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

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