Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Home Tour Episode 2

Hello friends, I'm back today with the second half of my house tour.  Today I'm going to share with you the kitchen, the kids' room and a glimpse of the office.  My bedroom is pretty much central dumping ground, so no way are we going in there.  That would shame my mother so badly she'd quit reading this blog and I'd be down to about..... one reader.
When I was writing the last post and again on this one, my mind's soundtrack is not that of "Holly Jolly Christmas" or "Joy to the World"- it is Darth Vader's theme.  Seriously.  It's the whole use of the phrase "Episode 1".  I can't help it.  Even Tim knows it, as illustrated by the Christmas card he gave me two years ago...

But that's just me.  So while you are enjoying this leg of the tour, I'll be humming dun, dun, dun, dun, da, dun, dun, da, dun.  Without further ado, let's get ta steppin.


Here is the other place where we spend a ton of time.  Eating, doing homework, catching up on our days....

 Our kitchen is pretty dark, we only have the one window in it, and the door that is there currently, is a solid wood one.  The new one (with 3/4 glass!) is in the barn as I type, to be installed sometime...

Our little bitty island, is where the kids eat breakfast and I do the majority of my cooking and baking and prep.  It can get a little crowded, but it's what I've got and it works- mostly.  My pot rack is an old wooden ladder, we suspended it with the hanging hardware of an old Ikea rack.  I have some glass ornaments hanging from there for the season too.

 She was DYING to get in the picture.  She kept hiding behind the island.  She's a photo hog.

I was doing my Christmas card.  Gotta say, I got them from Staples this year, and I couldn't be
happier.  I loved the designs they offered and had a really hard time choosing.

 Back behind the island is the counter and sink area.  No I did not choose that counter top.  I hate it.  For Christmas I always add this black and white ribbon to my cupboards and clothespin Christmas cards to it.  I like looking at them when I'm working in there.  Looks like we don't have too many friends, doesn't it...

 Over the sink is this print I made.  I was inspired by a dishtowel I saw framed on Emily's(from Jones Design Co) kitchen wall

Here's my chalkboard wall!

I told you I love those vintage ornaments.  They are so beautiful.

Nestled in this weird little space is my new jam cupboard.  I just got it at the end of November.  It's a pretty old piece, but it's in great shape.  My little kitchen is always lacking in storage space (really, whose isn't?) and counter area.  This works for both.  I have a little hot drink area set up there, but usually it's filled with papers, Tim's wallet, change, you name it.

Ooooh, cookies!

This is another one of the signs I make

I got this great little number at Michael's.  *No deer were harmed in the making of this craft* He's made of cardboard.  Punch him out and put the pieces in the slots and you have a deer. 

Here's the kids' advent calendar.  My mom sewed the bags for me, and I did the awesome job (not) of cutting the numbers out of felt and ironing them on with that hem tape stuff.  I hot glued the clothespins on the board and there you have it.

Here's our eating area, all decked out for... a breakfast?  All I had were clementines, so just stretch your imagination for me a bit.

My new placemats I am in love with.  I got them at Chapters.  And son of a gun, when I put the link in I see they are on sale... I might have to get the red and black ones too.

I made this little boxwood wreath for the back of my chair from clippings from our yard.  I just wired them until I had a nice shape.

And a little bit of greens on the chandy for good measure.

Behind the bench is this piece I made.  I was inspired by something I saw on Pinterest and tried my hand at recreating something similar.  It was originally a dark, depressing painting of my grandma's. I snootched it from her yardsale and painted the frame up with a homemade chalkpaint, then painted right over the canvas with chalkboard paint.  I tried doing a free hand design- it looked like blech.  So I designed this beauty up on my computer and cut it out of vinyl.  Everyone loves this piece when they see it.  I wish I had a before picture.  The frame is dressed simply for Christmas with a red wood bead garland I picked up at Target.

Head down the hallway....

Kids' Room

To the kids' room.

I didn't go too crazy in here- but there are some fun touches that make it Christmas-y in here for them.

