Entries Tagged as 'Christmas Tree'

Our Christmas Tree!

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11.12.12

The tree is up, the lights are strung and the stockings are hung!

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In other portions of my home decorating and redecorating on a whim is how we do it. My Christmas tree on the other hand is completely the opposite. I like my tree to be decorated with the traditions and memories of our family. Ornaments have been passed on through the generations, others are handmade like these glittery ornaments and our salt dough ornaments while some have been acquired one by one over the years.

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I kept a decorations relatively simple this year. A wooden tree and reindeers propped next to a strand of beaded garland that instantly adds a touch of holiday glamour is all that it took to make a merry vignette on top of the bookshelf that sits near the Christmas tree.

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2012 Christmas OurLakeLife001 A couple white Hydrangea blooms in an old jar sit on the coffee table. While cinnamon scented pinecones fill the air with the spirit of the holiday are placed in a rustic wooden bowl. More  white poinsettias flank the fireplace and decorated mantel we recently share here.

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The paperwhites have been growing happily next to the warmth of the fireplace and are about ready to bloom just in time for Christmas

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Soon the presents will fill underneath the tree and the cookies and milk will be laid out for Santa and his reindeer.

Now if only I could get my gift wrapping done we’d be in business!

Upside Down Christmas Trees?? What?

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30.11.12

Bryan and I stopped in the mall quickly last night to do a little Christmas shopping, on our way through the holiday decor department Bryan pointed out an upside-down Christmas tree. I confidently rationalized to him that it must be just for the floor model display and that surely they weren’t trying to sell one. Until…he pointed at the $450 price tag clearly marked Upside-down Christmas tree. Wha…why?

Still thinking about it I searched on the internet when I got home. Apparently it’s a real thing. Only benefit I can see is that there is more room under the tree for present and possibly takes up less floor space. But I can’t get myself to like it anymore.

What do you think about upside-down Christmas tree? Any takers?

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It’s Beginning to Feel like Christmas

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09.12.11

Hello, and welcome to our little house by the lake…so happy you’ve stopped by! If you’re new here you might want to come visit our Lake Tours page, grab a cup of coffee, take a look around and enjoy this beautiful lake we get to call home. Or you can subscribe to our RSS feed for OurLakeLife updates. Welcome to Our Lake House!

No matter how prepared I am for the Holidays I always feel the angst of the mad dash as Christmas grows nearer and the list of things to do grows longer.

Of course it doesn’t help that we added, on top of a normally busy time, the building of a new fireplace surround. What was I thinking? Oh right, I was thinking how nice it would look to hang the stockings on a wonderful new mantel and actually have room for a tree because the TV was up and off the floor. Guess what, I was totally right! It looks fantastic!

It’s so close to being done and ready to hang the stockings and add some garland I can’t wait to have a fire going with the stockings hung and the garland strung.

Here’s a sneak peak of how it’s looking now.

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We’ve white washed the front to give it a cozy cottage lake house feel, all that’s left is to stain the top of the mantel the same Red Mahogany stain as the floors, just to tie the whole thing together.

In the meantime as you can see the tree peaking out in the photo above we’ve been decorating away as the tree sits in it’s new home where the TV once was. It’s such a big improvement over when we had to put the tree in front of the sliding glass doors, just to the right of the fireplace in the photo above. Talk about a traffic pattern block!

Wedding Ornaments

I love decorating the tree , I’m a bit of an ornament collector and have been buying ornaments for years, even before I had a home and tree of my own. Some of them of course are more sentimental than others like the gold ones above that we gave out at our wedding as favors. Every time I put them up I remember sitting on the floor the week before our wedding hand wrapping each ornament. Good thing we didn’t have 400 guests!

Well that’s all for now, I promise to show more Monday as the tree gets finished and the stocking are hung. Until then I’m off to bake some Christmas Cookies, Brownies and all sorts of fun treats! Yum, Delicious!

