Merry Christmas in the kitchen 2013

The baker’s rack that I like to decorate for every season is decorated for Christmas.. This year I used those pretty and popular blue mason jars and red ornaments along with just a few other decorations. I made the NICE wreath last year and it’s looking great above the baker’s rack. Have you been naughty or nice this year or a little of both?

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Here’s some homemade hot cocoa mix complete with marshmallows, candy canes and festive Christmas mugs. There’s nothing like hot chocolate on a cold winter night!santa figurine and blue mason jars

I’ve had the little red snowman since I was a child and love to put it out every year.wooden snowman and tree

 

This wooden snowman and tree were given to me by a sweet friend a long time ago and I love displaying them every year too. The jar is filled with vintage cookie cutters.icon wall sticker Christmas

Around the corner is a little hallway full of doors that leads to the garage. I never knew what to do with this space and I recently painted the whole wall with chalkboard paint. It’s now the perfect place to post appointments, grocery lists and seasonal art. I’m not a great artist but I do enjoy drawing on the wall!

The cow’s head, from Décor Steals is fancied up for Christmas with a wreath and a necklace of bright red Christmas ornaments.

The focal point of this wall is a pretty frame decal from Icon wall stickers and I’ve got a generous giveaway from them coming soon.Christmas decor

Christmas shelf kitchen

Even the microwave nook gets glammed up for the holiday.

My collection of Jadite looks so festive with a little Christmas décor. The cute little signs came from the dollar bins at Target. The sweet little Santa boot was given to me by my 4th grade teacher. He was my first male teacher and I was terrified of him but he ended up being one of my favorite teachers. I was so happy when he moved to 5th grade and I had him as a teacher 2 years in a row!branch

The branch hanging above the island was a Pinterest inspiration.

We had a Christmas party on Saturday and the branch was a big hit! You get a big impact from something as simple as a branch! I love it!Christmas kitchen with branch

 

Merry Christmas

                  and Happy New Year

to you and yours

from the Bungalow blog!

        Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

Christmas Fireplace 2013

The fireplace is all dressed up for Christmas. I try to come up with a different look every year but sometimes I think it all looks alike!  I’m calling this mantel, rustic glitz, a little rustic and a little sparkle. But anyway, this year the centerpiece is a big twig star.  I had the twig frame left over from a long ago project and added many more twigs to it, painted it white and added Epsom salt snow and glitter.mantel christmas2 2013

At night, with the twinkle lights lite and a fire going it looks so pretty.star on mante 2l

I’ve had the garland for many years and it’s seen better days for sure. I tuck in some fresh greens to fill it out a bit

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The burlap ribbon is new this year.

Antlers are layered on a short tree stump.tree stumps on hearth

The urns hold more Epsom salt snowy branches and are wrapped in burlap scarves.frosted branches

More fresh greens are in a galvanized bucket on the hearth.

Fireplace hearth greens

The other side of the hearth with another star, more stumps and natural elements.

Fireplace hearth star

I still have some Christmas decorating pictures of the kitchen to post soon. We’ve been busy around here getting ready to host a Christmas party on Saturday so the kitchen has been in a perpetual state of messiness! But it’s a good thing. Fireplace hearth banner

I hope you are enjoying this season and are remembering why we celebrate! Merry Christmas!

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx))

 

Unique and creative ways to give money at Christmas

Every year we give money as gifts at Christmas. With some people being hard to buy for, it can get pretty frustratin , that’s why we just give money. I know, I know, lots of people think it’s an impersonal gift but it works for us.  I think teenagers appreciate getting dollars over something  they’ll have to return. I searched the web and found so many cute and creative ideas appropriate for Christmas gift giving. This post has been edited and photos from Pinterest have been removed.

Try your hand at Origami, the art the art of folding money into shapes. A shirt shape for a guy or a flower shape for a gal.

 

A mason jar with gum balls is a fun way to hide some bucks. It doesn’t have to be candy, it could be nuts, homemade granola or even pennies. Just use a toilet paper roll in the center to hold the money.  Would your grandkids like getting a jar full of pennies? Probably not, but open it up and voila……big bucks inside!

