Our Christmas Entryway

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Hey, friends!  Today I’m sharing our Christmas entryway.

For the past few years, I’ve set up a smaller Christmas tree that displays our sentimental Christmas ornaments (here’s 2011 and 2012).  But there’s a slight twist this year– I used a real tree.  My first real tree.  Well, first real tree as an adult with my own house.  Jack digs it.

jack in front of sentimental tree

I worked a lot of sentimental items into the entryway this year.

The copper boiler, which is acting as the tree stand, belonged to my mom.  I grew up with this antique gem in our house.  My brother has had it for the past few years, but I’ve been holding on to it since he moved to California a few months ago.  I’m hoping he forgets it’s in my possession and fails to ask for it back.  I showed the photo of it acting as a tree stand to my mom, and she thinks I should keep it.  Basically because I’m her favorite child.

Christmas entryway with copper boiler tree stand, vintage sled, and framed vintage Christmas sheet music.

I used boxes inside the copper boiler to give the tree height.  A random black and white houndstooth print piece of fabric I found at a thrift store outlet a year ago acts as the tree skirt.

copper boiler as tree stand

I also used my childhood flexible flyer.  I was so happy when I asked my mom about it and she said it was up in her attic.  I still have vivid memories of sledding down the giant hill in my hometown on that thing with my mom.

flexible flyer

yankee clipper flexible flyer

When I was home this summer past, I came across a box full of my late Grandma June’s sheet music.  We’re talking sheet music from the 1920s.  I also found some sheet music that belonged to my mom and my aunt (they’re identical twins, in case I hadn’t already told you that) when they were kids.  So I grabbed Bonnie’s and Connie’s Christmas sheet music books and a copy of Jingle Bells, that belonged to my grandma, and framed them.

Framed vintage Christmas sheet music

I’ll show you how I framed them, without harming the delicate sheet music with tape, on Monday.

I love how it looks, and that it’s something with meaning.  I’m a sucker for sentimental stuff and family heirlooms if you hadn’t picked up on that yet.

Framed vintage Christmas sheet music

The flocked wreath was a Shop Small Saturday find from a few weeks ago.  It was only $25 so I jumped on it.  In case you’re wondering, I got it at Gehlhausen Floral in Evansville, Indiana.

traditional christmas entryway

Here’s how this part of the entryway looks at night.  I love how the tree glows.

entryway decorated for christmas

The other part of the entryway involves our entryway table.  I’ve been decorating it for the past few years with the white ceramic Christmas tree my late Aunt Pat made for me when I was a kid.  Every Christmas my mom would display the tree in my bedroom.

entryway table

Unfortunately, the bulb for the tree burnt out this year.  But thankfully, my friends at Philips offered to send me a new LED bulb to try out.

philips dimmable 40w LED lightbulb

I never thought I’d love a lightbulb, but I love this one.  It makes the blue lights on the tree shine so much brighter than the old bulb.  Photos don’t do it justice.

I’m also in love with this bulb because it has a 25,000 hour life, which equates to nearly 23 years.
I repeat, 23 YEARS.

vintage white christmas tree with blue lights

Speaking of Philips, they’re currently hosting a giveaway for a $3,000 lighting makeover!  One lucky winner will receive a design consultation, new fixtures and bulbs for their home.
Click here to learn about all the details.

Also, I’m pinning some great entryway ideas onto the Philips Bright Ideas for Entryways Pinterest board so definitely check it out!

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This post was brought to you by Philips.  As always, opinions are 100% my own.

Free Holiday Desktop Wallpapers

The Christmas season is about giving right?  Well, in the spirit of Christmas, I’m giving you some free holiday desktop wallpapers.  Just call me Chelsea Claus or Oprah.

I created these 4 festive wallpapers to match my colorful printable holiday gift tags and “Eat Drink and Be Merry” 8×10 printable.

FREE holiday desktop wallpapers!

The wallpapers are 1920 x 1200.  Click on the image of the wallpaper you like to download it.

happy holidays wallpaper 550px

merry christmas wallpaper 550px

naughty or nice wallpaper 550px

merry and bright wallpaper 550px

I hope these wallpapers bring a little holiday cheer to your days, especially these last few days before Christmas when you’re staring at your computer screen at work when you’d rather be sipping hot chocolate and gazing at your Christmas tree.  Hang in there, buddy.

