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. This is beautiful! And I totally get the waking up to gunshots! Hunters are behind our house all the time! I have to ask, where did you get the candle holder? I am in love with it! I’m looking at it trying to figure out how I could make one!

  2. First time reading your blog and I must say it is beautiful. I love this Christmas vignette, it is one of my favorites!

  3. Hello,
    Great story! And great display! I’m wondering how you connected your rusty rings? I have three wine barrel rings I’m working on and hadn’t thought of connecting them in this way, but it looks wonderful!
    Merry Christmas and be safe!,

  4. Haha I love you started out with describing how great a project goes and then you say, “…this was not one of those projects.” There’s always a good story when you start out a post that way :) Hope you didn’t find any spiders afterwards! Although it would have been cool if one did go all Charlotte’s Web on you. My sister had a spider in her house she refused to kill because it killed all of the other nasty bugs in her house. I think she named it Charlie. Only problem was Charlie roosted in the guest bedroom… I swear he stared at me all night.

    Beautiful vignette, by the way! I’m really want to do something like this next year. And I really love the branches sticking out of the suitcase!

  5. Not any more, Fancy Shack!

    One year, I sent my husband out to get a tree. He found a lovely one but the car was covered with spider webs by the time he got home and so was he. He got some pretty funny looks on the way but he figured he might as well just get home and clean it our here.

    I also found you on Southern Hospitality and just had to click over. I will be snooping around for a while.

    CT Granny

  6. Let me add my agreement–amazing style. So glad Cozy House led me to your blog. I’m going to tell my daughter-in-law about it too as she would love your look.

  7. I just left a message on your table scape – which is also amazing but this is what I saw at Cozy Little House – I am putting you on my sidebar – you have wonderful style.

  8. Kelly,
    It’s gorgeous! Everything is perfect except the part where you risked your life get those fabulous branches!! Your North Pole sign is adorable, love it! Can’t wait to see more! Visiting from your feature at The Dedicated House!

  9. That’s pretty enough to pin and that’s what I’m doing! Sorry you had to risk life and limb for us to have some eye candy. You have such a great sense of style that I’m following you now! ~ Maureen

  10. Kelly….I did exactly the same thing around our house but using my old picnic baskets….I knew I loved you for a reason…;) will send you a pic in the morn to show you…xo

  11. Wow! It’s stunning! You will be one of the features at Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and pick up a feature button for your blog. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  12. Gorgeous!! Well I hope you found all those spiders. Love the snowflakes you added to the candle holder – perfect touch. I may just have to use that North Pole sign idea too. So fun. Next time wear gloves! But in the end, I’m sure you couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out.

  13. What BEAUTIFUL entry!! I can definitely relate to the bumpy project road but it was so worth it! I love the North Pole sign and all of the natural elements. Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I will be featuring this tomorrow. Happy Sunday!
    Jenn :)

  14. Well all your adventures with hunters, spiders and such came to a good ending- love your entry way decor! The wall candle sconce artwork is so wonderful- did you make that too?

    bee blessed

  15. I love this! So creative and I really like the “packing up your Christmas tree” theme! How clever! Glad you didn’t get shot! Sorry about the rash. Evergreens have sap and oils that do that to a lot of people, especially if they get scrathed. Try wearing gloves if you go snipping any more. Thisis quite a festive welcome when folk come through your front door! Found you through Wow Us Wednedays and will be following from now on! Happy Thanksgiving! Hugs, Leena

  16. What a beautiful arrangement!! The effort it took to finish it will make it even more memorable! Hopefully your hives have settled down… Thanks for the inspiration.

  17. Sorry…I was trying not to laugh at your pine branch predicament. :) The whole picture of you skulking around avoiding hunters and spiders and such. I love your entry…Christmas tree in the suitcase and all! It’s beautiful!

  18. Wow, this is so so pretty!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones! I would love for you to visit me and see the centerpiece at my Thanksgiving table. I am visiting you from Savvy Southern Style!

  19. 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! :(

  20. *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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

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

    Newest follower :)

    Melanie @ keepitsimpleandfun.blogspot.com

  26. 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!


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


  28. 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?

  29. 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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