Woodland Glam Christmas

December 17, 2014 AT 10:15 am Leave a Comment
Hello, Beneath My Heart readers!! It’s Bre here from rooms FOR rent, and today I’m sharing some fun details on my Woodland Glam Christmas theme this year. In case you haven’t seen my Christmas Home Tour yet, feel free to grab a warm cup of your favorite beverage and head over now. 
 
 
This year it was all about bringing in natural elements, along with some shiny mercury glass. I love all things white, and before you think another thought, YES I have 2 small children, and a husband, keep in mind that I only bring in items that are washable! Saves my life :) I brought in creams and winter whites, and soft shades of grey and tan. The major part of my woodland theme was bringing the outdoors in. I brought in lots of fresh pine and cedar branches and tucked them all around the house.  I used lots of pinecones, and of course some of my favorite deer themed decor.

 

 
I summed up my whole look in the mood board I created below so you can see my go to choices all in one spot. Sometimes when you see a space fully decorated it’s hard to know where to start, and get a feel for all the items used to complete the look.

 

 
On the board you see a mix of greens, preserved boxwood, faux snow-covered christmas trees, bottle brush trees, mixed with sparkly mercury glass votives, trees, and ornaments. To add a rustic touch without bringing in more green, think branches, pinecones, rough wood to balance out the mix of materials used.
 
Below you can see my tree, which is a mix of shiny metallic ornaments mixed in with a rustic garland. I used burlap & ivory burlap ribbon which tied in my crave for a rustic touch while complimenting my love for white. I alternated using a snow covered grapevine wreath I deconstructed and tucked in throughout the tree.
 
 
To get all the details and sources on our tree you can check out this post here.
 
Even if you haven’t started decorating yet, or feeling your decor is lacking alittle, you can never go wrong with seasonal greens. I know most nursery’s will carry greens even if they aren’t a part of your normal landscape. Boxwood is another great one, either real or preserved, to add to the festivities and can be used all throughout the year.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday, and treasure the time spent with loved ones throughout the season!

 

Merry Christmas!!

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Christmas Home Tour {part two}

December 12, 2014 AT 6:27 am 22 Comments

Merry Christmas!

I am so glad you are here!  You know you are welcome any time at my ol’ Kentucky home! :)

Today, I am sharing a little more of my Christmas decor around the house as part of the Blogger Stylin’ Christmas Home Tours hosted by Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co.

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If you are on the tour, then you just left my friend Melissa’s home at  The Inspired Room. Wasn’t it beautiful?  She has a beautiful home, but I also love her beautiful heart.  :)

On Tuesday, I shared my Christmas kitchen, and today I am going to share a few more spaces in my home.  Let’s start with my den…

 

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My main goal every year is to add lots of green and red to make my home feel Christmasey.  For this space, just some red pillows and some fresh greenery does the trick!

I am the mother of four wonderful boys, so I just had to get that pillow that said, “Santa, Leave Presents, Take Brother” when I saw it at Steinmart a couple of months ago.  I’ve been storing it in my office until now.  :)

I’ve also been dying for some red knit pillows.  These can get pretty pricey in the stores, but I finally found a good deal on some at Marshalls. 

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I’ve decided to start a snow globe collection.  Snow globes and I have a long standing love affair with each other.  There is something so absolutely magical about them, and if they play music, well that’s the icing on the cake!  Watching the snow twirl round in a snow globe just reaches the child-like part of my heart that makes me smile.  

See the snow globe in the back with the church in it.  I just bought that last week at Hobby Lobby in memory of my mom.  She used to love to take pictures of churches from all around, especially their steeples.  If she could buy me a snow globe, I am sure she would have bought me this one.  It plays “Oh Holy Night” and when I shake it and watch the snow fall inside, I am reminded of all of the precious childhood memories I had growing up in church, especially at Christmas.  I always loved playing an angel in the Christmas play.  :)

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This wood crate usually stands bare, but it was the perfect spot for my little Santa.  I added some fresh greenery, a red gingham bow, and some faux snow to make it all Christmasey. 

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I love this fake snow.  I picked it up on sale at JoAnn Fabrics.  It is the coolest stuff. 

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 I even sprinkled some in my ribbon and greenery.

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I think the snow make my little Santa feel right at home.

