Thursday, December 18, 2008

Decking the Halls

That's what I've been doing instead of laundry.
So, I thought I'd share just a few picture of my Christmas decorations.

This is my mantle.

There were a couple of close ups on the last post.

The other side of the mantle (it's a corner fireplace).

Stocking hung by the chimney with care.

I made the stockings several years ago and am still pleased with them. The nail heads of the nails holding them up there were driving me insane (ocd... it's okay, you can say it) so I covered them up by tying creamy vintage buttons onto them with twine.

The top of the entertainment center. Ignore the speakers (according to my Farmboy, they are a must have regardless if they are aesthetically pleasing or not).

The sideboard in the dining room. The old music book (love it) is opened to a song titled "The Elf".

I'm not about to keep it real and show you the dining room table though. It's completely covered with crafting stuff, as is the kitchen table and my desk in my studio space. I'm hoping to get control of that soon.

I actually have quite a few little vignettes set up around the house and half finished decorations that will hopefully get done and hung up before next week, but let's go ahead and move on to the front porch now.

I whipped this up last night.

And this is a little corner of the front porch.

Once again, please ignore the ugly bits. In this case it would be the extension cords. I've been trying to figure out what to do with those, but I'm still drawing a blank. They have to be there because they are what is lighting up the wreaths on the windows and the deer in the yard. Yep, that's right! I've got some white trash deer in my yard and I LOVE THEM!!! They have crystals on them so they glitter and they turn their little heads. (heehee)

Okay, now for the tree. But first I would like to thank all of you who stood behind me in my quest to replace the Charlie Brown tree.

Good news! We succeeded!
So since tradition has been thrown out the window for me, with my parents now living on their paradise island, I decided to take it a step further and an get a non-traditional tree. I wasn't too sure how the Farmboy was going to take it, he's a pretty traditional kinda guy, but he loves it as much as I do.

I know, this is a really odd angle for a picture, but it was the best way to show you the color of it. It's a gorgeous champagne color tinsel tree...not quite gold and not quite silver. I've always wanted a tinsel tree. Since I was a kid in fact. I'm pretty sure that desire came from watching Charlie Brown every single year. Don't get me wrong, I love a real tree... the smell and just getting to go to a tree lot to pick one out (no cutting anything down here in North Texas. There's nowhere to do that, but the lots are still fun). We had real trees when I was little and I loved them, but I always thought the tinsel ones where such a cool novelty.

Anyway back to the new tree. I hung a few balls on it so the Farmboy could see it a little dressed up when he got home. Worked like a champ!

This weekend when Capin' Davy Cannonswine comes home we'll put the family ornaments and the star on it. I'll make all three of them listen to Christmas music, drink hot chocolate and then drive around town looking at Christmas lights. They will complain the whole time about it (the Farmboy will do it silently), but that won't phase me at all! I know someday when the boys are grown they will think back about it with fondness and then make their kids do it too.


Silly Bee's Chickadee said...

Gorgeousness! I am so impressed. My Christmas decorations want to be like yours when they grow up!

Sarah said...

Love all your christmas decorations! I REALLY love your blue front door and pretty wreath you made!
Vintage Lily

TinyBear said...

Love your decorations. Everything is SO beautiful. Congrats with your new tree. It´s so beautiful too.

Anonymous said...

First of all LOL@farmboy I always laugh when you post that.Your mantle looks absolutlely gorgeous both sides.Love the stockings you made too.The tree is very different.Looks nice everything.

Anonymous said...

By the way love your banner pic as well.Did you take that photo?

Anonymous said...

Your decorating is beautiful!!! Your new tree is beautiful!

Karin said...

ack! Everything is just beautiful....but those stocking are gorgeous!!! I say EVERy year that I am going to make us all heirloom stockings to pass from generation to of these years! :)

Lori said...

Alisa, your mantle looks gorgeous!!! love how you covered the nail heads up...i would have done the same...your stockings are really beautiful!!!

Scrappy Jessi said...

hey sweets,
your home is beautiful!!

happy holidays

Gail said...

LOL Alisa,
I'm laughing at your picture of the speakers! We have those on our living room mantle, and I've pretty much just learned to ignore them!
They do serve a purpose, although for us decorators, it's very upsetting....
Love everything you've done, and of course your tree is simply devine!!!!!
Happy Holidays!

Sharon's Cottage Quilts said...

Hi Alisa! I love your beautiful home! The stockings you made are just gorgeous! And the wreath is just awesome! What an elegant home! Bless you & Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Alisa, everything looks beautiful. I love the stockings and how you covered the nailheads.

Lori said...

have a wonderful and very Merry Christmas Alisa!!!

Whitney Johnson said...

Happy Birthday, my friend! I've been away from the blog - but I wanted to send you some happy thoughts for your birthday. Hope you had a great day!! xoxo

Little Mama said...

I love your stockings! And I'm so glad you got the new tree - it's so beautiful!! And totally fits!

Arlene said...

I love your decorations and my favorite, the stockings. You are a classy lady.

Charlene said...

OH YEAH!!!!!!!! It worked! THE PRESSURE So glad you got your new tree. Hate to be nosey but, never seen one that color! Where did you get it if you don't mind me asking????? Everything looks so pretty. Suggestion... for the porch cover the cords with a little holiday rug. Thanks for sharing

Jenn said...

Just wanted to stop in and wish you and your family Happy Holidays! Your home looks gorgeous....!

natalea said...

Such gorgeous photos Alisa! I love the stocking- so elegant. I wish you and your family the merriest of Christmases! love, nat

Elly said...

Your home is totally ready for Christmas! Love your row of stockings! And the new tree is great, beautiful color!
Wishing you a Merry Christmas Alisa!!!

Caleen said...

I love all your vignettes and your home is beautiful. Your tree is beautiful.. Everything looks so perfect. Hope you had a Merry Christmas and will continue to enjoy the holidays.. Happy New Year..

Bettsi said...

Happy Holidays, Alisa! Everything is lovely! I adore your stockings. I would really like to know where you got your tree. I think the children will indulge me next year if I pursue a theme Christmas. If I can snag a tree like that, I'll be halfway there!

Denise said...

Beautiful job decorating. Love the mantel and your tree. Lovely-thanks for sharing!