Over the past week, I’ve been in my Christmas decorating ‘Happy Place’. Yep, it’s the time of year when our home has the distinct scent of a hot glue gun and a Balsam & Cedar candle mixed with Starbucks holiday blend. And, if you need me, you can usually find me sitting on the floor, happily sifting through bins of baubles,… Read More
Happy November, you guys! And you know what that means, right? I’ve got Christmas on my mind! Canadian Tire has always been one of my favourite places to buy Christmas decor. If you’re Canadian, Canadian Tire needs no explanation. It’s about as Canadian as it gets. If you’re not Canadian, then you might be fooled by the name. Don’t be! Canadian… Read More
Welcome to my first blog post of 2014!
I normally post a couple of times a week, so it’s odd for me to go so long without being here. So far, January has been taken up with all kinds of not-so-fun non-blogging activities: Christmas de-decorating, toy organization, winter storms and power outages (ughhh), and an extended Christmas holiday for our kids (due to the storms and outages).
Now that the kids are back into their routines, I’m focused on getting the house back on track! After 3 straight months of looking at seasonal decor, I always need a little winter decorating detox. The Fall is a seasonal decorator’s dream, and I crave it! Pumpkins, bats, turkeys, boughs, and berries – all with more glitter than a Dancing With the Stars costume. It’s all a whole lot of fun while it happens. But there’s only so much glitter and clutter that my brain can process! READ MORE
Yesterday, I was over on the Etsy.com blog, sharing a tutorial for an easy, diy hostess gift. As a huge Etsy fan myself, I was thrilled to be asked to be a part of their Etsy International DIY Advent Calendar Project! From December 1st to the 25th, Etsy is sharing festive new DIY projects on their International Blogs (UK, France, Germany and Australia). Contributed by guest bloggers from around the world as part of their DIY Advent Calendar series, each day a different project will be featured.
I was excited to use the opportunity to create a project that I’ve had in my head for awhile, a magnetic lampshade flower, as it would make an easy diy hostess gift during the holidays. Giving a handmade hostess gift is such a nice gesture during the holiday season. Many of us, however, are intimated by the idea of making something to give others. If that sounds like you, don’t worry. I promise that you will be able to make this!
If you’ve been following my blog awhile, you may have seen our Dr. Seuss Christmas tree in earlier years. I’m a big fan of Dr. Seuss, and How The Grinch Stole Christmas (with Jim Carey) is our favorite Christmas movie of all time. (“Holiday, Hoobie, Whatty?” is my favorite Grinch quote!) The movie is hilarious and has such a great Christmas message. So, 3 years ago, I decided that it would be super fun to create a tree for our kids filled with all things Who-ville and Dr. Seuss. Who am I kidding? I love it as much as them!
Our Dr. Seuss Christmas tree is READ MORE
Did you catch my post about our gold and white Christmas tree the other day? I’ve also added some other gold and white Christmas decorating touches around the house. This year’s Christmas decorating is a little more glam than usual!
Gold and White Christmas Decor: The Foyer
I hesitate to call this a Holiday House Tour like some of those you’ll see on other decorating blogs this time of year. Have you seen some of those? Wowsa, soooo beautiful, and so thorough! (If you follow me on Facebook, I’ve been sharing some of my faves over there.)
The thing is, photographing a holiday house tour requires a tidy home and well, mine, just isn’t! (Yet?). (You see my 2012 holiday house tour here and my 2011 holiday house tour here). Keepin’ it real: there’s still some random Christmas decorating bins and bags hanging out in the corners, along with the regular daily stuff that 3 kids leave behind. So to spare you from all that, I’ve just photographed some of the little pops of Christmas you’ll find around our home.
In the foyer, you’ll find our new white deer head hanging in a big green wreath (more on styling this guy in another post!), with some gold polka dot ribbon. The foyer table has a little white tree decked out in gold and light blue beaded garlands. READ MORE