Tuesday, December 16, 2008

holiday open house

It's time for my open house. I even cleaned for the occasion...sort of...just don't look too closely!

Here's the view from my front door:

My Dining Room -

Here's another picture of the Dining room - in this one, you can see the where I hung my Christmas cards. They are on twine and put up with clothes pins.

my decoupaged picture frames

The "stocking holder" I made. Sadly it had to turn into a "tussie mussie holder" - since I can't find my STOCKINGS!!!

Speaking of Tussie Mussies - here is the one that I made. I planned on making 4, but I got frustrated and quit.

That's right.
I'm a crafty quitter. I'm owning it.

Kitchen Pictures - these are the reindeer foot and hand prints that I made with Avery and Charlie the other day. I especially love how little Charlie's handprints look like blobs because I couldn't get his fists to open. So precious.

These are the button trees I made a couple of weeks ago. They almost KILLED me.

Ingredients for the perfect Button Tree:
1. a million buttons
2. a million and two pearlized straight pins
3. mod podge
4. every shred of sanity you have left
5. the sickening feeling that you should have just bought a $20 tree and saved yourself the hassle.

This. Oh, this... This is the Josh Groban door hanger that I WON last year at our Worship Team's Christmas Party. It was a Dirty Santa gift. Did I mention that I WAS THE LUCKY WINNER of this GEM???

It makes me laugh. I love it. He's decoupaged. He's fancy. He's jingle-belly and wearing a Santa Hat. He's fabulous.

More Christmas cards hanging in the window over my sink

This is Avery's handmade Christmas Wreath. That girl LOVES to paint. Isn't it sweet? I got the idea from Ramblings of a Crazy Woman.

This is the totally touchable, stuffed, felt Christmas Tree that is in our playroom. The ornaments are nativity pieces. Next year, I'm going to wrap each one up individually and let Avery put one on the tree during the last few nights before Christmas... Kind of like an advent activity.

This is a board I made this year.

I love this ornament. It is my favorite. It was Avery's preschool ornament from last year. I love her smile in the picture. It makes me happy.

This is the top of a little bookshelf in the playroom. I put the Christmas Card Wreath I made on the wall and have a basket of Christmas stories and a yummy-smelling rosemary topiary on top of the shelf.

The fuschia tinsel tree in Avery's room and a Christmas prayer candle that was mine when I was a little girl.

This is the shelf in my bathroom. I found the little bottle brush trees at Garden Ridge and did a little work on them. They used to have colored ornaments on them. I took those off and added pearl ornaments instead. Then I glittered little wooden stars and put them on top. I like the white better.

I bought those little houses at Hobby Lobby. I still have to paint and glitter them. I'll post a picture of them later.

A snowflake themed wreath on the wall in my bedroom -

That's it... It doesn't take long to tour Itty Bitty House.
Check out Kimba's blog for more open house tours!


tiffany said...

I love your bathroom shelf/houses/trees. Also, the picture frame above your tussle mussle is great! Where did you get it? good job!

Cassandra @ Tripping Around The Sun said...

your house is adorable and cozy! Looks very welcoming. And clean. Very clean. ;) I also love the reindeer pictures. Great idea. May borrow it. The buton trees...I am impressed. I have not that much patience.

SarahHub said...

Very cute! I love all your holiday touches! Merry Christmas!

Kim@Forever said...

What a beautiful home! I have to make some of those button trees! They are so cool! Thanks for sharing!

Rach@In His Hands said...

Love it all, friend! But where did those fabulous stockings go?!? You gotta find them!

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...

It's all so beautiful Jennifer! I love how personal you have made every thing.

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

Your house is the CUTEST!

I'm in love with the yellow walls...

Southern Mama said...

OK! I feel so shamed! What in the world is a woman with a newborn and a two year old doing making her house looks so cute this Christmas! It looks great!!

philben5 said...

Love your button trees!! I made a white one and used hot glue instead of pins. I think I will use pins next time!!
Love all of your pictures. So many ideas to store in my christmas open house memory:-)

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Hope you find your stockings! I made a white button tree last year and used hot glue - not a good idea!! It all looks lovely - thanks for the tour!


Sonya @ Blissfully Balentine said...

I don't see the black feathered tree anywhere!!!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I have come to visit via Kimba's blog. Your decorations are lovely.
I hope you'll visit soon. I am having a giveaway on Friday.

misty said...

friend, i have said it once & will keep on saying it - everything you make is so great!!! really love those button trees - super cute!

can't find those stocings? crazy! you need make some, buy some, start searching like high & low - the stockings are the best part of christmas morning. or atleast in my house - great things can fit in those small things!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Love, love, love - I expected nothing less than this crafty perfection from you, and you delivered! :) Your button trees are awesome - I know they are terribly time consuming, but just think how much more character they have than a $20 you could have picked up at the store!! (like I did) :)

Hadley Coble said...

I love all of your Christmas decorations! I love the garland idea, and hope I can remember that for next year! I think I'll let my girls do a wreath like that...and what a great idea for the felt kid's tree! I loved so much more, I can't even name it all!

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