Blogger Block Party~Doors and Porches!

Joyeux Noel! 
Merry Christmas! 
And, welcome to the next stop on the Block…the Blogger Block that is!

This is one amazing event and I’m so thrilled today to be hosting today’s

Doors and Porches Linky Party!

Just as a warm smile can be a reflection of your heart, our front doors and porches give us an opportunity to reflect the warmth we strive to create in our homes.
And, this is never more true than at Christmas.

So, imagine me smiling warmly at you right now as I share my “Joyful Christmas Porch“!

This porch was created with a small budget, very simple projects and some lucky finds!

I recalled last year seeing how Delores from Vignette Design (truly an amazingly talented lady!) had dressed up her fresh wreath with a jute webbing banner and I that I wanted to do the same thing.
Yep…I’m just that nuts that I remember someone’s Christmas decor from last year!

Every year I purchase a fresh wreath and garland from Costco but this is the first time I have added anything to the wreath. Stenciled letters on Jute Webbing is such an easy, inexpensive and simple way to dress it up!

I seriously cannot tell you how much fun I had decorating my porch this year!
You talented folks in blogland have seriously inspired me and given me the courage to try new things and yes…even get a little bit crafty now and then. 
Can you feel the “JOY”
Well, my porch sure did when I added these letters to my outdoor planters.
I purchased the small arborvitae for $3.99 each at Lowes and used pots I already had on hand.
Painting the wooden letters a bright red gave the porch a nice pop of color and I simply attached a piece of twine to the back of each letter using a staple gun and then tied them around each plant.



These large glass jars were first outfitted with flickering LED candles which were then stuck to the bottom using “Stick-Um”, my go-to tool this time of year.


Then, each jar was filled with glittery faux snow and tucked inside a berry and evergreen candle ring.


I really wanted Christmas pillows for my chairs but just couldn’t bring myself to spend the money on the ones I found in the stores. When I spotted a set of linen kitchen towels for $4.99 each I knew they would do the trick! I simply folded them in half and used Liquid Stitch to “sew” the sides and stuffed them right up.
I seriously LOVE how they turned out and love the price even more!


Ok…now for the part that turned me into a cheesy grinning fool at a thrift store.
I found this darling little sled at the Rescue Mission for $8 and
seriously couldn’t believe it when I saw it.
Plus, I didn’t even have to elbow anyone out of the way to snatch it up!


A simple potted tree sits on top.


Love the details and patina!


In front of the sled I placed a lantern with wintery goodies tucked inside along with a strand of battery operated white lights.


I thought I was all done until I suddenly got inspired to create my own Christmas Doormat!
I picked up a $6 mat from Wal-Mart and after stenciling little fleur-de-lis in each corner I freehand (yes…freehand folks!) painted NOEL in the same bold red as my JOY Letters.
If you only knew how bad my handwriting actually is, you would appreciate this even more!


All in all, I am so pleased with how my Front Door and Porch turned out this year.


I only wish I could fling that door right open for all of you and welcome you into my home the way you have all welcomed us into your lives! 
Thank you so much for letting me share this with you today! 
And now, how about some….

Hold onto your hats folks, because we won’t just have one winner here at the Doors and Porches Party…nope….we will have FOUR! That’s right!

Four fabulous items from four of our fabulous sponsors means there will be four winners!
(Heather will have four more for you on Friday!)

Here are the beautiful items you will have the chance to win!

First up, is this gorgeous “Believe” pillow from the amazing Ann of 

Next is this absolutely beautiful set of Christmas Botanical Cards (prints of her original watercolor painting) from the talented Dawn of
Christmas Cards Botanical Pinecones Set of Six  5 x 7 Blank Cards
Now, how about a little extra “bling” this Holiday season?
You will have a chance to enter to win this incredible Steampunk Filigree Ring from the lovely Jenny of Ambivalent Relics

And last, but most certainly not least, one lucky reader will win a beautiful Letter Pendant from the amazingly creative Jeanne of juNxtaposition!

These are true treasures made using actual antique typewriter letters and the winner will, of course, be able to pick the letter of their choice.