I made some pom pom garland and draped it over the top bunk, and over the window.  I also added a little homemade mistletoe ball (yes, that's what it's supposed to be).  I just cut out (weird looking) leaf shapes and hot glued them to a styrofoam ball.  I balled up some white felt and hot glued that on too.  It might look kind of junky, but they love it.  They were chasing each other around the house with it, screaming "I'm going to kiss you!" the first day  I made it.

A bunch of their own ornaments are on this little tree.  I thought they could enjoy them a little more this way.  I mean who wouldn't like Iron Patriot and a Timbit snowman in their Christmas tree?  Am I right?

They have a nativity in their room too.  I got it years ago, when my mom still had her store.  The kids love it.  It is resin, so it does chip, but they are pretty careful.  Elise loves playing with it.

The ombre dresser has another of my signs on it as well as a glittery bottle brush tree.

And lastly, what doesn't scream Christmas louder than a Lego Batman alarm clock.

Just a bit further down the hall, you'll see my yarn ball wreath.  I made it this year.  It's pretty darn easy.  Get some yarn,  Get some styrofoam balls.  Wrap them with the yarn.  Glue them to a wreath form.  It isn't quick.  But it's easy.  Just watch out for the hot glue.


Oh, look who's waiting for us!

Holly, don't give me that look.  Seriously.  I don't appreciate the side eye.  You'll see another one of my trees behind her here.  It's just mostly decked in lights and buffalo check ribbon.  But it sure it pretty at night.

Last thing for today is my little printed paper village.  I found this cute village on Pinterest.  Go over to Thoughts from Alice for the download.  It is just too darn cute.  I totally adore it.  She is so talented.

I added a couple of bottle brush tree and called it done.

So there you have it.  Christmas at my house.  I hope you've enjoyed yourself as much as I have. Hope you didn't mind how LONG it was- thanks for hanging in there!  If you missed the first part of the tour, go back and check it out.  There's tons of glitter.  If you have any questions on where I got something, or anything else, leave me a comment.  I'd love to hear from you. I have to go back and wrap some more now before the kids get home.  See you soon!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Home Tour Episode One

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Christmas is coming- can you feel it?  Or did it just sneak up and bash you on the back of the head like it did to me?  I'm telling you, in my head, it's still June.  This last half of the year has gone by SO QUICKLY.  I can't even believe it.  Since my last post- I did get it together (somewhat) and get a little old Christmas house tour done.  Yup, I'm ushering you in- while covertly kicking the toys and socks under the couch- to our humble abode.  It's a little rustic, a little glitter-y, a little vintage and a lot home-y.

Today I'm sharing the mud room and our living room.  Later in the week, I'll post the rest of the house (most of it)

This is going to be a pretty photo heavy post- you've been warned.  So grab a cup of something and turn on the old fireplace channel and away we go.....

Mud Room

No mud in here- today, just a fluffy red dog.

When we moved in, there was nothing in this back room for storage.  We hung up a rack of hooks, and had a standing coat rack.  That was a mess and a half with just the two of us.  I drew up the storage "lockers" and Tim built them.  Yes, there are some things I would change about it now, but all in all, I like how it looks.... when it is not vomiting coats and mitts and hats and boots and shoes all over the place.  (We have another idea in mind for in here- but it's just in the baby stages of brainstorming.)  Those canvases are the kids' hand and foot prints from waaaaay back when they were small enough that their feet would fit on there.  Cheap and easy, but I love looking at them.

My old metal tool box holds some of our favourite hats and mitts.  Easier access for the peeps to get them out, and (hopefully) put them away.  I'm still waiting for the putting away...

On the opposite wall we have a rack for the shorties.  It's usually full of snowpants and coats.  Right now it's sporting quite the stylish fur vest.  The owner also owns the silver furry boots.

On my mirror is a diy I put together last week.  I saw something similar a few years back in a magazine and it's been on my to do list ever since.  I'm going to put up a quick how to on it later in the week.  The big paper snowflakes are from Target and this furry little Santa is from Superstore last year.  I like how he's not your typical red and white ho ho ho Santa.  And he doesn't creep me out as most doll-like things do.  I know, I have issues.

