Friday, November 26, 2010

Back for the holidays--with some decorating ideas!!

So, here's the thing.....

I miss blogging.

Has it really been over two months since my last post???

It's been a good break (as far as writing goes), and I've had much more time to catch up on my favorite blogs. I was also getting some "weirdo comments" that were starting to annoy me. With a few comment-setting moderation's...I think we've fixed that!

But seriously, I NEED the outlet. I am amazed at how much I need to {1} share boring "mom-stories" and other emotions that go along with being a wife and mother {2} have a creative outlet in both decorating and crafting, and {3} feel encouragement and support from the [few] comments left by faithful readers who remind me that "I am not alone".
So, with that...I'm back!

And what a great time to re-enter the blogging world than right during the holidays! So here is some Christmas cheer from our house to yours. I just LOVE decorating for Christmas! But I love to reuse, re-purpose, and recreate whenever possible.

Sweater covered jars filled with Christmas lights: this is one of my favorite decorating ideas I heard from an interior decorator who spoke in our area...she emphasized keeping it cheap, and this is a great bargain buster!

tin bucket with dried hydrangeas: $12 from a local "Not So Shabby" store--I keep them up year-round
Live, Laugh, Love sign: gift from a couple years ago, also left up year-round
Blue tinted mason jars of different sizes: acquired over time at thrift stores/ garage sales--I use these ALL over my house depending on the season.
knock-off sweater look: I simply used an old hat and scarf I never wear anymore. The jar on the far right is the hat slipped on from the bottom up. The other 3 jars are covered by one scarf--I just wrapped them around the jars and hid the connecting part with the sign. No cutting OR sewing!!

I love this built-in. It's the perfect place to showcase my favorite things.
And it is constantly changing!
white plates on the wall: TJ Maxx clearance
white distressed iron decoration (on top): Hobby Lobby
fabric skirt: I sewed with fabric used around the house in order to cover shelves below
electronics organizer: Pottery Barn (had a gift card--otherwise NEVER shop there...just borrow their ideas)

distressed sleigh (behind): Hobby Lobby from last year on sale
ceramic sleigh (front): Christmas gift a couple years ago
Both filled with random greenery and ornaments I already had

3 snowmen: one of the few things I spent too much money on this year (from a downtown boutique) but, aren't these snowmen adorable?? And the perfect color green if I might add.

glass bowl: hand-me-down from my mom
ornaments: bought the first year we were married
vintage books: thrift store for $2
restoration hardware lantern: thrift store $2

topiary: made a few months ago here
frame: hand-me-down from my mom (untouched from the basement!)
nativity set: received as gifts over the past few Christmas's
star ornament: keepsake from Slovenia
twine: have a HUGE spool from Hobby Lobby--used a bunch here to look like hay and add some texture

Stay tuned for more ideas coming soon...including the entryway, mantel, and front porch!


  1. I'm so glad you are back to blogging. I love your ideas. I'm planning on getting my Christmas decorations up this weekend after our last Thanksgiving. I really hope to try the sweater jars.

    Would a colored sweater be too dark? Would the lights show through?

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I might just steal a few ideas :) I am SOOOO glad your blog is back!

  3. LOVE IT ALL, Shan! Can you come do my house??

  4. Your skirt looks great in this spot! Thank you so much for telling me about it. Such a nice way to hide clutter.



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