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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas friends! I hope you are having a wonderful day full of warmth, cheer and lots of family and friends!

Christmas Card 2012

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!!

These are our Christmas cards this year (well, in progress, Shutterfly took two weeks to get these to us so we’re still sending them out) and I love them! Chevron, of course, and some fun Christmas lights.

We had to include the dogs, thank goodness for free space on the back of the cards! Enjoy this day, enjoy your family and friends and enjoy the reason for the season. Merry Christmas!

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

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I love, love, love opening the mail during December! Christmas cards have to be one of the best pieces of mail you can ever receive! I get frustrated though because we have never had a place to display everyone’s hard work and pretty pictures so after seeing an idea in this month’s Martha Stewart Living, I decided to try my hand at my own Christmas card holder.

To start this project, you’ll need a sewing/knitting circle loom thing (yes, that is the technical term), clothespins, ribbon and a glue gun. I chose to add glitter because I like things that sparkle and shine. Wow, that just sounded so blonde! Moving on…
It also helps if you have a cute little guy like Carl to help you sniff each item and make sure it is okay to use. Martha used mini clothespins but I wanted more weight and a bigger wall hanging so I used the regular sized clothespins.
To start, wrap your ribbon around the circle so you already have the hanging spot marked. Then, glue gun the clothespins around the entire circle. I did some on the front and some on the back. Martha (I say Martha…we all know its her staff, right? Right?) recommended just doing them on the front and alternating putting them out and in. I wanted to make sure we had plenty of space and plenty of clips, so I used the front and back of the circle.
Once those were glued and dried, I laid out the newspaper and went to town with the glue and Martha Stewart glitter from Michael’s. Everyone says this is the best glitter ever because it doesn’t get everywhere and is easy to work with…they are so right! It is super fine and hasn’t gotten all over the furniture this is hanging above. Love it!
Here is the finished project! I love it! It is exactly what I wanted and has just enough sparkle and shine to add to the kitchen. I’m glad I went with the clips on the front and back. The back ones face in to the circle and the front ones face outside the circle. We have plenty of room for more cards – can’t wait to see yours!

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Welcome to our home, all fancy for Christmas! I love the house decorated for Christmas although I’m not completely finished yet. The house feels so warm and cozy, I love this month! I’ve tried to edit down the photos, but I still have a bunch so prepare for photo overload!

This was the first time Conner and I had ever hung outside Christmas lights and I love them! I hope that each year we can add on a little bit and continue to outline all the points of the house and roof.

This is the first thing you see when you walk in our front door. The coffee filter wreath was such a fun project and I love how it turned out! The buffet was a fun restoration project as well and looking at the before and after makes me want to paint another piece of furniture in our house!

The dining room is right off of the entryway. My parents gave us my great, great-uncle’s dining room table and buffet that they had used since getting married. I love having a table to set and a fun place to display my randomly created centerpieces and our first-ever live tree! I also have a project in the works for the blank wall space above the buffet so stop by again to check that out!

I really love having a set dining table I think it makes your table look so gorgeous and gives your house a great feeling of warmth and welcome! The table runner is from Target and the green napkins are from Wal-Mart. The napkin rings were a gift from our wedding and have a beaded pattern that matches our china, Vera Wang’s Grosgrain. The red chargers I already had and my mom let me borrow her Spode Christmas Tree salad plates and red wine glasses to give the table a more festive feeling. She has collected the china for so long and now has 24 place settings of it!

Here is our mantel! It is several garlands wrapped together as well as ornaments, pinecones and candleholders mixed together. Our stockings are my favorite part! With all of the Holiday Home linky parties, I have so many ideas for next year’s mantel!

This tray is from Hobby Lobby and I love it! It sits on top of our reupholstered ottoman and yes, that is a craft in progress in the background. The little birdy is from Michael’s and funny story – it was on clearance for $1 but since there was no price tag and they were busy, I got it for free. Score! The little jute tree was a project that was supposed to be made out of one thing, then another and ended up like this.

This sofa table was actually a black desk we had in our old house. Since we didn’t use the desk I painted it white, distressed it and gave it a new knob to use as our sofa table. I added greenery and red berry springs around the entertaining books and put some red jingle bells in with our bowl of corks. The lamps are from TJ Maxx and I love the hammered detail on the base!

These little guys sit on the end table between our couch and loveseat. The reindeer was an after-Christmas clearance last year, the stackable Santa was in my stocking two years ago and the jar with jingle bells was another Dollar Tree apothecary jar I made and stuck in the leftover jingle bells from my jingle bell mason jars!

On one bookshelf in our fireplace built-ins, I have a jar with faux snow and ornaments and a jar with faux snow, red berry garland, clippings from a plant in our backyard and a glittery snowflake from Dollar Tree.

In our kitchen, I have a lighted garland wrapping along the back of the countertops. I have this teal plate holder out year-round but change up the contents of it for the season. Right now, I have my easy and cheap chalkboard tray that is a perfect present! I made both of our moms this for Christmas last year. I will definitely show you how to make this in a future post – love it!

The bar sits in our breakfast nook and also has some lighted greenery on top. I usually have a lamp here as well but moved it so we can see our Christmas cards as they come in! I finally ordered our cards this weekend – better late than never, right? I made this Christmas card holder so the cards we receive won’t just sit in a pile and will show you this quick and cheap project in another post as well.

This is our fake hand-me-down tree that is in Conner’s living room. Yes, it is an OSU theme and yes, we love it!! I can’t wait to add more ornaments here every year. We finally hooked our trees up to timers this weekend – I will never go without them again! Love not worrying about plugging in and un-plugging the tree each day.

There are two leaning bookcases flanking the TV in this living room and both have various Christmas decorations on them, including the Keep Calm Christmas prints that were free!

Well, that is our home decorated for Christmas in 2010! Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed our house. I am linking up to The Nester’s Tour of Homes, Kelly’s Korner Show Us Your Life Christmas Homes, The Shabby Chic Cottage and Hooked On Houses’ Holiday Home Tour. Hope to see you there!

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Cards by Shutterfly

Well…it was a sad loss for my Cowboys last night. I really thought it would be our year. Oh well, we still had our best regular season ever and beat everyone’s expectations! Go Pokes!

Now to the real topic at hand…Christmas cards! Yes, it is that time of year again where getting the mail everyday is so fun and like Christmas morning. I love seeing who sends the cards and what kind of cards we get! We moved this year so just a little heads-up: we still want to get your cards!! 🙂 Ours this year will be a combination Christmas/we’ve moved card. I’m trying to find the perfect design (and perfect photo!) to use.

The photo cards are definitely my favorite. I know not everyone is a huge fan of these, but I love them! The ones with kids/dogs are always so adorable. Since we don’t have kids, we’ll try to incorporate the dogs this year. Two years ago, we used a wedding photo. Last year, I ran out of time and we didn’t get any cards sent (shame on me!). This year, I want to make sure we are ready and send out one to all of our family and friends!

Shutterfly is the perfect place to make the cards this year. They have a TON of options for us to use! Check this one out – you can write a letter, in addition to the pictures! What a great idea. I love the design of this one as well. Love that the picture isn’t broken up and the words are on the side/on top of the picture. There are so many to choose from, I’m not sure how I can pick just one!

If you’re interested in using Shutterfly, and even better – getting 50 free cards, check out this link here. They are doing a great promotion this year and I can’t wait to take advantage of it! Hope to see your cards in the mail soon. 🙂

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