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Friday, November 11, 2011

Christmas Inspiration

I hope you are having a wonderful Friday! It's a busy one for me...I've been making items for my Etsy store and preparing for a local craft show I will be participating in next Saturday. Needless to say I am swimming in a sea of ribbon! LOL...


Many of you know that I decorate houses for Christmas. I have six to decorate before Thanksgiving! Yikes! My friend, Sherry, who lives part of the time here and in Dallas will be helping me. In fact, we started decorating these houses when I worked for her. We add or change things up a little every year. It's fun, but alot of work! This year I will not be able to decorate my own house until after Thanksgiving. Things got hectic really fast! I just have to much to do over the next few weeks, so my house will have to wait.



I did want to show you some pictures of my house and a few of the houses I decorated last year. Of course I will be posting new pics after they are done. I will also take pics of more of the houses I decorate too.



This is my mantle...it will probably look similar this year, but I might change it up a little. I still love the presents!


My peppermint centerpiece...
Gingerbread tablescape...

And a gingerbread terrarium...

The gingerbread house is actually a stocking holder I found at Hobby Lobby, I just buried the holder. I used white sand, but you could use sugar. The gumdrops and candy canes are real and the gingerbread men are ornaments. I tied ribbons on the top and added a Happy Holiday's ornament...it was a fun project!

This is a tree I do for one of my clients. She has three little girls so she wanted to keep Christmas fun and whimsical. This tree takes several hours! It is loaded with beautiful ornaments, fun glittery stuff and mesh. I will be adding some glittery curlyQs I found this year to change it up a bit.


This is her stairway...



This beautiful house belongs to one of my best friends. It is just gorgeous! This is her family room with her two portugese water dogs, Emma and Bo. They posed just perfect for me!



This is her mantle in the formal living room. It is loaded with beautiful poinsettias, berries, beads and ribbon. It is definitely one of my favorite mantles I've ever done.


This is her staircase...It is not lacking either! lol...I hope it looks this good this year!



This is a mesh wreath I made for my friend Sherry last year. So much fun! For my mesh wreath tutorial click HERE.



She ended up moving it to her mantle and adding lights. Her home is gorgeous too!




This is her formal living room done in blue, silver and white. So elegant! I made the arrangement but she did the mantle. Gorgeous!


If you would like to see more of my Christmas decorating check out my 2009 and 2010 November posts. There are alot more pics, I just pulled out a few.



Here are some Christmas tassels I recently listed in my store if you are interested.
A gingerbread house...


A glittered Christmas tree...


A gingerbread man...



And a snowman. Click HERE to visit my Etsy store.



Look what I got today!! I am so excited! It's my Christmas present... I have been needing a new camera for a long time. My hubby did alot of research and found out that this camera, the Nikon d3100,was the best for the money. I will be able to take better pictures of my decorating now...yipee! Now I will just have to learn how to use it...Can't wait!




Have a great weekend!!






17 comments:

FABBY'S LIVING said...

How gorgeous, so much inspiration! I'm starting my decor too for Christmas 2011 and I have a great mantel, big enough and I want to change it to more whimsy, so I have a great church with lights, an angel and stuff...my idea this year is to make it snowie, but not sure how, I did buy snow...wish you were here to do it for me!! Thanks lovely lady for the ideas. Have a super weekend. FABBY

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

These are so great, Kristen! I'm sure you will out do yourself this year, too! I have to jazz up my fireplace garland since I don't have stairs anymore to do the banister. I really want to do up the fireplace nice here in the new place, especially since it is the main room.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Every photo is Holiday inspiration personified. Thank you for reposting all this for us to see. You have an amazing talent..

Sonny

NanaDiana said...

Kisten- You are so talented. I love what you did for your own house and your friend's house. You do a wonderful job! I can't wait to see THIS year's pictures! xo Diana

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

GORGEOUS Kristen! I wish you could come and decorate my house!!

Sandra said...

I am getting so excited about decorating for Christmas!! Your decorations are just beautiful and gave me some good ideas for changing mine up a bit. Congratulations on your camera!! That is so exciting. I have had a Nikon D50 for years and it has been a great camera. My dad decided he wanted one this year and decided on the D5100...I picked it up for him yesterday. Needless to say, I have been doing a little playing with his camera until he comes from Missouri to pick it up! Enjoy your new camera and we can't wait to see all of the new holiday photos you will be taking with it!

Buttercup said...

Every picture is prettier than the last. Thanks so much for sharing. Wish you could come to my house, too!

Shelia said...

Hi Kristen! Oh, your home is always so beautiful and especially at Christmas time! The homes you decorate - gorgeous! I know it is a lot of work but you do such a wonderful job.
I've been looking at that meshy stuff to put in my tree. I just may can do that! :)
You're truly an inspiration.
be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Rooms by Ann said...

You just keep the great ideas coming,All the color so festive really gets in the mood for the season,even when the weather wont cooperate,I found your blog recently and now a follower i hope you will follower me too.

L said...

I am always inspired by your Christmas decorating.
Congrats, on the new camera.I know you will love it!

Suzy said...

You are one talented lady, Kristen. Everything just makes me drool! I'm gonna go check out your 2009 and 2010 Christmas posts too. Take care.

Terri Weston said...

Just......wow! Creative and beautiful a Christmas wonderland! The cost must be prohibitive, HobbyLobby's prices are really high this year. Any ideas for getting it cheaper? My favorite was the blue/white/silver mantle. It was hard to choose they're all gorgeous. One year I splurged on a swag for the mantle, about $500, time to use it this year, but it will need a lot of tweaking. Thanks for the inspiration!!

A Hint of Home said...

What a great early Christmas present! Can't wait to see your pics with it.
The houses you do are gorgeous, as is your own.
You do a beautiful job and they are lucky to have you!
Have a Super weekend!

Jacqueline said...

and I think my life is hectic! How do you do it all. It would really be fun to do it for someone else, except for the stress. I am definitely getting started this week as we will be away for Thanksgiving and I love to come home and have it done!

Each house is so unique and so wonderful. Have fun with your new camera! Sometimes my expensive camera is best and sometimes my inexpensive camera is best!

Denise said...

I always love your Christmas decor.
Is the deco mesh you use from Hobby Lobby quite stiff and plasticy? That's the only stuff I can see but I thought yours was more like gauze? I don't know what to buy, but I want to use it!!

Patti said...

Your photos have inspired me...I think when I get home from work I am going to do a little xmas decorating!! I want Olivia's reindeer - he is beautiful!!

Vera said...

I keep looking, your ideas are endless. Beautiful!!

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