Monday, December 20, 2010

Holiday Open House

Hello everyone...It's been a long time! 

Life is good.  Just busy.  I successfully completed my first two quarters of nursing school.  So I'm one-third of the way there.  YIPEE!!!!

With six weeks of break from school and two toddlers, my time (and funds) have been limited.  Unfortunately I didn't get to do much decorating for the holidays.  

Please allow me to share with you my open house from last year.  Christmas 2009...It was a beauty! 

"One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly" ~Andy Rooney

Welcome to our Holiday Open House. We've been expecting you, please come in!

Here's the piano decorated with a collection of candlesticks and ornaments.

Can you believe I found this vintage sheet music in my attic? Dating back to the 1890's, this book was given me from my grandmother. It belonged to her mother.

Another attic find, this book of carols from 1970 was also given to me from my grandmother.

Here's the Christmas tree. I wanted it to feel fun and festive, so it's dressed with lots of red and lime green. What's that? It looks like Santa's already been here and left a little something.

I purchased this retro bicycle in 2005 when I found out I was pregnant with our first child. Four years later, I'm hopeful this will be the year that one of my children will ride it.

These are a couple special ornaments I'd like to share with you. They commemorate our little boys' first Christmas.

Here's a bucket of leftover ornaments. They were just too pretty to put away.

It's getting a little cool. Let's gather by the fireplace to warm up.

Let me turn on the lights. I'd like you to see my Ballard's inspired mantel.

Remember these stockings, I'm so proud of them!

And look at these adorable Gift boxes! It's amazing how far a Dollar Tree gift box, some wire-edged ribbon (also found at DT) and a little hot glue goes.

Shh...I think I hear something?!!!!!

It's Baby Santa coming by to wish you and yours a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!
Sincerely, Lisa

2010 Christmas Tour of Homes at Cottage and Vine

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch


  1. How cute is Baby Santa!!! You are going to have such a fun Christmas with him.
    Everything looks beautiful. I missed the post showing your Christmas stockings so I went back and looked at that post too. Tell your husband he did an awesome job decorating the outside of the house.
    I love the piano in the room and the sheet music is a wonderful attic find.
    Enjoy your holiday!!


  3. Lisa,

    Your son is adorable and very photogenic too. Loving the red and lime green and the piano music. It's nice when you can incorporate old family items into Christmas decor. Love the glass doors too...those are glass doors right?
    Merry Christmas to you and yours and wishing you a very wonderful and cozy day.


  4. That picture of "Baby Santa" is too cute! Your house looks beautiful, and I love those stockings. I'm impressed that you made them yourself. A project like that would be totally beyond me. Ha.

    Hope you had a Merry Christmas, Lisa!

    P.S. Yep, you guessed right. I'm a Buckeye! :)

  5. Hi, Lisa, I just LOVE your lime green & red tree. So pretty, if I didn't already have a tree full of my other colors, I might change it up. But, at least I can fill up my kitchen with lime and red. Your Christmas tour is just delightful & baby Santa is too precious!! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Thanks for being a new reader.

  6. Lisa,
    It's all so beautiful and your Ballard inspired stockings are fantastic. The lime and green tree is beautiful and how fun to have that vintage tricycle waiting for a little one! Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.

  7. Everything is so beautiful and I love the Andy Rooney quote at the beginning. I call the mess the Christmas Bomb. I am a real neat freak, so I have to remind myself to let it go for a day...or two.

  8. Your tree is gorgeous and I little tryke is so cute. Of course I'm loving your mantle AND those awesome stockings. Cute idea to put the christmas ornaments in the bucket too! Enjoy your week...

  9. Thank you for sharing your photos! I am a huge family fan so you had me at the wooden pane door...;0

  10. Your home is so lovely, warm and welcoming.

    I love the tricycle.

  11. Well howdy do! I thought you were gone, but I guess school has kept you busy. Your house looks great Lisa and what a nice surprise to see a post.

    Thanks for joining the party! Merry Christmas!


  12. Lisa,
    It has been so wonderful to hear from you! I pray that school is going well and that you can enjoy this break with family and friends!
    Your home looks beautiful as always, even if this was last years post! Next time you come down this way, let me know... we live 10 minutes from Lebanon! I would love to meet up with you for coffee or lunch! Merry Christmas my friend!
    Dee Dee

  13. I didn't know you were in nursing school, how great is that! Good luck with this endeavor, Janell

  14. I really like red and lime green and the piano music. It is great when you can incorporate old family items into Christmas decor. Those glass doors are gorgeous.
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  15. Love that mantle and what a cutie pie in that last pic! I'm not sure how I got here, but I'm sure glad to have found your blog. I'm a new follower for sure. Pop on over for a visit sometime.

  16. Ok I'm back. So I just went and read a few older posts and learned some more about you. What an inspiration. I love the post about Holland. When my niece was born, my SIL got that poem from someone and it has been a favorite of mine ever since. God certainly likes to keep us guessing doesn't he? I'm now looking forward to sharing your journey even more.
    Happy New Year.

  17. Christmas tree look so beautiful.There are so man different type of decorations on the tree.This tree look so fabulous and colorful with lighting.


  18. Love your style! maybe we can follow each ohter?:X