All I want for Christmas

Christmas is only 10 days away! Can you believe it? 10 days!!

Which means I’m probably a little late getting my letter to Santa. Better late than never, though, right?!

1. Sewing Machine

I really, really, really want my own sewing machine. There just seems to be so many cute things you can make if you know how to sew. Like curtains. And pillows. Quilts and cute purses. I really wouldn’t need anything too fancy. But, I do love this Brother Limited Edition Project Runway model. And while I seriously doubt I’ll be making an appearance on the show any time soon, maybe by next Christmas I’ll be able to hem my own pants.

2. Decorate, by Holly Becker

Decor8 was one of the very first shelter blogs I started reading. Holly fills her blog with loads of pretty pictures and tons of helpful information. It’s one of my favorite sources of inspiration and I know her book will be more of the same. I can imagine sitting for hours staring at the photos in this book.

3. Jigsaw

There is nothing in the world worse than having an idea for a project but not being able to complete it because you don’t have the right tools. The product specifications tell me I could make detailed cuts with precise 360 degree scrolling action with this Skil jigsaw. I actually don’t really understand what that means, I just want to be able to cut shapes out of wood.

4. Palm sander

There’s not much I hate more than using sand paper. I hate the way it feels on my hands and fingernails and I hate the way it drags across the surface you’re sanding. It’s very much like nails on a chalkboard to me. So, this Skil palm sander would really come in handy.

5. Keurig coffee maker

I’m pretty sure this one is self explanatory. I love coffe, but I usually only drink one cup at a time. These Keurig single cup coffee makers are so easy! I can just make a cup of coffee whenever I need a pick me up. And no worrying about wasting a whole pot.

So, that’s my wish list for 2011! What are you hoping Santa brings?

Decking Our Halls

Decorating for the holidays doesn’t stop at the tree. Oh, no! I like to sprinkle little bits of holiday cheer all through the house.

I finally got fluffy lit garland for the mantel this year. We’re big time, I tell ya. :) Everything was looking a bit green compared to the tree, though. My solution was to weave in some frosty white tinsel. Kinda gives it that flocked look. Maybe.

I traded our solid red stockings for solid white ones and personalized each one with a glittery letter and glass ornament. Now Santa won’t get confused on who’s is who’s.

Here’s Bing the elf hanging out with his lady friend on the mantel. Gives him a good vantage point.

A bowl of glittery, cinnamon scented pine cones sits on the coffee table. Good thing we like the smell of cinnamon. These things are kinda strong.

This is our entry decked out in garland and red ribbon. And other little Christmas things.

Like fat little nutcrackers, brass deer, crystal trees, and holiday scrapbook paper in frames. The magic is in the little things.

O’ Christmas Tree

I’m linking this post to Thrifty Decor Chick’s Christmas tree party!

Christmas is pretty much my favorite time of year. But what I really love most is the tree. For me, nothing says it’s Christmas like having a fully ornamented, lights blaring tree in the living room. If it were socially acceptable I would keep a Christmas tree up year round. They’re just so dang festive.

I have a FLOCKED tree! haha Holy crap, I’m so excited to have a flocked tree. I’ve always, always wanted one. I saw this one in a walmart sale paper and I knew I had to have it. It was sold out at our local walmart. I was sad, thinking a flocked tree was not to be. But, the stars aligned and I just so happened to see the very last one at a walmart in a different town the weekend before Thanskgiving. I was happy again. I put it up as soon as I got it home…

Gah! I love it so much. The snowy look just makes my heart all a flutter. And it’s been so fun to decorate. We have such a hodge podge of ornaments. I’ve been collecting them since birth (my 1981 baby’s first Christmas ornament is on my tree). Every year adding more that are representative of what’s going on in our lives. I even have these cute little vintage, wooden ornaments from when my mom was a little girl.  It gives it a very collected-over-time look. And they all look so good against the white of the tree.

It’s prelit and even the little light bulbs are frosty.

It’s the details, I tell ya.

Man, I’m going to be sad when it’s time to take it all down.


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