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I didn’t want to stress or make a fuss over decorating our fireplace mantel, so I just added some fresh greenery, lights, and the boys’ stockings and called it a day.  It’s simple, but I like it.

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But my FAVORITE part of my Christmas mantle was the note I found that my seven year old, Eli, had written and taped up there.  It says, “Dear Santa, I like all of your rangers! They are cool! Please flip it over. I like your pufy gluvs! Well and I like your soot. Could you write me a note? Love Eli”

 

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Melts my heart.

I also used some of my faux snow in my glass lantern.  I added one of my favorite church ornaments and a couple of 75 cent trees from Walmart.  It looks just perfect on the cable knit table runner that I found at HomeGoods.

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I am all about the knits right now, can you tell! :)  That red pillow is the most comfortable pillow!! I love taking naps with it.  (Yes, I take naps.)  However, it does leave a wicked pattern across your face when you wake up.  Don’t plan on going out anytime soon if you take a nap on that pillow!

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Because we do not really have a good space in this room for a large tree, I decided to purchase 3 small live trees at Lowe’s, and decorate them instead.

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They sit in front of the wall that is right beside our stairs.

I hot glued some clothespins on the back of the chalkboards so I could attach them to the tops of the trees.

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Wanna see my favorite thing in our den?

Our two new Morkie puppies, Boomer and Biscuit! :)

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Now, I know you are probably thinking that we got these for our boys for Christmas, but you would be wrong.

Cy and I got these for us!  Not kidding! :)  Boomer is Cy’s, and Biscuit is mine.   Although we do share them with our boys occasionally.  {wink}

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Seriously, y’all!  Is there anything cuter?!  Me and Biscuit, we are like peas and carrots.  

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Okay, let’s regroup.  

Back to the home tour.  Let’s take a quick stop in our master bedroom.  I tend not to do a lot of decorating in the bedrooms.  I just throw my red poinsettia wreath on the wall, add the boys’ red quilt to the bottom of the bed, and put out a couple of decorations on the bedside table.

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The thing that I love about those little decorations though, is who they remind me of. 

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This little greenery and red bow was my mom’s.  She always attached it to one of her lamps at Christmastime.  What I love about this little piece when I get it out every year is that my mom’s sweet hands made that red bow and attached it to the greenery.  For some crazy reason, it makes me feel so loved, like she made that bow especially for me.

Thank you, Mom.

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And this little Christmas tree used to belong to my husband’s grandmother.  It plays, “Oh Christmas Tree” when you wind it up on the bottom.  I never got to meet my husband’s grandmother, but I love having one of her Christmas decorations to remember her by.  

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The “Merry Everything” sign was a find at Gordman’s.  Nothing sentimental about that one. :)

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Now to my favorite room on the tour…the boys’ bathroom!

Yep, I decorated their bathroom and had so much fun doing it!

But before we go on, I have to apologize for my pictures.  They did not turn out well.  I dropped my dslr camera a while back ago, and I have had trouble ever since.  The settings aren’t working right.  {Did you hear that, Santa?}

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Their bathroom is soooo much cuter in real life!  I am so in love with these red vanities that my husband built.  The corner shower is to the left when you walk in the bathroom, and the toilet is on the right (but I figured you didn’t really care to see the toilet.)

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I sort of went with a “woodsy” theme in the bathroom.  Not on purpose.  It just kind of happened.

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I pulled the red lantern off of Luke’s bedroom shelf and used it in the bathroom.

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The chalkboard wood tray is from last year’s Christmas tablescape.  I added some real holly, and pine cone, and an antler to finish it off.  How can  you go wrong with an antler, right?

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On the other side of the shower, I placed this cute Christmas sign from Hobby Lobby above their wire baskets that hold their washcloths and toilet paper and such.

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Some more fresh greenery and a pine cone, and we are finished with this space!

One the other vanity, I added this chalkboard print with a quote from one of our favorite Christmas movies, Elf.

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I found the car snow globe at Lowe’s this year!  I knew I had to buy it when I saw it!  Too cute.

 

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I really wish you could see the banner I made for their window, but I could not get a good shot of it.

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So I took a picture with my flash on so you could see what it says…

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I got that banner kit at Michael’s half off.  You can make a much longer banner if you wanted.

