Around Our House at Christmastime

I finally finished my yarn ball wreath!  Now that I’m looking at the picture though, I can see a few more spots that need another ball or two but I think I’ll just leave it as is. It’s only bugging me in the picture anyway.

This is where I found the tutorial.

I bought a bunch of snowflake ornaments from Target, only 3/$1! One night I strung them together and persuaded Dave to help me hang them up, in which he did most of the work. I love what it adds to the room, but unfortunately doesn’t quite translate to pictures very well.

I got this grapevine tree at Hobby Lobby the other day for 50% off. It wasn’t in the Christmas section, but with all the other grapevine items instead. It was only $3.50 and I LOVE it. In fact I went back the next day and bought the last one for my mom.

I got this pom pom garland from Tai Pan Trading about a month ago. I think it was only $5.97 and I wish I had bought more of them. I’ve been meaning to go back to see if they have more, but I just haven’t made it yet because just the thought of going to the mall exhausts me! The imperfect and wonky pom poms are what make me love it so much.

I love our Christmas decorations. Now I just need people over so they can actually be seen.

So who wants to come over and hang out?

Out With the Orange

Before Olive was born I decided that I wanted to repaint the nursery (I meaning Dave, of course). I liked the orange, but had grown tired of it. Plus, we were adding a red crib, and I thought that the orange and red would be too much in such a small space. Labor Day Weekend (only ten or eleven months later) I got my wish.

Bye-bye orange walls.

Hello lovely cream walls.

I even like the busy, bold, bright curtains now.

I also really like the view from her room (complete with the lovely fall colors on Squaw Peak).

Now it’s time to find art/decorations for the walls. This is by far my biggest speed bump when it comes to decorating our house. Ugh. Wish me luck.

It’s A Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

So, I’m not sure how we will get it out of the garden and into the house (because it is so heavy).

I’m also not sure who will be responsible for carving it.
Although I have a pretty good hunch who it will be…

And we still have about a month before it will even be harvested!

I better start thinking now what to carve. This is a pumpkin that deserves a little bit more than just a regular ole jack o’ lantern face, don’t you think?

Around Our House


1. Gwen’s drawing of Dave. I love that the head and body are one and the same, with the arms and legs growing out of it. I love it because I used to draw this exact same way. I’m sure lots of kids draw “people” this way, but I was glad to see Gwen has a bit of my artistic (ahem) talent.

2. We are getting closer to our trip to The Happiest Place on Earth. This time we decided to mix it up a little bit, so each chain link has an attraction written on them. You are probably thinking that we are big Disney nerds. Well, you would probably be right.


3. This is a (wonky) wreath that I made. I tried to make this one from a tutorial of a blog I visit, Under the Sycamore by Ashley Ann. Her blog is so inspiring and pretty, you should check it out. I have a bit of a blog crush on her.

ANYWAY. My wreath looks pretty decent if you don’t look at it too close.  Hers is much cuter, but I’m satisfied with how mine has turned out…for now.

4. I am making Inez’s bedding. Finally. She has needed proper bedding since we moved in A YEAR AND A HALF AGO. I’m really excited about this quilt. I have a feeling it’s gonna be awesome. Not to mention the added benefit of keeping my child warm at night.

The rest of my house was just messy. Nothing of interest there.

Around Our House

I’m absolutely loving this print that I got Dave for his birthday. And being a connoisseur of good typography (he’d rather die than use papyrus or comic sans) he likes it too. Today I put it in a frame and hung it up.

I got it from this Etsy shop, The Wheatfield, which is filled with lots of great art. I especially love the posters “You Are My Sunshine” and “Be Kind to Others.”

I think I’m going to start putting art like that up in our home. Not only do I need those reminders, but it can’t hurt for our girls to see/read them on a daily basis as well. I wonder if I could find one that says, “Don’t drive mom crazy today.”