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White and Silver Christmas Vignette

Hello, beautiful friends!  Happy Monday!

Before I jump into today’s post, I wanted to clue you in on an exciting adventure I’m embarking on today.  I’ll share a recap on the blog later, but if you’d like to follow along make sure you’re following me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Ok, now onto business as usual.  Today I’m sharing how I decorated my antique buffet that belonged to my late grandparents (read how I re-coated it here).  This is the buffet’s first Christmas in our house so I wanted to make it special.  Because we all know 1920s buffets have feelings and Christmas expectations.

I went with a white and silver Christmas vignette this year.  I’m in love with how it turned out.  I think it looks especially good the mint lamps (from Home Goods).

Antique buffet decorated for Christmas

I didn’t intend to have a white and silver tree theme.  It just kind of happened and I went with it.

white christmas vignette

I bought the tall white and silver sequined trees 6 years ago at a day-after-Christmas sale.  They lived in my parents’ basement until this summer when I spotted them and decided to bring them back to our house.  I remember when I bought them, Brad told me they were ugly.  Psh.

antique buffet decorated for christmas

The feather wreath and trees were Target 50% off day-after-Christmas sale from last year.  See, it definitely pays to hit up those December 26th sales, ladies.

I picked up the all silver sequin and glitter tree at JoAnn Fabric this year for 50% off.

Christmas vignette

I made the fuzzy white trees to offset all the sparkliness.

white Christmas display

The frames came in a 4-pack.  I used one of the frames for the wedding card box I made for my sister.

The “Joy to the World” in the frames is nothing special– I just typed it out on my computer, hit print, cut out the paper, and slipped them into the frames.

Christmas buffet vignette

I like to think the neutral color scheme of the buffet offsets the colorfulness of our Christmas tree.

Christmas tree

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Fuzzy Christmas Tree

To be honest, I didn’t know what to call this little guy.  Fuzzy cone?  Fuzzy tree?  Fabric-covered tree?  Frank?  I ended up with fuzzy Christmas tree.

I made two of these to go on my Christmasified buffet.  I’ll share the decked out buffet either tomorrow or Friday.  Probably Friday.  I’m hanging with my man, Justin Timberlake, tonight.  Priorities.  I’m sure you understand.

But today I’m sharing this festive project as part of a fun Christmas Extravaganza Blog Hop.  And on Friday there’s going to be an amazing link party where you’ll be able to share your Christmas decor, recipes, and more.  Woot, partay!

fuzzy christmas trees

Here’s what you’ll need:

• styrofoam or paper mache cone (found at craft stores like JoAnn Fabric, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby)
• fuzzy fabric (found at JoAnn Fabric)
• hot glue gun
• scissors

Put the cone on the edge of the fabric, fuzzy side facing down.  Leave a little excess fabric on the bottom and top.

how to cover cone trees with fabric

Run a line of hot glue along the edge of the fabric.  Attach it to the cone.

covering cone with fabric

Roll the cone, covering it with fabric.

christmas cone tree

Add a line of hot glue where the edges will meet.  Press the fabric onto the glue.

how to make christmas cone

Cut the excess fabric off with the scissors.

fabric covered cone

Fold the excess fabric over on the bottom and glue it down.

P.S. this specific fabric sheds like a mutha.  It looked like I had murdered a white teddy bear when I was done.  You’ve been warned.

fuzzy cone

Cut the fabric so there’s about 1/2 inch of fabric above the top of the cone.  Put a dab of hot glue on the top of the cone.  Press the remaining fabric into the glue.

cone

And you’re done!

fuzzy christmas tree cones

I hope to see some of your amazing Christmas decor, recipes, and more on Friday!

Christmas Exravaganza Blog Hop and Linky Party Graphic

Check out the fabulous bloggers listed below to see boatloads of Christmas inspiration!

