We’re all decorated for Christmas and enjoying the cozy feel.  So today I thought I’d share some corners and vignettes throughout our home.

Sit back and enjoy!


…the mantel

christmas mantel 2013  at home in the northwest

at home in the northwest mantel 2013  chalkboard frame with wreath

…dining room…

christmas vignette  at home in the northwest

merry and bright chalkboard  at home in the northwest

…the kitchen…

joy christmas chalkboard 2013  at home in the northwest


…family room [and our new sectional]…

christmas pillows  at home in the northwest


christmas wreath on windows  at home in the northwest

christmas lantern  at home in the northwest


mudroom  at home in the northwest


I hope you’re home is all decorated for Christmas too!!

Have a great week!


My Mantel : Christmas 2013

When I decorate each year, I try not to look back at pictures of previous years. I like that it looks different each year.  This year, my mantel is simple.

And here it is…

christmas mantel 2013  at home in the northwest

The chunky gold frame came from a friend at a garage sale.  I added a piece of wood and turned it into a chalkboard.

Then I added the wreath and lit greens.

at home in the northwest mantel 2013  chalkboard frame with wreath


I didn’t even hang up our Christmas stockings! {Don’t tell the kids…I don’t think they’ve noticed yet that they aren’t up.}  I will bring them out, of course, for Santa’s arrival on the 24th.

So that’s it!  What about you!? What does your mantel look like this year?


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Christmas Tree 2013

We tend to get our Christmas tree the weekend of Thanksgiving.   And today was the lucky day!

But unfortunately, it was raining.

The morning was fairly dry, while we were at church.  Then when we got in the car….rain!

But we made the most of it and had fun!


Thanks to rain coats and an umbrella, we {kind of} stayed dry.

christmas tree 3  at home in the northwest

Ok, who am I kidding.  We were soaked.

But thankfully everyone’s mood stayed light and we got the job done.

christmas tree 2  at home in the northwest

The tree is in the house. But remains undecorated. That’s a project for another day.


removing wire from a ribbon

I’m recently bought a boxwood wreath from Target.

I wanted to use my red and white striped ribbon, but it was wired.

ribbon with wire  at home in the northwest

One might think that wired ribbon would have more ‘life’ to it.  But in this situation, I feel like the ribbon looked particularly stiff and forced.

After a quick pull on each side of the ribbon, the wire was out!

removing wire from a ribbon  at home in the northwest

Then I hung the wreath back up…

Boxwood Wreath and Striped Ribbon  at home in the northwest

It’s much more relaxed to me now! Just the look I was hoping for.

wire removed from ribbon  at home in the northwest

And the red against the green….perfect!

boxwood and striped ribbon  at home in the northwest

Such an easy update!


Tart Pan Ornaments with My Sweet Savannah

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to go to a craft night hosted by Melaine at My Sweet Savannah.

It was a bit of a drive for me, but completely worth it.  Not only did I make a few fun ornaments….

vintage joy tin  at home in the northwest

…but I also met a group of lovely women.

When Dan asked how the craft night went, I told him that making the craft was super fun. But meeting so many great ladies was even better! {This is where I’m supposed to insert a picture of all the great people that were there.  But I was the new gal and felt dumb dragging out my camera. So I didn’t.  And that leaves me picture-less.}

For a tutorial on making the tart pan ornaments, please visit Melaine’s blog.

Melaine was also in garage sale/purging mode. So we got to dig through boxes of fun stuff after we were done crafting.  I came home with a few goodies.  One of which is this fun old clock.

vintage clock  at home in the northwest

It’s been moved around the house a few times already.  It works so many different places! Thank you, Melaine, for sharing your fun ‘junk’ with us! And thank you for hosting a craft night!


Target Joy Sign Hack

Yes, this is a Christmas post.  And today, party pooper me took down all of my fall decor.  Maybe I should blame Target….

Like many of you, I recently received the Target ad showing the cute marquee ‘Joy’ sign.


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While we were out of town, the mail really stacked up. So when I saw the ad in my mail, I immediately got competitive. {For those of you who don’t know me well, I get competitive about the small things.  Not over a football or pickle ball game.  But over a parking spot. Or a place in line at the grocery store. Or a ‘must have’ darling tin marquee sign from Target.}  Anyway, I looked online…not available.   I looked at the two Targets here in town… was out of stock, the other was rather vague with their stock status.  So the kids and I buzzed out to Target last night, in the dark, to search for the sign.

