Christmas Eve

It’s Christmas Eve, and the house is decked, the cookies are frosted, and the gifts are wrapped. Our wrapping paper this year is a little bit Whovile, but I am kind of living it. And yes, approximately a third of the gifts under our tree are for my niece Clara. 
This year, I also managed a few crafts that I’ve been wanting to get to for quite awhile. One was painting this green tree candle holder to better match my holiday decor. It used to be a rusty brown color. I love the way it looks in green. Another was to finally fill some holiday frames with photos. They’ve been sitting around empty for far too long. I love how Clara’s face looked framed by a snowflake. 

Lastly, we’ve received so many great cards this year from family and friends. I’ve been having fun collaging them on to the back of our front closet door.
Greg and I are looking forward to waking up in our new home for our first of many Christmas mornings here. I hope everyone is having a very Merry Christmas Eve!

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Looks ready for Sanata. I love it.
Friday, December 24, 2010 - 08:27 PM

Pretty Jen, I love the tree and gifts!!!  The tree candle holder looks lovely too!!!  Merry Christmas!
Friday, December 24, 2010 - 09:23 PM


Outdoor Decor

Since we finally own a house, we decided it was time to invest in some lights for outside. We decided on several sets of cool white LED nets to cover the many bushes we have in front. They do tend to look a bit blue, but I like the coolness of the white. And, LED are the lights of the future, so it seemed to make sense. Greg used an older string of traditional colored lights to bridge the porch. Everything turns on from a switch inside the house, thanks to a cool outlet that screws into the porch light socket. 
Although my christmas decor tastes tend toward the non-traditional I bought a bunch of greens with red holly berries to match our bright red front door. 

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It looks so festive! I just knew you would make it look beautiful by Christmas!!!!!
Monday, December 20, 2010 - 05:09 PM


Deck the Halls

It’s been a busy few weeks around here since we arrived back from Thanksgiving with our hand-me-down couches. We’ve put most of our energy into preparing and decorating the house for our holiday housewarming party, which we hosted last night. More to come on the party, and a few other things we’ve been up to, but for now, here’s a few fun shots of our holiday decor. 

I like to buy ornaments as souvenirs when we travel. I got this one a year ago on the vineyard because it reminded me of the table marker we assigned to our head table at our wedding. Greg placed in a a featured spot, front and center on the tree. 

In addition to a real tree, we bought a very large wreath to hang on the wall above the fire place...where the TV will live some day, but for now, without the wreath, it was a very large, blank space to fill. 

And of course, my Christmas decor would not be complete without lots, and lots of sugar cookies. 

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I love it all! It looks great! And the cookies?! YUM!!!
Monday, December 13, 2010 - 09:18 AM

Once again, thanks for sharing the photos of your decor. Looks very festive and the cookies do not disappoint.
Monday, December 13, 2010 - 06:35 PM

Jen, your tree looks awesome!  What a beauty!  It is such a good shape too. - April
Sunday, December 19, 2010 - 10:25 PM