Wishing you all every joy of the season this Christmas from our house to yours!
I’m back for a quick round-up of my favorite Christmas art that you can print from your computer and immediately frame on your wall. ‘Cause at this time of the year…everything needs to be quick right?? At my house right now, if it isn’t quick, it isn’t getting done.
Without further ado:
I’m sure many of you know of her already and all the fabulous free vintage goodness that can be found on her site, but it is just so awesome that I can’t not remind folks about it. : )
So cute, and just a click and a print away!
3. This Free Printable Giftwrap
Now, I know this isn’t really technically art…but I think any of these would look good printed and put in a chunky white frame! And while you’re on her site, check out her free printable woodland gift tags!! I know I’ll be printing out a few of those sweet babies. : ) Talk about talented!
She also has one with a little more traditional color palette too! This one fits a little better with my living room though. : )
I’m sure there are many other great sources out there too! Do you have any favorite free art this Christmas? Let me know in the comments!
We found out today that some good friends lost nearly everything they owned in a house fire this morning. Thank God the whole family made it to safety, but it really drove home to me how really unimportant and trivial our possessions are. They made it out with the most important things they needed…each other. It could have ended very differently. I am sure it is very difficult to lose everything (especially, as a mom, to lose photos and keepsakes of the kids—I cannot imagine!!) and the foreseeable future will be challenging with Christmas coming on and the huge task of rebuilding a home. But I know they are incredibly thankful that it was only the house that burned to the ground!
I know I can be easily obsessed with all things house—making it pretty, picking paint colors—worrying when chocolate gets on the couch—etc. This was a good wake-up call for me to realize that all those things I can easily get caught up in are only superficial. Sure, a home is so much more than four walls and a door…a home is a nurturing place (and I’m sure this family misses their home greatly tonight!), a place of comfort, and so much more. And I have no intention of ceasing to make our home more “homey” and beautiful for us and our guests.
But making your house beautiful at the expense of your family? Not important enough.
(And I’m not even talking anything serious here…just painting when one should be making snacks, ogling Pinterest instead of reading stories, eating breakfast with the kids while checking email.)
Wishing us all a Christmas season centered around who lives in our homes and around Who is coming. : )
For those that may be concerned about this family, their immediate needs have been met and I know many (myself included) are waiting to find out how they can help in the upcoming weeks and months as they rebuild their home.
Well, I have finally done a little bit of decorating in our home for Christmas!
I know a lot of the blog world is already decorated, but we traditionally start putting up decorations a couple weeks before Christmas and finally get the house completely decorated (well, at least as decorated as it is going to get!) a couple days before Christmas. Then we leave it all up for at least a few weeks after Christmas.
This year since the music room has french doors I am toying with the idea of making that our “Christmas room” and perhaps even cover the panes in the doors and open them dramatically Christmas morning for the children to rush in and see their presents under the tree. Hmm…I don’t know if I could be that disciplined however!! It would be a magical memory-maker for the kids though…can you just imagine the anticipation??? Ahh, to see Christmas through the eyes of a child again!
Back to our living room—since our new jute rug arrived on Monday I was able to deep clean the room before putting it in there, and then today did a little more to Christmas-ify it. I generally stick to simple because I am
lazy BUSY and after Christmas I don’t really enjoy taking everything back down again. I went out in our yard and snipped some free greenery (which is so exciting to me because this is the first time we’ve had evergreens in our yard!!) and spread it around a little until it looked pretty. : )
(This dresser was actually the first piece of furniture I ever re-finished! My mom bought it when I was a teenager at an auction (I think??) and I stripped it and re-finished it again back then. My mom had it in their farmhouse bathroom until this year when they gave it to me for my birthday!!)
My husband and his dad cut some slices of wood a few weeks ago when they were clearing out some brush on our property…I love the natural elements! I thought they looked vaguely like a tree when I stacked them so I deemed it appropriate for the holiday. ; )
Our oldest and I cut some paper snowflakes and strung them along with some ornaments on good old acrylic yarn and I looped it over the curtain rods for a little extra something.
The whole room…
The star is from Ikea and it is one of my favorite decorations (besides the sentimental ones). It lights up and is especially pretty at night!
Oh…and here is the new rug in it’s natural element. I’m still really liking it!
Now that I’ve got the ball rolling hopefully I’ll start on the rest of the house. : )