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Friday, November 30, 2012

Joke's On Me!

This year, I wanted to keep our Christmas mantel simple.  Ha Ha ... *who* am I kidding?!
Meet our new buddy, "Buck."  He's the reason my thoughts of simplicity went right out the Christmas window!  He's a Virgo ... likes long walks through the snow covered forest ... annnd, if you stare at him long enough, you'll swear that he has winked at you!  The moment I spotted him at "New River Pottery" (an a-MAZING Christmas shop in Wilmington, NC), I knew I just had to have him as our holiday mantel guest of honor.

And, to properly welcome him to the family, I saw it only fitting to splash a few lights and ornaments to the wreath that came with him.  From there ... it only got worse!  Ornaments began to hang themselves from the top of the mantel:

A big, lush garland arrived on the scene ... only for me to add lots of ornaments, glittery garland and snowflakes:

Prelit topiary trees made their way to the mantel, too, but not before I placed them in cream urns I had on hand, along with *more* ornaments:

And, hmmmm ... where did Santa 1 and Santa 2 come from?  I must've purchased them while in one of my *Christmas comas* at HomeGoods!

And, after all of that I had to "believe" that I was done!

Needless to say ... somehow this ALLL came together to create this:

Not exactly *simple,* but we'll take it ...

And, while I know our sled would much rather be used to fly us down a snowy hill (that does NOT exist here in Myrtle Beach), I gave it no choice but to be dressed with winter greenery and faux skates and placed by the fireplace:

So much for a simple Christmas mantel, right?  I s'pose the only missing now is a warm fire ... next time!

So, please tell me ... do you always start out with one decorating plan and end up doing the exact opposite?
I'm joining up with:

Savvy Southern Style/Vignettes and Mantel Party
The Lettered Cottage/Christmas Mantel Party
52 Mantels/Christmas Link Party

Friday, November 23, 2012

Movie Time!

Raise your hand if you're still full from yesterday!  I hope all of you enjoyed a Happy Thanksgiving!
I wanted to share one of my favorite trees that I just finished decorating for a client.  It's in a room (the "study") where a sweet family likes to unwind, play video games and watch movies.
They'd never put a Christmas tree in this room ... that is, until crazy me arrived on the scene three years ago and suggested a movie-themed tree to add a bit of whimsy to this space:
I tuck their son's favorite movies in here and there (and, this year, I added this fun movie scene prop) ...

The movie reel I also added this year is a great companion to the movie reel tape spilling out of the tree.  Who wants a handful of Mike and Ikes?

I just *had* to add this popcorn "bucket" this year, as well ...
Naturally, "Elf" is the perfect topper (I'm hopefully going to add sprouts of popcorn, as well):
I appreciate that my clients were so open to my suggestion, and truly hope that they'll enjoy the tree again this holiday season!

So, what about you ... do *you* like creating "themed" trees?

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Almost Time!

Is Thanksgiving really only *4* days away?!  Do you have your elastic waistband pants ready to go?  I sure do!

I'm also ready to start sharing Christmas decor ... like our dining room buffet, which is *almost* done:

I've also enjoyed decorating Christmas trees for a few clients ...
look forward to decorating for a special family this week, too!
Annnnd, I'm truly appreciative of the Christmas wreath orders that I've been getting ... love making them and will be sending several orders out this week!
Soooo, are you all ready to start sharing your holiday decor?  I can't wait to see all that you've done!
Thanks so much for stopping by,

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Friday, November 9, 2012

"My Favorite Room"

Happy Friday, everyone!
I'm happy to have been asked by sweet Kim of her famous "Savvy Southern Style" to be a part of her wonderful series, "My Favorite Room."
I hope to see you over there ... have a fabulous weekend!
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