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Christmastime is Here

Deer are congregating on the fireplace.

Brass Christmas Deer

Some garland found its way to the stairs.

Garland on the Stairs for Christmas
(I had a bunch of the fake stuff from IKEA last year. It’s skimpy, so I tripled it up, and it’s still skimpy. Maybe we’ll get fresh greenery next year instead to do these stairs justice.)

And the table is a mini forest.

Christmas Dining Room

The Christmas tree got a few welcome additions from the kids.

Kids' Christmas Ornaments 2013

We have a couple of extra little trees around too, made and decorated by the kids.

Victorian Paper Christmas Advent Tree

Paper Cone Christmas Tree

Presents are present.

Christmas Presents

And my fancy blogger tree is looking festive.

Festive Fiddle Leaf Fig

Soon the children will be nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of Plants vs. Zombies dance in their heads.

Playing Plants vs. Zombies

Merry Christmas!

DIY Wood Slice Holiday Party Invitations

These are special invitations — ones that you might make for a handful of close friends. They’ll either need to be hand-delivered or mailed in a small box, but the impact they’ll have is worth the extra effort. Similar to my DIY wood Valentines earlier in the year, the painted wood slice can be reused by the recipient as a photo/note holder through the rest of the year.

DIY Wood Slice Holiday Party Invitations

Supplies

Wood Slice Invitation Supplies

Instructions

  • Begin by taping off a section of your wood slice to be painted. I sectioned off about a third of each circle and filled in with gold paint. If your tape is wide (like mine), you can rip it down the middle, since only one straight side is needed. Be sure to press down firmly to keep paint from getting under.

Making Wood Slice Invitations

  • Acrylic craft paint dries quickly, and you’ll be ready to peel off your tape and start on another section in as little as 20 minutes.

Taping Off

Peeling Off the Tape

  • I tore my tape down the center again, then used the straight sides to make skinny stripes. I made sure to overlap one or both of the other colors with each stripe.

Making Wood Slice Invitations

  • The mini clothespins can be attached with a thin layer of white glue. Let them dry, then clip your invitation to each wood slice and you’re done.

Finished Wood Slice Invitations

Wood Slice Invitations: We're Going on a Sleigh Ride!

This would be such a delightful invitation to receive! And long after the party is over, the recipient could reuse the wood slice to display photos, notes, or holiday cards.

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This post is a collaboration with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape, but all words and opinions are my own.

I’ve Gone All Traditional On You

With the Christmas tree, that is.

Traditional Green Christmas Tree
tree c/o Treetopia

I still love our pink tree, but it’s only 6′ tall. It was a little undersized in the old house, but in the Victorian, with its 10′ high ceilings, it would have been way out of proportion. Plus that tree just had its day in Cottages and Bungalows magazine’s Christmas issue, and I wanted to try a green tree for our first Christmas in the new house. We did the same thing when we moved from our apartment (silver tinsel) to the first house (green).

We haven’t decorated the whole house for the holidays yet, but we finished up the tree last night.

Decorating the Christmas Tree

I bought my Pretty in Pink Christmas tree from Treetopia in 2009. The second floor is looking a little crazy right now, since that’s where our unpacked boxes have been congregating, but I may use the tree up there eventually. (This year? No promises.) Treetopia wrote to me a couple of months ago, offering the tree of my choice, so I chose the realistic-looking Oh Christmas Tree.

Glittery Christmas Ornament

I’ve been arranging and rearranging the two parlors, so the space is a little sparse at the moment. I did move one of the green chairs over that I showed you yesterday. Again, it looks nice — it’s just not in line with what my overall plans were.

Making it Lovely's Christmas Tree

We’re so happy with the placement of the tree in front of those curved windows though! It was one of the things that Brandon and I were looking forward to when decorating this house.

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