12.01.2008

It's beginning to look alot...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Shabby Nest! On Friday, the kiddos and I cleaned up the rest of our fall decorations, and pulled out the boxes of Christmas goodies from the basement. Boy have I had fun! Here's a little bit of what I've been up to...


First, I put me up a garland. Since I don't have a fireplace mantel, I like to put my garland on our staircase. We do have a very pretty staircase, that turns at a 45 degree angle toward the bottom, so it really looks pretty all dolled up with a garland!

In our old house we had a formal living room, so I did two Christmas trees...a formal tree and a family tree. The house we live in now is open concept, and doesn't lend itself well to the two tree thing, so I decided to use a little bit of the "bling" from our formal tree for the garland. It gives it a shimmery feel! Love it! (wish the pictures did it justice.)


This little bird cage sits on my piano. Just filled it with some pretty toile ornaments that the Hubby bought me a few years back (he knows me so well) and some red Christmas balls. Threw down a little pine cone garland for atmosphere and voila! Easy peasy.

I loved my Halloween pixies so much, that I had to make a Christmas version. I gave her a little sparkle on her wings and dress and a cute little banner. So sweet!
My apothecary jars are lonely no more! I filled one with the the glass ornaments that I used for my formal tree, and the other with some fake snow and pretty wrapped boxes.

This is one of my favorite projects...a snowflake tree. I took my Thanksgiving gratitude tree and changed out the leaves for snowflakes. Then I added some more fake snow, another pretty package, and this pretty little bird! I found the pattern for the bird here. I am so in love with the way it turned out! Another view so you can see the rocks and the snow.

The whole vignette on top of my entertainment armoire.

Just gettin' started...much more decorating fun to come!

Have a lovely Monday~

44 comments:

Jennifer said...

Wow, that first picture I thought was from a magazine! I love garlands. And I need to go pick me up one of those apothecary jars! Thanks for the cute ideas.

Joy said...

Your home is looking so beautiful and festive!
Mine still has boxes of fall decor to be stored. I've really got to get movin' since it's December already.

Cherry's Jubilee said...

I was hoping someone had posted Christmas! I have been working all day on it! I did a tree (branches)painted the branches white and put it in a galvanzied bucket. I hope to share pics tomorrow. Love your Chrismtas pixie...she is very joyful!

Kasey Hunt said...

Love it. I'm going to have to get one of those jars soon! Too cute.

Chris said...

I can't pick a favorite--I love every picture! Beautiful!

Sandy Toes said...

So cute..i love the little gifts with the planter...love the bulbs in the birdcage...so creative and cute!
-sandy toes

Stacey said...

Aren't apothecary jars the best? They make everything look pretty.

Everything you have done is beautiful. Now those toile ornaments...I might have to sneak around town and find some of those.

Leigh said...

So pretty and festive! I love it!

Julie said...

Wendy I love the pixie. everything looks great the garland is wonderful.
julie

sherri said...

Your snowflake tree is so chic. If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery you're likely to be inundated by praise. I know I'll copy this redeux on my on giving thanks tree.

southerninspiration said...

BEAUTIMOUS!!
Love it....I'm inspired.

Suzanne

Christy said...

Looks like you are having a lot of fun! My favorite thing you showed is the bird cage with the red toile ornaments inside. Very creative!

Coco said...

Aw it looks so pretty! I love it!

Darlene said...

WOW Wendy, I LOVE each and every thing you have done so far! Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!

duchess said...

It's looking beautiful.
Love the garland on that banister.
Gorgeous.

Ms. Tee said...

So absolutely beautiful! I love all the green - my favorite color! :)

Shannon said...

I LOVE it all! If this is just the beginning I cannot wait to see the rest! It is so pretty!

Holly said...

I am just getting so excited!...You are making my mouth water. Everything looks absolutely gorgous!!! I recognize that little Christmas Pixie. Isn't that a picture of you at about 18 months? :)

Laurel MacD said...

I've been so excited to see your apothecary jars! So lovely.

Wendy said...

Yes Holls...it's me. I love the little dress I'm wearing so I thought I'd make a good little Christmas pixie/fairy. Funny, huh?

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

It is so hard to really capture the bling of a Christmas tree or garland in a photo...but I can tell yours is amazing!
Carrie

Design by Cathleen said...

The Bird House is adorable! Great Decorations! I need to get started. LOL :-)

Valarie Lea said...

Your garland is gorgeous!!

Kari said...

Thank you so much for always commenting on my blog - I look forward to your comments each and every post.

I *LOVE* your snowflake tree and birdcage. You are so creative! That snowflake tree looks like it's out of a magazine - fabulous!

Love,
Kari

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh, the fun I had looking over every delightful detail. Those snowflakes on the garland are to die for. WOW! And then again on the branches...such lovliness.
I really like the color combination of the ornaments in your apothacary jar!! Very pleasing.
And last but not least...I couldn't help but notice that your sister, Holly, pointed out that the little fairy was you! So CUTE!!

Carrie said...

everything is so beautiful love the garland!

Our Complete Family said...

Oh my! How great these areas of your home look that you shared! I know the rest is awesome as well!!!
I love, love, love the wrapped boxes. What a neat touch that is!
Merry December hun~ Les

Angie said...

Love everything!!! You have such a talent for decorating!

Lacy said...

It does look like straight out of a magazine!!! I love how elegant you decorate. I dream of a home liek yours one day. Magnificent!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

I can't pick one favorite thing. It's all so beautiful! Can't wait to see more!

Holly Lane said...

As usual everything looks simply gorgeous!! Thanks for all your wonderful inspiration!!

Liz said...

It all looks beautiful!

Alysa said...

I really wanted to make the Halloween pixies but didn't know how. The Christmas Pixies are even better. Any way you can do a step by step detail? PLEASE!!! Thanks. A faithful follower :)

Sarah @ ThriftyDecorChick said...

LOVE the presents in the jar! That is adorable! It's all beautiful, especially the garland!

Rachel said...

Oh I love it LOVE IT!! Okay I think it's time for a Pixie tutorial... I can't seem to figure these out. I'm sure it's easy peasy but are ya willing to help some sisters out?! :)

Denise K. said...

So pretty! Thanks for sharing your Christmas decor!!! :-)

Gina @ Six in the Country said...

You did a beautiful job, as always!

Biteofpunkinpie said...

pretty pretty! great job. i really love the birdcage!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your garland is so lush and lovely. Absolutely adorable!

Sun-Kissed Savages said...

Wow!! Love it all, but those apothecary jars take the cake. Fabulous ideas!! Thank you!

Pretty Organizer said...

Ooo, Ooo! We're kindred spirits! We have the same snowflakes, similar ribon theme through ours and I have a nest like yours! BUT, I don't have adorable Christmas pixies! Wendy, they're fabulous. You need to make Spring Sprites too! What a wonderful tour through your home. Thanks so much for sharing.

Working on not coveting those beautiful glass jars. How do you keep the fingerprints off of them? Your kids DO touch them don't they? I've held off for fear of becoming the Glass Nazi:)
Merry Christmas!

Pretty Organizer

Kathy said...

WOW! I love all of it! The garland is GORGEOUS! The birdcage filled with ornaments is too cute! And the apothecary jars! LOVE them! You did a AWESOME job!

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

gorgeous garland and love those toile ornaments!

Manuela

JudyBug said...

Everything is so beautiful. Love the apothecary jars!