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With only two days until Christmas, I finally got all of our presents wrapped! Every year I promise myself I won’t wait until the last minute and every year…yeah, you know the drill.

I saw this picture on Pinterest back in October and loved it! So pretty and so simple. It looked like the perfect wrapping to accompany my dream vision of a green and natural Christmas theme.

This was the best picture I got of what we accomplished, but isn’t it the cutest picture? Little Carl, ready to play Santa. Hah! I used brown craft paper, green ribbon and black stickers instead of a stamp because it was cheaper. I really like the way it turned out! Conner has requested a return to ‘normal’ Christmas paper next year – such a traditionalist. 🙂
Hope you are finished wrapping your gifts! If you need help, Santa Carl responds very well to treats and loves to help!

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Decorating for Christmas this year was so fun! I wanted to do something a little non-traditional (no red this year!) and use things I already had that included mercury glass and nature-inspired elements. I like what I did because it was simple and easy while still festive – just how this December has been. I have avoided (almost all) stress that I normally put on myself and I’m so happy!

I saw this vignette from Miss Mustard Seed and just had to share. The chalkboard sign, the fresh greenery, pinecones and pretty mercury glass. I love it all! It is so fresh and pretty and makes you feel Christmas and winter. I like when decor makes you feel something – kind of like art, right?

I hope you all are enjoying the Christmas decorations as well! There are so many to look at online, almost too many to get through!

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Well, its the last Christmas party. I can’t believe we’ve already been through another season of these – it went by so fast! I love this one though, our trees are my favorite! We do a live, traditional one in the main living room (last year it was in the dining room) and in the second living room, we do an artificial OSU tree. So much fun to decorate both!

This is the OSU tree (obviously) and I love it! I changed it up a lot from last year and like it so much better. I collected more official OSU ornaments, used a tree topper instead of just some ribbon and only put up orange ornaments. I love the way it looks this year! (I’m still working on a tree skirt…I have a mild case of December A.D.D. right now and can’t focus long enough to hot glue for two solid hours…)

Conner’s parents got us a stuffed Pistol Pete and he is perfect as the tree topper! He has his guns up and is wearing a cute little orange cowboy hat. He is actually a puppet so getting his top-heavy parts to stay sitting up and not fall over was a pretty interesting task. Luckily the top of this tree will move any way you want, so he is supported on all four sides by several branches!

Between Christmas clearance and Christmas presents we’ve received, we have a lot more super cute OSU ornaments, including the glittery golf bag and OSU nutcracker. I love them! The orange candy canes were a super easy project I did last year. The Dollar Tree had regular candy canes in packs of 6 for $1 so I just took those and spray painted them orange – such an easy accessory for this tree!

In our main living room is the real tree! This is a tradition we started last year in this new home and I’m so happy we did. I like going to pick out the tree and watching the branches fall after we’ve unwrapped it. Although, this year the bottom branches fell a little too much for my liking, but that’s the risk you take! I’ll take branches that hang too low for the smell this guy puts off – my favorite!

I went with all silver ornaments this year. I included some pinecones for a touch of the natural that I want throughout the house and I like to see one pop out here and there. I also went with a new topper in here this year. I saw a picture of a glittery monogram tree topper on Pinterest and copied that for our tree! It was super easy to get a letter from Hobby Lobby, cover it in glue and glitter, then drill a hole in the bottom to sit on the top branch. Love it!

For extra texture, I used a burlap runner/ribbon thing I found in the drapery section at Hobby Lobby. This must have been a hot item this year because all of my local stores were out! My mom found it at her store and bought several yards for me to use. I love the way this looks, especially next to the burlap I have on the mantel! I think it might be a little heavy to use and might have to find something else next year (could be the reason the branches are falling a little low this year) but I still love it.

One last look at our beautiful, wonderful smelling tree! I can’t wait until next year when I’ve learned how to use my new camera and can take those really cool, super fancy photos of these trees. Thanks for visiting, I can’t wait to see your tree too!

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