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December 17, 2013


A Holiday Home Tour

Welcome to our holiday house tour! It’s been a work in progress over the last two weeks and I am so excited to finally share some photos. There is a good mix of decorations I have collected over the years and a few new items I made thanks to Pinterest.

It’s hard to pic my favorite room but I did really enjoy decorating Parker’s room. We just have a few things in there right now but I have big plans in store for next year!

Parker has his own tree, the one that was in my room growing up. Over the last few years my Mom has gotten us the Fisher Price ornaments and they look perfect on his little tree!
A Peanuts Gang Christmas countdown was fitting since he was our little Peanut for 9 whole months. It’s hard to remember to change it everyday but soon enough I will have a little reminder. 
I made a banner for Parker’s room when I made our big holiday banner last year. 
I love decorating the mantel. It’s kind of fun to see how many decorations I can pack it with. This is an interesting mix of post holiday sales, repurposed items and a few gifts. I really couldn’t pick my favorite of the bunch because they all work so well together. The most recent additions are the “Let It Snow” sign for $1 at Target, lantern for $14.99 (70% off) from Jo Ann Fabric’s and the Merry Christmas banner for $6 from Target. 

I know we have a mantel but there isn’t enough room for all of the stockings. I didn’t have a fire place growing up so this seems more like Christmas to me. I never got around to putting the names on our three stockings, that’s a project for next year I guess!

I saw this idea over at one of my favorite blogs, iHeart Organizing, and just had to try it myself. All you need are a ton of Christmas ornaments and some string. Easy and adorable way to add some holiday cheer just about anywhere in the house.

Two of my favorite traditions that I am really looking forward to as Parker gets older is Elf on the Shelf mischief and advent activities. I talked a little more about these traditions last year here and here. Time got away from me this season but next year Rob and I will be on our A game!

Follow Mary Meyer’s board Elf On The Shelf on Pinterest.

Cookies, milk and carrots are a huge tradition for me. It’s only fitting that Santa has his own table for his pit stop snack!

The buffet is also a fun place to add a little festive cheer. I swap out a new subway art printable in the same frame each season/holiday. You can download a free copy here by liking My Crafting Attic on Facebook. The best score was the three red candle pillars I grabbed at a garage sale for $3 total. I love that I can use them for multiple holidays!
This was a super easy, quick and inexpensive center piece that looks great at the dinner table. It’s short enough to not block the view of the person sitting across from you but still adds great color to the table. You can check out the tutorial over at My Crafting Attic

This year we have both a real tree and a fake one. We have so many ornaments between Rob and I that we needed both to showcase our favorite ones. I decided to do all Disney ornaments on the fake tree in Parker’s play room. This one is my favorite. It was from my Mom the year Rob proposed which was on Christmas Eve. I’ll be sharing more on that next week 🙂

I really wanted to make something for Parker so he could join in the decorating. He doesn’t completely understand it yet but seems to really like putting the ornaments up. You can check out the tutorial on this over at My Crafting Attic
I took a really inexpensive wreath from Walmart and added a bow from The Dollar Tree and ornaments from Target that I also used for the ornament garland. I love silver and red together, it just pops! This is a great way to decorate for the holidays without breaking the bank. 
What are some of the traditions you look forward to during the holiday season? 

A Touch of Wood

I love shopping the wood sections of Michaels and Jo Ann Fabrics. You can find so many different items for decorations and gifts. At the end of the last holiday season I picked up some pieces to save for this year. I love it because I get them for 70%+ off and usually forget I purchased them.

I know ornaments typically go on the tree but we are not lacking in that department. Since we have too many stockings to hang on the fireplace, I thought this would be a festive replacement. 

I thought this wooden house would be perfect in Parker’s room. I definitely want to get a few more of these when Parker is old enough to help me paint them!

This was my favorite project out of the bunch, go figure. I found an unfinished wooden picture frame and removed the glass. I then used about 4 coats of chalkboard paint right on the back of the picture frame. What is great about this is that I could use it for other things throughout the year.

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