Free Printable Christmas Tags

Have you started wrapping your Christmas gifts yet?  I even shocked myself and decided to wrap my gifts early this year.  The only problem was, I bought gift bags and boxes and forgot to buy tags.   Best laid plans….but I didn’t want to wait!  Who knows, I may not be in the mood to wrap them again until the last minute like normal. So, I decided to look online for some printable gift tags.  Oh my, why didn’t I think to do this before! There are so many free printable Christmas tags available online and they are so cute Click Here To Read Full Post →

10 Christmas Tree Ideas

I love seeing how everyone decorates their Christmas trees this time of year.  There’s so many great ideas that I always find something new I want to try on my own tree.  So, I put together a collection of 10 Christmas trees from some of my favorite blogs to inspire us. I love the pops of red berries and the burlap tree skirt over at Ella Claire. I don’t know what I like best, the Christmas tree over at Salvaged Sister & Mister or all the cute things she has under the tree. The Little Red Brick House tree has just the right touch of Click Here To Read Full Post →

Christmas Village 2015

I always leave my Christmas village up at least through January and February and it becomes part of my winter decor.  This year, I decided to display it in my china cabinet.  I wasn’t sure if it would work or not as there is no access to an electric outlet so I couldn’t light up the houses. I’m really happy with the way it turned out though and we have really been enjoying it. After I get all the houses in place, I add small evergreen trees behind and in between the houses. Then I sprinkle artificial “snow” on the Click Here To Read Full Post →

Christmas Ornaments

I have several Christmas ornaments that I add to my tree each year that hold special meaning to me.  In fact my tree just wouldn’t be the same without being able to enjoy those ornaments and remember the memory that each one represents. For a long time, my sister and I (and my Mom when she was alive) exchanged a “theme” present each year. The tradition was actually started by my mother a very long time ago. I don’t remember exactly when it started. I recorded the themes for 18 years, but I know we were doing it longer than Click Here To Read Full Post →

Christmas Mantel Decor

When I decided to start working on decorating our Christmas mantel, I was thinking of using silver with white candles; but as happens with a lot of my decorating projects, the mantel took on a life of it’s own and went off in an entirely different direction. I started with a porcelain girl tree topper I purchased several years ago. I placed her in the middle of the fireplace.  Behind the tree topper, I added an antique mirror left over from when I used to have a booth in an antique mall and a green evergreen garland which ran the Click Here To Read Full Post →

Decorated Christmas Trees

I always like to stop at Watson’s Nursery in Puyallup, WA sometime during the Christmas season. They have a huge gift shop that I enjoy looking through, but I especially like all the decorated Christmas trees. I like the red and green ornaments on this one. I used it as an inspiration for our Christmas tree this year. I already had the red poinsettias and I added red ornaments, light green ornaments and some special hallmark ornaments as well as some “keepsake” ornaments that I always use on the tree. Here’s a wreath that matches the tree above and a Click Here To Read Full Post →

China Cabinet: Decorated For Christmas

One of my favorite pieces of furniture is our china cabinet. Everything looks so pretty displayed, especially at night when the light shines off the various glass objects. It gives the room such a cozy feel. Last year I decorated it for Christmas using some of the special things that belonged to my Mom that I remember from my childhood. All the items in this picture belonged to my Mom. I remember the red glasses from when I was little. We always used them at Christmas and they seemed so elegant. These items belonged to my Mom also and the Click Here To Read Full Post →

Meeker Mansion At Christmas

Ever since we moved to this area I wanted to visit the Meeker Mansion in Puyallup, WA, especially during the holidays when they decorate the mansion for Christmas. The Meeker Mansion is a 17-room italianate victorian mansion.  It took three years to build and was finished in 1890.  I was surprised to learn that Mrs. Meeker not only had the house designed and built, but she paid for it with her own money and the title was in her name.  That seemed to me to be a little unusual for that time period. Ezra Meeker was a pioneer and leading Click Here To Read Full Post →