Hey, I wouldn't redecorate the house every time I had new visitors, right, so why do a whole new post?
12/15/08 Today I'm linking up to Hooked on Houses Christmas house tours and Southern Hospitality's Deck the Halls. Be sure to visit them!
Welcome! We'll start at the front door. My two little topiary trees are the ones I got at Old Time Pottery for $9/pr, prelit. I had the urns, we filled them with rocks from the drainage ditch behind the house and I topped it with moss. I'm pleased enough with them, particularly for the price.
Here's a nighttime view.
The wreath itself I've had since our first Christmas together (16 years ago!), but a couple of years ago I redid it with the white and silver, and I still like it. Most of the items came from Dollar Tree.
Just inside the front door is the Christmas tree. We have a real one this year, for only the second year in the last ten. We got an artificial one when Firstborn was one; I guess we were worried about him eating needles or something. Anyway, this is a Fraser fir, and I like the look, but the branches are a bit wimpy and tend to bend down from the weight of the ornaments.
I heart my glass icicles. I think they add the perfect finishing touch. I got the letters from Restoration Hardware two years ago, and I really like them. I wish I had a lot more. This photo made me notice the little snowman hanging way out by himself on the top left. Hmmm. I have since made him mix and mingle with the rest of the crowd.
I'm lovin' this year's pinecones and aged silver objects from Dollar Tree.
My little Christmas village is on top of the china cabinet. I do not have the knack for arranging this.
On the ledge behind my corner kitchen sink I have this little tree. I decorated it with my small collection of miscellaneous old silverware that came down to me through my Grandma.
This sweet little ladle is only about 4" long.
Thanks for coming! I'm glad I could share this with you! I've been a little bummed this year that none of my family will be here. We often the last several years got at least a brief visit from my sister and her family when they were driving down to college to pick up my neices, but the last one graduated last year, so no more. They have their own grandbabies and extended family, and a 15 hour drive south just doesn't happen unless necessary.
In fact, my family is spread out across two countries (US and Canada) and it's not often that we are able to get together for Christmas. So we will enjoy our day at home, and probably stay in our pajamas. But I'm happy to have been able to open my home to you!