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December 14, 2017

Fun Decorating at Christmas

Santa's Jingle Bell Village

This frosty snowman is ready to greet you!

A backside view.  I framed the village with snowflake ornaments that I used previously on the fireplace mantel.  

This was all created one morning while having my coffee and I was staring at a handful of items I hadn't decided what to do with.  I started with styrofoam in the bottom so I could support the branch and elevate everything.  I taped the foam together so the scene wouldn't shift and used tape to secure some of the pieces on it.

Imagine a child's delight to wander into Santa's village and find the mailbox where he or she could put their wish list!

Jingle bells to add to the merriment!  
Adding snow is a must!

A friendly village greeter!

There's even a sleigh!

Santa's are found all around!
The framed picture of  Santa came from Kirkland's a few years back. 



On to the kitchen window...
My kitchen window got a new look this year.  I've used this three piece arched window frame set for 3 years now.  See the previous displays here 2016  and here 2015  I found the frames at Kohl's. They were individual pieces to be hung on a wall or door but Dan added hinges to them so I could have this as a background for displays.

The car ornament was another end of season find last Christmas.  The little trees were found a while back at a little store in one of our northern communities called Bellaire.

This General Store metal village piece came from Wendell August and I bought it in September when we visited their store and factory area in Pennsylvania.  It has a little street below the car that you can't see and Swarovski crystals on it too.  There were three village pieces that could be paired with it but they are pricey so I had to pick one.

Dressing up the sides with antlers and plenty of snow!


I've explained before with previous displays at Christmas that I always loved the windows at the big department store holiday displays and my thoughts go in that direction when I'm creating my vignettes.

I'd love for you to check out my previous displays with the following links from Christmas's past:



December 12, 2017

Christmas 2017 Living Room Cont'd

Welcome back- here is the other side of the living room.

I clustered six bottle brush trees together in this oval wood bowl adorned with two elk heads.  I pushed them together so the branches would help them stay clustered and added some snow to the bottom.  

I found this little bear on an after Christmas sale last year and the poinsettia dish is a few years old from Hobby Lobby.  

The long wood top that divides the living room has been set up with a Woodland Enchantment vignette.

I like Santas of all kind but I think my favorite are the old world saints like this one.

The reindeer got a little paint job to add a some warmth to their color and I dressed them up a bit with a black velvet ribbon and the gold cords I had used before.  You've seen the same tree before with the gold poinsettia leaves but I also added some of my gold ornaments this year.


The sleigh was dressed up with florals and pine cones.  I sprinkle faux snow here and there to the add to the enchantment.

The big golden antlers are once again used and clustered with little evergreen branches, pine cones and more faux snow.  The ornament to the rear is a nativity with three wise men on the other.

I used two small black lanterns from my little stash of lanterns to add some more light to the vignette.



I'll show a night time picture soon.

I set a place for my little nativity set.

The wreath worked out nicely as a base.

Pre-maid wreath from Pier 1 last year.  

Silent night, holy night...


Thank you for visiting- I have more to show and I hope you'll come back!




December 10, 2017

Christmas 2017 Mantel and Living Room

I have been slower than usual completing my Christmas decorating but I finally got it all done.  I put wreaths on two of the windows which I'm loving.  I got inspired to do this when I saw a post from Anita Diaz @ Far Above Rubies.  

I'm thrilled this year with the mantel.  I found the big trees at a store after the holidays and knew I had to have them.  The white stag was new last Christmas and I knew the trees would look good with it.  Last year I had the lanterns down on the floor by the Christmas tree.  (They're actually angled but look straight in this picture.

I have a whole tub full of various sized pine cones I've been collecting for several years so I had fun layering them around the stag.

Last year the red berries were used in a different setting and ended up being just what I needed this year.

I used silver, and gold accented pine cones and natural ones.  

I just love the texture and coloring of these trees.   They look like carved wood but they're some kind of resin or plastic blend. 

The sun shined for 3 minutes (ha- but true) and I happened to be nearby so I caught this picture.  I elevated my big Santa on a plant stand this year since I couldn't find a good spot to present him.

My decorating goal in the living room was to be a bit lodge like.  I saw this reindeer and sleigh at Pier 1 this year and had to have it.  The tree has been used many times and I just re-purposed it here and added the woven gold stars.

I found the wreaths and horns at Hobby Lobby all 50% off.  I wanted the wreaths kind of light and airy so they wouldn't block the light.

I found the tree star at Ace hardware.  It was made to look like it's created with pine cones.  The lighting was too challenging to get a decent shot of it.



The white ornaments with cardinals were another find at an after Christmas sale.  The red swirl designed ornaments were identical to ones I saw in a set sold by Balsam Hill last year but their prices are so high.  I was delighted to find these are a local store sold individually.

I grabbed up a dozen of these plaid burlap poinsettias from Pier 1.  They offered the kind of look I wanted.

Another one of the red lanterns I had from last year and an old world Santa. 

I bought this to go on the tree but it was way too large.  I didn't pay enough attention to the sizing when I bought it.  I found the sisal wreath she's sitting on at JoAnn Fabrics.  

As you see the kitties are treated well here.  I sit here each evening with them next to me.  The pillows with the deer heads came from Pier 1 last year and the small beaded ones from Pier 1 several years ago.

Love bugs!

The little lantern came from Frontage several years ago. I loved it's old world charm.  I made up a little woodland scene with Santa and some furry friends.  Thanks to Kris at Junk Chick Cottage I was made aware of the cute little birds at Target  which of course prompted a few more pieces to be purchased.  Santa was a special order from Pier 1.  They had a much larger one that looks similar but I chose this 12" version.

Aren't they adorable! 

I almost forgot this!  Santa from a couple of years ago and my basket loaded with birch, bottle brush style branches, red berries and silver coated leaves.


There is more that you can't see from this view that will be shown next and I hope you'll come back to visit!  I'll also show some pics in the evening with the lights on when it's even cozier looking!

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