Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I'm looking forward to a very quiet, empty-scheduled start to the new year.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I kept it simplish this year, because we are still so disorganized from our move in October. I can't even find one whole Christmas bin.
Here's our artificial 6ft. tree. I decided to keep it decorated in colors that match our living room, so blues, brown, cream, white, silver.
I did buy some new ornaments this year, since I didn't have enough in that color scheme to cover this tree. This is one of my favorite new ones:
And we were given some beautiful bird ornaments by our friends Karin and Sam that went perfectly on this tree. I think someday I'll do an entire tree of bird ornaments.
Under this tree is where you'll find Bean hanging out and causing trouble. The tree skirt is just a tablecloth wrapped around the bottom, cause I can't even thread a needle let alone sew anything.
Our advent calendar hanging on the entry closet door:
Entry table decor:
Balls, balls everywhere...
Also on the dining table:
Mini tree on the makeshift dining room sideboard:
Part of the mantle:
Pretty beaded garland on the bookshelves:
The main tree, where we put our ornaments that we've collected over the years. Some have been given to us, some we've picked up on our travels, and we also collect Hallmark ornaments...
First married Christmas ornament from last year:
And this is my all-time favorite ornament. I don't know why, it just is. I can't wait to dig this one out every year when we're decorating my parents' tree, and this year my mom insisted I take it home. My little walnut boy...
So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed it. I haven't been able to get enough of seeing everyone's tours. I'm linking to
And if you haven't entered my giveaway from yesterday, why the heck not? Click here to enter. Winner will be chosen on Friday morning and posted Friday.
Monday, December 14, 2009
We had fun shopping. Maybe too much fun, as we bought more for ourselves than others :/ One of the things we bought for ourselves is a pair of these pretty white stone votive holders from West Elm.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
I can't believe it's the second to last week of the Dare to DIY blog party already! For this week, we were to make something decorative for the holidays.
Ripped straight from the pages of the now defunct and sorely missed Domino magazine, I made a card tree thingy. I searched and searched for the inspiration picture online and in my files where I keep magazine tear sheets, but I couldn't find it. If someone knows what I'm talking about, please send me a link. The Domino version was pink, white and black. Anyway, here's mine:
I used a piece of plywood, which we always have laying around from various projects and improvements. It's about 4 feet tall. Stapled on batting and an old linen table cloth that had a few yellow stains on it, which were going to be covered by the cards. Then Mark and I started nailing on holiday cards in a tree shape. Some were cards from this year, some were saved from years passed (past?) because I liked the front of it or it had special messages written inside.
Add a little garland and some small balls at the end, and voila! Christmas card tree that can be brought out year after year and added to. I think I may do something similar with all the photo Christmas cards we get, since I don't usually throw them away, but never know what to do with them after Christmas. I'll incorporate them into the yearly decor!
I also made a few little vintage card ornaments. I printed some images I found online, taped them to cardstock, added glitter (GLITTER!), and hung 'em on the tree. Couldn't be easier.
Cost for both projects: $0. Gotta love that. Now stop by NewlyWoodwards to be inspired by other homemade holiday decor!
Also linking to Make it for Monday at Cottage Instincts
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Scallion and Cheddar Popovers (makes 8)
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3 scallions, chopped
1. Coat 8 cups of a muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. Heat oven to 450 degrees.
2. In bowl, whisk together flour and salt. In second bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Add to flour mixture; stir just until blended. Fold in cheese and scallions.
3. Fill prepared cups about 3/4 full. Bake at 450 for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temp to 350 degrees and bake for another 15 minutes. Keep oven closed for full baking time or popovers will deflate.
4. Remove from oven and immediately remove from pan. Serve warm.
5. Attempt to eat all 8 until your husband comes in and demands you share.
Recipe via Family Circle.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
The Week 2 challenge of the Dare to DIY blog party over at NewlyWoodwards was to do a table setting.
I thought they would make cute individual flower arrangements at each place setting. Luckily, a little votive holder fits perfectly inside to hold the water.
I used gold chargers (even though the glare off it from the above pic makes it look white), green dinner plates, white salad plates, bronze-y napkins that match the tablecloth, and cute metal leaf napkin rings that my mom bought us this year. I guess if we were really fancy, we'd have gold flatware to match, but we don't have gold flatware, nor do I foresee buying any ever. So good old silver it was.
If I were actually using this on Thanksgiving, I would remove it just before eating so everyone could see each other and, most importantly, to make room for food! Nothing gets between us and our stuffing in my family. I would also iron the tablecloth, which I did not do before these pictures, but I will do before Thanksgiving. And if I'm being totally honest, there was one really huge wrinkle that I Photoshopped out. Have I mentioned how lazy I am?