I know, I know, it’s kind of late in the game to be sharing with you how I transitioned my mantel from Fall to Christmas, but maybe you still haven’t decorated your mantel for Christmas (I KNOW there are a few of you out there!) or maybe you want to tuck the ideas away for next year, or maybe you’re just going to enjoy the reassurance that you aren’t the only one who is trying to do things as simply and cost effectively as possible in your home.
A few years ago, as I began to decorate for Christmas, I had a glorious ah-hah moment. One might even call it an epiphany. Get it…epiphany…Christmas….I can never resist the opportunity for a good pun!
ANYWAY, as I began to clear off surfaces and psyche myself up to head into the attic for the bins of decorations, I realized that I was feeling this sense of dread. It wasn’t that I didn’t look forward to having the Christmas decor around the house, it was knowing that I would be doing all of that work only to take it down so soon afterwards.
I think the front porch is like a little sneak peek at what awaits you inside a home. And this year, my sneak peek reflects a look that is a tad bit more simple and a little less fussy.
Welcome, welcome dear friends! My halls are decked and ready for you to come inside and make yourself at home. I’m so thrilled to be apart of the Jennifer Rizzo Holiday Housewalk again this year!
You will not want to miss all of the beautiful homes in this tour so be sure to start at the very beginning and catch up on all of the holiday eye candy. Click the image below to get started!
And if you are joining me from taking the tour of my dear friend Shannon’s gorgeous home, you did not have to travel far because we both have the privilege of residing in the beautiful state of Oregon.
You know, every year when I begin to decorate my home for Christmas, I am absolutely flooded with feelings of nostalgia. With each box that is pulled from the attic, I’m transported to another place in time.
There are the four stockings I bought when we were only a family of three but my heart longed and prayed for a sweet girl and by the very next Christmas she had arrived and that extra stocking was put to good use.
Hello everyone, and Happy Thanksgiving from redheadcandecorate.com. It’s hard to believe that we are entering the holiday season, but here I am in my fuzzy slippers (as small snow flakes fall from the sky) and straight across the table from me in our family room is our Christmas tree 1/2 decorated 😆 . You see, we decided to put the tree up a bit early this year, and it really has added that “cozy warm” feeling that we all crave when it turns cold outside. I truly believe that is one of the reasons Christmas trees are so enjoyable to have in our home. They add a warm cozy comforting atmosphere that is difficult to achieve otherwise. Now, although I can’t send you my cozy Christmas tree…I can recommend a few simple ideas, tips and products to help bring the cozies into your home. You might also notice that the household items I have chosen below would also make amazing gifts this holiday season.
I know most of you probably enjoy a nice cup of coffee, right? In fact I bet you could go for a cup right now 😆 . Well, I couldn’t help but start out things today with this colorful coffee cup tower that received a lot of attention in our “Colorful Family Room Makeover“. My daughter uses them for soup, too. Can you spot them in the back right corner?
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I’ve noticed a trend happening over the past few years. When it comes to decorating for Christmas, I always start with the hot cocoa bar.
Maybe it’s because my kids ask me umpteen times when it will make it’s appearance. Maybe it’s because I feel like I can set it up before Thanksgiving without people getting all judge-y and thinking that if I have even a hint of Christmas before turkey day I’m breaking some kind of sacred rule.
Because hot cocoa is really just winter-y right?!
Or, maybe it’s because dragging out the trees and the garlands and the lights always feels so daunting so starting with this one little area gently eases me into the season.
It’s simple and sweet…pun intended.
Well, my friends, apparently I don’t totally stink on camera because I was invited back for the 6th (what??!) time to share a craft live on the air on the Portland based AM Northwest show! This time it was to share my chalkboard leaf napkin rings.
I ease myself into Christmas.
I love it so, SO much but I can’t just jump right into blasting Jingle Bells and draping garland on every surface. I’ll admit that I do start listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving but I start out with just soft instrumental versions before heading into the more hard-core stuff. Easing into it.
I also ease into the decorating. By virtue of being a blogger, it all has to be done on the earlier side but I just can’t bring myself to head into the attic the day after Halloween to drag out the bins of holiday decor while repeatedly banging my head on the rafters (happens every.single.time!).
Instead, I like to take my time looking at magazines and Pinterest and glancing around the rooms of my house, imagining how I will tackle this corner or that tabletop. Easing.
Hi there friends! It’s me, Julie from redheadcandecorate.com. It is such a magnificent, warm sunny day here in Southeast Michigan (finally)! The birds are singing, my hostas are in full bloom, and I have a very pregnant robin living in my fern on our front porch. All of these are sure signs that it is indeed late Spring, so that means it’s time for us to think about celebrating our veterans on Memorial Day & of course the Fourth of July isn’t far behind. So, with all of that being said, this month I decided to ask my friends in blog land if I could feature some of their “Patriotic Desserts”. Wow, did they come through for us. I decided to throw in a a couple of mine as well. I hope you enjoy these sweet red, white, and blue desserts as much as I did writing about them.
Oh, but before we get to the recipes, I would like to extend an invitation to you to subscribe to our free weekly newsletter because our DIY Laundry Room reveal is coming up this week! I’m working on the light fixture tonight, and the new rug is in 😀
Patriotic Dessert Recipes
From Life in Season: Celebrate the Moments that fill your heart & home:
Yes son, I remember that one vividly.
“Here’s one I got when I was your age.” I pointed to my bottom lip. “I fell and bit right through it!” He was fascinated with is and wanted all of the gory details.
“…and see this one?” He excitedly pointed out to me, interrupting my own scar-riddled tale. “This one was from when I almost cut my finger off from slamming it in the door!”
Oh yes. That one I remember like yesterday.
Being an eight year old boy, he was all about one-upping, and being an eight year old boy, he had far surpassed me by now, in the scar department. He received some perverse pleasure in his scars, like they were a badge of honor from surviving his first years of life. To me, though, they represented fear. Fear and a melancholy, lingering sense of failure, as a parent. Failure that, in those moments, I hadn’t been watching quite as closely as I should have. That I hadn’t monitored these “situations” and the ending results had been many bandages and urgent care visits. They spoke to me and reminted me of my often-lingering sense of inadequateness my mothering.