Want to know how you can win one of these fantastic prizes?
We are giving you 3 ways in which you can enter!
1. Just simply leave a comment letting us know you would like to be entered for a chance to win…you don’t even have to link up to the party! (Separate Comment)
2.  Link up to the Doors and Porches Party and let us know you did. (Separate comment)
3. Pay these amazing Sponsors a visit at their shops and come back to let us know you checked them out. (Separate Comment)
That’s all there is to it folks!
4 Giveaways
4 Winners
Pretty good odds if you ask me! 
 The Doors and Porches Party link will be up all week long so come by anytime to join in the fun!
And, if you linked up, be sure to grab a button!

Thanks so much for meeting me here at the Fence today,


  1. says

    Thank you for hosting this link party! I love your entrance, Vanessa! I love live greenery! Your stenciled jute webbing is perfect for your wreath! The door mat is another great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  2. says

    I really love your front entry. I like how you used jute webbing with a message stenciled on it on your wreath and love the little letters on your pots spelling out JOY. You used a lot of creativity to your entrance and it shows. I would love to be entered in this amazing giveaway too!

  3. says

    And girl…you hit a HOMERUN! I am so in love with your front door I just want to come over and steal everything for myself…only that’s really bad and I am not supposed to want to do that…It is stunning. I am now headed back to look at it all again.

  4. says

    I just love your real greenery!! We do a live tree, but I got really cheap a few years ago and started reusing old fake ones. Now, I want to run out to the store, pic, up a real wreath, and start from scratch.

    That’s it.
    I can not come here any more.
    I am clearly having a terminal case of Christmas covetousness.

    The whole entry is absolutely gorgeous, and I do indeed feel the joy. (Still feel the envy, but the joy is there too…)

  5. says

    Oh, my goodness! How gorgeous your entry is! Love your pretty garland around your door. Your JOY is just darling! You do everything well and thank you for hosting this fun party!
    Be a sweetie,

  6. says

    I joined your linky party. Thanks for hosting the Christmas Blogger Block Party. So far, I’m joined them all and it’s been a whirlwind fun time.

  7. says

    I love your front porch – every last bit of it!! The JOY planted pots, the sled, the wreath – it’s all so festive and pretty. Your guests will surely be welcome when they arrive at your home. :-) I have had a lot of fun with my front porch this year too – who would have thought?

    Thanks for the party – just linked up!


  8. says

    Hi Vanessa & Heather! Please enter me for a chance to win a giveaway…I’ve linked into your party and would like to thank you because if not for your party over the past few weeks, I might not have done a makeover on my front porch (#59) with such enthusiasm! Love your front door here too…beautiful and tasteful. xo wendy

  9. says

    Hi again! I’ve visited all the giveaway links and even bought a beautiful Vintage Chandelier & Pearls Necklace (the last one! woohoo!) from Ambivalent Relics…love the musical bubbles from Junxtaposition, linen collection from Sutton place, and “Beyond the Fence” from Redbird Cottage Arts….Thanks so much for the heads up about these artisans!

  10. Angie says

    I visited each of the sponsors and love every single one of them! Such talent and lovely creations!

    Angie @ Knick of Time

  11. Christie says

    Okay…where do I begin? Yes, I can see you standing there with a very warm smile! Wish I could walk on through that door! It is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!!! I remember Delores from Vignettes wreath, too! You did a great job! It is so bright and cheery…all the details pefect my friend! LOVE the pillows, the JOY, the stenciling…Thanks so much to you and Heather for hosting! Christie

  12. says

    Vanessa did you just bump this post?? I could have sworn it up yesterday and now it shows up as a new post today….If you did then tell me how to do it too please!?;)

  13. says

    I love your front porch and that sled is too cute. I hope I find some great towels to make pillows with, too. Thank you for hosting the party.

  14. says

    Thanks so much for hosting this fun party! I am new to blogland so I am not certain how this party really works … but loved joining in! And also love finding you two!

  15. says

    This is one of your most beautiful posts EVER! Just stunning!!

    I’m running way behind, but I finally linked to this party. Now I’m writing a post for your Christmas in the kitchen party. Better late than never, right??

    Hope you girls are having a wonderful week. Thank you so much for putting together such a fun group of parties!

  16. says

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