Home Decor


It seems like it took a little longer to get in the “Christmas spirit” this year. I’m not really sure why. Perhaps 70˚ days have been a contributing factor. Whatever the reason, I still managed to put out Christmas decorations. Yippee!

The decorations are the same as in years past. Some just get relocated from year to year. I looked back in the PCTuesday files and found a Christmas Decor post from 2012. If you click on that post you can see some of the same decorations used in different ways.

We’ll start with outside.

winter foliage

I made my fresh wreaths again. It is such a relaxing activity.

I used some of the leftover greenery here and there around the porch, along with leftover pumpkins.

outdoor decor with lanterns

vintage Coke crates

To really appreciate this greenery, you need to be sipping coffee on a Saturday morning–which we do as often as possible!

winter foliage under glass

See? It’s like a little surprise for porch-sitters.

I guess this picture would have looked a little better if the kitchen blinds had been closed. Ahhh, hind-sight.

large wreath with santa

I even have a little nativity on the porch. Don’t you love the old tv tray? I got it here.

Playskool nativity

On to the inside…

Even though we have teenagers now, they are still excited to use our advent calendar. Looks like we were deeper into the season than we were when I posted about it in 2012.

advent calendar

This is a “new” kitchen wreath. The gingerbread man usually sits in a little sleigh with his little Christmas tree. His tree is filled with tiny gingerbread men and cookie cutters. You can see some of the little gingerbread ornaments in the outdoor wreath above.

This year I wanted something different-surprise, surprise. So, I tied him on a wreath. I pilfered the little rolling pin from Katie’s old kitchen play set. The giant rickrack was in a box of old ribbon I had saved from several Christmases ago. It looks like the icing you put on gingerbread cookies!

You will not believe where I got the little red ties for the cookie cutters and rolling pin. I recently got new chair cushions for the dining room. Megan tore open the old ones to reuse the stuffing for some of her knitting projects. Not knowing what I would use them for, I popped the ties off of the back of the old cushions.  Tada! At least my hoarding wasn’t in vain. I think this new little wreath is a winner. I like how it looks against the antique game board, too.

kitchen wreath

More in the kitchen. I think this is the first time I have used my old scale specifically as a Christmas decoration.

vintage kitchen scale green

Look what’s in the colander–antique jingle bells!

antique jingle bells

Vintage overload!!! I hope not.

antique radio

I pick up Scrabble games when I see them at garage sales and thrift stores. I always think I am going to make something cool-like Christmas ornaments or something. Since we enjoy playing Scrabble from time to time, I just have not been able to bring myself to do it. Maybe one of these days…but for now, a temporary use.

joy to the world

Scrabble tiles

nativity

I stepped out a little on the china hutch. I bought a HUGE roll of double-sided wrapping paper at Sam’s. I was so glad to find a plaid paper that I liked. I LOVE plaid! Blue ticky tack is all I used to adhere the paper to the back of the hutch.

plaid paper-lined china cabinet

I really like how it looks with my Lenox Christmas china.

Christmas china

We folks in the South are often dreaming of a white Christmas. Usually, that’s all we do. We don’t get a lot of snow in Arkansas. However, last year it snowed ON CHRISTMAS DAY for the first time in 80 years!

I’m still dreaming of my girls to drawing some snowflakes on the chalkboard for me. They have been busy studying for semester tests. Maybe they will get to it during the break.

pom pom and ric rac

The wool garland is not new.

I came across the pompom strand and red rickrack in my scrap box. I think they add a nice little touch of whimsy. The pompoms even look a little snow-like.

let it snow

stuffed snowman

plaid tin

My in-laws brought the girls these fun little wooden toys from their travels to Germany.

wooden toys

German Santa

wooden dolls

German toys

I love my glittery music tree. You can see more pictures and a link to the tutorial here.

Christmas music

Just a few more pictures.

magical Christmas

crock with peppermint

One of the many nativities we have collected.

carved nativity

THIS is the reason we celebrate CHRISTmas!

 

I decided to go on a walk this morning. Never mind the fact that there is a list of things to do today that is long as my arm! I figured I needed to walk since the high today is supposed to be close to 70–ugh! Don’t worry, it will be back to the mid 40s later in the week. Ahhh, Christmas time in the South!

