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I’m a little…well, a lot…behind this year but I finally got my act together and am showing you our house all fancy and decorated for Christmas. The link-up parties have come and gone but its always fun to post this so I can remember what I did the year before! There are a lot of pictures and just a few comments so if you have a question, please leave a comment below or send me an email.

2013 Christmas House1My favorite part of the whole house…a lot of wine and champagne was drank in here this season!

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2013 Christmas House3Wrapping paperΒ from Ballard Designs, burlap ribbonΒ from Hobby Lobby andΒ tree skirtΒ from Pottery Barn…I prefer modern in my home design but traditional at Christmas is my favorite.

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2013 Christmas House5I copied Wisteria’s holiday catalog, using red instead of blue. I love the many functions of this giant clam shell.

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2013 Christmas House9The coffee filter wreath from 2010 has held up so well – who would have thought?

Christmas DIY Rag Lights5

2013 Christmas House10The dogs favorite spot – by the OSU tree, looking out the front window.

Christmas Dogs 1Santa Max and his little elf, Carl, hope you all had a fantastic holiday season! See you in 2014.

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Are you ready America? Because we are ready to party for you! I love the summer, especially the patriotism of it. If I was hosting a party to celebrate our nation, here are a few of the details I would include.

I would fill an apothecary jar with beans to make a cute display of red, white and blue in the simplest form.

I would drink patriotic sangria…

Out of adorable mason jars with red, white and blue striped straws! The twine bow is a very cute touch to these.

And finally I would enjoy some ice cream with fruit on it but probably not before it dripped all over my hand because it is already so stinking hot.

I hope you enjoy your holiday next week. Be safe and stay cool!

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It is definitely the most wonderful time of the year! The house lights are up, the tree lights are on and my dining room table is set and ready for a great meal with anyone who wants to drop by. I love seeing friends and family as much as possible, let me know if you want to come by for a warm bite to eat or a nice hot toddy. πŸ™‚

I kept our table as simple as possible while still feeling festive. I wanted our decorations this year to be a nice combination of traditional and modern so almost everything is green, white and silver with natural touches.

I used silver chargers from Bed, Bath & Beyond layered with our wedding china plates and a mix of salad plates from I got on clearance from Pottery Barn three years ago and my mom’s Christmas Spode china. The water glasses are our crystal ones from the wedding but I’m still on the hunt for some fun and cheap wine glasses. Any suggestions?

I used a natural, textured runner from Target on top of my mom’s white linen tablecloth. (see a pattern here? she lets me borrow a lot!) The mercury glass vases are the cheap ones from Target and I wrapped two Dollar Tree glass vases in cinnamon sticks. Both are filled with flameless votive candles that are 3/$1 at the Dollar Tree – such a great deal! The jute tree in the middle was a Christmas craft fail from last year – remember that one?

I love these glittery snowflake ornaments I got at Dollar Tree last year! They were 3/$1 and I thought they were so cute. This year, I used jute twine to tie them to the back of the chairs and add some sparkle and fun to something besides the table. I keep seeing people tying things on the back of the dining chairs and I love the extra added touch it gives to the whole look.

Here’s another look at the whole table. I’m still finishing up the vignette on the buffet in the back of the room – I’ll definitely show you that very soon!

I hope you enjoyed looking at my table, thanks for joining me! I’m excited to see what everyone else does, so I’m definitely going to visit as many other linked posts as I can.

It’s Overflowing: Christmas-scapes party

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It is so weird to say, but 2011 is almost here! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and are enjoying the holidays with friends and family. It really is the most wonderful time of the year!

We have a busy week ahead – day-after Christmas shopping, trivia night with friends, OSU’s bowl game (Go Pokes!), a going away party for a friend and New Year’s Eve! I am looking forward to the go, go, go pace and enjoying this time with loved ones since the first couple of months of a new year can be kind of blah and boring. I want to soak up this time with some of my favorite people so I hope you all enjoy the last few days of 2010 – see you in 2011!!

Thanks for reading and loving my blog. It means the world to me!

xoxo,
Laura

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Yup, you read that right! We have two…count them TWO…trees this year! One is our old standby, the artificial hand-me-down from my parents, and this year we added a real, live tree that I love!! The artificial tree is in the second living room and the real tree is in our dining room, in front of the big picture window, facing the street.

Since the artificial tree is in Conner’s living room, I went with an OSU theme (of course!). When I tell people we have an OSU tree, they roll their eyes but I love the school spirit, even during the holiday season. If I was an OU fan (Lord, help me if I have a child that wants to go to Norman) this school spirit tree would be so easy with all of the red and white!

I purchased several official OSU ornaments from Hobby Lobby (half-priced, of course) and I like my little ones like this Pistol Pete. They were still several dollars a piece so I didn’t get more than three. I have Pete, a ball cap and a ‘foam’ finger. So cute! I wonder if Santa will bring me any more of these? πŸ™‚

I also went to the Dollar Tree and purchased silver ornaments (12 per pack) and red/white candy cane ornaments (6 per pack). I used orange spray paint I already had on the candy canes and love them!! I wish I had more but I can always add next year.

Here she is, shining bright at night! The lights I already had and the orange ribbon wrapping around the tree was half-off at Michael’s. The ribbon tied in a bow as the topper is actually OSU ribbon that Hobby Lobby had in their Bedlam section. πŸ™‚ The OSU blanket was one my parents weren’t using so I borrowed it for the tree skirt. I love it and love having a tree in this room!

