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Friday, December 24, 2010

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas...

my true love gave to me....a gorgeous home to decorate and EIGHTEEN and a HALF FEET of Christmas TREES!
From the 3 foot Red and Black Georgia tree

to the 4 ft pink tree in the girls' room

to the 1 ft trees on a side table in the living room

and my nightstand

and the 9 1/2 ft beauty in the living room

We do-we have 18 1/2 feet of Christmas trees this year. And it's amazing!
Here's a little tour of more Christmas in our house...

the stocking corner (because the wood burning stove is waaaay too hot to actually hang them from)

Red the friendly scout elf from Elf on the Shelf's last spying spot

The china hutch my grandpa made which lives in the dining area

and the advent calendar his daughter (my awesome Aunt Dar) and Uncle Mike painted and adorned for the girls

the snowflake arch into the dining area and kitchen with our girls' first Christmas pictures

the Christmas card clothesline

The waving painted snowman window

The snowflake arch all lit up

A view of the tree through the snowflake arch

the living room from the front of the snowflake arch

the Tree all lit up- except the two strands that randomly burned out the day before Christmas. Oh- so sad...can you tell Santa made a stop? He left bags full of goodies!

Although the update is late- I hope your Christmas was filled with blessings and reminders of the tiny baby born to save the world so long ago! Happy 2011!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas...

my true love gave to me...a hook free Christmas tree!

Well, really a hook free house of trees, but that doesn't rhyme quite as well.
Here's the scoop.
Last Christmas season, in the little house, Big and Little Sister constantly had ornament hooks in their hands. It's like they were multiplying!
Even without ornaments falling off (or being taken by little hands), there were hooks everywhere.
When we packed up last Christmas I threw away all the hooks. Every.Single.One. and began attaching satin ribbon or twine loops to all the ornaments.

This year as I unwrapped all the ornaments, I finished the tedious job- and I couldn't be happier!
From the tiny 1 foot side table trees to the 9 1/2 foot living room tree- there is not one hook ornament in our home.
The ribbons add extra color to the tree and really jazz up the ornaments.
Each one looks like something special with a ribbon loop or bow.

My favorites are the glass, glitter covered 'Shamu' ornament Santa brought Big Sister last year

(doesn't it look even more elegant on the large white satin ribbon?)
and our Hallmark ornaments, which all hang from red organdy ribbon with bows

oh, and definitely the ornament my great aunt in Ohio sent for Little Sister's first Christmas 2 years ago-it's so fun and girlie with a big brown organdy ribbon with white polka dots!

Hook free-I highly recommend it!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

On the Tenth Day of Christmas...

my true love gave to me, a sparkly, pink Christmas tree!
(actually our friend, Jen gave this to us a few years ago when she learned she was pregnant with a baby boy and wouldn't be needing this pink, glowing tree any time soon!)

This 4ft tinsel tree stays in the girls' room each year.

When it is plugged in, their entire ROOM turns bright pinkie/red.
Kinda looks like the red light district around here through their window.

Last year to tone down the pinki-ness I found this fun turquoise tree skirt at Target as well as a pack of shatterproof multi-colored shatterproof ornaments in red, turquoise, lime green, and (of course) pink and purple.

The goal was to help nuetralize some of the overwhelming pinkie-purple with other colors. Oh, and then Big Sister asked Santa for 'a snowflake' for Christmas last year, so *Santa* found these turquoise glitter snowflake ornaments and hung them on the tree for Big Sister to find when she woke up Christmas morning....and a purple star tree topper for the tippie top.
This year Big Sister added a foam picture ornament she made at school to finish out the look.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

WIWW-Short Week

If you are new to What I Wore Wednesday, here is a quick refresher...
Lindsey at the Pleated Poppy started her What I Wore Wednesday posts several months ago in an effort to change her habits of hanging out in pjs and softie pants all day. Just because she stays home to work and home school her kids, doesn't mean she can't be cute (seriously-she is too stinking cute, even IN her softies!). Since she started her WIWW link ups, over 100 women are putting themselves out there in blogland each week in an effort to share, inspire, and just be's my Week 15. If WIWW were a pregnancy, I'd be well past the nausia and into the lovely 2nd trimester-best part! Such expectation.
On with the goods-
Wednesday-Preschool snack, cleaning, crafting, and in the evening- Preschool Christmas Program

Blue long sleeved tee- Old Navy
Plum skinny belt- NY and Co
Gray drappey sweater- NY and Co
Jeans- American Eagle

no make-up and still not showered after dropped Big Sister off at school (and picking her up!)-ah, when will Christmas be over....
multi-colored beaded necklace- American Eagle
last night's leftover make-up-isn't this why we all started doing wiww with Lindsey in the first place? *sigh*

mustard ruffle flats-Target clearance. best-find-ev-er! (seriously-EV-er)
After I showered and the kids napped, it was time for the school Christmas Program

Cutie Breadwinner, Big Sister (the angel-now that's a stretch!), Little Sister (the lamb- ha! if only), and me-the mama

Striped long sleeved, button down- NY and Co
Peachy sweater- NY and CO
Jeans- AE, of course
Fun camel colored open toed shoes- hmmm...good question
Make-up- Last year's Bare Mineral's Christmas special box collection- fabulous!

Cute peachy cardi and bauble necklace both from NY and Co

As is the fun bracelet
Thursday-Steam cleaning the living room carpets, shop orders, playing with the girls. No pic, which likely means too busy to stop and think about taking a picture. I'm sure my outfit was incredibly exciting, but that was 5 days ago- do you really think I can remember that far back?
Friday-Preschool pj day, in town errands with Little Sister, more cleaning and Christmas- will it ever end?

End of the day, Breadwinner snapped a quick photo- Little Sister insisted on being held.
Wow- look at those gorgeously clean carpets. *wink*
Blue tuxedo front, striped, button down-American Eagle
Gray/mushroomy soft, ruffle jacket- NY and Co
Jeans cuffed because the bottoms were wet from walking in the yard barefoot in the rain-AE

Here's some detail in the shirt- but are you seeing what I'm seeing?
What the heck is going on with my boob?
I know you noticed, it's ok-we are all friends here. I promise I wore a bra today- now I just need to figure out which one and burn it! Yikes!

cute headband though- Anthropologie- I watched and waited for clearance on top of clearance
Saturday-Last minute cleaning and projects, then great friends from down south came up to play for the day and slumber party!
Here are a few caviots- (though, I apparently can't spell caviot correctly)
1. We haven't seen these friends in months. 2.They came to spend the night so no one had to drive 90 miles home after a day and night of debauchery 3.The only photos of the day were during the debauchery- don't judge. ;)

me-anticipated the car bomb I was about to shoot after my best California friend's husband put it in front of me between helping in the kitchen....
Cute flower headband-Aerie
Heather gray drapey sweater- NY and CO
Cream asymetrical top-NY and Co
Gray beaded, necklace-American Eagle
Jeans- American Eagle
Mustard ruffle flats- Target

Slightly better shot of the top and more hilarious shot of me-post car bomb
(for those of you who don't know- an irish car bomb is a shot of bailey's and irish whiskey, dropped into a glass of guiness beer and chugged like a huge shot- it sort of tastes like chocolate milk....sort of)
Sunday-Recovery. No one showered until after 1pm! It was fantastic. Just hanging out with our friends and their two 9 month old twin boys. We recovered the house, played, and attempted to find my voice- it began to trickle away this morning. No, we were not recovering from too much alcohol- we were all responsible adults, that is until someone downloaded original mario bros. on the wii and a couple of us *ahem* stayed up til the wii (tee hee) small hours of the morning trying to save the princess and reliving our childhoods.
Monday-no school, no voice, lots of Christmas to finish, and two crabby-over tired girls! no pic again. We did run into town to brave the post office in our jeans, rain boots, long sleeved tees, and jackets. The three of us looked relatively cute. Bummer no pic.
Tuesday-Preschool, then home to continue looking for my voice, finish a few last minute Christmas orders from the shop, and attempt to wrap presents-which was vetoed by Little Sister's refusal on nap and subsequent crabby afternoon and evening. again, no pic. Picture maroon long sleeved tee, the long drapey go-to sweater from NY and Co, light denim jeans, and mustard flats.
As I finish this post, Little Sister is laying behind me on the sofa because she woke up for the 2nd time screaming in exhaustion.

Sometimes you just have to be in the middle of the action.
Merry Christmas, friends! If you are traveling, be safe! Staying home-enjoy your families! And most of all- while you enjoy Santa's treasures, remember the tiny baby lying in a manger coming to give us the greatest gift of all! Until next week- Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

On the Nineth Day of Christmas... true love gave to me, hoots and Little Mr Tie tees!

The shop has been busy, busy this holiday season.

Mostly with these Little Hoot ornaments...

and lots of these (this pattern specifically!).

I'm so thankful for a successful first Christmas season with FairlyFabulous

but I won't be sad when I can start going to bed before 2am!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

On the Eighth Day of Christmas.... true love gave to me, indoor snowflakes that are spark-el-eee!

Have you ever made Borax snowflakes?

They are beautiful and amazing.

This year ours are hanging from the arch between the living room and kitchen.

Tutorial to follow.
Easy- and quite literally Anthropologie'll see.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

On the Seventh Day of Christmas... true love gave to me, 50 photo cards for FREE!

Thank you, Shutterfly for sponsoring so many awesome freebies for bloggers this season.
Now, if only I could make the time to get them addressed, stamped, and in the mail before Christmas!