Red, White, and Blue Christmas

Welcome To Our First Annual Christmas Tree Decor Blog Hop!!

We have 47 talented bloggers joining up to share their decorated Christmas Trees with you! So grab a cup of your favorite beverage, settle in and get comfortable because you are going to love the beautiful Christmas Tree Decor shared today!


Let’s Meet The Hosts!

Michelle | Our Crafty Mom | Allison | Upright and Caffeinated

Angela | Simply Beautiful By Angela

 Annie | All Things Big and Small

Brittany | Our Home Made Easy | Chloe | Celebrate and Decorate

Cindy | County Road 407 | Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek

Denise | My Thrifty House | Eileen | Sand Dollar Lane

Erlene | My Pinterventures | Iris | Iris Nacole

Jaclyn | The Dotted Nest | Jeannee | Centsably Creative

Vicki | 2 Bees In A Pod |Jennifer | Oh Fiddle Dee Dee

 Jolene | Create Pray Love

 Kim | Day to Day Adventures

Kim | Made In A Day | Kristie | Teadoddles

Leanna | Faeries and Fauna | Maria | Simple Nature Decor

Marie | The Inspiration Vault | Mary | The Boondocks Blog

Meegan | What Meegan Makes | Meg | Green With Decor

Melissa | Welcome To The Woods | Donna | Modern On Monticello

Morgan | Charleston Crafted | Nancy | Slightly Coastal

Nicole | Madness and Method | Pam | P.S. I Love You Crafts

Sam | Raggedy BitsShirley | Intelligent Domestications

 Stephanie | Abbotts At Home Wanda | From House To Home

Yami | The Latina Next Door | Jenn | Loveland Lodge

Christene | Keys To Inspiration | Libbie | A Life Unfolding

Jaclyn | One Thousand Oaks | Jennifer | 2 Bees In A Pod | Sarah | The Project Pile

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I’m so excited to be joining in this blog hop today and wanted to tell a little story while sharing one of our Christmas trees that is quite sentimental this season.

Once upon a time I was blessed with the sweetest little boy.  He was a surprise and absolutely adored as the baby after three girls.  He was cuddly and sweet and oh-so kind.

This little boy learned his colors and numbers using his NASCAR racers, learned to read early just so he could complete the entire Harry Potter series of books, and loved his John Deere tractors and Tonka trucks.

This little boy grew quickly, finding passion in sports as he excelled in the swimming pool and on a wrestling mat.

He learned to think for himself while choosing his own path, developed a fabulous work ethic, chose to serve Jesus, and took care of his momma and sisters while his daddy traveled for work.

He adores Star Wars, Captain America, Superman and NCIS.

And he loves his country.

It’s this love of country, that compelled him to come in from school and announce he was joining the Marines.

On November 9, he took his oath and will leave for boot camp right after high school graduation.

I’ve cried.

A lot.

But my heart soars with pride for this boy of mine who is walking in his daddy’s footsteps and choosing the military.

I celebrate him.

 I celebrate all who are serving our country and this tree is a reminder of the precious freedom we have that allows us to celebrate.

 Thank you for stopping by!

Check out all the festivities on the other blogs and kick your week with a lot of inspiration!

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Taking a Walk Along the Christmas Tree Trail

One of the highlights of my trip to Orlando and Disney for Mickey’s Christmas Party last weekend was the afternoon Tami and I spent in Disney Springs.  If you are unfamiliar with Disney Springs, the area is a fabulous outdoor shopping,  dining, and entertainment complex near the Walt Disney Resort.  Walt Disney Imagineering designed the area and it makes for a wonderful way to continue your Disney experience when you’re away from the parks.

This particular afternoon of exploring the complex led Tami and I to the fantastic Christmas Tree Trail in the Marketplace where we strolled soaking up the detail of  many amazing trees, each based on a different Disney character as it “snowed” along the way!

 

I was completely mesmerized and loved soaking up the creativity of Disney while getting a few ideas of my own. We took our walk during the day where the sun outshone the twinkle lights, but it didn’t matter these trees are GOALS!

Put on your Mouse ears, grab your inspiration boards and take notes as I share our stroll with you, because these trees are FABULOUS!

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Dumbo-Tree | ohfiddledeedee.com

The Dumbo Tree was my favorite!!

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This tree topper is all I strive for at Christmas!

