Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas: Part 1

My Christmas decorating is FINALLY done! I've been really anxious to get pictures and a post written and share everything, but half of my pictures didn't turn out too well. So this post will start things off, then I'll write another post later when I get some better shots!

To start, welcome to our front door :) No one ever uses this door, but I love the new color I painted it this summer (used to be dark brown like the siding. It looked like the opening to a cave!).

I like wreaths, but I was soooo inspired by something similar to this that I saw on a blog somewhere. It's just an old picture frame I painted white and tied ornaments to with ribbon. Easy! So sorry I didn't keep the link, so I'm not sure who came up with it, but I think it is too cute and different.

Next you'll enter our living room, which I newly rearranged to accomodate that huge black TV cabinet! I don't think the angle of this picture does the cabinet or the fireplace justice. It really looks a little less crowded in person!

I'm super proud of how the mantle turned out! Here are a few close ups:

I think I need to work on my photography skills, because these didn't turn out as pretty as I hoped! Anyway, next is the kitchen, which has probably my favorite things this year. You can't see it so well, but I went for the red/lime green scheme, which I'm in love with!

My improvised Advent wreath...

On top of the pantry cabinet. The red bowl has vintage colored metal icicles sticking out of "snow".

So there's part one. When I get a chance, you'll get to see the bedrooms and bathroom!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Snapshots of Life

At 7am on Thursdays, I'm.....

....putting on my scrubs and heading to the hospital for a long day of clinicals for school!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree...

So it took us 3 days altogether, but we got both of our Christmas trees all decorated today! It's our first Christmas married, and we both had our own Christmas stuff, so instead of cramming it all onto one tree, we put up 2 :)

Here's hubby's tree in his office. Notice the sports theme evident on the wall :) This is his normal tree: colored lights, silver star with colored lights, solid colored ball ornaments, and silver garland (I added the tree skirt!).

This is "our" tree, the main one in the living room. The tree was my grandma's until a couple years ago, and it is covered with white AND colored lights, an assortment of glass ornaments (mostly mine), random ornaments we've collected through our lives, and icicles. Lots of icicles! Oh, and grandma's vintage tree topper.

I don't have a skirt for this tree yet, but I do have a project in mind to make one. Stay tuned for that!

Here are some of my favorite ornaments:

I couldn't get great photos, but the first and last ones are vintage from my grandparents' collections, and the middle one is oh so shiny in person!


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Snapshots of Life

4:00 PM on Thursday had us doing this:

After Thanksgiving dinner and the usual passing out for a while from being so full, we pulled out my parent's brand new pre-lit fake Christmas tree. We've always had real trees, so putting the tree up on Thanksgiving day was a whole new thing for us! This is me, my hubby, and sister-in-law working on getting everything plugged in right!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

This is my first year married, so Thanksgiving will be a little different than in the past, but we'll still spend a lot of time with family. I was really happy to learn that my in-laws have a Thanksgiving get-together the weekend before, so we get to see both families without running like crazy!

Thanksgiving at my family's house has always been a great time that extends through the whole weekend! Today we'll have an amazing lunch cooked by my mom and grandma, then we'll watch football, talk, and eat through the afternoon. Tomorrow we'll set up the big tree at my parent's (this is their first year with a fake; for quite a few years we went and cut a 12-foot real tree!), and we'll drag out the rest of the Christmas decorations and start putting them up. This year, my brother and sister-in-law are visiting, so we plan to have Christmas with them on Saturday, since we won't be together probably until spring. And hopefully hubby and I can find some time in there to start getting out our own Christmas stuff!

Have a wonderful holiday and don't forget to be thankful for all your blessings!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Snapshots of Life

Life at our house at 9pm on a Thursday....means me and the dog watching tv and waiting for hubby to get back from church!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Thanksgiving Touches

I love decorating for fall! Here are some of the things I put out this year. Most of them have been up since the first week of September, but I've added a little here and there since Halloween, like this turkey silhouette.

Here's the mantle in the living room:

And probably my favorite, this is on top of the cabinet in the kitchen. I absolutely LOVE that red bowl!

So there are a few Thanksgiving touches around our house this year!

Friday, November 5, 2010

A Sign of Things to Come

Guess what happened here today?

Nope, that's not rain! The first snow of the season, and it was beautiful! I absolutely LOVE snow, so I had a great time watching it all day!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

My Little Halloween Man

Happy Sunday!

When I think about where to get classy, pretty holiday decorations, Meijer doesn't normally pop into my head first. But last week hubby and I were wandering through our Meijer and I stumbled on the cutest Halloween decorations. An entire row of really pretty things that are not neon orange and black plastic. The kinds of things I want in our house! So we went today and I saw that my very favorite piece is 30% off.... he came home with me. I love this little Halloween man! And he was only $5! So that's what is exciting for me today. If you live where there are Meijer stores, go check out the cute Halloween stuff!

Friday, October 22, 2010

My first post!

I'm so excited about writing this first post! I've tried blogging before, but I wasn't very consistent. I plan to keep up with this one! I've been looking at lots of wonderful blogs written by incredibly creative women who do such great things with their homes, and it's completely inspired me. So I hope you'll keep coming back to see what we're doing with our house, how I'm decorating, and what crafts I manage to make work :)

To start things off, I'll show you our summer house project. It isn't what we planned to do, but a chimney leak made it necessary to pull the old panelling off the living room wall. I didn't get a real before shot, but the darker panelling is what we started with, then we found the lighter, actual wood panelling underneath. It was just on these two walls.

Surprise, there was nothing under the panelling above the fireplace!

Here it is with drywall and paint...

And the finished product, complete with fall decorations :)

I'm so glad we don't have to look at that panelling anymore and that the fireplace is the focal point now!

Thanks for reading!