Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Decor 2009




Welcome to our home! We live in Ontario, Canada so we've got plenty of snow. My hubby shoveled the porch for you, so please, come on in!




We'll head into the living room. Please feel free to take a peek around.

I bought this snowman at a craft show this past September. I couldn't wait to set him out this season. He's the first decoration that I put out.


I stiched these homespun hearts and stars for a craft show my sister-n-law and I did a month ago.

I collect fruit jars - here is one of my Canadian crown jars filled with candy cans. I bought it at a yard sale this summer for $1.00. One man's trash surely is my treasure!








We'll head on over to our den. This is a room that has been "in progress" for quiet some time now. I finally have the room painted. I'll completely finish decorating it in the new year. In the meantime, I set out some garland on our fireplace. Twisted in the garland are twinkle lights and some beaded pinecone garland I scooped up at Michael's for $2.38! Gotta love a good deal!



This is the "dog" Christmas tree. My hubby and I love dogs - we raise and train English Springer Spaniels. So, I thought it was only appropriate that we put together a "dog tree".






This fall, my sister's and I made these stockings. We created our own pattern, stiched them up and attatched some buttons and jute to hang. I just love the red and white mattress ticking!



Okay, let's head back to the living room. This is the "Joy" tree. It's decked out in silver balls, tiny glittered snowflakes, silver stars and mini-candy canes. I also added twinkle lights and raffia. I'm loving the combo of raffia and twinkle lights this year!









Besides collecting fruit jars, I also try and collect white pitchers. I don't have too many so far, but it is fun to be on the hunt for them. Here are some in my collection.







Have I also mentioned how I am really loving candy canes this year too??

My sister-n-law, Sarah, and I make hand painted wooden signs. Here is one of our Christmas themed ones.



This is the lastest addition to my living room - my ladder mounted on the wall. If you've been around my blog at all, you may have noticed this guy in a few photos. He's finally on the wall where I have wanted him all along. I plan on painting him black as it blends a little too much with the wall and my couch. But for now, I'm just thankful it's there! Here it is decorated for Christmas.







This small tree is next to the couch. It sits upon a Canada Dry crate. I bought it because my hubby is Canadian and he loves to drink the stuff. I won't touch it with a ten foot pole.



I just love the look of Christmas balls in a hurrican vase. The white stuff is salt.


I just loooove penguins. As goofy as it sounds, it is my favorite word. They are just such cute little guys! My father-n-law bought me the two penguins that are kissing my first Christmas as a married gal. Last year, I received the smaller penguin and the tiny tree.





The photo is pretty fuzzy - my camera is on it's last leg - but here is our Christmas tree! There is nothing like sitting in the living room with the tree just a twinkeling, curled up watching a Christmas movie with my honey and our puppies.

A penguin ornament from my mom-n-law. She buys us each an ortament every year. It's such a great tradition that I hope to do for my children one day.



We've skipped on down the hall to our bedroom. I added the little wreath to the horse's neck. He asked so politely, you know.



Thank you so much for stopping by my little neck of the blogging woods. I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas! It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.
Now head on over to thenester.com to check out so many other amazing Christmas decorations! It's the Christmas Tour of Homes!

34 comments:

The Real Me! said...

Oh your home just looks so homey and fun. I think it's a hoot that you love penguins but I have to admit that they are cute!
Blessings,
Kim

Stephanie said...

Everhing looks fabulous! You did a great job of decorating and making your house cozy in this crazy weather we have.
Happy Holidays!

Kirsty said...

It looks so great! I love the "JOY" tree. And your stockings you made! They are fantastic.

Sarah said...

Hey, Mandi! How've you been? Sorry I haven't been over in awhile...everything's looking brilliant! So cozy and festive. Gotta love the mason jars and white pitchers, red ticking and candy cane stripes. That ladder on the wall is awesome:)

Brittany said...

love the skates & the SNOWMAN sign. very cute!

the undomesticated wife said...

Everything looks so sweet!

Tracey said...

Mandi,,your home is so cozy and inviting for the holidays.. you've done a great job and I do love those stockings you made. Your like me,, lots of Christmas trees for every theme.. love it!! I've enjoyed the tour and your holiday decorating. Stay warm,it's cold here in Maine too right now..have a good week! Hugs to you!

Lucy Marie said...