Sleeping-Beauty-Tree | ohfiddledeedee.com

Tangled-Tree | ohfiddledeedee.com

Snow-White-Tree | ohfiddledeedee.com

Lilo-and-Stitch-Tree | ohfiddledeedee.com

Little-Mermaid-Tree | ohfiddledeedee.com

Princess-and-the-Frog-Tree | ohfiddledeedee.com

Robin-Hood-Tree | ohfiddledeedee.com

Mary-Poppins-Topper | ohfiddledeedee.com

I love how this tree topper completely describes Mary Poppins!

Alice-in-Wonderland-Tree | ohfiddledeedee.com

Alice-in-Wonderland-Topper | ohfiddledeedee.com

101-Dalmation-Tree | ohfiddledeedee.com

Christmas Tree Trail wasn’t the only place to find holiday decor, the entire complex was decorated. Combined with festive holiday music you are sure to get your holiday cheer on!

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Disney-Springs-Garland | ohfiddledeedee.com

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And be sure to top off your festive adventure with a holiday treat from one of the sweet shops!

Minnie-Mouse-Apple | ohfiddledeedee.com

 

The display will be up through January 7, 2018.  If you happen to be traveling near Orlando during the holidays, definitely add Disney Springs to your list of stops.  It’s free to walk the Christmas Tree Trail and you’ll be glad you stopped!

My-Minnie-Style | ohfiddledeedee.com

Which was your favorite tree?  I would love to know!

 

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College Girl’s 1st Apartment

I can’t think of anything more exciting as a young woman than to move into her first apartment.  This is her time to shine and finally get to express her own decorating personality without much of momma’s influence.

MacKenzie has thoroughly enjoyed her experience this year as she moved into an apartment with three other girls off of South Carolina’s campus this year.  I loved the already furnished set-up:  four bedrooms each with their own full bath and oversized closet, a common living room, laundry closet, kitchen and breakfast nook.  This kind of set-up allows each of the girls to decorate their own space to fit their personalities!

How cool is that?!

While working forty hours a week all summer, MacKenzie planned and saved to make her space entirely hers or at least as much as the rules for an apartment rental will allow.  I love her choices and thought I would give you a peak at my college girl’s budget friendly decorating skills.

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On move-in day, MacKenzie put her Dad and I to work immediately with rearranging furniture.  She had a vision already in mind as she took notes while on her tour before signing the lease back in the spring.  Each bedroom contained a bed, nightstand, desk and 2 dressers that could be stacked if desired.  She wanted her dressers side-by-side in the closet for the duel purpose of clothing storage and a shoe rack.  The addition of wire shelving worked perfectly for storing jeans, blankets and towels.

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Bedding was her largest purchased.  As an avid on-line shopper, MacKenzie scoured website after website and settled on this feminine set from JC Penney.  Gone are the neon colors of high school and onto something a little more mature, like pink and grey paisley.

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Grey curtains were chosen as to coordinate with the spread and were purchased at Target.

For decorating, MacKenzie went with a lot of personal touches like framed pictures, including a college she put together on Shutterfly.com of those closest to her.

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The rustic touches were found at Target.  She chose a motivational sign to go over her bed with coordinating storage to hang beside her desk to help keep her organized.

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“Do What Makes You Oh-So Happy”

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The cute little print beside the desk came from Steve McKenzie’s Lifestyle Store in Atlanta.

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“I Love You a Bushel and a Peck and a Hug Around the Neck”

{You HAVE to visit sometime!  Steve McKenzie’s carries the most wonderful everything for your home!  And most of the items are from local/southern artists!}

Audley took care of hanging curtain rods and pictures, adding anchors where needed so keep heavy things from falling. We left her a picture hanging kit and a few necessary tools like screwdrivers and a hammer for when she is ready to add to her walls.

Getting all dressed up is an essential part of a young woman’s routine, so MacKenzie created her a little nook for getting ready each day.  Lights around a full-length mirror (propped up on a crate that’s been painted with chalk paint and waxed) add the perfect touch of whimsy.

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Her cute little cart was her first ever flea market purchase after a visit to Scott’s Antique Market in Atlanta. Displaying her cosmetics and jewelry, this little cart was such a handy addition to the space.

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We used decorative glass vases from Hobby Lobby to hold cosmetic essentials such as brushes, liners and mascaras, and plenty of lipstick.  Another painted crate (smaller than the one holding her mirror) holds her eye shadows, foundations and blushes, then slides inside the larger crate to keep an organized space.

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When you have an artsy sister, decor for the bath and living room came easy.  Madeline painted a gorgeous Lily Pulitzer inspired canvas to brighten MacKenzie’s bath, which was also decorated in pink (towels & accessories) and grey (shower curtain & rugs).

