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Counting Down 2013 and Time to Get Organized Again…..

All the trees and trimmings are packed away until next year – and you know that ugly, empty look that comes with “de-decorating” – it reared its nasty head again!  Once the trees are taken down, everything always looks blank and morose. I figured it’s time to do some fluffing, layering, and of course adding the new decor I received for Christmas. That’s one thing I like about decorating too. I rarely layer or fluff like it was before seasonal decorating. The outcome always surprises me. I like using baskets, trays, and plate stands to both organize and layer:image This is an example of surprising results. I decided the end table I had used before Christmas just wasn’t hacking it this year, so I passed it down to my girls and I shopped around the house (I frequently use the “Rob Peter to pay Paul method). I pulled in this patio table that has visited many different sights over the years.  It looks great in front of the LR window with a lamp and basket of my favorite books on it.   image Image Image I also like buying seasonal items at drastic discounts that I can use year-round. This little green basket was in the marked-down aisle at JoAnn’s and the color is perfect for the guest bath.

Using plate stands thicken up smaller items and give obvious height to horizontally-challenged pieces. I also love the log candle stands that I borrowed from my daughter Carrie until I can get my own (BTW, that’s one of the REALLY nice things about daughters, we share things!).  I still decorate with pine cones, candles, burlap,  and lanterns for this time of the year because they’re just as “wintry” as “Christmasy”.

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I have some more organization I’m working on that I’ll share later on. I’m not sure why I like to organize so much – but I think it might possibly have to do with trying to be in control of things.  Hmmmm…..sounds a little familiar here!  Enjoy your last couple of days of 2013 and,

Enjoy Home!

Linda

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Christ, Christmas

Merry Christmas……

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 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.

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As as much as I love Christmas with all the trimmings, I know it isn’t about Santa Claus and Rudolph. I hope you all enjoy the gift of that child over 2,000 years ago!

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Enjoying Home,

Linda

4th of July, Ballard

Twas the Night Before – the Night Before…….

It’s here! It’s here! When I was a little girl I always called this Christmas Eve’s Eve – probably because I wanted to hurry up the arrival of “the big fat man in the bright red coat”! Nothing changes! On this dreary (on the outside) Monday morning before Christmas, the trees are lit, the Christmas movie marathon is on, and I’m wrapped up in my throws – just waiting!

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imageI’m not the only one waiting – Mason, Maddux, and Murphy are ready. They’re dressed up in their Christmas outfits and watching for the Big Man himself!  One more day………

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imageEnjoying Home!

Linda

beach, Christmas tree, Sand dollars

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!

I’ve recovered from my home’s split personality!  You can now barely see my discarded pumpkins at the edge of my woods and you can now see the Christmas trees!  Since we’re out of town for Thanksgiving, I am one of those sick individuals who decorates early. It always takes me a few weeks to decorate and then tweak things in time for our annual Cookie Swap. Here’s Mason on the ride home from our Thanksgiving trip to Gatlinburg:

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I wanted to share a small project I did last weekend for the lighted tree on my porch.  First, let me share a back story: I have lots of real sand dollars on my tree in the living room. These sand dollars were found in an old tin in my daddy’s workshop when my mom sold our family home more than 20 years ago. Mom was walking me through the shop to see if I wanted anything before things were packed up and sold, and on his tool bench we found an old coffee tin with about 20 sand dollars tucked inside. These were apparently brought home from one of their trips to the beach or possibly from a  trip to visit us in South Carolina. Now, while I’m not terribly sentimental, that little treasure could still make me cry. The thought that my daddy saw and kept those fragile little gems touched my heart then and still does!  I cleaned up the shells, bleached them, and started using them as part of my Christmas decorations. That started my love for white and delicate ornaments on my family tree in the living room.

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As for the project, I always have a lighted tree on the front porch (as millions of others do!) but I wanted to add some more natural and light decorations this year. My yard has PLENTY of twigs, so I collected them in a variety of sizes, spray painted them white, glued them together…..and VOILA…… ornaments that remind me of my sand dollars!

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The tree and ornaments join my Christmas wreath (the initial is from my sweet sister) on my front porch.

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This is a picture of my family from many years ago – I tend to think I can blame (or thank) my mom and dad for my love of Christmas decorating!

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Enjoying Home!

Linda