Monday
Kim at Sand & Sisal
Debbie at Debbiedoo’s
Kristi and Kelli at Lolly Jane
Kristin at Yellow Bliss Road

Tuesday
Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Angelina at JoJo and Eloise
Destiny at A Place for Us
Kristen at Ella Claire

Wednesday
Courtney at French Country Cottage
Chelsea at Two Twenty One
Heather at Setting for Four
Jennifer at Town and Country Living

Thursday
Maryann at Domestically Speaking
Roeshel at DIY Show Off
Mary Beth at Cupcakes and Crinoline
Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage

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No Sew Tree Skirt

Yesterday I shared our new white Christmas tree.  I’m back today to show you how I made my $15 no sew tree skirt.  Seriously, this is one of the easiest and fastest DIYs ever.  If you can trace with a marker and use scissors you’ll nail this project.  Pinky swear.

No sew tree skirt!  Only cost $15 to make!

Although they don’t sell it anymore, Pottery Barn used to offer a white faux fur tree skirt for $129.  I’m all about nice things, but ain’t nobody got time for that.  Not when you can make a knock-off for $15.  AmIright?

Alright, here’s what you’ll need:

• 2 yards of fabric (I got mine on sale at JoAnn for 50% off so it was only $15)
• scissors
• Sharpie marker
• another tree skirt to trace

white fur tree skirt supplies

Fold the fabric so the furry side is on the inside.

Fold the tree skirt in half and lay it on top of the fur fabric.  Make sure the fold of the tree skirt matches the fold of the fabric.

making a white fur tree skirt

Carefully trace the tree skirt without getting your Sharpie on the tree skirt.

how to make a tree skirt

Cut out the fur tree skirt.  I cut so the black Sharpie line would be on the fabric piece, not the tree skirt.

DIY tree skirt

Trace the tree hole.

make your own tree skirt

Cut it out.

no sew tree skirt

Cut a straight line from the tree hole to the edge of the tree skirt.

no sew DIY tree skirt

And you’re done!

I ironed my fur tree skirt after I cut it out so it would lay more flat, but you can iron the fabric before you cut out the tree skirt.  Just be careful not to let your iron get too hot or it can melt the fabric.

NO SEW fur tree skirt!  Only cost $15 to make!

I used an older white felt tree skirt I had under the fur tree skirt to give it some volume.  You could use a white sheet or tablecloth if you want to accomplish the same loftiness.

fur tree skirt

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White Christmas Tree {Our Big Christmas Tree 2013}

You guys!  You know how I’ve been talking about wanting a white Christmas tree for a couple years?  Well, my dreams have come true!  Last year after Christmas I scoured the Interwebs looking for one.  When I was about to give up hope, I came across a pre-lit 7 foot white Christmas tree on sale for $100.  Sold.

Brad wasn’t sold on the idea of a white tree.  But since it was on sale I did my usual buy-now-act-clueless-later bit.  As Brad was lugging our Christmas decorations back into the attic back in January he said, “Is this another tree!?”  It was still in the shipping box and didn’t say “THIS IS A CHRISTMAS TREE” on it so I mumbled something and walked away.  It totally worked, and I didn’t hear about it again until Brad dragged it out of the attic last month.

The main reason I wanted a white Christmas tree was because I thought my glass jewel toned ornaments would pop on it.  And do they ever.

Gorgeous white Christmas tree with jewel toned ornaments!

Photos don’t really do it justice– it’s five times prettier in real life.  I’d have you all over but we just shampooed the carpets.

The ornaments are from Target, circa 2007.  I scored 9 boxes (15 ornaments per box) for $2.50 each (originally $9.99) at their day-after-Christmas sale.  Seriously, hit up those December 26th sales, people.  In case you missed it, here are my 10 ways to save money on Christmas decor.

colorful ornaments

Now, I know this tree may not appeal to everyone’s aesthetic but I love it.  Mostly because it is different.  And shiny.  And colorful.

jewel tone ornaments

The tree looks really pretty at night.  Again, the pictures don’t do it justice.

White tree at night

I made the no-sew white fur tree skirt for $15.  I’ll post the tutorial tomorrow.

colorful white christmas tree at night

Every year I make Jack sit in the front of the tree so I can get his picture (here’s 2012 and 2011).  And every year I bribe him with treats to get him to sit and stay.

jack in front of christmas tree 2013

When Jack was done being photographed I told him he could go lay down.  He must have thought I was hiding more treats because he moved closer, sat right in front of the camera (which was on a tripod), and stared at me and my treat-less hands.  Just like this.

jack the creeper

He looks both pitiful and creepy.

I’m already thinking about what I can do with the white tree next year.

White Christmas tree with jewel tone ornaments

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