Here is our second tree…the real one!! It is so fun to have a real tree in our house this year. I love the smell and I am very hopeful that next Christmas, the wall between our dining room and living room won’t be there anymore so we can enjoy this tree in both rooms!

I stuck to the traditional red and white on this tree while also incorporating our special ornaments, like this Oklahoma Centennial Santa. Love it! Also on the tree is my ‘Baby’s First Ornament’ and our ‘First House’ ornament when we purchased our last home. I’m thinking I need to get one for this year too? I would like to remember the first year we celebrated Christmas in each house we have.

This was a very special purchase this year. The tree skirt we used to use was a cheap, clearance skirt from TJ Maxx. It worked great for several years but was destroyed by some over-zealous dogs last season. This skirt is from Pottery Barn and matches our stockings. They were having a free shipping, free monogramming promotion and I also had a 10% off coupon so this was a great price! I love a good monogram on anything so this tree skirt is amazing!

Here she is, all light and bright! I love coming home to see this tree. Since I used the lights we have always had on the OSU tree, we bought new strands for this one. I think next year I’ll add more lights and even more ornaments to really fill and brighten her up! I loved adding on the ribbon this year – I’ve never done that before but I think will continue to do so as it gives it a little ‘something, something’ extra.

Thanks for visiting! I hope you enjoyed our two trees, we love them!

I am linking up to Thifty Decor Chick’s Christmas Tree linky party and Hooked on Houses Holiday Tour. I hope you’ll join me and visit them to see everyone else’s fab trees!

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Hello and welcome to another Holiday Home Linky Party! This time, Kate over at Centsational Girl is hosting a Christmas craft party. I have already seen several crafts people made for the party and I am overwhelmed with inspiration and serious jealousy!

I knew that once I did a mason jar candle this fall, I was hooked on this simple and classic design. I am so happy that Melissa posted her Christmas version and that is was just as easy and cheap as my fall version! Thank goodness for Twitter and the many times it gives me wonderful ideas for my house.

The steps are pretty simple. Take a mason jar and then wrap jute twine around the top of it. This was very similar to the candle holders I did for our fall mantel and the jute twine I used was leftover from this project!

Melissa strung the jingle bells through the twine as she wrapped but I took a small piece of the jute and hot glued the bell on top of the finished project. I still have plans to take another full piece of the jute twine and wrap it on top of the glued pieces to make it look more polished…it just seemed easier to do it the ‘piece and glue’ way as I could place the bells easier.

Here are the three jars I did! Once you string the jute and jingle bells, fill with faux snow and a tea light candle or LED candle. They are sitting on the window pass through between our living room and kitchen. I absolutely love them and am very pleased with the result. It was a super quick and easy craft! Thanks for the idea and how-to, Melissa!

Coming up in the next two weeks, my Christmas craftiness continues. I’m not sure what it is about this season, but I have a million project ideas in my head and zero time to get them done! Still, I’m going to attempt to make: two cinnamon-scented pinecone wreaths for our living room windows, a Pottery Barn knock-off NOEL wall art, a magnolia leaf wreath, a Christmas ornament tree, a glittery Christmas card holder and a centerpiece for our dining room table that was inspired by (again) Pottery Barn!

Thanks for visiting! I hope you enjoyed this project and go back over to Kate’s website to get even more crafty inspiration. See you on Thursday for Sarah’s Christmas Tree party!

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Well hello again…it is time for another Holiday Home party! I can’t wait to see everyone’s links and get some great ideas for our house.

I love our entryway buffet! Aside from our king-sized bed that I can never seem to drag myself out of every morning, it is definitely my most favorite piece of furniture in the house. It might have a little something to do with the fact that I found this piece and restored it myself…just maybe that might be it…

I always play around with the decorations in this area so it is the perfect place to showcase my 2010 Christmas Vignette for Southern Hospitality’s Holiday Home Linky Party, Kelly’s Korner’s Show Us Your Life Entryway Party and Hooked On Houses Impromptu Linky Party!

I think I’m still playing around with the decor here but for now, I like it! I wanted to do some whimsy with the traditional so I kept my orange platter (this OSU girl has to have a pop of orange in every room!) but put the traditional silver candle holders in it.

These candlesticks were a thrift store find for only $3.25…total! They were brassy, ugly gold. Gross. A quick spray of some silver spray paint and we were on our way to better holders! I added some faux snow (don’t kill me but I’m ready for snow!) and fresh greenery from one of the bushes in the backyard to round out the filled tray.

This mirror was a Hobby Lobby half-off purchase when we moved in and is a wonderful holder for my coffee filter wreath! I love this wreath more and more…so happy I tried it! Thanks to Jessica at Craftily Ever After for the “Wise Men Still Seek Him” print…I’ll show you all about that later this week.

This was another Hobby Lobby half-off purchase. More faux snow and some red ornaments transform it into a perfect Christmas accessory! The ‘Believe’ sign was a purchase at last year’s Junior League Mistletoe Market. I completely forgot about it until I opened up the Christmas storage tubs this year – love that!

This is the first thing you see when you walk in our front door and I am so happy with it! The lamp was left at one of Conner’s college rent houses and has been the best lamp I’ve ever had. I can put any shade on it and it works out great!

Thanks for visiting! I’ll leave you with one last shot of my favorite vignette area…come back soon, it will probably change in another week!

If you’d like to see how I transformed this buffet, check out my post here. I’m linking back to Southern Hospitality, Kelly’s Korner and Hooked on Houses for the parties…I hope you’ll join me!

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