24 Days of Christmas: 2017 Christmas Home Tour

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I am so excited to share the 2017 Christmas Home Tour with you this year! I feel like this is honestly our prettiest Christmas ever. It hasn’t been the best of years, so I did more this year than I usually do.

This is our main tree, in our living room. I used the same red and gold ornaments as always, but this year, we added some gold ribbon.

This lovely tree lives in our dining room and has ornaments from my childhood on it.

My girls have white trees with pink and purple ornaments. Here is my oldest daughter’s tree.

Each year, we get them a new ornament for their trees. Some of our favorite “Emorie inspired” ornaments are on the tree.

Aubrey’s tree sits atop her end table to discourage her from messing with it. It doesn’t help- she still messes with it.

Like her sister, she gets a new ornament each year.

Our tree in the office contains all of our personal ornaments as a family. We buy a new ornament each year and put it on this tree. Nothing on this tree looks alike or matches at all. It’s random, it’s crazy looking, but it’s my favorite. Lots of memories on this tree.

In our room, we added a tiny little tree this year and this cute terrarium I found at JoAnn’s.

This cozy corner of our bedroom is decked out with a Christmas throw and a pillow with the famous red truck.

Our nativity lives in the living room. It’s even more special to me this year as my grandpa built the manger and he died this year.

This red berry wreath lives on our front entry mirror.

Our living room couch (soon to be replaced) has these super cute Christmas pillows in it:

Including this one I made last year from placemats:

Our office, Home of the random tree, also features this “Christmas art,” which is really just some gift bags that I framed last year.

This galvanized pail Of ornaments lives here, too.

Our other nativity scene lives here as well. My grandma bought me this one and I think they’re lovely.

Our faux mantle is looking extra cute in our dining room.

I found this cute battery operated lantern at Walgreens:

I changed up our fall vignette just a little for Christmas:

And decked out our China cabinet like this:

I hope you have enjoyed our Christmas Home Tour this year! Join us this week for handmade ornaments and more.

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24 Days of Christmas: Wood Slice ornaments, a Christmas roundup

Wood Slice Ornaments

I am loving the rustic charm of wood slice ornaments lately. There are so many of them out there, and they’re actually pretty easy to make. I decided today I’d share a Pinterest round-up of my favorite wood slice ornaments from Pinterest.

  1. I love this one from A Muse Studio because it’s so simple and cute.

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These ornaments are actually embossed. I would put these on a tree with some cute little woodland creatures and white lights. Aren’t they cute?

2. These snowman faces would be perfect to make with kids. Actually, everything at Made to Be a Momma is perfect to do with your kids.

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How cute would these snowman ornaments be on a tree with white lights and some silver and blue glass balls? I love them! I also love her idea of using them as gift tags on presents.

3. These photo transfer wood slices from Landeelu are great, and they’d be an awesome grandparent gift.

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4. How about these custom ornaments from Forage Workshop on Etsy? I am thinking of ordering a few of these myself.

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I hope you have enjoyed this Pinterest round up. I cannot wait to show you which wood slice ornaments I decide to make.

And P.S.: Home tour coming tomorrow!!!!

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24 Days of Christmas: Christmas ornaments buy RIGHT NOW from Dollar Tree


I don’t know if you all have been in Dollar Tree lately, but if you haven’t, there are sooooo many cute Christmas decorations right now. 

How cute are these tiny little owls?


Or maybe these little mittens? They have them in white and red.


These wooden snowmen are cute, and so are these little top hats.


In addition to ornaments, there’s also a great selection of wrapping paper, bags and ribbon.

So if you haven’t gone to Dollar Tree, I suggest you make the trip. 

I bought a huge haul of cheap, cute Christmas goodness there today. Tune in next week for a look at my Dollar Tree Christmas tree. 

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First Sunday of Advent


For today’s installment of the 24 Days of Christmas, I am going to share with you the first Sunday of Advent.  Yesterday, I created an advent wreath, which is so easy and simple to do. 

Plus, it’s a completely open-ended project, and you can customize your wreath anyway you like.

There are four Sundays in the advent calendar, which are represented by the four candles in the advent wreath.

The first candle, known as the prophet’s candle, symbolizes hope and reminds us that Jesus is coming.


Today, we have lit the first candle and we are reading the related verses, Romans 15: 12-13: (NIV)

12 And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope.”
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.



Today, as we read these verses and light our prophet’s candle, we pray the Lord will prepare our hearts for His coming and remind us we have hope in Him.
Aren’t you glad we have hope in Christ and in His return?

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24 Days of Christmas: An easy advent wreath

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On the second day of our 24 Days of Christmas series, I want to share the easiest advent wreath ever! I’ve actually never made an advent wreath before, and this is certainly an easy way to make one. It’s also a great tradition to start in your family, and a great way to teach your children the story of Christmas.

I made my advent wreath on a white Ikea tray that I already owned, so I could pick it up and move it.

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I also purchased four battery operated candles. You could use real candles if you want, but I have pets and small children, so it is much safer to use the faux flicker candles. I got mine from Dollar Tree, but you can find them almost anywhere.

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I then purchased several holiday floral picks from Walgreens

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and arranged them around the candles.

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I ended up with a cute advent wreath for only about $20.

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I would love to see your advent wreaths! Please share how you make them and include pictures!

Have a wonderful weekend.

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Make Something Monday: Free Thanksgiving Printables

I hope you have had a wonderful week. I know some of you love typographical art as much as I do, so I wanted to make these Printables and share them with you.


Thanksgiving, thankfulness and joy have been on my mind a lot lately so I thought I’d create some Printables that embody those things with you all.


