Welcome! I’m so excited to finally give you a peek at our new home! It seems these days, I’m a day late and a dollar short but here I am with a glimpse into our house dressed up for Christmas day. It might be sunny and almost 70 degrees on December 22nd, but that’s okay because, “This is how we we roll in the South!”
I think most people would be surprised that I have a little rebellious side. I know, I know…shocking!
Oh sure, most of the time I fall into the ‘play-it-safe’ category but sometimes I just want to try something new. Break free a bit.
Breaking free looks different for everyone doesn’t it? It could be as wild and crazy as jumping off cliffs into huge pools of water when you were in high school and young and stupid (sorry mom!).
I remember the first time I heard it. I was a little girl and my mother was playing her favorite Christmas songs. That sultry smooth, deep voice.
“I’ll have a blue Christmas without you…”
My mother smiled and told me how she saw him in black and white many, many years ago on the Ed Sullivan show. She sighed at the sight of him and her father teased her mercilessly and danced around with a broom saying, “Oh Elvis, Elvis….”
Sigh…I love monograms. I can never quite put my finger on what it is about them that makes me so happy.
I mean, it’s just a letter, right?
In the song ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’ there’s a line that says, “I’d like to add his initial to my monogram”.
And maybe that’s part of what I love about them. They’re so identifying aren’t they?
When I got married, that middle letter of my monogram changed, going from an ‘R’ to an ‘H’.
And suddenly ‘H’ was my new favorite letter.
Have you ever dreamed up an idea and you just knew you were going to love it….if you could pull it off? You could see it in your head. Envisioned exactly what it would look like. You might have even wondered why no one else had thought of this idea yet, and you smiled to yourself knowing you had come up with a brilliant idea.
Then reality set in when you realized that for this marvelous, original idea to come to fruition, you would have to create it yourself. From scratch! The doubt begins to creep in a little and you wonder if your idea…. was just a dream after all.
What is it with metallic that makes us love it so much? Is it that extra little bling? Is it the extra little something special that it adds to everyday objects? Maybe I just have a fascination with shiny objects, which could be a whole other problem entirely. grin!
Krylon’s Metallic Spray Paints has given us the ability to make just about anything shine these days…and sea shells are no exception! I first saw a trio of sea shell Christmas trees at Joss and Main, and let me tell you they went quick! I decided if I wanted a set of my own, I would just need to make them and you can make some too! Here’s what you need:
and here’s how you make them:
See how simple they are! Just a little glue, some shells and some Krylon Brushed Metallic Paint! Total cost for all three trees..$13.00!
So add a little more bling to your holidays, and create your own trio of Metallic Sea Shell Christmas Trees!
Be sure to visit the Krylon Holiday Pinterest Board for tons of fabulous spray paint inspiration. You can also get some amazing ideas by visiting Krylon’s Projects In A Can site full of projects as well as Make it Gr8 in 8, where you can share your quick 8 minute fixes using Krylon and enter to win some great prizes!
It’s hard to believe we’re counting down the days so quickly to Christmas! Be sure you visit often as we have many more Holiday Projects to share with you! See you back here soon…at the picket fence!
Do you do projects for your home that are so simple you find yourself wondering if they are truly “blog worthy”?
You know what I’m talking about right?
Projects like..oh..I don’t know…tracing words onto pieces of ribbon with a sharpie and then sticking them on your tree.
These projects don’t require a lot of supplies or a tutorial. And this can make you question whether or not to even share them because of their simplicity.
But, then you wonder if maybe others would welcome a little simplicity.
And maybe even a little “Faith, Hope, Peace and Love” being added to their Christmas tree.
The tree we chose this year is a little more rotund then ones from years past. And as I started decorating it, I realized that it would need more help then my ornament collection could provide. Even if I used the ornaments usually reserved for the back of the tree it wasn’t going to cut it. We all have those ornaments don’t we? Those ones that we can’t bring ourselves to get rid of but aren’t quite “front of tree” worthy. (Don’t worry, the paper angels and other creations from my kiddos are proudly displayed on another tree in our home!)
I remembered I had ribbon left over from my mantel and banister (which you can see in our Holiday House Tour) and thought my rotund tree would benefit from the soft creamy ribbon being added to it. An item from Pottery Barn which is no longer available was my inspiration for this project.
Can you see why I wondered if it would be “blog-worthy”? It’s beyond simple.
But, I’ll tell you something.
