This year, we had a few more options to choose from for our tree placement. Ultimately, we decided to have it tucked into the nook created by the stairs in the foyer. It fits perfectly in that spot. The only problems that came up with this arrangement were not having a single electrical outlet in the foyer – so our cord is tucked at the base of the stairs and around to an outlet in the living room – and that the tree isn’t as visible from the outside of the house due to our solid wood front door. It can be seen in glimpses through the large, full-length sidelights on either side of the door though.
As always, I’ve decorated the tree with sentimental ornaments and those that we have picked up on various trips we’ve had, as well as the white and gold ornaments my mom gave me when I moved out of their house.
Since I last posted about our sentimental ornaments we have added a few more:
In February of 2013, we lost our crippled cat to cancer. I made a clay ornament with his paw print to always remember him by.
In March of 2013, we adopted our very first dog together. I got a paw print ornament with a 2013 tag to celebrate his first year with us.
We traveled to Denver in May 2013 for a wedding, so we picked up a Garden of the Gods ornament while we were there.
On Christmas Eve 2013, we were in the final negotiations for our new home. I bought an antique key ornament from an etsy seller to celebrate our forever home.
To celebrate Bradley starting his dream job this year with Northpoint Ministries, we made an ornament out of a tag that was on his welcome gift.
In September 2014, I found a kitten in the bushes at my grandmother’s house. She came home with me that day and we named her Shelley. The story behind her name is that she is super soft, which make me think of the ‘Soft Kitty’ song from The Big Bang Theory and the main character Sheldon (or Shelley to his mom). I got an ornament with Soft Kitty on it just for her.
I have featured my UGA Christmas wreath for several years, but this year I’ve made a new tweak to the look. I’ve never loved the bow I originally made for the wreath, but at the time, black ribbons were a little hard to find. I came across some cute two-sided ribbon on Trendy Tree with black and white chevron on one side and red velvet on the other. I’m very happy with the outcome.
This year we also added a UGA tree to the mix. It is the 4.5 foot tree we bought last year because I didn’t feel like putting up the big tree. I placed it in a corner of the hallway upstairs so that we get to see it every morning and evening as we go to and from our bedroom. I had the red ‘G’ balls already, as well as the small red glass ornaments and glass candy canes. I’ve added black glass ornaments and red curly tree picks to my collection this year. The small red tree skirt came from Tuesday Morning.
As part of my recent gifts to two engaged couples, I put together his and hers wedding day emergency kits. I found the small burlap bags at Hobby Lobby. I used letter stamps, also from Hobby Lobby, and black acrylic paint to print ‘Mr’ and ‘Mrs’ on the bags.
Inside the Mr bags, I included a comb, mints, floss, breath drops, a Shout wipe, a hand-sanitizing wipe, tissues, Wisp toothbrushes, chapstick, Static Guard, a single-use shoe polisher, matches, bandaids, and Ibuprofen. The Mrs bags included a sewing kit, super glue, floss, a Wisp toothbrush, a packet of anti-stress drink mix, tissues, a makeup-remover wipe, a hand-sanitizing wipe, a nail polish remover wipe, a Shout wipe, lint remover sheets, bandaids, an emery board, feminine hygiene items, eye drops, bobby pins, corsage pins, and safety pins.
With football season finally here, I’m dreaming in Red & Black! I don’t decorate our house with reds because on a day-to-day basis I find it to be too jarring. But for my office at work, I’ve saved some items that I have added and some that I would love to use to pep the place up.
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The red Swingline stapler is a win-win – some red for my Bulldog pride and a subtle nod to Office Space.
This Pop Desk Lamp from Urban Outfitters would look so great sitting atop my desk.
I have these UGA neoprene coasters on my desk to soak up the sweat from my water bottle. Also, I received this cute geometric glass candleholder as a birthday gift last year, but I use it to hold pens on my desk in style.
This trio of red, black and white decorative arrows from Etsy seller Mineral and Matter would be so cute standing in a vase or attached inside an empty frame.
Anthropologie’s Accordion Collator has a great retro vibe and would be perfect for desktop filing.
All that’s left to say is: Go Dawgs!
I had the privilege of playing hostess for a bridal shower honoring Bradley’s cousin and his soon-to-be bride. There were four of us hosting and about 20 guests that attended. Our house was brimming with people and I think it turned out really well. As a nod to the couple, we decorated with a rustic chic theme that included burlap and lace.
On the front door, I hung a veil and faux hydrangea bloom in place of a wreath. Another hostess brought the cute little lanterns and tree slices to line the path on the front porch.
In the foyer, we set up the ‘guest book’, which consisted of paper leaves and flowers I cut out using my Silhouette machine. Guests left messages on the leaves and then we arranged it into a wreath on a 12×12 piece of scrapbook paper. The inspiration came from here. The wooden ampersand cutout came from craftcuts.com.
The food table held tree slab stands from another of the hostess’s wedding, and were made by my father-in-law. We had pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, vanilla cupcakes with almond buttercream frosting, mixed fruit cups, crackers and cheese, veggies and hummus, and I made ham and swiss sliders using this recipe.
We served water, sweet tea, and a fruity punch. Also, we set out a Keurig with coffee and chi tea. I included some rock candy sticks to stir into the coffee.
On the gift table I layered a white table coth, a white lace table cloth and a burlap runner. Above the table I used an old lace table cloth to cut circles that would fit in some embroidery hoops that were suspended from the ceiling.
As a parting gift, one of the hostesses made some delicious cream cheese mints and packaged them in these cute stamped paper baggies.