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A little holiday decor at my home…

I made this sign a few weeks ago when I joined in with a local crafty group on their December project.  My friend who runs Chatty Walls let me tag along!  Love this cute little sign…

Below, I got my nativity in Jerusalem 12 years ago when I was there on study abroad.  At the time, I wasn’t sure I needed one, but now I am SO grateful I got it.

Fun having a stairwell and balcony to wrap some garland along.  And our tree we cut down (in previous post).

It makes me happy to pull out these family pics taken for our card 4 years ago.  My daughter likes to laugh as she tells people…my mommy is kissing Santa…my daddy dressed up as Santa!

Another shot of our tree with the sign I made with the vinyl from Chatty Walls.   I got the unfinished cabinet wood door at my local Restore for $3!

I love that I can make up my own phrases with the vinyl and pick size and font, etc.  A few Christmas past “polaroids” too.

Do you like my candy machine with holiday mint m&m’s?  I love it, but have to hide it from my baby….

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….

All of my sessions are now completed, most delivered, with just ONE more order I’m waiting on….feels SO good!  I just wanted to share some images from treats I’ve made, decor around my home, and how we are bringing in the holiday around the Duke home. 

First…cutting down our Christmas tree.  The years we are home, we go to a farm about 45 minutes away and cut them down ourselves.  I never did this growing up.  We always had a fake tree, but I’m glad my hubby introduced this fun tradition into our family.  I usually have the kids dress “Christmasy” but I let go…this is them as they were that day.  Check out the style of my oldest daughter….all by herself.  I’ll next post inside our home, how the tree looks all fanci-fied.

Happy December!!!

I am so excited that almost all of my Christmas decorations are up and it’s just December 1st!  We are going on Friday to cut down our Christmas tree, so I will be sure to share more pictures once we have decked ALL of our halls.  Here is just a snippet of our mantle.  Being in a new home, I’ve had to figure out where to put everything.  Luckily, my sis in law Alayna helped me quite a bit last weekend.

 I don’t decorate with red at all, so it was fun to throw it in there with my green armoire. I spray painted a frame (that was a dull gold I never liked) for the subway art.  I got the design free from eighteen25 along with the tutorial for the 3 glitter trees I made.  They originally had turquoise in the color scheme (which I LOVED) but I am traditional Christmas colors over here.  I changed to grey (trying to do silver) and diff. shade of green in photoshop.  I love the statement of the red frame.  I like bold.  I also needed a little lift to my leaning frame to cover up the plugs on the wall above the matle, so put them on top of spools of ribbon, which add a nice texture underneath.

Red suitcases I placed there just b/c they are red and I’ve never used them…the red basket is filled with Christmas books.  Kids Little People nativity on hearth, with a few snowmen and JOY next to it.  LOTS of “joy” decor in this house.

My stockings, I am working on.  My mom helped me make the 3 for my kids 2 years ago, and I need to make 3 more.  Hubby and I got stockings as a wedding gift that are….not my style, so I decided I want ones similar to the kids. I got them pre-threaded at the edges at Michael’s a few years ago, and got the idea for the stripes and circles from the crate and barrel catalog about 5 years ago.  THIS was taped to a wall in my craft closet for several years before I did anything about it:

 Happy first of December! I’ve got so many fun things planned for this month, I will try my best to document and share them with you lovely readers;)

The Lettered Cottage