Posts from the ‘Christmas’ Category

A Carriage Ride

If you have little tots enjoy them now, because before you now it they will be all grown up. I actually had to force my boys to take a ride in horse-drawn carriage over the weekend. The local shopping center takes shoppers on a quick turn around the parking lot. I was super excited. The boys not so much. My 12-year-old actually used the phrase, “Hurry up. I don’t want her to get mad if we miss the carriage ride.” They grow up so fast. And Christmas is a little less magical.


Christmas Decoration History

Isn’t it amazing how your Christmas decorations can tell the history of your family. I was looking at the tree today and I was amazed that I knew the story behind almost every ornament. My tree may not look like a designer tree, but it records a million fleeting moments.

My oldest son made this ornament in preschool. He's in college now.

This is the newest. My 12yo made it at during his lunchtime.

My youngest son gave me the crystals as a gift last Christmas and Woodstock is from my youth.

Who is Woodstock without Snoopy? And what is Christmas without Snoopy?

My boys really used to love Pokemon.

A teddy bear from my oldest's 1st Christmas & a Care Bear from when I was a little girl.

My family gave me this Gucci Christmas ornament years ago because I used to wear a lot of Gucci. This is the first year he isn't hanging on the tree.

Do the ornaments on your tree remind you of the things you used to love? It really is a very simple way of recording your family’s interests.

Christmas Cards by Paper Coterie

If you are looking for affordable, original photo Christmas cards you should have a look at Paper Coterie. The cards are sold in sets of 6 or 12, and are priced between $18 and $30.


Christmas Books

Here are a couple of Christmas decorating books I’m thinking of buying. Don’t know why though. I’m not creative and have given up on trying. I’m sticking with super simple, super traditional Christmas decorations. I am no longer trying to keep up with all those blogging mommies with too much time on their hands. Martha Stewart I am not.

The Art of Gift Wrapping: 50 Innovative Ideas Using Organic, Unique and Uncommon Materials by Wanda Wen.$17

I will wrapping my gifts in gift wrap I bought on sale after last Christmas and ribbon. Said ribbon will be in plain bows. Any fancy bows will be store bought.

Christmas with the First Ladies: The White House Decorating Tradition from Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama.$20

I dream of a room with higher ceilings for one reason, I want a huge Christmas tree. But alas, my family wants to stay in our tiny house (despite the serious increasing risk of being shot), so it’s low ceilings for me.

Christmas Tree Inspiration

This tree in an old copy of Blueprint magazine is my inspiration for my Christmas decorations this year. Only mine will be more traditional, and not so over styled. I think that the iridescent ornaments would be the perfect neutral base for the ornaments we have collected over the years.

I bought my bulbs at Hobby Lobby, but you can find similar bulbs here.

Found: The Perfect Mini Pie Tins

I managed to find the perfect mini pie tin. Usually mini pies are cooked in a muffin pan. But I wanted pie tins. And I managed to find real 3-inch pie tins. Aren’t they adorable. Now I just have to bake 100 pies to give as Christmas presents to friends. Wish me luck.

update: buy them here.

Vintage Christmas Postage

I wish I had known about The Paper Nickel Stamp Company while I was collecting vintage postage stamps for a project. And just in time for Christmas they are offering vintage Christmas stamps for mailing your cards. It only costs $1.50 for a package that will mail one standard size Christmas card. Order now because they only have limited quantities and Christmas is almost upon us.


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