Monday, December 7, 2009

Deck the Moons'

This will be our first Christmas in our new home. I was looking forward to decorating for the holidays but had some challenges I didn't know how to handle. One of the sacrifices we made during the building and budgeting process was to forgo a finished fireplace, complete with a beautiful mantle. We decided we could finish that on our own. (Along with a LONG list of other projects we thought we could finish. HA!)

Anyway, the first Christmas we had Cameron, I decided to make stockings for our little family. I remember staying up very late Christmas Eve sewing them together. Every time we added a new family member, I would make a new stocking for her. I had visions of a gorgeous fireplace mantle that would one day be the perfect spot for these stockings.

When I stared at the blank wall where I knew I wanted to put the stockings, I happened to glance at the sled Tom had brought in with the rest of the Christmas bins. I decided to try something a little unusual. Before I could even finish my thought, my sweet hubby was in his car heading to Lowe's to get the stuff to make my idea a reality.

A couple of hooks, some garland I had, and some dollar store picks were all I needed to make something I really love!

A closer look at the stockings.

An even closer look at Cameron's stocking. sniff sniff

Did you know popcorn will last forever if you put it in an airtight container and store it in the attic, storage unit or garage? We realized, as we were decorating our tree this year, this popcorn string is at least fifteen years old. It was hard work! But worth it.

I LOVE Christmas!


The Shlotthauers said...

I love it Teri! I don't have a mantle either, and have been trying to come up with something cute the whole time we've been in this house. Yours is soooo cute!

terramisu said...

I need a little picture of a beating heart to mean 'love' when I say I LOVE it! Perfect and soooooo home-y!!!

LKP said...

WOWZERS! That is the most fantastic idea I've come across so far this year! Kudos Teri!!! =) You're greatly admired from Woodbine Drive.

Amy J. said...

I love that you guys worked on the idea together! I would have thought the popcorn would get green! I'm suprised the dog hasn't tried to eat it off the tree.

spice girl said...

It looks awesome Sis! I might have to copy you.

Deborama said...

Gorgeous! with a feeling of fun and family! Perfect! :) Tell Tom thanks for the card, he is such a sweetie poo!

Cara Moran said...

Wow-what a great idea with the missing mantle dilemma. I was scrolling down genius TDC's tree party and I saw my ditto dilemma; but I don't really have a ditto sled. Doh! THINK THINK THINKin in a good dirction now, though, thanks to you. Im sad you haven't attached labels to your posts to allow me to snoop into any of your other ideas. Cara

Destination Seaborn said...

Oh goodness! I love that idea! I've been wanting a vintage sleigh for ages. How looks great! Happy Holidays! ~Lisa