I’ve been busy lately, like the rest of the world. Unfortunately some of those holiday pounds have found their way into my jeans!

A walk was necessary. It actually was even on my mile-long list, so was blogging!

So, for your viewing enjoyment, today I bring you the second installation of Scenes from a Walk. You can see the first one here.

huge outdoor wreath

Our neighbors put up this HUGE wreath every year. This year Kim added lots of magnolia leaves. It looks fabulous, especially with the spotlight on it at night.

candy cane windows

Several of the shop windows downtown are painted.

red bird windows

nativity window

The beautiful old Christian Church has pretty wreaths on the doors.

church doors

wreaths on church doors

The county courthouse is decked out, too.

historic Lonoke County Courthouse

county courthouse

white house with columns

lamppost

Mary and Jesus

I may have to take another walk soon just to see more Christmas decorations!

I love fall. I love that fall appeals to all my senses–beautiful trees, cooler temperatures, rustling leaves, burning fields, apple and pumpkin treats!

Ahhhh!

I enjoy getting out my fall decorations, too.

We usually go to a pumpkin patch for our pumpkins. The summer rains were not friendly to the pumpkin farmers. This year we ended up getting our pumpkins at the Open Arms Pumpkin Fun Run fundraiser.

Typically, I grab some mums at Walmart or Lowe’s to set around with the pumpkins.

After the blooms have died and the cold sets in, I dump the pots in the trash. Yes, I know you can plant them. I never seem to have the time.

Well, last year, the pots never even made it to the curb! Shame!

weeds

They have sprouted lovely weeds courtesy of the wind and the birds.

There is another pot, however, that is different.

mums

It decided to root itself through the bottom of the pot!

I have mums and I didn’t even have to leave home to get them!

They aren’t the perfectly shaped kind from the store–that’s okay.

I have not bought any fancy mums from the store yet.  I may let my “survivor mum” have a chance in the spotlight this year!

I have, however,  added a few decorations to the porch. I’ll get around to the inside of the house eventually.

Don’t you love that you get to use your fall decorations for a long time?!

Happy Fall y'all wreath

pumpkins and hydrangeas

old rocking chair

outdoor fall decor

Now, go make some fall cookies or something. Here is an idea–Applesauce Cookies.

Finally time to tour the home!

The welcoming foyer’s buffet table hosted three silver bowls filled with apples.

I was immediately reminded of this verse-even though the apples are green, not golden.

Proverbs 25 v.11

Our lovely guide, Laura, Allen’s personal assistant, led us into the front living room.

our guide

We were here for about 30 minutes learning all kinds of things about the home. Allen’s green, sustainable living philosophy was carried out in every aspect of the home. Attention to architectural history made the house feel much more than a decade old. Laura gave us some background information on Allen’s family and education as well as his current endeavors.

Front Room

Allen’s love of painting can be seen throughout the home.

After our introduction to Moss Mountain, we were given time to explore indoors.

Duncan sent us on our way.

doggie

Mom and I decided to start at the top and work our way down.

rug-covered stairs

I loved the casual runner stapled to the stairs leading to the upper floor.

The view wasn’t bad either!

double.indd

Four beds plus a reading/working/playing area would surely be a treat for guests.

fun attic space

The master suite was on the level below. Elegant meets quirky in this “hat rack” in the bathroom.

hatrack

The mirrors in their dark frames looked very nice against the pale blue wall. Heaven help me though! I wanted to straighten them so badly!

wall of mirrors

The use of “real” furniture in the bathroom was a nice touch.

My pictures of the bedroom and reading nook didn’t really turn our that great. You will just have to plan a visit of your own to see them!

butterfly collection

Just off the library area was the sleeping porch. Ahhhh!

sleeping porch

Do you see the tub there behind my Mom?!

sleeping porch with tub

Okay, here is a better picture.

copper tub

Wouldn’t you just LOVE to hang out there a while, gazing out at the Arkansas River?

Ahhhh!

On to the guest room.

headboard with fabric and nailhead trim

peonies in the guest room

There is a great view of the 300+ year old tree from the guest bathroom.

