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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? 🙂

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. 🙂 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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