I about died when I found these little lanterns at Walmart for $1.99!  

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And Walmart had these cute little antler ornaments for $1.99 too!

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The “Merry Christmas” ribbon was found in the gift wrapping section at Walmart.  It made a great garland for their little tree.  

That “wraps” it up!  :)

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I loved sharing my heart and home with you.  

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Next on the tour is the beautiful home of my friend Roshel, from the DIY Show Off.  Be sure to tell her I said, “hi!”

 

And if you missed my Christmas Kitchen tour, you can see that too by clicking the button below.   Have a blessed Christmas, y’all!!

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Christmas Home Tour {Part One}

December 9, 2014 AT 7:00 am 20 Comments

Merry Christmas, y’all!  I am so excited to be participating in Just a Girl’s Holiday Home Tours this week!

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If you are coming over from my buddy Cheryl’s blog, Tidy Mom, welcome!!

I’m participating in two home tours this week, so today I am showing you some decorating I have done in my kitchen.

Since RED is my favorite color all year long, I always enjoy adding red to my decor around Christmas.  My philosophy in making your house feel Christmasey…just add green and red.  :)  This year, I used a lot of fresh greenery in my decorating.  I’ve always wanted to use fresh greenery, and I am so glad I did. 

This is our new eating area in the kitchen.  

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I made these little boxwood wreaths for the backs of my chairs, and I love them!  I have NEVER made my own wreath with real greenery.  It was seriously so easy and so fun!  I just sat on the couch and watched “The Grinch” with my boys while I made them.  

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I attached the wreaths to the chairs with some red and white gingham ribbon.

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So far, these wreaths have survived the little hands of my four boys (knock on wood.)  I’ll let you know how that goes. :)

But for now, I am enjoying my little wreaths.

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For my tabletop, I just added a red and white table runner and some fresh holly branches in little bottles.

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For my wall, I just added some Christmas touches to what was already there.  To see what my shelf looked like before, click here.

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Some red dishes, pinecones, and greenery in my pitchers does the trick!

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I love my big red plate.  It is such a good reminder of the real reason we celebrate Christmas.

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Underneath my shelf, I added a Christmas print to my frame.  Merry Christmas, y’all!!

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And I switched my bird plate out for this “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!” plate I found at Home Goods.

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Our eating area is now all set for Christmas fun!  I can’t wait to make buckeyes with my boys here!

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A couple of years ago, I started a “Hot Chocolate Bar” in our kitchen, and it has become an instant tradition.  My boys LOVE it!

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Marshmallows and candy canes to stir with are a must!  I put the little candy canes in Santa’s boot.  That little boot used to belong to my mom.  I love using it each year.

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I also added a little tag to the hot chocolate to remind my boys how much they should get.  They are guilty of making some reeeeeally chocolately hot chocolate!

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I also put out some chocolate chips to add to your cup. Yum!

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We love to drink hot chocolate while we color in our Christmas coloring books!  :)

Well, I had some more pictures of the rest of my kitchen, but they didn’t turn out.  :(  The lighting was a mess, and I didn’t have time to fix them because the boys had two away basketball games last night.  If I get a chance to take some new pics today, I will add them to my post later. 

But I want to thank you for stopping by!

As you continue on the tour and view all of the beautifully decorated homes, I pray that you don’t see “picture perfect” homes, but homes that are all decked out to celebrate this special season.  Sometimes we go overboard on decor, sometimes we don’t.  However you may celebrate Christmas in your home, I pray that your heart will be touched by the true meaning of this season, the birth of our Savior, Jesus. 

I am the last house on the tour today, but tomorrow you can check out Sand and Sisal’s Christmas tour.  I love Kim, and I can’t wait to see her home!

 

Have a blessed day, friends!

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DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

December 3, 2014 AT 11:48 am 2 Comments

Hey friends!

Happy Hump Day!

I’ve been under the weather the past few days, and it has zapped me of energy.  Ugh.  No fever, just a lot of sneezing and a runny nose.  Adam and Luke have had it too.  It’s been just enough to make me want to stay off the computer and get as much rest as I can as the mother of four boys!  hee.hee.

