12.16.2008

Holiday Open House

Kimba's holding a holiday open house today, and I just couldn't resist joining in on the fun. For those of you who are regular readers I hope you can put up with a few repeats (I did throw in some new stuff for you though!) And for those of you who are new...Welcome to my Shabby Nest! I hope you enjoy your stay enough that you will come back and visit again!



So to start things off...here is the garland on my staircase...

and here it is with the stockings I made for the family. You can read more about them (and see them better)here.

I just love snowflakes...

I have some "falling" from my chandelier,

and I also have some on this little tree.

I love making pixies...here is my latest addition.

And I LOVE filling apothecary jars! Oh yes I do!

If you want some easy-to-make decorations...try making some of these cute Christmas Topiary Trees. I show you how here.
Or you can make this great wreath that I found in BHG. I talk about it here. (Oh, and for you regular readers...you might notice that I moved it. I like the look of it much better on my old black cupboard.)
Nothing like a festive birdcage...just loaded it with my favorite toile ornaments and some glass balls, and voila!
And, of course, the tree. (the kiddos did a great job decorating it!) You can see some fun closeups of the ornaments here.
Oh, and since we don't have a chimney, Santa has to use a magic key to get in our house. I had the key, but I borrowed an idea from Kari & Kijsa, and put it in this jar with a little faux snow. (Love that rhyme!)



Here's a cute little snowman that my lovely mother-in-law gave me. He keeps court in the laundry room/half bath.
This little bunny (also a gift from my M-I-L) keeps watch for iceskating opportunities in the library.

Even the kiddos' rooms have a dose of Christmas cheer...you can read more about that here.
And of course, a stash of candy canes is a must.


Finally, a little of my exterior decor. You can read more about it here.


Thanks for dropping by. Stop by later this week for a pixie tutorial!

48 comments:

Valarie Lea said...

I just love all your decorations. :)

Kasey said...

your home is just so cute. I haven't seen anything that you do that I don't just love!

Jen r. said...

OMG. I must have been channeling you with the trees!!! Love your decorations!

Arleen said...

I love your Christmas decorations, and especially your apothecary jars and the wreaths on the outside of the windows. Thank you for inviting me to your home, I hope you visit mine, and Merry Christmas! ~Arleen

Jennifer said...

Your home looks great! I love the white trees you made. :)

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Who minds repeats when they are this stinkin cute! It is all gorgeous. cherry

Suzy said...

Love the trees you made, what a great idea!
Happy Holidays,
Suzy

jenjen said...

Your home is so cute! I love the pixie!!! You are very creative. Thanks for letting me stop by! Have a wonderful Christmas!

Holly said...

Leave it to you! It all looks like it's straight out of a coveted magazine. You did a fantastic job this year.(So what else is new? :) )

Now, I have got to tell you that your ice storm pictures are incredible. It just looks unreal and etherial. Tell the firedog that he has still got it. Those photos take my breath away!

Kris said...

Love the key idea, that is really sweet!!

Sandy Toes said...

Your decorations are just wonderful!!!
Your outside looks great too!
-sandy toes

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

Everything's so pretty. I love the tree.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance - each beautiful, unique and too soon gone.
- Deborah Whipp

Lady of the Mote said...

its beautiful!

Traci said...

I want to come visit....thanks for inviting me to your open house!!! You do amazing work!

tmbdpat said...

Everything is absolutely beautiful! Feels like Christmas in your home!

Robin said...

I really enjoyed the tour...I especially love that wreath made from upholstery webbing...gotta try that!! Blessings!

mollyandmarshal said...

Wow, I love all your decorations! Your staircase garland looks awesome!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Who cares if there are repeats in there...I love your decorations. So pretty! I think the wreaths on the windows are my favorite. :)
Carrie

LuLu & Co said...

WHat a lovely home, just found your blog and so happy I did! Absolutely wonderful. LOVE your stockings..... thanks for letting me visit.
LuLu

Shannon said...

Looks just as good the second time around! Love the pixies!

Carrie said...

Everything looks so good the trees are great and of course I loved the snowman.

Katy Lin :) said...

ooooo! your garland is to die for! i love snowflakes, too! :) happy open house day!

Ms. Tee said...

I don't mind seeing any of it again - it's all so gorgeous and so cheerful! :)

aimee said...

Beautiful! I love it all.

supermommy said...

Love it! I really loved your garland. Great job!

Melissa Wertz said...

Lovely. Just lovely!

Charlene said...

I would love to have that Santa Key! Very nice thanks for sharing

Kristin said...

I had never considered a Santa key before...good idea! I also love those snowflakes hanging from the light! Beautiful stuff!

Leigh said...

Beautiful!!!!!

Holly said...

You have made a lovely Christmas home for your family! Beautiful!

Marci said...

Very Pretty! I adore your outdoor weraths. Merry Christmas!

Steph said...

Your decorations are great! Love the little tree with the snowflakes and that wreath really pops against that black cabinet.

Gina @ Six in the Country said...

So, so pretty!

Lylah said...

what a spunky kind of creative touch you have. love it.

blessings...lylah

High Heels and a Sippy Cup said...

Hey I love your snowflakes falling from your chandelier! I love filling glass jars with festive things too. The wrapped gift in the apothecary jar is a great idea!

beth at aunties said...

So pretty! The snowfalkes are so pretty falling from your chandlelier and our railings are beautiful. I really liked your bunnies and your jars filled with Christmas treasures!

Merry Christmas!

Stephanie said...

I love the snowflakes and apothecary jars! Soo cute!

The Decorated House said...

Pretty and so festive!
Donna

vickysplace1 said...

Beautiful decorations in your home. Merry Christmas!

Celestial Charms said...

Lovely decorations and presentation. You must tell us where your found that Santa key...I love it. I wouldn't mind Santa bringing me a key like that for my stocking!

Wendy said...

Hi Celestial Charms...the Santa Key is from Longaberger. I got it quite a few years ago, so I don't know if they still make them.

Hope this helps,
Wendy

bj said...

Oh, all of your decorations are just adorable....I love every thing you've done...
MERRY CHRISTMAS,
bj

HeathahLee said...

I LOVE those topiaries! I made one using red bead garland but I love the yarn ones, too!

Everything is beautiful!

Michelle said...

What a gorgeous home you have Wendy.It's so beautifully decorated.Merry Christmas.

Mrs. Darling said...

I love your stair garland. It reminds me that I need to fix my puny thing!

Loved this tour. Boomamas bandwith is used up at least thats what my computer tells me but im not having any problem finding homes on the tour by just clicking out of everyones coments.LOL

Brittany said...

I love that wreath hanging on the back cupboard.

Beth said...

Love your Christmas decor! The Santa key was especially cute!