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Madeline then painted a monogram piece for each of the roomies to hang in the living room.

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I loved watching MacKenzie reveal her own decorating style in her space.

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These sisters really do love each other!

If she can organize and pull together a small space so nicely I can’t wait to see what she can do with a larger space!

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Christmas Home Tour

Merry Christmas my friends!  I hope your holiday season has been all you could have possibly imagined!  This is such a busy time of year for all of us, and as I have discovered, working full-time (after being very part-time) can present so many challenges of its own.  As crazy as it has been, I’ve been determined not to let those challenges steal my joy, which in turn could affect my entire family.

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“Christmas now surrounds us,
Happiness is everywhere
Our hands are busy with many tasks
As carols fill the air.”

~ Shirley Sallay

I took a different approach in decorating this year; instead of stressing myself (and my litle family) out to create a house over-filled with Christmas, I focused on only two rooms, settling for two themed trees with a touch of garland on my banister & a little whimsy to remind us of the innocence of Christmas.  It was simple, but very effective.  It’s also what worked best for us with an overwhelming schedule.  There is no need to add chaos in decorating for the holidays when you already have so much going on!

And believe me, a little can go an awful long way.

Although I’m way behind & “late to the party”, I wanted to share our living room with you, so please accept this late invitation to take a peak into our home!

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As Audley and I spent several days putting everything together I kept thinking of the words “warm”, “cozy”, and “peaceful”.  While these are words that are definitely associated with this beautiful season, they are also words I have tried to focus on each and every day lately as I try to create an atmosphere that is welcoming to both my husband and children, as well as all who enter our home at any time of the year.

“For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home.”

~ W. J. Tucker

  Without a doubt the living room is definitely the most common room in the house, so I put a lot of thought into how I wanted it to look.

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For the most part I am such a traditionalist when I decorate for Christmas.  I love red and green sprinkled all around accented with Santas I have collected over the years.  Our living room tree this year was filled with vintage and rustic touches combined with  Santas and fairies for a touch of whimsy.

A little fun repping our daughter's college of choice ... It's a Carolina Christmas

A little fun repping our daughter’s college of choice … It’s a Carolina Christmas

In our tree I used plaid ribbon (purchased at Costco), deer antlers, pine cones, evergreen filler, and berries to create the rustic feel; then added a combination of ornaments from old-fashioned red and green balls to mercury bulbs to complete the look.

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Detail of my natural, traditional, and vintage style ornaments

There is something about those vintage-looking ornaments that make my heart feel warm and happy as I long for the simplicity of days gone by.

I used some of the same elements for garland around the fireplace screen (it’s been as high as 70° around here, so it wasn’t needed!), and on the wreath above.

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Fireplace Hearth

I picked up the red lanterns at a yard sale several years ago. They fit perfectly with the theme I was trying to convey in the living room.

I created two small vignettes in the living room: one using Bradley’s “Thomas the Tank engine” from his days as a little boy (I was feeling nostalgic), and another scene using a porcelain Santa and reindeer we received as a gift our first year of marriage.

True story, while wandering through a local toy store I found this Gamecock engine which was the entire inspiration for putting out the train.

True story, while wandering through a local toy store I found this Gamecock engine which was the entire inspiration for putting out the train.

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We’ve displayed these beautiful pieces every year for 21 years now!

One of my favorite Christmas traditions!

One of my favorite Christmas traditions!

We ran garland intertwined with lights down our banister from the loft.  Our garlands have become thin from the years of use, so we filled them with fresh cedar branches to give them a fuller look.

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The stockings were hung on the banister with care … in hopes that St. Nicholas would soon be there.

Tying in the banister to our tree with a Mark Roberts fairy

Tying in the banister to our tree with a Mark Roberts fairy

A few throw pillows and I had a space that didn’t feel overdone or over-the-top, a little nostalgic, as well as cozy, warm, and peaceful which has been most needed and appreciated by all of us this season.

I found this pillow (and another made in the same way, at Dollar General.

I found this pillow (and another made in the same way), at Dollar General.

Thanks for visiting our home today.   I do hope you found a little bit of holiday joy as well as felt the mood I was trying to create.  As I leave you today, I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate each and every one of you!  Thank you so much for stopping by!

And a Merry Christmas to all!

I would love to hear from you and how you are spending this blessed season.  Feel free to share in the comments if you would like, or check in with me on Facebook.  I often post there when my days are too short for blogging.

Merry Christmas Eve, Eve!

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