December 25, 2013

Christmas Home Tour 2013

Merry Christmas to you!  
Come on over and take a tour of the decorations at my 
house this year.  Let's start at the front door:

This year I made new decorations for the front of the house
in bright greens and reds in a candy theme. 

The front windows had new wreaths made also.

The candy theme continued to the mailbox area.

Inside the house most of the decorations are things 
that were made last year like the "Miracle" angel...

...miniature white houses, silver objects, and bottle brush
trees in the dining room... the living room snow scenes in various vases and
jars made from bleached bottle brush trees, epsom salts, 
and purchased figures.

We have found that the Christmas tree works best in
an area of the kitchen since it is out of traffic patterns
but is easily seen from the living room area too.

This year the tree has mostly silver and white ornaments
with the exception of special ornaments like the one from
my grand daughter, Lilly...

...a some that were made on a special outing to a glass
glass with my middle son and his wife.

The kitchen table holds bottle brush critters from last year
with the addition of some slightly darker critters made more
from tiny twigs...they all get along well. 

Finally got all the presents wrapped just in 
time for Christmas morning!

If you are interesting in any of the "how to's" that went into making
 the decor ,here are the tutorials:

I hope that you have a blessed Christmas Day!

I'm sharing this post over at
Be Inspired link party @ Common Ground 
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Seasonal Sundays @ The Tablescaper


  1. Your home looks lovely. Merry Christmas! I hope you are having a wonderful holiday!
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  2. Love, love, love the bottle brush trees everywhere and the bottle brush critters...too cute! Very festive everywhere. Thanks for sharing! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Thanks for visiting!

  3. Oh and I just saw that you are an RN in the NICU...and wanted to say thank you. My daughter was in the NICU here in Rochester, NY for 50 days after she was born premature and the only way I got through that time was with caring, loving nurses! I am sure you have blessed many families through your work.

  4. First, Congratulations on the First Place win!! Well deserved, I am sure the kids in your neighborhood must love it!! I am loving all of the Bottle Brush Trees!! What a display!! Your Mantel is the best!! Love it!

  5. Wow, I see why you won first prize! Love all those wreaths in the windows. I've told you before how much I love your bleached bottle brush trees. I love how you've added them to bottles and glass with the little characters inside. I'm going to have to remember that for next year and look for lots of bottle brush trees.
    Happy New Year to you and your family, Gayle!

  6. love all your beautiful details, the homemade snow globes are wonderful!!

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