Thursday, December 27, 2012

I never did it like this before...

Okay I'm going to confess one of my deepest, darkest secrets.  Are you ready?  Come close and I'll whisper it.  I have been known to un-decorate my entire house the night of Christmas. 

Yes.  It has happened.  And yes.  I am slightly ashamed.  But those of you with A-type personalities will completely understand and most likely have done it yourself. 

 That said, it goes completely against my character to let things sit, collecting dust and driving me crazy when the big day is over... But this year I wasn't quite as anxious to dump the tree, and I'm not sure why... I simply went with it.  I wanted the extra decor laying around gone, but mostly because I wanted to clean all the dust (and dog hair) from every surface!  I compromised by leaving up my tree, with only lights and my sweet Names of God garland on it, packing away all the other Christmas items. 
While the hoodlums were in their rooms zoning out with all their new loot, I put up a few New Year's decorations.  I was okay with that because you pretty much leave those out for a week or so.  (Or at least I think you do- I haven't ever put New Year's decorations up because... can I tell you another secret?  I loathe New Years.  Loathe.  It's almost always been kind of a sucky holiday for me.

This year I want to celebrate with with gusto, looking forward to the promises of a bright, New Year!  Besides, it kind of helped with that blank feeling when it all comes down and feels "over." I call that the holiday blah's.  (When I was a kid we didn't take down our tree until New Year's Day.  Drove me nuts because it felt pointless to me. Ha! Normally I like to put it up the day after Thanksgiving and take it down the day after Christmas.) Next year I may wait a bit longer to put it up.  We'll see.  And I may even decorate in RED and white! Gasp.  I know, right?
And now... my final photo bomb until after New Years Day. 

(Every clock in my house. Ha!)

 (I found these in the scrap booking area of JoAnn's.)
 (Free printable found on one of my favorite sites, here.)

 (Please note Daisy's ball.  Ya try and pick up.... lol)

 Guest quarters... ahhh... so soothing.
 Nap, anyone?

 My man did good this year.  He went to Anthro and bought me a fabulous cookbook that I can't quit looking at because the photography is so spectacular... speaking of photography... he also gifted me with two more vintage cameras for my collection... (And another sweet bloggy friend surprised me and sent the one in the very front! I love it!  I did a happy dance.) I think I can officially call it a collection now that I have more than one!!  Don't they look sweet in my little studio space too? 
 I was hoping to show a really cute clock charger DIY this week, (and I'll still try...) but I probably won't be able to squeeze in another post until the hoodlums are back in school. 

I hope you all have a HAPPY NEW YEAR with plenty of smiles as you gaze backward at the years of the past, and look with great anticipation at the coming year.  Whatever you may face in 2013, I pray that these words will lift your sweet heart and give you a reason to smile at the heavens, expectant for His blessings;

Isaiah 43: 1b-3a
 "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior..."

He loves you so... (and so do I!!)  Happy New Year sweet friends!


  1. Love your camera collection. I saved my first 2 film SLR's...not quiet vintage but figured some day they will be. Film is sort of vintage, right ha!

    And all of those clocks are perfect for New Years Decor. I get post-Christmas blues, too. This is my favorite time of the year (really fall through Christmas) and then it feels like nothing until Spring rolls around and we can plan our garden. we decorate later in Dec. and leave it all out until Jan. 6th- the 12th day of Christmas when the Wiseman brought their gifts to baby Jesus.

    Happy New Year!

  2. I sympathize! Sometimes you just really want to get back to normal...or on to the next thing.

    This year, though, we worked really hard at celebrating a period of anticipation (Advent for us, as Catholics) up until Christmas day and are now enjoying a less-pressured Christmas season that lasts until Epiphany, the traditional celebration of the arrival of the Three Kings on December 6 (making for the 12 days of Christmas). In fact, liturgically, the season lasts into February.

    Since we had a stomach bug on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we had a pretty low-key celebration on those days (although we still had the traditions -- presents!!), and I was surprised to find that I am really enjoying basking in smaller but longer-lasting celebration. We are still baking cookies and singing carols and celebrating at church, but we don't have all the pressure of secular Christmas getting in the way. So our tree stays up, until Ephiphany, at least! If only I could figure out a good way to make gluten-free French king cake...oh, man...

    It's making me really reconsider that way we have done Christmas in the past.

  3. Beautiful, as always - clean & fresh for the new year! xo

  4. I have never heard of anyone that takes down their Christmas Decorations on Christmas night. Wow! I am type A in many ways . . . but I love my decorations. :)

    We take down the trees (yes, we have 2) sometime the first week in January, but the Christmas Village and Nativity often stay up almost until February.

    Thank you for this scripture verse. I have been "walking through fire" for 2 straight years and I feel as if I am about to be consumed by it. I have no energy left to fight the fires. Please pray for my family.

  5. love love love! thank you for the tour!! always looks neat clean and put together! props to you!!

  6. oh and ps... where did you find the shoe organizer? you mentioned it in a previous post but rather then scroll i thought i would ask... ;)

  7. Your home is a resting place for my eyes! So serene. I absolutely understand the urge to put Christmas right away, but my husband isn't ready to let go yet :). So I sneak a thing or two back into the storage tubs until New Year's Day and then I make a clean sweep of it! Your little metal truck with the potted plant in it is adorable, and I am having serious pangs of jealousy over all the antlers! Happy New Year, Sasha :)

  8. I have always been one of those day after Thanksgiving- Newyears day tree types but this year...I CAN NOT WAIT TO GET ALL THIS STUFF tucked away! LOL I love Christmas, but really feeling hemmed in by all the decor. Its time for change. I am loving your New Years decorations, I will definitely swap out my chalk board drawings and maybe add some sparkle here and there, but Christmas has to go!!! I guess I should get movin', the tree won't undecorate itsself!

