Welcome to the third and final installment of our Christmas Home Tour! Thank you so much for all of your kind comments and sweet words about our home.
The urns filled with tall branches and cut cedar branches have been a staple for the past few years, but I added a few new things to the front porch.
I kept the front door simple and classic, covering a faux evergreen wreath with sprigs of fresh cedar branches. Last Christmas I showed you via video how I make bows like this if you want to check it out.
I've had this photo from the Pottery Barn catalog ripped out for years and have always wanted to do a similar look with the large hanging ornaments.
The mirrored ball and red polka dot (shatterproof) ornaments are from Hobby Lobby, and the gold balls are from Garden Ridge (years ago). I hope to add one or two more during the after Christmas sales. This side of the house is fairly protected from the wind, so they don't move around too much.
A corner in the kitchen holds a little tree that we're using for our Advent activity this year. We're working together to make ornaments for it.
I saw this idea for Advent Ornaments on Pinterest from Kojo Designs. There are 25 ornaments for some of the different Names of God. She has a great list and good resource links to choose the names you want to use and Bible references to go along with that name.
We are choosing one per day to read and hang on the tree, and talking about what that name means to us. My friend Denise is doing this too...such a great idea! (She's a fellow minister's wife at my church and a new blogger-go see her front door and entry transformation...amazing differences!)
This tree got a fancy base, too. It's a skinny metal urn that is about waist high, so it works well to fit this little tree into a tight corner. The tree base is secured in a small bucket of rocks that fits down into the mouth of the urn, and then I covered the base with moss. Bubble lights were one of my favorite things on our tree when I was growing up, and I added a few strings here.
The big tree in the living room is always a mixture of whatever I like. I've never done a strict "themed" tree, I don't think I could stick to it! Anything goes with this one.
This was my first year to play around with deco mesh garland. With the urn base, my tree is so tall it needed something big on top. I mixed a huge poofy bow with some of my plaid ribbon, and added the sticks and pheasant feathers again like I did last year to balance out the top a bit.
Our new Scrabble Tile ornaments add some fun and extra personality-
At the end of January last year I stepped into Pottery Barn and stepped out with 12 of these large metal beauties...for less than a dollar each!
I included this photo so you could see the ornaments hanging in the window-they are impossible to capture in the daylight! You can see a closer look here but I love their glitz and glam, and during the day that mirrored ball throws magical sparkles all over the ceiling.
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