Well, since everyone else is posting their Christmas decor pictures, I figured I'd join in on the fun; although this year I scaled back a whole lot since I don't want to have to put it all away a couple of days before the baby gets here (and just in case he comes early). Oh, and I'll share a quick secret before I start my tour. I'm incredibly cheap and don't like to spend a lot on decor, so I'll share a few of my bargain finds with you. ;)
I'll start with my dining room since all of the decor is pretty much stationed here. This is for a few different reasons. 1) It's cinnamon red, and it looks good in there. 2) The kids don't bother with it as much since they're in there less. 3) It's a bigger room with less furniture, so it doesn't clutter it up as much as it would the living room.
Here's my dining room table. I LOVE this reindeer. My aunt had one just like it the year that I got married (8 years ago), and she told me that she got it at Pier 1 for $40. After Christmas that year I went by Pier 1 and bought it for $20. And since I registered there for my wedding, I bought it with a gift card that I got as a gift. Score! I love it so much that I actually keep it out all year round (just in a window sill and not on the table). The table runner I got for Christmas a few years ago from my step-mother-in-law. I love getting Christmas decor for Christmas, but I'm always scared to give it as a present (just in case it doesn't match their decor). She always does a great job, though. And the placemats are my latest addition. I went to the Dollar Tree yesterday, and there they were! I bought 10 of them for $10! You can't beat that! Love it!
Here's my itty-bitty tree. I splurged on the angel back when I was in college and bought it for $20 from the Christmas store nearby probably 11 years ago. Little did I know that it would cost more than my tree (which was $17 from Target 7 years ago)! Hopefully this will be the last year to use this tree as the only tree (we may use it as a second tree somewhere). I'm hoping to buy a totally awesome tree on clearance this January, but I'm thinking that I'll need to go right before the baby is born (the 1st or 2nd).
This is the bookcase that's right next to the tree. The case has my silk wedding bouquet in it that my mom made that stays out all year round. The nativity that I bought for half off at Kirkland's for $5 probably 10 years ago is on top of it. My drag-queen, nutcracker angels are on the left. (Click on the pic to enlarge it, and you'll see what I mean.) I bought them for probably $5-7 on after-Christmas clearance from Target. I love them. :) And I like how they match my candle sticks.
This is my latest craft, just like the "Give Thanks" banner but it says "Believe". I really like it and am glad that she offered it free on her blog!
I really like nutcrackers and try to get a new one each year, but I almost never buy them full price (they have to be at least half off to be a deal, so between $5-10). The snowman nutcracker is my latest addition (half off at JoAnn's last month). The tiniest one in the front is the first one I ever got when I went to my first performance of the Nutcracker when I was about 15 with my mom. She bought it for me for $8 in the lobby, and I just thought it was the coolest, most special thing ever. BUT, one only needs one or two "special" ones, and the rest you can get on sale. ;) Also, the stockings are usually hanging on stocking holders in that tall window sill with the "Believe" banner in it, but my kids pull them down and break them, so alas I've given up and put them on ribbon on the bookcase. So far so good; they haven't pulled them off of this yet!
Here's Michael's stocking. I really enjoy embroidering them myself. They're so personal that way, and I feel proud every time I look at them. Thanks for teaching me to embroider when I was a kid, Mom!
Here's mine. I switched from the one that said "Annie" when I had kids. I like this one a lot better anyway. It looks like a mom's stocking. :) I like the gold embroidery thread, too. It adds a classy touch to the velvet top.
This one for Samuel was actually the first one that I embroidered. I love how it's so nostalgic looking, but I like that all of the stockings are different at the same time. With his fabric and thread I was able to be more spindly with the letters. I love the way it turned out. They're all different but similar since it's my writing and embroidery style.
Levi's was probably the hardest to embroider because the hat part of the stocking is really thick felt in front of cotton. I had to use yarn to embroider it with a really thick needle, so it was tough to pull through. I like the way the white letters pop off of the black, though.
That's it for my simple Christmas. Next year this house is going to be a winter wonderland! Haha! It'll have to be a childproof one, though, with an 11 month-old on the loose.