Saturday, November 26, 2011

Hall decking with heart

I realize that decorations are the most miniscule part of the season in which we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  And because of that, I tried to sprinkle little reminders of His great gift to us, throughout our home's decor this season.
I began with a cheery message, that makes me feel joy down to my toes.  I change this message with each season or special occasion.  I have seen so many sweet Christmasy messages scrawled on chalkboards, and I wanted something large and simple, and that reminded us what we are truly celebrating this season!  I can't read it without praising God for everything He has done for us this year.
 In late September, when Christmas decorations hit the craft stores, and half of us groaned inwardly, while the other half began silently cheering, (you know who you are) I began clipping 40% off coupons, and slowly forming a plan that involved these adorable little trees.  I knew I wanted four of them for this table, so I carefully plotted my course with our budget, and I finally have all four!
 They had ugly red bows tied around the bases, which I promptly ripped off.  Then I tied the burlap with some twine, and attached some metal address numbers (found at Lowe's for about $1.50 each)  to each one. Much better!

 
Painted pine cones in a wooden tool caddy, faux poinsettias tucked into a galvanized bucket, and this print hanging in the hallway.  I hit these pine cones with some heirloom white spray paint.  I just wanted a little variation in the color from the wood tool caddy.  Plus, it added a wintry touch that can last until February when I get bored and feel ready for spring!  Ha!





I filled my favorite glass cloche with ornaments that I wasn't going to use on our tree (more on that later).  It sits on the kitchen counter, adding a touch of sparkle to the room.
 This was a fun project, and super easy if you want something with a little fun punch!  I painted two small canvases red, and then printed and cut out letters from card stock.  I used some mod podge to attach them, splitting the middle "R" in half and I love the way the whole thing turned out!  they looked really sweet just propped up in the window sill with a little space between each canvas, but I wanted theme to go here, so I hot glued them onto a piece of cardboard and popped the whole thing into an empty frame. (And don't worry, my beloved marshmallow print will be back in it's place come January 1st.)

 I always have a goal of creating fun for my children.  What's more fun than a bowl filled with jingle bells? 
 Because I selected the most wimpy, wispy-branched evergreen, nothing would stay on this tree but the most lightweight of items.  Thus.... snowflakes, hand-made star of David ornaments (super easy by the way- glue some sticks together and brush with glue and glitter) lights, and my names of God garlands were all that glam up our tree this year. (I made these garlands for my Etsy store and am sold out.  I'll make more next November though!)  I have to say... it's my favorite Christmas tree EVER.  (And I include magazines, Pottery Barn and our previous trees in this statement.  I love this tree to death!) 
This photo was taken after I finished decorating, and turned all the lights out.  She didn't see me, and had been standing there with that sweet smile on her face, just gazing into the tree for a while.  (We were watching It's a Wonderful Life on the television too.)

 I love the wonder of Christmas through the eyes of my kids.  Don't you just love how your home transforms as we pull out favorite treasures, packed away each year?   I think this is all I've got for you guys right now.  The halls are decked!!



27 comments:

  1. gorgeous!!!! i've never left a comment (newborn in the house; short of time!) but i'm one-hand typing this while he's snoozin' in my arms; just couldn't help it. love your blog and your style; your inspiration and your spirit!

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  2. You inspire me to get busy and decorate so that I can slow down and enjoy! Love it all! The tree banner is fabulous!

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  3. Your decorations are so beautiful but those garlands are amazing. I just love that so much! And I love that you work at keeping reminders of Jesus in the season.

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  4. your home looks beautiful. I LOVE the hallelujah sign and all that it represents! Your tree IS quite extraordinary! Love the shot of your little one.

    MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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  5. I love those garlands, those are perhaps my most favorite Christmas tree trimming item of all time. I want one for my tree. beautiful.

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  6. i love it ALLLLL!!! your tree is gorgeous! i love it. and all your white with the greenery is beautiful. i just love it! makes me excited to decorate this week.

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  7. okay, but what i noticed? is that It's a Wonderful Life on the TV behind Ava? :D one of the best movies EVER! I LOVE tha names of God garland!

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  8. Oh my word, I LOVE IT!!! Everything looks beautiful. I just finished our tree too, but I need the topper as the final touch.

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  9. So beautiful! I really love the garland - what a perfec way to decorate a tree!! Where did you getvit? I think we need some in our house ;)

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  10. I can't believe you have decorations up already. I'm slow going this year. The kid is everywhere I'm almost dreading it. :)

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  11. In LOVE with the names of God garland. I'm sending you a message on Etsy. ;)

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  12. Just beautiful!! And I love the Names of God garland. Love, love, love it!!

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  13. Simple and beautiful ... Simply Beautiful ... and it doesn't look like a department store!!! ... I do know it take some real work to make it look that easy ... PS. ... I love my Eat napkins ... thanks for doing that kinda of stuff ... it is loved by others ... like me.

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  14. Simple and beautiful ... Simply Beautiful ... and it doesn't look like a department store!!! ... I do know it take some real work to make it look that easy ... PS. ... I love my Eat napkins ... thanks for doing that kinda of stuff ... it is loved by others ... like me.

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  15. hello my sweet friend. you've been busy! so have i;) can i just say you made decorating for christmas look like fun. why does it suck so bad in ours?? there's no magic. i'm just swearing under my breath. sweat drippin' down my back, glitter and fake needles crunching under my feet. i need to hose my entire house down after it's over. waaaaaa...ha:)...love ya!

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  16. Your decorations are wonderful. I love your tree. What a great idea to wrap a "wimpy", unwanted tree in the names of God. What a perfect example to show the love of the King of Kings for an unlovly, sinful people by bearing our sins on the tree and rescuing us so we can glorify Him.

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  17. Love how you have decked the house out.
    I usually go simple as well. Just enough, but not overboard. This year is the first year that we pulled out everything from the attic and started decorating this early. I have had so much fun.
    That last picture is so sweet. Your tree looks lovely!

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  18. Sasha, everything looks gorgeous! Are you selling the names of God garland on etsy? I don't see it.

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  19. Dad2TSG, I did sell them on Etsy, but they sold OUT! I'll be making more next November...

    :)

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  20. Using the numbers on the trees is brilliant! Everything looks terrific and the wonderment in your daughter's eyes is magical.

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  21. Just found you blog. Love your decorating ideas. Especially love the use of your chalkboard. Is this a DIY? If so do you have a tutorial?

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  22. Where did you get your little trees from?

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  23. First time commenting...and that might be my favorite tree ever too!!! LOVE it!:)
    have a happy day

    and the little trees rock too!!!:)

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  24. Just found you on Pinterest. Love your blog! I'm your newest follower.

    Jen
    athomeinthenorthwestblog.com

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