Friday, December 6, 2013

It is Christmas Around the House

     You may remember the wreath I made for Halloween using ribbon. I wanted to see how it translated into a Christmas wreath and it was a fun project. A girlfriend came over and we had a craft day. She used burgundy and gold ribbons and it was really interesting to see how mine turned out whimsical and fun, while hers was elegant and classy. You can find the tutorial to make a ribbon wreath here. Use a variety of ribbon colors and textures for whatever holiday you are doing. I added two of my Annalee dolls for a little more fun.

Around the rest of the house...
A snowman tucked into my
twig wreath in the kitchen.

This year red is the color in my house,
 along with several snowmen and
quite a bit of "sparkle"!


Little hints of color to brighten the kitchen.

     One of my few new purchases, this sweet little wooden plaque with glittered stockings. I found this in St. Charles, MO for only $7.99 and it had to come home with me.

Snowballs in a bread bowl?

I think this is my favorite spot in the house this year.
     You can't have a Disney daughter without adding a bit of Disney Magic to the house. How many other women my age got Sven from the movie Frozen for their birthday?

Are you seeing a pattern?
Snow people, wildlife, red, silver and green.

     This sweet little snowman was another St. Charles purchase. I got him in a gallery, he is made of recycled products and this one is called Snowman Praying. Love.

     The hallway and guest bath have a bit of snow and also kept some seashells. The ornaments on the candlesticks are made of shells and if you look closely, you will see the starfish in the picture above. I love mixing all sorts of things around my house. There are no rules, just love the things you use!


     What I really wanted was a gorgeous holiday quilt set from Pottery Barn, what I got was my grandmother's Christmas quilt across the bottom of a plain white quilt. Much more practical and yet it still adds just a hint of Christmas to our bedroom. Just a little hint of holiday color can really make your house festive.
I hope you enjoyed your tour.
Come back soon!
     I was asked yesterday if I would review what looks to me to be a great gadget. I turn down a lot of requests to try merchandise, but this was something I would buy for myself if I had known it existed. I wanted to mention it here before I even get mine because I know many of you are still Christmas shopping and this looks like a great gift idea for almost everyone. The Powerocks Magicstick is a portable battery that keeps your cell phone powered on-the-go. You charge this colorful gadget with the included USB cable and then it fits in your purse (or pocket), and you can re-charge your phone while you are walking around the mall, or any other event. I can't wait for mine to get here so I can try it. I can't tell you how many times I am shopping for the day and my phone is down to almost no charge. I will be doing a review as soon as I get mine and try it out.


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Looks so festive, Sue!



JRFrugalMom and Family said...

As always I love your decorations Sue, and this year has not disappointed. I especially love your favorite spot, but your entrance sure is fabulous as well.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very Pretty and Festive!!!
Please send some of the creativity my way! :)
Have a great week.

nannykim said...

NIce; I love the deer and the painting of the house in the snow the best! As far as a cell phone power thingy--I don't get many phone calls so mine stays charged a long time. But it would be a good gift for my son for sure!


Your house looks beautiful for the holidays. I love all your vignettes and attention to detail. The C'mas quilt is to die for! Enjoy this lovely holiday season.

Kathy said...

What a beautiful house you have. I love all your snowmen.

Mosaic Magpie said...

Your home looks beautiful, could you come over and work your magic here? I love the praying snowman!!!

Anonymous said...

Looks magical!

auro sk said...


bj said...

xo bj

Rettabug said...

I really enjoyed taking the tour of your pretty Christmas decorations Sue, while on my second cup of tea this morning.
Your wreath is gorgeous...I must try making one for St. Patrick's Day, as I found some wild lime green mesh recently.
I'm envious of your dough bowl...cute idea to put in snowballs.

I'd take a quilt from Grandma ANY DAY over a PB store-bought one! It looks lovely on your bed.

Enjoy that FL sunshine!

The Quintessential Magpie said...


For some crazy reason your blog is not updating with my reader. Not sure why or I would have been here long ago to comment on these wonderful decorations! SO cute!



The Quintessential Magpie said...

Wait a minute... I commented! LOL

it is ME who is not updating! ;-)