Anyway, I am hoping to start decorating the house for Christmas since  I’ll be participating in two Christmas home tours on my blog next week!  Yikes!   I love participating in these tours, but I have to admit they can be a little stressful.  :)  

Until then, I am going to share easy DIY Christmas Gifts that I have shared on my blog in previous years. 

Just click on the link or the picture to visit each post.

DIY Ornament with Upholstery Tacks


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DIY Tile Coasters

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Inexpensive (less than a dollar) DIY Ornament


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Burlap Stamped Deer Ornament


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Owl Themed Christmas Wrapping Ideas


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Have a blessed day!!

 

 

 

 


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Merry, Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2013 AT 1:29 pm 17 Comments

Merry Christmas, Friends!

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I pray that you are having a wonderful day with loved ones.

I was going to post yesterday, but I had a lot of last minute things that I needed to do, and I just couldn’t spend time on my computer.

But I wanted you to know that I am thinking of you today. :)

I’m sure that many of you are going through the normal traditions of your Christmas Day and enjoying every minute of it.

But I  also know that many of you are having a not so normal Christmas.  Maybe because you have lost a loved  one this year and you are missing them terribly.  Maybe because you are suffering from an illness that is making it hard for you to enjoy Christmas like you normally do.

There could be a ton of  reasons that Christmas may be different for you this year.

But even when Christmas doesn’t “feel” like Christmas, we can still celebrate in our struggles.

Why?  Because Christmas is more than presents  and delicious food and fun get togethers.

It’s all about ONE THING.

And that ONE THING is the FACT that God loved the world  so much (that’s me and that’s you!) that He sent his only son, Jesus, to this world as a baby.

And that baby grew to be a man.  But not any man.  He was the WORD MADE FLESH.  He lived a perfect life so that He could die for us.

He took the punishment of our sins and willingly laid down his life for us, so that we could be forgiven of our sins and live eternally with Him.

HALLELUJAH!

Friends, Jesus isn’t just a story.

He is REAL.  And He loves YOU.  And in HIM is complete joy.

If you feel  something missing in your life and you just can’t figure out what it is. Let me tell you this Christmas Day, it is JESUS.

He is the only one that can fill that void in your life.  He is the only one that can give you perfect Peace and Joy.

My prayer for you today is that you KNOW Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

 

I know that I have already shared this song with you before, but I wanted to share it again.  The first time, Jonathan sang it at a church while he played the piano.  But this is the one he sang at the Ky Opry, and I think it sounds a little better because you can hear the words more clearly.

I love this song so much.  I am overwhelmed by God’s love when I hear it.  Jonathan received a standing ovation when he sang that night.  But in my heart, I kept thinking how God is the one that deserves that standing ovation.  He deserves our highest praise and celebration over the gift of love that He gave us, Jesus.

Would you listen to this song and stand with me (figuratively or literally) and PRAISE HIM this Christmas Day?

To God be the Glory,

GREAT things He has done!!!


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Deer Heads and an Electric Knife {for mature audiences only}

December 16, 2013 AT 9:54 am 20 Comments

 

**The Listening Heart devotional book winners will be announced at the bottom of this post.

 

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Things got a little crazy around here last week as I was preparing for my Christmas Home tours.

So crazy that I took an electric knife to a paper mache deer.

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Sometimes you’ve just gotta do whatch gotta do.

Let me explain my madness.

I was wanting a deer head for my fireplace mantle.

Specifically, this one.

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I saw it at a local home décor shop and fell in love with it.  Unfortunately, it was sold when I went back to get it.

So I put out an SOS on my facebook page for this blingy little fella, and I got some wonderful responses from everyone.

They found my deer several places online, but they were all sold out too.  Sad smile

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I loved this deer that someone else found, but it was out of my price range.  Like, $200 out of my price range.

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I did a lot of searching on ebay and amazon and google, but most of the deer heads were way too expensive.

Determined to have a deer head, or three, hanging on my fireplace mantle, I decided to get creative. Plus, I was running out of time.  I wanted to have deer heads on my fireplace for my Christmas home tour last week.

I finally found these faux deer at Garden Ridge for about $8 a piece.  However, I only wanted their heads. {You see now where the madness began.}

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I was trying to think of the easiest way to remove their heads, and since my electric knife does pretty darn well on a large turkey, I thought, “Why not a small deer?”  Completely logical thinking.

