2021 Winter Home Tour

After the splendor of fall and the grandeur that is our home at Christmas, winter is a time for me to simplify and just let my house breathe. We do so much decorating for Christmas that my home sometimes seems bare after we take it all down. I do like to keep some of our wintergreens and red berries out for winter, and fill in the gaps with other things (and by other things I mean snowmen). We do very simple decorating for winter and I’m very happy with the results this year.

This cute little vignette didn’t change much following Christmas. It sits on our sofa table in our front entry.
Our mantle: winter evergreen wreath with plaid ribbon and red berries, faux snow, white glass houses and zinc houses.
To me, this just feels cozy. There is a little left over Christmas but nothing that feels overly Christmas-y.
In our kitchen. This vignette hasn’t changed a lot since Christmas but we traded a white ceramic tree for a cute little snowman.
Isn’t he cute?
Beside our kitchen sink? More snowmen.
On our living room table? A trio of snowmen.
In my girls’ bathroom? Snowmen
I think that snowman used to hold a roll of tea towels. Maybe he needs to hold toilet paper since he is in the bathroom.
This is in our master bathroom. Wouldn’t you know? More snowmen. The one on the right is a tea light holder.
This is on our dining room table. It doesn’t have any snowmen but there are some in that room.

I may just have a snowman problem. Who wouldn’t? They’re cute, they’re wintery, and we live in NC, so we rarely get to build one. And there are worse things to love than snowmen 🙂

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Dollar Store Crafts: Place Mat Pillows

Dollar Store Crafts: Place Mat Pillows

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I have wanted some pretty seasonal pillows, but I don’t always love the price. I was at Dollar Tree when I spotted these pretty placemats.

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They were thin, as far as placemats go, but they were really pretty. Since they were at the Dollar Tree, I went ahead and bought four of them, with the intent of making two pillows from them.

I then took them home and pinned them together where I wanted to sew them. I then turned them inside out and sewed the edges together.

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And after I sewed the edges, I simply turned them right-side out and stuffed them with quilt batting.

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I then sewed the open end together.

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I absolutely love how these turned out! I am now looking for some napkins or tea towels that coordinate with these placemats so I can make some pillows from them!

What Dollar Store Upcycle have you completed lately?

Dollar Store Christmas Decor

If you’ve been a reader here for very long, you know a few things about me:

1. I love signs with quotes and verses

2. I have champagne taste on a tap water budget

3. I am addicted to the dollar stores.

Have you been to Dollar General lately? If you read my post about their fall decor, then you probably have already checked out their Christmas decor. If you haven’t, you should. It’s cute and cheap, which is how I like my decor.

These tree skirts are adorable and would look great with any farmhouse themed tree. You could easily remove the red snowflake from the first one if you wanted. And who doesn’t love red ticking stripe? Such a classic look.

This burlap stocking is so cute!

I love a cute Santa ornament and this fellow is rather unique with his dark outfit. There were several Santa’s.

These lanterns are beautiful and no one will ever know they are from a dollar store.

I bet you knew I’d put a red truck in here somewhere! Check out this advent calendar.

You know I love wood signs- here are three pretty ones.

And these big, old bells would be amazing on a wreath.

I hope you enjoyed these Christmas dollar store finds as much as I did! Have a wonderful Monday!

24 Days of Christmas: Socially Distant Christmas Activities

This year has been challenging. In addition to figuring out how to work at home, school at home, and entertain two bored kids, we also had to reconfigure all of our holiday plans. Some things we could not change: a good portion of my family lives out of state and we were unable to visit them or gather with them. We have made the best of it via Zoom and FaceTime.

We faced yet another challenge as well- how to entertain ourselves and our kids, but safely. We typically have several Christmas traditions we enjoy, but many of them aren’t possible. We can’t ride the Country Christmas Train at Denton Farm Park and we can’t see Santa, but we can do plenty of other things.

Here is a list of safe and fun ways to celebrate Christmas from a safe distance.

1. Drive through Denton Farm Park and enjoy the Christmas ligjrs

Many of the things we love most about Denton Farm Park are currently closed due to Covid. We can’t ride the train, go into any of the buildings, or ride ponies. You can drive through the park and look at some beautiful lights. You can purchase refreshments and craft items.

And best of all, there is a live nativity at the end of the driving tour.

2. Visit Tanglewood, Festival of Lights

Some features of Tanglewood are currently closed, such as the gift shop and stables, but you can still drive through the park and enjoy the lights.

3. Make delicious treats at home

Make some hot chocolate, some Christmas candies, or decorate some Christmas cookies. Enjoy some sweets in the comfort of your own kitchen.

4. Read or watch Christmas movies

Do you have a favorite Christmas book? A treasured Christmas movie you watch over and over again? Take it out, dust it off and enjoy it. Have a movie marathon in your Christmas jammies.

5. Call or Zoom with your family and friends

These are difficult times and we can’t safely gather. That leads to loneliness and depression for many of us. Call your loved ones and check on one another often. Zoom is a poor substitute for an in-person visit, but it is a safer option, and you can at least see one another.

Stay safe this holiday season!! Please comment below with your favorite socially distant Christmas ideas.

24 Days of Christmas: Make an Advent Wreath

Edit: this post originally published on December 3, 2020, but due to technical difficulties, the content of the post did not appear. The problem has been fixed.

There are many beautiful and expensive advent wreaths you can buy, but you can make your own easily and simply, from things you already own. Today, I am sharing four lovely and easy advent wreaths you can make.

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This simple and easy advent wreath uses a Bundt cake pan, taper candles and pine cones and greenery. You could make this without much time and effort and it’s so pretty.

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You know how much I love mason jars. This wreath has mason jars and red berries- two of my favorites!

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A pedestal, four candles of varying heights and greenery. Simple and beautiful!

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What’s more Christmas-y than a red berry wreath and red candles to match?

I hope you have enjoyed this roundup! See you again soon!