Thursday, December 20, 2012

My Little Piece of Heaven

Well folks, it's beginning to look at lot like Christmas around here and I couldn't be happier about it! I have been decorating my little elf heart out lately.  One of the main reasons I purchased this house a year and a half ago were these two bookshelves in my living room.

I knew for sure of one thing, they would not stay stained. I wanted them white of course so my daughter and I went to work.  She was a great help, through all 3 coats! I wish I had done some more research on painting furniture before I tackled this project, hindsight.
I had visions of them all decked out with beautiful sentimental somethings I have collected over the years.  I always felt like a home with built ins just gave an air of warmth. I admit, they have not been living up to their full potential. On a normal basis, they just aren't quite there yet. However, I am busting at the seams with joy over how beautiful they are this holiday season. I mean, just look at them...........

Some of the decorations are new and some I've had for years. The reindeer was something I made years ago when money was tight as a newly wed and I made all our decorations by hand, including painting a ton of ceramic ornaments for our hand me down tree. The teddy bears are from my collection that I started when I was a kid. All the presents are actual presents for my girls, they seem to be moved around a bit, no doubt from all the present shaking going on.
My mantel, on the other hand, is still a work in progress, I have every intention on hand painting a large sign to put there, but haven't quite got around to it yet.  The stockings were made by my mom, she's an artist with her sewing machine and I am so very grateful to reap the benefits of such greatness! We sell them on our website that her, my sister and I have recently started up. Craft Coach is a work in progress as well. There just never seems to be enough time to get it all done. Maybe too many irons in the fire you say? Nah! Just the way I like it!

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Light In My Heart

Whew! I've finally wrapped up all my craft show appearances and my workshops completed, so I could get back to my own Christmas decorating.This time of year has been a little bittersweet for me for a while now. It brought about thoughts of missed loved ones and unfortunate events that coincided with the season. It's put a damper on my holiday spirit. I'm not sure why the dark veil has been lifted except maybe years of prayer and acceptance for who and where I am. I'm happy to see that side of me gone! No, I AM OVERJOYED! 
I am finally starting to feel like a kid at Christmas again!
Thankful to be enjoying all that comes along with the holiday season, including trying to make my home a wonderland. So much so that my teenage daughter has said I'm going a bit overboard! I know, I was shocked to hear that as well. No such thing as going overboard when it comes to Christmas decorating! So I plundered on and can't seem to stop! My latest addition was this arrangement I made for my front porch.

Of course as do most of my projects, it's final purpose was not my initial intention. I originally wanted this galvanized bucket as a base for my Christmas tree, but silly me didn't measure my stand so it didn't fit. I was also so excited to implement my plan that I didn't bother keeping up with my receipt, so I couldn't return it.
My porch was looking a bit boring so I thought why not attempt my first arrangement. I didn't buy nearly enough greenery so I had to improvise due to the fact I was impatient and anxious to see the finished product. I remembered seeing how florist grid off the top of a vase in order to keep floral arrangements in place, so I grabbed the duct tape and went to work.

Maybe duct tape wasn't the best choice but hey I'm all about using what you've got.

I think it turned out better than I expected and it added just the right touch to my outdoor display and just the right accompaniment to the light I've rekindled in my heart.

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