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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Christmas Mud Room

Well, it's the last day of November, so it's about time we get into the Christmas swing of things, doncha think?

We had our first snowfall last night and everything is looking all perfect and Christmassy. We're all just loving it around here.

I thought I'd start at the very beginning, a very good place to start, in the mudroom, where we usually enter the house.



I cheated a bunch in this room and reused a lot of the same elements as in my Fall mudroom. It made the whole thing really easy to do though, and Kennedy helped out a lot, which she loved.


I use this same wreath every year because it's pretty much the greatest wreath ever. It was one of the decorations from my work a few years ago which I took home at the end of the season. How lucky am I?


We pinned up some dollar store garlands left over from last year and tied a little piece of red ribbon on our Mason Jar light.


This is my Spring wreath, which became my Fall wreath, which is now another Christmas wreath.


I kept my $7 lanterns and my stools from the Fall mud room and just filled them with various Christmas bits and bobs.


A dollar store Christmas tree, dollar store ribbon, and left over burlap and pine cones. You can see just a bit of the hand painted sign I made last year when I seemed to have a bit more time on my hands. 

How nice will it be when we have the wood floors one day?

Kennedy decorated under the windows with whatever she felt like from the Christmas boxes. 
Yup, that's Dora!


I really haven't bought much new this year at all in the way of Christmas decorations, but having a new (old) house to play around in has made all my leftover stuff from past years feel brand new. 

More Christmas fun to come soon!
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Sunday, 27 November 2011

My FREE Christmas Stockings

I've been on the lookout this year for a set of three matching Christmas stockings for us. I've found some that I kind of liked, some that I liked quite a lot that were too expensive, and lots of just plain ugly ones.

Then I found these:


For Free!

OK, let me explain. They weren't really free, but I had already bought them last year. I guess I had the same idea in mind last year at the end of the season and I'd forgotten that I'd bought them. So this year I ended up spending zero dollars and zero cents on them. Pretty neat huh?


And the best part is that I like them so much more than anything I've found yet this year.


I hung them on the fantle with a little twine and some clothes pins. I'm still on the lookout for some stocking holders that I like that aren't like a million dollars each. Alternatively, Chris could just make me some.

Yeah, I think he should just make me some.


Yup. I love em. Thanks, me of last year! Pin It

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Good Old Fashioned Fresh Air and Excercise

Have you been outside to play today?








Today I'm reminding myself to always keep my family's health and wellness at the very top of my list of priorities. I thought you might enjoy remembering this with me. Pin It

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Old Glass Insulators From Our Garage

Oh, the fun things we find around here...

Up today for your appreciation: A bunch of old glass insulators!


Chris found a whole box of these in our garage attic along with some other fun stuff I'll share with you another time.

One day we'll have a whole row of beautiful white built-ins along this wall in the living room and these guys can sit on their own perfectly lighted shelf and look just perfect.


Well, it's not going to be perfect any time soon, but it can at least look kind of OK and I can have some fun playing around.

I wanted this shelf they sit on to "pop" a little more so I painted the back of the shelf the same red as our mudroom door. Well, in here with this lighting, it's not so much of a pop as maybe a little peep, but it only took me 20 minute to do. No harm done.

The weathervane was outside when we moved in. We brought it in and gave it a spray of clear coat and it can come inside to play too!
I've been in love with this house from Traditional Home for about a year or so, so any opportunity to get in on a weathervane, I'm all for.


It's almost the same thing, right?

OK, maybe not, but at least I can still enjoy our finds until we can give them a proper home. Pin It

Monday, 14 November 2011

The November Table

Every new month that passes in our new house, I just gain a new appreciation for. I was so in love with September this year, when I've never really found it to be anything remarkable in years past. October was so exciting with all the harvesting of crops going on around us. Now I'm really loving how quiet and calm November is while we cozy up inside and get ready for all the Christmas hubub.



I was playing around and I came up with this tablescape that kinda reflects the season for me.


I found these light blue stoneware salad plates on sale at my wonderful Superstore on clearance for 92 cents each! They were left over from Spring/Summer stuff, but I think they work just perfectly for right now. 


I'm a little in love with them and their glazy goodness.


For a centerpiece, I just put down some paper doilies that caught my eye. They were sitting out ready for Christmas crafts with Kennedy, but I decided to borrow them. She can have them back after, I promise. Some old pine cones, some dollar store candles, a little crystal plate, and we're all set. 




Well, that was fun for a minute or two wasn't it? Now that I've got that out of my system, bring on the Christmas!

Ok, you caught me.... I've already started working on it.

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