I love all of your decorations. Penguins are my favourite, too. I have so many penguin Christmas decorations. We still do not have any snow, can you believe it? It seems everywhere around us does, but we don't!

The Southern Housewife said...

Love your home! :) Very warm and welcoming! Seriously, we have very similar tastes...thanks to Aunt Ruthie I'm so getting into the white enamelware and pitchers. :) Love it all!

Jennifer said...

I love the idea of using raffia like that on a Christmas tree - this blog tour is so fun and full of so many creative people with great ideas! (o:

Merry Christmas Mandi!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your home is just beautiful! May many wonderful Christmas memories be made within its walls.

Our home is having an old fashioned handmade Christmas this year. I hope you will stop by.

Heather said...

Your home is beautiful! great job decorating!! Love it all, have a very Merry Christmas!

Delightful Dwelling said...

Everything is so beautiful! I love all the trees you have. That dog tree is especially cute.

Valerie said...

You have such cute decorating ideas.

That new snowman you got is so adorable.

Love the lights in the garland idea - looks beautiful.

And love that dog Christmas tree!
Very good idea.

The Browns said...

Very nicely done. You've given me some ideas to do here.

Mandi Shandi said...

Hey friend!! You knocked it out of the ball park on this one. Love it!

tututina said...

Hi Mandi! I love this post..thanks for giving us a Christmas tour of your home! I love how each unique piece has been thoughtfully placed in your home. Looks great!

jodi @ Pleasant Home said...

You have so many fun ideas for decorating! I love the ice skates on the rocking chair! Love the stuffed hearts in the basket too. So many things! Thanks for sharing. I've been inspired!

Cate said...

You have a real eye for detail, and I especially love the ladder on the wall.

Merry Christmas!

Cate

Heather said...

Very nice! You're off to a good start collecting Christmas things.

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Everything in your home is always clean, neat, and pulled together. I love it. Especially love you ladder on the wall and the little red wreath around the horsie's neck :). The dog tree is also adorable.

Merry Christmas!

Laryssa Herbert said...

Your white skates are the perfect touch!

Thanks for showing us around. Come by and visit me anytime. Merry Christmas!

beautyinallthings said...

I love the skates! Thanks for showing us around! I am stopping in from Nester's place. To see my tour click on the 'Christmas 2009' tag on the left sidebar of my blog.

Jennie said...

Hey, thanks for stopping in and commenting on my stocking holders. I'm excited people like them as much as I do. I love your Christmas stuff it is so cute!

Jennie @ Cinnaberry Suite

Nichole said...

OMG I love, love, love your ladder on the wall!!! I am so borrowing that idea if I can get my hands on an old ladder! What did you do to hang it securely on the wall?

Your home looks wonderfully cozy and inviting for the season (love your wall color too!).

Merry Christmas :o)

Shannon said...

Everything looks so good! I love all of the vintage touches! Those ice skates are perfect and I love that ladder.

Kimmy @ my beautifully blessed life said...

Your home looks SO cozy! Love all your Christmas stuff! Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

debra said...

Everything looks so nice! I just love your entry way, the skates in the rocking chair & and the candy canes in the jar. So cute!! :)

Danielle said...

I absolutely LOVE the raffia on the Christmas tree - honestly would never have thought of that. My Christmas theme is penguins, so I'm jealous of yours. I don't have any kissing penguins yet :)

Elise said...

Oh my word!! I LOVE your home and could move right on in!! I really love it all!! I am on a candy cane kick myself and will show my Christmas kitchen tomorrow where you will find plenty of candy canes!!
Love the snowshoes!! I am on the hunt for an affordable pair for my boys' room.
Elise

B said...

Wow, you've done such a great job on your home. Love the canes in the jar and the stockings, oh, and the baubles on salt (what a clever idea!)Hope you had a lovely Christmas and wishing you and yours a wonderful new year.
B x

Fresh Poppy Sisters said...

Thanks for the peek! I absolutely LOVE the ladder on your wall, ADORE IT!

Kelly said...

beautiful decorating! I love the dog tree (and English Springers...sweet dogs). Thanks for stopping by my blog today too!

AmyKristen said...

I can't believe how darling your house looks all decorated for Christmas. Thanks for commenting on my blog. It reminded me how behind I have been on catching up on all my blogs. Glad I was able to see yours! You are so creative, and detail-oriented, and thoughtful, and have such a good eye. LOVE reading all you do and think about and create! :)

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