Welcome to The Blended Blog’s second annual “Holiday Home Tour”. You may have hopped here from Deena’s blog, Shoes to Shiraz or maybe you just hopped here accidentally. Whatever the case, I am so glad you are here!
I have to say that the thought of having people into my home is terrifying to me. Not at all the social butterfly. And most of the decorating I do, or heck, cleaning for that matter, is just for my little PC and me. For the kids when they come to visit. But if this was a real holidays home tour, I would be hiding under my bed.
But it’s not, and I’m not. Yay! I can do this virtual stuff all day long.
Want to begin by saying, my decorating isn’t finished. So this is most likely a Part I of II. But if Part II never gets written, you will know that I didn’t get the rest of my decorating done.
Let’s start outside. I have always, always, always wanted lighted reindeer at Christmas (and a Ken for my Barbies and a Chatty-Cathy doll). When I was a single-mommy, it seemed frivolous to buy lighted reindeer. As my mom liked to say…”you can’t cut up those reindeer and eat them”. There never seemed to be extra money for inedible deer.
But I decided this was the year for deer. Still waiting for a Ken and Chatty-Cathy.
For Halloween, Lucia was a piggie.
I think my PC felt sorry for me this year, knowing I struggled to put up the tree and decorate the house last week while I was sick and he was out of town. So this weekend, he offered to help decorate outside. And he picked out these adorable piggies to go along with my prized reindeer.
Our holiday ham-lets. Kinda think he likes that Lucia (and Cady) a little bit. And this sow and her piglet were just almost as cute as Lucia in her costume.
Although Christmas – every aspect – is not PC’s cup of tea, he was so sweet to patiently put together our menagerie. While he did that, I dressed up my wheelbarrow for the holidays.
Here are our collective efforts, all lit up last night.
Makes me happy. Brrr! It’s cold out here. Let’s go inside.
Here, warm up by the fireplace a minute. Ooops, except I forgot to build a fire! We can pretend. Cause actually it isn’t really cold outside in El Paso to begin with! High in the 60s today.
I made this little garland after having fun and some success with the garland I made for fall. Going to do a quickie how-to post tomorrow for the garland, so please come back.
My favorite room to decorate seems to be a rather unlikely one. The kitchen. Our den and kitchen are really one big space so decorating in the kitchen is like decorating an extension of the den.
Decided to add more snow-related pieces so that I can leave them up after Christmas! They don’t call me lazy for nothing. Actually, I would be devastated if any one called me lazy. Love snow, though, so will be glad to have some inside my house for a month or two, even if we don’t get any outside.
We rarely eat in the dining room and I don’t have real china or fancy silverware. I do have gold-plated flatware that we were given in a trade for one of our Siberian Husky pups. Long story, long time ago. We break it out and dust it off for holidays. Along with my “fancy” place settings and plastic chargers.
Guess if no one ever comes to your house, there’s no real need for fancy stuff. I’m not a fancy gal, anyway. This year, though, I did want a real centerpiece. So I went to my friend Anne from Anne’s Adoorables on Etsy, to order a custom-made centerpiece to go with my place settings. She created the perfect piece.
Isn’t that just spot-on? I love it. Love it. Can’t wait to have my sweet family gathered around the table for Christmas dinner.
And from the dining room, you can see our tree. I was mid-sinus infection when I put it up. Toward the end, I was just throwing ornaments in the general decoration of the tree. Just hoping they would hook themselves onto the branches.
My Prince was relieved to know the tree was up and decorated when he came home from his trip to Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. He even complimented me saying he liked that the tree wasn’t weighed down with loads of ornaments. I didn’t tell him that I ran out of steam or it would have been.
Finally, my Lizzie High nativity scene. Or as my daughter Brennyn likes to say the “Jesus set”.
I have talked about our Lizzie High dolls before. I think in last year’s home tour post. You can read it here. We bought our Lizzie Highs on layaway at a collectibles store when my girls were little. I loved Lizzie Highs from the first time I saw them because they have no faces to speak of. When I was little, I never drew faces on the people in my drawings. My dad always tried to get me to add them but somehow they seemed unimportant.
I see one of the wise men is being a wise guy and blocking view of Joseph. Will put him in time-out and correct that right away. Sometimes you see things more clearly in a photo than with your own eyes.
So, that’s the grand tour. To this point anyway. It was around Christmas ten years ago when my PC and I were first talking about getting married, combining our families and buying our own castle. We fell in love with the model home of our current floor plan. It was decorated for the holidays, from top to bottom, with a huge tree in the living room and lighted garland wound around the wrought iron banister.
I have never really decorated our banister except to hang our stockings there. Which I haven’t done yet this year. Found this pin on Pinterest of exactly what I want to do.
Now to find time between midnight and 3:00 one night to do it. Love me some snowflakes.
Hope you will come back tomorrow for my quick-quick DIM (Did it Myself) post on making my winter garland. And from here, hop over to check out Lana’s lovely home at My New Happy.
Thank you for sharing a bit of your day with me. Always glad to see you.
Hugs and kisses (now germ-free and with signature!)