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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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 :)

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

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