Seeing those words splashed all across my rotund tree has given me great pleasure. Probably more than any other decor I’ve added to my home this season.
I’ve found myself pausing and staring at these banners throughout the day.
Reflecting on the meanings of each word.
Remembering what “it” is all about.
This led me to realize that I could do something that might possibly be even less “blog-worthy”. Oh yes.
While there are tons of ideas for displaying the holiday cards you receive, I’m doing something radical.
I’m putting our cards in a tray on our kitchen table.
I know CA-RAZY, huh?
Want to know why I did this? Well, each night at dinner we pull out a different card from the stack.
And then, before we eat, we pray for that person…or that family.
It is one more simple way to remind us of how blessed we are to have all of these amazing people in our lives.
And I think that just might make it blog-worthy…don’t you?
P.S. The Ribbon Banner Ornaments shown in these photos were “staged” and aren’t actually all bunched together on my tree like that. Just in case you were wondering!
One more thing…
The winner of the $50 Credit Givewaway to LaRae Boutique is
Pam Ballard! Congratulations Pam!
We’ll be in contact to get you your prize.
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WELCOME Friends, old and new, to the FOURTH house (or we should say HOUSES) on the 2012 Holiday House Walk Tour! We are Heather and Vanessa of At The Picket Fence and we were ecstatic to find out we were the next stop on the tour after our dear friend, and surprise tour house, KariAnne of Thistlewood Farm! Have you EVER seen such a gorgeous farmhouse?!
We are so honored to be joining in with some of the most fabulous homes and blogs on the web and we want to thank Jennifer for inviting us to participate. So we throw open the doors and welcome you to our homes!
Up first we ask you to walk on in the front door of Heather’s country home in the heart of the rolling hills of Kentucky.
Welcome to my country kitchen, the heart of our home! Many of you know that I recently remodeled our kitchen and this is the first Christmas we have celebrated with it completely done! I’m in love with every detail of it!
The white cabinetry, beadboard backspash and dark counters, make it the perfect canvas for the bright reds, fresh greens and vintage touches I love.
I decided to go simple this year, with my “birds of a feather” Kitchen tree, nestled an red metal bucket. I love using fresh evergreen and these mini trees fit the bill! I love the tiny book page Christmas trees resting on antique spools, and my vintage kitchen scale was the perfect place to stack these bright and fun mini ceramic loaf pans.
Right off our kitchen is our formal dining room that also recently had a complete transformation.
Fresh red poinsettias nestle in a tureen brought back years ago by my mother-in-law from Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon.
My snowflake wreath from Christmas 2011 has held up for another holiday and is right at home on my framed chalkboard. Pinecones placed in vintage silver goblets and a sweet little vignette of bottle brush trees in an apothecary jar round out my dining room holiday decor!
Since my powder room is located right off the front hallway, I knew it needed to get in on the Christmas decorating action. I picked up this darling little turquoise tinsel tree last year at Christmas, and it seems right at home in a galvanized bucket on this industrial stool.
Of course I had to decorate it with tangerine ornaments to tie in my tangerine ceiling!
Painting my mantel is one project I still have yet to do, so instead of fighting the brick and wood I decided this year to compliment it by decorating the living room in browns, metallics and blues. I love these whimsical trees and my faux galvanized JOY letters.
This is the second year I’ve placed my tree in this large copper pot, and I love the streamlined look!
Again, going with the theme of simplicity this year, I allowed the mantel and my flocked tree to take center stage in our great room.
Thank you so much for taking a little mini holiday tour of our Kentucky home, up next we’re headed to Vanessa’s house in the Pacific Northwest where she’s sharing some of her favorite holiday rooms!
I may live in the land of logging and flannels but my home is a nod to the traditional all the way!
The first room on your left when you come through my front door is the living room.
I love color and my home is a reflection of that but this year I decided to offset things by going with a more creamy palette.
I was so excited when I opened up the bins in the attic (after having several “Chevy Chase” moments and knocking my head on the beams over and over!) and discovered some glittery Christmas trees I had gotten on clearance last year. It made my mantel decorating so much easier!
I was also thrilled to score this beautiful mirror at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in early November and I knew it would be the perfect addition to the room just in time for Christmas.
If you were to walk in the front door (pumpkin spice latte in hand!) you would be greeted by my favorite feature of our home, my staircase. It will be getting a bit of a face lift the first of the year but for now it is accented with giant pine cones, greenery and simple bows.
