The Christmas Porch

All I have to say is better late than never!

It seems like I had been working on many Christmas trees this year,

that I did not have much time to decorate the porch.

Early in December, I placed the wreaths on the door.

I finally put the finishing touches on the porch, making sure not to overdo it!

So for my last post of this Christmas season, I present, The Christmas Porch.

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Christmas 2015 Front Porch with Rudy

Welcome to my front porch dressed for Christmas,

featuring Rudy.

Rudy was given to me years ago by my niece Melissa

and he usually stood in the front yard

confusing the real deer.

Now he stands proudly on the front porch

greeting family and friends wearing his scarf of ribbon.

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas -The Christmas 2014 Front Porch

Twas the Night Before Christmas . . .

When all through the house . . . . not a creature was stirring . . . not even a mouse!

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care . . .

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

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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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Ever So Clever, Ever So Pretty Friday, #6, Lanterns-Burlap-and-Bows

Happy Friday everyone…

Today, I am presenting a project that I gained inspiration from Ann, of On Sutton Place.

Ann is one creative lady!…

I saw her lantern project and noticed that I had the same lanterns..

… I thought I would give them a bit of a Spring makeover.


Burlap ribbon, florals, a little birdie tag, and bird nests gathered for the new look.

Here are Ann’s lanterns: pretty, pretty!


So I gathered the pair of lanterns that I had and started to try to come close to Ann’s creation…


These lanterns were too large to place together for a table vignette…

… one went in the sunroom and the other in the second guest bathroom.


That domino effect was happening in the house know that “effect”..



My friend Dolores has an extensive collection of thanks to her, I created my tag.


Really love the “birdie” punch! Ann had a pretty monogram tag.


Vignette placed in my Ikea tray…




So we shall leave the sunroom, and go to the second guest bathroom where the larger lantern resides.


Another bird/garden theme going on there…pardon the pics as there is no natural light in that bathroom…



Along with the birds nests, I placed some florals and a candle in this lantern…


This is the next room on the agenda for a makeover…

…..when we moved in 8 years ago..the old world, bronze look was all the rage…time for a change.


And I forgot to mention what I used to hang the tag on the lantern…

I cut away the wire portion from the ribbon…it gives me a “mini pipe cleaner” of sorts…

…..and it gives you the ability to place the tag in many positions.

Thanks for stopping by today…hope you enjoyed my inspiration project.

…..that I received from the most talented Ann of On Sutton Place..have you seen her gorgeous grain sack pillows?

Today, I will be cleaning and getting ready for company…there’s a softball tournament in town.

However, I won’t feel bad being inside today…as it is going to be a very overcast least the rain stopped…


Yes…this is a pic of my backyard this morning…a very cloudy day…

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!!