’m glad you could join us all in this fun Holiday Celebration hosted by the lovely and talented Karla Nathan. It was so nice of Karla to invite me to be a part of this wonderful party. I’m pretty new to blogland. I’ve only been blogging about a month, but I’ve already made some great friends. I love the sense of camaraderie and encouragement. So cozy up to the fire, pull up a blanket, and settle your teacup or hot chocolate next to you and enjoy this Christmas Party in blogland.
One of the things I love the most about my Holiday Home is that I often make a lot of the things I decorate with. If I don’t make them I often buy hand made items that inspire the warmth of the season.
I fashioned these crystal Heart Dangles after a product photo I found on landRomAntikk.com. This is an amazing website. The only problem is that I can’t read a word of it.
I made this by hand applying silk flowers to a pink satin-covered foam wreath. The flowers were then covered in glitter. I have had this wreath 8 years now. I love its delicate shimmering glow.
I made this Advent calendar years ago. It was an idea from Country Homes that I adapted. I started with a frame and then papered the cardboard with some fun scrapping paper. I then made numbers and inserted them inside the tins. The tins were attached to the papered cardboard backing and then I embellished the frame with paper flower cut-outs and glittered moons. I don’t hide treats in these. I put Scripture verses leading up to the birth of Christ. Reading a little everyday about the true reason for Christmas is great fun.
When we first moved into our small little cottage I loved all the brick. The house had been remodeled by an artist from England and she really loved brick. She bricked the front room fireplace and most of the kitchen. At first I loved it, but after a while I felt like I was living in a cave. I fought the brick for years but I could never bring myself to paint it. Then this last year I had a revelation: stop fighting and go with it. The result is that I often just choose soothing natural elements or crystal to brighten up the brick. I know that Rachel Ashwell would paint away, but I just can’t!!
Another thing I love is a beautiful Santo. Some people think me very strange for this choice in décor. They shall remain nameless. ;<)
This amazing Santo was a gift from the lovely Carole at Rose and Thorn. Please check out my Rose and Thorn blog entry to learn more about her fabulous shoppe.
A bird perched on a hand-painted and glittered branch. I bought this pretty bird from Heather at Pretty Petals.
I have some special Christmas things that I take out every year. They remind me of what Christmas means and make me thankful for the grace I've been given.
This Christmas ornament was purchased the year I married my love. He is a man after God’s own heart and he has shown me what it is to lay down my life and love others.
When we were courting he sent me these angels. They were lost in the mail and turned up at my front door a year later! I love them dearly.
This lovely Jesus Santo helps me to center my thoughts on the reason we have our wonderful Christmas celebration.