Gold Deer and Tablescapes

Today is Day Two of the Christmas Ideas Tour.

You will find a tremendous amount of Christmas and Holiday ideas for your table.

This year I will be working on a table that is a bit different

from the past years.

However, there seems to be a constant in my Christmas tablescape

and that is my gold deer.

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Our Great Room Christmas Mantel

Our Great Room Christmas mantel this year 

is probably the most simplistic mantel that I have created.

I promised myself this year

that I am really going to downsize my Christmas decorations.

I did give many boxes of Christmas ornaments, florals and decorations

along with a couple of trees to Habitat last year.

However, I did keep these little trees!

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Christmas Inspiration – Remembering Christmas Past – Home Tour

When I looked at my calendar yesterday, I realized that I only have a few weeks

to decorate my home for Christmas. Where has the time gone?

When I start to plan my decorating, I search through many sources,

such as lots of Christmas themed magazines both past and present.

I do have to do one other thing too.

I have to browse my photos to look and see what I had done that past year.

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I thought it would be great to go down memory lane today

and give you another tour of my home dressed for Christmas last year.

I even forgot how I decorated it!!

Welcome to my home!

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Nutcracker Tree and the Christmas Media Room

In our Media Room, I usually have a tree that is specifically designed

for my granddaughter each year.

It has always been themed with something that she particularly loved during the year . . .

~ ~ like the year she was into Tinkerbell and dressed as her on Halloween.

However, this year, we placed a small tree . . . a very small tree in her room. . .

~ ~ the space that she has in our house in which she has requested more pink be added.

I did not plan a tree in the media room this year; however, I could not help myself!!

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A Wintery Christmas Mantel

In the years past, I used a green garland and trimmed it with ribbon, ornaments,

and all the pretties of Christmas.

This year, I went with a white flocked garland to create a Wintery Christmas Mantel.

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Christmas Decor Tidbits and Mantel Sneak Peeks

I am not sure about you, but it seems like for me, too little time and much to do.

Is that the common statement of the Holidays?

But then again, I do tend to go a tad overboard . . . really trying to keep it simple.

Yesterday my friend Sherri delivered my new pillow for my chair.

The pillow was being monogrammed.

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Now doesn’t this want to make you curl up in the chair with a great book and cup of tea?

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Christmas Decor and Projects

Last week I took out a few Christmas decor storage bins to create a Winter Woodland Tablescape . .

~ ~ and now the pandora’s box is open and Christmas bins are everywhere.

So let the Christmas projects and decor begin!…

Today, I am pouring through last years Christmas projects and Christmas vignettes . . .

~ ~ seeing how I can changes things up . . . and pare things down . .

For my more simply stated Christmas . . . yes, I said it!

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A Christmas Tradition…the Scavenger Hunt!

I hope you all had a most joyous Christmas….

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A couple of years ago…instead of placing gifts under the tree for our granddaughter..

…..we decided to place them throughout the house…

……….for you see, Santa does that at Grandma and Pop’s house.

So “Santa Pop” makes clues on Christmas Eve…

…..so that “Miss Gray” can solve them and find the gifts that Santa brought.

“GRAYLYN’S STOCKING WAS HUNG IN AN ODD PLACE WITH MUCH CARE…

…..IN HOPES THAT SHE WOULD FIND IT JUST BY WANDERING THERE.

NOTE: NO NEED TO LOOK FOR THE STOCKING RIGHT NOW…

…..YOU WILL FIND IT LATER..TIED WITH A BOW.”

“THE FIRST GIFT WAS NESTLED UNDER A BED…

…..IN A ROOM WHERE OUR GUESTS LAY DOWN THEIR SWEET HEADS”

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“THE NEXT GIFT WAS CLEVERLY HIDDEN UNDER A CAP…

…..WHERE GRANDMA DOES LAUNDRY, INSTEAD OF TAKING A NAP”

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(Note: there was a red baseball hat that sat above the dryer…)

“WHEN OUT ON THE BACK LAWN LOOKING UP AT FLOWERS…

…..SANTA SAID “I WILL HIDE ONE UP HIGH BUT YOU DO NOT NEED A LADDER”

Hmmmm..she said…

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“Oh I think I know where it is!”

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“UP TO THE THIRD FLOOR SANTA FLEW LIKE A FLASH…

…..LOOKING TO FIND A SHUTTER AND A SASH…

INSTEAD HE DISCOVERED WINDOW SEATS THE COLOR OF SNOW…

…..AND SAID I WILL HIDE A PRETTY WRAPPED GIFT RIGHT HERE BELOW”

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“HE SPRANG TO HIS SLEIGH TO HIS TEAM GAVE A WHISTLE..

…..AND AWAY THEY ALL FLEW LIKE THE DOWN ON A THISTLE.

BUT I HEARD HIM EXCLAIM, ERE HE DROVE OUT OF SIGHT…

…..MERRY CHRISTMAS GRAYLYN AND ENJOY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS”…

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“NOW WE ARE ALL GETTING HUNGRY, SO LET’S OPEN GIFTS QUICK…

…..SO WE CAN CHOW DOWN ON CHRISTMAS DINNER BY GRANDMA ST. NICK”

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I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas Day filled with much joy…

…..and memories to treasure forever and ever!!!