My dining room is just beyond the living room and the traditional feel continues. The furniture in this room is among the very first we bought as newlyweds and while it goes slightly more formal, it fits perfectly with the architecture and style of our home. So don’t expect to see it getting a coat of chalk paint anytime soon!
I kept things simple on the sideboard with a silver champagne bucket and cranberries.
If you were to venture on further, you would know that you were in the heart of my home. It’s where we do our real living and there you would find a Christmas tree with paper ornaments and a train running around the bottom. Toys are scattered across the floor and crumbs across the kitchen table. A Nativity advent calendar that my children love but isn’t the most…ahem…”attractive” is hanging on the pantry door. And, as much as I love all of my pretty things I’m showing you here today, that part of the house is my most favorite.
But, this is all that I can show you today…
So, maybe you’ll have to come back again to see the rest…crumbs and all!
We are so excited to be sharing two fun and unique Mini Christmas Trees that each reflect the parts of the country that we call home! Join us, along with several talented bloggers on a cross-country Christmas Tree hop!
Up first we are visiting Vanessa in the Pacific Northwest….
As soon as we started brainstorming ideas for our Christmas Trees I knew I wanted to pay homage to my beautiful Willamette Valley. Many don’t know that the Pacific NW, where I am privileged to live, is home to some of the most fabulous wineries in the country….dare I say world?
Oh yes, I dare!
And, I dared to decorate a Christmas Tree that I feel represents the beauty of this area.
In keeping with a more natural look, a bow of burlap ribbon at the top then winds it’s way around the tree to add softness and texture.
Grapevine branches make the perfect tree topper to honor wine country.
Twiggy garland with small gold berries add just the right pop of color and reflection almost making the tree look as though it’s lit up.
Wine cork ornaments are so easy to make! Almost so easy I’m embarrassed to explain it…but I will…cause this is a blog and that’s what we’re supposed to do right?
Either use corks you already have or buy some at your local craft store. Open up one end of an ornament hook and stick it into the middle of the cork.
See, told you I didn’t really need to explain it!
A galvanized bucket becomes the perfect Wine Country Christmas Tree stand.
And my tribute to the Willamette Valley Wine Country is complete!
This weekend we’ll be heading up into the mountains to cut down our fresh Christmas Tree and I can’t wait to get it decorated and share it with all of you!
Onto Heather’s home in the Bluegrass State….
Welcome to my country kitchen in the hills of Kentucky! I’ve always wanted to have a “kitchen tree” and I thought what would be more appropriate than a nod to nature with a “birds of a feather” themed tree!
Of course it wouldn’t be a nature tree unless it was a fresh tree. I found this darling little pine, the perfect size for the corner of my kitchen.
I created this simple little canvas pendant banner with pre-cut pendants from Hobby Lobby and wired twine. I hot glued the pendants onto the twine and wrote out the words “tweet tweet.” That’s the way birds say “Merry Christmas” after all. smile!
In addition to the metallic acorns and various feathered friends I’ve picked up over the years, I also mode these book page birds that seem quite at home in their little nests.
I picked up little wooden bird cut-outs for .29 each at Michael’s and after tracing out their shape onto book pages mod podged them and hot glued them into tiny nests. Of course it wouldn’t be a bird themed tree without a little birdseed! Using the same cut-outs as I used for the book page birds, I applied a thin layer of glue and lightly pressed them down into birdseed.
The sunflower seeds made perfect little beaks! I adore how this tree turned out. It’s a bright and cheery spot in my white kitchen and makes me happy every time I’m in there, which is often during the holidays! The fresh pine smells wonderful and my sweet little birds are there to keep me company during hours of baking and cooking.
I can’t wait to share more of my home decked out for Christmas next week…and as this hectic and sometimes stressful season gets underway, my little bird tree helps to remind me of this… “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6
Have you seen the other fabulous trees that our friends are sharing today! Be sure to visit Angela from Unexpected Elegance, the hostess with the mostess of this fun Christmas Tree Hop, KariAnne of Thistlewood Farm, Kristin of My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Laura of Finding Home and Kelly of Eclectically Vintage!They are each sharing their gorgeous themed trees with you as well!
As always we love having you here with us, where the Christmas season is in full force…and we’ll see you tomorrow afternoon for Inspiration Friday, with some fabulous features! Thank you for joining us today…at the picket fence!
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