Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Tour Of Homes 2009








WELCOME!


I HIGHLY recommend Nester's Garland Tutorial from last year.  Dare I say it might be the most helpful and inspiring decorating blog post on the Internet?!  If I can do it, anyone can!


This year I decided to get an early start and put my cheap Walmart garland (purchased after Christmas for 50% off) on my fireplace mantel and then I thought...wait, what if I made a THANKSGIVING garland?  So, I took a bunch of random fall-ish stuff that I had in my closet and  did this...







And then the day after Thanksgiving I simply pulled out all the fall-ish stuff and added a bit more el cheapo garland on each end and VOILA!  I had the beginnings of my Christmas garland.  Oh, how I heart multi-use items!


So here's the Christmas-y version...














Here's the view from the foyer:







I'm sorry I don't know what to tell you about the golden-ish lighting of my photos.  Let's pretend that I used one of the faincy settings on my camera just to be artsy.


This is the view from the kitchen.  See how cleverly I disguised the fact that I don't have window treatments?! 









And how fun is this garland that I bought last year after Christmas at Hobby Lobby for 66% off?!  It's on my tree.







I love me some Hobby Lobby sales!


And speaking of my tree...







That picture really doesn't do it justice.  Anybody know a good site with a photography tutorial for dummies?


I'm going to end with some pics of my beautiful Nativity that was a gift from my in-laws a couple of years ago.








Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you and yours have a Blessed Christmas!

12 comments:

Jacquelin said...

Everything is just beautiful, you have a lovely home. Love your tree and mantle. Thanks for sharing.
Merry Christmas!

Travelbug Mom said...

Beautiful nativity! Thanks!

My Slice of Heaven said...

Your mantle is very pretty. You really made that Walmart garland look custom! I think I might have to try a fall garland next year. Anita

sweetpicklesandchocolate said...

it's all beautiful. you have a gorgeous home
merry christmas
dena

Amber said...

Hey...I think I recognize that place.

Huh. Must have been a dream.

;)

Tiffani said...

Girl, this is just beautiful...

I NEVER have a good pic of my tree!!

Hobby Lobby sales rock!

Kendra said...

Lovely home. It's like you built it your self or something! I miss having a fireplace to hang garland on. Yours is lovely!

Carpool Queen said...

Thanks for the tutorial link. I think I'm going to do a garland swag this year, if I can figure out a way to affix it without a nail.

Mr. CPQ doesn't do nails in wood.

And he says I'M a killjoy.

Jennifer said...

I'm with Amb...that place DOES look familiar!!!

And can I just say I have a little mantle envy...seein' as I don't have one!!

Not only are you smarty, but ya got a little Martha craftiness goin' on, too!!

Mich said...

Beautiful decorating.

Even better when things are bought on sale!!!

Nina Diane said...

It looks so beautiful....

Katie said...

Beautiful just beautiful