Living Room Christmas Mantel

After a couple of days of working on the mantel…I finally finished..

…..at 10:30 that evening, I sat down on the sofa with my cup of tea…admiring my mantel…

……….then crash!!…the left tree toppled over, taking part of the garland with it.

I did not cry or curse.

I just took a deep breath and with the help of my hubby and “all the king’s men”..

…..it was secured and back together again. (oh that rhymed!)

So here is my living room mantel for this year…

…..another woodland type theme.

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Two winter trees flanking each side of the mantel..

…..one is lit with led lights..

……….with owls and birds happily perched.

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The mantel has an evergreen garland for the base…

…..and two holly berry twig garlands intertwined.

I placed my wooden monogram over a cotton wreath that I had made.

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I hung ornaments beneath the garland…

…..I found ornaments that coordinated with the holly berry garland.

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Pretty owls and birds frolic in the trees and garland….

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When seeing this photo…I am inclined to say “Peace On Earth”

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And the squirrel keeps coming back every season for a visit….

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A view from the left side of the mantel….

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So there you have it…my Living Room 2012 Christmas Mantel..

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Hope you enjoyed it !!!

And if you would like to see my mantels from 2011…click here

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Oh Christmas Tree…

I love having multiple trees in my home for Christmas. It is fun and rewarding decorating them and finding ways to make them different from year to year. Other than changing out ribbon and other decorative floral adornments, my large tree pretty much is the same as it is my sentimental family tree full of ornaments gathered over many years. I collected many Hallmark ornaments in the past and I have displayed many of them in the tree in the media room. Many I have stored away…

So the following are many (not all) of the trees I have throughout the house. I always say from year to year that I am not going to do as much..but I cannot seem to live up to that promise.

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The Great Room Tree…It is 12 foot and we had to place the lower branches into the ballaters so that it would fit in the area..the lower branches hang over the stair well and you can see the ornaments dangle.

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I placed my carolers around the tree as if they are singing around a tree in a town square.

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Among my more sentimental ornaments, I love to use Christopher Radko ornaments.

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I add a garland of ribbon, usually two (a metallic over a flocked) that will connect to a large bow and various ornamental picks.

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My upside down tree in the sun room. It is flocked and I used red ornaments with glass crystal icicle ornaments. The red shows up so nicely against the white flocking. Owls are perfect for that woodland look. I place berry floral picks and garland at the front top edge.

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The base of the tree with pine cones, holly sprigs and a “visitor” the infamous furry squirrel.

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The kitchen tree with Santa take out chefs. This has been there for the past few years, so I will change that around a bit next year.

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The small vintage cookie cutter tree that sits in an old A&P grocery shopping cart.

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The media room tree decorated with Hallmark ornaments and a few handmade ones by my son many years ago..

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The topper…with silk ferns and hydrangeas. I used a metallic glittered garland band that twists nicely amid the tree.

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The corner wall mounted upside down tree…I used brown and copper ornaments to coordinate with the mantle. Floral and leaf inspired picks are inserted on the top portion of the tree.

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A close up of the top portion of the tree

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When decorating the top portion of the 12 foot tree, I place (actually my hubby does) it in a bench with a vice so that I can decorate it completely from the workbench. The hubby climbs up the ladder and places the top portion in the tree fully decorated. Saves me from being up on the very top of the ladder!

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A Hallmark miniature tree purchased many years ago and a train goes around the base of the tree…a favorite of my granddaughters.

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My granddaughter’s tree. It is a themed tree every year of her choice. This year it is Legos..

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The toy shop village made of legos..The tree and village sits in an antique wagon

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An old Dept 56 faux “feather tree” with white and gold acorns. A symbol of Raleigh, the City of Oaks. Sits on the dresser of the guest room.

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The tree in the Master Bedroom. I wrapped a lighted white flocked garland around it and placed silver ornaments and decorations on it.

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A close up..I also used up all the silver ornament hangers I had. I thought they were cute by themselves.

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The guest room tree..A metal tree with a brass finish. I added the green berried twig garland through the middle to add a bit more texture. Used white, blue, and green ornaments to coordinate the colors with the room. Added a few owls for more texture…

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Placed white glutted ferns and antique Japanese fishing net balls that are green and blue under the tree

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A small nutcracker tree in my hubby’s office. Only able to take picture from one side as the window creates such glare…

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A magnolia and pearl tree in the other guest room.

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A closer look..I used magnolia floral stems and garlands with pearl picks. My friend Pam took those pearl picks, stuck them in a styrofoam wreath and turned out gorgeous..next project…

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The dining room tree. Decorated with various fruits, fruit garland, and pineapples. It is raised off the floor and I placed an evergreen garland at the base.

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Another close up view of the dining room tree.

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And finally, one of the greatest trees of all..the tree on Main Street at Disney World. You can see some of the “snow” that they spray through the air in the evening. It was a beautiful enchanting night.

You may also view my Christmas foyer here…

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