I really wanted to find a wreath for the front door this year and when I couldn't find what I was looking for I decided to make my own.
I used a boxwood wreath tutorial from Rene who blogs at Cottage and Vine but instead of using a wreath form I used a wooden picture frame. The letter got the same sparkle treatment as my pinecones did last year. To see how I sparkled click here.
So did a bunch of little snowflakes that I found at Michaels.
It was still warm out when I started thinking about hanging snowflakes and icicles from the trellis that wasn't even built yet. I had quite the display going on the day after Thanksgiving...snowflakes in various sizes were hung just right until the winds came.
(That fake garland doesn't cut it anymore since the remodel)
There were a few nights that I was woken up by them banging on the house and windows. Everything was a tangled mess and I felt a little silly, I think I forgot how bad the weather can be here.
So today I went out and took all the little flakes down and moved some of the bigger ones around so they won't hit the house. That is the plan anyway.
Let's head inside for a bit...
I don't change things around very much year to year. Like our ornaments for example, I have been collecting them for a long time so they always stay the same.
The tree on the other hand is always different since we search for the perfect one and cut it down. This year the tree is huge and is one of the meanest trees we have ever had! Every ornament was painful to put on, it wouldn't stay straight and it's dropping needles already. Oh, and I can't forget about the baby spiders that hatched thinking it was spring time.
I changed the top of the antique dresser from last year. I have to admit that I was putting the Santa and sleigh up there like I have in the past until I needed a spot for my mason jar snow globes. I fell in love with them just like so many did....they are so cute and fun to put together.
I was inspired by Michelle who blogs at Vintage Junky to put a little Christmas tree in the back of the little ones toy truck. This one comes from the Land of Nod but if you want the real deal Michelle sells them in her etsy shoppe.
Let's head into the kitchen to see what Mr. 65th drew up for us on the chalkboard.
I found this image while searching for inspiration. I knew I wanted something old fashioned and this Victorian Christmas tree fit the bill. (I never say "fit the bill" in real life but it just kind of came out....do you ever write something that you wouldn't normally say?)
Since we are off the subject for a minute...are some of these pictures too big? I don't resize them before I upload and I usually use the large size for most pictures.
Let's continue with the extra large pictures and carry on. Here is another view of the living room.
Dollar store trees and more toys borrowed from the little one are hanging out under the cloche. I scraped off a handfull of styrofoam to create staticy snow for under the glass to give it a "snow globe" effect. I found the styrofoam idea on pinterest here.
That concludes our tour for now, thanks so much for stopping by!