First Christmas in our Texas Home























Merry Christmas!

Christmas Home Tour Part One

Christmas whole view living room

Twas the day after Christmas and all through the house…it’s quiet.

Finally I have some time to post my pics of the house.  Just now downloaded my copy of Lightroom {photo editing software} I bought for a great deal on Cyber Monday.  Even though it’s easier to use than Photoshop, there is still a bit of learning curve.  This means instead of spending all day figuring out how to edit all my photos to post on here, {which means I probably wouldn’t have anything to post until tomorrow} I decided to go ahead and post a few today and hopefully have the rest tomorrow for part two.  Once again I am posting them after Christmas.  Sigh…ho hum…I tried.  I thought I would have time to post them before, but it didn’t work out.  Oh well!

Christmas mantel 2013

corner living room view

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas filled with fun family traditions!


Metal W – Hobby Lobby

Chalkboard Download – Dear Lillie {printed engineer print at Staples}

Joy to the world wood block – Barn Owl Primitives

White Fur Stockings – Restoration Hardware Kids

White Flowers – Local discount store called Walls

Fresh Garland – Lowes

JOY sweater wrapped – I made at Whatever Craft Weekend

Christmas Tree – Balsam Hill (They are having an after Christmas sale right now!)

Come back tomorrow for part two.

Christmas Brings Joy,

A JOYful Christmas Mantel

I hope everyone had a safe and lovely Christmas!Christmas Mantel 1

One of my favorite sayings is “Better late than never.”

Christmas time requires more than what we normally do on a day to day basis.  I apologize for not being able to post these photos before Christmas.

Welcome to our home for Christmas 2012…

Christmas Stockings

I got a wild hair and decided to make some new Christmas stockings this year.  I almost bought some burlap stockings but decided denim was more me.

I couldn’t find any online I liked so why not make them?

Kid's Christmas Stockings familybringsjoy

I took my pattern off our old stockings on size.  I figured out how to do a cuff based on the old ones as well, but decided to make them all different.  The red gingham ones are the boys.  The white cuffed ones are the girls.  It took me longer to blanket stitch the loop hangers than it did for me to make all 5 stockings.  I still think it was worth it, though. 😉  I bought the letters/ornaments at Pottery Barn to place on the kid’s packages.  I decided they looked cute on the stockings and wished I would have bought one for me and the mr.  {Thus the 2 stockings without initials on them}

Nativity 2

I was so excited to find this unique nativity at a holiday bazaar I went to with my Mom.  It’s made out of metal and came with the pretty background.  You can find one of these at


I channeled a little creativity by covering up some Styrofoam trees {below}.  I used denim scraps left over from making the stockings to ruffle around one of the trees.  It was as simple as using pins and hot glue.  I covered the large tree by wrapping it with red yarn.  The smallest tree was decorated by using kraft wrapping paper.  I used my circle punch and pinned the circles on the tree.


The wreath below was also purchased at the Ever Thine Home booth I spoke of earlier.  I love how the leaves are made out of hymns.

JOY with wreath

The JOY letters are the ones I decorated with sweater material at Whatever Craft Weekend.  I changed the embellishments to be more Christmas like.  Thanks to A Cottage Life I used her mini bunting she gave as swag for Whatever Craft Weekend on the O.  On the J I used the same red yarn I used to wrap around the tree and a couple of cute pins JCPenney’s was handing out this year for the Y.  I saved the old window frame I bought at the barn while at Whatever Craft Weekend just for this Christmas mantel.

JOY letters

At the last minute I decided to make the lighted garland.  I added red and white tulle to a battery operated led light strand…just tied them on.  I tied a few snowflake ornaments {12 for $1 at Dollar Tree} to complete the look.

Christmas Mantel 3

Christmas Mantel 4

So glad you stopped by! 🙂

Let there be JOY,

I’ve Gone Stocking Crazy!

I finally have CURRENT Christmas decor to share with you.

The only things that are new this year are the Happy Holidays banner I bought at Pottery Barn Outlet last summer {for really cheap} and the beautiful garland that was given to me as a Christmas gift last year {Thank you, Angie, I LOVE it!}  Otherwise, everything is from the attic. 😉

So this is not our normal size Christmas tree.  We have a bigger one, as a matter of fact, it is too big. {Anyone want to trade for a tall skinny tree?}  Anyway, we will be traveling during the holidays and I just didn’t want to put up the big one.  The kids were disappointed, but they are used to it now.  It was either this or nothing.

DH’s stocking has gone missing since our last 2 moves.  Until we find it, he has the smaller one on the left.

I did buy the ‘joy’ ornaments to add this year.  The rest of the ornaments are just a few of our very favorites.

The twig wreath is over 10 years old.  It looked identical to the tiny tree on the left side of the mantel with eucalyptus & berries.  It was beginning to look ragged so I decided to do a ‘downgrade’…I took the eucalyptus & berries off.  I like the simple look.  I kept debating on whether to add a bow, but decided to go all natural.  What do you think?

  I repainted the stocking holder frames with my Chalk Paint to match my barn door shutters I made {read more about that project here.}

I got the stocking fever this year…stockings every where, including my front door!  No wreath this year.

Here is my Santa and grapevine tree on the front porch.

I hope everyone is enJOYing the holiday season.  We are headed to a Church Christmas party tonight…”Christmas in Bethlehem.”  I’ll have to post photos of us all dressed in our ‘Bible Attire’ which is basically us in our robes. He he he…it will be pretty funny.

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