I had Luke capture the moment on instagram and then leave the room.  I didn’t want to scar him for life.

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It was quick and painless, at least for me.

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It did take me a few tries to get the angle just right.  It wasn’t perfect though.  Of course, I wasn’t expecting any to climb up on my mantel and look at them that closely, so perfection didn’t matter. Smile

For the base, I got these wood slices at Michael’s.  They were originally about $14, I think, but were on clearance for $9.99.  Then I used a 40% off coupon that I had to purchase them.

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You can only use one coupon per item, so I just went through the line 3 times to buy them separately.  Yes.I.Did.  Do you ever do that?

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Then I used some of my leftover chalkboard paint from Lowe’s to paint the wood slices.

Next, I just hot glued the deer heads to the wood.

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Lastly, I used my drill to drill a hole in the back so I could hang them on my fireplace.  If you didn’t want to use a drill, you could just attach a wall hanging clasp to the back.

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Then I hung them up!  It only took me a about 30 minutes to do this whole thing.

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These deer heads are not the shiny, blingy, rhinestone deer head that I wanted, but I love them just the same.  They are different and unique, and they look really cute up on my mantle.

Now, I have to believe I am not the only person who has ever used their electric knife for something other than cutting their food.

‘Fess up! 

What crazy thing have you used your electric

knife for?

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Giveaway Winners are….

Yvonne (Carsonshouse@****.net)

and

Bonnie (braes01@***.com)

and

Vicki Westfall

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If you didn’t win, but would like a copy of The Listening Heart for yourself or to give as a gift, click HERE.

 

 **I’m linking this project to Home Stories A to Z’s Tutorial and Tips Linky Party.

 


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Beneath My Heart’s Christmas Home Tour {Part Two}

December 13, 2013 AT 12:53 am 30 Comments

Happy Friday, friends!

And welcome to Day Two of my Christmas Home Tour!

Today, I am joining another wonderful tour hosted by Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co.

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You may be stopping by from Perfectly Imperfect.  Wasn’t Shaunna’s home gorgeous?!  I love that girl!  Everything she does is beautiful. Smile

Yesterday, I shared Part One of my Christmas Home Tour.  If you missed it, you can see it HERE.

For Part Two of my Christmas Home Tour, I would like to share my Christmas tablescape.

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Every year on Christmas morning, I try to have our kitchen table decorate for our Christmas breakfast.  It’s just me and my boys for breakfast, so it isn’t anything fancy.  But I do like to decorate the table to make a simple meal feel more festive.

This year, I was so excited to set a tablescape on my new galvanized table.  You can see how I made this table HERE.Christmas Tablescape

I love decorating with natural elements, so I bought some wood slices from Michael’s {with my 40% coupons} and painted them with chalkboard paint to make some chargers for my table.

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Then I used a piece of chalk to write some words on each charger that remind me of Christmas.

I bought a roll of burlap from Hobby Lobby {again, with a 40% off coupon} and placed three strips of it across my table.

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For the table runner, I got a red and white striped scarf from Walmart for about 6 bucks and cut it in half.  Then I laid it down the middle of my table on top of the burlap strips.

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I love the color RED.  Especially at Christmastime.  It’s just not Christmas without red, to me. Smile

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Then I stained a small piece of wood from Lowe’s with Annie Sloan Dark Wax and placed it on top of the scarf/table runner.  Add a bunch of white candles, and Voila!  Easy Peasy!

I placed a pine cone and fresh greenery in my small red bowls.

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And tied my silverware up in a white napkin with a red bow.

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Then a red striped straw does the trick!

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See my green table in the background?  That’s our Hot Chocolate Bar. My boys are so excited that I finally got it set up!

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We did this for the first time last year and instantly decided that it need to become a tradition.  SmileI usually just add some marshmallows and candy canes to stir the hot chocolate with.

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It is so much fun to make a cup of hot chocolate while watching a good movie or when coming inside from playing in the snow.

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As much as I love decorating my home for Christmas, this is what I love most….

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Sweet Eli, still wet-headed from bath time, chowing down on a Happy Meal on our Christmas tablescape! Smile

Isn’t it true that no matter how pretty our Christmas decorations may

be, it is really the people we share them

with that make them so special?!

I am wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas!

