Holiday Sneak Peak
It’s beginning to feel a lot like the holidays, and since we are celebrating Thanksgiving at my parents’ this year, I decided to skip the Thanksgiving decor in our house, and go straight into Christmas decorating! As much as I love Thanksgiving (it’s my absolute FAVORITE holiday), I started planning for Christmas a little earlier this year. My theme is black and white (no surprise there) and I’m really loving all the black and white flannel checked patterns and ultra modern X Scandinavian decor.
Of course I had to throw in some DIY projects, so here’s a sneak peak of what I’ve been working on. I used black and white spray paint to dress up some ugly green vases that were sitting in a closet for a couple years (another auction find), and filled them with spray painted branches from our yard, that I picked and trimmed down. The mini-ornaments were a dollar store find and I just spray painted them white.
My hand-painted nativity set (available on my etsy shop here) was inspired by my LB who LOVES to play with Russian nesting dolls. Plus, it’s compact and easy-to-store the rest of the year. I picked up these wooden boxes at Target and a great smelling candle from Bath and Body Works and ta-dah! It’s already starting to feel like Christmas in here. Before December gets here, my next projects include some black and white plaid Christmas stockings and some patio lights that I will hang from our rafters to really make things sparkle and shine. Once we are back from celebrating Thanksgiving, we will get out our giant Christmas tree and make some special memories of decorating the Christmas tree with our almost-two-year-old. I can’t wait!!
The holidays are heart-warming for me and it always makes me think of family. When I was younger, we would spend so much time at my grandparents’ house (just across the country gravel road) decorating for Christmas and helping my grandma with holiday baking. Fresh kolaches, pastries, and pies were just a few of the German/Czech influenced foods that we were lucky enough to enjoy. Now, it’s my parents’ house that we gather together at, and have pie-baking contests, drink wine and share stories, and laugh over how [frighteningly] similar my siblings and I are, even though we lives hundreds to thousands of miles apart. We have been blessed beyond measure!
Happy holiday season to all of you and check back soon for more holiday decorating ideas…and as always, I am not being compensated for any of my ideas/products, just sharing some of my favorite things with all of you!