Friday, December 2, 2011

christmas decór around here.

i put a little accento on the O to show how fancy we are at my house.
NOT.
we are going low key this year, actually.

so these decorations are basically recycled from last year. recycling is all the rage...so i'm going green on recycling my ideas this year. there will always be new and better. and thanks to pinterest you can find the newest and trendiest and then never make the bazillion ideas you've pinned. (i have a love hate relationship with pinterest).
so is this the trendiest wreath you'll find? no. it was IN last year...probs out this year. but i don't care. i heart it.

paper wreath.
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ornaments from the chandelier. greens and naturals and SHINY. that's my go to for christmas decorating.
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stockings from pottery barn because we bought layne one there for his first christmas and now we have to stick with that style. plus, sentimental value is far more valuable than doing the trendiest stocking style this year. oh and plus, i don't sew.
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we cut the end off from each christmas tree and put it on the stump. i absolutely love this tradition that nato started our first year.

book paper garland and
book paper flowers from last years crafternoons. it still works great this year.
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and this year we are amping up advent with a jesse tree. i didn't make all these ornaments, a group of 25 women from our church each made 25 of the same ornament and then we all traded. twas a magical idea.
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and i know you're saying...it's too late to do advent!(insert lone tear running down your face). but last year, i wasn't on the ball and we did 12 days of advent instead of the full month and it was great. i made numbered book paper rings and a scavenger hunt after each advent devotional.
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i even made a little guide here. it's full of misspellings and what not, but it will get you by!

if you want a great advent guide and devotional for free, this one by ann voscamp is fabulous. or just crack open the jesus storybook bible and read the corresponding bible stories to a traditional advent guide. this will work great for toddlers.

for other chritmas decorations...

here are my recycled ideas from last year:
glitter pine cone ornaments
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book paper ornaments:
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a branch tree

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ohhhhkay. that should keep you busy for a while.

26 comments:

  1. beautiful! the tree stumps are precious.
    i especially love the shiny bits from the chandelier:)

    i love the jesse tree tradition. i'm hoping to make that happen for us next year.

    happy weekend! i can't believe christmas is soon!

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  2. love those green and silver ornaments on the chandie. so cute!

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  3. it all looks so beautiful! i am totally copying you on the cut christmas tree idea...i love it!! even though we have been married for 7 years this is the first year we will be having a tree. home renovations wouldnt allow one before. we were always stuck with christmas branches...not this year, hopefully:)

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  4. Super cute as always! Who has the time and money to make and buy all new decorations every year? not this college kid!

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  5. Fancy shmancy! Looks good! I always use the same decorations every year. I guess that makes me lame. Same shit, different year is my motto.

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  6. guess i'm going to have to do some of this craft stuff this year, since my child is "of age" and i'm a freaken home owner.

    i give you credit for starting the book paper craft trend, btw! first time i ever saw it.

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  7. I love your non-traditional approach to decorating. We have similar stockings from PB kids. : ) Now we are off to get our tree. Have a fun weekend!

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  8. I rock the book page wreath YEARLY.

    Actually two, one upstairs in the girls hallway and one in the fam-uh-ly room.

    I like the 12 days advent.. mostly because I haven't made one yet and probably wont. BUT if someone told me I had 10 more days to get on it, then I'd think about it.

    xo

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  9. The accent on the O was the first thing I noticed here. You crazy cat. I'm impressed with your typing skills!

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  10. I love the jesse tree tradition. maybe I can get the girls at my church to each make an ornament next year. such a great idea!

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  11. That ornament idea is fabulous!! I love your table as well.

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  12. ok i don't even know what a jesse tree is. guess i'm not spiritual enough. now i'm going to go google it.

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  13. oh i love the picture of your dining room! lowkey natural decorations are my favorite anywho.

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  14. ugh...these kind of posts make me feel like the worst kind of un-fun mom. i wish i had your creativity, recycled or not! so awesome!

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  15. The tree stump keeping is brilliant! What fun memories you're saving:)

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  16. I'm using your advent guide from last year plus some added hoopla for the first days of the month...I bookmarked it when i saw it then and actually remembered I had it. woohoo! thanks for the fun craft ideas too!

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  17. Goodness! you were crafty last year. These are such beautiful ideas - thank you much for the inspiration!

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  18. Hung my paper cone wreaths and garland last Thursday:)

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  19. seriously, that tree-stump tradition is LOVELY!!! If I ever have kids, I may just do that!

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  20. I am OBSESSING over your Jesse Tree ornaments! We did the same thing at our church several years ago...and your ornaments kick our ornaments booty! I've been planning to remake the bulk of them and you've just filled my head with AWESOME ideas! Thanks! Merry Merry to y'all!

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  21. Y'all need to straight up sell those ornaments. They are toats awe. some.

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  22. I love all of these ideas!!! I am now bursting with Christmas spirit, hehe

    And I am very, very glad you said that you don't think it's too late to make an advent Calendar because I planned on doing one next weekend! lol

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  23. JEALOUS that you and a group of gals got together and did the Jesse tree exchange. I have been wanting to organize it but didn't have the kick start I needed to put it together. Next year perhaps!? We also have the PB kids stockings only in JUMBO size - as in one of the kids might just fit inside :)

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  24. oh my gosh I am in LOVE with all of your christmas decor! so lovely!

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  25. pretty sure you're still in style! great ideas. thanks, jami. paper source, this year: http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/item/Paper-Cone-Wreath-Kit/2950.402/4071295580.html

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