If you are on the tour, your next stop is to Jen from The Chronicles of Home.

Have fun on the tour!

 
Monday:
 
Roeshel – DIY Showoff
Jess and Monica – East Coast Creative
Laura – Finding Home
Jesse – Scout & Nimble
Sarah – Sarah M. Dorsey
Angela – Number Fifty-Three
Gwen – The Makerista
Brittany – Brittany Makes
 
Tuesday:
 
Ashley – The Handmade Home
Anneke – This, That, & Life
Caitlin – Desert Domicile
Sarah – The Thriftress
Carolyn – Sweet Chaos Home
Shavonda – A Home Full of Color
 
Wednesday:
 
Jamie – C.R.A.F.T.
Lucy – Craftberry Bush
Michelle – Decor and the Dog
Whitney – The Curtis Casa
Kristin – Bliss at Home
Summer – Simple Stylings
 Kelly – View Along the Way 
 
Thursday:
 
Jenna – SAS Interiors
Chris – Just a Girl 
Michelle – Iron and Twine
Amanda – Our Humble Abode
Julia – Cuckoo 4 Design
Bethany – Dwellings by Devore
Lindsay – Makely Home
Jennifer – Dimples and Tangles
 
Friday:
Traci – Beneath My Heart
Kristin – Hunted Interior
Eileen – A Creative Day
Gabbi – Retro Ranch Reno
Kristen – KFD Designs 
Jessica – Dear Emmeline
Sarah – Royal Marigold
Carmel – Our Fifth House

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Beneath My Heart’s Christmas Home Tour {Part One}

December 12, 2013 AT 5:58 am 33 Comments

Hello, friends!

Today, I am going to show you a little Christmas decorating around the house.

If you are visiting my blog from Just a Girl’s Christmas Home Tour…welcome!

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I am so glad you are here!

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In my kitchen, I have this green buffet that you see right when you walk in the back door.  We use our back door more than our front door, so I wanted my guests to be welcomed with “Merry Christmas!”

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So I downloaded and framed this beautiful chalkboard print from Dear Lillie.  You can purchase it HERE.  Plus, Jennifer has a ton of other adorable chalkboard prints and more in her online shop.  You can see another one I downloaded for my kitchen HERE.

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I’m crazy about chalkboards!  I know they are a huge fad that everyone is using everywhere, and that is fine with me!  I can’t get enough of them! Smile

I painted a wood slice with chalkboard paint for this vignette.

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We just recently hung this chandelier from Ballard Designs above our kitchen table, and I love it!  I hung some fresh greens from it to give it more of a Christmasey look.

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We have open shelves in our kitchen, and I absolutely LOVE decorating them at Christmastime!  This kitchen has undergone a complete renovation from top to bottom that you can see HERE and HERE.

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I have a lot of white dishes that I have collected from thrift stores or received as hand-me-downs that stay on my kitchen shelves year round.  At Christmastime, I just add some red dishes, and I have instant Christmas décor!  Smile

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I bought a set of red dishes from Walmart several Christmases ago at 75% off after the holiday.  I think I paid about $16 for both sets!  The boys love when I get these dishes out because they know that Christmas is coming soon.

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I have a few other red dishes that I collected from Willow House years ago, but they no longer sell them. Sad smile

Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

Here is a look at my green buffet from the other direction.  You can see my newly built DIY Galvanized Table in this picture.

Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

Our guest bathroom got a complete top to bottom makeover too, and you can see that transformation HERE and HERE.Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

For this space, I just added a red berry wreath above the toilet and a new sign, and that was enough to make it feel Christmasey in there.

Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

For our fireplace, I wanted to do something different, and I am in LOVE with dear heads right now!  I know they are a fad too, but they are so stinkin’ cute. SmileI couldn’t afford to purchase the ones I liked, so I made my own.  I’ll share the tutorial on my blog next week.

Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

I strung some aqua ornaments on a string and draped them between the boys’ stockings.

Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

You would not believe what this fireplace used to look like before we gave it a makeover.  You can see the transformation HERE.

Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

We have a real tree in the den.  It smells soooo good!

Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

It is so pretty all lit up at night!

Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

If you walk past those stairs, you will be led into our master bedroom.

Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

For this room, all I did was add a red poinsettia wreath above the bed and a red quilt.  Voila!  Those two simple touches make this space ready for the holidays.