This one is based off a popular hymn we often sing at our church.


This one is easily my favorite of the three. I love simple things and this one is both simple and beautiful.


I like this one because it is simple and pretty, and while it’s still fall appropriate, it’s different from the traditional fall colors.

If you want to download these, right click on them and save them to your device. For best results, print no larger than 8×10.

Have a great week!

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Make Something Monday: make a faux pumpkin look real

I like decorating with natural elements, but sometimes those natural elements can rot and make a mess. Plus, when your toddler likes to throw things, you probably shouldn’t have real pumpkins where she can reach them. 


I found this pumpkin at Walmart for a little over $5 and I liked the shape of it. I wasn’t too into the color, though. 

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, then you know I don’t let color put me off. I can fix that.

Out came the Waverly chalk paint and my trusty brushes.


I think it turned out quite well, don’t you??


Don’t let color put you off. Grab that spray paint, chalk paint, or milk paint and make it what you want. 

Now I have a super cute pumpkin that won’t rot or make a mess. 

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fall home tour

I have been fighting the urge to decorate for fall for soooo long. As soon as August hits, I do everything I can to find an excuse to decorate for fall. I live in North Carolina, so even when it’s September, it certainly doesn’t feel like fall here.

I decided to do a late summer/early fall kind of decorating scheme, with lots of textures and using things I mostly already had. I did have to buy some new apples, because my old ones did not survive the weather too well.

This is our front entry. I like to just do something small here. I used my great grandmother’s jug to hold some faux bittersweet, a galvanized bucket to hold a faux fruit, and my other great grandmother’s milk glass to hold a battery operated tea light.

 

I really, throughly enjoyed using antiques and things that have been in my family to decorate this fall. Here, I’ve used my grandmother’s scale and milk glass bowl to display some fruit, and a milk glass pitcher to display some burlap sunflowers. Also, I used this Pepsi crate I bought in the mountains last March. I thought my table vignette could use a bit more texture, so I made a gallon jar less boring by adding some lace and burlap to it.

See that pitcher and plate in the background? Those also belonged to my great grandmothers (on opposite sides of the family).

I love looking at this vignette. The scale and the gallon jar remind me of my grandparents and that makes me happy.

My grandmother loves to give me things like this scale, because she knows I love them and I use them proudly. Display your treasures and heirlooms, folks. Don’t stash them away in a cabinet. Use them out in the open and enjoy them.

You can buy rolls of lace and burlap, already combined like you see here, for just a few dollars at Walmart. You can make so many pretty things with it!

Someday I’ll have a real mantle…until then, I have this weird pass-through window in our dining room. Here is my fall “mantle-scape.” I have milk glass, copper pumpkins and milk glass pumpkins, cat tails and ornamental grasses, and a pretty fall plate I bought a few years ago. Simple, and natural beauty.

You may have picked up on a burlap obsession. In my dining room, I currently have burlap sunflowers in a pitcher, a gallon jug with burlap and lace, and some candles with burlap and lace on them.

Yet another gift from my great grandmother, handed down through the years. I never got to meet her, but this footed bowl was hers and I’m sure she’d be happy to know I love it and enjoy it.

In our office, I chose to display grass-wrapped pears in a footed bowl, and several glass pumpkins.

I will likely change up my decor as it becomes cooler, and well…actually fall!

Have a wonderful day. I hope you enjoyed this tour.

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Make Something Monday: Free summer printables

If you know me, you know I really love a good printable. You also know I love a good FREE printable. I got a little bored recently and created a few Printables with summer appropriate quotes on them. 

I thought I’d share a few of those with you. To download, righ click and save to your device. For best results, print no larger than 8×10. 


How about this one? 


And if you’re into photographic art, you may like this one.


As you can see, I was overdressed in this photo. 

And if none of these Printables tickle your fancy, here’s a collection of summer quotes from Country Living (these are NOT mine).

Country Living: Best Quotes About Summer

Have an awesome week! More summer goodies are coming soon. 

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Tips and Tricks Tuesday: no-fuss summer decorating 


I’ll admit, I move at a slower pace when summer comes around. After the hustle and bustle of a busy school year, it’s nice to decompress a bit and just…be. I like to think my house feels the same way. 

My house spends so much time being decorated: we go all out for Christmas and fall, and still decorate a fair amount for spring. As a fellow blogger said, she likes to let her home breathe during the summer.

I agree. While most people do their spring cleaning in the spring, I do mine in the summer. I’m a teacher and summer is when I have the most free time. I’d have a hard time deep cleaning around a bunch of seasonal decor, you know? 

Basically, I take what’s left over from spring decorating and re-adapt it a little.

Just two months ago, this same vignette looked like this:


Seasonally appropriate seashells replace bunnies, eggs and nests, and late summer hydrangeas replace blooms more appropriate for spring. Actually, I love hydrangeas but use faux ones because I have a relative who is allergic.

I replaced the tiered tray with this wooden Pepsi crate. I filled it with a tall vase with blue flowers, a blue tea towel, a nautical candle lantern and a farmhouse lantern. I love how simple, cute and country this arrangement looks. 


Our July 4 mantle: wooden star garland, candles in glass lanterns, burlap books and a faux boxwood. Just simple, not overdone. 

Our spring mantle was similarly styled:


One of the best ways to welcome summer is to simply declutter your decor so your home looks bright and airy. 

Add in some neutral elements, such as plants, shells, moss, or a basket. 


Throw open those drapes and let the natural sunlight in. 


Break out your light colored textiles in light, breezy fabrics.



Summer is a low key time of year. Let your house feel low key as well.

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