Time is just flying by isn't it?
It just seems like the kiddos started school
and now we're celebrating Christmas!
I don't know about you,
but I'm busier than I've ever been.
Greyson is playing Freshman basketball.
Ian is wrestling in Jr. High.
Noah is still doing youth wrestling.
Eva has gymnastics.
And now Landon says he wants to wrestle too.
Needless to say, the blog is suffering from all my running.
But, at least today I have something to share.
It only took a week, but I finally got our dining room decorated for Christmas.
And I am loving it!
Last year, I went went aqua and white.
While I liked the freshness of it, I really missed the warmth
of using natural elements with hints of red.
So, this year I went back to that.
It really feels like Christmas around here!
Welcome to our Christmas-fied dining room!
Last year's fresh greenery made such a mess that I decided to
bring out the fake stuff this time around.
Although, I do have real pieces tucked here and there.
On the table...
Under the tree.
On top of an old window.
Snuck into old ice skates.
Just laying around here...
I recycled the burlap stockings I made last year
and gave them a more natural feel,
using cream grosgrain ribbon, vintage clothespins,
and card stock tags with each of
our children's first initials
and hanging them on the old window
that is a permanent fixture in our dining room.
I love the old feel of it.
The table settings have the same earthy feeling,
using thrift store and dollar tree plates, bowls, glasses,
cloth napkins, and silverware.
Even the jute string and twine came from the thrift for a $1.00 a roll.
Our centerpiece is filled with a smattering of pinecones,
vintage wood buttons, more jute string, and twine.
It's a wonderful feeling of bringing
the outdoors in.
Even pheasant feathers from Scott's hunting season last year peek out here and there.
Burlap is definitely a huge feature on our Christmas tree this year,
with these knotted burlap bows.
And our mantle this year is vintage with a splash of sparkle
from the homemade ball ornament swag.
It was so much easier to make than I thought!
And adding the burlap bows tones down the bling some,
but still gives the mantle some glitter.
I got the ornaments for $1.00 a bag at our local thrift
a couple of months ago.
Different sizes in gold and silver...
Perfect and cheap!
It's definitely a prairie style/thrifty style kind of Christmas around here.
My absolute favorite time of year!
And if you're wondering why I covered the chalkboard of the fireplace
with a curtain instead of drawing on it...
So, it looks like this at night:
How fun are those lights behind the curtain?!
The warm light of a fire, without the work!
Total cost to decorate this year:
I bought the small gold rimmed plates ($1.00 each), gold glasses ($0.50 each),
the 1 Liter decanter ($2.50), and the ornaments ($6.50).
If you've got it, figure out a new way to use it!
That's my motto this year!
Merry Christmas everyone and...