Winter home tour 2018

After Christmas comes and goes, I often find myself in such a decorating bind. My house is so decorated for Christmas that when it’s all taken down and put away, the house just looks naked. It’s awful.

But your house doesn’t have to feel naked. Here are some ways I’ve managed to recycle some Christmas decor for winter.

Our front entry is simple but pretty with this apothecary jar full of pine tree picks and winterberry, a small vase of winterberry and a candle. If you’re missing the glow of Christmas lights, use a candle to simulate that glow.

Natural elements like pine branches, pine cones, boxwood and winterberry evoke winter but not necessarily Christmas. Here’s a basket of pine cones that sit in our office.

We also have a vignette in the middl of our dining room table that is full of pine cones and pine branches. Pine cones add lots of texture to a room and they can be used in the fall, too. Plus, they’re really pretty.

This has been a very versatile vignette. I’ve used it for almost three seasons and simply switched out a few elements each time.

In our dining room, the sideboard features a doughbowl with candles, pine picks, and more candles. So simple.

The stoneware pitcher and saucer belonged to my great grandparents.

Our faux mantle is decked out with winterberry, candles, and the soft glow of lanterns. How cute is this terrarium?

I hope you have enjoyed our winter home tour this year. Come back and visit us soon!!

Linking to StonegableWorthing CourtCedar Hill FarmhouseConfessions of a Plate AddictThe Turquoise HomeA Place of My TasteThe Happy Housie, The Blissful Bee, My PinterventuresThe Lady Prefers to SaveThe Kolb Corner, Craving Some Creativity,  Let’s Get Crafty, Diane and Dean DIY,  Starfish CottageBluesky Kitchen,  Potentially Chic,  McCall Manor, and Odds and Evans,  The Quintessential MommyChristine Everyday,  Little Miss DexterousDécor To AdorePoofing the PillowsAt Home With JemmaWhite Spray Paint,  and French Country Cottage!

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24 Days of Christmas kick-off: Waterless Snowglobe Ornaments

Hooo boy, I can’t believe it’s already Christmas time. While this year will certainly be different and a little less joyous, we are going to try to make it a good one. 


How excited am I to bring you 24 Days of Christmas ideas, recipes, crafts, tours…oh yeah, did I mention the crafts? Hold on tight, ‘cause we are going to have some fun. 

Last year I showed you some DIY ornament ideas, but this one is my favorite. 


I love these “waterless snow globes” because they’re cute, easy, and cheap. 

First, buy some clear plastic ornaments, tacky glue, epsom salt and bottle brush trees. The teeny- tiny bottle brush trees. 


Put a dab of tacky glue on the base of your teeny tiny tree. 

Use Tweezers or long pliers to affix the tree base to the bottom of the Christmas ball. Let it dry for 24 hours.


Then, once the glue has dried, add the epsom salt.


I told you they were cute and easy. You could get creative with these and add tiny people, animals, or even add glitter or tinsel to the epsom salt. Anything that will fit into the tiny little opening at the ornament top. 


But I like them with just the tree and the snow. 

Have a great week! Up next: Making an advent wreath.

Linking to StonegableWorthing CourtCedar Hill FarmhouseConfessions of a Plate AddictTThe Turquoise HomeA Place of My TasteThe Happy Housie, The Blissful Bee, My PinterventuresThe Lady Prefers to SaveThe Kolb Corner, Craving Some Creativity,  Let’s Get Crafty, Diane and Dean DIY,  Starfish CottageBluesky Kitchen,  Potentially Chic,  McCall Manor, and Odds and Evans,  The Quintessential MommyChristine Everyday,  Little Miss DexterousDécor To AdorePoofing the PillowsAt Home With JemmaWhite Spray Paint,  and French Country Cottage!

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A bit absent…but warm!

I haven’t written much this past week. In fact, I wrote only once. We had school only two days last week, as we had a cold front come in. The cold front brought this.

We didn’t measure, but several friends who live near us measured anywhere from 5 to 7 inches. We didn’t have power for almost 13 hours at one point. 
I didn’t blog because I was busy hanging out with my sweet little snowbunny. 
That picture is actually from a snow we got about two weeks ago. 
Today it is raining, and the rain is freezing. It looks pretty on the trees, but ice wreaks some serious havoc here in the South. We are staying home and staying warm 🙂
Old man Winter, you have worn out your welcome. Who else is ready for spring? 
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A bit absent…but warm!

I haven’t written much this past week. In fact, I wrote only once. We had school only two days last week, as we had a cold front come in. The cold front brought this.

We didn’t measure, but several friends who live near us measured anywhere from 5 to 7 inches. We didn’t have power for almost 13 hours at one point. 
I didn’t blog because I was busy hanging out with my sweet little snowbunny. 
That picture is actually from a snow we got about two weeks ago. 
Today it is raining, and the rain is freezing. It looks pretty on the trees, but ice wreaks some serious havoc here in the South. We are staying home and staying warm 🙂
Old man Winter, you have worn out your welcome. Who else is ready for spring? 
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