What house isn't worthy of a Christmas tour? Don't we all love to be inspired and learn new ideas? Who cares if it's a small trailer or a grand mansion, I love to see how people decorate for the holidays. Well needless to say her negative comment empowered me. I decided I would go all out because if we allow ourselves to loose what christmas spirit we have, whether our spiritual flame is doused by a negative anti- holiday comment or by the devastating news minute after minute on the news alongside the negative bombardment of terrorism threats, then what do we have left? Nothing. No hope, no joy.
With much respect and constant prayer for those suffering and in fear, I pressed on. The only way I knew how to take my mind off of the news. I decorated and primped and embellished and adorned. I wrote down my favorite tips and who I learned them from and had a pile of handouts for all those who came to the tour.
I prepared hot cider and coffee, holiday punch and many delightful confections. I was determined to fill my house with the Christmas spirit in hopes of passing it along to all those attending.
Here are some photos.
My Foyer (It's tiny but I manage to fit two tables a bench and a chair. I was inspired by Mary Carol Garrity's Aitchison Kansas home. For those of you who have gone you will see immediately how I tried on a very smalls scale.
Again, channeling MCG. Her infamous tree up high on an urn stole my heart a few years ago when I visited her home in Kansas. Rudy loves to photo bomb all my shots.
Bringing the outside in, Garden Statuary indoors and decorated. MCG.
This is the base of the urn. I bought some fantastic green satin and wrapped it around the urn.
Below I hung the balls in the window. Idea inspired from my friend Susan Taylor.
The Dinning Room
The JLO of trees. For years I had a very inexpensive white tinsel tree in the dinning room. I had purchased from JoAnnes Fabrics years ago for under thirty dollars. This year I bought a flocked tree. The tree seemed massive. It took me two days to complete it. It is loaded. It is the only tree in the house that is overloaded with ornaments and crystals. We call her the Diva!
Not only was this tree the most time consuming but it was the most difficult to prepare. I cried for hours thinking of my mom. She always helped me do this tree and she would string the crystals I had accumulated over the years and hand them to me for the tree. This was my first year with out my mom. I miss her so.
This was the simplest of trees. I just used pinecones from my yard and the very large ones were purchased from Black Eyed Susan's store.
The Screening Room
Our Family Room
This room has our real Christmas Tree. (notice Rudy in the photo)
Adorned my mirror. Learned this trick from Susan Taylor.
Downstairs half bathroom.
Hope you enjoyed my little tour and may you be inspired to fill your home with the Spirit of Christmas.