Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Inspiration From Christmas Past

With Thanksgiving being so late this year, I feel like I'm already behind for Christmas.
34 days and's hard to believe. 

I'd better get busy....

Last year I made some mini wreaths made from cuttings from some holly shrubs in our yard. 
They were truly easy to make and they cost zero, zip, nada, since I already had everything on hand. 
You can find them HERE.

We plan on being home for Thanksgiving, so next weekend would be a great time to decorate the front porch. I still have most of the green cypress  and the tiny blue spruce I purchased last year, so I will be using those along with a few new additions that will be harvested from the Mountain Cottage. You can see last years Front Porch HERE.

 We're  planning on four Christmas stockings hanging from our mantel this year again. Our daughter is going to be spending Christmas with us here in Charlotte. You can see the rest of last year's mantel HERE.

Unplanned vignettes  made with old and new found items are the most fun to put together. It's always satisfying when something turns out pretty. 

...could be as simple as some ornaments and a few pinecones in a footed silver tray. 

Our Breakfast Room is my favorite room to decorate. There's something about a single wreath in each window that makes me smile. 
I love repetition in design. 
and symmetry
and order.

 Even though we don't go down to the basement much, I love doing some simple festive decorations down in the basement family room. Maybe we don't spend much time down there because of the ancient tv and weak internet connection. 
hmmmm, sounds like a project to me. 

Maybe I'll bling up the Easy Stenciled Christmas runner I made a few years ago. A little glitter glams up almost anything. You can read about my Stenciled Christmas Table Runner HERE

One treat we make every year at Christmas is Buckeyes. 
We make a whole bunch of them.
We roll them, dip them, wrap them all pretty and give them to neighbors and friends and even save a few for ourselves. You can read how we make them HERE just in case you'd like to make a few of your own.
Just a warning though, eating these will ruin Reese's peanut butter cups for you. 
So sorry.

And after all that decorating, baking, buying presents and wrapping, remember to buy yourselves some pretty flowers to brighten your day. 

So, do you have a plan as to how you'll get everything finished before the 25th?
I have no idea how we'll get it all finished, but somehow we always do.
My attitude these days is whatever gets done, gets done. 
The only thing that matters is celebrating Christmas with family and maybe a few friends.

Have you started your Christmas plans yet?



  1. I'm with you! I'm feeling guilty for starting to decorate for Xmas before Thanksgiving but it's soooooooo late this year. I'm doing it in spurts though. Love your holiday touches from last year!


  2. I've bought exactly 1 gift. I'm beginning to get nervous. Late Thanksgiving has me all messed up!

  3. It's fun to look back at what you've done in the past. It's nice to see it all together in your post. You always do a nice job. I haven't done anything for Christmas yet. I lost this last week because of a cold. I hadn't thought about how fast it will come after Thanksgiving! Yikes!

  4. Oh all of your Christmas decor is so beautiful. I havn't done a thing. I need to really get in gear, this is going to be a rush job this year. Hugs, Marty

  5. Pam, I loved seeing all of your beautiful decor from last year and looking forward to this years!!!
    Have a great weekend!

  6. Pam it's like Pinterest over here with all of your fabulous ideas and inspiration! :-)


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