Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Tour of Homes 2010

Its time to link up and share some of our Christmasy decor @



And if you like peeking in complete strangers homes as much as I do, 
you should head over to check out some of the other participants?, participators?, playingalongers? people

Some of this stuff you've already seen before in some of my pre-tour projects.

Oh well, whatchagonnado?

Here is our cute little tree. We're trying to stay simple this year because we won't actually be here for Christmas.

 (Bend knee up and pull elbow into body)Yessssssssssssssssssssss

So we used our regular faux tree and just put up the middle and top.

We're cheaters.

But I still wanted something live, so I found a cool little pewter ice bucket at an antique store near my in laws and planted a rosemary plant (from Lowes). Easypeasy.

With my quickie little wreath that I made.

I <3 my hot glue gun.

This has to be the best part. My kids (3 and 4) are convinced this is the key santa needs to get in the house because we don't have a chimney.

I never thought I'd enjoy not having a fireplace.

Ok, good feeling gone.

I think this is my favorite spot. My first (and probably only) chair makeover with pretty much all made over/repurposed stuff:

My favorite thrifting find as of late...shweet mercury ornaments...for a buck and the 3 tiered wire stand that I may or may not have RUN to when I saw across the aisle. 3 bucks. Hollllllah!

My superfantastic Mom sent me out those two mercury glass trees from Homegoods.

They survived the USPS from Boston to Illinois.

Uninsured, unharmed.

Yeah, she's a ninja.

Looooove them! (The mercury ball(?) orb(?) is also from Homegoods. I picked it up this summer)

I mixed some mini Target glitter ornaments (from the $1 bin) with some misc. beach stuff I've collected from my trips back home. See that sand dollar? Yeah, we found a tide pool FULL of them last summer. Crazy right?! (I should've grabbed more, but I felt bad, them being alive and all. So I only murdered one.)

Yard sale-ed wire basket from this summer .50

Ahhhh, I miss yard saleing already.

And sometimes you have to decorate random things.

Like the menu board.

Looks like we're eating snow this week.

Don't worry Mom, we'll steer clear of the yellow.

Or the bathroom.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. You're so crafty. You MUST take me shopping with you. :) ~Amy L

  2. Thanks for sharing your Christmas decorations! I'm loving all the starfish!!!!!! I like the practicality of faux trees, and I think it's a great idea to add a small real tree in a bucket -love it!

    Happy Holidays!

  3. How very beautiful everything is... and what clever decorations! Wishing you the Merriest Christmas! Bettie

  4. So simple and beautiful - and we have a mini tree like that in our bathroom too! (: