Well friends, I am finally posting my first blog post. I wrote my first blog three months ago about budget friendly décor. I went to Dollar General and found all kinds of trendy, cute items at great prices for you guys. Do you know what? I blogged about it and picked that post apart, until I chickened out and never shared it. I published it, but I didn’t share with anyone that the blog was up. I am actually typing over that post tonight. If you are confused why the date says September 5, 2017, that’s the reason!
This evening I was listening to a blogger I follow, Jennifer Allwood from the magicbrushinc.com (look her up on Facebook, she is so encouraging!) Something she spoke in a Facebook live video really pulled at my heart strings. She talks about how we as moms must pursue our dreams and creative passions. Our kids are watching us. Jolie has asked me for months if I have posted my first blog yet. Each time I have given her an excuse. Mom needs to take better pictures with the big camera, maybe after I have professional pictures taken, and the latest excuse… your mom isn’t a very good writer. What is this showing her? That I am afraid to pursue or finish something I started. I wanted my first post to be a project that was impressive with just the right pictures and words. If I waited for that day, I may never post a blog. I am not going to let fear hold me back anymore! I am going to share the pictures of my home this holiday season.
My favorite time of year to decorate is Christmas. There is something about dragging out all the decorations, playing Christmas music, drinking hot chocolate and decking the halls. I wanted to keep things simple this year. I repurposed the decorations I already had on hand. My husband was such a trooper. We put the tree up and half of the lights were out. First, he replaced fifty bulbs but it kept getting worse. Then he spent two and a half hours cutting ever single bulb out! I am so thankful for him. I really didn’t want to purchase a new tree until after Christmas. Frugal is my middle name (insert Tim’s laugh) but those after Christmas sales are pretty amazing.
I decided to go with all white and gold on my tree. The kids have their own tree in the kitchen. I really love my gold mirror wall and wanted to let it shine! I am still on the hunt for one or two mirrors to add to the very top. All the mirrors, except two came from people I know and love. How special is that? The other two mirrors came from thrift stores. My new rug and chandelier both from Wayfair make me smile. The chandelier was a gift from Tim and I bought the rug on the black Friday sale.
Below are a few pictures of my home this holiday season.
This large thingamajig that hangs on the wall in my living room is covered with two different garlands that I intertwined together. I had the kids go outside and cut me some sprigs off of a pine tree in our yard. They are randomly stuck in there. I found this large looking frame thing a few years ago at Lola’s Vintage Market in Mt. Vernon, MO. There have been all kinds of guesses to what it could be. Several people think it’s a door off of some type of industrial machine. If anyone knows, please let me know!
Here are a few pictures of my dining room. Like I said, keeping the Christmas décor simple this year was my goal. I think you can do little, simple touches and still love it. I added a little more red and a few sprigs of greenery to my milk glass display.
The last thing decorated was my front porch. I wanted to leave the fall décor outside until after Thanksgiving. I added some garland and more pine tree sprigs to an old wreath and added some old felt Christmas ornaments to it. It was an easy, quick five minute project. Every year I go to Lowes and get their free tree trimmings to add to the pots on my porch. It’s a very inexpensive way to decorate for Christmas. You can use the trimming to make garlands, table center pieces, or add to vases. Really, the possibilities are endless. The smell of the trimmings is yummy!
Thank you for taking the time to read my first… well second blog post. It feels like an accomplishment to share it. Tidings of Joy my friends.