Thursday, December 2, 2010

Little Touches Here and There

Okay, so maybe little is an understatement.
If you saw my house IRL, you would probably laugh in my face at the "little touches" comment. Honestly, I don't think there is a surface in my house that hasn't been touched by the Ghost of Christmas Decorating.
It's a disease, Have-to-Make-It-Cute-itis. I'm sure there's a twelve step program for people like me. I just haven't looked for it yet. They haven't covered that kind of counseling in my school counseling program, so I just deal with it on my own.

Anyway, there is another party that I'm a-linking up to so I have to share with you all some of my vignettes. Boy, do I have them. Rhoda over at Southern Hospitality is hosting, so come on over and play Tom the Peeper with me and check out some of these ideas.

I have lots and lots, so I am organizing them into categories and I will try not to talk too much. We'll see how that works out for me.
Up first are my vignettes with plates. I love 'em, ya'll know that. So of course they will creep into my holiday home.

I explained here how I got that little plate stuck in the middle of the larger one.

These sweet reindeer I painted using my kiddos' hands to make the antlers.

Next, and largest group, are the vignettes with ornaments.
I know, it is SO original to use ornaments for decorations for Christmas. You are all amazed with my creativity.
But I am totally addicted to ornaments. I could shop for ornaments in the middle of a summer heat wave or the day after Christmas and get equally excited. As a result, I have many.

I have them hanging from the banister:

I have them hanging from lamps:

I pile them into bowls and other containers:

Along with some mercury glass ornaments, I have some ping pong balls that I painted "HO" onto.

I was so excited when I had the idea, I didn't even want to cover the black writing that was on one side of the balls because I would have to wait for paint to dry. I just turned the balls so you couldn't see it!

I also scatter ornaments, and other things, on top of the kitchen cabinets:

I like to think that most of my decorating involves greenery, lights, and stuff that I use most of the time(plus some ornaments here and there) instead of having to change out my entire house when December rolls around.

Here are some ways that I add greenery to put Christmas around:

We're almost are some of my favorites sights around my house.
This is the view on the wall as you go downstairs:

This sits on my kitchen island. I fell in love with that gygo ornament (imagine that) and had a moment of inspiration the other night about where to put it.

You can also see my roman shades in the background that have inspired my new hints of blue.

I went pretty simple on the dining room table. Just a favorite nativity scene and some more greenery, all set on a tray:

Last, but certainly not least, is what I think is my favorite vignette this year. This one sits on top of my china cabinet. While I have more pieces to the Willow Tree nativity set, I just went simple with Joseph, Mary and Jesus and set them under a glass cloche.

I'm also joining up here, come see!

Thanks for stopping by again!


  1. My goodness, everything looks so beautiful and festive! Have you been working on it for a long time? When I really put up a lot of decorations, it takes me a couple of weeks off and on!

  2. Wow~ everything is just gorgeous! I am loving those cloche's the best- so charming and sweet! I love all the little touches of decoration~ thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  3. Everything is so pretty. The children's deer handprints are so adorable, I wish I had them for my own children. I love ornaments, too. Great job.

  4. Hi Molly! I'm so thrilled that you linked up to the Inspiration Friday party this week! It is so fun to meet new folks here in blogland and I absolutely love how beautiful and charming your Christmas decor is. I cracked up when I read that you are suffering from "have to make it cute-itis"! I think blogging is the support group for that! :-) I really love your toile ribbon and looked everywhere for some to use this year. Where did you find yours?

    I look forward to seeing much more of you and your lovely home in the future!

  5. You have such pretty vignettes and decor. I don't think you can ever have too much Christmas decor can you?

  6. I love your ping pong ball idea. Cute!!



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