Welcome Christmas

So, you know how sometimes a project just comes together easily and everything works out just as planned?


Yeah, well, that is definitely not this project.



A room filled with furniture and vase on a table

I started out thinking I would do a quick Christmas vignette by our front door. After all it is Thanksgiving this week, so I think I can officially get away with Christmas posts :)


Christmas decor on a table


After I put the kids to bed I ventured out into the woods to cut a few branches from a pine tree. That’s when things started to go wrong…


I realized that it was hunting season and I was thrashing around the woods at dusk…in a brown coat…and brown hat…thankfully I escaped without any sounds of buckshot (if you are thinking I’m nuts, I should take this moment to explain we live way out in the boonies and we are awoken every morning by the sound of gunshots during hunting season.)


Once I got the branches inside I found there was a lovely family of spiders living in the branches, eeeeewwww. I tried to kill as many as I could, but I’m sure there are some lurking about…who know’s maybe one will go all Charlotte’s web on me and I’ll have a message in the morning…


north pole sign


See my cute little North Pole sign? Not my best work – apparently the cursed nightmare lovely branches I chose – I happen to be allergic to. My hands broke out in big red hives, which made painting a bit difficult! (Are you laughing yet? The Mr. sure was!)


After all the pine branch drama I finally got things going. Remember my stripey vintage suitcase?

I painted it white (don’t worry I’m sure it will be stripey again someday.)


A suitcase filled with greens


I had this idea in my head of packing up your Christmas tree in your suitcase to take it to the North Pole. (Insert the ever helpful hubby pointing out they probably have Christmas trees in the North Pole? Like if anywhere was going to have Chrismas trees it would be the North Pole? Ok duh, it made sense at the time!)


Branch and Tree

A lamp that is lit up at night


I added some greenery and snowflakes to my candle holder to make it more festive. The snowflakes cast really fun shadows on the wall.


A room filled with furniture and vase of flowers on a table



 Well, there you have it, I survived my first Christmas project – let’s hope the rest will be less painful :)






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  1. OH my gosh, Kelly! Gorgeous decorating! I also love your candle holder. Would you want to share where you got it? I’ve got the perfect wall for one!


    bnshe (at) wavecable (dot) com

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    (glad you didn’t get scoped by hunters! :(

  2. *sigh* Can I tell you how much I LOVE your blog! Truly. Everytime I visit I am so inspired…..and I totally get the whole woods/deer thing….I live in the country, too!

    Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

  3. I love it. Everything turned out so cute. That’s how my projects go too. The ones that give me the most trouble usually turn out the best. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful Christmas too.

  4. Kelly,
    Your entry is magazine worthy! Great design. I had to pin it and tweet about it. I will be watching you :). I love your style!

  5. We live out in the country in Michigan too and I’m ALWAYS telling my oldest daughter to put on some ORANGE on herself and the dog when walking out back during bow season…but during gun season….don’t go out there! The spiders cracked me up! Everytime I cut any branches…the next day they ooze sap all over my furniture. I always look at fresh greens in pictures and wonder how they did it without sap dripping and the bugs that seem to live in mine! I always get a rash every year chopping down out tree too! You made me laugh this morning! What we go through to make our homes pretty for our friends and loved ones! It’s always an adventure!

  6. Oooh, tidings of spiders and hives (me singing) :) Love your humor and the entryway turned out gorgeous! I am going to walk away from the internet now and make something look Christmas-y!
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Your enteryway is GORGEOUS! I love the rustic feel to it and the candles on the way..beauties!

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    Melanie @ keepitsimpleandfun.blogspot.com

  8. You risked life and limb to get the evergreens and you were rewarded with spiders and hives! Glad you could laugh about it!! ;-D It all looks just beautiful…I love the suitcase vignette and the wall candle holder. Did I miss a post on this? It’s awesome!


  9. Fantastic blog! I would have never ventured out into the woods…you are a courageous woman. Love your vignette!! You new follower,


  10. Oh my gosh that sounds absolutely terrible – I am sure you will be laughing later. I hope your hand is feeling better. Love the holiday vingette!! I am about half way done with my christmas decorating since we are going to be out of town this week visiting family.

    1. when I first saw this, I thought it was a series of embroidery hoops?fastened together; you could improvise one this way, couldn’t you?

  11. Lol, you are awesome. This looks great, and hey — your idea of packing up Christmas is adorable! So fun, Kelly! You really did a beautiful job. I hope your hand is feeling better and that you will be posting more Christmas inspiration — you have lovely taste!

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