12 Days of Christmas Decorations Day #10: Windows and Door Frames

Christmas Greenery


A big part of my Christmas decorating each year involves my interior window and door frames.  While I was at the mall more than 10 years ago the huge swags that were above all of the walkways inspired me and I knew I wanted to add some greenery swags to my doors and windows, but on a much smaller scale of course.  What started as greenery quickly evolved to ribbon, bows, and this year the addition of burlap.  I am considering adding a few gingerbread men next year if I get them baked in time.  The window and door swags are one of my favorite things about my decorations and the part I miss the most when I take it down each New Years Day. (more…)

12 Days of Christmas Decorations Day #9: How I Decorate my Christmas Tree

How I Decorate My Tree

While wasting time and probably trying to avoid grading papers….I mean, doing important research on Pinterest one day I came across several posts on how to decorate a Christmas tree.  Initially I thought….seriously do we really need a tutorial for that?  Then I got to thinking about all of the elaborate and beautiful trees I see on decorator sites and realized that maybe a tutorial might not be a bad thing.  I have always loved my tree, but felt like it definitely had room for improvement so why not have a look.  #firstworldproblems

Well….let me tell you….these tutorials took my tree to the next level and they were so easy!!  I mean….look at these trees! (more…)

12 Days of Christmas Decorations Day #8: Laser Cut Snowflakes

Laser Cut Snowflake Ornaments


I saw a pin about this type of ornament and decided….what the heck…..I’ll give them a shot.  At the link under the picture she stained hers and I wanted some more white pops for the tree so spray paint was the way to go for me.  Stained is also really pretty though.

Laser Cut Ornaments

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These really could not have been easier and the unusually warm weather we have been having made it even easier to get them done outside.  I found the ornaments on sale at Michael’s for about $1 each.  I went with just snowflakes but they had lots of shapes and sizes to choose from….probably not so much now though. I love how much detail they have for such a low price. (more…)

12 Days of Christmas Decorations Day #7: Kitchen Chalkboard

Christmas Chalkboard


I posted a couple of months ago about how I added a chalkboard wall in my kitchen.  Now I feel compelled to add something cute and seasonal to it throughout the year.  I have mentioned before that I am lacking in the artistic gene so I went to Pinterest for an idea for Christmas.  There are TONS of cute chalkboard ideas and I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to just chalkboards.  I hope this is a trend that holds on for quite some time…..I foe one love it!  Here are a few ideas that I really liked…. (more…)

12 Days of Christmas Decorations Day #6: Clothespin Snowflakes

Clothespin Snowflakes


I found these cute little clothes pin snowflakes on Pinterest and instantly knew I needed to make some.  I had no idea where I was going to put them, but I knew I would find a place.  Originally I had thought they would go on my living room Christmas tree, but instead they ended up outside on my topiary trees on either side of the garage door.  Anyway….back to the project.  Here is my Pinsperation… (more…)

12 Days of Christmas Decorations Day #5: Birch Ladder

Birch Ladder


Since we moved into this house over 17 years ago we have hung our Christmas stockings from the window ledge in the dining room.  When we built the banquette seating in the dining room this summer I knew I was going to have to find a new place for our stockings.  We don’t have fireplace and I was really at sort of a loss for what to do until I saw this little Pinsperation…. (more…)

12 Days of Christmas Decorations Day #4: Chalkboard Tag Ornaments


I put up a small tree in my bedroom every year.  This year I knew I wanted to make a few changes to it, but not start from scratch…that would be way too expensive.  In the past I had used an icy blue ribbon with cute ornaments shaped like high heeled shoe, and handbags.  I also use some silver accents and some fuzzy white ornaments.  I found a really cute spool of ribbon at Sam’s club that had a chalkboard sort of feel and I used that as my inspiration since it would work with much of what I already had.  Then I found some ornaments at Michael’s that looked like chalkboard tags with some red and green accents and then in the dollar section I found some blank gift tags that were wooded and looked like little chalkboards.  Just like that…..a project was born! (more…)

12 Days of Christmas Decorations Day #3: Wood Slice Ornaments


Day #3 of Christmas Decorations is perhaps the easiest decoration I have ever made.  I have seen so many super cute wood slice ornaments all over Pinterest and knew they would be a great addition to my tree.

Wood Slice Ornament

I am not artistic at all….I mean stick people can sometimes be an artistic stretch for me at times.  Because of this I knew I would never be happy with anything that I might try to freehand.  Then I saw the monogram style one and it I knew that rubber stamps were the way to go.  Here are my Pinsperations…the last one is a new one I found while working on this post so I might need to make one of these too…… (more…)