I was tired of our old decorations so we bought all new ornaments this year. I honestly was debating whether to put a tree up or not, but then I saw the cutest little pink penguin ornament (I looove penguins!) and knew I needed to get that tree up. I went with bright colors of pink, blue, green, and purple. This is a bright, fun change from our usually gold and brown so I am loving it. I must also confess that I totally have a thing for short, chubby trees. We picked one out in record time this year.
Our lack of a fireplace means stockings hang on the stairs, but the girls demanded new stockings to match our decor. And by girls, I mean our three furbabies so please indulge me. =) Gosh, I love the sparkle! I still need to embroider their names.
I also got a little crafty. Hobby Lobby had their wreaths on sale 50% so this little guy was super cheap and easy to make. I love seeing him on the house when we come home at night! I literally used zip-ties to hold him together (they don't show) and wrapped him in lights. I used Pellon in his hat to make him stand up.
I also decided to paint my pumpkins instead of tossing them this winter. I just painted one big pumpkin for the front porch, but I stacked three of our smaller ones to make a snowman. He still needs decorated, but I've been a little busy teaching. haha. It did take two coats of paint to get the orange all covered. When I finish his face and buttons, I'm going to put him out on the porch next to our little table tree.
Then I broke out the embroidery machine for another banner. My pencil one was so cute that I had to make a holiday one too. These would look so cute on a mantle!
Finally, I couldn't leave out this little tree for our front porch. Several years ago, one of my students made it for me out of a tomato stand. I added little red bows to match our garland our front. It was such a unique, thoughtful, and inexpensive gift. I think of him each year when I put it up. I'm going to put my pumpkin snowman next to it when he's finished.
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