Wednesday, December 17, 2014

My Eclectic Christmas Home Tour

It's the most wonderful time of the year! On top of that I get to decorate our new house for our first Christmas here....oh, the possibilities! LOL...actually I found it a bit overwhelming this year and haven't been able to settle for where I put things the first time...so ya, I've redecorated my Christmas decor a few times ;) Alas though....welcome to our holiday home.....


The mantel has been changed a few times over the last few weeks too...I just cant make up my mind! LOL. This one is staying though, cause I am running out of time! The stockings (2 of them anyway) were my first DIY of the holiday season, you can read more about that here.The metallic trees were new additions this year too....




I can't get over how clean everything is! Haha....it literally lasted 15 minutes, and then that cute little guy in the photo below came ripping through the room! I think he was scheming the whole time I was taking pictures....

I hung several groupings of vintage ornaments high above out of reach from little hands ;)

Our Christmas tree found a home in the bay window in our dining room. At first I was a little skeptical about putting it there, I just love the idea of sitting in the living room and looking at the tree, and here you can't see it from the couch. But I am getting used to it and really there isn't anywhere else to put it!

I love the eclectic mix of ornaments that we have collected over the years! No color scheme here, just lots of color, old, new and handmade!

Check out that peak at my photo wall....ooohhh that's a whole other post :)

And finally in the kitchen, your greeted by sparkling mini lights and vintage baubles hanging on branches...

So are you ready for Christmas?! Only a week to go!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

The Stockings Were Hung...Recycled Sweater {DIY} Stockings

A few months ago I stumbled upon these cute little stockings while out shopping. They were just so darn cute-look at the shape- I couldn't leave them behind! However, I could only find 3 that I liked color wise. All of the stockings colors were a bit on the dark side for me, but my brain started turning and I thought perhaps I could copy them and add a bit of punch of color in the ones that I made....

So off I went in search of some colorful-kinda coordinating-sweaters at the local Goodwill...

I got 5 sweaters so that I had a variety of colors and patterns to choose from, I wanted some turquoises and pinks, but also wanted to keep some basics in there too like black and grey, just so they didn't look too out of place compared to the originals.

To copy the stocking pattern, I turned the original inside out and laid it out on the sweater I choose for the backing. I tried to use the original hem for the top of the stocking too-less sewing!

And then went from there, cutting and piecing together several colors to get the look I wanted. And then I started sewing...which ended in disaster for stocking #1...

How I thought this was going to be a piece of cake, I'm not sure, lol! I'm not an advanced sewer, but I can manage a sewing machine. But like any project, it's all a matter of trial and error...word to the wise...remember to reverse your sweaters so that the part you want facing out is on the inside of the stocking...oops...

Oh and once you get to the sewing part....The photo below shows where I should have made my first stitch. Sew the two smaller pieces at the bottom of the stocking together first, and then attach the longer part of the stocking. I tried sewing the longer part to the 2 smaller ones first-ya, not so much....

For the final step, sew the outline of the stocking...And then turn it inside right to admire your handy work :)

The final step is the fun part! Adding buttons.....



And voila!
Whatcha think? They look pretty sweet, huh?



...four for this year and five for next ;)

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Monday, November 10, 2014

The Countdown

Everything I love here

Oh time! The thing that makes the world go round...tick tock...

It's a funny thing this whole time thing, it flashes by in a blink of an eye and then other times moves so slooooowly.

Right now, I feel as though time is flying by, the countdown to everything is happening right now...

I'm blaming the hormones...

Because really, everything that I am counting down too is still months away...so what's the rush?

Christmas Craft Sales-3 weeks away...

Christmas...a month and a half...

Baby #3's arrival-3 months....

and everything else-fall clean up outside (yes, we are behind), Christmas baking & decorating, finishing the baby room, organizing everything else....

BUT for some reason I feel like everything is going to happen and I won't be prepared...

Again...it's the hormones. The NESTING. God help the nesting! While I enjoy 'creating a home' and making things lovely, it's overwhelming right now!

BREATH.

That's what I have to keep telling myself.

DEEP BREATHS.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

It Got Spooky Around Here...*Halloween Decor*

Tis' the week of ghosts, goblins and zombies! My husband and I love Halloween and prior to kids we went all out-like gross blood and guts and a Halloween party to boot! But now we've toned things down in favour of the kiddies....we haven't crossed to the dark side of blow up bouncy things on the front yard though! We keep it simple....


Skeletons and spiders never go out of style and make it super easy to dress up your existing fall decor!
I love using pieces from nature too-less expensive and it gives tons of texture!

One of our favorite finds is this sign hanging on our front porch! It either says welcome or go away...depends on our mood :) It's kinda fitting for it to flip to the go away side for Halloween!


The front porch got a dose of spookiness too...oh, and check out my new cushion on the loveseat! You may remember my plans for our front porch here. It's well on it's way-but the magic will happen next year!



How about you-are you ready for Halloween?

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

24 Weeks & Life Lately

I can't believe that I've been pregnant for 24 weeks already-6 months! That means there are only a few short months left....it's absolutely crazy how time has flown by...and I'm not completely sure how I feel at the moment. Unfortunately, we gave everything (seriously-EVERYTHING) away once we decided we were good with two kids.....So we kinda were a little unprepared to say the least, LOL! Luckily we received a ton of baby stuff from friends, so we have the 'staples.'  But even though we have the basics, I still feel a little 'not ready.'

The Westyn mister and I have been getting lots done though...and even got some fall playing in....gotta love leaves :) Both kids have been a bit of a handful the past few weeks, so once we get Grayson off to school, it's nice to spend the one on one time with this cutie pie. I hope its just the change of seasons that's got them all in shook up and it passes soon....fingers crossed!

How are things in your part of the world?!


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