and the table, and the mantle, and the wall....
I spent last Sunday (well, not last Sunday, but the Sunday BEFORE that) getting our Christmas decorations out and decorating. And when I say Sunday, I mean ALL day.
It's a process for me. In some areas I do the same thing every year, that's easy. But in other areas I totally mix things up and decorate differently every year. Like the fireplace in our family room
I snagged a few ideas from the holiday Pottery Barn catalog - mainly using a mirror (antique purchase from many years ago, it's been sitting in our cold storage room just waiting to be used), a wreath, and vintage letters (yep, I just happened to have the letters needed to spell NOEL).
More vintage numbers that I had laying around and a vintage toy truck that I 'borrowed' from Sam's room. I made the barn star for an assignment for a Paper Crafts special issue - Holiday Cards & More, Volume 5. Used papers from BasicGrey's Jovial line (one of my favorite BasicGrey lines EVER!).
The sofa table in our family room is an area I started playing around with decorating for Halloween. There's a fantastic store here called Taipan Trading that always has great holiday decorations; picked up a few things from there right after Halloween, including the funky floral stems. And the kid in the orange shirt in the background, he was a bargain - ha ha!.
This is along one of the walls in the kitchen. One of my favorite antiquing finds ever is the metal bankers box on the table, it reads 'Christmas Banking Club'. As we receive Christmas cards throughout the month, I open the metal drawer and it holds the cards.
And it's December 1st, so what would December be without Ali's December Daily project?! Here's the cover to my December Daily book for 2010.