 

Beneath My Heart's Christmas Tour

I’ve never decorated our master bath, so this year I decided to add a small, real tree in the corner by the bathtub.

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I love seeing my little tree each morning while I am getting ready.

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I placed it in a galvanized bucket that I got at Gordman’s.  And then I added a pretty little sparkly deer to sit beside it.  Simple and sweet.

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Well, that’s it for today!

Tomorrow, I will be sharing a Christmas tablescape with you, along with our hot chocolate bar!

Please come back and see me!

If you are following along from the tour, then you just came from Brittany’s Christmas Tour.

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And you are headed to Brooke’s Christmas Home Tour, from All Things Thrifty!

Fun!  A full list of all the homes on this tour are at the end of this post.

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Thanks!  And Have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

 

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DIY Ornament with Upholstery Tacks!

December 9, 2013 AT 8:09 pm 7 Comments

I love upholstery tacks.

I know they are used mostly on furniture, but you can make a million other things out of them as well.

I loved using them on this magnet board that I made a couple of years ago for my boys’ room…

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And since I had a bunch of them left over, I decided to make an ornament with them.   I call it my “Christmas Blessings” ornament.

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First of all, I bought this wooden plaque for 50 cents from Hobby Lobby.

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Then I spray painted the plaque with some Krylon Satin Dover White that I had left over from another project. You could use any off white paint you may have at home.

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Then I hammered in some bronze upholstery tacks that I bought from Lowe’s for $1.30. I used less than two boxes.

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Nailing in the tacks takes some practice. I had to draw a thin pencil line down the middle of the plaque to help me keep my lines straight.

The tacks are not perfectly lined up, but good enough. Smile

diy ornament with upholstery tacks

I left a space at the bottom of the tree for my red ribbon.

Then I used my StazOn Ink (that I already had) and stamped “Blessings” at the bottom of the plaque.

I got the “Blessings” stamp a few weeks ago in the dollar bins at Michael’s.

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Next, I hot glued some jute string to the top of the plaque so I could hang it on a wall or tree, and I hot glued my red ribbon on.

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I loved the way it turned out, but it looked a little too “new” to me. I love the look of old, vintage types of decorations.

So I used my sanding sponge and sanded down the edges of the plaque.

But since the plaque was pine, you couldn’t really see where I sanded it, and it didn’t have that vintage look I was after.

diy christmas ornament

So I used some Valspar Mocha glaze (that I have had for about two years!), and applied it to the sanded edges with a Q-tip and wiped it off with a paper towel.

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It made the plaque look soooo much better!

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That’s it!

I took it outside and hung it on a tree because everything looks better in the sunshine. Smile

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I love my sweet little plaque!

It is such a great reminder of all the blessings that Christmas holds.

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They have smaller plaques at Hobby Lobby if you would like to make a similar smaller ornament, or use it for a gift tag. I thought you could even do a monogram plaque as a gift!

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I pray that your Christmas is filled

with all the blessings that only HE can give!


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A Hallelujah Christmas {Sung by Jonathan}

December 8, 2013 AT 7:36 am 86 Comments

Oh friends!  I am so excited to share this with you!

Jonathan sang one of my favorite songs last night at a local church’s Christmas program.

Would you please listen to it?  It would be your Christmas gift to me. Smile

I don’t want you to listen to it because I want you to hear my son sing.

Not. at. all.

I want you to listen to it because I want you to celebrate the message of the song with me.

The message that God loved me and YOU so much that he sent His son to earth as a baby, knowing one day that baby would grow to be a man and would die to save us from our sins.

By the end of this song, my chest just swells up with overwhelming joy for my Savior!

Oh, Hallelujah!

Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!

{I was shouting that, just in case you couldn’t tell.}  Smile

Friends, I pray that you KNOW what I am talking about.  I pray that your heart belongs to Jesus, but if it doesn’t, it is not too late.

It is NEVER too late.

What a wonderful way to truly celebrate Christmas by giving your heart to Jesus!

If you don’t know Jesus, but you want to, please email me.  I would love to share Him with you.

You can email me at beneathmyheart4(at)gmail(dot)com.

Now, here is Jonathan’s song.

 

 

Merry Christmas!!!!


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