A Very Etsy Felt Christmas Ornament Collection

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08.12.11

Hello, and welcome to our little house by the lake…so happy you’ve stopped by! If you’re new here you might want to come visit our Lake Tours page, grab a cup of coffee, take a look around and enjoy this beautiful lake we get to call home. Or you can subscribe to our RSS feed for OurLakeLife updates. Welcome to our Lake House!

As I unwrap each ornament to decorate the tree I’m always drawn to the lovely little felt ornaments I’ve collected over the years. Not to mention the added bonus of being super kid friendly, felt ornaments give our tree a hand made, collected over time feel that I love.

Each year I purchase a few new ornament to add to my ever growing collection. I’ve been on an Etsy hunt for a few special felt ornaments to add to my growing collection or use them as very special gifts tags for very special people. Below are a few of my very favorite felt ornaments on Etsy.

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1. Green Ornament $18.00; 2. Hippie Felt Ornament $7.75; 3. Santa Ornament $20.00; 4.  Partridge in a Pear Tree $14.00; 5. Christmas Lights $25.00; 6. Retro Ornaments $18.00; 7. Christmas Tree $24.00; 8. Peace Dove $8.00; 9. Russian Doll $15.00

Whirlwind

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07.12.11

Hello, and welcome to our little house by the lake…so happy you’ve stopped by! If you’re new here you might want to come visit our Lake Tours page, grab a cup of coffee, take a look around and enjoy this beautiful lake we get to call home. Or you can subscribe to our RSS feed for OurLakeLife updates. Welcome to our Lake House!

Good morning, Good morning I trust that everyone’s been keeping busy with the Holidays fast approaching.

We’ve been a whirlwind of activity in our lovely little house by the lake lately, with a lot of in-progress projects but not a lot of completing yet. With the mad dash to Christmas day nipping at our heels, there’s so much to do with so little time.

We’ve been working hard to complete our new fireplace mantel before Christmas while trying our best not to wreck havoc on the rest of the house in the form of sawdust coating every surface.  We even went so far as to wrap the whole fireplace in plastic to contain the dust while Bryan sanded and sanded to a buttery smooth surface to prep for the stain.

Plastic Wrapped Bryan

He was a sight to behold walking out from behind the plastic sheeting, respirator still on.

Respirator Bryan

The odd mix of Pig Pen with the cloud of dust trailing behind him and Darth Vader breathing heavily through the mask “Nik I am your Father.” Too bad Star Wars references are lost on 1 1/2 year olds.

Tack Cloth

After we managed to pull ourselves together from the humor of the moment and let the dust settle so to speak, we carefully removed the plastic, vacuumed everything up and wiped down all of the wood to make sure all of the dust was removed. Much to my dismay, many of those aforementioned dust particles made it around the house creeping into every crack and crevice imaginable. They’re wilily creatures those dust particles. But I’m sure the effect would have been much worse if we hadn’t contained Bryan to his plastic walled room while he sanded away.

Taping

We decided to stain it in the Minwax White Wash Pickling stain.. We love that pickling will give the fireplace a cozy lake house cottage vibe that we’re dreaming of and really like the idea of seeing the rustic knots show through while still maintaining and airy vibe.

But in inevitable Bryan and Maria fashion we’d thought it would look awesome if we stained the mantle top and trim pieces in Minwax Red Mahogany stain to match the floors. Sort of tying the two together and making it seem like we had planned it all out from the very beginning.

It proved to add a bit of prep work since we now had to tape off the areas we didn’t want white washed so we could stain them later, but hopefully it’ll be totally worth it in the end.

White Wash

Although it has spurred a flurry of cleaning on my part due to the dust that made it’s way into every crack and crevice, including washing and ironing 12 curtain panels. Will the fun never stop? Fortunately for me, Bryan has been doing most of the work on this project while I baked Christmas Cookies and strung lights on the Christmas tree with my favorite little helper. Who was way more interested in standing on the step stool watching Christmas cartoons then helping Mom string lights.

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We still need to finish decorating the tree but for now Nik is content adding his own flair in the form of trucks and toys placed lovingly in the tree

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