  9. Type A all the way, baby! Happiest of New Years to you my dear! xo

  10. I love your New Year's decorations. My daughter and I just completed a few DIY New Year projects, but we just kinda added them to the Christmas stuff. Obviously I am not a Type A personality. Sometimes I wish I were. ;-)

    Happy New Year to you and your family. I pray this year will be full of blessings and happiness.


  11. I recently retweeted:

    "You will never know how many people you encouraged and inspired because you made the choice to be yourself"

    and you know what...I am inspired right now by this know why? because it(this post) says (to me):

    "life is about living, moving and being not staying in one place forever...roll with it!"

    thanks again for my "piece of peace"! :-)

  12. Such fabulous decor! I love how it all came together.

  13. I love your little wooden bowl..... I'm presently looking for one myself. I just love to see how do you display it with different things.... so fun!

  14. I'm anxious to take down the decorations a few days after Christmas - so I guess that's today, BUT dragging and feeling a bug coming on - so am going to rest and saviour the sparkles for one more day...Loving the coziness of that guest room of yours - makes me want to just climb right in - So many things to be thankful this year...thanks for spreading your love on these pages...and for verses that appear at just the right times. gotta love that.

  15. Your entire home is warm, welcoming, and beautiful :)
    Clocks and cameras...I think I have some new collections to start :)

  16. I am on a mission to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas, ending January 6 with the Ephinany. If you ever want to step out of the box and join me please do!! I'm am type A as well but man I love relishing Christmas. We went ice skating today and will make our Christmas cookies tonight. I would love for our tree to make it until the 6th but we purchased it the 1st and it may look like a Charlie Brown tree by then. The new year decorations look great and are definitely a nice transition to putting everything away.

  17. I undecorated today. I have never done it ON Christmas...but often the day after. Once it's's over...and it's like a noose around my neck, knowing I have to clean it all up, dust, it's kind of fun to get the stuff I put away to make room for Christmas out and maybe find some new homes for that stuff.

    I wish you and your family a healthy, happy and prosperous 2013!

  18. I usually take all of my decorations down aside from the lights on the Christmas tree the day after Christmas! I am running a bit behind this year. We have been sooo busy at the store so we have had alot of re fluffing to do. Wishing you and your family a blessed New Year!!

  19. Love the vintage suitcase on top of the table. Your home looks so inviting and warm, who wouldn't want to be a guest?

    I thought of you when I saw a neighbor with their tree already on the curb for pick-up yesterday. I don't decorate until the 2nd or 3rd week just because I can't stand the clutter! Ours will come down next weekend.

    I SO love New Year's-not because I stay up and party (I'm in bed by 10), but because there is nothing like the feeling of starting over, knowing that past "mistakes" are over and you get a new chance to fulfill your dreams. Every day is a new opportunity to build your life into what you want it to be. With God, all things are possible. I hope you'll be celebrating New Year's this year and learn to embrace the gift you've been given to share it with those you love most. Peace to you in 2013.

  20. For years I laughed about my SIL for taking her tree down right after get. it. Your house always looks so beautiful! I love your collection of cameras and have the exact Brownie. My mom had gotten that camera from someone that was getting rid of it when I was young...and she knew I loved taking she gave it to me. I always took great care of it...and now my camera "collection" has grown to about 12 old cameras. I love collecting old cameras and old clocks. Have a Blessed New Year! God Bless!

  21. Gosh Sasha, I think we are on the same page on a lot of things, I have literally taken the tree down on Christmas day, while the kids are busy with their new toys. It just drives me crazy, and I feel the need to clean all of it out. This year I did it all the day after, but it was hard not to do it earlier, my house feels big and clean again! As for new years, we sleep thru it all, so it has never been a big deal, but I cannot wait to kiss this year good bye, it has not been the best, and we need a fresh start. Wishing you and your family a very happy new year.

  22. Love your collection of vinage cameras! I have three so far...they are so fun to decorate with/take photos of. ;-)

  23. Came here from lowercase letters - you have a beautiful home and family! Happy New Year

  24. I put all the decorations away on Dec 26--and we are the family who decorates to the hilt the day after I completely miss the Black Friday shopping (not a biggie...). I clean out every year while putting things away, so I feel like I'm starting the new year off fresh. :) Love your tree - I ordered 5 of your Names Of God garlands this year- one for me and 4 for my children's teachers- and I must say it was my favorite decoration on the tree this year! It was just the perfect touch.
    On funny note, I was so inspired by your pretty Christmas chalkboard, I decided to try some pretty writing on my chalkboard. I was having difficulity with regular chalk, so a friend recommended a chalk pen. I promptly went and purchased one at the craft store and wrote my pretty NOEL on the board. Come to find out I bought a PAINT PEN and now my chalk board is a permanent Christmas decoration. lol! Guess I'll have to run get a new chalkboard! ugh. you'd think I'd at least read the package...

  25. Love the old toy truck. Just not sure how you keep everything looking so neat with kiddos. I feel like all I do is clean and they destroy! Love your studio. You should show more of it. :)

  26. I NEVER get tired of pictures of your house! :) Love all the little changes you are constantly making. Just when I think it can't get any better, you come up with a way that it can.

  27. Where did you get your rug in your living room??? Your house is gorgeous!!!! Thank you for the inspiration!