Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Merry Christmas to All

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Christmas week hellos everyone! I’m taking the rest of the week off from blogging to enjoy the family fun and games here in Las Vegas. Opportunities are so few for me to see my cousins and siblings and my nieces and nephews since we all live in separate parts of the country. Our tree is decorated and we’re having so much fun together.

christmas tree

I like to treat this time of year as a season of rest as well. Sleeping in, enjoying long conversations over coffee, baking cookies and preparing meals together, the simple pleasures that come from slowing down, ignoring the clock and computer, and focusing on real connection.

eat drink and be merry

I want to thank each and every one of you for your visits to the blog whether you read every post or just stop by now and then to see what I’m up to, I appreciate your interest in all that’s going on in our lives, I’m so grateful for your online friendship!

We had a busy wonderful year, and I have big plans for 2015. We’re looking at buying another fixer upper and I’m working on a spring line of fabric patterns. There are two kitchen remodels in progress, and two bathrooms to update as well, I look forward to sharing it all with you next year.

bowl of blue ornaments

 

Wishing you all a blessed and beautiful Christmas!

Memory Lane: Christmas Decorating

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

This year’s Christmas decorating in our home is the definition of minimalist: there is an evergreen wreath hanging indoors for the scent, a faux tree, glitter confetti strung here and there, and a few white branches, and it’s just enough. We will get our real Christmas tree when we arrive in Las Vegas for the family reunion and we’re bringing our box of treasured ornaments so we do have that to look forward to.

We’re also taking this year off from hosting our annual Christmas party which feels somewhat strange, but all those hours not spent baking or decorating has freed up time to attend local plays, go out to dinner with friends, or take long drives just to enjoy the twinkle lights and outdoor decorations around town. It’s different, quiet, and nice.

I’m in correspondence every evening as the two Elves on the Shelf that my children adore… answering questions like “Who is your favorite reindeer?” (Comet, he is the fastest) and “What is your favorite movie?” (theirs of course) and “Are you on Instagram?” (Why yes). Forming letters in an Elf’s handwriting like y and g requires multiple swirls and it’s so hard to disguise my own writing! I can’t believe they haven’t figured it out yet so I’ll treasure their belief while it lasts. :)

This year I have no house tour to share, although I’ve been enjoying so many of my fellow bloggers lovely homes this season! I was looking through some old images from Christmases past, years when I have decorated the house for the holidays and it looked so festive all dolled up. Here’s a stroll down memory lane with trees and favorite vignettes from the past, a “recycled Christmas” if you will. :) 

2011:

poinsettias on porch

 

poinsettias and wreath kitchen window

 

flocked red and white tree

 

2012:

kate holiday entry

 

branches and bowl of ornaments

 

mirrored apothecary with stockings

 

blue and white christmas tree

 

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