Happy Monday, y’all!
I’m sharing some preview pics today because I’m not *quite* finished decorating for Christmas yet, and there’s no way they’d all fit in one post anyway- ha! 😀 I decided to go cozy/wintry/woodsy this year and this snuggly pom-pom fringed blanket from HomeGoods was my jumping off point:
And when I saw this Christmas tree throw pillow- it was off to the races!
If you’ve been here with me for previous Christmas decorating posts, you know that one of my favorite, low-dough ways to decorate is to wrap empty boxes and use them as decor. Steevenson helped me wrap this one:
We started with the twig garland from Hobby Lobby, and since the twigs were pretty brown, we used watered-down white paint to make them whiter, and give the whole combo more contrast. Steevenson literally painted every one of those twigs by himself! (You may have seen him in action on Insta-stories!) He accidentally splattered a little bit of paint on the paper, but we decided that was actually pretty awesome because it looked like snow. We added more splatters and some faux snow to really make it look frosty!
Oh, and here’s a photo that shows what the twigs looked like before he painted them:
I got them in the fairy garden section of the store. I also found a bag of cottom blossoms in that same area, and hot glued them to the top of this next box to act as a bow:
I used the present on the top of this next stack last Christmas, but the wooden bead garland is new and from Hobby Lobby. I may paint the beads white later today:
I wrapped the empty box on the bottom with gift wrap that was one of Steevenson’s birthday presents. I’m not sure where my friend got it, but it was just too pretty to throw away! (And I mean, come on. This is The LETTERED Cottage, after all!) I salvaged a second scrap of it to use on this little guy…
I used my favorite birch bark gift wrap on this next box:
It’s from Pier 1 and I will be so sad when they don’t carry it anymore!
Last but not least, here’s a peek at the gallery wall, which is allllmost finished…
The “I Belong To You” and “You Belong To Me” signs are from Hunt & Gather Goods on Etsy:
You may remember them from Fixer Upper. Joanna used this sign of theirs in one of her laundry room renovations:
Here’s a sneak peek at our not-*quite*-done mantel…
The trees and pots are from Hobby Lobby. I loved the trees because they look (and feel- ouch!) so realistic. My great grandpa salvaged the church window from a church he tore down many years ago in Minnesota. I love using it on the mantel at Christmas! I can’t remember where I got the ball garland last year, but the stocking in the middle is from Crate & Barrel and the stocking on the left is from HomeGoods.
I got a dozen little mini stockings from Rustic Farmhouse Wares for the tree this year and their my absolute favorite ornaments I’ve ever used…
They’re made from antique linens and she makes full-sized stockings too. Here are a couple of photos from her Facebook page:
And here is a link to her Etsy shop: Etsy.com/shop/RusticFarmhouseWares
Okay, one more sneak peek before I finish decorating so I can take photos of the whole room. This one is my favorite new addition…
It’s the nativity set I grew up with in Minnesota. My mom shipped it to us last week so we could keep the tradition alive. I just adore it. Even when I find baby Jesus climbing up the ladder or part of a Goldfish cracker in Joseph’s cane.
No, let me re-phrase that. *Especially* when I know my baby has been there playing in the hay. 🙂
Be back Wednesday (or Friday!) with wider pics of the room!