After I finished decorating, I decided to do a short Christmas blog. I used to go all out with the decorations but now that our kids have moved out and have their own homes (all but one), I haven't done as much as in years past...but this year I've been in a very festive mood and wanted to share a few of our favorite Christmas pics.
I use the same wreath on my front door year round. It's a wreath my cousin Tammy made for me at her florist, The Squash Blossom. She used some of my favorite flowers, calla lilies and vines. But over time I keep adding a variety of neutral colored flowers to the bottom because I love the look of a wreath with trailing flowers. With each season I simply switch out the color scheme to coordinate with the upcoming holiday and/or season.
Decorate a wreath on a budget
I love going post Christmas shopping for the next year's decorating. Without even realizing it I stumbled onto a 90% off sale on all Christmas decor at Hobby Lobby last year. In previous years I managed to get to Michael's and save anywhere between 75%-90% off their Christmas decor.
I really, really love topiaries! My absolute favorite are the three ball round ones. I've had those by my entrance for several years. My front porch gets the brutal afternoon sun and over time the leaves began to dry rot and fall off. I've kept them down on my farmhouse porch and plan on making a blog of their makeover next spring...stay tuned for that project...I can't wait!
Since I couldn't find the three ball topiaries I really wanted I settled with the spiral topiary. I like them okay, but not easy to find a way to attach or hang any decorations. I simply draped some 90% discounted mesh ribbon around each one and attached a homemade bow. Sometimes simplicity is best!
The fireplace is the focal point in our living room. We wrap the mantel with garland, ribbon, clear lights and candles. Unfortunately, my logs would not cooperate and our stockings are MIA.
I love night lights and electric candles...I would have them lit by the handfuls if I could!
Yard Sale Wreath
I found this wreath at a yard sale a couple years ago for $3. I knew it would be the perfect size to hang over my fireplace and did not have to add any decor to it. It was perfect as-is.
Santa Claus Collection
Woodland Santa Claus
I've had my Santa's for several years and love using them every year in my decor. I found them at a post Christmas sale at Michael's for a great discounted price.
Around the World Santa Claus
Traditional Santa Claus
I love the smell of a freshly cut Christmas tree, but I don't always have the time and energy for a live tree so I enjoy the benefits of an artificial one...I love the tall and slender tree we purchased many years ago...it's so simple to put up my daughter does it by herself.
Christmas Tree Top Hat
My daughter has been asking me for a couple of years to update our Christmas tree decorations and this year I finally gave in.
I normally use the traditional angel as the tree topper but when I was shopping and saw the top hat on display I had to have it. It was the last one they had and a section on the top had been bent but the store owner was gracious enough to give me a 20% discount.
Christmas Tree Elf
The Christmas tree elf is brand new to our decor. I saw them displayed last year and knew they would be part of a new collection. They are so cute and all the kids are trying to find the rest of the elf in the tree.
Some yard sale finds are pulled together with garland, bulbs and cording.
Jesus is the Reason for the Season!
Sometimes you can find the best things at the dollar store. This plaque was only $3 and shares the real meaning of Christmas...Jesus is the Reason for the Season!
3 Ball Topiary
I really do love topiaries! I use this one all year in my living room and when I had a couple of berry wreaths and an extra ribbon left over, I hung them on my favorite faux plant.
Burlap Door Wreath
Here's another wreath my cousin Tammy made. When I bought it I didn't realize how well it would blend with my Christmas decor...all I added to it was the Christmas bells!
I hope you enjoyed our family Christmas pics and from the Amendola family we would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!
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I've been an avid DIY'er for over 15 yrs & have worked on all types of projects, i.e., drywall, electrical, painting/staining, faux finishes & carpentry.