Living Room

This is the room where we spend the majority of our time.  Watching tv, playing games, reading, writing blog posts, hanging out as a fam.  It's not a huge space, but it's the room that made me fall in love with the house on our first walk through.

We got our sectional 2 years ago at the Sears Whole Home store, it's really comfy and I love it.  All four of us fit on it to watch a movie or Lego Ninjago or Sophia the First.  My coffee table is planked with old barnboard from our old barn that was damaged in a tornado.  I had it in my head, and my dear old dad cranked it out for me.

Up on top of my window, I have edison bulb lights from Target.  They are so cool.  I got some last year, but I did see them there this year as well.

Above that is a little ledge where I put our nativity set.  It's super special, especially to Tim.  His mom made it in ceramics years ago.  I told the kids the Christmas story as I was putting it up this year.  As I took out each figure, I talked about who they are and what they did.  I'm totally doing that every year from now on.  It gave it so much more meaning.

The sidetable is an old metal stool I picked up at a barn sale this past summer.  It got a good cleaning and it fit right in.  (See my W pillow, that's from my friend Bonnie at Seacliffe Cottage!)

Yes, that's a chalk painted globe you saw on my "desk"  Decked out with a glittered Joy to the World banner.  I'll share the gong show that one was in the new year....

Since we don't have a mantle, or a whole lot of table top space to display my treasures, I do lots of little vignettes on my bookcase.  I change it up all the time.  I love styling them.  Hate dusting them.

Here are some of my Putz houses.  I love these things.  I actually just picked up a few more smaller ones today.  I don't really have anything I collect, except for these and old glass Christmas ornaments.

Um, I also like design books.

This is one of our fish, Mishy the Fishy- or Mish for short.  Poor Sully didn't make the cut.

Here's our tree.  I love it.  As you can see we have really high ceilings and not a lot of floor space, so when I had to get a new tree (after the basement flooded, grrr) I got a tall skinny beauty.  It's not a pre-lit.  I put the lights on myself, that was an exercise in patience this year....I almost cancelled Christmas.  Just sayin'.

(The 'Twas the Night before Christmas sign is one of  the signs I make at Walls and Words.)

I love putting up my tree.  Unwrapping ornaments and remembering who gave them to us- I can get a little misty, I really can.  This year especially, as Tim's aunt, who was very close to us, passed away. She has been adding ornaments to our tree for a long time.  This is one of my absolute favourites.  I don't know why, but it just is, and so was she.

I also like to make new ornaments.  If you've been following along on here, Instagram and Facebook, you'll know I have a glitter obsession problem.  I  don't care.  I love it.

My little wood slices and our initials.  My mom hinted, not too subtly, that she wanted one too.  I guess we'll have to see if Laura Claus can crank some more out....

I don't have a skirt for our tree.  I did, but I found it to be a dog hair catcher.  Gross.  Now I put the tree inside this old crate.  I picked it up a few years ago at one of my favourite local shops and  it moves all over the house.  My little stool in front I got there too.  I thought it was just too cute with my little vintage tin toy sitting on it.

As you could see in the earlier pictures, this is the set up I have on my coffee table.  Yes.  I totally have a disco ball on it.  It's nestled in my grandma's vintage silver rose bowl with some vintage glass ornaments I picked up at the thrift store last week.  It's sitting on a silver tray that I got a couple years ago at the thrift store too.  I have my candles burning- that reflection is so gorgeous.  My friend Leslie, got me hooked on the White Barn candles from Bath and Body Works a few years ago.  My parents have always had a real tree, and I love that smell.  I burn the fresh balsam candles from BBW and it smells pretty darn close to the real thing.

My favourite time of day.  I love twinkly lights.  Almost more than I love glitter.

I love that stupid fireplace channel too.
(That lighted up star is from Target.)

 Hope you enjoyed yourself and will come back to see the rest later in the week.  Have a glitter-tastic day!

ps. Episode 2 is now up- click on over.

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