One year I gave my grandkids a one dollar bill in a card with an apology saying that I ran out of money and was so sorry. My granddaughter gave me a disappointed look that said are you crazy?! My grandson said, “oh, it’s ok.’” I let them think that was my only gift to them  Later I remembered another gift and gave them a new unused quart paint can and a paint can opener and said I had just one other thing for them and to open the can. Inside each can were 99 crumbled up $1 bills!  That was so much fun, They were fooled and very happy unfolding and counting the money.

That’s a great Christmas memory. Do you give money gifts at Christmas?

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

Christmas in the dining room

Christmas has arrived in the dining room at last. I used fresh greens with silver, gold and brown accents, a sort of woodsy sparkle theme. Here’s the sideboard with the horse art that came from Home Goods, a thrifted horse head figure and a Christmas ornament tree. This room was painted recently in Sherwin Williams Anew gray. It’s a taupey gray and I never thought I’d love a gray room but I do!   Christmas sideboard 1

I like using fresh greens to decorate at Christmas but the clean up is a mess! My husband loves that part…….if you knew him, you’d know what I mean. He has the shop vac sitting in the little bedroom all ready to go. christmas horse figurine

The chippy horses head is wearing a collar of gold stars. Christmas tree made from ornaments

Here’s my ornament tree made by threading ornaments on a knitting needle. I tucked in some white feather boa to hide the needle. It’s sitting on a silver platter with sparkly pinecones.

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Snowflakes and silver on the painted bombe chest on the other side of the room with pinecones and tree bark under the cloche. dining room silver

I love the look of tarnished silver but one day I just might decide to polish it for a different look.

Christmas hutch at Bungalow

The hutch is full of white ironstone and more greens and pinecones.

Christmas greens in white tureen

Here’s the sweet little deer that I’ve had since childhood. I put it out every year.  Christmas dining room at Bungalow

The tablecloth is the only new thing in this room. I got it at Target. I used old wedding ring china and thrifted silver trees on the table. The napkins are folded into a Christmas tree shape.

Christmas dining room2 at Bungalow

Stars and icicles dangle from the chandelier.  tablescape Christmas

See the almonds on each end of the table? OH  MY they are delicious! Honey cinnamon almonds from Target.     napkin Christmas tree shape

These are vintage napkins that I’ve had for years. The snowflake tags will be used as place cards.

So that’s the dining room, next will be the kitchen and family room. I still didn’t do anything on the front porch because it been so cold, in the 20s this week. I better get out there when the sun shines today or it won’t get done.

There’s so much Christmas in blogland, too much maybe…. what will happen when it’s over? A collective sigh on relief I think.

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

Decorating for Christmas, the Christmas tree is up

The house is all dressed up for Christmas this year and I’m anxious to share our Christmas home. Let’s start with the tree and the living room. I recently painted this room a soft gray, Sherwin Williams Agreeable gray. It looks good with the teal and aqua accents in here.  Christmas living room1 , Bungalow blog

The rug is from RugsUSA, the ottoman and lamps are from Home Goods and the mirrors are from Lowe’s. You can see just a peek of the Christmas tree on the right.

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Here’s the tree decorated in blue, silver and gold and everything is so glittery and sparkly. The only new things are the ribbon and wrapping paper and poinsettias, I had everything else.

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A wooden tray on the ottoman holds greenery from the yard and an oversized Christmas ornament.

Christmas tree at Bungalow blog

The polka dot wrapping paper is from Target. I think it’s so cute and the colors coordinate well with the tree. Do you do that too? For a tree skirt I used a throw from the couch.

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Lots more sparkle and glitter on the top of the tree. There is glitter all over the house and I know I’ll be vacuuming it up for months!  Christmas tree3 at Bungalow blog

Here’s looking into the living room from the dining room. You can see a glimpse of the crèche on the table below the initials. It’s so easy to lose track of the real meaning of Christmas but we need to keep focused on the reason for the season.

Since my fabric order was delayed I didn’t have time to sew the curtain panels so they’re pinned on the rod! Ha ha, don’t tell! I’ll sew and line them after New Years.  Christmas desk at Bungalow

Merry Christmas!

We recently moved my husband’s mother to a nursing home and I wanted the house to be especially festive for her this year. I know she’ll enjoy the decorations. At age 97, she won’t be with us forever.

I’ll be sharing the dining room, kitchen and the mantel in the family room soon.

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))