little Christmas boxes

Last year I decorated a few paper mâché boxes for Christmas.  Not only do they make great decorations to use around the house, but they’re perfect for packaging that special little gift. Here are a few that I made last year. Every year I buy a roll or two of wrapping paper with a brown background.  I keep them in an old crock next to … Continue reading little Christmas boxes

christmas urns

Sunday was a warm day for December, and the perfect time to finish up raking leaves and redecorate the urns for Christmas.  I pulled out the fall arrangement of cornstalks a few weeks ago and arranged a trio of birch logs. I follow a blog called Dirt Silver, written by Deborah Silver, a landscape and garden designer who owns Detroit Garden Works.  She writes posts showing the … Continue reading christmas urns

selling texas

Every time I have a sale on Etsy, my phone goes “cha-ching”.  It’s a lovely sound.  Sometimes when it “chings” at work, someone will ask, “What is that”?  I’ve been known to answer, “I just sold Minnesota”.  They laugh, since they know I have a part time business on Etsy selling wall decor made from vintage road maps.  This is when I feel like a … Continue reading selling texas

christmas mantel

I found this lovely picture at our large fall flea market in September, and knew instantly I wanted to decorate my fireplace mantel around it for Christmas.  There was something about the picture that spoke to me and made me feel so peaceful. Snow falling and softly covering everything, always fills me with a sense of peace, especially when I don’t have to drive in … Continue reading christmas mantel

a diy winter wall decor

A few weeks ago I found this poster size reproduction botanical print at Elm & Iron, a local store which carries a unique and lovely collection of home decor.   I love the detail on this print and knew it would go nicely in my living room/dining room area which is decorated in greens, beige, and wood tones.   I started by cutting a piece of … Continue reading a diy winter wall decor

bedroom baubles

As I age, every year, I do a little less decorating for Christmas.  I still enjoy doing it, but my tastes have become much more simple with time.  I have slowly parted with many decorations that had been collected down through the years, and replaced them with items that make a more subtle statement, take less space to store, and less time to get out … Continue reading bedroom baubles