300 year old tree

As we headed back to the main floor, I snapped a couple more shots of the entry table. The symmetry is so appealing.

symmetrical entry table

The ottomans under the table look great! They are nice to have for extra seating if necessary. The orange with the green apples and silver bowls makes quite a statement!

ottomans under entry table

The kitchen was outfitted with beautiful Allium from the garden.

fruit and flowers

Unique kitchen lights–

kitchen lighting

Porch dining–

porch dining

Some of our picture taking was cut short when we found our tour group was already headed to the garden!

curved settee

I couldn’t resist one last shot–Mom on the curved settee.

See you in the garden next.

vintage chalkboard

globe

scripture on chalkboard

I have finally gotten around to putting up some Christmas decorations this year. I thought I would share them with you! Merry Christmas!

Antique picnic tin filled with  ornaments, greenery and old Christmas lights someone gave as a gag gift!

Antique picnic tin filled with ornaments, greenery and old Christmas lights someone gave as a gag gift!

I love this chubby little nativity. I bought it at the Cordova Crafts Fair in Cordova, TN in 1992.

I love this chubby little nativity. I bought it at the Cordova Crafts Fair in Cordova, TN in 1992.

A tray full of candles and old jingle bells (hand-me-downs from my mother-in-law)

A tray full of candles and old jingle bells (hand-me-downs from my mother-in-law).

Vintage Christmas bells. There is a place to attach these to a string of lights.

Vintage Christmas bells. There is a place to attach these to a string of lights.

I like them hanging from these red ribbons. Maybe one year I'll try the lights.

I like them hanging from these red ribbons. Maybe one year I’ll try the lights.

Our advent calendar–a gift from my sweet friend Corey a long time ago!

Our advent calendar–a gift from my sweet friend Corey a long time ago!

This little doll was a gift from one of my grandmother's friends, Mrs. Allie Mae Abraham when I was about 6 years old. This is the first time I have put her in a wreath. I kinda like her there.

This little doll was a gift from one of my grandmother’s friends, Mrs. Allie Mae Abraham, when I was about 6 years old. This is the first time I have put her in a wreath. I kinda like her there.

My special nativity, hand-made by special hands.

My special nativity, hand-made by special hands.

Three Christmas trees. You might recognize the sheet music tree from an earlier post.

Three Christmas trees. You might recognize the sheet music tree from an earlier post.

Christmas train painted by Megan around 2000.

Christmas train painted by Megan around 2000.

Antique glass beads mixed with new ornaments. I love the green!

Antique glass beads mixed with new ornaments. I love the green!

More glass garland. The chandelier lights shine on it beautifully, but make it hard to photograph!

More glass garland. The chandelier lights shine on it beautifully!

Here is a picture of the whole chandelier without the blinding lights.

Here is a picture of the whole chandelier without the blinding lights.

Lovely Christmas tree purchased at a school Christmas store for me one year. How sweet.

Lovely Christmas tree purchased at a school Christmas store for me one year. How sweet.

I made this garland about 10 years ago from felted wool sweaters purchased at yard sales and Goodwill. I threaded the squares onto dental floss for extra security. Buttons and bells were added for extra interest.

Snowman and friends on a sled.

Snowman and friends on a sled.

Antique ornaments under glass.

Antique ornaments under glass.

Christmas traditions and decorations are nice. However, please take time to remember why we celebrate Christmas in the first place. Christmas is a celebration of the coming of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Is He your Lord? Please read the account of Jesus’ birth here.

My grandmother was a piano teacher. My mother is a piano teacher. Do I play piano? No. That is a blog post for another time, or not!

It’s funny, since people know my Mom is a piano teacher, when they come upon old music, they think they should give it to her. I guess people feel bad about throwing music away. I get that.

I don’t know if you have noticed or not, but it seems like there are always lots of Christmas decorations made out of old music.

When I spotted the idea for this fun little project on Pinterest the other day, I was able to put 2+2 together! Help Mom use up some of her music stash AND have a cute little Christmas decoration.

You can see the tutorial here.

I made mine a little different. The original tree uses old books. I like the old music. Either will do just fine. She sprinkled glitter all over her tree. I painted the edges of my papers with glue and then just covered the edges. I used Martha Stewart vintage silver glitter. The look of it reminds me of old Christmas cards. It took a little longer this way, but the end result is nice.

I really like my little Glittery Music Tree. I finished it in a day! Those kind of projects make me happy.

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