I’ll Make a Home For Christmas

In The Studio

Or three…


I’m fairly certain I’ve mentioned the metal house “lanterns” that we saw last November in a shop in Disney Springs and how amazing they were and how sad I was that they weren’t for sale. Turns out they are available from the Acorn catalog, and aren’t terribly expensive at about $30 a pop. But by the time I’d found them there, I’d already purchased a trio of papier mache houses to make my own Christmas village with.

Sadly, it took a full year before I got around to painting the houses, but I’m glad I waited! The Delicata inks I used to add the metallic sheen to these houses really made the project! You can see the step-by-step over on the Imagine blog!

12 Days of Blogmas: Holiday Pictures

Just for Fun

A picture is worth a thousand words, and so are one of my posts (on average), so looks like the status quo will be upheld!


This past Saturday we did make it out to the Flowers Christmas in Lights display that I mentioned in our events post. It was really spectacular and I’m glad we went!

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Then we drove downtown so I could get some pictures of the lights downtown without so much of a crowd around.

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Then we took a little time to appreciate the lit-up Dollhouse, including our little monkey in the yard and the electric candles in the windows. I think I need more of them, though, to really get the full effect.

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Inside, our “fun” tree is set up on a little table in the living room. It holds all our miscellaneous Disney, Dr. Seuss, and miscellaneous collected ornaments from over the years. And, yes, all of my handmade gifts are done and wrapped under this tree, ready to go to Mom’s tomorrow night.


In the library, I stepped up the mantle decorations this year with some wine bottles (the how-to is over on the Helmar blog) and more electric candles. I just love these things. I turn them on once when I want them to start and they go 8 hours on, 16  hours off, and I don’t have to think about them until it’s time to put them away. And the ones in the upstairs widows? It’s like falling asleep to candlelight every night. I might just keep those going throughout the year!


The white tree got the addition of candle lights this year. I bought them last year, before I found such a great deal on the white tree itself, so the green wires just didn’t work for me. This year I taped off the candles and spray painted the wires so I could actually use the lights! I still have the other box to do… maybe by next year.


And, just like for Halloween, I redecorated the downstairs bathroom with seasonally appropriate textiles for Christmas. Todd and I are still on track with gutting this room next month (!!!) and giving it a permanent makeover, but for this month this’ll do.


Finally, this is my solution for displaying the pretty Christmas cards our friends have sent us. I love using the staircase to display things, and since so many people are going with the postcard-style cards, hanging them from garland seemed like the best idea. For next year I’ll have decorated clothespins and fluffier garland, but for this year it works.


Hope you enjoyed this peek at our Christmas views!

The 12 Days of Blogmas is a link-up hosted by The Coastie Couple and The Petite Mrs. Check out either of their blogs to see what everyone else has to say on today’s topic!

The 12 Days of Blogmas is a link-up hosted by The Coastie Couple and The Petite Mrs. Check out either of their blogs to see what everyone else has to say on today’s topic!