber bands would make a perfect gift topper? It would be fun to watch someone get frustrated having to take all of these all off!

8. Confetti Coated

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More confetti, please! A few different ways to make your gifts a little more festive and a whole lot more fun!

9. Pom Poms Popping

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How fun is this? I have to give this a try. Not only is it pretty and fun, the pom poms add some fun texture.

10. Photos

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I love this idea; there are so many ways to make it and have it work for different people. It’s all about customization, people!

Hope these Christmas gift wrapping ideas have inspired you!  Feel free to visit my shops to find a little something to wrap up –

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