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I nearly forgot that I blog. Did you?

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, and of course the next few will only be crazier. We’re finishing the semester strong, celebrating the child who made me a mother (He’ll be TWELVE right before Christmas! How did this happen?!), the hubs’ youngest brother is graduating from college (how did THAT happen? He was my son’s age just the other day.), and we’re in full Christmas mode this year.

cadetall

We kinda laid low last year because we had just moved. We had so much work to do to just make this house comfortably livable that we didn’t get to really relax and enjoy the season. We seem to be making up for it this year. Light shows and baking cookies and watching movies and having special family game nights. We’ll probably do some ice skating and see some more lights and more baking together as a family. Weather permitting (we ALL hate the cold), we’ll probably even get out for some of the Downtown in December festivities and Holiday in the Park (since we already have passes).

I’m taking the rest of the year off from this blog. I already know I won’t be doing much of anything on the house for the rest of the month. Nope. My babies want to craft and bake and by golly I’m soaking it up. ‘Cause someday they’re leaving home. Someday way too soon!

cale tree corban star

I do want to show you a few Christmas things while I’m here, though. Might as well make this post worth reading. 🙂

I change things up a tiny bit each year, but for the most part the decor is a lot like last year.

Hobby Lobby had their Christmas decor and fabric 50% off. Isn’t that a surprise? They hardly ever have sales. 😉

sale

So I grabbed a couple of place mats and opened them up as pillow covers.

retro placemat placemat

I wasn’t crazy about the poinsettia print, but I loved the back side. That one’s for the porch. Also, I loved the retro vibe of the red and aqua one.

back placemat green pillow

Speaking of the porch, I made a chalkboard for out there. I already had an old, empty frame.

I asked the hubs to cut me a scrap board to fit the frame while I spray painted it. I used Classic Red by Valspar because, well, I wanted a classic red. I painted the board with chalkboard paint and simply popped it in the frame.

I’m not one of those people who can create beautiful chalkboard art, but I’m pretty pleased with it.

cold outside

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The porch isn’t all that photo worthy yet, but I’m working on it.

mums evergreen trees

I replaced my mums with evergreen/coniferous trees. Not sure which kind, but they’re fake. I got these years ago and use them all over. One year they flanked the fireplace. They’ve resided on each end of an entry table. They’ve flanked the front door, the sidewalk. I broke them up once to use as little table-top trees a couple places.

porch

Back to the Hobby Lobby sale. I purchased half a yard of two different Christmas fabrics.

Chsristmas fabric

With the sale and only needing half a yard, these pillows cost me less than $2 each. I already had some pillow forms.

Christmas pillows

I also bought a sign from Hobby Lobby to fill that little spot on the Welcome Wall.

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So here’s how it’s all looking now. As always, overlook the horrible lighting and disregard my photography skills. It’s much prettier in person.

reindeer retro christmas pillow peace tree rustic nativity

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Thanks for reading this year. I’m surprised that anyone besides my MIL cares about our DIY (mis)adventures, but it’s been fun to share our lives with you. May you and yours have a wonderfully merry Christmas and a blessed new year.

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