And lucky me.  I got one!

But I confess when I opened up the box, it was kind of simple looking. And of course there was the cord.   I assumed it would stand on its own, but you have to hang them.  So I got to thinking….how could I make this work!

Off to the bin of scrap wood I went.  I found some red spray paint too.

And after a bit of working, I got just what I was looking for!

TARGET JOY HACK  at home in the northwest

Something more substantial. Something to prop up or hang on my porch, or over the mantel.

Something really fun! I love it!

If you’d like to do the same thing, here are the steps that I took:


Grab some wood from the scrap bin, or buy some from Lowes or Home Depot {they can even cut it for you!}

Decide how wide you would like your sign.  Line up the wood {I used paneling leftover from my bookshelf project}.  Then secure two pieces to the back, as shown here.

Target joy sign hack  how to build a sign  at home in the northwest


Spray paint the wood.


When it was {almost} dry {I was too antsy to wait til it was completely dry}, I sanded the edges a bit and added some wood stain over the entire piece. It gave the sign a bit of depth and interest. Then spray some nails since they will show when the sign is hung.

spray painted nails  target joy sign hack  at home in the northwest


Lastly, hang the letters and  you are done!

TARGET JOY HACK  at home in the northwest

Target Joy Sing Hack Closeup  at home in the northwest

I’m so excited to hang it up, though I will wait!  My fall decor may be in the attic, but I won’t dig out Christmas just yet {though believe me, I’m tempted!}

Thanks for reading and let me know if you make one of your own!! I’d love to see a picture.


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Guest Post: What to do with Old Christmas Cards

Things have been quiet here on my blog! We’ve been busy settling into the new year and celebrating a big birthday….


Emmie turned 7!!

We’re a week into January and I’m still trying to get 2012 all packed up and put away.  So today I’m over at Lori May Interiors with a guest post that should help us all achieve that!

Confession time….my Christmas cards are in a paper bag, sitting on my kitchen floor.   Do you still have your Christmas cards lingering around your kitchen or living room like me?  Pop over to Lori’s blog today for some creative ideas on what to do with them!


I hope you get inspired today!


Recycling Pinecones and Faux Berries

So Christmas is over and you’re probably ready to clean up your holiday decor….or maybe you already have!

But before you throw out that Costco wreath….

…make sure you remove the faux berries and pine cones!

They are probably attached with some wire.  Simply untwist the wire from the back or grab some scissors and cut them off.

Then next year, when it’s time to decorate for Christmas, you’ll have a few extra pine cones and faux berries to help dress up your house! You’ll be amazed how many you will accumulate over the years!

I hope you all had a great holiday!


Merry Christmas!

It’s been a few good years since we last had family pictures taken.  So this fall, we scheduled a photo session with the very talented Shelby McMahon.

Her handiwork provided us with a great Christmas card this year!

Here are a two of my favorites…

And this next one was our Christmas card runner up.  It was my favorite but not the family favorite. So it landed itself on my blogs ‘about me‘ page instead.

Merry Christmas to you, my faithful readers! Thank you for making my first full year of blogging such a positive experience!


My Front Porch

My Christmas house tour continues!

Today, let’s take a look at our front porch…

 As I looked at last years pictures of my front porch, I realized that this year doesn’t look all that different!  But there are a few slight differences, and that alone warrants new pictures!

I picked up the red toolbox a few years ago. Christmas is one of my favorite times of year to put it to use!

I cut some fresh greens off the bottom of our Christmas tree and some from our yard.  Then laid them in the toolbox and arranged a few pine cones and faux berries on top.

Gasp! Is that yet another lantern!?

The greenery was cut off the bottom of my Costco garland {that hangs around my front door}.  I wrapped it around  the lantern and twisted some wire around the ends to form the circle around the lantern.

I love pulling up to our house.  With the Christmas lights on the house, and our front porch decorated, it feels so festive!

Have a great weekend!

{to see more of my Christmas 2012 house tour, click here:  entry, mantel, vignettes}


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