Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Christmas Decor Post

 The Truck

 Snow is falling, presents need wrapping, cocoa packs are ready. It must be must be Christmas! I have to admit, being a vendor during November... (that rhymes!) really made me want to decorate early. But...we had to replace a floor in our living room and so it held me off until after Thanksgiving. I will probably appreciate it, no matter how much I love Christmas decor, when the holiday is over...I want it down!

 After finding a wonderful truck this year I knew a focal point I had always wanted to create. Who doesn't love the look and memory if you have it, of driving out to pick your tree. I used several mini bottle brush trees, a few larger ones, batting, glitter snow and a piece of burlap for the road. To hoist up the back end of the truck I just tucked an empty box under the batting. Tossed in a couple rocks and my winter tree wonderland was done.

The Trees

I went with a pencil tree this year. Simple and small it takes some getting used to. I am kind of a go big or go home girl, but...since I live that way in my home...there isn't a lot of room for the big tree right now.
 I will just get another little one. right?
two has to be better than one! Glad I saved space by using a smaller tree.

 Lovely white nestled on a vintage hat box, with fresh cut juniper. I love this look.

The Mantle 

 A new metal piece makes the perfect rustic wreath, along with some simple stars and bed springs, the mantle has a mix of eye popping color and whimsy.

The Stuff

 I love keeping the stationary items in my home where they are and just accenting them for the season. I have written in the past how my home really doesn't have a lot of storage space so keeping simple touches to add around, rather than lots of nick knacks etc. allows me to decorate faster and with much less stress. After years of dragging out boxes and boxes....I simply have 2 totes...and I think I might be able to get to one soon!

Using things like bulbs, fresh greenery from trees that need a trim anyway, and a few favorite items makes decorating fun and not such a task.

I find staying with a few areas decorated in a theme, helps to make the entire house feel like it is ready for the season. Have you decorated? What are your tips?

Merry Christmas!

(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), 1867)

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head:
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men."

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men."

Till, ringing singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

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blessings and thanks for visiting


Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Looking wonderful! love the toolbox. We went with a smaller, narrower tree last year. I also have a small one in the dining area.

Kathy Moreland said...

Looks so pretty, Shannon! I always enjoy seeing your home. You have such a talent for decorating. Love the 'tree farm' and truck. Merry Christmas!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

It is all fabulous. I love all of your primitives and the way you decoratge with them. Beautiful Christmas decor. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Karen said...

Wonderful ideas, love the fresh greens, too. Your home looks fantastic!

Threeundertwo said...

OH I really love that little truck! What a cute idea. You have a great eye for putting things together.

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

I totally want your white tree! It looks so cute, and I love the way the white "pops". I also really like your collection of stars--things look so important when they are all together.

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely Christmas beautifully presented. I am now a follower of your blog and look forward to return visits. I invite you to join me as well on my blog at
Hugs, Gayle.

PattieJ said...

I love the way you decorate!! My favorite is the way you have your white tree displayed!! LOVE it!!

Jennelise said...

Beautiful decorations! I especially love the little tree sitting on the suitcase. :)

Andrea Fogleman said...

Love all of the rustic junk! Fabulous

Ann said...

Your holiday decorations are so perfect. Love the rustic, Junk look.

Laurel@ChippingwithCharm said...

Love it all...but especially that truck scene! Too cute :) Laurel

The Old Parsonage said...

It's all so durn creative! Love love love the truck! I want one too.

Merry Christmas!

Audra Cupit said...

Love the little truck and the tree on the hat box!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Wow, this looks wonderful! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and GArden Thursday,

Jann Olson said...

It all looks wonderful! I love your rustic style! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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