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My Christmas Sign… and how Buddy saved the day

So I finally hauled last year’s Christmas sign up from our little crawl space under the house (after nailing my head on the steel beam on the way in, and of course catching it on the way out too…who needs those extra brain cells anyways). I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with it, but I figured I would find a spot for it somewhere. I stuffed it in the laundry room (where all my decor projects tend to gather and provide impromptu drying racks for soggy clothes) and forgot about it.

Christmas Sign - The Lily Pad Cottage     

Cut to 2 days later when I hear a huge crash, I ran downstairs to make sure the grinch wasn’t stealing my Christmas tree (hey it could happen), and I found this guy…

A dog in a halloween costume

No, he wasn’t wearing his superman costume at the time, but this picture just totally cracks me up.

He had a guilty look on his face and my Christmas sign was busted apart.

Rustic Christmas Decor - The Lily Pad Cottage

I actually have no idea how he managed to do this, and I’m glad he didn’t get hurt in the process. I’m also glad I caught him before he ate half of it…although he prefers to eat shoes, so the sign was probably never in any danger.

Either this was a happy decorating accident or Buddy was going all Lassie on me trying to tell me the sign would look cute ripped apart this year (which hello wouldn’t you rather have a cool dog who doles out genius decorating advice than one that tells you something ridiculous like Timmy’s trapped in a well for the thousandth time?).

Lake House Christmas Decor

I told you all, that I had paneled the wall where my chalkboard used to be and then I never showed you it, because I have blogging A.D.D. and possibly amnesia from concussing myself on the steel beam one too many times…regardless – I totally forgot about it.

Cottage Christmas Decor

 So TADA, here it is in all it’s glory – I love how it provides some separation between the hallway and the playroom. Plus, it’s the perfect spot for my Christmas sign this year. I also switched my vintage skis over to this wall and added some greenery and berries – in case you get the urge to water ski when it’s 20 degrees out and want to look festive while doing it…

Lake House Christmas Decor

Boom – hallway Christmas-fied!

Since I know most of you all kickstart your Christmas decorating the day after Thanksgiving, I’ll be back a few more times this week with some more Christmas decor ideas. You can also take my 2012 Christmas tour here and see my sign how it used to look before Buddy got his paws on it. 

Christmas Basket Decor

In the meantime I’ll keep you updated if Buddy has any more genius decorating ideas…

PS For more info on the paneled wall treatment click here.

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  2. Your sign is beautiful, I love the look of it separated! I do have to ask, what kind of paint do you use? Do you hand write on the board before paint or do you have stencils to trace?

  3. Buddy is totally adorable!!!! I have a Shih Tzu too ~ he’s the tan and white in color and just the best!

    Love your sign and the skis too. Very talented!


  4. OMG….you are hilarious…the vernacular is awesome. Christmasfied…totally works in my realm. I adore your blog and
    realize it is a lot of work to entertain us all in blogdom. Keep up the good work Kelly. Happy Thanksgiving as well!

    1. I did make the sign, it was from my Christmas mantel last year, unfortunately the shipping on it is too expensive for me to sell them, but it’s not too hard to make your own!

  5. First off, Buddy is so adorable!!!! I love the brilliant idea he came up with and thank God he didn’t get hurt. I love what you have done with this and the skis are so cool. Love the basket filled with the white birch too.


  6. Love the sign! The skis are so cute too. I love the idea of taking something you already have and using it for Christmas. It makes so much more sense than buying decorations. Looking forward to seeing what you have coming up next. I’ll be taking down the pumpkins and turkeys on Friday and will be ready to climb in the attic to start bringing out the Christmas boxes. We have exposed beams throughout our house and that includes the attic so I know what it feels like to hit your head on one of those. Maybe Santa should bring helmets to some of use this year. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Buddy is brilliant. He know that a simple change can make something old look new again! Thanks for sharing your story and opening up your home for use to learn from your process! Carry on Buddy!!!

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